Wild Waves Theme Park
|Location||36201 Enchanted Parkway S, Federal Way, Washington|
|Operated by||Premier Parks, LLC|
Wild Waves and Enchanted Village (2016)
Wild Waves Theme Park (2002–2015)
Wild Waves and Enchanted Village (1984–2001)
Enchanted Parks (1984)
Enchanted Village (1977–1983)
|Operating season||May to December|
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), the park is a popular summer destination in the Pacific Northwest and it is Washington state's only water and amusement park. 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.
Founding and early years
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; 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. 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. 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. 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.
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.
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. A police report noted multiple missed chances to attempt a rescue. 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." In a statement released by police, Wild Waves said they actively reviewed the accident, their safety protocols, and the actions taken by staff.
During the 1991 Holiday With Lights event, Christmas trees were sold in the North Parking lot.
Wild Waves Theme & Water Park holds an annual Fright Fest halloween celebration which is a staple in the Federal Way and Washington community.
In 2013, Wild Waves Theme & Water Park held its second ever Holiday With Lights, an event featuring more than one million Christmas lights. This event is now held every holiday season in December.
|Klondike Gold Rusher||2002||Zamperla|
|Timberhawk Ride of Prey||2003||S&S|
|The Wild Thing||1997||Arrow Dynamics|
- Konga Slides
- Konga River
- Wave Pool
- Hooks Lagoon
- Activity Pool
- Zooma Falls
- Raging Rapids
- Warming Tubs
- Mountain Dew Slide Complex (Added in 2015)
- Ring of Fire
- Disk'o Flashback
- I-5 Sky Dive (additional cost)
- Timber Axe
- Lumberjack Falls
- Soarin' Eagle Zip Line (additional cost)
- Brain Drain (Added in 2016)
- The Gambler
- Dodgem's Bumper Cars
- Pirate Ship
- The Paratrooper
- 1906 Antique Carousel
- The Hang Glider
- Ferris Wheel
- The Scrambler
- Downhill Tubin' by Stevens Pass
- Enchanted Railway
- Red Baron
- Space Racer
- Frog Hopper (Tree-Top style ride)
- Kiddie Boats
- Kiddie Combo
- Safari Jeeps
- Wagon Train
- Coastal Clipper (new 2017)
- Cabana rentals
- Locker rentals
- Tube rentals
- Lost and found
- First aid
- Washington State's Enchanted Parks Announces Plans to Add Two World-Class Roller Coasters by 2003. PR Newswire. October 5, 2000.
- ThrillNetwork.com - Wild Waves/Enchanted Village page
- Six Flags buys Enchanted Parks. Associated Press Newswires. December 8, 2000.
- 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
- Sound, Puget (April 9, 2007). "Florida REIT buys Wild Waves in seven-park deal". Seattle.Bizjournals.com, May 3, 2007.
- "CNL Income Properties Purchase". TheRealEstateBloggers.com, May 3, 2007.
- "Man dies at Wild Waves water park in apparent drowning". CBS News, August 21, 2016.
- "Police report shows missed chances in Wild Waves drowning". KOMO News, August 22, 2016.
- "Police report: Wild Waves lifeguard didn't believe kids who reported body in pool". The Seattle Times, August 23, 2016.
- "Man Who Drowned at Wild Waves Water Park Might Have Been Underwater 15 Minutes Before Lifeguards Spotted Him: Reports". People, August 23, 2016.
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