Raging Waters waterpark opened on June 18, 1983 in San Dimas, California, and is still operating today on a seasonal basis. This is a current map of the park:
Even though I have never been to Raging Waters, some of my family members visited the park back in 1984. Here are some pics from that visit.
Looking at that small octagonal building to the left of the slides, and checking the current map of the park, these first two pics look like they are of "Drop Out."
I can't find these two water slides on the current map. I suppose it's very possible, that these slides could have been replaced by something bigger and better in the last 34 years. (**POST UPDATE** - I've been informed that these slides were called "Rampage," but they are no longer standing. Does anyone know where they were located or what replaced them?)
These next two pics show the "Speed Slides," which are still in use at the park.
I wonder if this little man-made beach still exists today?
This pic appears to have been taken from a road above the park. The large roundish building in the middle of the photo, looks like it's the main building located just inside the park entrance on the current map. There is a beach just to the left of the building and on the far right, some intertwining water slides can be seen. I'm sure this view has changed drastically in the last three and a half decades!
We'll end today, with an advertisement and an article from a 1983 Los Angeles Times advertising supplement. Both of these predate Raging Waters' grand opening by one week.
I hope everyone enjoyed this little visit back in time, to Raging Waters' early years!
**POST UPDATE** - The following video is from the Nickelodeon show, "Wild & Crazy Kids." This particular episode was filmed at Raging Waters, circa 1990, and has some really good footage of all three slides/attractions pictured above ("Drop Out," "Rampage" and the "Screamer" Speed Slides). Special thanks to Eric, from the "...But It Wasn't Always That Way!" blog, for sharing the link to this video!