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.
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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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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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.
- 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 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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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.
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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.
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