Four of us went to Wild Adventures last weekend (10/19/13) to enjoy its "Halloween" special events. Forget the inside attraction "House of Oblivion." We waited in line 45 minutes, walked through what was mostly strobe lights, loud music and dark turns. NO living persons trying to frighten you...no animated ghosts, etc. --Just walking through the darkened house's maze. At end we saw the only living "ghoul" who directed us to crawl out through a carpeted exit that had wet spots of unknown origin. A waste of an hour in the park.
The forest walk-through and haunted train rides were fun, with plenty of living "haunters" popping up to provide a thrill.
Aside from the Halloween season, the park's rides remain the main attraction to us.
The food available in the park is "canival" chow such as burgers, pizza, BBQ but there are no sit-down venues where you can order more than fast food. It used to offer a Christmas buffet with several veggies and meats and desserts. Last year's "Christmas Buffet" consisted of hotdogs, stew, and chili. Last year's Christmas park effort was low-keyed. No ice skating show, no dramatic production (as offered in the past), just lights and rides. In years past, Christmas was the park's best time with shows, choirs, exhibits, and other things that made a December trip there really something special. Alas, those days are gone.
A high point last weekend was the animal show where we learned that alligator blood has strong antibiotic properties and that spider venom may be a potential cure to some dibilitating diseases. Do an internet search for "alligator blood" and "medical use of spider venon" to learn more. It was a very informative and entertaining presentation.
The current Wild Adventures is more "Coney Island" and "water park" with a smattering of "zoo." Because there are many amusement park rides, and lines generally are not long, It remains a fun place to visit but Wild Adventures has definitely been a much better place to enjoy in the past.
I see most Trip Advisor reviews are "4" or "5",. That might have been a ranking a few years ago, but from us, Wild Adventures currently gets a "3." Maybe better days (and higher ranking) will return in the future but for now Wild Adventures earns no more than an "average" from this nearby regular visitor. You'll probably enjoy your visit, but go there with reasonable expectations of what will be offered.
Wheelchair patrons: The jungle train has a special car to accomodate wheelchairs.
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