Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointe

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Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointe
Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointe logo.png
Slogan Millions of Gallons of Fun!
Location Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
Coordinates 36°0′27″N 79°50′25″W / 36.00750°N 79.84028°W / 36.00750; -79.84028Coordinates: 36°0′27″N 79°50′25″W / 36.00750°N 79.84028°W / 36.00750; -79.84028
Owner Parques Reunidos
Opened 1984
Previous names Aqua Gardens, Water Country USA, Emerald Pointe Water Park
Operating season Memorial Day - Labor Day
Area 40 acres (160,000 m2)
Water slides 36 water slides
Website www.emeraldpointe.com

Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointe (often simply referred to as Wet 'n Wild or Emerald Pointe) is a water park located in Greensboro, North Carolina, United States. It is part of the Wet 'n Wild chain of water parks. It is the 12th largest water park in the United States using over 3 million US gallons (11,000 m3) of water. There are 36 rides including Daredevil Drop, one of the nation's tallest water slides, and family rides such as Tropical Drop.[1] The park also features two heavily themed family sections known as Splash Island, and Happy Harbor. Emerald Pointe is also the largest water park in both of the Carolinas. According to Amusement Business magazine, Emerald Pointe boasts the tenth highest annual attendance among American water parks at nearly 500,000 visitors[2] The park is located on Holden Road just off Interstate 85 Business (North Carolina) in southern Greensboro. The water park opened in 1984, briefly named Aqua Gardens. Through much of the 1980s it was called Water Country USA until it eventually was renamed Emerald Pointe and now Wet'n Wild Emerald Pointe. Major competitors are Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina and Dollywood's Splash Waterpark in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Lifeguards[edit]

The lifeguards at Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointe are among some of the highest trained professionals. The guards are licensed by Jeff Ellis & Associates, an aquatics consultant company and the guards go through four hours of in service training each month to maintain their skills. Other safety procedures include in house audits performed by Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointe as well as unannounced, random audits performed by E&A themselves. An audit can consist of OMD's (Operational Mannequin Drop's) where a lifelike mannequin is dropped into a guard's zone of protection and the lifeguard has 10 seconds to respond, or the audit is failed. VAT (Vigilance Awareness Training) Drops, are similar to an OMD, but consist of using a silhouette or other foreign object that is placed into a guard's zone of protection. Guards are also subject to hidden camera audits both by Wet 'n Wild and Ellis & Associates. The lifeguards are audited and responsible to be test-ready daily, and guests may encounter this highly effective means of training while visiting. This training has been so effective, that Wet 'n Wild has maintained zero drownings while it has been in operation.

Rides and attractions[edit]

Name Status Manufactuer Description
Dr. Von Dark's Tunnel of Terror Operating ProSlide It is a water slide where you drop down 40 ft., go through back to back vertical banks and complete a pair of hi-spin 360 degree spins. All in total darkness.
Dragon's Den Operating ProSlide A water slide where riders drop down a dark hole and then circle around a "bowl" until dropping once again to the unloading area
Tropical Drop Operating A small water slide featuring a short drop into a pool of 8 feet (2.4 m) deep water.
The Edge Operating A large, half-pipe shaped water slide
Double Barrel Blast Operating Two side-by-side water slides featuring a significant drop, then shooting riders out, in the air, into a pool of water.
Shipwreck Cove Operating A large pool which features a "sunken" pirate ship that guests can jump off.
Lazee River Operating An extensive lazy river featuring rafts.
Leisure Lagoon Operating A kiddie play area with 3-foot-deep (0.91 m) water
Raging Rapids Operating A 450-foot (140 m) long man-made river
Runaway Raft Ride Operating A 600-foot-long (180 m) water slide featuring two or three seat rafts
Bonzai Pipeline/Speed Slides Operating A side-by-side water slide achieving speeds of 40mph.
Splash Island Operating A heavily themed kiddie area with a kiddie water slide called "Scooter Run"
Happy Harbor Operating A 6,400-square-foot (590 m2) extensively themed kiddie area
Blue Streak Operating A medium sized, completely enclosed, water slide
The 360 Operating A short water slide completing one 360 degree turn during its course
Slidewinder Operating A short water slide twisting down a fairly steep slope
Cyclone Zone Operating A small, toroid-shaped pool, with features water jets to swirl the water in circles
Daredevil Drop Operating A water slide featuring a 76-foot (23 m) drop. It is the largest water slide in both the Carolinas.
Thunder Bay Wave Pool Operating A 2-million-US-gallon (7,600 m3) wave pool with 6-foot (1.8 m) waves
Twin Twisters Operating Two identical enclosed black water slides that measure 350 feet (110 m) in length.
Soak Zone Operating A water play area with a giant bucket dump. In 2012, the area was expanded.
White Water Run Demolished A trio of water slides, Dragon's Tail, Twister, and Easy Rider. All the slides are unique. Removed after the 2008 season. Dr. Von Dark's Tunnel of Terror occupies the area now.
Skycoaster Demolished A Skycoaster. Remained closed for the 2009 season, and was later removed in late 2013.
Pirate's Plunge Demolished Once a pulley ride where riders held on to a grapple and then dropped into a pool. Tropical Drop occupies the area now.
Hydro Fighter II Demolished Caprio The park's first, and only, water roller coaster. The ride was closed in late 2003 because of technical difficulties with the attraction such as the ride stopping. The only thing currently left of the attraction is the giant bucket dump, currently in an area known as "The Soak Zone". A portion of it was demolished for Dragon's Den. Most of the ride was moved to Hard Rock Park (now Freestyle Music Park) in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina reconstructed as a new attraction called "Slippery When Wet."

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