SEATTLE, Feb. 21 -- Wild Waves and Enchanted Village, a member of the Six Flags family, will add 10 new rides to its Pacific Northwest park this season, including the splash coaster Buzzsaw Falls, the three-story water tree house Hook's Lagoon and the 360-degree thriller The TimberAxe.
"These 10 new rides are the single largest expansion to Wild Waves and Enchanted Village and represent Six Flags' first step in its commitment to bring the Puget Sound-area a world-class theme and water park experience," said Lenny Freund, general manager of Wild Waves/Enchanted Village. "We are working closely with the City of Federal Way, and will continue to do so, as we improve this park."
"We've always believed in the Puget Sound and Pacific Northwest as a prime theme park destination and are thrilled to have Wild Waves/Enchanted Village as a member of the Six Flags family of parks," said Gary Story, president of Six Flags, Inc. "The 10 new rides we're adding to the park this year is only the beginning. This is only phase one in our goal to make these parks the greatest entertainment value in the state of Washington. When it comes to thrills close to home, you just can't beat a Six Flags park."
Celebrating its 25th year, Wild Waves and Enchanted Village will open its 2002 season on May 19. Most of the new rides will be open for park patrons to enjoy in May, with all 10 rides opening in summer 2002.
25 years, 10 new rides, 1 great park
The 10 new rides will be located throughout Wild Waves and Enchanted Village, with several of the rides built in the new Great Northwest section, a 10-acre parcel located in the north end of the park and encompassing a former parking lot. This new themed section will carry an elaborate wood theme, reminiscent of the Pacific Northwest's timber industry, and will be home to the Buzzsaw Falls, The TimberAxe and the Klondike Gold Rusher, an exciting, twisting-and-turning coaster.
Another new themed area, Big Sky Country, located on the east side of the park, will be reminiscent of the old Wild West and will house The Dodge'ms, the park's brand new bumper car attraction, The Gambler, where guests can ride the world's largest roulette wheel and The Enchanted Railway, a popular children's ride.
Located in the center of the park next to May Lake will be the new Hang Glider, where guests can experience the sensation of facedown flying, plus The Octopus, an aquatic-themed version of an all-time theme park favorite.
Hook's Lagoon, a fantastic three-story interactive water adventure, will be added to Wild Waves' well-known exhilarating water attractions.
10 New Rides: Six Flags' First New Addition to Wild Waves/Enchanted Village
- Buzzsaw Falls: a 50-foot-tall splash coaster that soaks riders and participating on-lookers
- Hook's Lagoon: an exciting Wild Waves' water attraction that will draw pirates of all ages with net ladders, four slippery slides and giant water cannons on this three-story Caribbean tree house
- The Klondike Gold Rusher: a twisting, turning frontier adventure ride where riders brave sharp corners
- The TimberAxe: a 360-degree thriller that shoots passengers high into the sky, flips them upside down, then sends them screaming back toward Earth
- The Gambler: a speeding Wild West roulette wheel that lifts passengers up to a 45-degree angle, whirling and tilting as it spins
- The Wagon Train: a swinging 50-foot-tall attraction that leaves riders with the sensation of a free fall all the way down
- The Hang Glider: wild, sky-high kites that swing riders in a facedown flying experience
- The Octopus: a twisting, turning ride that traps riders in the tangled tentacles of a sea monster
- The Dodge'ms: classic theme park electric buggies that send riders crashing into each other in swashbuckling Wild West fashion
- The Enchanted Railway: a chug-a-lug train ride on a path through the gold-rush days Safeway joins Six Flags as strategic partner
Wild Waves/Enchanted Village is also proud to announce 2002 as the first of a new three-year strategic partnership with Safeway.
"We are thrilled to have Safeway on board with us as our partner for these next three years as Six Flags makes exciting changes to the park," said David Dorman, director of marketing for Wild Waves/Enchanted Village.
"Partnering with Safeway is just one of the many exciting changes in store for the park this year," Dorman added. "With more than 120 stores in the area, Safeway will provide our park patrons a convenient option for purchasing discount season passes and tickets while they do their daily grocery shopping."
Admission to Wild Waves and Enchanted Village is $27.99 for adults and $22.99 for children under 48". Discount season passes are available at Safeway or at the park for $74.99 from May 13-June 23. The price will increase to $99.99 after June 23.
Enchanted Parks is located in Federal Way, off Interstate 5 at Exit 142B on Enchanted Parkway.
About Enchanted Parks
Enchanted Parks is owned by Six Flags, Inc. (NYSE: PKS), the world's largest regional theme park company, which operates a total of 38 parks in North America, Europe and Latin America. Six Flags parks serve 40 of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the United States. The parks annually host more than 50 million guests worldwide. Six Flags is a publicly held corporation with corporate offices in New York City and Oklahoma City. The company's stock trades on the NYSE under the symbol: PKS. America Online Keyword: Six Flags.