Herschend Family Entertainment
Park News - (12/30/14) The local news reports that they believe a small tornado may have touched down in Valdosta, GA Monday morning, striking near a local lumber mill that caused some damage and injuries. Thankfully no deaths were reported, and I haven’t heard of any reported damage or problems at the Wild Adventures theme park either, which opted to close for the day anyway due to bad weather forecast.
(9/2/14) Wild Adventures has launched their new Terror in the Wild website, detailing their current plans for the Halloween season. It will feature four haunts this year: Black Death, Oblivion II, Mr. Swilley’s Corn Maze and Ghost Train. There are also 5 Scare Zones: Frostbitten, Toxic Mutants, Undertaken, Aisle of the Dolls and Clowns Revenge. Click here to read all the official details about each haunt as well as the dates that Terror in the Wild will be open.
2015 - Jungle Rumble - Confirmed - (11/6/14) According to notes from a few sources, it is thought that the Jungle Rumble ride going to Wild Adventures is likely the Flying Carpet ride from Hershend’s closed Celebration City park in Branson, being moved and re-purposed.
(11/4/14) Wild Adventures sent word to their passholders this week that the park would add a new family/thrill ride for 2015. It’s called Jungle Rumble and is described as, “Swing, swoop, climb and drop! You’ll feel like a money swinging through the trees with screaming views from four stories high! Opens March 2015”.
From the look of the concept art, I’m guessing this may be a Flying Carpet ride, like the popular DaVinci’s Cradle ride at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. I believe Zierer made the BGW version, but they no longer list them on their website as part of their product line, so I’m not sure who might be making this kind of ride currently. There aren’t enough of them in my opinion… these kind of flat rides were always a blast so it’s good to see a new one in the works.
Previous Future Concepts - The following are possible new attraction ideas that the park has asked their guests about in various surveys. While none of these may ever be built, they do represent a great idea about the kinds of attractions the park was thinking about building in the future at the time.
(6/25/12) Wild Adventures has been sending out some future attraction concepts to guests in an online survey lately. New ideas under consideration include a ‘New Area For Kids” that would feature four new kiddie rides, a Disk’O flat ride, a new kiddie water play area in Splash Island.
And… that’s it. No mega thrill rides… and no new coasters even being considered for the park at this time. Looks like they are trying to focus between adding a family friendly flat ride or more kiddie stuff in the theme park or water park. While it’s been a good number of years since I last visited Wild Adventures, I seem to recall the park being very over populated with kiddie rides already, but that was under the original owner way before they built the water park and long before Herschend bought the place. If your interested, I’ve kept a list of previous attraction ideas they’ve surveyed guests about in years past below.
(3/25/10) Wild Adventures has sent out a future attraction survey to many of their passholders this week. The five ideas being asked about include: Dinosaur Expedition (a walk-through attraction with lifesized Dinosaurs), High Seas Diving Stunt Show (Pirates themed), Casper’s Ghost Blasters (Interactive Dark Ride) and Two Giant Family Tube Slides for the waterpark and a Jungle themed area with a Zamperla Disk’O.
(6/1/09) Wild Adventures has been taking a survey about some new ride ideas lately. According to our source they ask opinions about four new attraction ideas: Mammoth River (Family Raft Slide), Racing Slide (4 lane mat racer), a collection of new Family Thrill Rides (Junior Coaster, Orbiter, Screamin’ Eagles, Fireball as well as a new animal exhibit) and finally Night Fire, a new Nighttime Spectacular that would mix lasers, projections, lighting effects and fireworks. Looks like the new owners are looking at almost any and all possibilities right now, except for adding a large new coaster.