I read the reviews and I am amazed at all the negative comments. I agree that the prices are unreasonable for food and drinks. The parking when I went last weekend was $10.00.
The solution to all this if you live in the area is to purchase annual memberships. They can be purchased off season for about $50.00 or during the season for around 80.00. We only purchased 2 for the adults and received coupons for additional guest at $12.00 per person or in some cases free. We also purchased an annual parking pass for $35.00. Inside they offer a drink bottle for $8.50 with $1.00 refills for the entire season or fill it up for free at the drinking fountain. With a season pass you then are able to bypass the ticket line.
We first went just the two adults to check out the park to figure out what the best options for our family were. We avoided the ticket line by purchasing our tickets online. The food solution will be our biggest hurdle. For the two of us it wasn't horrible to purchase food and honestly the food wasn't bad. Drinks are a rip off. We can bring a cooler and leave it in the car as you are allowed to leave and reenter the park (and the parking lot should you want to go nearby and grab lunch).
The only other issues are lockers and rental tubes. You are almost forced to rent a tube at $11.00 with a $3.00 deposit returned. If you rent a tube you don't have to wait in the tube lines and those lines can be very very long. Then in the event you want to ride something without a tube you are risking someone stealing your tube.
We did rent a locker for our valuables and that is $14.00 for a small locker with $8.00 refundable deposit. It is a small price for a piece of mind.
As for the employees. I don't really feel like they need to be friendly. They are there to do their job and with the combination of people and water all there attention needs to be focused on safety. I will concede that we ran into a few very rude attendants in the theme side of the park and it was a little disappointing.
Overall, I would agree that for the day wild waves is very expensive. I agree that Silverwood is the way to go instead of a day at Wild waves but you will have to travel to Idaho and pay for a hotel. I felt just as comfortable at WW and WW have by far more rides for the younger ones. Rides at Silverwood have lines that are just as long if not longer.