The last day of our trip to Orlando, Florida, we spent at Wet ‘n Wild. When we bought tickets online for the Universal® theme parks, we were offered the option of buying two days and getting one day free. We opted to use our free day at Wet ‘n Wild rather than spend a third day standing in line at another theme park.
A big drawback to buying tickets online is not knowing what the weather will be like the day you’re actually there. The weather over spring break the week we were there was mostly in the 70’s. Perfect for theme parks; not so great for water parks. We checked the weather ever day and found that our last day was expected to be in the mid 80’s with a high probability of rain showers in the afternoon. Since the water park was within walking distance of our hotel, it wouldn’t be a huge problem for us if it did rain so we took the gamble. We walked to the park with just our towels, swimsuits and flip flops so we wouldn’t have to rent a locker. Locker rentals were very expensive and our towels and flip flops were safe on a beach chair. We got to the park very close to the time it opened. It was cloudy all day but the water ended up being warmer than we thought.
Cloudy days at the water park aren’t all bad. Clouds keep the crowds away so we never waited for more than five minutes for the slides. There were slides for all adventure levels. My favorite was The Black Hole: The Next Generation, a two person slide that is a completely enclosed dark tunnel with lights and sounds along the way. Probably a little scary for younger children but our teenager liked it.
Several of the slides had tubes for four so the three of us were able to ride together. This made it more enjoyable. We also had fun floating in the lazy river, though it was colder than the slides so we didn’t stay long.
We have water parks close to our home so most of the attractions at Wet ‘n Wild weren’t anything special. However, one thing we didn’t have at home was the cable park for knee boarding and wake skating. For an additional $12.00 per person, you could wake skate and/or knee board all day. When we factored in the cost of gas just for our ski boat, twelve bucks seemed cheap. Both Mike and Caden signed up while I was content to watch. For two solid hours, they took their turns going around the cable park and had a blast. We stayed until lightening closed the park. I don’t know if it ever reopened since we were done anyway.
As predicted, it didn’t rain until the later afternoon. It worked out to our advantage to take the gamble as we enjoyed the park without fighting huge crowds. Unfortunately, you can’t get into the cable park without paying the full admission to the water park but if you spend part of the day on the slides and the other part at the cable park, it’s worth it. I’m not sure if we would have felt that way if it had been a busy day. When I asked Caden what was his favorite part of the trip, he had a hard time choosing between the cable park at Wet ‘n Wild or his wild boar hunt.
The water park ended up being a fun and relaxing way to end our trip.
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