Yuma residents will have a chance to soak up some sun and enjoy the 15 new water slides and tubes at the area’s first full-scale water park beginning Friday.
Waylon’s Water World at Z Fun Factory, 4446 E. County 10th St., will open to the public at 10 a.m. and close 30 minutes before sunset.
“Absolutely everybody who works here is truly excited,” said Jay Walker of Z Fun Factory.
“The people who are working their tails off during endless hours to make sure this thing is ready by Friday. We are tired as all get-out, but we wouldn’t be working this hard if we weren’t as excited as we are to have Yuma’s first water park ever!”
With 15 slides and tube attractions, the multimillion-dollar water park will be the second-biggest in the state, according to Z Fun Factory.
“We just want the whole community to come on out,” Walker said. “How many years have people been waiting for this? It is time to come and show your support. I mean, Bryce and Becky Zeller went out on a limb truly. They spent a very large portion of their life savings to bring to Yuma what the people have always wanted. You’ve been asking for it, prove to us you really want it by coming out and checking it all out.”
The portion of the water park opening Friday is only the first phase of construction. Phase 2 will begin this winter and add three or four more slides. This will be followed at some point in the future by Phase 3 of construction, which when completed will make the facility the largest water park in Arizona, according to Z Fun Factory.
Waylon’s Water Park and Z Fun Factory together cover 24 acres, which will soon include batting cages and either a paintball or laser-tag facility. The Zellers, who own the park, have also acquired an additional 40 acres of adjoining property. They have not announced plans for the property.
The park features the orange and yellow “Constrictor” Slide, the largest of its kind in the United States. Rafts carrying two adults or four children at one time will take the riders around 360-degree turns before plunging into the water below.
Visitors will also be able to unwind while floating in the Lazy River, while kids find a wet adventure awaiting them at the pirate-themed Syd’s Zone, where a huge bucket filled with 350 gallons of water spills over on everyone below every three minutes.
Even toddlers will have a special place to splish-splash. Four toddler slides and two shallow toddler pools are available to the young kids and their guardians. The toddler pools are completely separated from the water of the rest of the park and have been designed with their own water filtration system.
All of the hard work done by the water park employees to prepare for opening day and by the construction crews who built it will be worth it when they see all of the happy families and smiling kids enjoying the water park, Walker said.
“You know when kids see something amazing their eyes get bigger than anything in the world and their mouths drop open. That is what we are waiting for.”
All-day general admission for children over 42 inches tall and adults is $25, while half-day admission (beginning at 2 p.m.) is $18.
All-day admission for children under 42 inches and seniors 65 and older is $20, while half-day admission (beginning at 2 p.m.) is $14. Toddlers age 3 and under are free.
2012 season passes include July, August, September and October for $100. Large group passes are also available. Call the Z Fun Factory office at 726-6000 for assistance with large groups.
Private cabanas at the Buzzard’s Cove Cantina are $75. Private islands with palapas for groups or parties are available. The islands are available to six people for $75, up to 16 people for $150, up to 20 for $225 or up to 30 for $300.
A large variety of food and drinks are available to guests at Buzzard’s Cove Cantina, which includes a full bar for adults.