Sean: Alex and I trekked from Orlando to Wild Adventures in Valdosta, Georgia with our Nighthawk Vekoma shirts on in anticipation of the four new Vekoma credits we’d be getting that day! – Join us as we explore the third Herschend Entertainment theme park!
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The park brought back their Zamperla Mini Mouse when they introduced the new entrance attraction this year. The ride now goes by the name of Swampwater Snake and is beautifully landscaped. The whole area is VERY nice! They did a great job.
Next up was the park’s family Vekoma inverted coaster: Swamp Thing, great color scheme and cute theming. By the time we got to riding this coaster one thing became very clear to me… there is an identity crisis at this park.
The park has a very heavy focus on a safari theme, which all the newer developments and redesigns do a great job immersing you into that theme. However, the park is stuffed with concrete pads, flashy looking flat rides that do not at all stick with the theme. It’s a tad odd, but the park has SUCH potential! Look at these cute monkeys!
And now time for what I came for! The Vekoma SLC: Twisted Typhoon. This particular coaster model is one of the most criticized in the industry, and though I admit there are some rough variations, I love ’em!
Some near-miss elements, and great pacing make for a fun ride. Twisted Typhoon is actually one of the better ones out there. There have been SLCs built after Twisted Typhoon that wish they were as smooth and rerideable. I must honestly say that Twisted Typhoon is outstanding!
For experienced SLC riders the part following the Sidewinder is usually the roughest. On Twisted Typhoon, not even a shuffle. Why this installment is so great, I have no clue, but I’m going to ride few more times!
Wild Adventures is also a zoo with animals, though their animal collection is not as impressive as most other major animal-inspired parks we usually visit. I would love for someone to just invest 10-15 million into creating a cohesive and well maintained safari themed around the park. Maybe some day!
Both Boomerang and the Tasmanian River Rapids are excellent European E-tickets for the park. The rapids ride features a whirlpool drop, water falls, nice landscaping and overall is one of the best rides at the park.
Our last 90 minutes or so were spent waiting in front of the Cheetah entrance hoping it would open, eventually a lovely associate got to test ride after lots of maintenance involvement and it was our turn to get on next! – The ride, though not the smoothest, was actually really fun and featured some nice pop of airs. I enjoyed the layout and didn’t hate it as much as some other enthusiasts do!
Also your park is not nearly as ugly as some people made it out to be! I have full faith that Wild Adventures can turn around to be one of the nations nicest family parks, though it does need some work.
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