The details previously announced for the Las Vegas Wet resort under development in the glitz capital of the world were already mind boggling: a 350,000-square-foot indoor water park (which will make it the largest in North America and the second largest in the world), a 23-acre outdoor water park, 1400 themed hotel rooms, two entertainment/restaurant/nightclub areas, a sports and entertainment arena, a casino, the world's largest parking structure and, improbably, an indoor snow dome (keep in mind that this will be in the middle of the desert) with year-round Alpine skiing and snowboarding. The developers aren't finished yet, however. Las Vegas Wet also recently announced that the resort will include an indoor America in Miniature park which will showcase scale models of famous U.S. sights such as the Empire State Building and the Gateway Arch. But the huge news, according to Las Vegas Wet CEO, Steven Dooner, is that the property will also feature a 65-acre "internationally branded" theme park. He wouldn't reveal any more specifics, but says that a very large announcement is forthcoming. Hmm. That gets the mind racing, doesn't it? The Las Vegas Wet concept is so vast, television producers, including the team behind The Bachelor
, are planning a series of documentaries and reality shows focused on the project.
Vegas has had mixed results with theme parks. In the early 1990s there was a push along the Strip to make Sin City more family friendly. The MGM Grand opened its Grand Adventures theme park--and closed it a few years later. The Luxor included a wing with sophisticated theme park attractions, but has been phasing them out. The apparent success of Circus Circus' indoor Adventuredome theme park notwithstanding, the prevailing wisdom in Las Vegas now seems to be that roller coasters and rides are OK (such as New York, New York's Manhattan Express, the Hilton's incredible Star Trek attractions, the Stratosphere Tower's wild thrill rides, and the Sahara's Speed: The Ride), but the family-friendly makeover was a misstep, and the casinos gear the rides to the city's core adult audience. Las Vegas Wet would appear to bucking the conventional wisdom. The huge resort is scheduled to open in late 2009 or early 2010.