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“Great fun and good value for a family outing!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Wings and Waves Waterpark

Wings and Waves Waterpark
460 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way, McMinnville, OR 97128
(503) 434-4185
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Type: Water Parks, Amusement Parks
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Salem, Oregon
3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Great fun and good value for a family outing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2011

We went to the waterpark during a Friday morning/afternoon and into the evening during the first week of school. We expected some lines and found none at all. We "bounded" up the stairs 8 or so times with our kids (4 1/2 and 6) to experience the slides. My daughter (4 1/2) loved the Sonic Boom and my son (6) loved the Nose Dive. I liked the Tail Spin. The wave pool was great for the family, though some of the waves were a bit much for my youngest. She took a tumble and scraped herself . The lifeguard was at her side within 30 seconds, escorting us back to first aid to give her an ice pack and a bandage. I can't thank them enough for the immediate and thorough attention.

My kids spent several hours playing in the kids play area and in the leisure pool. The kids loved the little slides in the area, the water features, the water cannons and the big bucket of water that pours down every few minutes. My kids aren't the strongest swimmers yet, so we used one of the provided life jackets when they were in the pool(s). We expected to stay a few hours and ended up staying about 6. My kids liked it better than Great Wolf Lodge.

The prices were good. I've read several reviews that think the prices are a bit much. We paid $120 for the park, $9 for the locker and $24 for lunch (hambuger/fries/dink per person). For a days worth of fun, I think the value is good.

The only thing I would do differently is to wear shoes or water socks when I could. My feet are feeling a bit sore this morning. The floor has traction (good for not slipping which left my feet sore..

Visited September 2011
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Portland, OR
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90 reviews 90 reviews
12 attraction reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
“Fun, but needs to work out the kinks”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2011

We've been to Great Wolf Lodge before, and found this park a good comparison - with a few minor problems. Best for families with kids over 7, and yes lots of stairs!

The big slides are the best and worst part of the park. All are great fun to ride, our kids age 8-13 couldn't get enough of them. Unfortunately, the lines up the stairs are LONG (30 minutes minimum) and poorly managed - the stairway is just too narrow for 2 lines of people toting tubes. Worse, in my opinion, is the availability of tubes - people hoard the double-tubes, so you can find yourself waiting in line for a tube before you can hit the stairs. The park needs to buy more and/or collect the tubes at the end so people can't hoard them.

The wave pool is decent sized, waves happen often and there are areas of rougher or calmer water, depending on what you like. The airbursts in the deep end are fun. The hot tub was packed the entire time so we never got in - lots of parents sitting there watching the kids play on the water-playground.

The H2O museum makes for a nice break out of the water - included in price of admission ($30 for over 42" tall - Museum members get a discount).

Best part of the park has to be the staff - lifeguards were always vigilent, no matter what attraction, but also friendly and with a sense of fun (joking, answering questions). We'll go back, just not on a weekend.

Visited August 2011
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Seattle, Washington
18 reviews 18 reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Lines too long”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2011

This is a fun place to spend an afternoon, but the lines are a huge problem. It's just not worth spending 30 minutes in line for a whoosh down a tube that only takes 20 seconds, even if it's a fun ride. They are far too cautious about the wait times between people descending, and unless they can speed this up, it makes it difficult to recommend spending your money here. I hope somebody from the park reads this and addresses it here.

Visited August 2011
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Portland, Oregon
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Fine water park, not worth the price of admission”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2011

This indoor water park is the same size and scope as the Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, WA, but I think the focus is on children a little older. Water park, concessions, redemption video game arcade, lockers, slides, big water bucket that dumps water every few minutes, great big slides, wave pool, regular swimming pool and a spa.

There was attractions for all the age groups at Wings and Waves, and our 10 year old found a lot more to do than our 3 year old. The 3 year old just got burned out quickly on the attractions for her.

Very clean park, awesome visuals and I really enjoyed the outdoor portion of the building. The staff was very nice and helpful.

The only reason for the high price is the outlandish cost. $30 is not worth what you get when you tack on the $5 locker rental. There is a small water exhibit inside the water park, but there is an extra cost to visit that as well.

I would have given it 5 stars if I could go over and see the museum as well. $30 is just too much. Great Wolf Lodge has a hotel and more restaurants. Roaring Springs outside of Boise, ID is a much larger outdoor park for less money.

Visited August 2011
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Bend, Oregon
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2011

The water park was great (except for the 30 dollar entrance fee and 10 dollar locker fee) we had a good day, our daughter had a blast on the smaller slides in the play area for children. I went on a couple of the bigger slides, long lines for a 30 second slide.
The only problem I saw was all the stairs going up to the slides, and trying to carry the tubes while walking up the stairs.

Visited July 2011
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