Wild Waves Theme Park: Where the Wild Meets the Waves
The Wild Waves Theme Park in Federal Way, Washington, is a summer time favorite, and they are getting ready for a big 2008 season. Half thrill-packed amusement park, half soaking wet water park, Wild Waves is the largest water park/theme park combo in the Pacific Northwest.
Wild Waves opened in 1977 as the Enchanted Village, a small amusement park with just a few rides. Several years later, the Wild Waves Water Park moved in next door, and the two parks merged and became Enchanted Parks.
In 2000, Enchanted Parks caught the attention of the Six Flags theme park honchos and they bought it for over $19 million. By this time, the park had expanded to include dozens of rides and boasted the biggest water park in the entire region. In 2007, Six Flags sold the park to CNL Income Properties, a real estate company out of Orlando, Florida, and it turned into the Wild Waves Theme Park it is today.
Wild Waves Theme Park is Flashing Back to Disk-O in 2008. The newest thrill being added to the Wild Waves portfolio this summer is the Disko Flashback, where riders strap onto the edge of a huge round platform and go back and forth on a wide U-shaped track while continuously spinning in circles. At night, the lights alone are worth a ride!
On the theme park side, Wild Waves has 4 roller coasters:
– Timberhawk Ride of Prey – the largest wooden coaster in Washington state.
– The Klondike Gold Rusher – a wild mouse or zig-zag coaster added in 2002.
– Wild Thing – a steel loop and corkscrew coaster.
– Lumberjack Falls – a wet and wild splash coaster.
Over in the water park, you will find Zooma Falls, a family-size white water rafting ride that includes a plunge over some thundering falls. Hooks Lagoon has soaking fun for the entire family with water slides, speed slides, a wading pool and a mini river ride. There’s also a wave pool, some giant water slides, Konga River tube slides and the Raging River.
Wild Waves Theme Park is only open on the weekends for the month of May. The summer 2008 season officially begins on June 5, and goes until Labor Day, September 1. Ticket prices for 2008 are:
– General admission = $34.99
– Child admission (under 48” tall) = $29.99
– Kids under 2 are free
Best of all, both the thrilling dry side and the wild wet side are included in the price of admission. Parking is $10. Locals might want to consider getting a season pass to Wild Waves for just $74.99. In three visits, you’ll have gotten your money’s worth.
Go to FreeThemePark.com now and grab your Wild Waves coupons.