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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!

Florida Residents: It’s Discount Attraction Ticket Time!

Capone’s Dinner & Show isn’t the only Orlando attraction offering half price tickets. Today through December 31, 2013, Florida residents can purchase tickets to Wet ‘n’ Wild at half the cost of the regular admission price!  The only catch? Some of the tickets must be purchased online (and a few other details… keep reading).

Wet 'n' Wild Water Park Orlando

Wet ‘n’ Wild is a very popular water park located on International Drive. This area is very busy with tourists, and many of them are from Florida. This discount attraction ticket deal is great for visitors to Central Florida. Whether you’re traveling here from the panhandle, northeast coast, southwest coast or the Keys, Central Florida has a lot to offer our own residents, especially this time of the year. The half price admission cost for Florida residents is $27.50 plus tax. You can purchase up to 6 tickets on one ID. It is good for one day only. Perfect for visitors.

If you live in Orlando or a nearby town, as a local resident, you might be interested in some other options which Wet ‘n’ Wild offers. You can “buy a day” and get the rest of this year free. It also includes a $5 discount, so the price is $50 plus tax. Not bad. The Day Platinum Pass is also an excellent value. You pay full price general admission ($99 plus tax) and get the rest of the year free – plus – you get to skip the regular lines! (One time per visit.) On some days, this won’t seem like that great of a value, but there will be several more weeks of warm-weather crowds, so the lines will still be longer on certain days. If you have a favorite ride, use the Express Pass on that ride and enjoy the perks. The Express Pass bargain deal must be purchased by September 2.

All of Wet ‘n’ Wild Florida Resident offers are not valid during special events, after-hour events or private parties. They all expire on December 31, 2013. The one-day half price tickets and the Day Platinum Pass are available online only. You can get the “buy a day” get the rest of the year free ticket deal at the water park.

At Capone’s, there isn’t a catch at all for their half price tickets. This Orlando dinner show offers fantastic discount attraction tickets year round, online or at the box office. If you’ve never experienced this entertaining evening of fun, do so now! They even offer a special gift for Florida residents (be sure to click the direct link to this great offer). It’s a fantastic time of the year to visit some of the Orlando area’s must-try attractions and dinner show opportunities. It’s a great time to be a Florida resident!

Wet ‘N Wild at Orlando: The Only Way to Go

EDITOR’S NOTE: Wet ‘n Wild Orlando closed at the end of 2016. It will be replaced by Universal Studios Volcano Bay. Use our search for more information on this new attraction.

Wet 'n Wild is fun for the entire family

A must place to include in your Orlando attraction planning is Wet ‘n Wild water park. Located in Orlando, it was founded by SeaWorld creator in 1977. This theme park is so fantastic, Amusement Business Magazine published it was voted America’s number one water park. For families wanting to spend an entire day of wet ‘n wild fun, this Orlando attraction is the place to be.

Before diving into, pun intended, the many fun attractions, it is a good idea to review the rules and hours. Wet ‘n Wild is open all year long. The longest hours of operation are during June and July, the hottest time of the year. During cooler months the pools are heated for comfort. Check for hours of operation before heading to this Orlando attraction – some rides are closed for maintenance during the off-peak months.

Parking is available, for a small fee. The water park is wheelchair accessible if needed. Certified lifeguards are on duty during hours of operation and life vests are available for use without any extra charge. If a floatation device is brought from home it must be approved by park staff before it is allowed inside.

Additionally, appropriate swim wear must be worn at this Orlando attraction. Cut-off shorts are not allowed. The gift shop sales swim suits as well as sunglasses, cameras and hats, along with additional items. Alcohol and glass containers are not permitted on the premises.

Water Attractions & Features

Now, on with the fun. Please note that along with the several fun rides at this Orlando attraction, restaurants, snacks, and drinks are also available for your convenience. Spend an entire day when possible.

Wet ‘n Wild has solo water rides, multi-person rides, and also easy-going water attractions, and family attractions and activities. Finding something fun to do will not be a problem at this Orlando attraction. Even the little ones have an entire area and rides designed just for them.

Family water attractions include on of the newest attractions of the park, Blastaway Beach. This sixty foot sandcastle themed park turns family quality-time into endless opportunities that will keep your family connected with high-energy fun. The many toys and slides span over two pools with dedicated and secluded seating.

Several single person rides include popular high water slides: Mach 5, The Storm, The Bomb Bay, and Der Stuka. Additionally, a wake zone is located behind the water park. Guests are encouraged to test their skill with The Knee Ski, Wake Skating, and Paddle Boarding behind ski boats.

Some multi-person rides at this Orlando attractions are: Brain Wash, The Surge, Disco H2O, Bubba Tub, The Black Hole, The Flyer, and The Blast. Endless fun await everyone in the family here.

The newest water attraction is the Aqua Drag Racer. This unique ride combines and individual experience within a group. Challenge your family to a drag race – aqua style!

For a more restful and easy-going person the Lazy River, The Wild Tiki Lounge, Cabanas, and Wave Pool Surf Lagoon are the way to go.

