Universal Orlando Resort buys Wet 'n Wild water park landBy Nick Sim, Friday, June 28, 2013 10:55
The Universal Orlando Resort has bought up 52 acres of land that currently houses and surrounds its Wet 'n Wild water park on International Drive.
The Orlando Sentinel reports that the resort has paid some $30.9 million for the land, which it had formerly leased from its previous owner. It is not known whether any expansion or retheme of Wet 'n Wild is on the cards following the property purchase.
Wet 'n Wild Orlando is located on International Drive, in the heart of Florida's theme park hotspot. While the park is owned by Universal Orlando Resort parent NBCUniversal, it features little theming and no attempt is made to tie it in with its sister parks.
What it lacks in visual appeal when compared to Disney and SeaWorld's water parks, Wet 'n Wild attempts to make up for in sheer volume - there are a large number of multi-person and solo slides on offer, as well as the usual lazy river and wave pool. The park also offers a variety of lake-based attractions for an extra fee in "The Wake Zone", which operates from May through September. Multi-park tickets are available from Universal Orlando that include entrance to the water park.
SeaWorld co-founder George Millay opened Wet 'n Wild in March 1977, making it the oldest water park in Orlando. It was acquired by Universal in 1998 along with several other water parks, and was the only park retained when the company sold the rest of the chain six months later.