$50 Million Dollar Water Park Comes to Las Vegas

Written by Rick Wright. Posted in Features, Weekend Update

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Published on October 14, 2012 at 4:00 am with 15 Comments

Wet ‘n’ Wild Las Vegas will be Nevada’s largest water park and home to more than 25 exciting slides and attractions.  The 41-acre park will be located in southwest Las Vegas near the I-215 and Sunset Road. The attractions will range from extreme water slides designed to get hearts racing to family friendly interactive play areas. ~~Rick

 

The world’s most iconic water park brand, Wet ‘n’ Wild, is coming back to Las Vegas with the amazing new $50 million Wet ‘n’ Wild set to open in May 2013.

Located in the entertainment capital of the world, this world class water park will be fun for the whole family, featuring a spectacular line-up of more than 25 slides and attractions including North America ’s first Rattler slide.

Set on 41 acres in southwest Las Vegas near the I-215 and Sunset Road, the world class park will feature more than 25 innovative slides and attractions. The park will be managed by theme park experts, Village Roadshow Theme Parks which operates Wet ‘n’ Wild water parks in Arizona and Hawaii .

Village Roadshow Theme Parks Australian operations include Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World and Wet ‘n’ Wild Water World, which collectively entertain more than five million visitors annually. In addition to these world class theme parks, Village Roadshow Theme Parks also is developing a Wet ‘n’ Wild ‘super park’ in Sydney, Australia which is set to open in December 2013 .

“We are very excited to bring this amazing new water park to the perfect city that is Las Vegas ,” said Tim Fisher , chief executive officer of Village Roadshow Theme Parks. “The park will feature some of the world’s most incredible slides and will offer an experience unlike anything Las Vegas residents and visitors have ever seen before.”

Wet ‘n’ Wild Las Vegas will be a more than $50 million world class attraction perfect for families and thrill seekers alike. Adrenaline junkies can enjoy heart-pounding slides such as the Canyon Cliffs, which will send riders on a gut-wrenching 60-foot freefall racing at speeds of up to 33 feet per second. Kids will love the multi-level interactive children’s aquatic adventure playground, while those seeking a more relaxing time can float around the Colorado Cooler. The park also will feature a host of world class attractions including a giant wave pool, North America ’s first Rattler and much, much more!

There’s no doubt that Vegas gets wicked hot in the summer. We’re sure this park will satisfy a need for locals and tourists alike. If you live in the area, please be sure to send along your construction photos and reviews so we can keep our readers up to date on this project.

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  1. Interesting. Wet N Wild closed in Las Vegas many years ago. That was a small park. This one doesn’t look much better. Orlando still has, IMO, the best WNW.

    Having lived in Vegas, the last thing I want to do is hang outside in 110 degree temps. You get sun poisoning and dehydrated very quickly in such a dry climate. They need something indoors. People will go though. Just not me.

  2. To me, this looks like a wave pool, freeform lazy river and some off the shelf water slides. Almost as though the park is right off the conveyor belt at the water park factory. Where is the creativity and theme? I can imagine a water park doing well, but in a city of gee wiz over the top entertainment, this one doesn’t compare to other attractions which seek your attention.

  3. I’m just happy Las Vegas is getting a water park, I’ve known about this since the beginning of the year, living in Las Vegas at the moment we really needed one even if its off the shelf.

  4. I live 1/2 mile away. Right now it’s just dirt and construction trucks and a fence. The city is moving to get infrastructure in ASAP, currently it’s a very small two lane road and that’s not going to work, also it floods that road whenever it rains which it did this week. I’m really excited for this park and will happily post pictures as often as possible!

  5. Does anyone have experience with how a water park would affect a neighborhood? I live literally across the street and this just seems like a terrible idea for so many reasons.

    - Its 10mi off the strip and in a purely residential quiet neighborhood and crime/trouble-free
    - Its the base of a mountain that gets VERY dusty and floods when it rains
    - Its right next to a highschool and traffic just for that is disastrous so a water park will be hell
    - All the roads are 1 or 2 lanes (2 lane roads are recent and took years to do)
    - Water parks in 110degree heat are not fun due to extreme exposure and potential lines

    My balcony can see the mountain base and construction (2yrs of construction and its not much activity) so Im not sure what to expect, but I’m guessing when the slides and guests are out its going to get very loud, very congested and will bring in “undesirable” new residents/guests to our ungated communities. So am I being paranoid or is this a legitimate worry?

  6. I wish Schlitterbahn were building this because they would have included better rides. And I wish Disney or Schlitterbahn would build a great water park in Anaheim too with a large indoor section that would be open in the winter. Raging Waters in San Dimas is California’s biggest waterpark, but they haven’t added anything new in years.

  7. I love how the people in the concept art are fully clothed. As is dress shirt and slacks clothed. In a water park! In Las Vegas! What kind of crowd are they expecting to draw?

    • The “We Got Paid” Crowd. ;)

      Timekeeper

  8. Also, I agree that it would make a lot more sense to have the water park indoors, not only for the hot sunny weather, but for the cold winter too?

    Timekeeper

  9. I only hope this “energizes” Disney to restore and upgrade River Country at Walt Disney World, while keeping the same theme for the area. It’s so much better themed then this even as old as it is and being the first Florida themed water park. If not they could film episodes of 9/11Lost there to collect funds for its restoration. I gave to the Statue of Liberty restoration fund and would to this RCfund.

  10. The whole park is being built for $50 million… Just to put that in context, Expedition Everest (one single ride in WDW) cost a reported $100 million. That tells me that it will be a pretty bare bones water park with some cheap slides and little to no theming of any kind. No thanks.

  11. Does anyone know why the first Wet n’ Wild Park failed in Vegas? Was it about design, location or Management? Or were there simply not enough people to support it? I’m not sure if it’s the same company bringing this venture forward, but it sounds like they are going after more of the local market (perhaps why they are locating in a residential area with schools nearby and “off the shelf” attractions – to keep costs inline). Tourists might just be the gravy. It would be interesting to know what their projections are and their attraction demographics. I think this is good for Vegas, i just question the viability if one has failed already.

    • It was mainly location, and not the way you think I mean. The old Wet ‘n Wild was located on prime real estate. During the boom, they needed the space for building more casinos and condos only to have the market go bust. This is also what did in Arizona’s Legend City, but I digress.

      Remember that this is a resurrection of the name brand, but it isn’t the same people building it.

      As to the comparison in cost to the cost of Expedition Everest. That’s not really a realistic comparison. Water parks simply don’t cost that much to make, and they don’t have to build any mountains.

  12. Is anybody going to say anything about the water aspect of this? Las Vegas already has serious problems getting enough water. I know the water at the park will be recycled, but a lot of it will evaporate in the dry, hot air. From a water perspective, a new water park seems like a terrible idea.

  13. Another attempt to (literally) pour money and resources into an area that is trying to maintain an unreasonable and unsustainable business model. As a Nevada resident, it is obvious to all but the greedy that the time of endless mega-casinos are over and any economy that is primarily based on gaming cannot continue.

    The water situation is so severe in Las Vegas, there are proposals to route water from Northern Nevada (a prime cattle ranching and farming area); and the California central and south valley farms (origin of 50% or more of the fruits and vegetables grown in the US). Visitors won’t recognize this when they see the spacious resort pool complexes and the lush green golf ranges or the dancing waters show, but all that is possible only because Las Vegas is using so much water from the Colorado River there’s not enough remaining river water to serve downstream communities.

    Las Vegas is often called the ‘Adult Disneyland’, but is it worth maintaining that lifestyle and culture if it leads to higher food prices, food shortages, or water rationing?