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Former Wet 'n Wild Site

Discussion in 'Universal Orlando' started by Bob Harlem, Jan 1, 2017.

  1. Bob Harlem

    Bob Harlem Active Member

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    Starting a thread to keep track of whatever is happening with the former Wet N' Wild site. Wet N' Wild closed yesterday (Dec 31st, 2016) with a pyro show and a signable thank you wall.

    Some photos https://twitter.com/bioreconstruct/status/815527668665950211 show Universal started to dismantle signage and put up new fencing immediately after close, and signs are work to dismantle the site is starting TODAY. They are wasting no time.

    So what's going there? Hotels? Hub? Something else entirely? There's no well sourced rumor on it right now. Just speculation.
     
  2. disney4life2008

    disney4life2008 Well-Known Member

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    Its quite a distance from Universal but that entire area could use a revamp. The problem is there are residents in the area.
     
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    trr1 Well-Known Member

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    most likely Universal is using stuff from wet and wild for volcano bay as a cost savings measure
     
  4. Bob Harlem

    Bob Harlem Active Member Original Poster

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    Slides and pools are all brand new, if anything maybe some of the water filtering/heating equipment which is still good.
     
  5. ThatFloridaDude

    ThatFloridaDude Well-Known Member

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    Not at all. All New slides and attractions
     
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  6. ThatFloridaDude

    ThatFloridaDude Well-Known Member

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    They are not even a mile apart and there are no residents near wet n wild.
     
  7. disney4life2008

    disney4life2008 Well-Known Member

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    Isn't there other things between wet and wild and universal? I know the bridge that people walk and drive. Unless you are saying universal owns all that land back there?
     
  8. Corey P

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    Yes there are other things in the way, there is no real direct route to the site. I have been wondering for a while if Universal bought any more land in between the park and the WnW site? Doesn't make sense to me for Universal to build a nice hotel in that area and have it be a bus ride away from the parks.

    We shall see.
     
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    Good point
     
  10. JT3000

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    They must have an idea of what they want to do with this place if they're working this quickly. Still kind of surprised they let it close without anything being announced. Not the best strategy for keeping people's interest.

    The only thing between Wet n Wild and Universal's main property, besides I-4, is a few hotels and a Walgreens. WnW is at the first intersection after the I-4 overpass. They're very close, just not connected.
     
  11. Tom Morrow

    Tom Morrow Well-Known Member

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    Would love to see the area around it revamped, including that hideous adjacent plaza to the right of the offramp from I4 to Universal Blvd. Makes it look like Universal is in the ghetto.
     
  12. ThatFloridaDude

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    Yeah just a Walgreens and an Ihop if not including I-4. That location is a prime location. Not sure what may be built at the Wet N Wild corne rbut Universal certainly has the opportunity to make it grand.
     
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    Just over the bridge actually. Universal is also buying a bunch of land back there (if not already) and are planning a 3rd gate somewhere.

    Closer to Orange County Convention Center, Ripley Entertainment just recently bought a big chunk of land off of Universal Blvd.
     
  14. Corey P

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    That's what I was thinking about when I said I can't picture a nice Universal hotel built at that site. It is ghettoish looking around there.
     
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    Yeah, it would only work to me if they develop the land around it as well. I personally think they should try as much as possible to not have public land between their properties.
     
  16. wdwbaw

    wdwbaw EPCOT Center Purist

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    (First post in the Universal forum, so please try to bear with me)

    I have never been to Uni or Wet N Wild (but I definitely want to go to Uni sometime), so I don't really know much about the area. I was just wondering why didn't they keep Wet N Wild open and have 2 water parks once Volcano Bay opens? I just watched a video from inside Wet N Wild, and from the looks of it, it looked like it was a very nice water park, updated, clean, and well maintained. I had heard that they were planning on putting a hotel there, but I don't know how true that is. Was the park as nice as it looked, or not really? I just find it odd that they would close a perfectly good park, even though it isn't as good as Volcano Bay will be.

    If anybody could enlighten me it would be appreciated!
     
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    One word . Opportunity. Universal probably would like to have two Water Parks but because of space, and they are in city limits, they must maximize on profit. If an opportunity presents itself available (in today's world lodging and themed entertainment) then that is what will happen.. Volcano bay will offer more, have more ammenites, and cost more essentially likely turning higher yearly profit. Bringing attractions up to date in orlando is very important for people to keep coming back. Volcano Bay will do just that. Universal now has two theme parks, a water park, and an entertainment mecca all within walking distance of 6 hotels. Not even Disney can say that. It's the perfect move for keeping people on property and the ability to do something they want with their own land.
     
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  18. Quinnmac000

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    Or more so to get rid of the riff raff that wasn't making them as much profit in comparison to what they plan to build.
     
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  19. ThatFloridaDude

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    That 'Riff raff" was the 4th most popular water park in the US and tenth in the world. I grossly disagree with your comment.
     
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  20. Quinnmac000

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    Not the park but the people who attended the park due to the fact it was cheap.
     

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