36201 Enchanted Pkwy S, Federal Way, WA | Directions 9800347.274246 -122.310479
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GREAT! – We got tickets on sale on their website so we saved about $10 each ticket. But parking does cost $10..so there goes that. The locker rental line was long, and we decided not to get a locker after seeing they cost $14!!!! Instead we put all things inside a waterbottle..which came down the rides with us and kept things dry!!! GREAT IDEA!!
We did the theme park rides first..big mistake because when we were done the water ride lines were huge. Tube rentals are expensive..but I'd rather rent one than stand in line for extensive hours.
The rides are great! And although the food is expensive it's pretty tasty! (bottle of water= $3.25 + tax. Pizza = $7.00 +tax for pepperoni. Soda is expensive..and snacks are as well). Next time I will bring a feast and leave it in the ice chest in my car..since there is re-entry!! And absolutely bring my own water.
I love this park and am going back before summers over. Theme parks cost a lot of money..but if you get a cheap ticket online, bring food and water and don't rent a locker you will save about $50! Hope this helped.
PS. No maps of the park were handed out..it would have been nice to have one.
AND if you rent a locker or tube you better get inside at opening because lines start forming very quickly and take too much time later on.
my favorite ride at wild waves is the timber hawk but i have
found that the food quality and prices are bad. I had to pay
$25 for a slice of pizza and some coke !!!
Green water slides – The green water slides are as old as the park, 1985 I think. I don't know about water slides and what they do to maintain them however on my last visit and visits before that I would get stuck on one of the slides. I was a season pass holder for a few years and noticed it then. I don't remember if it was the Rampage or Bonsai. When that happens I need to sit up push myself along until I get going again. I think that the green slides should be fixed or replaced.
Fun if you're smart – I was a lifeguard there for two summers. Granted i don't like hearing we don't care especially when our lifeguard team just finished 3rd in the northwest regional competition. You just get desensitized after a while when nitwit after nitwit asks where tubs and entrances are when there are signs foe everything!!! most annoying thing in the world. We have one of the most qualified lifeguard squads in the area and also have one of the hardest jobs out there considering how little we're paid.
Ok but hears how to have a good time from someone who knows the ins and outs of this place.
- Get there early. Like 15 minutes before the parks opens especially on those scorchers. We have 10,000 or so people on those days.
- In my opinion don't come on the scorchers...just a bad situation. Come on the overcast and rainy days! you're gonna get wet anyways and you easily get your money's worth.
- Ride the water rides in the morning! Save the wave pool for last, there's no line for that. Go zooma falls first, then kong slides and then speed slides. You'll get more riding time that way.
- Wear aqua socks, the ground hurts your feet and there is often unclean areas.
- Don't buy a locker! they're are plenty of spots to put your stuff...its just a trust thing, but rarely do people ever steal there actually.
- Don't pay for parking. Just park at one of the local stores and walk, its not a big deal.
Despite all these things, the price for entrance doesn't match at what it delivers. You may get a total of 10 rides in. So about $3.50 a piece...not worth it in my eyes.
something to think about – I just wanted to say that my family attended a theme park in Fresno, California where it is park setting and we were able to bring in as much food in a cooler as we like. There was no parking fees, and no one checks your bag pack as you enter. The fee is the same as Wild Wave in Federal Way. As a matter of fact it is called Wild waters. It was very nice, it was set like a picnic setting. Lots of areas for big kids to play, and for little ones as well, and rides. The park have grill for you to BBQ your food if you choose to. So I have to say maybe Wild Wave can set something similar to it. But, by complaining and then spending all kinds of money to enter is not going to do anything about the problem that exist.
Cut cost and avoid the stress of over spending ( my tips for fun on a budget) – I have been to Wild Waves about six times since I moved here 8 years ago and I enjoy it every time. But it can be pretty spendy for families and groups. Here are my tips for fun on a budget.
*Two weeks in advance look online for tickets 34.99 at the gate 29.99 at their site but you can find deals for 20 at seattle parks and rec. Last year I got tickets for 12 on e-bay. Do your research and the savings really start to add up!(Beware of coupons: great for week days but not a decent discount for week ends.)
max savings for family of four 60$
* Parking may seem a bit steep at 12 dollars but it is worth it to park in their parking lot when you see 3 dollar 16oz bottles of soda. Pack a cooler of goodies pop juice and what ever else tickles your fancy. Get a hand stamp at the gate and eat at you car. Not only will it be probably far healthier then what the park has to offer, but it far cheaper as well!
max savings for family of four 50$
I hope I helped enjoy your saving and your time :D
Same ol song and Dance – The sad thing about this Park is that it's just continuously gotten worse. Recently they made the children that work there PAY for water,on a rare hot day. The staff that does the most important work,the Ride Mechanics and Water Pro's,havent recieved ANY pay increases in 3 years. The Kids that run the rides,and the "Life-Guards" dont care, and thats been a running theme for several yrs.
