Shipwreck Island Celebrates 30 Years, Offers Something New for 2012

We’re certainly no stranger to Shipwreck Island Waterpark. “30 years of tips, dips and flips,” is no lie. And me and my family have spent many a’ summer day splashing, playing and sliding.

Originally paired with the original Miracle Strip Amusement Park, Shipwreck Island has stood alone since 2004. They’ve weathered the test of time and are still held dear to the hearts of decades-old loyalists.

This year marks their 30th year of fun!

“It’s almost like we’re being rediscovered by the visitors to Panama City Beach as well as the many wonderful lodging facilities. Some people may have thought that Shipwreck Island went away when Miracle Strip Park was sold. This year the momentum and excitement has grown so rapidly that we’ve had to make some adjustments in how we operate. Our Facebook page is growing by leaps and bounds, and has around 21,000 friends with no slowing down in sight.” ~ Buddy Wilkes, GM

Just a couple weeks ago, they commemorated their big anniversary with a huge sale of season passes for just $69/per. This included a rather sweet coupon book that had a large variety of sweet deals like 30 cent refills and drastically discounted snacks.

Something special for Summer 2012

Now the park is promoting seven day passes to be provided in packages through local accommodations on the beach. The passes will allow visitors to hit the beach in the morning and do Shipwreck in the afternoon, or vice versa. A pass that is good for seven days in a row can provide numerous mini visits, and guests can go and come as they want all week long. It’s like having a season pass just for your week at Panama City Beach. New Attraction for 2012 too!

The Pirate’s Race is the newest attraction which was added to the park this year. It features two twisting waterslides that lets moms and dads challenge their little ones to see who splashes into the pool first. Shipwreck Island is open every day from 10:30 a.m. until about 5:00 p.m. through August 12. The park will be open on weekends after that until Labor Day weekend.

$69 Shipwreck Island Season Passes [THIS WEEKEND]

Shipwreck Island is well known locally for splashing, laughter and a super fun break from the beach.  Our small town waterpark brings big fun, short lines and inexpensive entertainment to kids and parents alike.  Having come from the big city, I have a very special appreciation for Shipwreck Island.  The free parking, extremely well maintained rides, excellent management and short ride lines bring me and my family back year after year.

I’ve told you how much I love Shipwreck Island before, and now you can find out for yourself!

Last chance for $69 Season Passes

Normally, season passes are $99, which is a bargain considering it pays for itself in just 3 visits! But last Saturday and this Saturday (May 5) they are running a super duper awesome special of just $69.

They literally had a line with hundreds of people waiting to buy the discount passes last week, and I fully expect the same this week!

Normally, admission for one adult is $33 per week, so to get a season pass for just $69 – well, that’s just a steal.

Note: there is a limit of 6 passes per person.

For more information, make sure you keep an eye on their Facebook page.

An added bonus.

Plus, if you come out this weekend and pick up a season pass, you’ll get a coupon book with over $250 in savings.  Some of the coupons in this book include:

  • Get a friend in for $10
  • Buy one pizza slice, get another for 30 cents
  • Buy a hot dog, get another for 30 cents
  • Discount souvenir cups on certain dates
  • And tons more.

This coupon book is in celebration of their 30th anniversary.

Holiday Fun at the Beach

It’s almost time to flip the switch and turn on the Christmas lights!  Four main events will set the holiday atmosphere here in Panama City Beach.  If you’re looking for something to do this holiday season, look no further!

About Fun for the Holidays:

Panama City Beach is putting on four events to kick-start the holiday season right for everyone!  Tickets are available online or at the gate, however- Friday November 18th, admission will be free and will include a performance by the Panama City POPS Orchestra.  Tickets will be $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for students, seniors, and active members of the military, $2.00 children age six to 12, and children under six are free.  Ice skates are available for an additional $5 adults, $2 children 12 and under.  Bay County residents will receive a Thursday discount: $5.00 Adults, $2.00 students, seniors, active military, $1.00 children 12 and under.  Fun for the Holidays kicks off on November 18 and will run every Thursday, Friday & Saturday until December 23rd. (Except for Thanksgiving Day)

Christmas Tree Forest and Ice Palace

A forest of lighted Christmas trees and a ice skating rink will transform the intersection of Alf Coleman Drive and Front Beach Road into a winter wonderland and the hub of holiday activities.  The ice skating rink will be 50×100-feet.  In the center of the Christmas tree forest, you’ll find a 40-foot tree with lights that have been choreographed to festive holiday music.

