Wild Water marks 40th anniversary this summer by expanding entertainment

The Fresno BeeMay 17, 2014 

The late afternoon sun plays on a water attraction at Wild Water Adventure.

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Wild Water Adventure Park will mark its 40th anniversary with a summer of fireworks, reptiles, concerts and appearances by stars of several Disney TV shows. In all, there will be 42 days of extra entertainment during the 92-day season for the Clovis water park.

The water park opens to the public on May 24 for weekend operation and daily beginning June 3.

"It's not as big as a 25th or 50th anniversary, but we still are treating this year as a real big deal," general manager Bob Martin says. "It's a big deal because depending on who you talk to, Wild Water is one of the top five oldest water parks in the nation."

Martin says that the park still provides family outings and water fun, but is increasing its entertainment lineup.

"This is going to be the biggest year ever for entertainment," Martin says.

Along with 17 days of the popular Fireworks on the Lake, Friday Family Nights and the July 4th Show with music, lasers and fireworks, there will be the Danny Connor's "Reptile Adventure Show" performed three times daily from July 14 through Aug. 3. The show includes crocodiles, pythons, lizards and many more exotic creatures from the reptile world. The park also plans more live music and special food offerings.

One of the entertainment highlights includes visits from Disney stars. The lineup includes:

Peyton List, Emma on "Jessie," June 7

Austin North, Logan on "I Didn't Do It," June 21

Blake Michael, Tyler on "Dog With a Blog," Aug. 16,

Calum Worthy, Dez on "Austin & Ally," Aug. 30

Meeting the young actors is free with park admission.

The 52-acre water park has come a long way from when it was originally opened in 1974 by the Siggers family as Serena Vista Lakes Picnic Park. The park later became known as Clovis Lakes and ultimately Wild Water Adventure Park. Today, its regular features include a million-gallon wave pool, a three-person family Thunder Falls ride, Rampage slide, a two-person Sidewinder tube ride and the large interactive water play park Adventure Bay, just for kids, with 33 water features in all.


Wild Water Adventure Park, 11413 E. Shaw Avenue in Clovis. Admission prices: General admission, $29.99; child (under 48"), $21.99; senior (age 62+), $14.99; afternoon (after 3 p.m.), $16.99. Details: www.wildwater.net.


TV and movie critic Rick Bentley can be reached at (559) 441-6355, rbentley@fresnobee.com or @RickBentley1 on Twitter. Read his blog at www.fresnobeehive.com.

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