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Visitors go wild for Wet'n'Wild on 1st Day

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Updated: 5/26/2013 12:31 am

LAS VEGAS (KSNV & -- It's been a while since the Valley had a water park so when Wet ‘n’Wild opened Saturday, it was a big deal. But it may have been bigger than park had anticipated.

The park reached capacity by 10 o'clock in the morning on the day it opened.

Customers were saying there were definitely some kinks on the first day, but at the same time they said those would be worked out and they are coming back.

People were at Wet ‘n’Wild early in long lines for waves, slides, a lazy river, and new attraction in North America: the Rattler, or Eileen Rocha’s favorite, the Constrictor.

“I like that it was really big and that you can go around and stuff,” Rocha said.

So many people were here even though this first day was only for gold pass holders, and more people held gold passes than the park would allow inside. By 10 in the morning, only two hours after opening, the park stopped letting any more people in. People in line were mad.

“Is it worth the wait to not get in the park? Yeah definitely. Yeah they tell us that we’re not going to even get in,” one young lady chuckled with sarcasm.

Patricia Gonzales brought here children later after some of the crowds had left. She was very disappointed her kids weren’t able to experience the morning thrill of being there when it opened. She just expected more, being a gold pass holding family.

“I think it’s going to do great once they get their whole act together. I think they’ll be fine. It’ll be good for us in town. It’ll be good for the kids,” Gonzales said.

Her 10 year old daughter Erin says Sunday ought to be better.

“I think since a lot of people came today and there’s not going to be as much people tomorrow, I think we can go on more rides,” Gonzales said.

Her older brother Skylar says: what lines?

“We went on the wave pool, the lazy river, we went on the canyon cliffs,” Skylar Gonzales bragged, “It was great. I liked it. I liked everything. I thought it was a great experience.”

While the fire department’s capacity for the park is 6,000, the park won’t disclose what capacity limit it follows, except to say it wants its guests to have a fun and safe experience.

Calls to the News 3 newsroom indicated customers for the park were upset season and gold passes were no longer being sold. We checked the website for Wet’n’Wild and it has stopped selling those passes for the 2013 season.

Gold passes can get people into the park through Memorial Day. From Tuesday through June 2nd, both gold and season pass holders can get in. The general public will be able to visit the park on June 3rd.


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