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The 10 BIG Updates From Walt Disney World (and Beyond) This Week (January 2-8)

9. Demolition ramps up at the former Wet ‘n Wild

Image: Wet 'n Wild

Though it has only been just over a week since Wet 'n Wild closed its gates forever, the demolition process has already been in full swing over the past few weeks. Shortly after the last visitors exited the water park on New Year's Eve, Wet 'n Wild's sign was torn down, and before the sun rose on New Year’s Day, large fences with Universal Orlando Resort signage were erected around the park.

While there's no way to know what is going on inside this former park day to day, you can see in this video footage (taken earlier this week) that all of the water has been drained from the park, with the wave pool, lazy river, and even the park's numerous flume rides all sitting vacant and strangely dry as the trees are being pulled up and removed. And though Universal hasn't said whether they are demolishing, selling, or repurposing the slides that were used in this park, it looks like equipment is already on-site to begin the dismantling process.  

Though we have no official timeline in regards to the full demolition of this park, Universal seems to be working really quickly, and we wouldn’t be surprised if what is left of Wet ‘N Wild is completely gone before March. 

10. Busch Gardens Tampa announces new and returning deals for 2017

Image: SeaWorld

Busch Gardens Tampa is kicking off the new year with two great ways to save this year. Frist up, guests can receive an Adventure Island Fun Card free with the purchase of a Busch Gardens Fun Card which includes park admission through December 31, 2017.

In addition, Busch Gardens has confirmed that they are bringing back the Preschool Card, which allows Kids 5 and younger can enjoy all the excitement of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (as well as SeaWorld Orlando) for free through December 31, 2017. Guests who want to take advantage of this offer must register their child here. 

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