Wet ’n Wild to close

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WETO_2014_ADR_Landing_Open_1024One of Orlando’s longest lived attractions, Wet ’n Wild, is going to close at the end of the 2016 season.

Why?

In a nutshell, I think it because it has outlived its age. This isn’t what the owners, Universal Orlando, are saying but in a business where “new” attracts and “old” gets fewer visitors with each passing year, I think that is the reason. It might have had some additions in 2012 and in 2013 there was Aqua Drag Racer, a mat-slide attraction but attractions almost need something every year to keep the numbers high.

At the beginning of the 2017 season, Universal is launching a new water themed attraction, Volcano Bay, and that will replace Wet ’n Wild. With a more modern design and layout and more thrilling rides, Universal will be hoping that Volcano Bay will attract many more visitors than Wet ’n Wild did. At 1.3 million visitors a year, Wet ’n Wild was the fourth most visited water park in the US – but that is still three places behind two Disney water parks and and SeaWorld Orlando’s Aquatica.

All this was kept under wraps because went I was in Orlando just over a fortnight ago, there was no mention from the Universal people that I met that Wet ‘n Wild was to close.

But for those who have experienced Wet ‘n Wild over the last 39 years and want to introduce their children to it you have this and next years’ seasons to let them enjoy it. After that it will be a thing of the past as there are rumours reported in the local paper, the Orlando Sentinel, that the land is to be sold for hotel development. Unlikely then in the future that will re-open as an attraction from the past or that it will become a site of heritage rides like Kent’s Dreamland which re-opened last week.

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