LAS VEGAS -- Wet‘n'Wild isn't even officially opened yet, just Gold Pass holders were allowed in Memorial Day Weekend, and local businesses are already noticing a trickle down effect from the water park.
It hit its capacity Saturday just two hours after opening to Gold Pass holders. Sunday was busy, but none of those special ticket holders were turned away. The big response is something that surrounding businesses and neighborhoods are feeling.
At the AM/PM on Warm Springs and Fort Apache the key to a successful business is location, location, location.
"You can get gas and then also it's just cheaper here," said Brittany Osman on her way home from the park. "All the stuff is expensive over there, you can come and get your little snacks and drinks and everything."
Managers say profits are overflowing since Wet‘n'Wild opened.
"It started yesterday morning people coming in for breakfast and them getting snacks to stand in the crazy long lines," said Store Manager Wendy Philley.
Philley says the food sales have quadrupled and they're looking to hire two more people. She's happy but says the increased business does come with a few headaches.
"I wound up towing 4 cars," said Philley.
Other Wet'n'Wild neighbors agree.
"It's going to be a nightmare as far as here with parking because they filled all this up yesterday," said Aaron Trujillo. "They were parked in front of our driveway, everything, so it's going to be a nightmare."
Trujillo's main concern with the sudden increase in traffic flow is all the children who play in the area. He says if this is what it looks like on Gold Pass weekend, he can't imagine what it's going to be like when season pass holders and the rest of the general public is allowed in.
"I thought this was the general public, my God, that's not good," said Trujillo.
At AM/PM they're ready for Wet'n'Wild's ripple effect.
"When they were told a water park was being built across the street they were just ecstatic, he just said you know it's a blessing," said Philley. "Now with the water park up; it's just fantastic."
The park opens to everyone June third. According to the park's website the demand for tickets have been so overwhelming they've stopped selling both Gold Passes and season passes. It says the decision was made to ensure guest can enjoy a world-class water park experience throughout the 2013 season.