Wild Adventures Purchases Two New Coasters

Sunday, November 24, 2002 7:55 AM

According to Amusement Today, Wild Adventures theme park in Valdosta, Georgia has purchased two coasters at IAAPA both aimed for the kiddie crowd. The first installation will be the new design from Zamperla called the Mini Mouse (to open this December) which was a ridable feature at the show and the second will be a Vekoma junior suspended coaster (set to open in March 2003) similar to the Paramount trio(Reptar-PKI/PC and Silver Streak-PCW).

This will make the park's total coaster count at 9(including Cheetah-CCI woodie, Hangman-Vekoma SLC, and Boomerang-Vekoma) and kiddie/junior coaster count at 5(in addition to Ant Farm Express-Vekoma Roller Skater, Gold Rush, and Tiger Terror), the most in the World.

More info can be found at http://www.amusementtoday.com/extra.html.

Danny, who couldn't be more excited about this many Vekoma rides in one park and wishes the park a lot of success!! =^D

Sunday, November 24, 2002 8:07 AM
PT300, I'm guessing this is exactly the coaster they bought from Zamperla at IAAPA and they will just send it up to Wild Adventures: http://www.themeparksonline.org/iaapa02/iaapa2002-15lrg.jpg If not the exact one, it should be the same design anyways.


Sunday, November 24, 2002 8:08 AM
Koaster King, thanks, I found that picture right after I posted, so I deleted the post. Thanks anyway!
Sunday, November 24, 2002 8:16 AM

From what I heard at IAAPA, the Mini Mouse is *the* ride that was at the show from Zamperla's booth...and also from what I recall, Tiger Terror is leaving? Can anyone confirm that? If that was true, it'd only (lol, only) be eight coasters instead of nine.

Can't wait for their next adult installation though, I'm sure it will be coming soon enough after all these kiddie coasters bring in the big bucks!

"No honey, the monkeys have already done enough damage on this trip." - Guy coming out of front gate at SFGAd

Sunday, November 24, 2002 8:23 AM
Joe, I really hope Tiger Terror is leaving because that coaster is the devil!! lol

I'm usually fairly nice about kiddie coasters in ratings, but that one jerks you down into the station then beats you up onto the rocky, annoying lift like nothing I've ever ridden before not once, but twice! It's hard for me to think of a worse steel coaster, but I will have to give thumbs up to the helix on the ride which was pretty fun. Besides that, I wouldn't mind if Tiger Terror was scrapped for good. :)

Tell me there aren't more like this out there?!

I can't wait for their next adult coaster installation either.


*** This post was edited by Koaster King on 11/24/2002. ***

Sunday, November 24, 2002 8:29 AM
Wow. This park is getting pretty big. I'm surprised. I'll have to make a visit down there soon since I'm about 3 hours away. It seems like they get a coaster practically every year, and they've only been open like what? 2 years?
Sunday, November 24, 2002 8:42 AM
I have to agree that Tiger Terror is a terror to ride. Horrible paint job, horrible trains, gaps that seem 3 inches wide between pieces of track, basically every aspect of the ride is horrible. Nobody rides this thing at all.
Sunday, November 24, 2002 8:58 AM
I wasn't too thrilled about this when I first heard about it. It's good to see they're going the "PKI way" and appealing to the entire family, though. They do need some more intense coasters though. Cheetah was just brutal and one of the roughest CCI's.
Sunday, November 24, 2002 8:59 AM
It's great to see an independent to do so well.
Sunday, November 24, 2002 9:58 AM
Legendary, I *hope* we weren't the *source* for the idea of TT leaving....Jill dislikes the ride as much as you all seem to...I love it 'cause of the pneumatic restraints and the cool train....but I love ALL kiddie coasters, so perhaps I'm not a good judge....
Sunday, November 24, 2002 1:51 PM
Gator, you've definitely been the *source* of a lot of confusion around here to say the least, lol!

Now, I **love** Ant Farm Express and several other kiddie coasters, but Tiger Terror takes the cake of one I love to hate. Does that count as "loving" all kiddie coasters for me??

Danny, who wonders how Jill puts up with Bill ;)

Sunday, November 24, 2002 2:07 PM

Bill, you "weren't" the *source* of that information... I heard it *somewhere* around their *booth*... I honestly *cannot* remember "where" I had *heard* it though... Ah *well!* ;) :) ;) :)

"No honey, the monkeys have already done enough damage on this trip." - Guy coming out of front gate at SFGAd

Sunday, November 24, 2002 3:24 PM

See, it's *big fun* once you get in the *spirit*...(or is that in the "spirits"...;).

bill, who *does* come by it honestly....I remember as a kid Dad trying to drive us through GAdv's animal park in a convertible...:). Mom was the "responsible" one....ROFL. Oh, and kiddie suspendeds ROCK!

Sunday, November 24, 2002 4:06 PM

That's a good expansion after they added Cheetah.

SFDL could use a junior coaster.

As the coasters get bigger so do the queue lines

Sunday, December 15, 2002 4:18 PM
It seems that the rumor for Wild Adventures to remove Tiger Terror is true, but does anyone know if the park will have Fiesta Express open before Christmas or not? For a kiddie coaster, it had decent reviews from those who rode at IAAPA and the Vekoma kiddie inverts are top quality, so again, great choices for WA!


Monday, December 16, 2002 4:40 AM

Fiesta Express was set up last week, but there may be a problem getting an inspector in before Christmas. It should be open for the ACE Regional Event on January 19 (go to ACEonline.org Events page for details).

The Vekoma Junior Suspended should be up by the end of March (hopefully).

*** This post was edited by gamndbndr on 12/16/2002. ***

Monday, December 16, 2002 6:13 AM
I wish we'd get a junior suspended coaster over here soon, they look wicked!

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