San Jose's CaliBunga waterpark not opening as planned

The much-anticipated opening of the Bay Area's newest water park has been postponed.

CaliBunga Waterpark in San Jose, the former site of Raging Waters, was supposed to open on Saturday. However, according to its website, the water park is now opening on July 4.

The general manager for CaliBunga issued a video statement to social media confirming the delay was due to electrical complications.

CaliBunga's GM Mel Sells said emails regarding refunds, cabanas, birthdays and updates are going out soon. The electrical issues impacting the rides were discovered Thursday. 

She apologized for the delayed opening, but said opening on time would not be a safe experience. 

San Jose Mayor Matt Mahan was supposed to be on hand for Saturday's grand opening. 

"This is a big deal for the whole city, the whole South Bay, but especially for East San Jose. In East Side San Jose, this is a provider of jobs, it is a point of civic pride," Mahan said. "For many young people, it is their first job in high school or just out of high school. It adds to the tax base, it supports other local businesses."

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An aerial view of CaliBunga Waterpark San Jose. June 28, 2024 

The new 23-acre attraction is on South White Road and overlooks Lake Cunningham. It's on the site formerly occupied by the long-running theme park Raging Waters, which closed last year.

Mahan said the city worked to find another operator who could get the park re-opened for this summer.

"The reality is we were very lucky to find an operator on short notice who could step in, upgrade the facilities, get everything up to code, upgrade the landscaping and get ready on very short notice," he said.

CaliBunga is run by the newly established Sacramento-based family entertainment group California Dreamin’. The park promises a family adventure with more than a million gallons of water attractions, including slides, rides, and kiddie play areas.

As part of the site's renovations and upgrades, the park said it has also added new shade structures and cabanas, as well as more culinary options including food trucks.


New San Jose waterpark to open at Raging Waters site

The Bay Area's newest waterpark, CaliBunga, is set to open in June. The 23-acre park boasts as Northern California's largest water park.

Tickets range from $49.99 for general admission, when purchased online, to $59.99 when purchased on-site.

For children ages 3 to 9 and seniors, tickets start at $34.99 online to $49.99 at the gate.

Children 2 and under are free. Season passes are also available.

In addition to the water park, CaliBunga said it's planning to open an exciting new attraction at the site later this summer: a garden and restaurant open year-round called Cal Soleil. 

Visitors can expect dining, live music, drinks, and a space to hold special events.