SILVER SPRINGS, Fla. -- The Wild Waters water park reopened for
the season under new ownership, offering nine acres of water slides
and speed flumes, a 450,000-gallon wave pool, three children's play
areas, a video arcade and more.
Wild Waters is next to Silver Springs theme park near Ocala, a
90-minute drive from Orlando.
One of its most popular attractions is TwinTwister, a pair of
60-foot-high flumes featuring sharp curves, twists and turns.
Daily admission is $21.95 for patrons ages 11 and older; $19.95
for children ages 3 to 10, and free for youngsters ages 2 and
There is a $4 parking fee.
Earlier this year, the Silver Springs and Wild Waters parks were
sold for the second time in four years.
The sale was part of New York-based Ogden Corp.'s, agreement to
sell its entire theme and water parks division, including 15 other
attractions, to Greece-based Alfa Alfa Holdings SA.
The purchase price was reportedly $148 million.
Alfa has operations in construction, packaging and family
recreation and owns public utilities in Greece.
Ogden had financed a multimillion-dollar expansion of Silver
Springs after buying it in 1996 from Florida Leisure
Ogden last year began to sell its entertainment and aviation
businesses to enable it to focus on the energy business.
The Silver Springs park is one of the oldest advertised
attractions in the state.
Glass-bottom boat rides were first offered there in 1878. A
theme park slowly developed over the years, which in recent years
has also been the venue for concerts, a petting zoo, marine animals
in natural habitats and other nature-based activities.
Worldwide exposure came through the "Tarzan" films made here in
the 1930s and 1940s.
"The Creature From the Black Lagoon" was filmed here as
During Ogden's ownership, 11 elements were added to Silver
Springs and the adjacent Wild Waters park, including a bear
exhibit, alligator lagoon and restaurants.
Phone: (352) 236-2121