COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ahead of Memorial Day weekend, Zoombezi Bay will welcome guests back this weekend as a sneak peek before opening for the full season.
The waterpark's gates open for all members and season pass holders starting at 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Then, starting May 28, the park will be open daily for the full season until Aug. 12.
In addition to the schedule announcement, the park also revealed a new entrance that enters directly into the Zoombezi Bay. Before, guests had to go through the Columbus Zoo before getting into the waterpark.
The park's new entrance is located between Big Boa Falls and Python Plunge, and it also has a parking lot. Officials said the new park entrance comes with enhanced security features, is more friendly for those with disabilities and has a new ticket building.
Zoombezi Bay officials also said there's a new location for retail, called Sea Star Sundries, which will have merchandise and dedicated areas for strollers and wheelchairs.
Other events for the summer announced include:
- World’s Largest Swimming Lesson — This event will be held simultaneously with hundreds of locations in more than 20 countries, on Thursday, June 23 from 10-10:30 a.m. in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record, according to the Columbus Zoo. The event offers a 30-minute lesson to children ages 2-12 to help build awareness about the importance of teaching children how to swim in order to help prevent drowning.
- Zoombezi Bay Summer Nights, presented by Velvet Ice Cream — On Friday evenings in July, Zoombezi Bay Family Nights will extend park hours with a family-friendly Dive-In Movie playing on the jumbo screen at the Wild Tides Wave Pool until 10 p.m. Movies include Iron Man, The Incredibles and the Santa Clause 2 (in honor of Christmas in July).
- Zoombezi Bay Sensory-Friendly After Hours Event — On Aug. 9 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., the park will make modifications including smaller crowds, music will be turned off throughout the park and sensory-friendly kits with noise-canceling headphones, sunglasses and fidget devices. Reservations are required.
The park also announced it's hiring for the season, offering between $13-$17/hour in various positions that include food and beverage, retail, maintenance and lifeguards.