The Parking lot is INDEED owned by the park,to correct a mistake previously posted here.Wild Waves makes so much revenue off the lot that new,HUGE rides will never replace it. Federal Way, in yet another Beaurocratic Nightmare, sucked 6-Flags dry with unfair and mean-spirited demands,gouging this BILLION dollar empire right out of the State with ridiculous demands like What plants they can use,and where they will go..We actually had to measure out and plant 12,000 City Specific shrubs,all at 6Flags cost. Now that the parks back in smaller hands,I had hoped the city would lightin up. But Managements insistance on under paying employees,and refusal to address the ENTIRE Food courts,will probly not be fixed until they realise that the Money makeing Parents of yesterday cannot now afford to make the drive Necassary to pay for this parks continued ineptness..
Bring your own food, or wait for an hour to buy overpriced food. – The rides, slides, and lines for the rides were fine. The biggest downside to the park is the food service. They have a no outside food policy, which would be fine, if they had the ability to actually serve people food. Definitely bring your own food, leave it in a cooler in the car, and have a picnic in the car. We didn't think to do that, and when it came time for lunch, we got in line behind 20 other people and started waiting. We waited in line for an hour and a half before we finally got to make our orders. When we did, we saw why it was taking so long to get any food. They would take one person's order, walk to the back where they make the food, tell them what the order was, and then sit and wait. They wouldn't take anyone else's order, and try to make more than one order at a time. They would just sit and wait until that one person's order was ready, and then they would bring it out. Then the people in the back would sit around again. Then they would take the next person's order.
We asked to speak to the manager, and they brought us their supervisor, Devin Daves. He said there was nothing they could do to make up for the hour and a half that it took to serve us. Also, when I ordered the Chicken Caesar salad, Devin started trying to talk to me from the back, and with the ambient noise, I could not hear him. So I told him, "I can't hear you" several times, until he walked to the ordering window to ask if shredded lettuce would be OK instead of normal lettuce. I told him to just make it however they make it and get it out to me because I was starving, and sick of waiting. He walked to the back and started talking to me again, and again, I couldn't hear him. So again, I had to tell him, "I can't hear you". He walked back to the window and yelled at me not to talk to him like a child. Then (this is the best part), he asked if I wanted Chicken on my Chicken Caesar Salad.
In summation, bring your own food, or suffer incompetent food service.
New ownership running park better! – Ok, I have NEVER been to a Theme Park where it was ok to bring in your own food, why is everybody crying about that? Bring your own food and picnic in your car. (speaking of your car, the parking is owned by someone else, so complaing about parking will get you nowhere)
The reviews from 2 years ago were true, the park was dirty, and ran to the ground! I think Six Flags was milking every last penny out of that place before they sold it. The new company is running it much better! I was there today, and the staff was Nice, the park was very clean, and they have added a couple of fun rides (not big ones, but better then the cheezy ride/kiddy pool they replaced)
After going to the theme park Meccas of Orlando and Southern California in the last couple of years, Its nice to go into a park and your child can walk up to it and ride it. Yes the rides are small and cheezy, but your 6 year old can ride the Bi-planes 10 times to one time to riding Dumbo.
My Big complaint - Season Ticket prices $74, Go look at the other parks owned by the same company and they are under $50. Seattle is so cut off from the rest of the country I guess they think it's ok to over charge us
Decent, but can improve. – Wild Waves Theme Park. It's a decent park with some good things, and some bad things about it. What I like is that it is great for the family, everyone can enjoy every ride. Some things aren't that great though, or could need some improvement. There is like very little scenery in the park, just basic grass, sidewalk, and fence. Also the prices for everything is rediculous. The food stalls are the major price consumers. But you can fix that for your own benefit with this tip:
? Bring a cooler with food and drinks. Don't bring it in the park, but keep it in your car. So when your hungry, just get a hand stamp, and grab a bite from your car. Solves your food problems. :P
The rides there are indeed fun for the most part. Wild Thing, although cheesy, but you get to ride it twice. That feature doesn't happen in any other park in the U.S for a roller coaster with at least 3 inversions. Also, TimberHawk, very smooth ride. The lines for the ride usually aren't long at all, maybe a 5 minute wait at most. Other rides like Timber Axe, Klondike Gold Rusher, Octopus, are great additions to the park for your enjoyment.
The people,in my opinion seem to not really care about others. I haven't really talked to many people there, since they are either 'busy' or I'm having fun on some rides. When you are in a line for a ride, take a chance to look at their faces. You can see that most of them just seem to be bored out of their minds. It may be because they must yell out the rules and policy for every ride.
I rated Wild Waves a 3 for the main idea that this is a decent park. I can see a great future in busness for them if they can render some more benefits of the customers, so they can come back, instead of only once a year.
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