News Item: Universal Studios Orlando: Volcano Bay Finally Unveiled
(Category: General Industry News)
Posted by r0llerc0ast3r
Wed Jun 22 2016, 10:25AM
It has been over a year since Universal Studios Orlando announced the installment of their new state of the art water park, Volcano Bay. Since then the parks concept, rides & attractions have been shrouded in mystery leaving guests eagerly awaiting more details then just one piece of concept art. However, now those waiting to see what's in store for the new park can finally breath easy as Universal Studios has released additional works of concept art & details regarding the attractions that will call Volcano Bay home.
What We Know Now
It's A Theme Park
In our world we differ between water parks, theme parks and amusement parks... However, Universal Studios is breaking the walls down and calling their newest state of the art water park their third theme park. This comes as a surprise to us as neighboring Walt Disney World can either be described as four theme parks and two water parks or just six parks. So it looks like Universal Studios is planning on many families and guests to make a full day of Volcano Bay rather then a few hours before heading to one of the main theme parks.
Personally I don't spend much time in water parks as I find water slides thrilling the first time and categorize them as, "been there done that". Once I have done it, I rarely walk the many stair cases to re-ride. There have been a few slides I have enjoyed more than once. Usually you will find me poolside at the lazy rivers or wave pools.
Who Wants to Wait in Long Lines?
We all know Wet N' Wild has been tinkering with a new MagicBand-like technology which allows park guests to enjoy the thrilling rides and slides without waiting in long lines allowing them to see and do more throughout their day. Of course when this was announced many speculated this was a test for the new Volcano Bay. While it hasn't been officially announced by Universal officials that the MagicBand-like technology will be utilized at the new park, it was mentioned that Volcano Bay is being built and developed with short lines and wait times in mind. Hopefully as we near the opening of the new park we will find out more!
Four Themed Areas, Eighteen Attractions
To my knowledge and you might have to correct me, but I don't think themed areas in water parks are common. In fact I don't think I have ever heard of a water park consisting of numerous themed areas different from each like you would find in a theme park. Usually water parks take one general theme and it is cohesive throughout the entire park much like Blizzard Beach or Hurricane Harbor from Six Flags.
The four areas and attractions are as follows:
This fiery landmark towers over the landscape, beckoning guests to the center of this lush, tropical island.
At the heart of the island, Krakatau™, the mighty Fire and Water Volcano, towers 200 feet above the tropical landscape, streaming waterfalls during the day and fiery lava effects at night. Inside the cavernous volcano, the Waturi people dare you to brave a variety of pulse-pounding water slides.
Ko’okiri Body Plunge
Join in the centuries-old tradition of honoring the volcano god, Vol, by braving the incredible Ko’okiri Body Plunge. Featuring a 70-degree fall through a drop door and 125 feet of screaming, white-knuckle fun, this dizzying descent ends with a watery tribute from Vol himself. It is the only water slide to bring sliders through a pool of swimming guests.
Kala & Ta Nui Serpentine Body Slides
Join Kala and Ta Nui where sea and sky meet and take a leap of faith from high atop the volcano. Twin trap doors simultaneously drop two guests down clear, intertwining tubes before sending them joyfully splashing into the turquoise waters below.
A favorite among Waturi children of all ages, Punga Racers send single riders on their manta ray mats sliding down four lanes through underwater sea caves.
This peaceful escape overlooks the sparkling waters of Waturi Beach at the base of the volcano.
Locals know — the surf’s always up at Waturi Beach. Swim, splash and relax right along with them in the sparkling waters and warm waves of this sparkling lagoon at the foot of mighty Krakatau™.
The scenic River Village has fun for people of all ages, including the very youngest Waturi.
Honu ika Moana
Just like the ancient Waturi people who rode the ocean waves on friendly sea turtles and whales, guests can enjoy these 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.
Tot Tiki Reef + Runamukka Reef
The little ones can frolic among the splashy slides and fountains of the Tot Tiki Reef toddler play area, while Runamukka Reef delights older children with its bubbling geysers, water guns, slides and dump cups.
Kopiko Wai Winding River
Take a slow ride on the Kopiko Wai Winding River. Sprays of water surprise along the way, and beneath the lava rocks, Stargazer’s Cavern reveals the magical night sky above.
Rainforest Village stretches along the shores of an action-packed river and features the perfect mix of relaxation and exhilaration.
Ohyah + Ohno Drop Slides
Test your mettle and get into the Waturi spirit. Ascend cliff side and plummet down the twisting waters of Ohyah before dropping out four feet above the pool below. To achieve even greater bragging rights, brave the rope bridge and plunge down Ohno, a serpentine adventure that ends six feet above the pool below. Be sure to yell your battle cry on the way down.
Maku Puihi Raft Rides
Ready for the high adventure of the Maku Puihi lava tubes? This six-person rafting adventure is a favorite of Waturi families, but it’s not for the faint of heart. Choose one of two paths or try them both—just be ready for a thrilling ride. Puihi careens through a dark, winding tunnel before the stomach-flipping thrill of zero gravity hang time. Maku slides you through a deep volcanic gorge before spinning wildly around bowl-like formations.
TeAwa, The Fearless River
Up for an adventure? Take a thrilling whitewater ride along TeAwa, The Fearless River. Race along a roaring, watery onslaught of churning rapids and choppy waves hanging tight to your inner tube.
There’s a place where the puka trees grow abnormally tall. Inspired by their twisting roots, the Waturi built four twisting water slides called the Taniwha Tubes. Riders can try all four twisting tracks, but beware — mischievous Moai statues spray jets of water when you least expect it.
Opening June 2017
Universal officials haven't provided an official opening date for their newest park we can speculate that many "soft openings" will take place much like the themed attractions at both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. In fact I wouldn't be surprised to see the park open by at least June 1, 2017 or earlier.
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