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Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointe (often simply referred to as Wet 'n Wild or Emerald Pointe) is a water park located in Greensboro, North Carolina, United States, and is part of the Wet 'n Wild chain of water parks. There are 14 slides, 5 pools, and 2 children areas.[3] The Themed Entertainment Association has ranked the park 20th in North America in terms of attendance, of which they had 407,000 visitors as of 2015.[1] Major regional competitors are Carowinds' Carolina Harbor in Charlotte, North Carolina and Dollywood's Splash Waterpark in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointe
Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointe logo.png
Wet n' Wild Emerald Pointe's logo
LocationGreensboro, North Carolina, United States
Coordinates36°0′27″N 79°50′25″W / 36.00750°N 79.84028°W / 36.00750; -79.84028Coordinates: 36°0′27″N 79°50′25″W / 36.00750°N 79.84028°W / 36.00750; -79.84028
OwnerParques Reunidos
Operated byPalace Entertainment
OpenedSeptember 1983 (1983-09)
Previous namesAqua Gardens, Water Country USA, Emerald Pointe
Operating seasonMemorial Day – Labor Day
StatusOperating
Visitors per annum406,000 [1]
Area40 acres (160,000 m2)
Pools5 [2] pools
Water slides14 [2] water slides
Children's areas2 [2] children's areas
Websitewww.emeraldpointe.com

HistoryEdit

Originally named Aqua Gardens, the water park was opened in September 1983. From 1984 to 1986, the park used the name Water Country USA. In 1986, the park was purchased by a local company and renamed Emerald Pointe. In March 1999 Ogden Corp purchased the property, along with Raging Waters and Wet 'n Wild's assets, and renamed the park Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointe.[4]

Rides and attractionsEdit

Current attractionsEdit

Name Opened Manufacturer Type
Riptide Racer 2015 Four racing mat slides
Dr. Von Dark's Tunnel of Terror 2009 ProSlide Enclosed funnel tube slide
Dragon's Den 2005 Proslide "Toilet Bowl" open tube slide
Tropical Drop Proslide Small body slide
The Edge 2004 Water Fun Half-pipe water slide
Double Barrel Blast 1996 Proslide Two short freefall body slides
Shipwreck Cove 1984 Large pool
Lazee River 1984 Lazy river
Leisure Lagoon 1984 Small pool
Raging Rapids 1984 Inline tube slide
Runaway Raft Ride 1997 Proslide Inline tube slide
Splash Island ADG Children's area
Scooter Run 1984 Proslide Small inline tube slide
Happy Harbor 1984 Children's area
Blue Streak 1995 Proslide Enclosed body slide
Sidewinder 1995 Proslide Enclosed body slide
360 Degrees 1996 Proslide Enclosed body slide
Cyclone Zone 1995 Toroid-shaped pool
Daredevil Drop 1998 Proslide Freefall body slide
Thunder Bay Wave Pool 1984 Wave pool
Twin Twisters 2000 Proslide Two enclosed body slides
Soak Zone 2013 Children's area

Former attractionsEdit

Name Opened Closed Manufacturer Type
Bonzai Pipeline/Speed Slides 2014 Two freefall tube slides
White Water Run 2008 Three inline tube slides
Skycoaster 2008 Skycoaster
Pirate's Plunge Pulley ride
Hydra Fighter II 2001 2003 Caprio Water roller coaster

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "2015 Theme Index" (PDF). Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "List of Attractions at Wet 'n Wild". Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointe. Wet 'n Wild Emerald Point. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointe Park Info". Wet 'n Wild Emerald Point. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  4. ^ Joyner, Amy. "Riding a Wave of Success at Emerald Pointe". News & Record Greensboro. Retrieved 5 January 2017.

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