Wild Waves Theme Park

Last updated

Wild Waves Theme & Water Park
Previously known as
    • Enchanted Village
    •  (197783)
    • Enchanted Parks
    •  (1984)
    • Wild Waves and Enchanted Village
    •  (19842001)
    • Six Flags Wild Waves
    •  (20022006)
    • Wild Waves Theme Park
    •  (20072016)
    • Wild Waves and Enchanted Village
    • (park was split into 2 different parks)
    •  (2016)
    • Wildwaves Theme and Water Park
    •  (2017current)
Wild Waves Theme Park logo.png
Location36201 Enchanted Parkway S, Federal Way, Washington
Coordinates 47°16′21″N122°18′41″W / 47.2725°N 122.3115°W / 47.2725; -122.3115 (Wild Waves Theme Park) Coordinates: 47°16′21″N122°18′41″W / 47.2725°N 122.3115°W / 47.2725; -122.3115 (Wild Waves Theme Park)
StatusOperating
Opened1977
Owner EPR Properties
Operated by Premier Parks, LLC
SlogangoWILD
Operating seasonMay to October
Area70+ Acres
Attractions
Total
    • Theme park: 25
    • Water park: 9
    • Total: 34
Roller coasters4
Water rides9
Website http://www.wildwaves.com

Wild Waves Theme & Water Park is an amusement park and water park in Federal Way, Washington. Opened in 1977 as The Enchanted Village (with its accompanying water park, Wild Waves, opening in 1984), [1] the park is a popular summer destination in the Pacific Northwest and is one of three waterparks in Washington state. The park's name was reverted to Wild Waves Water Park and Enchanted Village Amusement Park in April 2016, and once again changed to Wild Waves Theme and Water Park in November 2016, as a result of the park's acquisition by EPR Properties.

Contents

History

Founding through today.

Hooks Lagoon Wild Waves slide tower.jpg
Hooks Lagoon

The Enchanted Village theme park was first opened in 1977 by Byron Betts. The initial 12-acre (49,000 m2) park site held only a half-dozen rides. In 1984, Wild Waves Waterpark was built adjacent to Enchanted Village; [2] the combined amusement complex became known as Enchanted Parks. In 1991, co-owners Michael Moodenbaugh and Jeff Stock paid $8 million for Enchanted Parks. In 1993, Moodenbaugh traded his share of Enchanted Parks, Inc., for shares in their jointly owned amusement park in Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada called Boblo Island Amusement Park, Inc.  In 1993, Jeff Stock purchased several rides from Boblo Island. Stock then sold his shares of Enchanted Parks, Inc., in late 2000 to Six Flags for $19.3 million. [3] In 1997, the park purchased the Loop Corkscrew roller coaster from the defunct Rocky Point Amusement Park in Warwick, Rhode Island and renamed the ride the Wild Thing. [4] In 2000, the park had grown to over 70 acres (280,000 m2), with more than 20 rides, and was the Northwest's largest waterpark. [1] In 2002 and 2003, major expansion took place, with the addition of several new attractions, many manufactured by Zamperla and S&S Power. Also in 2002, approximately 1000 seasonal workers were employed for positions as rides operators and food service workers. Many of these seasonal workers are also students of local high schools. [5] The park's name was reverted to Enchanted Village and Wild Waves Water Park for the 2016 season to once again split the park into two separate parks instead of one. This was accomplished by having a second entrance at the top of the parking lot to enter Enchanted Village and the main entrance was used to enter Wildwaves Water Park. Ticket holders could purchase a pass to just Wildwaves or just Enchanted Village. they could also purchase a more expensive park hopper pass. Season Pass Members got park hopper access free with their purchase. In the 2017 season, this system was removed and the entire park became Wildwaves Theme and Water Park. This change was due to many complaints that the park hopping ticket system was too complicated. In 2020, the park did not open due to Covid-19. Tickets and season passes were rolled over into 2021. During the 2021 season, there were many covid mitigation strategies in place such as reservations, distancing, and masks.

