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40Cent Wednesday, March 15th, 2006
Period of
Field Use:
3 months
Last There: March 4th, 2006
More than 5 years
Review: The good...

Jungle Island is affordable. $20 all day pass; $10 all day comp. air; $5 CO2 fills, $15 marker/mask rental (Tippman Custom Pro; or ??? electronic marker), and most importantly it's BRING YOUR OWN PAINT.

Jungle Island has some of the best fields in So. Cal. Realistic bunkers (vehicles, helicopters, sandbags, etc.) help make the rec ball fields a blast. There is quite a variety of fields from urban to speedball to woodsball. For those that like to play airball they have walk-on games for you.

Jungle Island is easy to get to. It's right off the I-15 freeway between Lake Elsinore and Corona. If you can't find this place then you're blind.

Jungle Island offers night games on Friday and Saturday. Starting at 6pm going until 11pm you can play under floodlights that light up the fields enough to play. It's still dark and the game changes significantly at night on fields like The City (urban style combat). Your cornhole will definitely shrink up waiting for the enemy to come out of the shadows at close range during night games.

The mediocre...

The refs at Jungle Island are a mixed bunch. Some are fantastic. The lead ref (forgot his name; skinny guy with mustache) is awesome. He is fair and consistent in his paint checks and safety enforcement. I have seen him sit people out for two games when they take their mask off on the playing field.

Unfortunately, not all the refs are like him. Not to say that they're not nice. Most all the refs are friendly, but many of them have different sets of rules (i.e. one ref will call you out for getting hit on your marker and others will tell you marker hits don't count). Plus, most of them are young kids doing it for free access to the field. They can be unorganized at times when trying to get people into teams (it can get very lopsided with either a bad separation of numbers like 40 on 25 or one team will have all the little kids and the other has all the good players). This problem has more to do with the crowd situation at Jungle Island but the refs sometimes make it worse. I was a walk on a couple weeks ago and got put on a team of about 40 people and 25 of them were 11 or 12 years old. It just wasn't fair. The other team overwhelmed us every game. It's not fun getting pinned down for 15 minutes because your entire team is afraid to move up out of fear of getting hit with paintballs.

The bad...

Jungle Island can get crowded. This is what happens when you have good fields and you are located in a good spot. They try to do the best they can with the amount of players they get. If it is a nice day, get there early or you may have to park far away. There were almost 200 walk ons last time I was there. In the morning it was beginners and advanced. After lunch they smartened up and made a third group, an intermediate group. Dropping the amount of players on each field from 100 to 60-70 made a big difference. I usually like games with lots of players. It's more chaotic and there are more people to shoot at. However, when fields aren't big enough to handle the amount of people playing, it can get silly. There's nothing like sharing a bunker that is 3' by 3' with six other guys!

If you can organize a private group (20 or more players) you can pick the fields you want to play and they give you a ref. You can also get in more games. I highly suggest this if you can make it happen because then you don't have to worry about the crowds.

Another downer is how long it takes to get games going sometimes. They are usually good at getting games going but sometimes trying to organize all the walk-ons is a nightmare. By being a walk-on you lose at least 2 or 3 games in comparison to privates.

Also, they have chrono checks first thing in the a.m. and then they re-check after lunch. The only problem is that you can watch guys chrono, then go to their car or to a bench and up their speeds after they get their approved check. Obviously, most everyone obeys the rules but you always get a couple clowns that want to shoot hot. Unfortunately, if they shoot you it can hurt at 300fps+.

Overall, I like Jungle Island. I think it is run pretty well and they make a decent effort to please the customer considering how crowded they can get. There are obviously things I'd do a little different but hey, it's not my business so what can I do? I will continue to go there and recommend it to anyone looking for an affordable place to play with a variety of fields. If those two things are what you are looking for then this is your place.
Last edited on Sunday, March 19th, 2006 at 9:29 pm PST

Review Comments
TheECP Friday, April 7th, 2006 | 10:29 pm PST
That's exactly how I feel about the place, if only I knew 19 paintballers.......well, there is always the special ops brigade!

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