by Military Diva
Say goodbye to long lines. Adios to the hassle of dragging your tubes up endless flights of stairs. Bid adieu to thrilling attractions that only the big kids can ride.
Instead say hello to virtual lines, waiting tubes and wonderful family rides.
Welcome to Universal’s Volcano Bay Water Theme Park!
On May 25, 2017 Universal Orlando will introduce its brand new theme park to the world. Volcano Bay Water Theme Park is conveniently located on Universal Orlando property. Built as a replacement for Orlando Wet & Wild, the area’s almost 40-year-old water park, Volcano Bay definitely brings new thrills to the area!
As mentioned above, Volcano Bay is located directly on Universal Orlando property. Guests of Universal Orlando theme parks and resorts have easy access to the parks via walking paths and/or shuttle buses. In addition, guests staying in a Universal resort will have the added benefit of one hour early admission to Volcano Bay.
With everything else to do in Orlando, why should I visit Volcano Bay?
Universal’s Volcano Bay is made up of four immersive areas with attractions for every member of your family. Created around the fictional Waturi tribe, their legends and travels, Volcano Bay combines the cultures of various Polynesian flavors.
- Krakatau Village is the immersive centerpiece of this theme park. It features Krakatau Volcano which streams water during the day and bright “lava” during the evening. This area also features an aqua coaster, body plunge, body slides and mat racers. For those needing a break or waiting for their cue in line (see TapuTapu below) head over to the wave pool, one of the leisure pools or just relax on a beautiful sand beach.
- Wave Village, the more leisurely area of Volcano Bay, is the place to go when waiting for your turn on the next water slide (see TapuTapu below). It is also a great leisure spot for those wanting a break from the action. Guests can find a wave pool, leisure pool and beautiful sand beaches in this area.
- River Village is the place to be for the youngest of swimmers. Family slides offer just the right amount of excitement while Tot Tiki Reef offers child size versions of the larger volcano and water slides. Runnamuka Reef, an amazing new water splash and play area where your children can be free to play without the worry of deep water. And of course the area is finished off by Kipiko Wai Winding River-an immersive lazy river sure to keep everyone relaxed and entertained.
- Rainforest Village offers a bit more adventure! Twisting tube slides, six person raft rides, and whitewater raft rides will test the courage of those daring enough to visit this Village. For more adventure take a turn on the Ohyah & Ohno Drop slides- a dual slide experience. Ohyah (oh yeah!) will have you cliff climbing to the top of the crest, twisting down the slide and plunging four feet into the waiting waters. Exit the pool, cross the rope bridge and hold your breath before plunging down the Ohno (Oh no!) slide-twist, turns and a six foot plunge await anyone that dares take on this challenge!
Universal’s Volcano Bay introduces TapuTapu– wearable technology used to enhance guest experience.
- TapuTapu wristbands are provided, free of charge, to guests entering Universal’s Volcano Bay Water Theme Park.
- TapuTapu are used to create virtual lines within the parks. Walk to your chosen ride, scan your wristband on the Totem Pole Waturi symbol, and your return time will be programmed into your TapuTapu. Carry on with your adventure until your wristband notifies you that it is your turn to ride. Return to the attraction, re-scan your band and get ready to ride!
- Similar to the Interactive Wands in Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter, TapuTapu can be used to create interactive surprises within Volcano Bay. Whether activating water sprays or illuminating hidden cave art, children (and guests of all ages!) can have great fun locating all of these surprises.
- TapuTapu bands are to be returned as guests leave Volcano Bay.
Added bonus! Guests will not be carrying their own rafts or tubes to the tops of the slides. Instead they will find their device waiting for them at the top!
So how much are tickets for Volcano Bay?
Tickets for Volcano Bay were recently announced. A one day pass is priced at $67. However, Universal offers many different types of ticketing options. Guests can choose from single day or multi day tickets; one park per day, two parks per day or three parks per day (includes Volcano Bay).
For the most value guests should consider the Three Day/Three Park, Park to Park ticket. (whew, say that Three times fast!!) Like the Disney World Hopper Pass, guests can jump back and forth between all Universal Orlando parks. By using the Three Park/Park to Park ticket guests can access Universal Studios Florida, Universal Islands of Adventure and Universal Volcano Bay Water Theme Park .
Considering that guests can walk from one side of Universal Property to the other in less than 30 minutes the Park to Park ticket can be an amazing value. And remember Universal also offers shuttle busses between all parks and resorts. Guests can easily bounce between two or three parks a day!
So there you have it. Are you ready for your next Orlando Adventure? Are you ready to take on Volcano Bay? Universal Orlando’s new water theme park and it’s many thrills will be waiting!
**Photos courtesy of Universal Orlando sales brochures and are used for promotional purposes only.