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]

Current attractions[edit]

Name Opened Manufactuer Type
Riptide Racer! 2015 ProSlide Four racing mat slides
Dr. Von Dark's Tunnel of Terror 2009 ProSlide Enclosed Tornado 24
Dragon's Den 2005 ProSlide Cannon Bowl
Tropical Drop Small body slide
The Edge Half-pipe water slide
Double Barrel Blast Two short freefall body slides
Shipwreck Cove 1984 Large pool
Lazee River 1984 Lazy river
Leisure Lagoon 1984 Small pool
Raging Rapids Inline tube slide
Runaway Raft Ride Inline tube slide
Splash Island 1984 Children's area
Scooter Run 1984 Small inline tube slide
Happy Harbor 1984 Children's area
Blue Streak Enclosed body slide
The 360 Enclosed body slide
Slidewinder Enclosed body slide
Cyclone Zone Toroid-shaped pool
Daredevil Drop Freefall body slide
Thunder Bay Wave Pool 1984 Wave pool
Twin Twisters Two enclosed body slides
Soak Zone 2013 Children's area

Former attractions[edit]

Name Opened Closed Manufactuer Type
Bonzai Pipeline/Speed Slides 2014 Two freefall tube slides
White Water Run 2008 Three inline tube slides
Skycoaster 2008 Skycoaster
Pirate's Plunge Pulley ride
Hydro Fighter II 2001 2003 Caprio Water roller coaster.

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