After the recent announcement of Volcano Bay, a new water park that will be on-property at the Universal Orlando Resort, many speculated about Wet 'n Wild Orlando's long term future. Turns out there was good reason for that, as the resort announced today that the water park will be closing for good on December 31, 2016. That gives fans of the park more than a year and a half to get in their final splashes, so no one can say this caught them by surprise!
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Universal isn't saying anything about what will become of the water park once it closes, when there will be a lot of large water slides sitting unused. Wet n' Wild Orlando has several large Proslide built rides, a very new water play structure, and even newer mat racing slides added last year. It might make sense to move some to Volcano Bay, however I'm not sold on the 'look' of these slides being right for what Universal is going for in the new "water theme park." Instead I think other external water parks might get a chance at some used slides at a good price.
More long term, I'm very interested to see if Universal builds more hotel rooms on the site. They've openly said they want thousands of additional rooms, but are simply running out of space. This could be their first step to off-site lodging, one would guess with transportation over to the resort included. Amazing how Universal isn't afraid to make bold moves to continue to shake up Orlando!