The Best Water Parks Near Disneyland
With Disneyland and California Adventure located in Southern California, the Happiest Place on Earth can get hot. That is especially true in the summer months when temperatures rise to the mid-nineties. And while most hotels near Disneyland have pools you can cool off in between park visits nothing quite compares to a water park. If you have an extra day or two to spare, consider visiting one of the many water parks near Disneyland.
We share where to go for the best water parks near Disneyland and California Adventure, ahead.
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Great Wolf Lodge
Location: Garden Grove, California
Looking for an indoor water park near Disneyland? Look no further than Great Wolf Lodge. From the Howlin’ Tornado to the Coyote Cannon the water park features a variety of water rides that are fun for the whole family.
Knott’s Soak City
Location: Buena Park, California
As it turns out, Disneyland isn’t the only theme park near Anaheim, California. Knott’s Berry Farm is located right down the street — and it has a water park. Knott’s Soak City is a 15-acre water park with a variety of attraction, including water slides, tubing, a wave pool, and a lazy river.
Raging Waters Los Angeles
Location: San Dimas, California
Located about 25 miles east of Disneyland Resort, Raging Waters Los Angeles is one of California’s biggest water parks. From a lazy river that is a quarter mile long to a variety of water park rides — including water slides and tubing — Raging Waters is fun for all ages.
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor
Location: Santa Clarita, California
Albeit a little farther than other water parks near Disneyland, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor in Santa Clarita, California is definitely worth the drive. Open June to September, the water park features a lazy river, massive water slides, a wave pool, and a fun kids area for the littlest members of the family.
Water rides at Disneyland and California Adventure
Looking for a place to cool off without leaving the theme parks? Lucky for you, Disneyland and California Adventure offer a variety of water rides that can help you cool off on hot summer days. See below for a full list of water rides at the Happiest Place on Earth.
It wouldn’t be a warm Disney day without a ride down Splash Mountain. The iconic Disney attraction is one of the most popular ways to cool down when visiting Disneyland during the summer.
Grizzly River Run
The Grizzly River Run is perhaps one of the most water park-like rides at Disneyland and California Adventure. In fact, most guests end up completely soaked!
Pirates of the Caribbean
While it’s nothing compared to Splash Mountain and the Grizzly River Run, Pirates of the Caribbean can make for a great place to cool off. Not only is the ride inside — aka, much cooler than usual outside temperatures — it has a couple of medium-sized dips that create some splash.
Similar to Pirates of the Caribbean, the Matterhorn Bobsleds have a few small dips that can kick up some water and cool off park guests.
It’s a Small World
It’s unlikely you’ll get wet on It’s a Small World. However, the attraction is indoors (and air-conditioned) so it’s a great way to cool off mid-day.
The Jungle Cruise is another ride you probably won’t get wet. That said, there is plenty of shade, and the ride operators are some of the most entertaining in the park.
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