Pioneering Orlando water park Wet ‘n Wild will close Dec. 31

Wet n Wild Wave Pool
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – A pioneering water park in Orlando is closing after nearly 40 years of splashes.

Wet ‘n Wild opened in 1977. It’s now owned by Universal Studios Water Parks, which is closing the attraction Dec. 31 to make way for a new water park called Volcano Bay.

Universal Orlando Resort President Bill Davis told the Orlando Sentinel ( ) about 250 Wet ‘n Wild employees will transfer to other parts of Universal.

Wet ‘n Wild was developed by George Millay, who also founded SeaWorld in San Diego. Walt Disney World had already opened a water park in Orlando, but Wet ‘n Wild became the industry standard.

Former Disney executive Duncan Dickson said Millay’s combination of waves and water slides prompted his competitors to become more creative with their subsequent water parks. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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