Between numerous injuries and millions of dollars, it's pretty accurate to say this water ride was a bonehead decision.


In 2000 Magic Waters unveiled a new "thrill" ride called Splash Blaster, a ride in which involved guests riding in an inflatable bloat sending them up and down bumps, twists, and turns. According to reports, the ride cost $3 million dollars to build, but that's just a small amount Rockford Park District would end up paying for the ride.

I, personally, did not like the ride. Something wasn't right. I only went on it a few times because during the ride I would always seem to lift up off the raft and crash my tail bone back into the hard tubing. It did not feel well. Many of us were lucky enough to not be seriously injured, but others weren't.

People were getting legit injuries while riding Splash Blaster. I'm not talking about hypochondriac injuries or bump and bruises, I'm talking injuries requiring surgery(s). Guess what? Twelve people sued Magic Waters in 2015.

According to this chart by Rockford Register Star, the settlements totaled over $2.5 million dollars.

Name City of Residence Status Amount
Cilicia Gibson Lansing Settled $35,000
Jason Kirk Sharon, Wisconsin Settled $16,500
Julie Erickson Byron Settled $200,000
Ted Wierbowski Hoffman Estates Settled $55,000
Angela Samuelson Cortland Settled $700,000
Angela Ceasario Belvidere Settled $38,500
Maricela Garza Bensenville Settled $925,000
Mary Tucknott Rockford Settled $300,000
Stephanie Milloro Rockford Settled $40,000
Joann Stewart Rockford Settled $100,000
Edwin White Roscoe Settled $56,000
Maria LC Parrish Rockford Settled $70,000
Total: $2,536,000

So the Splash Blaster initially cost $3 million, plus the $2.5 million in lawsuits, but the money isn't done adding up yet. says tearing down the Splash Blaster cost just over $160,000 and their new safer ride, SCREAMING LIZARD, cost $3.1 million to build. The money is starting to add up.

Splash Blaster + Lawsuit settlements + Teardown + Rebuild of new ride= $8.8 million. (For comparison, the estimated cost of the entire 2017 season at Magic Waters is about $2.6 million. Yikes.)

The new ride, SCREAMING LIZARD, is said to be safer and more thrilling. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited for it to open. Driving by the water park every day and seeing progress is a tease, let's just hope there are sunnier days ahead when it comes to new attractions at Magic Waters.

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(H/T Rockford Register Star)


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