Wet ‘n’ Wild Expansion Due? Probably More than Just A Rumour!
The USA’s very first ‘mainstream’ water park looks set for some big expansions over the next 3 years if the recent $30.9m ‘land buy’ is anything to go by.
Universal’s owner Comcast has already owned the water park itself, but now the 50 acres of land that it sits on is under its belt too. With that rather costly and important development now completed, our attention obviously turns to the question ‘why?’.
The ever popular I-Drive water park, Wet ‘n’ Wild first opened in 1977, and those 36 years in the hot Florida sun most certainly reveal the old girl’s age from time to time, but the fans love it still, thanks to a prime location on the tourist belt and some great slides.
With Universal’s huge investment in the land buy, we can be assured that the Wet ‘n’ Wild Expansion will be something we could probably expect soon!
The scope for development is immense as the deal includes the land for the existing water park, just under half of the lagoon, car park and vast amounts of land around the existing car parks.
The current ground level car park is huge at the moment and a multi level version would not only free up a lot of acres, but also offer the chance to get guests into the existing water park much more safely with a footbridge.
In the longer term, much of the car park would probably give way to a large and modern water park area, again with link bridges to the original 36 year old Wet ‘n’ Wild water park.
The great thing is, that if Universal are free to make those linkways part of the attraction experience as slides, family rafts or lazy rivers that link two or more areas across Universal Boulevard.
While that may sound crazy, take another look at the map, that’s a lot of land to fill with ‘nothing’, so there’s undoubtedly going to be new guest areas over the street that need joining up to the older area. As we know from the latest Diagon Alley and Cabana Beach Hotel, Universal are pretty good at linking their resort areas together!