Wave Pool in PA at Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom

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Wave Pool

The size of a football field, this large pool brings the beach to the backyard with hours of fun for you and Guests of all ages. The wave pool provides ocean-like waves in water depths ranging from zero to six feet - minus the sand, broken shells and jellyfish.

  • Opened in 1985 – was one of the largest man-made wave pools in the country
  • Holds over 560,000 gallons of water
  • Waves run on a 5-minute on and 5-minute off cycle
  • Seating is also provided
  • In 2003, the wave pool was renovated and a pneumatic wave-making system was added which produces a more realistic ocean wave pattern.
  • In 1988, boogie boards were given out for guests to enjoy.
  • In 1985, Jim Karabasz, a surfing director, taught surfing every day at the wave pool.
  • In June 1985, the waves were big enough to hold the World Professional Inland Surfing Championship.

Children less than 48" tall in bare feet or those who are inexperienced or non-swimmers are required to wear a life jacket. Children less than 42" tall in bare feet must wear a life jacket and be accompanied by a supervising companion. A supervising companion may accompany up to 2 guests.

Rider Safety Information

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  • A large wave pool with depths ranging from 0 ft. to 6 ft.  Waves are generated for 5 minutes on, and then 5 minutes off. During wave action, strenuous activity is required. Prolonged exposure to wave action may result in fatigue. Exercise caution in deep water.
  • Guests must be able to maintain independent seated postural control and must have appropriate observed behavior or be accompanied by a supervising companion.
  • Guests must have a minimum of two functioning extremities.
  • Hand-held Infants participation or water depth may be restricted if necessary and must be accompanied by a supervising companion.
  • Guests with a full arm cast or full leg cast are welcome to enjoy the attraction, but participation or water depth may be restricted if necessary. Guests with a cervical collar, neck brace, broken collar bone or braced arm cast cannot participate.
  • Access is available via the zero depth entry. This attraction is wheelchair accessible, although the water level may not exceed the height of the seat on the chair. A water wheelchair is available for guests requiring additional assistance. Please speak to a member of our Aquatics supervisor team to obtain access to the water wheelchair.
  • Visit our Guest Assistance Guide for additional Accessibility information.