White Water is a great park with great rides and music. As everybody knows who has been there lately, White Water has very few trees. New guests think there is nowhere to get out of the sun. That is false. White Water got rid of the trees after the upgrade (I think to make room for more fun). It is my favorite park and I am its biggest fan. Without the trees, it is starting to seem like a cheapo-deepo park, but that just means you need to know what to expect and dont come unprepared. I made this thread to help everybody. Here is what you need to know:
There are like 1 or 2 trees that can work good for shade, but they can only shade the 3 people that can fit on the bench. If you want shade, it is much better to rent a $125+ cabana all day, be under a free cabana, grab a bite at a restaurant, or go into a shop. The more you people you bring, the more you will need to pay so you can get a bigger cabana. Book at least 2 weeks in advance.
4 lounge areas:
These are considered cabanas, but they are not. You do have to pay for these. They come with:
12' by 24' of space outside
No walls, ceiling, tv, fan, or shade at all.
Everything else the small cabanas come with.
This is completely useless. You might as well stand in the road.
25 small cabanas come with:
12' by 12' of room in cabana, plus 12' by 12' of space outside
32' TV with Dish
2 closed walls
2 open aired sides
1 way in/out
Ceiling over half your area
A great view of your choice (Coconut Cove, Splashaway Cay, Lazy River, Side Wave Pool, Kalani Towers, or Waikiki Wave)
Can hold up to 4 people
4 lounge chairs
A rope to keep other people out (like you are a VIP).
4 rental tubes that you can use on every ride that day (you can not take these home. You are renting them) so you wont have to pick 1 up at every ride.
1 ceiling fan
1 locker per cabana for everybody in the cabana to use
1 Family Cabana (Also called a double wide cabana):
17' by 26' under cabana, plus 17' by 26' outside
Can hold up to 8 people
You get everything that the small cabanas get. You should get double everything, so that everybody has 1 of everything. Each locker can hold stuff for 4 people.
Only 1 available at Kalani Towers. Hurry, it goes fast.
Exclusive packages and add ons:
This is the high priced stuff you say you want included with your cabana. This can be added onto Deluxe Cabanas and increase your price up to a max of $200. This is mainly for rich people. Most of this can be bought at Walmart for half the price. This includes:
2 White Water towels
4 Coca-Cola bottles
Souvenior Ice Bucket
4 Candy bars
2 small bags of chips
Very long roof over areas filled with many lounge chairs that are first come, first serve
Bring a towel to put on your chair to lay on and so people know the chair is taken
Come early to get a good view in the area of your choice (Waikiki Wave, Front Wave Pool, Side Wave Pool, Coconut Cove, and Splashaway Cay)
Buy a long sleeved nylon or polyester compression shirt and have everyone in your family wear them. This way, you can ride every ride more without burning, you wont have to take it off, and you wont have to be in the shade as much. Short sleeved is not as good, because it doesnt cover your arms. Lose fitting shirts and cotton shirts of any kind are not permitted on body slides. Lose fitting shirts can go up too high as you are going down the slide and possibly over your head so you cant see, but they are allowed on tube slides and other attractions. Cotton shirts strip the wax off the slides, making them not as slippery and not as fun.
Buy a big bottle of 50 spf sunscreen to use all year. This will help your skin not to burn, especially if you cant buy a compression shirt or forgot it at home.
Bring a hat. A hat with a neck flap (Lowes has them for $10-$15) would protect your head and neck the best. You can wear them everywhere but you must take them off on body slides.
Sun glasses. You might need these if you are on a ride that moves slow, or anywhere outside and not moving fast.
Goggles. Everyone who plans on riding any water slide, especially thrill seekers and teenagers will need googles. When water spashes on your eyes, you cant help but close them. Most rides will have water splashing around you. Every ride is twice as awesome if you can see where you are going and how fast. I wish I could find sunglass-goggles.
Nose/Ear Plugs. Its more fun when you dont have to plug your nose and when your ears function right after exiting a ride or pool. Keep water out of holes it shouldnt be in. This will make your trip more fun too.
Dont try to bring in tubes. Personal tubes cant be brought in. They have their own tubes for each ride and they cant be taken out. I have seen kids wear swim fins or floaties, but you dont need them. They provide free life jackets for both kids and adults that cant swim.
If you dont have at least 1 person in your group who is willing to be the watch dog for your stuff and not get in any pool or on any slide, then you will need to rent a locker. It is $6 for small and $10 for a family size (large), plus $10 deposit that you will get back if you return the key. "Small" has different meanings depending on which area you get. These are old lockers with old keys. They should go with the new lockers like SDC has with the code, which is a key you keep in your head, but IDK why they dont do that.
Wear a watch on your arm because you will need to know the time and you need something to wrap your locker key on while going on slides.
Bring shoes. After 1 hour of walking barefoot on hot cement, you will have blisters that hurt so bad, you cant even walk with shoes on. I usually wear Toe Shoes. Shoes can be worn anywhere except on slides, but I have also heard some certain kinds are allowed on slides too. Socks are permitted. I tried wader socks on hot cement, but they didnt work.
There are changing rooms in the bathrooms near the gift shop. You can bring in your bags and change here. No need to change in the parking lot or hotel room. The only bad thing is, the changing room is so small that it looks like a waiting area and only has 2 small walls to block the view.
Eat somewhere before you go. Wendys is across the street, has great food, and is cheap. You can eat in the park, but it will be expensive. I buy 1 new thing every time I go just because I love the park so much and Im fine spending extra $$$ on any place I love.
At the end of 2016, they tested the idea of bringing food in small coolers, but I dont know if it worked. Dont expect to bring your own food in this year. You can also eat at your car or at the picnic tables outside the entrance.
Go on days that have little to no rain expected. The park will not close for rain, but they will close all rides if lightning is within 10 miles of the park. There is still enough stuff to do to fill 2 hours, including grabbing a bite to eat, shop in the stores, rest on a lounge chair, listen to the music, or some personal stuff you have to do.
The more crowded it is, the harder it is to enjoy. Avoid Saturdays especially.
Bring your SDC/White Water/Showboat mug for discounted refills.
The wave pool has a clock on the screen, between annoying ads. There is also a timer for the waves.
Stay under a cabana, grab a bite to eat, or go into a shop for half the time you are in the park, unless you will be in and out in under 2 hours, which is almost impossible. There is so much to do and so much you would miss.
If you plan on staying more than half a day, it may be a good idea to rent a cheap cabana.
Buy Season Passes. You will be back many times throughout the year.