Wild Waves Theme Park
36201 Enchanted Parkway S.
Federal Way, WA 98003
The park is divided into six distinct areas, each with rides, restaurants and retail shops. The areas are the Old West Territory, Kiddie Land, Celebration Square, Slide Alley, Pirates Cove and Northwest Territory. The water park portion of Wild Waves are Pirates Cove and Slide Alley. Kiddie Land is geared for younger children. The Timberhawk roller coaster is located in the Old West Territory. Shoes are required in all areas and on rides, except for Pirates Cove and Slide Alley. Access to the rides is based on height.
From Seattle, take I-5 south. Exit on Exit 142B (WA-18 W.), and take Enchanted Parkway towards Puyallup. The entrance to Enchanted Village is on 20th Avenue S.
Hours and Price
The park is open only part of the year, May through December. Hours for late June through September are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., staying open an hour later on Fridays and Saturdays. The months of May, October, November and December have limited hours, so check the website for these months. Pre-season is May 10 to June 30, in-season is considered July 1 to September 7 and post-season runs from September 8 through January 4, 2015. The park is closed prior to pre-season.
Entrance fees vary during the seasons. Pre-season is split into two different pricing schedules. May prices are $9.99 per person, with two years old and younger entering for free. In June, prices rise to $19.99 (adult – over 48″) and $14.99 (children – under 48″), with adult discount for online ticket purchases. The in-season ticket prices are adults at $39.99 and children at $32.99, with some online purchase discounts. The park offers discounted ticket prices for seniors (55+), military (with ID), AAA members (with membership card) and entrance after 4 p.m. Parking will cost $10. Park hours vary, but in-season opens at 10 a.m. daily. The park closes at 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and at 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Check the website for off-season hours.
Dining, Shops and Entertainment
Wild Wave Theme Park is home to several restaurants and retail shops. Lumberjack Burgers & More is located in the Kiddie Land area of the park. It sits right next to the Downhill Tubin ride, and serves burgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, cookies, pretzels, cotton candy and cold drinks. This is a great restaurant to meet the needs of different tastes. If pizza is a favorite, the Pizza Pier is located in the Water Park above Surfside Gifts. The Pizza Pier serves fresh-baked pizza, chicken caesar salad or wraps, cookies, chips and cold beverages. It has the best view of the park. Surfside Gifts is the place to purchase swimwear, such as swimming suits, shorts and tops. There are several places to find sweets, but the best are Disk’o Eats & Cool Treats and the Candy Factory. Both are located in Celebration Square. Disk’o Eats & Treats serves ice cream, cotton candy, fruit smoothies, espresso, coffee drinks and cold drinks. The Candy Factory is the best place for home-made fudge, caramel apples and other sweets. The Shoe Hut is the place to purchase shoes or sandals, and is located near the Wave Pool. The entertainment schedule for 2014 is not available yet, but can be found on the website.
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What to See
On of the highlights of a trip to Wild Waves Theme Park is the Pirates of the Pacific High Dive Show. It happens in Celebration Square at the large pool. For roller coaster lovers, the Timberhawk Roller Coaster is a must. It is Washington state’s largest wooden roller coaster. It stands 75 feet tall, and is a thrill to experience. It goes up to 50 miles per hour and includes 12 breathtaking drops. All of the water features are fun during the warmer months of summer, and unique to the Seattle area.
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