An official opening date for Volcano Bay (the NEW Universal Studios Orlando waterpark) has not yet to be announced. Soon, international tickets will go on sale for people traveling to Universal Orlando in June, 2017. As with other Universal tickets, there will be an option for a 3-park ticket which will include Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, and Volcano Bay.
The park has been described as a hassle-free waterpark. I find this description interesting. As much as you would think other waterparks to be ‘hassle-free’ they are not really. Guests having to navigate through a maze of lines to get to the ride they want or having to carry their own inner tubes up stairs before getting on the ride makes the queuing experience not an easy one. It will be interesting to see how Universal will achieve this experience for their Guests.
The volcano Krakatau will be the focal point of the park standing at 200 feet in the middle of the park and will hold 4 attractions, one of which is still top secret. The rides that we know of so far are:
- Ko’Okiri Body Plunge: Not for the faint-hearted, a 70-degree drop that will fall 125 feet through the center of the volcano. It will be the first of its kind to travel through the center of a pool full of Guests.
- Kala and Ta Nui Serpentine Body Slides: Two twisting slides which are intertwined and lets you free-drop 124 feet in a twisting motion.
- Plunge Racers: 4 different slides which are enclosed. Guests will travel at high speed on manta-styled mats.
- The secret: Currently there is no information about this ride but it will apparently be like nothing else in the park.
The park will also be host to a more chilled relaxed area featuring slower paced attractions.
Waturi Beach: A beautiful sparkling beach with lovely blue water which contains a wave pool, a lovely place to relax and sunbathe or swim in the cooling water. Cabanas are also going to be available if you would like to experience something a little more VIP.
The Reef: Will be a pool for those who just want to bob along in the water next to Waturi Beach. The Reef will have outstanding views of riders experiencing the thrills of Ko’Okiri.
The park will also contain River Village which will be an area for families with children. River Village will have attractions for the little swimmers such as Tot Tiki Reef and Runamukka Reef. Rides which the whole family can enjoy will also be on offer, such as Kopiko Wai, the winding river. Everyone loves a go at a lazy river-style attraction. Also offered with be the Honu, a raft ride, and Ika Moana, a raft ride with a difference as it glides across bubbling geysers.
Finally, there will be Rainforest Village, which is for people looking something a little different than your average ride but that will also get your blood pumping. Rides announced so far are Maku, Puihi, Phyah and Ohno Drop Slides, Teawa The Fearless River, Taniwha Tubes and Puka Uli Lagoon.
I know! I know! The names will take a bit of getting used to but once you experience these rides I’m sure you will have their names on the tip of your tongue.
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