The first major water park in America, Wet n’ Wild opened on 1977, was purchased by theme park giant Universal Parks & Resorts, and subsequently closed in December 2016.
With Volcano Bay on the way in 2 months, many have been wondering what the future of the International Drive site will be. While there has been speculation about new theme parks, today we got a more clear answer in the form of a site plan.
Orlando Sentinel reports:
“Universal filed a master-plan framework with few details. A sketch with the filing also shows three parking structures on the property, and indicates that Universal wants a portion of a street, Precision Drive, vacated.
Demolition was to take place on the former water park, about 13 acres, through February.
Many in the industry and the surrounding area expected development plans for Wet ‘n Wild to include hotels. Executives with corporate owner Comcast Corp. have made no secret of their desire to build much more Universal lodging. Work is underway on a sixth hotel, called Aventura, at Universal’s main resort. Two new towers are set to open this year at Cabana Bay Beach Resort as well.”