Wet'n'Wild Las Vegas

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Not to be confused with the now defunct Wet 'n Wild water park in Las Vegas.
Wet'n'Wild Las Vegas
Wet'n'Wild Las Vegas logo.png
Location Spring Valley, Nevada, United States
Owner Village Roadshow Limited (majority stake)
Operated by Village Roadshow Theme Parks
Opened May 2013 (2013-05)
Area 41 acres (17 ha)
Pools 2 pools
Water slides 10 water slides
Children's areas A single children's area
Website Official website

Wet'n'Wild Las Vegas is a water park in Summerlin, Spring Valley, Nevada.[1] The park is part of Village Roadshow Theme Parks' Wet'n'Wild chain of water parks located across the world. Wet'n'Wild Las Vegas opened in May 2013.

History[edit]

On August 6, 2011, plans to develop a 26-acre (11 ha) water park in the Las Vegas Valley were unveiled. The owners of the Hawaiian Falls chain of water parks in Texas were behind the proposal to open the park by Memorial Day Weekend 2012.[2] On November 14, 2011, Splash Canyon Waterpark was officially announced along with a listing of the rides and attractions to be included in the park.[3] On February 3, 2012, it was announced that the opening of the water park would be delayed by a year to ensure everything would be completely operational before opening.[4]

In June 2012, Australian-based entertainment company Village Roadshow revealed they had plans to open a Wet'n'Wild-branded water park in Las Vegas.[5] The company already operates Wet'n'Wild Hawaii and Wet'n'Wild Phoenix in the United States, as well as a number of amusement and water parks in Australia including Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast and Wet'n'Wild Sydney.[6] On October 4, 2012, it was announced that Village Roadshow Theme Parks would be opening Wet'n'Wild Las Vegas in May 2013 on the site of the proposed Splash Canyon Waterpark.[7] Village Roadshow will hold a 51% stake in the park with private investors including Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf holding the remaining 49%.[8] The 41-acre (17 ha) water park will cost over US$50 million.[1]

In mid-May 2013, Wet'n'Wild Las Vegas announced the park's opening and operating schedule, as well as the beginning of a charity auction for the first rides on four of the park's slides. Due to the expected popularity of the park, Wet'n'Wild Las Vegas' opening will be staggered for different ticket holders. Following a private grand opening party on May 23, the park opened to Gold Pass holders on May 25, Season Pass holders on May 28, and all other ticket holders on June 3.[9]

The overwhelming demand for season passes caused the park to cease selling passes for the year and has pushed expansion of the park forward to the immediate end of the season, as Village Roadshow owns 71 acres around the park for future expansion.

Attractions[edit]

Wet'n'Wild Las Vegas will feature 25 attractions including:[10]

  • Canyon Cliffs – two speed slides
  • Colorado Cooler – a 1,000-foot-long (300 m) lazy river
  • Constrictor – a multi-person raft ride featuring corkscrew turns and speeds of up to 18 miles per hour (29 km/h)
  • Desert Racers – a 360-foot-long (110 m) multi-lane racer water slide with 6 lanes
  • Hoover Half Pipe – a WhiteWater West Boomerango water slide
  • Rattler – a WhiteWater West Rattler water slide
  • Royal Flush Extreme – a WhiteWater West bowl water slide
  • Splash Island – a WhiteWater West AquaPlay area which features a variety of slides as well as a 300-US-gallon (1,100 L) tipping bucket
  • The Wave Pool – a 17,000-square-foot (1,600 m2) wave pool capable of producing 3-foot-high (0.91 m) waves
  • Zipp, Zapp, and Zoom – a series of inline tube slides
  • "" Tornado Opening this Memorial Day weekend, Wet’n’Wild Las Vegas is bringing the ultimate natural storm to Nevada with the acclaimed Tornado. The award-winning extreme water slide simulates a natural storm experience, where you start your journey being catapulted from 36 feet in the air through a 110-foot tunnel before plummeting into the eye of the storm. Spin around the Tornado’s funnel in a four person raft where you will sweep up the Tornado’s wall experience weightlessness or zero gravity, splashing back and forth through the menacing, swirling water before being released into the calm shallows below. No need to chase the storm as this enormous thrill slide grabs adrenaline addicts for an extreme experience you won’t

The steel frame and fiberglass slide pieces for Tornado were erected into place on May 7, 2014 [11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Velotta, Richard N. (October 4, 2012). "Wet ‘n’ Wild water park coming to Las Vegas". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved October 5, 2012. 
  2. ^ Harvin, Sharie (August 6, 2011). "New Waterpark in the Works for Las Vegas". KLAS-TV 8 News Now. Retrieved October 5, 2012. 
  3. ^ Splash Canyon Waterpark (November 14, 2011). "Splash Canyon Waterpark to Open Memorial Day 2012 in Las Vegas". Digital Journal. Retrieved October 5, 2012. 
  4. ^ The Associated Press (February 3, 2012). "Vegas waterpark delays grand opening until 2013". News Times. Retrieved October 5, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Village Roadshow and Sanderson set sights on Asia". Park World Online. June 18, 2012. Retrieved October 5, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Theme Parks". Village Roadshow Limited. Retrieved October 5, 2012. 
  7. ^ Guillermo, Matt (October 4, 2012). "Vegas water park resurrects 'Wet 'n' Wild' name". Fox 5. Retrieved October 5, 2012. 
  8. ^ Westthorp, Tanya (October 5, 2012). "Coast Wet'n'Wild inspires Vegas park". Gold Coast Bulletin. Retrieved October 5, 2012. 
  9. ^ "First official rides on four Wet ‘n’ Wild Las Vegas slides to be auctioned for Andre Agassi Foundation for Education and Opportunity Village". Las Vegas Sun. 16 May 2013. Retrieved 22 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Attractions". Wet'n'Wild Las Vegas. Retrieved October 5, 2012. 
  11. ^ Mirgoli, Nicholous. "Tornado at Wet 'n' Wild Las Vegas nears completion - New Water Slide for 2014 Season". www.ThemeParkOverload.net. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 

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