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Wet 'n' Wild reaches full capacity on grand opening

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Wet 'n' Wild reaches full capacity on grand opening

By Jennifer Kastner. CREATED May 25, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The new Wet 'n' Wild Las Vegas is open for business, but it was so popular on its first day that people were turned away at the gate.

People were lined up before sunrise on Saturday to get through the gates.

Saturday's grand opening was strictly for gold pass members only, but it was so successful that the park quickly reached full-capacity, leading to an unexpected backlash from customers.

Management told Action News they had already reached capacity before our camera crew arrived. But they were able to let people into the park, as people came out.

Understandably, this bothered a lot of people who were denied immediate entry, even though they bought gold passes ahead of time.

Management said they are sorry to the people who were turned away, but there was never a guarantee of entry. It works on a first-come first-serve basis.

They said they're doing this so the park stays as safe as possible. Regardless though, there were still a lot of smiles out at the water park.

The $50 million project took roughly five-months to build.

Doors didn't open until 8 a.m. on Saturday, but many people started lining up at 5 a.m.

"I think the community's been lacking a family-friendly experience," said Trevor Wilson with Wet 'n' Wild.

Management is encouraging park-goers to visit the website prior to driving out, so they can get admission updates and hours of operation.

The park is located on Fort Apache near the 215.

Jennifer Kastner

Jennifer Kastner

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Jennifer Kastner is a general assignment reporter for Action News.