Family Trip to Wild Adventures

Last week my family and I got to visit Wild Adventures in Valdosta, Georgia. Luckily for us, the weather for our visit was nice. The sun was always shinning and no rain could be found. Because of this, the heat was our number one enemy. My dad joked the whole time and said, ” we were just south of the surface of the sun.” And he was right! On our first day (thursday), we entered the park shortly after two in the afternoon. To our surprise, most of the rides had no wait at all. For us this was a blessing. My brother and I rode almost everything in that one day! IMAG2195.jpg

After riding rides and being out in the scorching heat, we needed a break. We decided to go look at some of the parks animal exhibits. Here we not only saw some cool animals, but learned about them too. Some rides in the park even incorporate animals, like the train. One ride, Rattler, uses animals in the que line. My favorite animal at the park was Twister, the alligator (below). My brother and I just had to take a picture with him.IMAG2178.jpg

After that, I had to ride a water ride before heading back to the hotel. My brother suggested the Tasmanian River Rapids. Of course, I was game for anything, so I agreed. I loved the unique “whirlpool” effect. It sure made for a great spot to get wet. Well, for me to get wet anyway.IMAG2215.jpg

The next day, we attended the park once again, but this time with my grandparents, aunt, uncle, and my two young cousins. The park offers a lot of rides for families and small children. This came in handy for us, as my cousins and brother could not get enough rides.IMAG2163.jpg

The Georgia heat continued to test us. We needed to cool off, so we headed to Splash Island (included in park admission), the water park at Wild Adventures. The water park has slides and play areas for kids of all ages, as well as a wave pool and lazy river. It was a great way to end the day, as well as have a lot of fun!IMAG2229.jpg

Overall, the trip to Wild Adventures was great! The staff was incredibly friendly and really seemed to enjoy their job. I really hope to visit again sometime soon. Thank you Wild Adventures, for great times and great memories!

-Lexie
For more information on Wild Adventures

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Gillian’s Island Water Park to Re-open As Adventure Island This Spring

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April 25, 2014–Ocean City,
Three decades after making a splash on the Ocean City Boardwalk, Gillian’s Island Water Park will become Adventure Island when it reopens for Memorial Day weekend. The Plymouth Place landmark, which includes Adventure Golf, has been sold by the Gillians to the investment group Plymouth Holdings.

The sale was officially announced in a press release March 26. According to the press release, the new owners plan to spend about $500,000 to prepare the popular attraction for what they expect will be a banner summer.

Representatives from investment group’s marketing team did not return requests for comment.

The waterpark was opened in 1984 by Gillian Brothers Inc., which included brothers Jim, Steve and Jay Gillian. The brothers operated the park together for a number of years, expanding it to include more attractions and the adjacent golf course.

In 2006, Jim Gillian bought his brothers out and, as sole owner of the waterpark and golf course, continued to operate under the Gillian Brothers name.

According to records obtained by the Cape May County Clerk’s Office, Fox Chase Bank held the mortgage on the park. Last year, Fox Chase Bank put the mortgage into default. AMC Capital acquired the defaulted mortgage in July 2013 and then acquired two second mortgages, held by Jay Gillian and Steve Gillian. The second mortgages were not in default.

Plymouth Holdings acquired the deed from AMC Capital last week and is leasing the property to the new company, Adventure Island. Plymouth Holdings officials have not disclosed the principals involved in their newly formed company.

The Cape May County Clerk’s office does not as yet have a record of the latest sale transaction.

The website http://www.gillianswaterpark.com now identifies the boardwalk attraction as “Adventure Island,” and does not mention the Gillian name.

Jay Gillian, Ocean City’s mayor and owner of the nearby Wonderland Pier, on the Ocean City Boardwalk at Sixth Street, said he was pleased that the attractions are in good hands.

“Gillian’s Wonderland Pier is going to continue to work with the new owners to enhance the guest experience for future endeavors,” he said.

The amusement park and the waterpark have worked together in the past with “ride and slide” and other promotional packages and preseason discount ticket sales.

“I’d like to welcome the new owners of Adventure Island Water Park to the Ocean City Boardwalk for what we all expect to be a great summer of 2014,” Jay Gillian said Tuesday. “This is a group that understands and cares about the traditions that we’ve built over many generations here in Ocean City and obviously committed to helping us keep Ocean City recognized as America’s Greatest Family Resort.

