Dive-In Movies

Every Friday night in July and the first Friday in August, guests can enjoy their favorite Central Ohio waterpark with extended hours and a lot more fun as part of Zoombezi Bay Summer Nights.

Beginning at 6 p.m., guests can watch the park transform as the sun goes down and see their favorite attractions in a whole new light. Some favorite rides, including Cyclone, SoundSurfer, Big Boa Falls and more, will be open until 11 p.m. for thrill-seekers to enjoy some extra splash time in the park.

In addition to having access to Zoombezi Bay’s many attractions after dark, the Big Island will host live entertainment, including music, animals from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and friendly character ambassadors to entertain guests of all ages. Swedish Fish samples and activities will also be available.

Additionally, each Summer Nights event will feature a different family-friendly movie on a jumbo screen that guests can enjoy while floating on an inner tube (while supplies last) in the Wild Tides Wave Pool or from a chaise lounge chair along the shore. This summer’s lineup includes:

JULY 7 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Take a trip into a world of pure imagination as this film follows the journey of a young boy and his grandfather on a tour of the strangest and most exciting chocolate factory in the world.

Rated G; 100 minutes; 1971

JULY 14 Space Jam

When the Looney Tunes get kidnapped by a group of mischievous aliens, Bugs Bunny challenges them to a basketball game to determine the Toons’ fate. All seems lost when the aliens steal the powers of famous NBA players to get a leg up on their competition, but Bugs and the gang enlist a secret weapon of their own.

Rated PG; 100 minutes; 1996

JULY 21 Kung Fu Panda 3

The third film in the Kung Fu Panda trilogy, the audience revisits Po as he embarks on another journey to fulfill another challenge from his beloved instructor: training a group of young, fun-loving pandas in martial arts in order to prepare for their showdown with the evil Kai.

Rated PG; 95 minutes; 2016

JULY 28 We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story

When a group of fun-loving dinosaurs visit New York City, chaos unfolds as they try to make their way to the American Museum of Natural History. Apprehended by an eccentric circus troupe, the dinosaurs rely on the help of their human children friends to get them to the museum safely.

Rated G; 73 minutes; 1993

AUG. 4 The Secret Life of Pets

The posh and spoiled life of Max the terrier is interrupted when his family adopts a stray dog named Duke. Before too long, Max and Duke find themselves in danger and must join a group of abandoned pets on their mission for justice.

Rated PG; 90 minutes; 2016

Regular admission rates apply for each Summer Nights event, but guests who visit Zoombezi Bay after 5 p.m. on the night of the event and use the code phrase, “little red fishies,” at the ticket booth will receive discounted admission for $10 per person. After 8 p.m., guests using the code phrase will receive $5 admission per person. Those who follow Zoombezi Bay on Facebook will have the chance to enter to win a Family 4-Pack each week in July and the first week in August.

For more information or to purchase tickets and season passes, visit