Fun by Day, Fright By Night Begins at Wild Adventures Theme Park

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Region’s most haunted event returns with new encounters - Kid friendly activities entertain families during the day.

We really wanted to boost the scare factor by creating a backstory of how the swamp came to be and incorporating elements we have never used before.

Wild Adventures Theme Park is the area’s number one place to experience Halloween, with the family-friendly Kid-O-Ween and the bone-chilling Phobia. During the day, Kid-O-Ween entertains families and children with interactive fall-themed activities. Phobia descends upon the park at dusk, bringing new encounters for the most haunted swamp experience yet. Both Halloween events are included with park admission, a 2011 Season Pass or a 2012 Season Pass, available beginning September 30 at the park.

Phobia Conjures New Elements and Storyline

Phobia combines the most petrifying creatures and situations into an already creepy surrounding…the blackwater swamp. This year, guests will wander down a swamp trail, nearly half of a mile long, scurrying past terrors like rabid ghost dogs, lurking creatures, and swamp surprises, in order to escape the Fearmaker’s grip. Twenty haunted encounters, new design elements and a backstory make the experience unlike any other in the area.

“We really wanted to boost the scare factor by creating a backstory of how the swamp came to be and incorporating elements we have never used before,” said WA Entertainment Director John Ancona. “As you wander through, we ask you to use all of your senses and pay attention to everything around. Elements like mechanical props, projections, and motion sensors will heighten the guest’s fear level, making the experience the creepiest Phobia yet.”

The tale of the Fearmaker continues from last year’s event, stretching even farther back, 80 years, to shed light on the Legend of the Blackwater Swamp. This year’s event, while being the most frightening Phobia to date, asks guests to become a part of the experience. Guests are encouraged to look up, out, and all around as they wander through the swamp, to piece together the story. Before visiting Phobia, guests can go to to gather clues and prepare for what they will experience.

Haunts also find their way into live entertainment during the nighttime Halloween event. Abra Cadaver, featuring world famous magical entertainer Aaron Radatz, showcases the deadlier side of magic, September 30 – October 29. Guests will be amazed and frightened by the eerie illusions of this magical master.

Phobia runs Friday and Saturday evenings, September 30 to October 29, from dusk until 11:00 p.m. Phobia will begin after the conclusion of the 7:00 p.m. Dolly Parton concert, Friday, October 14. Some guests, including children under 12, may find some of the experiences or images disturbing and should not visit Phobia. Guests in costume will not be permitted to enter the park during Phobia and select rides will operate.

Kid-O-Ween Brings the Sillier Side of Halloween and a New Show

The park gives even the smallest goblins something to celebrate during its daytime Halloween event, Kid-O-Ween. New for this year, Abracadabra, is a magic show featuring the world famous magical entertainer Aaron Radatz. This magical experience is geared for the park’s younger guests and features elements of Halloween hocus focus.

The family friendly event provides Halloween themed activities, in addition to the park’s animals, thrill rides and entertainment. Children can select a magical pumpkin from the pumpkin forest, doodle on a coloring mural, wander through the giant hay bale maze, and even show off their best moves at the Count Rockula Dance Party.

Kid-O-Ween runs Saturdays and Sundays in October, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. This event is appropriate for guests of all ages.

2012 Season Passes On Sale September 30 at Park

Everyone who purchases a season pass in October gets a gold upgrade free. At $69.99 plus tax, a Gold Season Pass saves an average family of four $80 off of peak season pricing. A Gold Season Pass includes free parking, miniature golf and go-karts. Passholders also receive three additional months free as they are invited to use their passes for the remainder of 2011 including admission to popular park events like Kid-o-ween, Phobia and WA’s holiday park hours.

Guests can purchase 2012 Season Passes at the park beginning Friday, September 30 and online ( or by phone (229-219-7080) Saturday, October 1. Passes must be purchased by October 31, 2011 to receive special gold benefits.

Wild Adventures is a 170-acre theme park, water park, and animal park all in one place for less located in Valdosta, Georgia. The park features one of the largest ride collections in the South, more than 500 wild animals, Splash Island Water Park, the region’s largest water park, shows, festivals and all-star concerts. The park is owned and operated by Herschend Family Entertainment (HFE), a company specializing in family entertainment. For more than half a century, HFE has owned, operated or partnered in 26 properties across ten states, including Branson, Missouri’s Silver Dollar City; operating partner with Dolly Parton in Tennessee’s Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country; operating partner in Atlanta’s Stone Mountain Park and owners of Ride the Ducks amphibious tours in six cities.


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