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While Vegas will never (knocks on wood) try to be a family mecca when it comes to tourism again, it's turning out to be a great time to be young at heart in Sin City.
There's the Slotzilla zip lines downtown, VooDoo Zip Line at Rio, The High Roller observation wheel at The Linq, El Loco roller coaster at The Adventuredome, and the return of Wet 'n' Wild, too. This month adds two more attractions to the list -- Cowabunga Bay, a long-delayed water park in Henderson, and the return of GameWorks.
Circus Circus has won the approval of zoning officials to move forward with plans for a water park. But, don't get too excited because it's sounding like you may need to be a guest in order to access it.
In seeking a green light for the project, Circus Circus has filed more documents which reveal more precise details about the endeavor. First, contrary to our initial interpretation of governmental-ese, the water park won't replace Circus' KOA campground, after all. Instead, the attraction will be located south of the RV park between Circus Circus Manor and the hotel's Skyrise Tower. New filings state there will be no direct access to the water park. Instead, guests will be required to access it through the hotel-casino's Skyrise Tower. Here's what visitors will find once they arrive:
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Why have just two water parks when you can have three?
After years of having none at all, two water parks are slated to open in Vegas in 2013 -- Wet 'N' Wild will make its return, but not to the Strip, in May 2013 while Cowabunga Bay will pop up, off Strip, next summer, too. But, there could be good news for all of us who still lament the loss of a Strip-front water park -- Circus Circus wants to build one now, too.
Remember back in November of last year when we said a water park just like Wet'N Wild was coming to Las Vegas? Well, scratch that. It will be Wet N' Wild. Except, with an extra apostrophe -- Wet 'N' Wild.
This new water park won't be located on Las Vegas Boulevard right next to the Sahara like the one we remember. Instead, this one will be located about 15 miles away in the southwest part of town. It will have different owners, too. And, two of the investors are Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf.
That's a lot of information to keep straight -- and we haven't even scratched the surface -- so, while it seems easy, we suggest you move that to 'delete first' section of your memory banks. The only thing we all really want to know is when does it open?
Update: Sadly, on February 3, 2012, Splash Canyon announced it was delaying its opening to spring 2013. We're sure you'll be find other ways to get wet in Vegas until then.
Back in the day, it wasn't a Vegas vacation without a stop at Wet N' Wild on The Strip. Right next to the Sahara and before the reign of the Vegas day pool scene, the mega-waterpark was the cool place to get cool... at least until it tuned off the spigots for good back in 2004.
Now, a new water attraction is abut to make a splash, but don't look for it on Las Vegas Boulevard. Splash Canyon will keep the wet and wild times about 15 miles southwest of The Strip. Scheduled to open next Memorial Day Weekend, the H₂O complex will feature the requisite wave pool with 3-foot-high waves and Lazy River as well as 20 slides, a kids play zone, cabanas, picnic areas, restaurants, and probably a gift shop ready to teach us a lesson about forgetting sunscreen, our sunglasses, or Chapstick in the hotel room.