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Wet 'n Wild Closing: Water Park Taught US How to Slip 'n Slide

By    |   Thursday, 18 Jun 2015 08:16 AM

Wet 'n Wild Orlando, perhaps the nation's first water park when it opened in Florida in 1977, is closing after the 2016 season to make room for a new Universal Orlando water-themed facility.

Universal Orlando, which has owned Wet 'n Wild since 1998, will open its new water park called Volcano Bay in 2017, reported the Orlando Sentinel. While Wet 'n Wild was the 10th busiest water park in the world with 1.3 million visitors a year, it became only the fourth busiest in the Orlando area, according to a study by the Themed Entertainment Association.

 


Wet 'n Wild had fallen behind Walt Disney World's Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, which both had more than two million visitors last year, and SeaWorld's Aquatica, which attracted 1.6 million people.

"Wet 'n Wild Orlando has been a place where guests have created wonderful memories," said Universal Orlando spokesman Tom Schroder on the company's blog. "As America's first water park, Wet 'n Wild has been the birthplace of numerous innovations that are now considered a common part of the water park experience."

Orlando Weekly's Seth Kubersky said it appeared Wet 'n Wild's days were numbered with Universal's preparing to open Volcano Bay.

"It makes sense that they wouldn't want to compete with themselves by having two similar parks so close to each other, and Wet 'n Wild has long had a reputation for marginal customer service," said Kubersky.

"What is unknown is whether any slides or attractions will migrate from Wet 'n Wild to Volcano Bay. Both parks primarily feature Proslide products, some of which could be disassembled and relocated, assuming they could be integrated into the new park's tropical tiki theme," said Kubersky.

The Sentinel noted that some theme park watchers believe the current Wet 'n Wild land will be used for hotel space since the owners have talked in the past about dramatically increasing hotel room availability.

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