Carowinds first wave pool opened May 29, 1982. It was known as "Ocean Island". There was a separate admission price to enter and you could enter from either 1 of 2 entrances. From inside the park, you would enter on a bridge that crossed over the White Lightnin' track. That was a bonus being able to stand on the bridge as the coaster train zoomed underneath. The other entrance was directly from the parking lot where you would take a path under Thunder Road. The price to enter just the wave pool (and not the theme park) was $4.50 for 12 and older, $3.00 for ages 4-11 and free for ages 3 and under. If you were already in the park, the admission was just $3.00 for everyone. Ocean Island did not expand at all until the 1989 season when a new 5 story speed slide and 2 new tube slides were added. The speed slide was considered innovative in that you could actually ride in your street clothes without getting soaked. The new water park area was now known as "Rip Tide Reef" in 1989. The speed slides were eventually removed after the 1996 season and another huge expansion took place in 1997. Rip Tide Reef was no more. Paramount renamed the water park "Water Works" for 1997 and Cedar Fair, the parks current owners, have since renamed the water park "Boomerang Bay" and expanded yet again, adding another wave pool as well as many new slides and other attractions.