Famous Orlando Water Park Wet ‘n Wild to Close This Month

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Those who love to visit all of Orlando’s theme parks will feel a bit deflated to hear that one of the first waterparks, Wet ‘n Wild, is shutting down on December 31st.

This Orlando favorite owned by Universal Studios Water Parks opened up in 1977. Florida Today says that at the time, Disney had already opened up their own water park in the city, but Wet ‘n Wild was considered the “industry standard” that over 700 water parks in America tried to emulate.

In another article, Florida Today wrote that the decision to close down the water park came around June 2015 when Universal Studio’s main theme park unveiled their new Skull Island: Reign of Kong attraction. Wet ‘n Wild will be replaced by a somewhat similarly themed world called “Volcano Bay” where “a 200-foot-tall fire and water volcano with waterfalls during the day and special lava effects at night.”

Wet ‘n Wild is currently promoting a $40 deal for residents to visit the park as much as they like until it closes at the end of the month. They’re calling it “The Last Splash” even though Volcano Bay should open up in the summer of 2017.