Universal Orlando will spend about $3 million demolishing Central Florida’s first water park, which spawned a trend of copycat parks around the world.

The demolition of Wet ‘n Wild will run through February, according to documents filed with the City of Orlando.

Many of the rides, including The Wake Zone, Lazy River and Wave Pool Surf Lagoon date back to it’s 1977 opening. The project includes tearing down 13 structures on the 30-acre International Drive site.

Wet ‘n Wild was the most-attended water park in the United States until 1999, when Walt Disney World’Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach surpassed it.

The iconic water park closed in December to make way for Universal’s new Volcano Bay water park, which opens May 25.

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The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.

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