Wet 'n Wild (brand)
Wet 'n Wild is a name used by various water parks across the United States, Brazil and Mexico, originally owned by SeaWorld creator George Millay. It is not to be confused with the Wet'n'Wild brand owned by Village Roadshow Theme Parks and CNL Lifestyle Properties or the stand-alone waterpark Wet 'N' Wild Waterworld in Anthony, Texas.
The name was first used for a water park when SeaWorld founder George Millay opened his first water park Wet 'n Wild Orlando in Orlando, Florida in 1977.1 Millay went on to open six more water parks under the same name in the United States, Brazil and Mexico.2 In 1997 and 1998, Millay sold the water parks to various owners including Universal Parks & Resorts,3 Palace Entertainment4 and private companies for a total of $77 million.5
- Wet 'n Wild Orlando – operated by Universal Parks & Resorts in Orlando, Florida3
- Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointe – operated by Palace Entertainment in Greensboro, North Carolina4
- Wet 'n Wild Cancun – a water park in Mexico.6 At opening in June 1997, the park spanned 17 acres (6.9 ha)7
- Wet 'n Wild São Paulo – a water park in Brazil.8 The $42 million park opened in October 1998, and spanned 29 acres (12 ha)7
- Arlington, Texas – rebranded as Six Flags Hurricane Harbor when purchased by Six Flags in 1997
- Bahia – opened in 1996 as the first international park. It cost $28 million and spanned 18 acres (7.3 ha).7
- Garland, Texas – formerly an Herschend Family Entertainment "White Water" park. The site is now occupied by a CarMax dealership.
- Las Vegas, Nevada9 – now construction equipment storage
- Rio de Janeiro – originally targeted for an October 1999 opening7
- Brasilia – $32 million, 42-acre (17 ha) park was originally targeted to open in late 19987
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