Universal Orlando released a great video showing how will look the awaited Universal's Volcano Bay waterpark opening next year. Universal describes the new 28-acre water theme park attraction 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.
I did screen captures for you and the press release tell us more about Volcano Bay which will feature 18 attractions. A state-of-the-art marquee attraction that will also be revealed at a later date.
The four Volcano Bay areas include:
Krakatau: The 200-foot volcano, Krakatau, will be home to the unannounced marquee attraction and three body slides at the rear of the volcano with surprise doors that drop guests down into the slide. One of the body slides, Ko’okiri Body Plunge, is a 70-degree drop that sends guests down 125-feet through the center of the volcano and through a guest pool. The other two body slides, the Kala and Ta Nui Serpentine Body Slides, are two intertwining slides where guests will race along 124 feet of twists and turns. In addition, the area will have Punga Racers, “a high-speed race through four different enclosed slides featuring manta-shaped mats.”
Wave Village: Located at the base of Krakatau will be the Waturi Beach, a multi-directional wave pool with a sand beach and private one- or two-story cabanas. In addition, The Reef, is a leisure pool where guests get a view of those brave enough to ride the body slides.
River Village: The calming, lazy river-style portion of the park includes the Kopiko Wai Winding River that passes though the caves of the volcano, which features water effects and nighttime lighting; Tot Tiki Reef, a play area for toddlers with slides and a kid-size volcano; Runamukka Reef, a three-story water playground with slides and sprinklers; Honu, a multi-passenger raft ride with two giant slope walls; and Ika Moana, another multi-passenger raft ride that will glide along bubble geysers.
Rainforest Village: A part of the water park based on thrills like Maku, North America’s first “saucer ride” that has raft riders “speeding around three saucer-shaped curves;” Puihi, another multi-passenger raft ride that will take guests into a dark area with a zero-gravity drop; Ohyah and Ohno Drop Slides, two twisting slides that will launch guests four and six feet above the water at the end; TeAwa The Fearless River, a racing torrent, whitewater rapids river where guests can hang onto inner tubes; Taniwha Tubes, four Easter Island-inspired slides; and Puka Uli Lagoon, a relaxing pool area.
On the picture below, the building on the right is the Cabana Bay Hotel, located right next door to the water park.
The whole thing looks great to me, my only concern is about the green and blue slides coming out of the volcano and didn't hide them in a fake stone structure which would have look like being part of the volcano itself, it would have looked better... Hopefully they won't be too visible from a front view. Universal Orlando also announced Volcano Bay as a "third theme park" and a three park "Explorer" ticket including admission for the two theme parks and Volcano Bay will be available when Volcano Bay will open next year.
Pictures and video: copyright Universal Orlando.