VALLEJO -- There's a blue line circling the ground around Six Flags Discovery Kingdom's newest ride, a quiet reminder that passers-by will get wet.

"My girls would love this," said a dripping Pippin Dew-Costa, a Vallejo council member as she shook the water from her hair last week.

Dew-Costa, along with two of her friends, were among the first to try out Tsunami Soaker, which combines a gentle spinning ride with an all-out water-gun battle. The ride officially opened Saturday, but guests and media were allowed a preview in advance of Tsunami Soaker's public debut.

"I'm glad it's a hot day because you get very, very wet," Dew-Costa said.

The ride, near the go-karts at the park's southeastern borders, replaces a whale-themed children's ride. Nine barrel-shaped cars spin around a central tower topped with a pelican. Each car also rotates individually, allowing its six passengers to train their water cannons at riders and gawkers alike.

However, the audience is also armed, with water cannons circling the fence around Tsunami Soaker, allowing for a water war on multiple fronts.

As the ride begins, the porous floor drops out, allowing water to flood the bottom of the ride and the boats to float.

"It's great. I'm wet," said Dylan Cayuga, a 14-year-old visiting from Nevada.

The ride takes 100,065 gallons of water. As part of its conservation efforts, Discovery Kingdom recirculates what water doesn't end up on park guests.


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Tsunami Soaker was constructed in Germany by Mack Rides and can carry up to 54 passengers at a time. The minimum height requirement is 36 inches with an adult.