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Photo TR: Wild Adventures

Postby Erik Johnson » Tue May 26, 2009 4:26 pm

I finally made it back to Wild Adventures this past weekend after being away from the park for more than two years. Wild Adventures is technically my home park (it is 2 miles closer than Universal Orlando), so I should be the one responsible to finally do a huge update for this park. I have noticed quite a few improvements since Herschend Family Entertainment took over the park. For one, they pretty much had every attraction open including all the coasters. Overall the place seemed cleaner and had better operations. Also we found that the employee friendliness to really be top notch.

I know that not many people are able to get to this park due to its geographical location (Nothing is close to Valdosta, Georgia) so I will include a lot of photos.
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Wild Adventures is located near Valdosta, Georgia. It is very close to the Florida/Georgia border.
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Ok, let us go into the park.
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Good to know.
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Park Rules.
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We are first greeted by peacocks.
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With a Wild Adventures season pass, you get a 50% discount on a ticket to any other Herschend park.
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Where are we again, oh right.
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Snake!
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The park is actually pretty large with a lot of attractions.
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It was also Eric's first trip to the park.
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Ok, let us head on over to some coasters.
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Ant Farm Express is a Vekoma Skater.
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Rules of the Ride.
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Station photo.
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Track.
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It is an actual roller skater coaster car.
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Ready to earn your credit?
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Here we go!
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Its a typical roller skater layout.
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Here is another batch of riders.
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Up the lift they go.
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Weeeeee!
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Wow, Wild Aventures has become a big league park now.
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Next was the mouse.
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It is difficult to get a good picture due to all the trees in the area.
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Noted.
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Bug Out car.
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Another dispatch.
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Almost to the top.
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This pony ride area is located where Tiger Terror used to be. Tiger got sold to the Lowry Zoo in Tampa.
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Attraction rules.
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It really looks better than the old Tiger Terror area.
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It even has some nice theming.
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As far as I know, this attraction is only for kids.
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Let us head on over to another land.
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Flying Bobs ride.
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They also have one of these as well.
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It is called The Aviator.
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Nerd shot.
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A closer look.
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Where should we go next?
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Let's go check out the rapids ride.
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Rules of the ride.
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We have been warned.
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The official ride sign.
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Noted.
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What is that over there?
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This is part of the layout.
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The boats were a bit unusual, but they can fit quite a few people.
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This was very important to know.
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You first had to cross over before getting into the boat.
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Another gorup of riders waiting for a boat.
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Looks like they made it.
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The next one was our boat.
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Ready to get wet?
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We were suprised to find there was not any type of restraints on this ride.
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Here we go.
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Here is the whirlpool feature that is very popular over in Europe.
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That is the exit of the whirlpool area.
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Another closer look.
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After the whirlpool you go through the waterfall section.
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Welcome to the end of the ride.
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Another group of riders heading down the river.
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Here is some final theming near the exit.
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Postby Erik Johnson » Tue May 26, 2009 6:11 pm

Part 2
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Let us head on over to the world's best standard Vekoma Boomerang.
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I have taken many sign photos for the Park Index.
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Ride Rules.
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More Rules.
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From across the swamp.
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It does not smash in your head as much as others do.
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This would be the workhorse of the ride.
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Heading on back.
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Release in 3..2...1..
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Backwards or forwards?
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Some random show that we did not see.
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Next is the CCI coaster.
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Who are these guys again? ;)
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Just like in Roller Coaster Tycoon, it took us 5 minutes to find the entrance.
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Seriously, it was difficult to find.
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After walking for a while, we found the station.
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Nerd shot #1
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Nerd shot #2
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Now with people.
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Another lift shot.
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Weeeee!
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Next was the mini-mine-train, Gold Rush.
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Train!
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Track!
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Another nerd shot.
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It is difficult to get good shots of the layout, but you get the idea.
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Gold Rush station.
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Next is the Vekoma SLC.
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Rules of the ride.
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Hangman is considered to be the very best standard Vekoma SLC in the world. No joke!
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There is a little bit of of theming.
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A train of riders.
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The exact same train of riders.
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For whatever reason, this SLC you do not get banged up nearly as much as the others.
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Maybe the wheels track much better in Georgia, really who knows.
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Hangman doing its thing.
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Usually I never double ride SLCs, but I did this one today.
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Postby Erik Johnson » Tue May 26, 2009 7:51 pm

Part 3
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Fiesta Express!
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Ha ha!
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Cha-Ching!
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Swamp Thing is the final credit in the park.
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Rules of Swamp Thing.
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There is a little theming.
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Vekoma Junior Hang and Bang.
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Another group of riders. The ride isn't as bad as others.
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This gives you an idea of the layout.
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The Rattler was last year's new ride.
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Rattler's Rules.
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The ride area was quite nice.
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Too bad the ride broke before we got to ride it.
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Here is a closer look.
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There were several people working on it to try to get it running again.
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I can not remember where the free Screamin Swings used to be, but they are gone. This is some random dirt pit.
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The tiger show is a must see.
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Noted!
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The tiger show is really insane.
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He is thinking about it.
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There he goes.
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Uh-oh, there he goes!
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Pretty cool cats.
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Pretty tall cats.
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Wave good-bye to the cats.
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Postby Erik Johnson » Tue May 26, 2009 8:07 pm

Part 4: Splash Island and more.
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There is a free waterpark connected to the main park.
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Park Rules.
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This is where the new Tornado is located.
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Random theming.
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The waterfort.
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Another angle.
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Wavepool!
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Random slides.
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More random slides.
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We just found the new attraction.
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Tornado!
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Tornado!
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Well, that is pretty much the water park.
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Here you go Elissa. I did not forget about you. Insect-O-Slide.
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Double Shot!
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We wanted to do the train, but it was having problems that day.
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Another time then.
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They do have concerts at Wild Adventures.
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Here is the stage.
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Splash!
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We checked out the gift shop before leaving.
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We also stopped by the restroom.
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I guess it is time to head on out.
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Bye Cheetah!
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On the way out of the parking lot, you can get a closer look at Cheetah.
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Postby downunder » Tue May 26, 2009 9:25 pm

Looks like a fun little park with a surprisingly large coaster collection.

It's a shame this one is a little off the beaten track for the Deep South tour, there's some serious credit whoring in Valdosta.

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Postby Meteornotes » Tue May 26, 2009 9:42 pm

I've only been to this place once (in 2001), but thought it was an OK place. I had no idea the Tiggr Terror was moved, that was my 200th coaster (I always pick quality for those milestones!).

Thanks for all the pics. Larry is probably very happy right now...

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Postby Calicoasters » Tue May 26, 2009 9:47 pm

Awesome TR! The park looks really good even for an Vekoma dominated park. I think I would favor any park that combines animals with coasters like BGA, SFDK, ect... I thought Boomerang at SFDK was also a really great ride, good to see there are more.
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Postby DBru » Tue May 26, 2009 9:54 pm

I visited the park the year after Cheetah opened, and my whole family loved the place. There were plenty of rides that I enjoyed, prices were incredibly, and it was almost like we were the only people in the park (very light crowd). Cheetah was a great coaster, and Double Shot ran an amazing program. I remember the rapids ride being very fun, as well...

Besides the addition of the water park and more coasters, how has the park changed since 2002?

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Postby PKI Jizzman » Tue May 26, 2009 9:56 pm

Wow...I didn't realize the park was that big! I only knew about the SLC, Cheetah, and the mini SLC.

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