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Park News - (5/6/21) According to a video press announcement on Facebook, Wild Adventures has confirmed their plans to introduce Great Pumpkin LumiNights to Wild Adventures this fall. The popular family friendly event has been a hit at siter parks, Dollywood and Silver Dollar City over the past few years with the addition of huge and humorous pumpkin themed displays throughout the parks, glowing in the darkness. Along with the themed fun there will be a “Glow Maze” and plenty of festival fall treats to enjoy on select nights starting on September 24, 2021 through to October 31, 2021.
(4/11/21) Wild Adventures announced their list of concert performances coming to the park this season a few weeks back. The list includes:
June 12 - Dustin Lynch
June 19 - World Class Rockers
June 26 - For King & Country
July 17 - Train
July 24 - Bill Engvall
July 31 - TBA
Aug. 7 - Skillet
The park has also posted a list of “dive-in” movies to be shown at the Splash Island waterpark on Friday nights starting at the end of May through to late July that are free with park admission. The list includes
May 28 - Lilo & Stitch
June 4 - Wreck it Ralph
June 11 - Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
June 18 - 50 First Dates
June 25 - Zootopia
July 16 - Trolls: World Tour
July 23 - Moana
July 30 - School of Rock
(2/7/21) Bad news for Wild Adventure fans, as well as wooden roller coaster lovers. According to a reader who contacted the park, they were told that Cheetah would not be reopening. “Unfortunately the Cheetah roller coaster has been retired to make room for new and exciting changes in the coming years.”
This is unfortunately, as it always is when a park retires one of their bigger roller coasters. At Wild Adventures, this was their only wooden coaster, leaving the small park with a line up of only six coasters now, four of which are small family sized coasters and the two bigger ones are a Boomerang (Vekoma 1998) and Twisted Typhoon (a 1999 Vekoma SLC formerly known as Hangman). As both of the park’s remaining thrill coasters were installed in the the late 90s, followed by Cheetah’s opening in 2001, it has been over two decades since the park built a new high thrill coaster. With a focus more on their animal displays, family sized attractions and their waterpark, perhaps the park is choosing to focus their efforts in these directions only and away from the thrill seeking demographic.
Lets take one last virtual ride on Cheetah with the POV video below!
(12/28/20) According to posts on social media, while Wild Adventures is open the parks largest coaster, Cheetah, has remained closed so far this year with “due to COVID” as the explanation as to why. No further explanation has been given as to how that works, as the the park’s other coasters are open. Pictures taken this week at the park show that the entrance pathway that leads to Cheetah is walled off with a sign saying “The area is closed for the season”.
In the second photo they peer through a hole in the fence show that the area beyond has sat untouched for quite some time, with the pathway covered in unswept leaves, giving it a somewhat abandoned look. While you can’t really make out anything in the photos, they do say the trains have been removed from the track (typical for long term off-season maintenance) and that it appears as if some kind of work had been taking place on Cheetah structure, which is potentially a good sign at least. Anyone else know more about what’s going on with it?
(3/13/20) I’m not quite sure why but Wild Adventures will be renaming and relaunching the park’s former Blackfoot Falls shoot-the-chutes big-splash boat ride as Island Falls for the 2020 season. As for the park itself, according to the website right now the park has ramped up their hygiene protocols and plans to stay open and maintain their schedule. But we’ve heard this a lot lately, only for almost every major park to announce they are closing, so stay tuned to see if Wild Adventures changes their mind.
2020 - Nothing is known at this time...
2021 - Liberty Farms - (1/29/21) Wild Adventures made a Facebook Live announcement this week to reveal their next new project for the park. The new expansion will be called Liberty Farm, a new petting zoo that is actually named after the first name for the park when it first opened, which was Liberty Farms.
2021 - Pharaoh’s Fury Returns - (2/25/20) Accordng to the Wild Adventures website the park’s former Pharaoh’s Fury ride (a Swing Ship, now closed) is listed as “Returning in 2021”. Other than that, I haven’t see anything listed as new for 2020 or 2021 at this point.