Future uncertain for Wild Waves & Enchanted Village

Posted Thursday, April 20, 2006 9:04 AM | Contributed by SF Critic

Six Flags Chief executive officer Mark Shapiro said there will be no announcements this year regarding Enchanted Village-Wild Waves and whether the company plans to sell the Federal Way park. Shapiro said Six Flags has hired an outside company to examine every park's performance and will begin looking at the data at the end of the year.

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Thursday, April 20, 2006 10:26 AM
It would be a shame if the place was turned into a shopping center. If Six Flags sells it, then I hope someone can keep it an amusement park. Otherwise, the seattle market only has the little carnival near the space needle. I grew up going to Wild Waves before I moved to NC, and I always had a blast there. Havn't been since 1999 so I have not seen the newer rides or Timberhawk
Thursday, April 20, 2006 12:48 PM
If any property in the chain was begging for serious development, this is it. There's no apples-to-apples competition in the market.
Thursday, April 20, 2006 1:02 PM
Maybe there is a reason for there not being any competition. I don't know because I have not been there, but perhaps it is a possibility that people in that area are not interested in amusement parks or water parks.
Thursday, April 20, 2006 2:00 PM
I hate it when newspapers are anti-paragraph.

Free paddleboat rides? that'll be the longest line in the park.

I do like how Shapiro thinks though, except for the free paddleboats. Bring in more live entertainment, replace old rides with new rides, fix sinage.

He does make it sound like he wants to keep the park. Could they just drop the SF branding and make it "Wild Waves & Enchanted Village, A Six Flags company"?

Today, I like the direction SF is taking.

Add a point to SF.

Thursday, April 20, 2006 2:28 PM
“Experience is long-lasting,” he said. “A ride is a quick fix.”

Nice to know someone's in charge who at least takes a longer-term view than "How do we get the teenagers to come to Magic Mountain THIS year?"..... ;)


Thursday, April 20, 2006 2:43 PM
Vancouver PNE isn't *too* far away, but there really isn't much competition there. Right now, there just isn't much to that place. I had about 3 hours to spend in that park, and really didn't need it. Even with Timberhawk.
Thursday, April 20, 2006 2:54 PM
With the right mix (more family rides *and* improved entertainment), I think the park can do FINE...unless Puyallup extends its season... ;)

Talk about a park that is in NEED of a Sally-brand interactive! Wow...

Thursday, April 20, 2006 3:14 PM
No no no no! This is such a nice little park! It has SO much potential. If Six Flags does indeed sell it, I hope it still continues to operate. It's a great park. And the ONLY park in Washington State. Besides the Pyuallup Fair. Which is only a once a year thing.

*** This post was edited by Colin Fisher 4/20/2006 3:16:07 PM ***

Thursday, April 20, 2006 4:18 PM
My point was that, between Seattle and Portland, that's a fairly substantial size market. Probably not the combined population of Cleveland, Columbus and Detoit, but still significant.
Thursday, April 20, 2006 6:49 PM
....and it rains here less (during the May-Oct season that is). :)

I don't care who owns it, but someone needs to pull the old crappy slides out, get it cleaned up in general, and toss in another thrill ride or two.

It's a waterpark, first and foremost, with a few family rides, and 4 thrill rides. I'm not saying another coaster, but this park WOULD see an increase if they brought a Batman, or a launched Schwartzkopf here from one of the old parks.

Personally, I think they'll bail on this park, and I think it'll be gone. Sad, but pretty sure.

Thursday, April 20, 2006 8:49 PM
As I read the article, I too kept thinking, "Their going to dump it." Any rides they do get are gonna have to come from closed SF parks, I can't see them spending too much on this park. It just seems like it's expendable to them. I too hope they continue to operate no matter what, I've never been there, but I've heard Timberhawk is a decent coaster.

Then again...maybe they'll just bring some Looney Toons characters to the park...that seems to be the cure all this season.

Thursday, April 20, 2006 9:45 PM
IDEA! lol

Fill in that stupid lake, that will open A LOT of space. Also build on the hill.

Also, don't get rid of the slides. Surprisingly, Washington has been having some HOT summers, and most of the time, the lines are at the slides, not the rides.

Friday, April 21, 2006 7:10 PM
Well, it is a waterpark. ;)

I just think they need to update/upgrade/clean..... *yucky stuff*

Saturday, April 22, 2006 2:25 AM
Quote: "Also, don't get rid of the slides. Surprisingly, Washington has been having some HOT summers, and most of the time, the lines are at the slides, not the rides."

How hot is it in Washington during the summer (80 F)? Because I live in Phoenix, Arizona and HOT summers are about 120 F. You cannot even go outside during the day in the summer.

Saturday, April 22, 2006 4:02 AM
Been going to the park for about fifteen years... since before there were ANY coasters there (now there are three and a half). It's a nice little park but ... I'd not be sorry to see it go.

Honestly, there are some serious problems. First, the season pass at EV/WW is near $100. It is cheaper for me to order a pass online from another SF park and freakin drive to it rather than buy them there. (Well, now that gas is about $4 a gallon, maybe not... :) Second, they CANNOT fill in the lake, part of the agreement the park has with the city / county / whatever is that the wetland it includes not be developed. So, not only can they not fill in the lake, they can't landscape it much beyond what they've already done. It's always going to be a swampy little pond. It's landlocked. They had to get a special variance just to build a coaster with a 75' lift... come ON, that's like, a baby coaster by today's standards... Lastly, the season is simply too short. They are open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. That's it. They USED to be open on weekends starting in March or early April but that stopped the day SF took over. I realize we have rather mild and wet springs, but it's usually pretty nice here in May.

Eh, I don't know what's gonna happen... Timberhawk is a decent little woodie, but there really isn't much else at the park to attract folks.


Saturday, April 22, 2006 12:08 PM
a 75' lift... come ON, that's like, a baby coaster by today's standards

You've apparently never ridden Cornball Express, Phoenix, and countless others coasters that are under 100 feet and far from "baby coasters."

Sunday, April 23, 2006 3:10 AM
See Big Dipper at GL. Only 65' tall, but all ACTION.
Sunday, April 23, 2006 1:30 PM
Oh, I'm aware that my coaster experience is very limited with regard to hieght vs. action. I've never had the pleasure of Holiday World, Kennywood, or Knoebels... someday.

It was really meant tongue in cheek... What with all the record breaking announcements and all... :)

But, the point is that if we were to acquire say... Greased Lightning up here, they would not be allowed to install it - it's too high.


Sunday, April 23, 2006 8:45 PM
From what I understand when six flags acquired the park the land was not sold to them but was leased. So if they sold the park they would have to contend with the ramification of breaking the long term lease.

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