“I’m especially pleased that the new owners have decided to keep the current management team in place at the park. It’s obvious that their desire is to continue to provide the same levels of service and hospitality that my family took pride in providing at the park in the past.”

Many of the familiar faces who operated the park in the past will be back to welcome visitors to Adventure Island, according to the press release, including longtime manager Ed Myers.

About 150 seasonal workers are expected to be on deck this summer. The Lazy River and other attractions, such as Skypond Journey, Splash Down Falls, Little Bucs Bay and the Serpentine Slide, will continue to be operated this summer.

According to the press release, Adventure Island will offer promotional pricing. In the preseason – from Memorial Day weekend through June, when the facilities are open from noon to 5 p.m. – all-day passes are $20 for the waterpark and $4 for golf.

Regular-season pricing is $28.95 for an all-day adult pass and $24.95 for children under 48 inches. Tickets previously purchased during Gillian’s Island Water Park’s preseason holiday sale will be honored at Adventure Island.

Discounted preseason tickets are on sale now at http://www.ocwaterpark.com. The first 1,000 tickets will be sold at $15, the next 5,000 tickets will be sold at $18 and then the preseason price of $20 will take effect.

The new owners have stated that they will honor all preseason discount tickets that guests have purchased.
Beginning July 1, the park will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.

For more information, hours and additional pricing go to http://www.ocwaterpark.com.

By Deborah Fitts

Malibu Grand Prix Breaks Ground on a New Water Park : Buccaneer Cove!!

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Malibu Grand Prix and the city of Norcross held the groundbreaking Monday for Buccaneer Cove, the park’s new water attraction.

Mayor Bucky Johnson and other city officials attended the event to kick-off demolition for the project, which should start sometime in the next few days.

Malibu’s Regional Marketing Manager Jessica Adams said they hope the new attraction will be completed by Memorial Day weekend in May, but it depends on construction. At the latest, they’re shooting for early June or the beginning of summer.

Buccaneer Cove will feature five levels of family water play with dozens of interactive water elements, according to Adams. The attraction will have five water slides, wet water tunnels, interactive aqua domes, fun spray cannons, spray loops, cylinder spray fountains and a huge splash bucket. Lounge chairs, a shady foliage and semi-private cabanas also will be available to guests for relaxing.

Buccaneer Cove will be the first and only water park in Gwinnett County.
By Deborah Fitts

” Six Flags White Water Recruiting 600 Positions for 2013 Season “

image002Marietta, Georgia — Six Flags White Water, the eighth largest employer in Cobb County, will be hosting it’s annual job fair to hire 600 employees for the 2013 season. Jobseekers looking for a way to make money in a fun filled environment should consider applying to one of the many exciting positions available at the largest water park in Georgia. The job fair will be held at Six Flags White Water on Saturday March 23, at 9:00am.
This event is invitation only and applicants must complete an application at Six Flags jobs prior to arriving. Applicants are encouraged to have this completed by Sunday March 17, in order to be considered for an interview. All applicants must be 16 years of age or older.
These are positions open in the following areas:
Retail
Security
Aquatics( lifeguards )
Food Sevice
Park Service
Admissions
Parking Lot Host/Hostess
Those selected to attend will be notified via email with the date and time of their interview. No walk up interviews will be
available. Prior lifeguard certification is not required to apply for available aquatic positions. Interested applicants will be able to take certification classes once job offer is made.
Six Flags White Water will kick off it’s 2013 season on Saturday, May 18. All new this year, ‘Typhoon Twister’,which takes riders barreling down, an enclosed five-story drop before shooting them out into a 67-foot bowl, then spins them down into a corkscrew drop chute before splashing into the pool below!!
‘Typhoon Twister’opens Memorial Day Weekend!!!.

SIX FLAGS WHITE WATER IS NOW OFFERING A ” SEASON PASS MEMBERSHIP PLAN!! ”

For more information on Six Flags White Water

About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the worlds largest regional theme park company with $1.1 billion in revenue and 18 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For more than 50 years. Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters,themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions including up-close animal encounters, Fright Fest, and Holiday in the Park.
For more information visit: Six Flags.
By Deborah Fitts

” Legoland Florida’s Water Park Opens For Second Season”

1362939175653Winter Haven- Legoland Florida is making a splash, just in time for Spring Break.
The attraction’s Water Park opened Saturday for its second season.
This year, it’s bigger and better. Management has added displays and doubled the number of Lego Bricks at the Water Park to 4 million.
Florida residents can get a one-year pass for $99.
By Deborah Fitts

