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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.”

Wet 'n wild

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.

Legoland Florida’s water park doubles up on bricks

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

When the Legoland Florida water park reopenes for the season this weekend, guests will see even more figures and scenes constructed of Lego bricks. Two million bricks have been added since the Winter Haven water park opened last year, bringing its total to 4 million.

Legoland Florida Water park doubles up on bricks

Legoland Florida Water park doubles up on bricks

Sealife has strong representation among the new additions, including Moby Dick (made of more than 200,000 Duplo bricks) along the Build-A-Raft River and a shark (nearly 250,000) near the wave pool.

A 15-foot tall Lego Mermaid (176,000 bricks) now stands at the water park entrance amide water spouts and bubbles. Surfers, seahorses, clams and shells can also be seen.

Legoland has also added a hotdog vendor called Waveside Grill near the pool.

Legoland’s water park is only available as an add-on to a regular Legoland Florida ticket. (There is no water-park-only ticket.) A one-day pass to Legoland with water park is $91 ($81 for ages 3-12). There are discounts for Florida residents who pick a specific day and purchase tickets in advance. Floridians can also opt to buy an annual pass, which includes the water park, for $99.

Water park hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Legoland Florida calendar opens up a bit next week when it operates seven days a week during the Spring Break season. The park commonly is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays … and sometimes the water park only operates on weekends. To double-check the operating hours and days (and for other information), go to www.legoland.com.

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, one of 2 Water Parks in Walt Disney World Resort, features one of the world’s tallest and fastest free-falling waterslides, as well as slides and rides for the whole family—like a kid-sized, snow-castle fountain play area with scaled-down versions of the more thrilling attractions.

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

It’s easy to be cool while having fun in the sun at Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park! While the park looks like a frosty ski resort—complete with a functioning Chair Lift, it’s actually an action-packed water wonderland with exciting waterslides and attractions for the whole family.

Attractions

Disney’s Blizzard Beach features a diverse flurry of attractions—including thrill rides, chill rides, family-style raft rides, areas for little squirts and plenty of cool lounging for grownups.

Race on Toboggan Racers, float down Cross Country Creek, plunge down raft rides like Runoff Rapids, discover the Tike’s Peak children’s play area, play in a one-acre wave pool and experience the thrill of one of the tallest and fastest waterslides in the country, Summit Plummet!