- What days will Raging Waves be open for the 2020 season? Yes. Because we are an outdoor park with all water attractions, there are days we might not be able to open for guest comfort or safety. Forecasted high temperatures for our area must generally be at least 72 degrees or warmer. We also take into account cloud cover, wind and potential precipitation on these cool days. We typically make these decisions by 9am and we suggest you checkout our website or call 630-882-6575 for updates on questionable weather days.
- Are there days when Raging Waves will not open due to weather? Yes. Because we are an outdoor park with all water attractions, there are days we might not be able to open for guest comfort or safety. Forecasted high temperatures for our area must generally be at least 72 degrees or warmer. We also take into account cloud cover, wind and potential precipitation on these cool days. We typically make these decisions by 9am and we suggest you checkout our website or call 630-882-6575 for updates on questionable weather days.
- Do you have an ATM machine? No ATM will be available for the 2020 season.
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- What do I do if my party gets separated? We know that when visiting the waterpark you might be concerned about getting separated during the excitement of your visit. It is important that each family or group establish a meeting point for family and friends. We recommend an area outside of the main plaza at specific times throughout the day to check up on all group members. Raging Waves does not page for lost guests but any of our team members and Guest Services is always happy to assist you.
- What is Raging Waves smoking policy? Raging Waves is a smoke free facility. A reserved smoking area is available outside the park in the main parking lot, by the flag pole. This includes cigarettes and e-cigarettes. Re-enter will be limited for the 2020 season and will be available between 11:30am-2:30pm.
Add-ons to Your Experience
- Do I have to rent a tube for rides? Tubes are provided for free on all rides that require a tube. Private individual tubes are available for a daily rental fee of $5.00 and may reduce waiting times at rides, but are not required. Rentals tubes are only allowed for our Cyclone attraction. Guests must purchase a wristband at a Rentals counter to use rental tubes.
- Are lockers available? Daily individual rental lockers are available for $12.00. Family Lockers are also available for $15.00. We highly recommend use of a locker.
- I want to make this a special day for my family or group. Do you rent private cabanas? Yes we do. Cabanas overlook the Great Barrier Reef Wave Pool, Kookarburra Kreek Lazy River, Koala Kove, and Quokka-Nut Island. Cabanas are furnished with 5 chairs, a table and 3 lounge chairs. Cabana rentals also include wait staff service and a special snack (wait staff not included with Koala of Quokka Cabanas). Standard Cabanas can accommodate up to 8 guests per cabana. Premium Cabanas can accomdate up to 14 guests per cabana. Each guest will receive a wristband and only guests with wristbands will be allowed into the cabana areas. Make your online reservations early! Reserve your cabana online Cabanas reserved day of are on a first-come basis in person only. No phone reservations will be accepted.
- Do you rent towels? No, but we do sell them in the gift shop.
- Do you have gift cards? Splash Cash will be unavailable for the 2020 season.
- What should I wear? Dress code and footwear. Proper swimming attire is required. Any guests wearing clothes that are offensive, such as clothing with profanity will be asked to change. Swim diapers are required for tots. Thong style bikinis are not allowed. T-shirts are allowed on all attractions except speed slides. Cover ups for speed slides are permitted but must be skin tight rash guards. Water shoes are permitted in the Wave Pool, Lazy River, Crocodile Mile, Boomerang, Koala Kove, Quokka-Nut Island and Kangaroo Falls. Water shoes are not permitted on any other attractions. All policies are at the discretion of Raging Waves management.
What’s the story behind the name Raging Waves?
- Not many people know that Raging Waves is a 20-year dream of Randy Witt, one of the park’s three managing owners. The other two are Randy’s wife, Dawn, and Randy’s brother-in-law, Scott. Ever wonder how the park got the name, Raging Waves? Well, there is one specific rock in the Raging Waves plaza that tells the story. Walk up to the big park map. The rock really isn’t that big, but inscribed are the words “The Lord on high is mightier than the many waters, yea, than the raging waves of the sea.” The verse is Psalms 93.4. “As owners, we believe God is indeed all powerful and He has a hand in all we do. We choose to follow Him through all the ups and downs in life and we know He will carry us through; even though the “waves” of life may be “raging” at times,” said Randy. The next time you are at Raging Waves, take a look for this rock. There is a reason that Illinois’ Largest Waterpark is still standing and operating to this day.
