Details Released for Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay Water Park

Last year, Universal Orlando announced plans for their continued growth and expansion with Universal’s Volcano Bay water park – billed as their third theme park for the resort.  Set to open in early summer 2017 (international guests can purchase tickets for travel dates beginning June 1, 2017), Universal’s Volcano Bay will be adjacent to their Cabana Bay Beach and the soon-to-open Loews Sapphire Falls Resorts.  Continue reading for more photos and details regarding Universal’s Volcano Bay water park from the press release, and we’ll continue to update as more information becomes available.

Universal Orlando's Volcano Bay

Update January 25, 2017

Grand opening for Universal’s Volcano Bay set for May 25, 2017, just in time for the summer season.

Update November 3, 2016

In early summer 2017, a first-of-its-kind water theme park will erupt at Universal Orlando Resort – Universal’s Volcano Bay. It will be an innovative experience filled with incredible thrills and perfected relaxation.  And on November 15, guests will have the chance to purchase tickets to experience it firsthand.  Guests can receive a notification when tickets go on sale and updates about Volcano Bay by signing up for real-time email alerts.

Volcano Bay will span 30 fully immersive acres and feature a variety of experiences that range from daring to serene.  Dozens of unique attractions will offer something for everyone, including a multi-directional wave pool with sandy beaches, a peaceful winding river, twisting multi-rider raft rides, speeding body slides that drop from the top of the volcano into the waters below – and more.  And the best part – guests won’t have to wait in long lines to enjoy any of it.

Today, Universal Orlando Resort reveals first-ever details about the park’s state-of-the-art Krakatau Aqua Coaster that will take guests on an exciting voyage unlike any other, and the all-new TapuTapu wearable technology that will redefine the way guests experience water parks.

Universal’s Volcano Bay

Krakatau Aqua Coaster at Universal’s Volcano Bay, image courtesy Universal Orlando Resort

Krakatau Aqua Coaster – Volcano Bay’s State-of-the-Art Marquee Attraction

Krakatau Aqua Coaster will be the star experience at Universal’s Volcano Bay – combining innovative ride technology with water theme park thrills to take families on an unforgettable adventure through the park’s massive icon – the 200-foot Krakatau volcano.

Guests will board specially-designed canoes and propel downwards – and upwards – through the volcano’s interior peaks and valleys.  They’ll twist, turn and plummet along dark passageways, be launched through sparkling waterfalls and so much more.

Universal is using some of the incredible technology that makes its theme park attractions so compelling to create a first-of-its-kind aqua coaster in Florida.  The attraction will use linear induction motor technology, which launches the canoe uphill before it immediately sends riders into a downhill plunge.  This technology – combined with the immersive theming Universal is known for – will make Krakatau Aqua Coaster a unique water theme park attraction that’s fun for the entire family.

Universal’s Volcano Bay

Universal’s Volcano Bay at night, image courtesy Universal Orlando Resort

TapuTapu Wearable Will Redefine the Queue Experience – Less Time Waiting in Lines, More Time Having Fun

Universal’s Volcano Bay will debut a new technology, the TapuTapu wearable, designed to make the guest experience throughout the entire park as hassle-free and fun-filled as possible.  As part of their admission, guests will receive a TapuTapu wearable upon arrival to the park that allows them to do the following with a simple tap:

  • Virtual Lines.

Guests will be able to virtually wait in line while they play in other areas of the park.  The wearable will alert guests when it’s time for them to ride so they can head to the attraction.

  • Tap to play.
    Guests will discover various “tap-to-play” experiences throughout the park – all designed exclusively for Volcano Bay by Universal’s award-winning creative team.  With just a tap of TapuTapu, guests can trigger special effects like controlling 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.
Universal’s Volcano Bay

Kopiko Wai Winding River at Universal’s Volcano Bay, image courtesy Universal Orlando Resort

 

Even more details about TapuTapu and its unique guest features will be released soon.  More details about Universal’s Volcano Bay will be revealed over time.

Original post from June 27, 2016 follows below

Universal Orlando recently released details about what guests can find at Volcano Bay including four different themed areas featuring 18 unique attractions.