Ownership changes

Aerial view, with the large Wave Pool visible to the right Wild Waves Theme Park - Federal Way WA.jpg
Aerial view, with the large Wave Pool visible to the right

In April 2007, Six Flags sold the park to Orlando-based real estate investment trust CNL Income Properties, which leased the park to PARC Management. [6]

In January 2010, PARC Management had defaulted on its lease with CNL for Wild Waves and a majority of its other parks. Wild Waves was then placed under the new management of Norpoint Entertainment (owned by previous Wild Waves owner Jeff Stock). Stock implemented many changes to the park in 2011 including a new water ride for that season.

With the CNL Income Properties acquisition, the park was named Wild Waves Theme & Water Park. Other parks owned by CNL included Darien Lake Theme Park Resort, Elitch Gardens, Frontier City, SplashTown Waterpark, White Water Bay, and Waterworld California, all of which were bought in a $312 million purchase from Six Flags. [7]

In November 2016, Wild Waves and the other CNL properties were sold to EPR Properties, based in Kansas City, Missouri. The total price of all the properties was $456 million, although there was no specific price disclosed for Wild Waves. The parks were placed under the management of Premier Parks, LLC.

August 2016 drowning accident

On August 20, 2016, a 33-year-old man died in the Activity Pool due to drowning. [8] A police report noted multiple missed chances to attempt a rescue. [9] According to the report, children reported a body at the bottom of the pool to a lifeguard, who "believed that they were pranking him and did not think anything of it." [10] In a statement released by police, Wild Waves said they actively reviewed the accident, their safety protocols, and the actions taken by staff. [11]

Rides

Roller Coasters

Roller CoasterOpenedManufacturerType
Kiddie Coaster1997 Zamperla Single Helix Powered Coaster
Klondike Gold Rusher 2002 Zamperla Zig-Zag Coaster
Timberhawk: Ride of Prey 2003 S&S Wooden Coaster
Wild Thing 1997 Arrow Dynamics Loop and Corkscrew

Water rides

Wave Pool Wild Waves Water Park pool.jpg
Wave Pool

Thrill rides

NameOpenedManufacturerModel
Disk'o Flashback2009 Zamperla Disk'o Coaster
I-5 Sky Dive2017Sky Fun 1Sky Coaster (additional cost)
Timber Axe2018 Zamperla Hawk
Lumberjack Falls1995 Intamin Shoot-the-Chutes
Soarin' Eagle Zip Line2010Soaring EagleZip Line
Brain Drain2016 S&S - Sansei Technologies Double Shot

Family rides

NameOpenedManufacturerModel
Dodg’ems Bumper Cars1977Soli of ItalyBumper Cars
Gambler1977 Chance Rides Trabant
Pirate Ship1999 Chance Morgan Pirate Ship
Antique Carousel1977 Philadelphia Toboggan Company Carousel
Hang Glider2005 Zamperla Kite Flyer
Ferris Wheel1977 Eli Bridge Company Ferris Wheel
Wagon Train1980 Chance Rides Train Ride
Scrambler1977 Eli Bridge Company Scrambler
Kang-A-Bounce2008 Zamperla Jump Around

Kiddie rides

NameOpenedManufacturerModel
Enchanted Railway1977 Chance Rides Train Ride
Red Baron1977 Allan Herschell Company Red Baron
Frog Hopper2001 S&S - Sansei Technologies Frog Hopper
Kiddie Boats1977 Allan Herschell Company Boat ride
Kiddie Combo2005 Zamperla Jump Around
Safari Jeeps1999UnknownJeep Ride
Coastal Clipper2000 Zamperla Kontiki

Former Rides

Rides announced but never built

Services

Related Research Articles

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Six Flags America</span> Amusement park in Maryland

Six Flags America is a theme park located in the Woodmore CDP of Prince George's County, Maryland, near Upper Marlboro, and in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Six Flags Darien Lake</span> Amusement park

Six Flags Darien Lake is a 1,200-acre (4.86 km2) amusement park and resort located in Corfu, New York, off of Interstate 90 between Buffalo and Rochester. Six Flags Darien Lake features a theme park, water park, campground and lodging. It is owned by EPR Properties and operated by Six Flags.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Geauga Lake</span> Defunct amusement park in Ohio

