I'm so fed up with the people who want to build a resort on that land. They don't consider families and what people will do if the park leaves. Does anyone know if there is some kind of campaign to save Wet N Wild? If there isn't, I want to start one.
I am not familiar with any of the details but... This is corporate business. If the owners of W&W will make more money selling off their land to another company, then they will.
Believe it or not, The owners of W&W first priority of owning the park is to make money and they have every right to make the money any way they can (legally). I doubt any kind of "Save W&W" campaign would have any effect.
Like Phantom said they closed a year ago...They auctioned off the slides and such, and I believe that some of them are being installed right now for this season at a park I can't remember. But this is old news, but they do plan to build an entire new park I thought in the future at a different location.
They *should* move it to a new location, but the Strip land is the same as beachfront property like that at Miracle Strip and Myrtle....the land becomes *too valuable* to be used as an amusement area. If the land under MSAP wasn't so expensive, the park would still be operating....the land under W&W (which was bulldozed and ready for construction as of before Solace) is just too *pricy* when so many people STILL can't find a hotel room or anyplace to gamble on the Strip....;)
They'll likely be up and running somewhere *nearby* within two years...besides, the tallest of water rides looks small compared to those buildings, eh Robo? :)
It never really was a vacation spot for families. Adding a few roller coasters and kid-friendly shows does not cover up the fact that you're constantly exposed to prostitution, gambling, alcohol and cigarette smoke.
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While its never been primarily focused on families, I think Vegas has and should continue to try to be a good place for them. My family traveled out west several times when I was younger, and my favorite place to go was always Las Vegas. I preferred it to Disney or Universal. I don't care for its approach of trying to become more exclusively for adults again (even if I am almost old enough to gamble). I know it's making money, and won't stop, but at least hope they keep some focus on families. I really hope MGM doesn't ruin Circus Circus or Excalibur.
I don't mind amusement park elements in Vegas but I do agree that it shouldn't be molded into a family-friendly destination. Making Vegas suitable for kids is just as wrong as building a strip club next to Space Mountain.
To me, Vegas was someplace that was rated PG-13 overall, and definitly R rated in some places, even walking down the street if you're not careful.
Vegas is not a place for young people, and everyone that I know that is 18 that has been didn't have much fun. I mean, sure, there are some things for kids and families to do, which is okay, but Vegas really is an adult Disneyland type of city. And that isn't a bad thing in and of its self.
I personally could do without the prostitute cards scattered everywhere and the somewhat obscene billboards, but otherwise, I think it should stay a place for Adults. It isn't a Kid's town.
I could do without those PEOPLE that hand out the prostitute cards as well as the newspaper boxes that have the prostitute classified. Err, I mean ESCORT classifieds. While I find it funny when I see a couple walking down the Strip with the woman reading the classifieds, the mess that gets left behind on the ground is pretty unsightly.
Prostitution, gambling, drinking... why would anyone want to make Vegas a family place? That's what Orlando is for!
You just need to condition yourself NOT to look towards the smacking noise. Then you're suckered in and will be getting a handful of cards. On the other hand, I've heard people actually collect those, kinda like a free souvenir of your trip to Vegas. I've never been to Vegas, but would like to go before having kids. There are a couple hotels (Circus-Circus...can't think of any others) that are aimed towards families, but the city is not meant for families.
And who said there would be anything wrong with as strip-club next to Space Mountain? That sounds like it should be thrown to the top of the list of historically great ideas. "Yeah kids, go ride again. Daddy's busy." :D