Universal's Volcano Bay

Volcano Bay Waterpark © 2016 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

From Universal Orlando’s Press Release

Welcome to Universal’s Volcano Bay– a radically-innovative water theme park opening next year at Universal Orlando Resort. Spanning 28 fully immersive acres, Universal Orlando’s third theme park will be an entirely new kind of water theme park experience, giving guests even more to enjoy on their vacation.

At Volcano Bay, guests will discover a place like no other, filled with incredible thrills and relaxing indulgences. This one-of-a-kind park will combine exhilarating experiences with hassle-free convenience so families can get the most out of their vacation together. They won’t have to stand in long lines or wrestle with tubes before diving into the unique attractions found throughout the park. They can enjoy a variety of experiences, ranging from winding rivers and private, two-story cabanas to family raft rides and twisting body slides that launch guests above the water.

Volcano Bay’s Four Primary Areas:

Guests will have the opportunity to explore four imaginatively-themed areas at Volcano Bay, filled with experiences ranging from daring to serene.

1. Krakatau

The 200-foot volcano, Krakatau, will lie at the heart of the park, inviting guests to venture through its hidden caverns and cascading waterfalls.

  • A state-of-the-art marquee attraction found only at Volcano Bay. More details will be announced later.
  • Three distinctive body slides found at the rear of the volcano, which start off with surprise doors that drop out from beneath guests:
    • Ko’okiri Body Plunge: A racing, 70-degree drop that will plummet 125-feet through the center of Krakatau. It will be the world’s first slide to travel through a pool filled with guests.
    • Kala and Ta Nui Serpentine Body Slides: Two intertwining slides where guests will fall freely along 124 twisting feet.
  • Punga Racers: A high-speed race through four different enclosed slides featuring manta-shaped mats.
Volcano Bay Waterpark at Universal Orlando Resort

Volcano Bay Waterpark © 2015 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

2. Wave Village

Located at the base of Krakatau, Wave Village will be home to:

  • Waturi Beach: A sparkling, multi-directional wave pool where guests can swim, relax on the sand or indulge in private, one- or two-story cabanas.
  • The Reef: An adjacent leisure pool will provide guests with calmer waters and exciting views of riders speeding through the Ko’okiri Body Plunge.
Kopiko Wai Winding River

Kopiko Wai Winding River © 2016 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

3. River Village

Named for the peaceful river that snakes through it, River Village will feature unique attractions for the entire family, including:

  • Kopiko Wai Winding River: A gentle, winding river that will pass through the volcano’s hidden caves, featuring spontaneous water effects and special nighttime lighting.
  • Tot Tiki Reef: A whimsical toddler play area with spraying Maori fountains, slides and a kid-size volcano.
  • Runamukka Reef: A three-story water playground inspired by the coral reef overflowing with twisting slides, sprinklers and more.
  • Ika Moana: A twisting, multi-passenger raft ride that will glide across bubbling geysers.
  • Honu: An adventurous, multi-passenger raft ride that will soar across two giant, sloped walls
Honu

Honu © 2016 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

4. Rainforest Village

Exhilarating thrills await guests in Rainforest Village, including:

  • Maku: North America’s first “saucer ride” – sending multi-passenger rafts speeding around three saucer-shaped curves.
  • Puihi: A breath-taking multi-passenger raft ride that will plunge guests into darkness before bursting into a funnel and launching into a zero-gravity drop.
  • TeAwa The Fearless River: An action-packed, racing torrent river where guests hang tight in their inner tubes amidst roaring, whitewater rapids.
  • Taniwha Tubes: Four unique Easter Island-inspired slides with rafts for single or double riders.
  • Puka Uli Lagoon: A tranquil pool where guests can swim and relax.
  • Ohyah and Ohno Drop Slides: Two twisting, adrenaline-pumping slides that launch guests four- and six-feet above the water at the end.
Ohno Drop Slide

Ohno Drop Slide © 2016 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

 

Universal’s Volcano Bay is the next in a series of boldly creative experiences that have opened and will continue to open at Universal Orlando. It began with The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade in 2010 and quickly moved to Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, Springfield, hometown to America’s favorite animated family, The Simpsons, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, eight new venues at Universal CityWalk, the breathtaking Cabana Bay Beach Resort and more. It will include Skull Island: Reign of Kong and Loews Sapphire Falls Resort in 2016.  And then – in 2017 – will come Universal’s Volcano Bay.

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