BREAKING: Wet ‘n Wild Orlando Will Close On December 31, 2016
By Space Coast Daily // June 17, 2015
considered America's first water park
ORLANDO, FLORIDA – Officials announced on Wednesday that Wet ‘n Wild Orlando will close their doors on December 31, 2016.
Wet ‘n Wild Orlando, the water park located on International Drive in Orlando, was founded in 1977 by SeaWorld creator George Millay, and is considered America’s first water park.
In 1998, Millay sold off his interests in his Wet ‘n Wild parks. Wet ‘n Wild Orlando was purchased by Universal Studios Recreation Group who continued to lease the land the park is located on. In mid-2013, Universal purchased the 50 acres of land for $30.9 million, according to wikipedia.com.
“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,” according to a statement.
Work is underway on Universal’s Volcano Bay, which is scheduled to open in 2017. Volcano Bay will be located within Universal Orlando Resort, just south of the Cabana Bay Beach Resort.
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