- What happens if it rains during my visit to the park? We will suspend the operations of our attractions when unsafe conditions are present (as determined by Management in conjunction with our weather service). We will re-open when weather conditions in our immediate area are safe to do so (we cannot guarantee ideal weather conditions). In the event we cannot re-open our attractions within 60 minutes, guests remaining in the park will receive a complimentary ticket for a return visit to Raging Waves during the 2020 season (you will receive an email confirmation). No refunds are issued regardless of time spent in the park or if we re-open after inclement weather has passed. There are no refunds on incidental expenses (such as Personal Tube Rentals, Lockers, Food, etc.). Operating hours and attraction status are subject to change.
- Does Raging Waves offer rainchecks in case of inclement weather? Raging Waves is open every day of the season, rain or shine but can close for the day based on current poor conditions and a poor forecast. If we experience inclement weather that includes lightning (or some other extreme weather condition), the park will suspend operations until it passes. If the park closes for the day, all customers remaining in the park (except season pass holders) will receive a complimentary return ticket for a visit during the 2020 season via email. Guests MUST use the weather voucher email to reserve their future visit to the park. Exchange may be done only on the day in which the park closes. Refunds are not offered.
- Are there days when Raging Waves will not open due to weather? Yes. Because we are an outdoor park with all water attractions, there are days we might not be able to open for guest comfort or safety. Forecasted high temperatures for our area must generally be at least 72 degrees or warmer. We also taking into account cloud cover, wind and potential precipitation on these cool days. We typically make these decisions by 9am and we suggest you checkout our website or call 630-882-6575 for updates on questionable weather days.
- What items are NOT allowed into Raging Waves? No outside food or beverages are permitted except factory-sealed water bottles and personal filled water bottles (water only– nothing else – ie. Propel, etc…). Due to COVID restrictions, we will have our water fountains shut off and refills are not permitted, so we recommend filling up your water bottle prior to your visit. No alcoholic beverages may be brought onto Raging Waves property. Smoking is not allowed, and this includes cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes and other paraphernalia. Grilling is not allowed on Raging Waves property. For the safety of all guests, no knives, firearms, glass items (including but not limited to jars, bottles, and mirrors), or other sharp or potentially dangerous items may be brought into Raging Waves and all bags are inspected upon entrance. Unauthorized items will need to be thrown away or returned to your vehicle. Raging Waves will not hold unauthorized items for guests. Other items not allowed into Raging Waves are chairs, umbrellas, tents, flotation devices, and noodles. All photography is limited to friends and family. Any actions deemed inappropriate are cause for immediate ejection without refund. All policies/items are at the discretion of Raging Waves management. Selfie-sticks are not allowed in the park. GoPro (or other) video cameras may not be taken down rides.
- May I bring my own life jacket and/or tube into the water park? Outside life jackets and puddle jumpers are permitted if they bear the “Coast Guard Approved” tag. We have life jackets available near the wave pool which are complimentary for guests, however they are first come first serve. Because of the active nature of our attractions, personal flotation devices, including children’s water wings, noodles, tubes are not allowed in the park. All policies are at the discretion of Raging Waves management.
Food and Beverage
- Does Raging Waves Do Mobile Ordering? Yes, Raging Waves now does mobile ordering for the Shark Bite Cafe. Download the Raging Waves Waterpark mobile app from the Apple App Store or Android Google Play Store. Just take a seat at a picnic table in the Shark Bite seating area and your food will be delivered to you! You also receive delivery service if you have a cabana for the day.
