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Wet 'n Wild Orlando

Coordinates: 28°27′39″N 81°27′53″W / 28.460943°N 81.464841°W / 28.460943; -81.464841
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Wet 'n Wild Orlando
Slogan"The Recognized Name in Family Water Fun!"
LocationUniversal Orlando Resort, Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Coordinates28°27′39″N 81°27′53″W / 28.460943°N 81.464841°W / 28.460943; -81.464841
OwnerNBCUniversal (Comcast)
OpenedMarch 13, 1977; 47 years ago (1977-03-13)
ClosedJanuary 1, 2017; 7 years ago (2017-01-01)
Previous namesWet n' Wild FunPark
Operating seasonOpen all year long (water heated in winter)
Area30 acres (120,000 m2)
PoolsA single pool
Water slides17 water slides

Wet 'n Wild Orlando was the flagship water park of Wet 'n Wild owned by NBC Universal, located on International Drive in Orlando, Florida. It was founded in 1977 by SeaWorld creator George Millay.[1] It closed on January 1, 2017.


Development and ownership[edit]

While developing SeaWorld, George Millay realized the need for a water park, later recalling "being in Florida, with all its heat and hot sun, you naturally think about cooling off in water". In the mid-1970s, he directed his time and money towards the project. The idea stemmed from the splash pad at Ontario Place in Canada and the wave pool at Point Mallard Park in Alabama. His desire was to combine these two elements and build upon it in order to achieve a good return on investment. Due to his prior success with SeaWorld, he was able to form a team of investors to fund the project.[2]

The park opened in Orlando, Florida on March 13, 1977. Although it opened to rain and suffered a $600,000 loss in its first year of operation, Millay kept it open. He later claimed it "started making money the second year and never looked back".[2] The success of the park spawned several other Wet 'n Wild-branded parks across the Americas.[3][4]

In 1998, Millay sold off his interests in his parks. The Orlando location was purchased by Universal Studios Recreation Group, who continued to lease the land on which it is located.[5] In mid-2013, Universal purchased the 50 acres (20 ha) of land for $30.9 million.[6]

Expansion and later years[edit]

Brain Wash

In 1998, the Hydra Fighter was added to the park.[7] Riders were able to control their suspended gondola through the use of high-powered water guns.[8]

In 2000, the park renovated their Kids Park children's area. The original aviation theme was converted into a sandcastle theme. The renovation saw three ProSlide Technology "Kidz" slides added as well as a castle with a tipping bucket which dumped 250 US gallons (950 L; 210 imp gal) of water every three-and-a-half minutes. With the exception of the three slides, it was manufactured entirely by Integrity Attractions.[9][10]

In 2001, the park began a multi-year expansion plan with Canadian manufacturer ProSlide Technology.[11] It added The Storm, a pair of ProBowls, in 2001;[12][13] The Blast, an inline tube slide, in 2003;[14] Disco H2O, an enclosed Behemoth Bowl, in 2005;[15][16] and Brain Wash, an enclosed Tornado, in 2008.[17][18]

In 2011, the Kids Park was demolished and was replaced by Blastaway Beach, a larger children's water play area that opened in 2012, also themed around sandcastles.[17]

In 2014, the Bubba Tub was removed and replaced with the Aqua Drag Racer, a four-lane race slide.

On June 17, 2015, it was confirmed that the park would close on December 31, 2016, to be replaced by a new water park, Universal Volcano Bay, which opened across the site on May 25, 2017.[19][20][21] The park permanently closed on January 1, 2017, and was demolished in early 2017.[22][23]

The former site of Wet N' Wild is currently occupied by Universal's Endless Summer Resort which opened in June 2019.[24]


The park was the most-attended water park in the United States until 1999, when Walt Disney World Resort's Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach surpassed it.[5][25] At the time, it was averaging around 1.3 million visitors for several years.[3][26]


Final attractions[edit]

The Storm
Disco H2O
Name Type Manufacturer Opened Notes Ref.
Aqua Drag Racer Four racing mat slides ProSlide 2014 Replaced the Bubba Tub. It only operated for two years when the park closed in 2016.
Black Hole Two enclosed inline tube slides WhiteWater West 1990 Replaced the original Corkscrew [27]
Blastaway Beach Children's area ProSlide 2012 Replaced the Kids Park. [28]
The Blast Inline tube slide ProSlide 2003 Replaced Raging Rapids. [14]
The Bomb Bay Freefall body slide Surf Coaster 2001 [29]
Brain Wash Enclosed Tornado ProSlide 2008 Replaced the Hydra Fighter and Hydra-Maniac/Blue Niagara. [17][18]
Der Stuka Freefall body slide Surf Coaster 1984 [30]
Disco H2O Enclosed Behemoth Bowl ProSlide 2005 [15][16]
The Flyer (originally Fuji Flyer) Two inline tube slides ProSlide 1996 Replaced the original Mach 5 Beta. [28][31]
Lazy River Lazy river 1984
Mach 5 Three mat slides Surf Coaster 1986 Formerly Mach 5 Alpha [30]
The Storm ProBowls ProSlide 2001 [12][13]
The Surge Mammoth ProSlide 1994 [32][33]
The Wake Zone Water sports 1977
Wave Pool Surf Lagoon Wave pool 1977

Former attractions[edit]

