Wild Waves/Enchanted Village to add ten new rides

Posted Friday, February 22, 2002 5:53 AM | Contributed by Uncle Buck

Wild Waves/Enchanted Village is planning to add ten new rides for the 2002 season. Included is a 40-foot tall coaster and a 50-foot "splash coaster." The park's general managed said a bigger coaster is definitely in the park's long-term plans, which was bought by Six Flags in late 2000.

Read more from the South County Journal.

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Friday, February 22, 2002 6:00 AM
Were exactly is this park?

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Friday, February 22, 2002 6:04 AM
Wow.  Looks like we pratically have a brand spankin' new amusement park on our hands here.  Is the water coaster a premier ride?
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Friday, February 22, 2002 6:10 AM
Don't get yer hopes up, RG98:  The "water coaster" sounds like a Shoot-the-chutes to me.  It's described as being "50 feet tall and creates a splash that drenches riders and on-lookers."  Does that say OD Hopkins or what?
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Friday, February 22, 2002 6:11 AM
Yeah, you are probably right, Mr. Moosh. 
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Friday, February 22, 2002 6:30 AM
This park is in Washington, if I'm correct.

Does anyone know how far RV/WW is from Seattle?

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Friday, February 22, 2002 6:43 AM
IIRC, the park is just South of Seattle, near Tacoma.
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Friday, February 22, 2002 7:05 AM
Sounds like they'll be following the SFMW format, minus the animals of course. SFMW received a nice sized flat and kiddie rides package when SF took over the park. I'm thinking we'll see a floorless there soon.
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Friday, February 22, 2002 7:27 AM
Exciting!!!! I envy nasai (who will make Enchanted Village his "home" park). The Pacific Northwest can definately support a major park, and this is a good sign that Six Flags does indeed intend to develop the park. If they can work out whatever space/zoning issues they may face, I'd be expecting a MAJOR construction effort in the next few years, ala SFWoA & SFA.

I was in Seattle last summer and passed by Enchanted Villiage (SFEV), not knowing it was a Six Flags property until afterward. The ONE looping coaster looks pretty attractive from the freeway (though its been touted as  a very average ride). A few more big attractions that are visible from the freeway will attract a LOT of parkgoers.

SFEV is located right beside the I-5 freeway between Seattle & Tacoma. The Sea-Tac metro area boasts a population of nearly 4 million, with AMAZING summer weather (it really only rains ALOT during the winter). The six flags web page does indeed show a Shoot the Chutes ride (Buzzsaw Falls).

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Friday, February 22, 2002 7:37 AM
I was hoping for an anouncement that the proposed woodie was begining construction,but at least this is a step in the right direction for this park.In its current form,this park isnt' enough of a draw for me to drive 2 1/2 hours north of Portland.The mentioned 40 foot coaster sounds like it will be a mine train or wild mouse coaster.Outside of Silverwood and the PNE/Playland,the Pacific Northwest is very deficient of medium to large coasters.EV/WW is going to be the park to watch for big things to happen here in the PNW.Thrillville USA in Turner,Oregon(just south of Salem on I-5)is another park to watch,as each year they keep adding new attractions.Who knows,this could be the next Holiday World or Silverwood.
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Friday, February 22, 2002 7:51 AM
You can read the official press release here.

A few questions:

- I assume the Klondike Gold Rusher is a wild mouse, but who is the manufacturer?

- They're adding a ride called Octopus, but their map shows that they already have one.  Are they replacing the old one?

- The Wagon Train sounds a lot like a Falling Star or Rainbow, but they already have a Falling Star.  Any ideas?

- Do you think Silver Dollar City will have something to say about the name Buzzsaw Falls?

I must say, I really like the ride package as a whole. A coaster, some water rides, several thrill rides, and some park classics -- something for everyone!  It should be exciting to see this park grow over the next few years.

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"If love is blind I guess I'll buy myself a cane..." - Guns n' Roses

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Friday, February 22, 2002 7:54 AM
With all due respect, RS Anderson, I know Holiday World. I've been to Holiday World.  Holiday World is a friend of mine.   SFEV will never be like Holiday World ;-)

Matthew [points to anyone who knows what politician I'm paraphrasing]

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Friday, February 22, 2002 8:10 AM
Timber axe sounds an awful lot like a zamperla roto shake to me.
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Friday, February 22, 2002 8:35 AM
Answers to above questions:
-Klondike Gold Rusher is a Zamperla wild mouse

-Timber Axe is a Hawk 24, not a Rotoshake

-Buzzsaw Falls is indeed a shoot-the-chutes ride

-No idea what the Wagon Train ride is; hopefully it's not just a re-theme of their current ride.  Could it just be a swinging ship-type ride?

-Finally, I should *hope* that SDC will have something to say about the Buzzsaw Falls name; usually you trademark a ride for a reason.  :-)

 

-Nate

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Friday, February 22, 2002 9:18 AM
The Gambler sounds like a Chance Casino.

Hope it's not Geauga Lakes.

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Friday, February 22, 2002 9:23 AM
I don't think the Wagon Train is a swinging ship, because the park already has one shown on their map.

As for Buzzsaw Falls, I wasn't sure if SDC had trademarked the name or not. If they have, then I'm with you in hoping SDC says something about it. Someone at Six Flags dropped the ball on that one.

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Aaron
"If love is blind I guess I'll buy myself a cane..." - Guns n' Roses

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Friday, February 22, 2002 11:34 AM
All I know is................I can't wait.  Tis about time! :)  I like the "Six Flags is synonymous with coasters" quote.  It is nice to hear that they fully intend on adding "major coasters to this park."  Yummy...:)
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Friday, February 22, 2002 1:27 PM
If I lived in the Pacific NW, I'd be happy for anything I got. I love that area of the country, but wow do they need some rides.

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Friday, February 22, 2002 5:45 PM
The "splash coaster" spin on the shoot-the-chutes is ammusing. And stealing whatever thunder the Great Northwest Theme Park had left (if it's alive at all) is a tad cocky. But I cannot deny the gratitude I feel.

I admit I was dubious when Six Flags took control. Their reputation for treating smaller parks, even flagged ones, is well known on this site. The coming developments in the next 3 yrs will save me some of the hundreds I spend annually to get my jones. 


*** This post was edited by Robocoaster on 2/22/2002. *** *** This post was edited by Robocoaster on 2/23/2002. ***

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Friday, February 22, 2002 7:05 PM
I could have sworn that Buzzsaw Falls was a trademark of Silver Dollar City. So, I checked to make sure. And, what do you know? According to the US Patent and Trademark web site, 'Buzzsaw Falls' is a registered trademark of Silver Dollar City, Inc.

I'm no lawyer, but I believe that Six Flags/Enchanted Village may have to change the name of the new ride. Looks like somone didn't do their homework. Tisk, tisk, tisk.

Matt Laskowski

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