- Can I bring food and beverages into Raging Waves? No outside food or beverages are permitted except factory-sealed water bottles and personal filled water bottles (water only– nothing else – ex. Propel, etc…). Due to COVID restrictions, we will have our water fountains shut off and refills are not permitted, so we recommend filling up your water bottle prior to your visit. Unauthorized items will need to be thrown away or returned to your vehicle. Raging Waves will not hold unauthorized items for guests. We suggest guests who are bringing food and beverage to keep all items in a cooler in their cars and use provided picnic areas outside the park to enjoy lunch or snacks (re-entry only between 11:30am-2:30pm). No alcoholic beverages may be brought onto Raging Waves property. For the safety of all guests, no knives, glass items (including but not limited to jars, bottles, and mirrors), or other sharp or potentially dangerous items may be brought into Raging Waves and all bags are inspected upon entrance. Grilling is not permitted on Raging Waves property. You may only bring SOFT coolers into the park that are no larger than 8” X 10” x 8”. (Lunch box size as seen below) Lunch box sized coolers can only contain factory sealed bottled water and ice.
- I have (or a member of my group has) special medical dietary needs. What should I do? Please contact our Director of Operations to make special arrangements at least 24 hours in advance. Due to the numerous fraudulent attempts to circumvent our policies (true example: “My child needs a 24-pack of Mountain Dew with him at all times”), we have instituted this policy to ensure that those with true medical needs can fully enjoy their time at Raging Waves. *Ingredients for Food & Beverage items can be found in the Guest Services Office and at each food venue.
- What if I don’t want to eat at the restaurants or concession kiosks? Several picnic tables are located in our parking lot, and are available on a first-come, first serve basis. Re-enter will only be allowed between 11:30a-2:30p.
- Is the food at Raging Waves expensive? No. Food and beverage prices at Raging Waves are competitive with many popular fast food restaurants.
- What is the best place and time to eat? Raging Waves offer 1 restaurant and multiple snack carts throughout the park. To beat the crowds we recommend eating around 11:00am or after 1:30pm for lunch.
- Does everyone need an admission ticket to enter? Everyone entering Raging Waves must have an admission ticket and reservation. We do not offer spectator admission.
- Do you have a spectator admission ticket? All guests entering the water park must have a regular ticket. There is no way to separate or regulate those who are not using the attractions. Infants between 0-23 months will be admitted for free.
- Can my twelve year old (or younger) child be by themselves at Raging Waves? Children 13 years old or older may visit Raging Waves without adult supervision. Children 12 years of age and younger must be accompanied by a responsible adult, 18 years of age or older. Children 12 and under may never be dropped off and left unsupervised.
- What is the re-entry policy? You may leave and re-enter the park only between the hours of 11:30am and 2:30pm. Everyone must get a wristband at rentals before leaving if they would like to re-enter.
- What is the refund policy? All tickets and season passes purchased online or at the park are non-refundable. (No extensions are allowed)
- What if I'm not comfortable coming to the park yet but already purchased a ticket/season pass/Groupon/etc? We can completely understand that everyone is at a different level of comfort during these times. Due to that, all 2020 season passes and tickets purchased in 2020 prior to COVID-19 will be honored in the entire 2021 season in addition to the remainder of 2020 season.
- I have a ticket from last year, can I use it? All of our tickets have an expiration date. As long as the ticket has not expired, you can use it. All orders are subject to cancellation. If you have a LivingSocial, Groupon, or Travelzoo voucher, please read the voucher to see its terms and conditions. It may have a provision stating that you can receive paid value for that specific offer. That means if you bought a voucher for an Over 42″ ticket, you can use your voucher to receive your paid value off of an Over 42″ ticket.
- Does Raging Waves charge for parking? Standard and Handicap Parking at Raging Waves is $10 for the 2020 season (save $5 by purchasing online!). Preferred parking (which is closer to the entrance gate) is available for $20.00 per car. Bus & RV’s will be charged $20 as well. No in and out privileges!
- What if I have a season pass? Standard parking is included with your pass, so there is no additional charge. However, if you want preferred parking, that is available to you for $20.00 per car.
- I am traveling with my pet. Can I bring them into the park with me? Although we can’t invite your furry friend to join us at Raging Waves, there are many options in the area for pet boarding.