A Universal Studios water park is rumored to be the plans for a mysterious “Project 533,” based upon stormwater construction permit filings. But would Universal Orlando really want to compete with itself due to Wet N’ Wild?
In a related report by the Inquisitr, both Disneyland and Disney World ticket prices are expected to change soon, in February of 2015.
Based upon the Universal Studios water park rumors, the new park would be built on an empty parcel just south of the new Cabana Bay. According to Orlando Weekly, the rumored name for this new water park would be WonderSea Island, and the theme would be based upon a massive volcano in the middle of Florida. The construction permits are set to expire in five years, so if the Universal Studios water park rumors are correct, then construction should start fairly soon.
Orlando Business Journal points out that the company already owns Wet ‘n Wild, so why would the company compete with itself by opening another water park so relatively close to home?
“The park has yet to announce anything in the realm of a water park — it does have Wet ‘n Wild in its portfolio already — but it would be no small investment. A whole new theme park gate easily could cost near the billion-dollar threshold and water parks around $100 million, depending on the bells and whistles.”
But perhaps there is an incentive to up their game with a new Universal Studios water park since a company called Xero Gravity Action Sports has some crazy plans for central Florida that go well beyond just a water park.
“The resort will include a 14-story ski and snowboard mountain with nine snow tubing lanes; 5 acres of real surfing with up to 10-foot waves and a boogie boarding area; a 25,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor skateboard park; a USA-BMX sanctioned race track; two skydiving pods; a 20,000-square-foot indoor dodge-ball trampoline arena; a rapid river; rock climbing up to 140 feet; zip-lining throughout the park; two 14-story competition waterslides by WhiteWater; 20-foot to 120-foot free fall jump zones; an interactive four-story climbing/zipline/ropes challenge course; and snowball fight arena.”
Needless to say, the proposal goes way beyond what Wet ‘n Wild currently offers, so perhaps Universal Studios will take it as a challenge.