Wet ‘n Wild has now closed after having once being a trail blazer for many parks to come. Wet ‘n Wild was the first standalone water park and the first of it’s kind to introduce attractions such as a water playground.
Open since 1977, the water park remained a huge part of theme park life in Orlando. Now after 40 years, owner Universal Studios Water Parks has closed the park to make room for Volcano Bay. The next-gen water park is set to open next summer at the Universal Orlando Resort with no plans on development for the Wet n’ Wild Land.
Even with Orlando becoming home to 4 of the world’s top 10 water parks, Wet n’ Wild remained popular with an estimated 1.3 million visitors in 2015. But as competitors became more creative, the park took on a more practical feel rather than the creative and unique look the park it once had.
It will be sad to no longer drive by the Wet ‘n Wild sign on International Drive, but with big promises from Universal’s Volcano Bay we can only hope that it will capture some of the magic Wet ‘n Wild once was.