“Lake Winnie Water Park Taking Shape”

4DNT_WinnieGravel-var-tmp-jpgiwrnpn_456_345_cropimage35The flat stretch of land once used for overflow parking at Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park has been transformed in just over two months as the water park SoakYa takes shape.
The water park, Lake Winnie’s first expansion in more than 50 years, will be an “oasis of fun” upon completion May 3, said Lake Winnie Public Relations Director, Talley Green.
Despite some heavy rainfall and some freezing conditions over the past two months, the construction crews have hardly missed a step in preparing for the development.
On fair weather days, crews will work around the clock making up for any lost time, said Project Superintendant Thomas Lampron with Aquatic Development Group (ADG).
“The rain has inpeded some things but we have gone ahead with other things so it has evened out”,Green said.” This is our biggest expansion in over 50 years and a very large undertaking. We have a very knowledgeable team in place making this happen”.
Each part of the development has been subdivided to accomodate the simultaneous work being done. Working in 20 feet increments, crews dig out the Adventure River, using the same earth to build up the foundation of body and tubing slides in the center. Asked if the ride was like a lazy river, Lampron said he does not build anything lazy.The river ride will have a wave machine and pumps pushing riders through colorful and lush landscape.
“We are not going to theme it with sharks or pirates”, Green said. ” It will have wonderful bright colors and a very inviting atmosphere”
On one side of the river the beach lagoon has already been excavated.Approximately 840 feet long and 14 feet wide, three feet of water in the lagoon will have riders bumping and splashing as part of the 5 acre water park attraction.
As construction of the river nears completion a bridge will be constructed to allow access to the slides in the center. Two body slides and two tubing slides will be constructed high above the river floor with the possibility for a fifth slide.
On May 24, when SoakYa opens for Memorial Day Weekend, patrons will see another transformation. The mud covered excavation site will be a paradise of colorful rides and crystal clear waters.
For an additional $5 from the current admission price to the amusement park, adventure seekers will get both parks. Upon entering the park, one of the first observations will be a new train station on the west side of the park.
The train tracks are being re-routed to include a new stop at the SoakYa water park. To the left of the entrance will be a snack bar, gift shop, first-aide center and restrooms with lockers.The construction of these buildings has begun and in just a month will be about 80 percent complete,said Lampron.
“There will be a lot of finishing touches”, Lampron said.
To the right of the entrance is massive comcrete decking with a lounging area, seating and more concession stands. Whether park goers are taking a break from the action of watching their children splash in the pool,this will be a place of relaxation. Directly in the center will be an array of water rides, slides and pools. Nearest to the lounging area will be a section for small children with a kids pool and small slides.The park will also feature two more distinct swimming areas.
The project is literally starting from the ground up. From the floor of the Adventure River, rock is being laid for drainage prior to concrete being poured. New water and sewer pipes, are being set in order to provide for the overwhelming park needs. And most importantly is the pumping station with wave generation and filitration system. These aspects are less glamorous but get the water clean and moving throughout all the rides.
” This is Top-Notch stuff”, Lampron said.”We ( ADG ) manufacture and install the water filtration system, which meets all the Health Department Codes”.
Lake Winnie, famous for it’s wooden ‘Cannonball’ roller coaster, will open in April as a dry park and began training employees for the new water park in early May. The park will become both wet and dry fun for Memorial Day when both parks are available for $ 31.95 ( $ 15.95 for children under 2 and seniors )
For more information on SoakYa and Lake Winnie.
By Deborah Fitts

” Legoland’s Water Park to Open Saturday “

LEGOLAND Florida027152f898a44475ab12ea581b90ad5b5ed595e14c16403bb8e7f370e01594b5Legoland Florida’s water park will open for it’s second season on Saturday,the park in Winter Haven announced on Thursday.
The old Splash Island Water Park at Cypress Gardens, renovated and redecorated with Lego themes before it opened last May, got more decor and statuary over the Winter- and another 2 million Lego bricks.
The biggest additions are a shark, made of almost 250,000 bricks, in the wave pool and Moby Dick, a whale made of more than 200,000 duplo bricks, along the Built-A-Raft Lazy River.There’s also a new 15-foot water-spouting mermaid.
The water park has a wave pool, water slides, the Joker Soaker interactive play area, another play area just for toddlers and other Lego-themed features. Like the rest of the park, it is aimed at children ages 2 to 12. Unlike the main park, it is not open year-round.
For more information visit: legoland
By Deborah Fitts