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Former Wet 'n Wild Site

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

  1. Disneyhead'71

    Disneyhead'71 Well-Known Member

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    WnW and it's associated parking lot is a tremendous under utilization of that prime real estate along I Drive. The money a mega resort complex will make will dwarf what WnW is bringing in.
     
  2. BubbaQuest

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    This ^^. If Universal hasn't already maxed out hotel capacity with the announcement of a 6th hotel plus 2 new towers at Cabana Bay, I'm sure the thinking is a high occupancy hotel will be much more profitable than a water park. It will be a very quick bus ride from that lot to the gates of the Uni parks.

    I'm amazed how quickly they are moving on it. I would love for it to be a preview center for the new 3rd gate, but that's just wishful thinking. If Uni really wants a 2nd water park, I'm sure they will integrate it into the new 3rd gate which will provide them many more opportunities for theming.

    Anybody hear any more recent rumors? Last I heard was the possibility of a movie palace themed hotel, but that was based on some very old drawings.
     
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  3. Corey P

    Corey P Well-Known Member

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    WnW wasn't a bad place, I've been there with the kids a few times. It wasn't up to the level of Disney or Universals parks. Just something like the parking lot was across the street which meant you had to cross a busy street then walk down a sidewalk on an even busier street to get to the main entrance. Pretty standard bushes here and there with many stairs to climb. No real theme to any of it. WnW if it was a local/regional water park would be great but compared to what's in Orlando it just wasn't up to that standard.
     
  4. Tom Morrow

    Tom Morrow Well-Known Member

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    Apparently WnW was considered the first water park. How accurate is this?
     
  5. ThatFloridaDude

    ThatFloridaDude Well-Known Member

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    Oh well yeah definitively. In that case I agree. I think that would have happened soon even without Volcano Bay.
     
  6. ThatFloridaDude

    ThatFloridaDude Well-Known Member

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    It's considered the first park to incorporate multiple Water attractions in one space for one admission. Firs Wave Pool was in Alabama and I forget where the first slides were. The Creator of Sea World though it be a good idea to have it all together and Wala. Considered the first modern water park in America/World at its time
     
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  7. ThatFloridaDude

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    Lodging in Orlando if done correctly will almost ALWAYS bring more green than a water park.
     
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  8. Disneyhead'71

    Disneyhead'71 Well-Known Member

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    There is a qualifier that is often dropped. "Modern" water park. River Country was the first water park. WnW was the first "modern" water park. Meaning that WnW was the first to use all filtered and chlorinated water. And WnW became the blueprint for all that came after.
     
  9. fosse76

    fosse76 Well-Known Member

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    They opened within a year of each other. It couldn't have been that much more "modern".
     
  10. JT3000

    JT3000 Well-Known Member

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    River Country was basically just a lake with slides. While it was technically man-made, it didn't have the proper infrastructure that a "modern" (or safe) water park would have, which eventually contributed to its demise.
     
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    Exactly. There were a few other places very similar to River Country back in he seventies...lakes with a pool and a few slides...but they were really nothing more than 'classier' swimming holes. Wet N Wild was an actual gated park with not only chlorinated pools and slides, but a wave pool and lazy river. Wet N Wild was the first true actual gated water park.
     
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  12. Corey P

    Corey P Well-Known Member

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    Action park was around in the late 70's and they had many water attractions and a wave pool. It wasn't just a water park, alpine slide, go karts etc.
     
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    Uh-oh.

    Seems as though Uni may just be looking to build a big new hotel on the Wetnwild land. Have they thrown in the towel on a third gate?

    I hope not. Disney needs the competition.
     
  14. lazyboy97o

    lazyboy97o Well-Known Member

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    The site was always intended for hotels with the third gate on the Lockheed land...
     
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    We are going to need better maps.
     
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  17. Bob Harlem

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    Here:I drew this up to try to explain it:

    FutureUniversal_Speculation.jpg

    Green, Blue, & Red is definite. The Red shaded area would be where at least one new theme park would go.

    Orange is speculation. Pots north of I-Drive and south of I-4. I-Fly Orlando W. Side of Universal Blvd is moving location to near Ice Bar on I-Drive, this leaves the existing facility open to be taken by Universal. Skull Kingdom plot E. Side of Universal Blvd has been vacant since Skull Kingdom was demolished, very likely to be used by Universal.

    Land south of Wet 'N Wild plot is more speculation. "Orange" Land along Universal Bvld S. Of Sand Lake is speculative, some cannot be bought by Universal.

    Transportation Connection is either using the orange bits of land or taking advantage of a very old planning to use the median of Universal Blvd for some sort of elevated transport system. The section of the transport connector south of Sand Lake is from plans Universal itself released for the future of I-Drive. (see http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/tourism/os-cfb-tourism-column-05302016-20160527-story.html ) They *can* and likely will build a transport system from the old/wet 'n wild, and new plots) It may look long, but this transport link is slightly shorter than the Epcot monorail line.

    Additionally some of the wetlands east of the red plot (including north of Sand lake east of Tangelo Park, along Shingle Creek) is already owned by Universal, but it is preservation land and can't be used for development.

    Other things not mentioned, Kirkman Rd. Extension south and what/if anything happens to the Lockheed complex in the long term. (If Lockheed were to shut down operations here, which I doubt at least in the short term, Universal would likely pick up that land also).
     
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  18. DarthFiscus75

    DarthFiscus75 Well-Known Member

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    Wasn't there a rumor floating around that Universal was looking to put in a monorail transportation connecting the theme parks and resort hotels together?
     
  19. ThatFloridaDude

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    You can cancel that speculation of Orange. Universal won't and doesnt own most of those parcels. Ripleys just bought 25 acres. TOP Golf is being constructed on one. Andretti Kart Racing and entertainment is being constructed on another, a hotel is slated for another south of Best Western, and another 2 remain unsold.

    Orange County has bad planning.
     
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  20. raven

    raven Well-Known Member

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    Understand that Wet N Wild was also the first ever "waterpark." That in itself made it a fun place to go to.
     

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