December 1, 2007
Valdosta, GA -- Wild Adventures has announced its plans to expand the theme park offerings for 2008. The plans include a new thrill ride called The Rattler, the addition of 300 more animals and the addition of popular kid's characters, Veggie Tales to the newly expanded Kidzpaloosa festival.
Under new ownership since late-September the announcement is part of many anticipated changes for the Valdosta theme park.
"The last eight weeks have been hectic and exciting for us at Wild Adventures," said Bob Montgomery, Wild Adventures general manager. "Our number one goal is to bring quality family entertainment to south Georgia and north Florida."
The Rattler coming to the Wild West area of the park is a 24-passenger swing ride that will send riders soaring six-stories into the air. Seated in an outward circle the ride spins while swinging back and forth in a 240-degree arc.
"The Rattler, the park's first new ride in three years, enhances the Wild West area and the addition of new interactive animal encounters ensures we deliver 'wild' family-friendly experiences," says Montgomery.
The Rattler will be set to open on March 21.
Wild Adventures also plans to display more than 300 new creatures in a variety of shows, exhibits and interactive encounters. A show called "Wild About Babies" will feature the park's newest residents. "North American Predators" show will bring audiences up-close and personal with black bears, wolves and cougars and "Tigers n' Toys" highlights the "kittenish" side of the majestic tigers as the park's trainer helps demonstrate how they play.
By summer guests will also be able to check out Wild Adventures new underwater experience "Ocean Adventures" with an assortment of saltwater animals. There will be three distinct attractions including a comedic sea lion show, Shark Encounter, and the chance to pet and feed string rays and handle a variety of crabs, including hermit and fiddler.
Ocean Adventures is part of the newly expanded Kidzpalooza festival and opens June 6, 2008.
Wild Adventures has a full schedule of all-start concerts for the spring and summer. Already some of the hottest artists on the circuit will be stopping at the park. Look for Dierks Bentley and Luke Bryan on February 16; the CMA Duo of the Year, Sugarland, on March 8 and what's expected to be the top Christian tour of 2008, Jeremy Camp, tobyMac and Matthew West on March 15.
"We also remain committed to being the area's best venue for top-quality acts - Sugarland is a great example of what our guests can expect," added Montgomery.
To complete the some of the additions Wild Adventures will close for a six-week period starting January 1 and re-open on February 16, 2008.
Wild Adventures also announced that they will not be increasing their daily admission and season pass prices for the 2008 season. Regular admission will remain $45 and $40 for children ages 3-9 and seniors 55 and over. Both prices include the second day free promotion.
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