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Baby Care: There's no specific area for baby care at Wet 'n Wild, nor does the park rent strollers. There are changing stations in both men's and women's restrooms.
First Aid: The First-Aid Stand is between Surf Grill and Manny's Pizza.
Food. The Wild Tiki Lounge, a Polynesian restaurant-bar overlooking the lake, has a full menu, table service, and flat-screen TVs. If you're worn out from the attractions, chill out here. It's like being at a South Pacific resort. There's also Manny's Pizza (pizza, pasta, and subs), the Surf Grill (burgers, hot dogs, and more healthful choices like vegetarian burgers, baked potatoes, and salads), and the all-you-can-eat, seasonal Riverside BBQ ($17 adults, $12 children), where you can dine on chicken and pulled pork. Smaller kiosks sell cotton candy, ice cream, funnel cakes, and other carnival-style snacks.
Guest Services: Get maps and other information at Guest Services (aka Guest Relations), to the left as you enter.
Lockers: There are dressing rooms with three different-size lockers (personal $6/$3 deposit, standard $9/$3 deposit, family $11/$3 deposit) as well as showers and restrooms to the left of the entrance gates. Additional restrooms are on the island inside the lazy river and near the First-Aid Stand and the Surge.
Lost People and Things: The Lost and Found is at Guest Services, to the left just after you enter the park. This is also where lifeguards and other staffers take lost children.
Picnicking: You're welcome to bring coolers with food into the park, which has many picnic areas—both open and sheltered. Glass containers and alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
Wheelchair Rentals: Near the entrance, you can rent modified wheelchairs (they have large tires that can handle the sand) for $5 per day with a $25 refundable deposit. Note that although many of the paths are flat and accessible, none of the rides accommodates people using wheelchairs.
Admission: Basic admission is about $49 for adults (ages 10 and up) and $43 for children (but look for discount coupons in flyers and magazines displayed in stores and restaurants throughout the I-Drive area). Full price covers admission for any or all of the next 14 consecutive days. Other money-saving options include the FlexTicket, which bundles Wet 'n Wild with parks and attractions at Universal Orlando, SeaWorld, and Busch Gardens.
Parking: Costing $12 for cars, vans, and motorcycles and $16 for RVs and cars with trailers, parking is in a large lot along Universal Boulevard.
Want to save a bundle? Admission drops to half price during the afternoon; exactly when depends on closing time but can be as late as 5 pm in the summer. Call ahead for the magic hour. Even better, if you pay for a full-price ticket, you can return for free for 14 consecutive days. It's a great deal for families in town for an extended stay. You can see the big three (Disney, Universal, SeaWorld) during the day and return here in the evening.
When you arrive, it's a good idea to pick up a map, scan the park layout, and stake out a spot on the beach before heading on or in. To claim a prime beach spot, arrive 30 minutes before the park opens, or visit on a cloudy day. If it looks like rain all day, though, head elsewhere.
Men should wear a true bathing suit, and women should opt for a one-piece rather than a bikini. Cutoff shorts and garments with rivets, metal buttons, buckles, or zippers aren't allowed.
Wading slippers are a good idea—hot sidewalks and sandpaper-like pool bottoms can do a number on your feet—but put them in a locker or carry them when taking a plunge, since they can catch on slides.
Items too large to carry should be stashed in a locker. Some picnic tables have lockable containers (secured to the umbrella stand) that are just large enough to hold smaller items such as keys, glasses, and cell phones.
For extra privacy, a quiet oasis in the middle of the lazy river features cabanas with a fan, chaise lounges, and a fridge stocked with a dozen bottles of water. It's a nice base for stowing your things, but the privilege costs an extra $150. Don't want to get up? Servers will bring food to you.
Be patient with the lines here. Just when you think you've arrived, you discover there's another level or two to go.
To bypass lines at the popular rides, get an Express Pass (available seasonally), accepted at most rides. Prices change based on park attendance and time of day, so call Park Operations at 407/351–1800 for details. A limited number of passes are sold each day—all the more reason to get here early.
Okay. So you remembered your swimsuit and towel. But what about sunscreen? You can buy it and other necessities or souvenirs at the Breakers Beach Shop, near the park entrance. And if you did forget a towel, renting one here costs $4 with a $3 deposit. Rent a three-pack, though, and you save $2.
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