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Changes underway at Wild Adventures

November 30, 2007

Valdosta - It's been just two months since Herschend Family Entertainment bought Wild Adventures in Valdosta, and they are now working to beef up the park's line up for 2008.

First to be unveiled is a new thrill ride, The Rattler.  "The Rattler is a spinning swing ride. It's going to send 24 passengers at a time soaring about 60 feet in the air, spinning through 240 degrees of motion," says Public Relations Coordinator Sara Sumner.

They will also be welcoming some new entertainers, 300 new animals.  "Some will be in shows, some will be in exhibits, and some will be in some really neat interactive encounters," Sumner says.

Jimmy Holmes adds,  "We are bringing in sea lions, sharks, and sting rays. It will be an interactive experience."

To make their plans work, the park will now become seasonal.  They'll be shutting down the January 1 until February 16.  "Wild Adventures will shut down for six short weeks. This allows us to make any improvements and enhancements, and just really assure that our guests have a great time when they come out to the park next year," Sumner says.

Some employees will be out of work for that time, but with an increase of benefits and pay, they shouldn't feel the pinch in their wallets.  "Its going to be about a 20 percent increase on the starting base rate of pay."

The new additions will all arrive by the summer of 2008.  The price of park admission will remain the same.

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