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California’s Great America to open expanded South Bay Shores waterpark in 2020

by Seth Kubersky

Northern California’s Great America theme park has announced the 2020 debut of the newly transformed South Bay Shores waterpark, which will immerse guests next summer with seven new water attractions and upgraded amenities.

California's Great America South Bay Shores waterpark 2020
California’s Great America will open an expanded South Bay Shores waterpark in 2020.

The transformation of Great America‘s waterpark will increase its acreage by approximately 50 percent from 10.5 to 15 acres,· nearly double the amount of attractions from 10 to 18,· double the amount of space to relax, and triple the number of dining options from one to three.

New attractions coming to Great America’s South Bay Shores next summer will include:

· Shark Reef Plunge – part of the brand new Pacific Surge slide complex, this attraction features four six-story-tall body slides that will simultaneously send four guests – each in a separate enclosed launch chamber – on a nearly vertical free fall when the floor drops out from under them. The high-speed plunge leads into a series of flat loops and s-curves.

· Feeding Frenzy & The Barracuda – located on the same Pacific Surge structure, these two five-story tube slides can accommodate guests riding alone or with a friend and will send them winding through an enclosed tunnel before shooting them back out into the sun, through intense drops and turns.

· Tide Pool – a new family lagoon with eight kid-sized water slides that line the perimeter of a zero-depth-entry pool will give children their own mini water thrills, while giving the grownups a chance to relax under shade structures and enjoy an oversized lounge and sun deck area.

· Barefoot Beach – this all new sand play and beach area that is just steps away from the rides and roller coasters of California’s Great America.

For food lovers, the new Pier 76 Cafe will cook up new offerings like fried shrimp and fresh fish tacos, plus park favorites including hand-breaded chicken tenders, sliders and waffle fries, along with shaded outdoor seating.

The waterpark’s top-to-bottom transformation into South Bay Shores will also bring a brand new entrance, new family changing/showering areas, more lounge chairs, additional shade and lush landscaping with native plants. The waterpark’s existing slides and attractions will receive makeovers as well, and will receive new names highlighting coastal theming of South Bay Shores.

Updated cabanas located near the Breakers Bay wave pool and new Tide Pool lagoon will include free Wi-Fi, charging stations, ceiling fans, TVs and dedicated food and beverage service.

“South Bay Shores represents the newest phase of a multi-year revitalization of California’s Great America, building on our nearly 50 year heritage of giving Bay Area residents even more reasons to call the park their favorite destination for fun,” said Manny Gonzalez, vice president and general manager of California’s Great America. “Along with the waterpark, recent investments such as the innovative RailBlazer roller coaster, new dining venues, and general park improvements are showing guests and the community that the park’s transformation is fully underway here in the South Bay.”

Construction on South Bay Shores is already in progress, and will continue throughout the winter.

For more information, visit the Great America website and watch these videos:

RailBlazer Single Rail Steel Coaster POV at California's Great America
Maxx Force Roller Coaster POV at Six Flags Great America
Goliath POV and Rider side-by-side at Six Flags Great America roller coaster
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