Wet 'n Wild Las Vegas to close

Posted Friday, August 13, 2004 10:57 AM | Contributed by supermandl

After 20 years as an oasis for children on the Las Vegas Strip, the Wet 'n Wild waterpark next to the Sahara hotel-casino will close for good on Sept. 26, the last day of its regular season, park officials said today. The move is the latest indication that the owner of the land is making progress on longstanding plans to build a resort or other major project on the 27-acre parcel.

Read more from The Las Vegas Sun.

Friday, August 13, 2004 11:00 AM
Let's hope that they go through with the big ol' wheel. :)
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Friday, August 13, 2004 11:24 AM
Maybe the Sahara can lengthen Speed: the Ride into that area. :)

Seriously, I always thought the park was closed already. It's always been closed when I've been there anyway (do water parks close in November in Nevada?).

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Friday, August 13, 2004 11:27 AM
Yes they do! Believe it or not, it can get quite cold in the winter months!
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Friday, August 13, 2004 2:30 PM
I think I saw this on the travel channel once as one of the best, looked pretty cool, what are they going to do with all of the slides and stuff, seems to me like a shame its being bulldozed...*** This post was edited by P18 8/13/2004 2:30:56 PM ***
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Friday, August 13, 2004 3:24 PM
sell them to SF for SFGAm? just an idea
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Friday, August 13, 2004 4:10 PM
From studying the park from the street, it looks like one of the park's slides involved standing upright in a tube, of which the floor would drop out and you'd drop onto the slide. Anyplace else have anything like that?
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Friday, August 13, 2004 4:42 PM
Wet n' Wild in Orlando has the trap door water slide.
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Friday, August 13, 2004 10:11 PM
The Bomb Bay, for those who have never seen the commercial in Orlando.
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Saturday, August 14, 2004 12:09 PM
yeah, that looked pretty cool! I saw the special on the travel channel...
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Saturday, August 14, 2004 12:45 PM
I think this is not a good thing. They have some great things there and I think it is going to be a major loss to the Strip.My kids always have liked going there when we have gone to Vegas and there is not alot of things for the kids to do or places to go.I hope most of the rides there get bought by other waterparks in the country.
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Saturday, August 14, 2004 5:04 PM
I was there on 8/9 and the employees said the plan is to re-build it somewhere else in Las Vegas but they did not know where yet. My only hope is that they use something other than concrete for the ground. Maybe Pool Decking or that spongy stuff that they use at some Las Vegas Parks. Even the astroturf at the wavepool was burning my feet.

--RCGuy

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Saturday, August 14, 2004 5:46 PM
I was pretty sure this was *news* when I was in Vegas, that was October '02 I think.

As hard as it is to keep beachside attractions with the (questionable?) need for more condos, I can't imagine being able to keep a place on The Strip in Vega$ that's profitable enough to stave off the developers....

Side note: The cooler *spongy stuff* must be REALLY expensive, my feet were burned beyond belief after Shipwreck Island in PCB earlier this year...:(

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Sunday, August 15, 2004 10:33 PM
Palace Entertainment is too leveraged and their debt service is too high to build another waterpark in LV. If anyone builds, it will be another developer.
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Monday, August 16, 2004 2:12 AM
The west coast is hurtin' for good water parks. Aside from San Dimas, and Waterworld in Denver there are few quality aquatic, amusement locations. Seems like an open market with little competition.
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Monday, August 16, 2004 1:02 PM
That's a shame...Wet 'n Wild Las Vegas was my very first summer job! I had so many great times there, from going with summer day camp as a kid to working there...its gonna be missed.

One thing they can't say is that it wasn't making money, especially since it is typically packed everyday once schools let out. The radio stations were also pretty serious about doing promotions in the park. Local companies always had parties there, so where will everyone go now especially since the hotels frown on outside guests using thier pools.

And to think they just added Dragon's Den this year!

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