Orlando's Wet 'n Wild redevelopment shows two new hotels, pool bars
Gabrielle Russon | Orlando Sentinel | June 16, 2017 1:00am
June 16--A parking garage facing International Drive and two hotels featuring pools and poolside bars are in the works for redevelopment where Wet 'n Wild once operated, according to Orlando city documents.
Renderings of what the project could look like were recently released before the city's municipal planning board is expected to discuss the project Tuesday.
Wet 'n Wild closed in December as owner Universal Orlando built a new water park, Volcano Bay, which opened last month on its main resort property across Interstate 4.
The redevelopment of the shuttered park -- two properties bordered by International Drive and South Kirkman Road and split by Universal Boulevard -- could be converted into up to 4,000 hotel rooms, resort space and an unnamed attraction use, the documents show.
City planners are considering granting a waiver for the project so a garage can be built in front of the first property on I-Drive as long as its facade masks its purpose.
Each property would have a hotel building along with a pool that includes a deck and a bar as well as its own garage, the early drawings showed.
On the southwest corner of I-Drive and the Universal Boulevard intersection, the project could have a plaza with art, a water feature and benches.
Wet 'n Wild, which opened in 1977, was considered the first major standalone water park.
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