If you drive south of Seattle about a half hour, you can’t miss Enchanted Village and Wild Waves! For years I’ve said I wanted to go, but we never have in the summer. Until this summer!
You might remember that we got to go for the Fright Fest. That was my first time, and I had no idea that there was an amusement park there too! No idea! I knew there was 1, very large, roller coaster, but no idea it had tons of fun rides. And now Wild Waves Theme Park has officially changed its name and brand identity to Enchanted Village and Wild Waves, to more accurately reflect the park’s expansive amusement rides and water-based activities. I guess they realized that there were more people like me out there!
Enchanted Village and Wild Waves is truly two parks in one, featuring more than 25 amusement rides and 18 water slides and water attractions. Visitors can enjoy 70 acres of thrilling roller coasters—including the largest wooden coaster in the state—bumper cars, a Ferris wheel, a lazy river, an activity pool and more.
Um…. Yep. That’s BIG. Really Big!
We got to again this summer and spend some time with friends! And we did take in both the Enchanted Village and the Wild Waves! The kiddos LOVE the Enchanted Village. My kiddo loves all the little kid rides. He just perks up and runs from one to the other! Jumps off one and heads to the next!
We had just gotten back from the beach, so I have to say the wave pool was a huge hit! It was almost like we were still at the beach.
And to end our day, what’s a better way than with ice cream!
Originally opened as The Enchanted Village Theme Park in 1977, the park began with a half-dozen dry rides. By 1984, WildWaves Waterpark was built adjacent to Enchanted Village and the combined amusement complex became known as Enchanted Parks. It wasn’t until 2002 that the park became Wild Waves Theme Park.
“This is major milestone for Enchanted Village and Wild Waves, as the Enchanted Village name evokes a lot of nostalgia for Pacific Northwest residents who spent their childhoods visiting the park,” said general manager Todd Suchan. “We’ve changed and grown quite a bit since then and now is the perfect time to return to our roots and begin investments to improve the park experience for our regular guests and new visitors. And, fans of the park should keep an eye on our social media pages for some exciting new ride announcements coming very soon!”
In addition to the unveiling of a new name and park logos, the park also announces that coming later this summer, visitors will be able to purchase discounted tickets that provide unlimited access to Enchanted Village rides and activities, excluding the Wild Waves water park activities.
Enchanted Village and Wild Waves are open for the 2016 season and season passes are available now via www.wildwaves.com. Discounted daily tickets will be available online and at select Safeway location throughout the season.
Only 30 minutes south of Seattle, Enchanted Village and Wild Waves is located in Federal Way at 36201 Enchanted Parkway South. Join in on the holiday fun during Fright Fest, weekends in October, and Holiday with Lights in December. For park information, please call 253-661-8000 or visit www.wildwaves.com.