In May of 2015 Universal Orlando Resort announced that a new water park called Volcano Bay would be joining their theme park offerings and now they have, finally, revealed that the new water park will soon have international tickets go on sale for travel dates beginning on June 2017. Ticket options will include a new a new three-park Explorer ticket that will consist of admission for the two theme parks and Volcano Bay. No official opening date has been announced by Universal Orlando yet.
— Caitlin Dineen (@CaitlinDineen) June 20, 2016
According to Orlando Business Journal “Universal describes the new 28-acre water theme park attraction as a “lush, tropical oasis unfolds before you, instantly transporting you to a little-known Pacific isle. In the distance, a colossal volcano rises above a sparkling beach, boasting majestic waterfalls by day and blazing lava by night.”
The park will feature 18 attractions ranging from multi-rider raft rides to body slides that drop from the top of the volcano. A “state-of-the-art marquee attraction that will be revealed at a later date” stated Universal.
You can read about the four different areas in the official release below.
The four areas include:
- Krakatau: The 200-foot volcano, Krakatau, will be home to the unannounced marquee attraction and three body slides at the rear of the volcano with surprise doors that drop guests down into the slide. One of the body slides, Ko’okiri Body Plunge, is a 70-degree drop that sends guests down 125-feet through the center of the volcano and through a guest pool. The other two body slides, the Kala and Ta Nui Serpentine Body Slides, are two intertwining slides where guests will race along 124 feet of twists and turns. In addition, the area will have Punga Racers, “a high-speed race through four different enclosed slides featuring manta-shaped mats.”
- Wave Village: Located at the base of Krakatau will be the Waturi Beach, a multi-directional wave pool with a sand beach and private one- or two-story cabanas. In addition, The Reef, is a leisure pool where guests get a view of those brave enough to ride the body slides.
- River Village: The calming, lazy river-style portion of the park includes the Kopiko Wai Winding River that passes though the caves of the volcano, which features water effects and nighttime lighting; Tot Tiki Reef, a play area for toddlers with slides and a kid-size volcano; Runamukka Reef, a three-story water playground with slides and sprinklers; Honu, a multi-passenger raft ride with two giant slope walls; and Ika Moana, another multi-passenger raft ride that will glide along bubble geysers.
- Rainforest Village: A part of the water park based on thrills like Maku, North America’s first “saucer ride” that has raft riders “speeding around three saucer-shaped curves;” Puihi, another multi-passenger raft ride that will take guests into a dark area with a zero-gravity drop; Ohyah and Ohno Drop Slides, two twisting slides that will launch guests four and six feet above the water at the end; TeAwa The Fearless River, a racing torrent, whitewater rapids river where guests can hang onto inner tubes; Taniwha Tubes, four Easter Island-inspired slides; and Puka Uli Lagoon, a relaxing pool area.
Are you excited about the new water park?