What’s Up With Wet n’
For years, Wet n’ Wild has been an iconic part of Orlando
vacation history. Since 1977, thousands of families have flocked to the
waterpark to cool off during the hot and humid Florida summers. From the high
speed thrills of the Der Sukta, a nearly vertical, 60 foot free fall speed
slide, to the cool and calm waters of the Lazy River, Wet n’ Wild has always
provided something for the whole family to enjoy.
Sadly, at the end of 2016, Wet n’ Wild will be closing their
doors forever. But for families coming to Florida between now and then and
considering spending the day at Wet n’ Wild, here are a few things to think
early- For the rest of the summer, Wet n Wild opens at 9:30, and it is
highly recommended to get there before that. If you get there right at 9:30,
you’ll spend time waiting in line to get into the parking lot, and then the
walk from the parking lot, crossing Universal Blvd., and waiting in line to get
into the park will take you another 15-20 minutes. Families who decide to get there
closer to 10 or 11 will most definitely spend a lot of time (30-40 minutes at
some times) waiting to get into the park.
expect Disney- If you’ve already spent a day at Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard
Beach, mentally prepare yourself that Wet n’ Wild is not like either. Some of
the rides are a little dated and in need of a paint job. It’s not as themed or
detailed as the Disney parks, and generally feels a little older than the other
water parks in the area. It’s not Disney, but that also means you don’t pay
Disney prices. Tickets to Wet n’ Wild are much cheaper than tickets to the
bigger water parks, and depending on the needs of your group, it could be a
better option. Many people complained that little things, like the “DJ”
broadcasting specials and store promotions over the intercom is a little
annoying, or that the cabanas were not as impressive as those at Disney or
Aquatica. If you expect Disney at Wet n’ Wild, you’ll leave disappointed.
Of course, no matter what water park you visit during the summer, you’re going
to encounter crowds. Wet n’ Wild has great deals for locals, so weekends can be
packed with teens out for the summer and families who live near by. Going
during the week is probably your best bet if you are from out of town.
Mindful of the “Cooler Police”- There are signs in the parking lot about
what you can and can’t bring into the parks in regards to coolers, snacks etc.
It is also posted on their website. So, don’t be surprised when you finally get
through the slightly confusing and sometimes unorganized entrance process, that
they will check the size and contents of your cooler, and will give you the
option to either throw away the “contraband” or bring it back to your car and
do the entry process all over. Save time, embarrassment and hassle by following
the guidelines for coolers and backpacks the first time around.
Although the closing of Wet n’ Wild is a sad fact for locals
and tourists, it is paving the way for bigger and better things for the Orlando
area. Volcano Bay, Universal’s brand new water park will open in 2017, and
rumor has it that some of the newer slides and attractions from Wet n Wild will
make the trip across the street to Volcano Bay (with brand new themes and paint
jobs, of course, to fit with the Polynesian theme of Volcano Bay.) The space
that Wet n’ Wild occupies now will probably be used for more hotels, increasing
the options for families coming to Orlando for vacation.
If you are coming to Florida this summer, consider making
Wet n Wild part of your trip itinerary. It has the thrill rides, it has the kid
rides, and is a less expensive option for a family to cool off during the
summer. If you are in search for a “theme park” vibe, Wet n’ Wild falls a
little short, but can still be a great place to spend a hot Florida day.