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After 40 years, Wet ‘n Wild Orlando to close at end of 2016

Saturday, June 20th, 2015

After 40 years, Wet ‘n Wild Orlando announced Wednesday that it will close for good at the end of 2016.

“Since it’s opening in 1977, Wet ‘n Wild Orlando has been a place where guests have created wonderful memories,” a statement on Universal Orlando’s blog states. “As America’s first water park, Wet ‘n Wild has been the birthplace of numerous innovations that are now considered a common part of the water park experience.”

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The park will officially close Dec. 31, 2016. According to the blog, Universal Orlando will now focus on the opening of Volcano Bay, which is expected to open in 2017.

Universal Orlando recently purchased land around the water park for future development.

One of Wet ‘N Wild’s most attractive features was its affordability. The family-friendly wave pool and slides were also a draw.
The Themed Entertainment Association ranks Wet and Wild as the fourth most popular water park in the U.S. It’s behind Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach at Walt Disney World, and SeaWorld’s Aquatica in Orlando.

Wet ‘n Wild wasn’t Orlando’s first water park: River Country USA at Walt Disney World first opened in 1976 and closed in the fall of 2001.

Even though River Country opened first, the World Waterpark Association credits Wet ‘N Wild with being the first official waterpark, and called the park’s developer George Millay the “Father of the Waterpark Industry.” Millay also developed SeaWorld.