Wet'n'Wild Palm Springs, a new water park, is located in Palm Springs. The park was operated by Cedar Fair as Knott's Soak City from 2003 to 2013, when it was acquired by CNL Lifestyle Properties. After a complete renovation, the park will reopen in 2022.
Waterpark Associates opened Wet'n'Wild Palm Springs as Oasis Water Park in 1986. Oasis Water park spanned 16 acres (6.5ha) on a 21-acre property (8.5 ha). It featured 20 attractions and attracted 200,000 people each season. Cedar Fair signed a deal to acquire the park in May 2001. The deal was completed one month later for $9.1million. The park was immediately renamed Knott's Oasis Water Park. Additional advertising drove revenues for the rest of the year. Cedar Fair reported that the park was down 13% by the end 2001 season. However, the park's new owners turned this around and saw a 13% increase in revenue by the end 2002 season.
Cedar Fair spent $2 million to refurbish the park and rebrand it into a Knott's Soak City park. This was in addition to other locations in Chula Vista, Buena Park, and Chula Vista. The park's existing gas chlorine sanitation system was replaced with a liquid chlorine equivalent. All slides were also repainted and renamed to match the Soak City parks. The park was also reopened in March 2002 with a Rain Fortress aqua play area from WhiteWater West. In 2002, the park saw an increase in revenue and attendance of "about 40%".
Cedar Fair announced that it had sold Palm Springs Soak City, its Palm Springs Soak City, to CNL Lifestyle Properties on August 14, 2013. For the duration of the 2013 season, the park was allowed to continue operating under the Soak City name. CNL Lifestyle Properties acquired the operational and ownership rights to Wet'n'Wild Phoenix and Hawaii in November 2013. CNL also acquired the rights to the Wet'n'Wild name in the United States as part of the deal with Village Roadshow Theme Parks (Australia). CNL announced that the Palm Springs water park would be operated as Wet'n'Wild Palm Springs starting in the 2014 season.
The Oasis Water Park wave pool was the location for the opening scenes of "North Shore", a 1987 film. The location of the surf contest at the Oasis Water Park wave tank was actually Arizona. Matt Adler plays Rick Kane, an Arizona surfer who wins the state surf competition and uses his winnings to travel to Hawaii's North Shore. The film also featured Nia Peeples and Gerry Lopez as well as Gregory Harrison, though none of them appear in the film's opening sequences.
Pro skateboarders Omar Hassan and Riley Hawk, as well as Tony Hawk, Omar Hassan and Tony Hawk, spent a week filming in the park to create a viral video of nine minutes for Thrasher Magazine titled "High 'N' dry".
In June 2020. YouTuber Casey Neistat uploaded a YouTube clip in which he surfed at the park's wave simulator after being invited by the owners.Phoenix AZ Arizona Falls
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