With the closing of Wet n’ Wild on New Year’s Eve, we have decided to bring you the top 10 former Orlando attractions that will always be in our hearts.
On New Year’s Eve at 5 p.m., Wet n’ Wild, the first water park in the nation and a staple of Orlando’s International Drive for four decades, closed its doors for good.
It was a sad day for many who have grown up in Central Florida who felt priced out of the Walt Disney World’s water parks, could come to Wet n’ Wild and enjoy a day splashing and sliding for a fraction of the price that it would cost you to spend a day at either Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach.
Wet n’ Wild joined a growing roster of former attractions that once dotted Orlando’s tourism landscape. The region is the most-visited family destination in America and one of the most-visited in the world, and with all tourism regions it must keep itself fresh and offer new experiences to lure new tourists and retain loyal ones, and, sadly, that requires closing much-loved attractions.
Wet n’ Wild was just the latest tragedy of the region’s ever-changing tourism scene, and instead of doing a piece highlighting what’s to come, we have decided instead to take a trip down memory lane and bring you the top former attractions that will forever live in our hearts.
So, without further ado, here are the top 10 former Orlando attractions that made an impact on tourism in The City Beautiful.