The Orlando attraction, Wet ‘n Wild, has something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Exciting rides to just resting in the sun, no family member can deny the wonderful experience and memories to be made here. Suit up and go Wet ‘n Wild this year!

Aquatica Water Park in Orlando: The Place to Splash Into

Aquatica Water Park in Orlando

Aquatica Water Park is an Orlando attraction owned by SeaWorld, which is located next door. Entry into this water park is around $60 for an adult. The lower cost does not take away from the activities it provides for their visitors. In fact, there is so much to do here, some would be willing to pay more to enter.

Aquatica is actually SeaWorld’s amazing water park. Visitors experience up-close animals, attractions that include two wave pools and a man-made white-sand beach that provide visitors deck chairs, sun beds, and umbrellas while relaxing.

Guests entering this Orlando attraction are drawn into 60 acres of vividly colored landscaping. The architecture is a combination of South Sea Islands, New Zealand, Australia, and New Guinea. Aquatica’s landscaping is breathtaking. Crystal blue rivers winding through the hidden grottos, and cool, refreshing waterfalls provide a relaxing invitation.

Water Park Attractions

Fun-filled excitement is provided by Aquatica’s famous Dolphin Plunge; sending riders, in clear tubes so they can see the assorted water life through them, into a crystal blue lagoon; home to Commerson’s black and white dolphin.

Also found at this Orlando attraction is the world’s only side-by-side wave pools. These can be operated at the same time or one at a time. There are also two different wave strengths for each; stronger to gentler.

The newest water attraction is Ihu’s Breakaway Falls. This is the tallest, steepest and only multi-drop tower of its kind in Orlando. Step into the queue and be prepared. You never know when it is your turn to drop and have the wildest thrill ride of all!

One of the newer water slides at Aquatica, Omaka Rocka, uses high-speed tubes through half-pipe funnels, giving ‘thrill ride’ a new meaning. This fast, yet thin, slide will have you sliding front-ways, splashing and climbing the walls. Thrilling enough you’ll want to get right back on it.

A lazy river consisting of 700-square-feet, which surrounds the majority of the park, provides relaxation before entering a splash zone of water jets and sprays.

A utility pool, consisting of five lanes, provides an exercise and swimming area. Ranging from zero depth upon entry to four feet area in the middle of the pool, it provides safety zones for children while having a bucket spray area for the older kids.

All in all, for the low price, this Orlando attraction has something for every family member to enjoy. The water rides provide enough thrill for the teens and adults while other water areas let the youngsters have a lot of fun. So plan your vacation to include Aquatica and come splash around without having to spend all of your life’s savings. It will become one of your favorites.

After a day at Aquatic, why not join the gang at Capone’s Dinner & Show for a fun ending to a perfect day. Capone’s is located a short drive from SeaWorld and tickets are half-off!

Swim with the Dolphins at Discovery Cove

Swim with dolphins at Discovery Cove

If you love dolphins and other ocean life, you will love this Orlando attraction. Discovery Cove, a sister theme park to SeaWorld, allows you the chance to “talk, touch, play and swim” with bottlenose dolphins. For many visitors, it is a chance of a lifetime.

Reservations are needed since the park only admits 1000 people per day allowing for a relaxing experience. When calling to reserve your family entrance into this Orlando attraction you have three packages to choose from; non-dolphin swim, dolphin swim, and the “Trainer for the Day.”

The cost may seem expensive, but it is all-inclusive admission including; unlimited food and drink, consisting of lunch and breakfast, equipment rental; snorkels, fins, wet suits, towels, etc. Since Busch owns the park you also receive a free ticket to your choice of one of its sister parks – SeaWorld or Busch Gardens in Tampa. You will experience all of Discovery Cove’s attractions and a full day’s fun at another theme park. With all of this included, the price is quite reasonable.

What can you expect on your visit when entering this Orlando attraction is tranquility; surrounded by a tropical oasis while being treated like royalty by the staff. When arriving, an informative video and talk with your trainer is held. Then, if the dolphin swim package was selected, you head there. If not, there is a lot more activities to enjoy.

The “Dolphin Swim Experience” allows you to interact with your dolphin, along with a trainer, and then take a ride across the pool and back holding their fin. The experience of playing with these magnificent creatures last 30 minutes and the pool area is limited to six to eight guests at a time.

Afterwards, go snorkeling at the Tropical Reef along with stingrays, tropical fish and coming eye to eye with sharks and barracudas. Before tiring yourself out, it is highly advised to casually swim down to the Wind-Away River where you can enjoy waterfalls, a rain forest, waterfalls, an underwater cave as well as a beach and rocky terrain area. The surroundings will relax you beyond belief.

There is more to see at this Orlando attraction so experience all there is at the Tropical Reef and Wind-Way River, but do not forget to save time to experience other amazing opportunities offered at Discovery Cove. Explorer’s Aviary allows you to see tropical birds at a close distance and Serenity Bay; a surreal area with sandy beaches, waterfalls and a pool.

Orlando attraction planning needs to be done in order to save up, then make reservations. Be sure to take advantage of the second park for free that Discovery Cove offers. Two theme parks for the price of one! You won’t be disappointed.