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Would you want a Universal water park?

Do you think Universal should get their hands wet (pun intended)?

From Andy Milio
Posted April 18, 2011 at 6:58 PM
I personally think Universal should add a water park to it's Orlando park. Disney has two water parks, plus it could rake in some extra dough. The only problem would be theming: how could they match movies to water slides? (unless they ditch the idea of "riding the movies", upon which it really isn't Universal anymore)
What do you think?


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From Terri Pierce
Posted April 18, 2011 at 7:20 PM
Isn't Wet 'n Wild universal owned? If its not they atleast have a partnership because you get discounted access to WnW when you have an AP.

Edit: Yes Wet 'n Wild is apart of the Universal Chain. Are you stating that there should be one on the Universal property? I'm pretty sure there isn't any room to do that and if there were I would imagine it would be better used to house another hotel or expand the parks.

From Joseph Catlett
Posted April 18, 2011 at 7:44 PM
Water parks, never mind the theme, really are a dime a dozen. There are currently a ton of water parks in that part of central Florida, if Universal was just to up and build one just for the sake of having one it would seem like a very silly business maneuver.
USF right now has a real chance to make some deep inroads in the market at Disney's expense. The plan of attack should focus in on new attractions and new hotels. The emphasis on hotel with an "s" is getting those tourists on your property and giving them no reason to stray off. Disney is very good at that, Universal should take note of the big dog there.

From Tyler Bell
Posted April 19, 2011 at 5:13 AM
Yes, but Universal dosen't have to build parks strictly on the UO land.Orlando has enough land for theme parks. They could offer special transportation to the theme park.Also UO has just enough land for a couple of resorts, or a waterpark.If they want a theme park,then they should expand the resort out. Like Disney was going to do with the WestCot project.

From Don Neal
Posted April 19, 2011 at 6:17 AM
Wet-n-Wild is part of the Universal Orlando Resort so technically they already have one. However, as someone pointed out they are a dime a dozen. While Disney's waterparks are top notch and highly themed, they mainly draw crowds because it is a captive audience and conveniently located on the premises. Disney's goal is to keep you on property no matter what. So the waterparks don't even need to necessarily be extremely profitable if they serve their purpose.

The land that Wet-n-Wild is in the process of being sold or is for sale. It seems to change all the time but that corner is worth so much commercially that having a Waterpark there is a waste of the space. I don't have any details but I know there were rumors of Universal rebuilding it elsewhere a while back but last I searched, I couldn't find anything on it.

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