Orlando, Florida — Wet ‘n Wild, America’s first water park, which opened in 1977 will permanently close on December 31, 2016.
Universal Studios purchased the water park in 2013.
Universal Orlando Resort Public Relations Vice President Tom Schroder wrote, “We’re grateful to our countless fans and team members for making Wet ‘n Wild such a special place for so very long.”
Even though Wet ‘n Wild was deemed the 10th-busiest park in 2014, Universal still made the decision to close it.
Universal said that, as of today, they have not decided on what to do with the 52-acres that Wet ‘n Wild sits on.
On May 28, Universal announced the construction of a new water park named Volcano Bay. Universal says it will completely redefine the water park experience.
Volcano Bay is set to open sometime in 2017.