The New Thrilling Waterpark in Orlando, Universal Volcano Bay
The grand opening of the new thrilling water themed park, Universal Volcano Bay in Orlando has been scheduled to open to the public on 25th May 2017. The water park, which will be Universal’s third gate, is one of many developments coming to the rapidly expanding Florida. The centrepiece is the 200 foot tall volcano called the Krakatau that encases a raft ride, the Aqua Coaster.
The new water park and its four themed areas are based on the story of the Waturi, an ancient tribe from Polynesia who were seafaring travellers and visited multiple islands on their outrigger canoes, where they then finally settled on the Volcano Bay. This is the philosophy behind the new Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park.
It sure will be an island retreat like none before, made up of four immersive areas and 18 incredible attractions over 30 acres, you’ll be able to experience daring water adventures and moments of peaceful relaxation. Not only that Universal have introduced its new technology named Tapu Tapu, meaning guests won’t have to wait in long queues anymore. It will be the perfect attraction to spend time as a family and a fun filled vacation for the children.
Read on to discover what the new water themed park, Universal Volcano Bay, has to offer…
Four immersive areas
1) The Island Centrepiece – Volcano
Towering 200 feet above the tropical landscape, Krakatau stands in the heart of the island streaming waterfalls during the day and fiery lava effects at night. Inside the cavernous volcano, it includes a first of its kind heart pounding slide attraction.
Krakatau Aqua Coaster – Four person canoes slide upward through the mists and into the dark twists and turns within the volcano before plunging through a shimmering waterfall
Ko’okiri Body Plunge – Not for the faint hearted, featuring a 70 degree speed slide with a trap door that passes through the Krakatau volcano, falling 125 feet. The slide will pass through one of the pool attractions at the base of the volcano, making it a whole load of fun.
Kala & Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides – two intertwining slides where guests will fall freely along 124 twisting feet from top of the volcano before joyfully splashing in the turquoise waters below.
Punga Racers – Punga Racers send single riders on their manta ray mats sliding down four lanes through underwater sea caves. The first racer to cross the finish line receives a watery salute from Punga himself.
2) Wave Village
The Wave Village overlooks the sparkling waters of Waturi beach at the base of the Volcano, it is designed for sunbathing and relaxation
Waturi Beach – The parks sparkling, multidirectional wave pool where guests can swim, splash and relax on the sandy beach at the foot of the mighty Krakatau.
The Reef- An adjacent leisure pool providing calmer waters and exciting views of riders speeding through the Ko’okiri Body Plunge.
3) River Village
The River Village area features fun and unique attractions for the entire family and youngest visitors
Kopiko Wai Winding River – A gentle, winding river that passes through the volcano’s hidden caves, featuring water effects and special night time lighting. It’s a land full of surprises when you take a slow ride on the Kopiko Wai Winding River.
Tot Tiki Reef – Even the young toddlers can have fun in the shallow waters, play among the splashy slides, a tot sized water volcano and spraying fountains.
Runamukka Reef –The most playful spot in the Universal Volcano Bay, a three story water playground for the young children inspired by the coral reef featuring bubbling geysers, water guns, twisting small slides and more.
Honu Ika Moana – Two twisting, turning multi person slides, Honu sweeps up two massive walls, while Ika Moana sprays water on riders from the center of the raft.
4) Rainforest Village
The perfect mix of relaxation and exhilaration awaits at the Rainforest Village containing a large number of thrill slides.
Maku Puihi Round Raft Rides – North America’s first six person saucer ride speeding around three saucer shaped curves, not for the faint hearted.
Puka Uli Lagoon – A tranquil pool intended for young and adult guests to relax and swim
TeAwa The Fearless River – A roaring, watery stream where you hang tight to your inner tube amidst thrilling, whitewater rapids.
Taniwha Tubes – Four twisting slides called the Taniwha Tubes ridden solo or in pairs. Spraying jets of water surprisingly when you least expect it.
Ohyah and Ohno Drop slides – Two twisting, adrenaline pumping slides that launch guests four feet (Ohyah slide) or six feet (Ohno) above the awaiting pool.
Tapu Tapu wearable device
Universal has unveiled a new device which means the visitors will no longer have to queue for the rides anymore. Volcano Bay have introduced the Tapu Tapu – a waterproof wearable device specifically designed for the park. Guests will be given to use for the day when they arrive at Volcano Bay. Basically, with just a touch of the wrist guests will be able to hold their place in a virtual line at the rides, it will allow guests to play all day while waiting for their ride.
The one size band has a number of features to make the park experience more fun, interactive and hassle free. The colourful bracelet offers various ‘tap to play’ experiences throughout the park such as triggering streams of water spurting from Whales in Tot Tiki Reef, Shooting water cannons at guests snaking down Kopiko Wai Winding River and illuminating images in the volcano’s hidden caves. It will add to the experience by giving guests something to search for while they wait. When it is time to ride Tapu Tapu will alert them so they can head to the chosen attraction hassle free and without lining up. Once reached the ride touch the symbol on the totem again and proceed through to the ride entrance. At the end of the day when you exit Volcano Bay, don’t forget to return the Tapu Tapu.
This hassle free Island is just steps away from the Universal Orlando’s other world class theme parks, five themed on site resort hotels, dining, shopping and the Universal Citywalk.