Today, we learned more details about Universal Orlando Resort’s new “Water Theme Park,” Volcano Bay. The waterpark was announced last year and given a 2017 opening date, but up until now we knew very little about it. Now, we have information about everything from when the park will open to the rides within!
Let’s start with the opening date. Although we don’t know exactly when it will open, it seems that it will be open before June 1st, 2017, because that is the first date tickets will be available for. Tickets are not for sale as of yet, but they will be available soon.
Some other interesting details announced about Volcano Bay include the fact that the waterpark will feature concierges spread through the park in addition to several themed restaurants and bars.
In my opinion, the most exciting news that came out today was information about the waterpark’s 4 themed lands and 18 attractions:
The first of the announced lands was Krakatau, which is the volcano at the center of the waterpark. Inside of the volcano, there are going to be several hidden caverns and waterfalls along with multiple rides. These rides include Ko’okiri Body Plunge, which is a 125 foot tall, 70 degree plunge through the volcano and a pool of guests, the Kala and Ta Nui Serpentine Body Slides, which are 124 foot long intertwining and twisting slides, and Punga Racers, which are four enclosed mat slides with mats made in the shape of mantas.
The second of the announced lands is the Wave Village, which will be located at the base of the volcano. In this land are the Waturi Beach wave pool and an additional pool nearby called The Reef, which is the pool that the Ko’okiri Body Plunge will travel through.
Another land the park announced is the River Village, which is a village named for the lazy river that will travel through it. In the land will be the Kopiko Wai Winding River, which is the park’s relaxing lazy river that will travel through the volcano and its caves, the Tot Tiki Reef, which is the waterpark’s area for toddlers, the Runamukka Reef, which is the waterpark’s other children’s playground, the Honu waterslide, which is a raft slide that will take riders up onto the walls of the slide, and Ika Moana, which is another raft ride that will pass through geysers.
Finally, the park announced the Rainforest Village, where many of the park’s thrill rides will be located. The first of the land’s attractions is Maku, which will be the first of Proslide’s Saucer Slide Model in North America. The second attraction in the Rainforest Village will be Puihi, which will be a funnel slide. Also in the Rainforest Village are the Ohyah and Ohno Drop Slides, which are twisting body slides that will drop guests into the water from six feet in the air, TeAwa: The Fearless River, which will be a more exciting lazy river featuring elements such as rapids similar to the one at Atlantis in The Bahamas, the Taniwha Tubes, which will be single or double rider tube slides, and the Puka Uli Lagoon, which will be another simple pool.
Overall, Volcano Bay sounds like it will be a great waterpark! It has a lot of similar aspects to the awesome waterpark at the Atlantis resort in The Bahamas, which is waterpark I loved to visit. It featured great theming, beautiful landscaping, and a crazy lazy river. The lazy river featured rapids, slides only accessible through it, and several other crazy elements. The Atlantis waterpark was one of my favorites, and it’s great to see one similar to it coming to Orlando!
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