Geauga Lake was an amusement park in Bainbridge Township and Aurora, Ohio. It was established in 1887, in what had been a local recreation area adjacent to a lake of the same name. The first amusement ride was added in 1889, and the park's first roller coaster – later known as the Big Dipper – was built in 1925. The park was sold to Funtime, Inc., in 1969 and was expanded over the years with additional rides and amenities. Funtime was acquired by Premier Parks in 1995, and for the 2000 season, they re-branded Geauga Lake as Six Flags Ohio, adding four new roller coasters. The following year, Six Flags bought the adjacent SeaWorld Ohio and combined the two parks under the name Six Flags Worlds of Adventure.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Six Flags New England</span> Theme park in Agawam, Massachusetts

Six Flags New England, formerly known as Gallup's Grove (1870–1886), Riverside Grove (1887–1911), Riverside Park (1912–1995) and Riverside: The Great Escape (1996–2000), is an amusement park located in Agawam, Massachusetts, a western suburb of Springfield, Massachusetts. Opening in the late 19th century, it is the oldest amusement park in the Six Flags chain, acquired by Premier Parks in 1996 and rebranded Six Flags New England in 2000. Superman The Ride is among the park's most notable rides, having appeared as a highly ranked roller coaster in the annual Golden Ticket Awards from Amusement Today since the ride opened in 2000.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Valleyfair</span> Amusement park

Valleyfair is a 125-acre (51 ha) amusement park in Shakopee, Minnesota, United States. Owned by Cedar Fair, the park opened in 1976 and now features over 75 rides and attractions including eight roller coasters. Valleyfair also has a water park called Soak City which is included with the price of admission. Cedar Point and Valleyfair were the first two parks in the Cedar Fair chain and a combination of the park names – "cedar" and "fair" – were used to name the company.

Alabama Adventure & Splash Adventure is a water park and amusement park, located off Interstate 20/59 in Bessemer, Alabama, just west of Birmingham and east of Tuscaloosa. It is owned by Koch Family Parks, which consists of members of the family who formerly had minority ownership in Holiday World & Splashin' Safari.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Elitch Gardens Theme Park</span> Amusement park in Colorado, United States

Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park is an amusement park in Denver, Colorado. It is owned by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment and operated by Premier Parks, LLC. Distinctive for being located in a downtown area, it is open April through October.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Six Flags Hurricane Harbor SplashTown</span> Water park in Spring, Texas

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown is a water park located north of Houston in Spring, Texas, United States.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Noah's Ark Water Park</span> Outdoor water park in Wisconsin, United States

Noah's Ark is the largest outdoor water park in the United States. It features 51 water slides and dozens of various attractions. The park is located in the village of Lake Delton, Wisconsin.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Zoombezi Bay</span> Water park in Powell, Ohio

Zoombezi Bay is a 22.7-acre (9.2 ha) water park owned by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium near Powell, Ohio just north of Columbus. The park sits on the site of the former Wyandot Lake Adventure Park, which was purchased by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in 2006. Zoombezi Bay opened to the public on May 26, 2008, and currently ranks as one of the Midwest's most popular water parks, attracting more than 400,000 visitors annually.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast</span> Water park on the Gold Coast, Australia

Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast is a water park situated in Oxenford, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, owned and operated by Village Roadshow Theme Parks. In 2009, the park received 1,095,000 visitors ranking it first in Australia and eighth in the world. Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast is located adjacent to Warner Bros. Movie World, a movie-related park also owned by Village Roadshow Theme Parks. The park remains open all year with all of the pools and slides heated during the winter months. It is one of seven water parks operating under the Wet'n'Wild brand globally.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Magic Springs</span> Amusement park in Arkansas

Magic Springs Theme and Water Park, known as Magic Springs, is an amusement park and water park located in Hot Springs, Arkansas, about 50 mi (80 km) from Little Rock. A single price admission includes all day use of the rides and attractions in both parks. The park is open weekends from April through October and daily late-May through mid-August. Magic Springs Theme and Water Park was opened in 1977, closed in 1995, and reopened in 2000. Magic Springs Theme and Water Park is owned by EPR Properties and operated by Premier Parks, LLC.

Action Park was an amusement and water park located in Vernon Township, New Jersey, United States, on the grounds of the Vernon Valley/Great Gorge ski resort. The park consisted primarily of water-based attractions and originally opened to the public in 1978, under the ownership of Great American Recreation (GAR).

