Universal Orlando reveals line-up for its Volcano Bay water park
June 21, 2016, 2:57 PM ·
Universal Orlando's new water park is scheduled to open next year, and the resort revealed new details about it today.
Volcano Bay is now under construction on 28 acres just south of the Cabana Bay Beach Resort. When completed late next spring, it will offer 19 water-based attractions across four themed zones: Rainforest Village, River Village, Wave Village, and Krakatau — the volcano at the heart of the park which gives it its name. Here's the teaser video:
In a blog post introducing the park's line-up, Universal promises that it "found a way to get rid of long lines," which, of course, raising the question of what that will be? Has Universal found a way to create water slides with infinite capacity? Will Volcano Bay employ some sort of mandatory ride reservation/virtual queuing system? Or will Universal simply raise the admission price to the point where only a couple of thousand people from around the world can afford to go? (We're betting on the ride reservation/virtual queuing system.)
Universal did hold back one big piece of news about the park — a "secret attraction" in Krakatau that will "be like nothing else in the park." Any guesses on what that might be?
Otherwise, Krakatau will feature three drop-floor body slides, including the 125-foot, 70-degree Ko'okiri Body Plunge, "the world's first slide to travel through a pool filled with guests." The volcano also will be home to Punga Racers, "a high-speed race through four different enclosed slides featuring manta-shaped mats."
Other lands will include wave pools, leisure pools, lazy rivers, playgrounds, and raft rides... as well as North America’s first saucer ride, "sending multi-passenger rafts speeding around three saucer-shaped curves."
In a press conference at the U.S. Travel Association's IPW convention in New Orleans today, where Universal first revealed the Volcano Bay details, the resort also said that the park will be open by next June 1, and that Universal Orlando will start selling a three-park "Explorer" ticket by then. It did not reveal the price.
Universal's current water park, Wet 'n' Wild, will close at the end of this summer. Wet 'n' Wild, the first modern water park, was created by one of the founders of SeaWorld and obtained by Universal several years ago.