Name Type Manufacturer Opened Closed Notes Ref.
Banzai Boggan Two sled slides Bailey Rides, Inc. 1977 1986 Replaced by the Hydra Maniac
Blue Niagara Two enclosed corkscrew slides Waterfun Products 1988 2007 Replaced by Brain Wash. [30]
Bubba Tub Family Raft Slide ProSlide 1992 2014 Replaced by the Aqua Drag Racer. [28][34]
Canadian Water Caper Children's Area 1977 1992 Replaced by the Kids's Park
Corkscrew Enclosed slide 1977 1990 Replaced by The Black Hole
Hydra Fighter Suspended ride 1998 2007 Replaced by Brain Wash. [7][8]
Hydra Maniac Two enclosed slides WhiteWater West 1986 1994 Replaced by the Surge
Kamikaze Freefall body slide 1979 1992 Replaced by the Bubba Tub
Kids Park Children's area 1992 2000 Replaced by the new one of the same name (now Blastaway Beach). [34]
Kids Park Children's area ProSlide, Integrity Attractions 2000 2011 Replaced the original one of the same name, closed and replaced by Blastaway Beach. [9][10][17]
Mach 5 Alpha Two inline tube slides Surf Coaster 1986 1995 Replaced by The Flyer. [30]
Raging Rapids Inline tube slide 1982 2002 Replaced by The Blast.
Whitewater Slideways Two open body slides 1977 1986 Replaced by the Mach 5

In popular culture[edit]

The park was featured on Travel Channel's Extreme Waterparks and was also the setting for the music video for "Se a vida é", by the Pet Shop Boys.

The park was featured for Puerto Rican band Menudo for their video Nao Se Reprima in Portuguese.

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ a b Guier, Cindy Stooksbury (November 16, 1998). "Wet'n Wild". Amusement Business. 110 (46): 23.
  4. ^ O'Brien, Tim (October 8, 2001). "Waterpark officials address variety of industry concerns". Amusement Business. 113 (40): 18–19.
  5. ^ a b Zoltak, James (October 12, 1998). "Universal dives into waterparks industry". Amusement Business. 110 (41): 1.
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  8. ^ a b Thomas, Rebecca (April 10, 1998). "Hydra Fighter Makes Splash". Orlando Sentinel. Archived from the original on January 6, 2014. Retrieved January 6, 2014.
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  10. ^ a b Mooradian, Don (April 8, 2002). "M&S news". Amusement Business. 114 (14): 4.
  11. ^ O'Brien, Tim (October 29, 2001). "Riley talks 'Circle of Life' at WWA confab". Amusement Business. 113 (43): 21.
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  13. ^ a b "The Storm (Wet 'n Wild Orlando)". Parkz. Retrieved January 6, 2014.
  14. ^ a b Swain Vadnie, Rebecca (April 25, 2003). "Watery Fun At Full Blast". Orlando Sentinel. Archived from the original on January 8, 2014. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  15. ^ a b Barbieri, Kelly (January 2006). "Waterparks catch a nice wave". Amusement Business. 118 (3): 12.
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  17. ^ a b c d Bevil, Dewayne (June 7, 2012). "It's playtime at Wet 'n Wild's Blastaway Beach". Orlando Sentinel. Archived from the original on January 6, 2014. Retrieved January 5, 2014.
  18. ^ a b "Brain Wash (Wet 'n Wild Orlando)". Parkz. Retrieved January 5, 2014.
  19. ^ "Thank You to All Our Fans for Decades of Wet 'N Wild Orlando". Universal Orlando Blog. June 17, 2015. Archived from the original on June 22, 2017. Retrieved June 17, 2015.
  20. ^ "Universal's Volcano Bay Water Theme Park – complete guide and history". Orlando Informer. Retrieved February 24, 2022.
  21. ^ Bevil, Dewayne (June 17, 2015). "Universal closing Wet 'n Wild Orlando at the end of 2016". Orlando Sentinel. Archived from the original on July 6, 2015. Retrieved July 6, 2015.
  22. ^ "Wet 'n Wild demolition will cost $3 million, what replaces it is anyone's guess". Orlando Weekly. February 7, 2017.
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  24. ^ "The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando's Endless Summer Resort". The Unofficial Guide. October 14, 2019.
  25. ^ O'Brien, Tim (November 6, 2000). "Waterparks growth rate leads industry". Amusement Business. 112 (45): 1, 20.
  26. ^ O'Brien, Tim (March 15, 1999). "Ogden Corp. purchases Wet'n Wild". Amusement Business. 111 (11): 1.
  27. ^ Weiss, Devi (February 16, 1990). "Black Hole Water Slide Makes Debut At Wet 'n Wild". Orlando Sentinel. Archived from the original on January 8, 2014. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  28. ^ a b c "Rides on Every Continent". ProSlide Technology. Archived from the original on January 4, 2014. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
  29. ^ "The Bomb Bay (Wet 'n Wild Orlando)". Parkz. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  30. ^ a b c d Gilbert, Paul (August 3, 1986). "Wet 'n Wild Water Park An Orlando Oasis". Orlando Sentinel. Archived from the original on January 6, 2014. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
  31. ^ Thomas, Rebecca (March 22, 1996). "Fuji Flyer: A Wild New Way To Get Wet". Orlando Sentinel. Archived from the original on January 8, 2014. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
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  34. ^ a b "The Bubba Tub". Orlando Sentinel. February 14, 1992. Archived from the original on January 8, 2014. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
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