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Frontier City</span> Amusement park in Oklahoma City

Frontier City is a western-themed amusement park in Oklahoma City. It is owned by EPR and operated by Six Flags. The park originally opened in 1958. Frontier City is the third-oldest Six Flags park behind Six Flags New England and Six Flags Great Escape and Hurricane Harbor. Frontier City—and La Ronde in Montreal, Canada, are the only two company parks not officially branded as Six Flags parks.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Seabreeze Amusement Park</span> Amusement park in Irondequoit, New York, US

Seabreeze Amusement Park (Seabreeze) is a historic family amusement park located in Irondequoit, New York, a suburb of Rochester, where Irondequoit Bay meets Lake Ontario. The cool lake breezes and variety of attractions have made Seabreeze a favorite summertime destination for Western New Yorkers since 1879. Today, Seabreeze features a complete amusement park and water park with something for the whole family. According to the National Amusement Park Historical Association (NAPHA), Seabreeze is the fourth-oldest operating amusement park in the United States and the thirteenth-oldest operating amusement park in the world.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park</span> Amusement park in Wisconsin

Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park Resort is a theme park and water park resort complex in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. The resort is themed after Ancient Greece, particularly its mythology and gods, and is named after the mountain in Greece where those gods were said to live. Mt. Olympus features an indoor and outdoor water park and amusement park rides, and the complex includes dozens of motel buildings that were acquired by the resort in addition to its purpose-built hotel.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">DelGrosso's Park</span> Italian-themed amusement park

DelGrosso's Park is a family-oriented amusement park located in Tipton, Pennsylvania, a northern suburb of Altoona, Pennsylvania. The park was purchased by the DelGrosso family in 1946 and was named "Bland's Park" until 2000. In 2000, the DelGrosso family decided to change its name to "DelGrosso's Amusement Park." The park is known for its family-friendly ride line-up, food, and games as well as free parking. The park hosts picnics and special music events in its pavilion/picnic area.

ProSlide Technology, Inc. is a Canadian designer and manufacturer of water rides and water park resorts. They design and manufacture both traditional slides and innovative rides such as water coasters, funnel-shaped TORNADO slides, and Bowl slides. ProSlide has received attention for being the first water slide manufacturer to build a water slide using linear induction motors and for designing the Mammoth watercoaster which was named the world's longest watercoaster by Guinness World Records in 2016. Since 1986, ProSlide has developed and designed water rides for water parks in over 40 countries around the world.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Premier Parks, LLC</span>

Premier Parks, LLC is a limited liability company based in the United States. The company owns and operates several amusement parks and water parks across the country and one in Canada.

Wet'n'Wild Palm Springs is a defunct water park located in Palm Springs, California. The park operated under Cedar Fair's ownership as Knott's Soak City until 2013 when CNL Lifestyle Properties acquired it. The park plans to reopen in 2022 after a complete renovation of the property.

References

  1. 1 2 Washington State's Enchanted Parks Announces Plans to Add Two World-Class Roller Coasters by 2003. PR Newswire. October 5, 2000.
  2. ThrillNetwork.com - Wild Waves/Enchanted Village page
  3. Six Flags buys Enchanted Parks. Associated Press Newswires. December 8, 2000.
  4. "Ride Rocky Point's Corkscrew Once Again". WPRO. January 6, 2015. Retrieved December 3, 2019.
  5. Six Flags to Add 10 New Rides at Federal Way, Wash., Amusement Park. KRTBN Knight-Ridder Tribune Business News: Tacoma News Tribune. February 22, 2002
  6. Sound, Puget (April 9, 2007). "Florida REIT buys Wild Waves in seven-park deal". Seattle.Bizjournals.com, May 3, 2007.
  7. "CNL Income Properties Purchase". TheRealEstateBloggers.com, May 3, 2007.
  8. "Man dies at Wild Waves water park in apparent drowning". CBS News, August 21, 2016.
  9. "Police report shows missed chances in Wild Waves drowning". KOMO News, August 22, 2016.
  10. "Police report: Wild Waves lifeguard didn't believe kids who reported body in pool". The Seattle Times, August 23, 2016.
  11. "Man Who Drowned at Wild Waves Water Park Might Have Been Underwater 15 Minutes Before Lifeguards Spotted Him: Reports". People, August 23, 2016.