Santa’s Beach House Village

Shipwreck Island Waterpark will be changed into a beach wonderland, complete with elves, reindeer, and other holiday favorites.  Visitors will be greeted by the friends of Mr. and Mrs. Claus- starfish, seahorses, turtles, dolphins, fish, and crabs- each one illuminated.  There will be a craft table to make holiday keepsakes, hot chocolate, Christmas cookies, holiday treats, and of course- pictures with Santa.

Christmas Under the Sea

M.B. Miller County Pier will be decorated with lights and animation, allowing you to experience holiday lights while overlooking the Gulf of Mexico!

Beach Ball Drop

2012 will begin after the Fourth Annual Beach Ball Drop hosted by Pier Park on Saturday, December 31st.  Complete with family-friendly entertainment including bounce houses, street performers, stilt walkers, face painters, and live music starting at 5:30pm.  At 8:00pm thousands of inflatable beach balls will be dropped for the delight of children.  Counting down till midnight an 800-pound beach ball will decend 100-feet as we enjoy the last moments of 2011.   New Year’s Eve activities are complimentary.

Happy Holidays, from PCB Daily!

5 Reasons Shipwreck Island is at the Top of My List

Ah, Labor Day, the celebration of the end of summer and a time to rest from labors and enjoy time with family and friends.  For my family, we spent the day at Shipwreck Island.  We go to the beach often, but knowing today was the last day Panama City Beach’s largest waterpark would be open, we rode some slides and enjoyed a perfect day at the park.

Read on for 5 reasons why my family and I LOVE Shipwreck Island.

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FREE Shipwreck Island 2010 Season Passes Each Week

We just wanted to let you know that Shipwreck Island is giving away two Season Passes per week to one of their lucky Facebook Fans starting this week for the next three weeks.  They will be doing the drawing on each Friday, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13.

All you have to do to have a chance to win is go over to their Facebook Fan Page, click the “Like” button and at the end of each week, they are going to do a drawing from all their fans and pick a winner.  Each winner will get two Season Passes, there will be three winners total.

These Season Passes are good for the remainder of the 2010 season.  The park is open August 1-10. Then open again on August 14, 15, 21, 28, and September 4, 5, and 6.

Click here to visit their Facebook page.

New Waterpark in Panama City Beach – Plans

Well, thanks to some good friends is high places, I was able to get my grubby little hands on the plans for the new waterpark that is coming to Panama City Beach.  From the looks of it, the new park seems to have all the necesary features to add quite nicely to the things to do in Panama City Beach.

Some of the items of attraction include a wave pool, activity pool, interactive play structure (envision a three story jungle-gym that pumps water through it in ways even the imagination cannot fully predict), lazy river, inner-tube slides, a family raft ride, and a whole “zone” for surfing.

Enough talk!  Here’s the plans.

Edit 3/23/09:

I’d like to apologize for not being clear as to where this was.  I had specified that in my other post on this, but I should have specified that on this as well.  sorry!  I’d also like to apologize for the delay in response to this.

Below is a map of where it will be located. The new park will be on the east side of Clara Avenue in between Middle Beach and Front Beach Road.  The entire property is around 30 acres, although half of that will be parking.  In the plans is a Flow-Rider surfing feature – more info on that soon!

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New Waterpark to Come to Panama City Beach

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Well, this isn’t exactly breaking news, but I read the other day that a new waterpark may be coming to Panama City Beach.  WMBB broke the story day before yesterday.

At the intersection of Clara and Front Beach Road, a new waterpark is being planned.  The owners, Sterling, purchased the property in 2005.

The original article can be found here.

I was talking to a friend over lunch yesterday who had heard some “back-door” meetings and said that it will be more of an water-attraction, rather than a water-park.  It is unclear at this point whether this new attraction will be real competition to the Shipwreck Island Waterpark just a half mile away.

Although I love Shipwreck Island, it will be very nice to see another attraction come into the area, this is sorely needed to supliment what we have.  Nothing breeds advancement like alittle competition.