This year enjoying a day at Hurricane Harbor Rockford fka Magic Waters will be a little bit different. Six Flags, who nows owns the former Magic Waters, has released information that they will re-open their parks with limited capacity and require reservations. Here’s what you need to know if you want to spend a day at the waterpark this summer.
When is Hurricane Harbor Rockford Opening?
Hurricane Harbor Rockford is opening to members and season pass holders on July 20th. It is open to the public on July 22nd.
Hours are 11 am – 5 pm daily until September 7, 2020. The park will be closed August 24-27 and August 31 – September 4.
How much will a day at Hurricane Harbor Rockford Cost?
If you’re used to Magic Waters’ pricing and deals, you may find Hurricane Harbor’s pricing to be a bit high, but it is comparable to other Six Flags locations.
2020 One Day Ticket prices: $22.50 (for a limited time)
2019 ticket prices were ~$34.99
Season passes and memberships: Price varies but starts around $80 for season passes. More about season passes and memberships here.
Parking is $10 per car or $80 for season parking.
Cabana rentals start at $60 and come with tube rentals and drink tickets.
Tube rental: TBD
How do you get tickets to Hurricane Harbor Rockford?
Members and season pass holders have first dibs on the park on Monday, July 20 and Tuesday, July 21, 2020. Hurricane Harbor Rockford will be open to the public on Wednesday, July 22, 2020.
People can start making reservations starting on Friday, July 10, 2020. Members can make reservations beginning at 9 am. Here is the schedule for making reservations on July 10th. After July 10th, everyone can buy tickets and make reservations.
- Diamond & Diamond Elite Members – Friday, July 10 at 9:00 am
- All Members – Friday, July 10 at 12:00 pm
- All Members & Pass Holders – Friday, July 10 at 2:00 pm
- All Members, Pass Holders, & Previously Purchased Ticket Holders – Friday, July 10 at 5:00 pm
To buy a one-day ticket, go here and purchase them for $22.50 each. Then make your reservation once you’ve purchased your tickets.
What’s new this year at Hurricane Harbor?
Hurricane Harbor was previously owned by Rockford Park District but has been leased out to Six Flags since 2018. This is the second season of Six Flags running the park and they have made some improvements and upgrades.
Hurricane Harbor Rockford has a number of new safety precautions in place for this year as well as limited capacity.
- All guests over the age of 3 must wear masks at all times except for in the pool and on rides. There will be areas where guests can take off their masks.
- Guests’ temperature will be checked upon arrival through a noninvasive method.
- Guests bags will be checked through a touchless method.
- Guests can order food through their phones.
- There will be hand washing and hand sanitizing stations throughout the park.
- The park will be cleaned and sanitized frequently.
Waterparks fall under the governor’s recommendation for gatherings of no more than 50 people. Hurricane Harbor has not released information on whether they will be limiting the park to 50 people.
What’s been postponed until 2021?
The Midwest’s first and only tailspin waterslide, the Tidal Wave was planned for 2020, but has been postponed until 2021.
The Screaming Lizard ride is closed for 2020.
There will be no waves in the wave pool for 2020.
What can you do at Hurricane Harbor Rockford?
Most of Hurricane Harbor Rockford’s attractions will be open to enjoy. Plan to spend a day at Hurricane Harbor checking out all the park has to offer.
If you have little kids, there are three places you’ll want to check out.
Little Lagoon – This is the perfect place for babies and toddlers. There are cute animals to climb on, a shallow pool to splash in and swings.
Tiki Island – This is the place for preschoolers and up. It’s a huge playground with water features throughout and a giant bucket that dumps 1,000 gallons of water every ~10-15 minutes.
Splash Magic River – When you want to take a break, relax and float down the lazy river or get out of your tube and splash around.
There are also many thrilling rides for bigger kids and adults including:
The Double Dare Drop – A seven-story body slide you can race down with a friend.
Paradise Pipelines – Two four-story tube slides that give you a great view of the park.
The Abyss – A tube slide ride that takes you into pitch darkness.
Tropical Twisters – A body slide with your pick of three slides that are either fast or curvy.
Typhoon Terror – A four-person tube ride where you spin in a funnel.
No visit to Hurricane Harbor would be complete with a dip in the giant wave pool, Tsunami Bay. Please note that for the 2020 season, there will be no waves in the wave pool.