Details emerging on Volcano Bay – Universal’s Third Theme Park

The U.S. Travel Association’s IPW conference is currently happening in New Orleans and Universal is there to show off new details on its third theme park – Volcano Bay, which could potentially open on June 1, 2017.

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According to the Orlando Business Journal, Universal is describing the 28-acre Volcano Bay 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.”

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Despite it sounding like just a water park, Universal is pushing forward in declaring Volcano Bay an actual theme park – that is just heavily themed around water. The speculation is that the opening date is June 1, 2017, because that is the same day a new Universal “Three-Park Explorer” ticket option will be available to purchase.

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Universal Orlando’s official blog followed up with more details on the 4 lands and 18 attractions:

Krakatau:
At the heart of the park, you’ll see the 200-foot-tall volcano called Krakatau. By day, you’ll see its majestic waterfalls. And by night, the volcano will illuminate with blazing lava.

  • Three distinctive body slides are found at the rear of the volcano, and each starts off with surprise doors that drop out from beneath you:
    • 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 you’ll fall freely along 124 twisting feet.
  • Punga Racers: A high-speed race through four different enclosed slides featuring manta-shaped mats.
  • Secret Attraction: I can’t talk about this one yet, but it’ll be like nothing else in the park.

Wave Village:
Located at the base of Krakatau, Wave Village is a perfect place to soak in the sun and relax on the sandy shores. It includes:

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

River Village:
River Village offers several family-friendly attractions and experiences and features:

  • Kopiko Wai Winding River: A gentle, winding river that passes through the volcano’s hidden caves, featuring spontaneous water effects and a journey through the cave of starlight.
  • 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.
  • Honu: An adventurous, multi-passenger raft ride that will soar across a dual wall.
  • Ika Moana: A twisting, multi-passenger raft ride that will glide across bubbling geysers.

Rainforest Village:
Rainforest Village features an incredible assortment of attractions for thrill-seekers, 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 you into darkness before bursting into a funnel and launching into a zero-gravity drop.
  • Ohyah and Ohno Drop Slides: Two twisting, adrenaline-pumping slides that launch you four- or six-feet above the water at the end.
  • TeAwa The Fearless River: An action-packed, racing torrent river where you’ll have to hang tight in your inner tube 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 you can swim and relax.

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Overall, it seems like Universal is going to have a hit based on initial renderings of the park. However, if they continue to tout it as a third theme park, there might be a disconnect with what guests are expecting out of a theme park. The good news is that Cabana Bay Beach Resort fans got their first glimpse at the design for the third tower being built at the hotel.

  • haunted freak

    This looks fun.

  • discorules

    I don’t do water parks, so I guess there’s really nothing for those who don’t want to go into the water. It looks beautiful though, so I may stop by just to look around if I’m there for a week.

  • Raymond M

    Sounds like Universal wants to tout 3 parks to Disney’s 4 parks. But with that same logic, Disney automatically bumps to 6. I think calling a water park a theme park is a bit misleading as I would fully expect there to be things and attractions for those of us who prefer to remain clothed and dry.

  • rzavi4jc

    Having this will be a big boost to Universal. I’ve been to Disney many times but am planning my first Universal trip now. One of the things I have really enjoyed is how much more manageable the planning is. The water parks at Disney always seemed really hard to get to, then you had to get on a cold bus afterwards. Being able to walk to Volcano Bay from Cabana bay, then hit another park in the afternoon would be fantastic. Should also cut down on crowds in the middle of the day at the other two parks when everyone goes over to Volcano Bay to get cool.

  • Irwin

    I think it’s a tiny stretch for Universal to call this a Theme park but at I am really looking forward to visiting. I have never been much a water park person but sometimes it’s nice to break up the trip, especially on those 90+ degree days.

    Looking forward to their wave pool, I have been to several different wave pools and Typhoon Lagoon still is #1, I don’t think any parks will ever beat their wave system without needing some type of waiver to be signed.

  • Bibble

    I got a promotional email about Volcano Bay from Universal yesterday, and it mentioned something about “not waiting in line anymore.”

    I wonder what the thinking behind that claim was?