Wet ‘n Wild Orlando to Close For Good on December 31, 2016.
Widely considered to be America’s first Water Park, Wet ‘n Wild Orlando announced on their Facebook page that they will be closing for good at the end of 2016. This comes on the heels of the announcement of Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay Water Park, which will open in 2017.
In the post, Wet ‘n Wild states: After almost 40 years, Wet ‘n Wild Orlando will be permanently closing on December 31, 2016. Check out the Universal Orlando Resort blog for a thank you to our fans for all of the countless memories.
From the blog:
Since it’s opening in 1977, Wet ‘n Wild Orlando has been a place where guests have created wonderful memories. 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.
Today, we are announcing that the park will close permanently on December 31, 2016. However, the groundbreaking spirit that has defined Wet ‘n Wild will continue in the development of Universal’s Volcano Bay, a next-generation water theme park that reimagines what it means to be a water park.
We’re grateful to our countless fans and team members for making Wet ‘n Wild such a special place for so very long.
Wet ‘n Wild opened in Orlando on March 13, 1977, and was the brainchild of SeaWorld creator George Millay. He went on to open six more water parks under the same name in the United States, Brazil and Mexico. Millay sold his interests in the Orlando park to Universal Orlando in 1998, and Universal Orlando purchased the land where currently resides in 2013.
For more information, be sure to check out the Universal Orlando Resort Blog as well as Coaster101.com.