The sun and the heat is perhaps the biggest reason why Florida has become a preferred living and vacationing locale, but it is also true that when it really gets hot you need to cool off. One of the nicest ways to relieve the heat in Florida is to spend a day at a water park. If you are in Orlando you can do it in style at one of the world’s first water parks, Wet ‘n Wild.
This is an attraction that constantly ranks as one of the tourist favorites in Orlando and “Amusement Business” magazine which keeps a close watch on this industry also ranks Wet ‘n Wild highly, calling it America’s number one water park. The park has a number wildly popular magazines of attractions roughly falling into a few categories: thrill rides, multi-person rides, take it easy and just for kids.
For example, one of the most popular thrill rides is the Brain Wash. You have to climb walls of a six-story structure and drop 53 feet into a funnel where you are you swirl around amidst lights, sound and video before heading on to a refreshing escape. Another of the thrill rides is the Bomb Bay, where you enter a bomb-like capsule and feel the floor drop from beneath you as you take a plunge down a 76-foot high, nearly vertical slide.
Other popular rides include are Disco H2O, which is similar to the Brain Wash, Black Hole which is a pitch black twisty double rider with amazing lights, and the Surge, a big, wide open flume where you ride up the sides. These are all multi-person rides and it is a lot of fun to do it with your friends and family members.
There are also more leisurely, easy-going rides where you can just enjoy getting splashed by the water and cooling off. And there is an entire kid’s park section that is just right for your kids.
A new feature for the Wet ‘n Wild location in Orlando is the Sun ‘n Sounds Performance program which offers musical groups an opportunity to perform at the water park. Marching bands, choirs, and other groups will be performing at the East Wave Deck of the Surf Lagoon in the coming year.
Here are a few details that are important to know about. The park is staffed by certified lifeguards. You may bring along your personal tubes, rafts and other flotation devices subject to the approval by the park. The pools are heated during the cooler weather, and of course the park has a Beach Shop where you can shop for sun care products, fashion items and souvenirs. The food that is sold in the concessions is the normal amusement park fare, hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ, etc.
Located on International Drive, one block east of I-4 at exit 75A, Wet ‘n Wild offers extended operating hours during the summer. The park is open year-round with heated pools in the cooler months