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Tips for a smoother ride at Wet ’n’ Wild

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Brian Nordli

Lines for the ride extended to the bottom of the multiflight stairs as kids wait to try out the Constrictor and Rattler for the first time during the Wet ’n’ Wild Las Vegas’ grand opening on Friday, May 24, 2013. The day marked the first time the 41-acre water park on Fort Apache Road near the 215 Beltway was opened to visitors.

Since Wet ’n’ Wild Las Vegas’ long-awaited opening, visitors have flooded the water park excited to be the first to explore its towering slides and various attractions.

The much-anticipated park operated at full capacity on Grand Opening Day and continued to operate at higher-than-normal levels throughout the first week, park spokeswoman Nancy Katz said. With Las Vegas thirsting for a water park since the old Wet 'n Wild closed in 2004, Katz said the park is going to continue to be busy for the next few weeks.

Still, there is hope for eager guests who don’t want to wait in long, winding lines under the hot sun to ride the Rattler or deal with gridlock along the Colorado Cooler lazy river. Here are a few tips to maximize your trip to Wet ’n’ Wild Las Vegas:

• Visit during low tide: The best way to experience the park without the hassle of long lines and crowded wave pools is to visit during the weekdays, Katz said. If possible, Katz also suggested guests should consider visiting in the afternoon since most visitors come when the park opens and leave in the middle of the day.

• Bring your own chair: Although lounge chairs and shade are provided throughout the park, Katz said guests are allowed to bring their own as long as they are used in the grass area and can be properly secured.

• Floaties: No external flotation devices are permitted inside the park; however, the park does provide tubes and life jackets for free.

• Parking: Come an hour before the park opens to avoid packed parking lots. Wet ’n’ Wild Las Vegas has with two lots to handle the influx of visitors, and both open an hour before the water park, Katz said.

• Reserve a cabana: Guests can rent a cabana at Wet ’n’ Wild Las Vegas, but reservations are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested guests may call 702-979-1600, email [email protected] or visit a ticket window during operating hours to rent one.

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  1. The success of this Ordinary Water Park Screams to Investors that a Theme Park designed especially for Las Vegas Weather would work. How about it MGM/Circus Circus - triple that footprint of the dome to todays standards with a few 200'+ roller Coasters and a Water Park and you've got the Market Cornered.
    As for TOP Water Parks Look at:
    The Schlitterbahn Waterparks
    Disney's Typhoon Lagoon - Orlando
    Disney's Blizzard Beach - Orlando
    Sea World's Aquatica - Orlando
    Wet 'n Wild Emerald Point Greensboro, NC
    There are Many More...

    So while we finally have a Water park - Again It's Vegas Style (Nothing Special - Unique nor World Class). Thanks to our leaders not Demanding Better we're quickly becoming a Roadside Stand of Circus Trapeze Acts and Ferris Wheels with our main advantage that we have congregated nore of the same stuff in one place than anyone else - sort of like Gatlinburg TN - and at least they have Dollywood for the kids.

  2. If you are waiting in a long line to use the restroom, thank the Board of Health for granting a variance that allowed the park to open without the number of "sanitary fixtures" required by state code. With a daily attendance of 4500 bathers, it provides just 13 toilets and 12 urinals for men, 25 toilets for women, and 2 toilets for families. Yes, that is about one fixture for 900 patrons. Let's hope children who have to "go" are patient. http://www.southernnevadahealthdistrict....

  3. digger, you're forgetting the obvious. The lazy river pretty much equates to 100 urinals used by hundreds of patrons daily, therefore they figured just save the money lol

  4. Digger, thanks for the info (not that I would set foot in that place anyway). Do the math folks. When you go there you are swimming in diluted urine thanks to kids peeing in the water because they don't have enough toilets and developers that didn't want to spend the money to do it right. No doubt a little money changed hands to get the variance done also. Lets see....expensive tickets, no parking, hundreds of screaming brats running around wild, parents don't care, over priced drinks, food and nasty water. Sounds like a great time! I'll stick to my backyard oasis. Beer, BBQ and a clean pool. And most important - peace and quiet!!!!

  5. Nancy Menzel.

    4500 divided by 50 is 90, not 900.

    I always find it interesting that the folks that have no intention of going to the park are the ones doing the most complaining about it.

  6. Where are the trees to block the sun? Give me shade & trees any day in Las Vegas. I feel sorry for the neighbors who live close by. Welcome to Vegas politics.

  7. In September 2011, the Board of Health gave a sanitary plumbing facility variance to The Waterpark LLC. In return for allowing it to open with only 71% of the toilets required, the water park agreed to bring the facilities up to code within 24 months. At that time, the projected capacity was 1500 bathers. Men would have had 10 toilets and 10 urinals; women would have had 20 toilets. (Providing an equal number of sanitary fixtures does not produce "potty parity"; studies show women take twice as long in a restroom: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/13/sports...). In April 2013, The Waterpark LLC received another variance, this time to operate with a capacity of 4500 bathers with just 10 more urinals/toilets. When the original variance acknowledged that the number of urinals/toilets proposed was inadequate for 1500 bathers, why did the Board of Health agree to triple the park capacity while increasing the toilet fixtures by only 25%? Yes, there is a provision in the variance that the owners agree to increase sanitary facilities if the restroom wait times exceed 3 minutes But will Health District employees be monitoring this on weekends and holidays when the crowd will be the biggest?
    Although I did make a math error in my original posting about the number of patrons per fixture, that doesn't negate the health risks of swimming in and swallowing water that may be contaminated due to inadequate bathroom facilities. According to the CDC,"recreational water illnesses include a wide variety of infections, such as gastrointestinal, skin, ear, respiratory, eye, neurologic, and wound infections. The most commonly reported RWI is diarrhea. Swallowing water that has been contaminated with feces containing germs can cause diarrheal illness." I recommend that patrons report to the Health District any of these illnesses that occurs subsequent to a visit. I also hope that the Health District monitors the restroom wait to ensure protection of the public's health. I am not trying to be a killjoy, just trying to get the Board of Health to do a better job.