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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!

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!

Time to Hit the Water Parks!

After a hot day in Central Florida at one of our great area water parks, it’s nice to sit in an air conditioned theater, relax and be entertained. That’s exactly why Capone’s Dinner & Show is the perfect Orlando dinner show to visit after a day at the new Wet ‘n Wild Blastaway Beach! Last week this new expansion opened to the public at Wet ‘n Wild on International Drive in Orlando. It is just in time for some heat relief since temperatures in Central Florida are already in the mid 90s!

Blast Away Beach at Wet 'n Wild Orlando

Blastaway Beach is Wet ‘n Wild’s newest expansion and one of its largest. The area spans an acre and features a 60-foot sand castle, 15 slides, two pools, 160 soakers, water cannons, jets, dumping buckets and more. The area is perfect for families because of its single entrance and exit, creating a safe way for families with slightly older children to have some freedom without the fret of wondering too far from their parents. Adults are allowed to enjoy all the slides with their children, or if they just want to relax, parents can take in the seating amidst lush, tropical landscaping while their children take in all of the water activities.

Blastaway Beach is the largest water park playground in Florida, covering over 15,000 sq. ft. and over 85,000 gallons of water. It is located near the front of the park and is included in the regular park admission. There are a lot of ticket options for Florida residents and out-of-state visitors. Many people do not know they can combine other theme parks tickets with Wet ‘n Wild tickets. If you plan to visit Universal, Islands of Adventure, SeaWorld, Aquatica or Busch Gardens why not combine your ticket with a ticket to Wet ‘n Wild? There are multi-day tickets, length of stay tickets as well as annual tickets available. Visit www.wetnwildorlando.com for more information.

Along with the new Blastaway Beach, some of Wet ‘n Wild’s other attractions include:

  • THE BLACK HOLE™: The Next Generation A Wet ‘n Wild classic just got better, as your two-person hydra capsule blasts off into a mysterious void featuring pulsating light, dynamic effects and cosmic energy.
  • BRAIN WASH™ Hypnotizing water thrills await as you and your friends encounter a splashing dose of group therapy on this unique water ride. Lose your grip on reality, but not your grip on the two or four-person tube, as you climb the walls on the six-story extreme tube ride with a 53-foot vertical drop into the 65-foot domed funnel. It’s mind blowing!
  • DISCO H2O™ Prepare for a trip to the funky 1970’s. Board a four-passenger tube down an enclosed flume toward a watery disco nightclub – complete with lights, disco balls, and, of course, those groovy hits of the seventies.
  • LAZY RIVER Escape to Florida’s past on the Lazy River. Replicas of old Florida boat docks, rustic billboards and enchanting waterfalls give this long-time favorite a dramatic transformation.
  • THE STORM Reach maximum speed as you drop from an elevated chute into a giant open bowl where you spin in circles to a splash landing!
  • THE FLYER A four-passenger, in-line toboggan adventure rides through 450-feet of thrilling, banked curves!
  • BOMB BAY Enter a bomb-like capsule and feel the floor drop from beneath you as you take a heart-stopping plunge down a 76-foot high, nearly vertical slide.
  • DER STUKA This six-story speed slide lets you “free fall” down a 250-foot slide, then glide to a stop along a 115-foot water runway.
  • MACH 5 Choose from three different flumes totaling 1,700 feet that twist and turn over different thrill courses ending in an abrupt splash.
  • THE SURGE Experience this exhilarating, multi-passenger tube ride down five stories through almost 600 feet of twisting, turning, banked curves!
  • BUBBA TUB A six-story, triple-dip slide with a tube big enough for the entire family!
  • SURF LAGOON Four-foot high waves roll across this 17,000 square foot wave pool which features a waterfall that splashes off the back wall.
    – KNEE SKI A cable-operated ski lets you kneeboard like a pro around a half-mile long lake. Open May through September, noon to dusk. Additional fee applies.
    – THE WILD ONE Two people are simultaneously towed around our lake on big, bouncy tubes for one “wild” ride. Open May through September, noon to dusk. Additional fee applies.
    – WAKEBOARD One of the fastest growing water sports is now at Wet ‘n Wild! Beginners to experts can show off their techniques on the WakeZone cableway. Open May through September, noon to dusk. Additional fee applies.

After a full hot day of getting wet at the parks, come on down to Capone’s Dinner and Show. Our delicious dinner buffet is sure to wet your appetite with hot Italian/American favorites as well as cool salad and dessert. Be sure to order tickets online and save 50%! When you arrive at our theater, be sure to visit the gift shop. Our fedoras are a perfect way to hide that water-soaked hair-do! Bring the entire family. You’re going to have a blast!