It's a new season, new ownership for Wild Waters park

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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 younger.

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 Acquisition.

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 well.

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.

Wild Waters
Phone: (352) 236-2121

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