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Wet ‘n Wild Water Park will Close at the End of 2016

This Orlando water park is now closed. Stay tuned for what Universal has planned for this property!

Wet 'n Wild water park

Since the first water park opened in 1977, a lot has changed when it comes to Orlando water attractions. Wet ‘n Wild set the standard high. Wave pools, ultra slides, lazy rivers and kiddie pools are now thought to be standard amenities at a water park. When Wet ‘n Wild closes on December 31, 2016, we will look to the “next-generation” water theme park with much anticipation.

Last year alone, 1.3 million guests enjoyed the water features at Wet ‘n Wild. It was the 10th busiest water park in the world! Residents of Orlando and vactioners alike valued the ease of attending a stand-alone park. Located on International Drive with so many other fun things to do nearby, it just made sense to go there for an entire day, or even select accommodations at one of the nearby hotels.

Sure other Orlando water parks did more business. Walt Disney World’s Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, both had over 2 million visitors. Aquatica, SeaWorld’s water park, reported 1.6 million guests. These numbers probably wouldn’t have been so large if you took out the multi-park ticket deals that the major theme parks offer. Universal does offer a multi-park deal that includes Wet ‘n Wild, which probably helped their attendance, however, I’m certain many of their guests came from single tickets. Wet ‘n Wild has done spectacularly against the water park giants.

In 1998 when Universal purchased Wet ‘n Wild, everyone knew that things could change. A few new features, such as Blastaway Beach and the Aqua Drag Racer, were added within the water park, but behind the scenes bigger ideas were being drawn up. In 2013, the land where Wet ‘n Wild sits was purchased by Universal, opening the way for the announcement of a new water park, Volcano Bay. This new Universal water park is expected to open in 2017. Good bye Wet ‘n Wild.

Wet 'n Wild Orlando Water Park

Wet ‘n Wild will close on December 31, 2016. It was the first-ever water park built and is located in Orlando, Florida.

What will become of Wet ‘n Wild? Universal is not saying (yet). The 50-plus acres are prime real estate. It wouldn’t surprise me if a new resort is built at this location. With so many other new attractions being added to the International Drive scene, why not? Cabana Bay Beach resort is proof that Universal Studios is committed to offering their guests an entire vacation package. When keeping tourist on property, you are able to offer great ticket specials and discounted rates for an entire Orlando vacation.

Most folks will be sad to see Wet ‘n Wild close. Hopefully the time between its closing and Volcano Bay’s opening will not be too long. Many of the 300 employees hope so too. Most of them will be brought on as employees at the new water park.

Enjoy the Brain Wash, Bomb Bay and many other awesome features at Wet ‘n Wild for the next year and a half. Fill up your next two summers with great memories. Then get ready to see exactly what a “next-gen” water park looks like when Volcano Bay opens. I’m sure it will go beyond our wet ‘n wildest expectations!

Legoland Florida’s Water Park Opens Saturday

The much anticipated opening of Legoland Florida’s water park is just a few days away. It will open to the public Saturday, May 26, 2012. Just in time for the big Memorial Day weekend. But did you know you can have a chance to preview it on Thursday for free? And help set a world record?

Admission to this new Central Florida water park is not included in regular admission. Guests will need to pay an extra $12 ($3 for children under 3 years) to include the water park option. If you have a premium-level annual pass ($179 for adults and $149 for child/senior), you will have seasonal access to the new water park. So how do you get in free this Thursday?

Guests must be at Legoland Florida’s main entrance at 9 a.m. Thursday. The first 400 guests will receive free admission plus a free T-shirt and most importantly – a beach ball. The Guinness World Record for “most beach balls in the air at one time” is currently at 400. Breaking the record should prove to be no problem. After the beach ball toss, guests will be allowed to stay in the water park (and the entire theme park) for the rest of the day!

This new Central Florida water park attraction includes:

  • Lego Wave Pool – Catch a gentle wave or simply cool off where the waves are just big enough for all ages to enjoy.
  • Build-A-Raft River – Families can imagine, design and build a unique Lego vessel and set afloat on a voyage around the 1000-foot-long lazy river, set amongst playful Lego Friends, flowering vegetation and palm trees.
  • Twin Chasers – Friends ride tubes 375 feet down an intertwining pair of enclosed water slides before plunging into a pool below.
  • Splash Out – The thrill seekers of the family can ascend to the tallest point of the water park attraction and choose from one of three unique slides, then speed down a 60-foot drop.
  • Joker Soaker – A fun, interactive playground with various lengths, heights and types of slides that offer something different for every member of the family. Guests can wade in the surrounding pool and be surprised with a torrential spill from a 300-gallon bucket.
  • Duplo Splash Safari – Toddlers rule at this water play area with shorter slides and interactive, larger-than-life creatures.

For more information about Legoland Florida’s water park check out their website at florida.legoland.com.

The wise guys and doll faces here at Capone’s Dinner & Show would love to hear about your experience at this new Central Florida water park. Please feel free to leave a comment and let others know about this new attraction. After setting the record on Thursday, or any day after a day in a water park, Capone’s Dinner & Show is a great way to end a day. Our air-conditioned theatre offers a cool, relaxing dinner & show that is sure to delight your entire gang. Hope to see you soon!

Legoland to Add Water Park!

With the mild temperatures this Winter, even the Orlando Water Parks are enjoying good-sized crowds. Orlando experienced 80 degree weather on Christmas day! It’s no wonder Legoland Florida is planning to expand and include a water park in 2012.

Starting next summer, visitors to Legoland Florida will be able to cool off at a new water attraction. It will feature a wave pool, tube and body slides, rafting river ride and an interactive water-play splash area, called the DUPLO Spash Safari.

Admission to the water park will be included with the Legoland Premium Pass, which offers a year of admission to the theme park and seasonal admission (most likely summer to early fall this first year) to the water park. If you are visiting the park on a single-day ticket, an upgrade ticket to the water park attraction can be purchased for an additional $12 per person (children under 3 years are an additional $3).

The expansion of the water park is a great sign that Legoland Florida is committed to making Central Florida a great place to vacation. Adding a water attraction will help draw their target audience (3 – 12 year old children and their families) offering a greater incentive to attend the park during the hot summer months. Currently, the theme park is still limiting the days in which they are open, and adding well thought out blocks helping to build a successful theme park.