First-Ever Details Revealed for Universal’s Volcano Bay

June 21, 2016
This summer, Universal's Volcano Bay Water Theme Park will open with thrilling and relaxing attractions.

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The goal was lofty: how can we create a water park unlike any else in the world?

We started with a challenge to ourselves: what if we took everything we know about crafting amazing theme park experiences and designing luxurious resorts, and we used it to create a one-of-a-kind water theme park.

That was the beginning of Universal’s Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort.

To help shape our vision, we traveled around the world visiting water parks and tropical resorts. We went to Bali, the Middle East, Europe and all across the United States. And from there, we started designing what we wanted Volcano Bay to be.

One of our first goals was to eliminate hassles for guests so they can focus on the fun. So we found a way to get rid of long lines. We made it so you don’t have to carry your tube. We spread amenities like dining throughout the park, so you don’t have to hike up to the front of the park for a bite to eat. And we brought the mindset of designing a world-class resort to create a water paradise.

Spanning 28 acres, Volcano Bay will transport you to a lush, tropical oasis inspired by the Pacific isles. Every step while you’re here can be filled with thrills, indulgence or rejuvenation.

Thrill seekers can enjoy unique experiences like surprising drop slides and our white-water action river. Or if you’re looking for a more relaxing experience, you’ll be able to enjoy our soothing winding river, serene beaches and two-story private cabanas.

Volcano Bay is made up of four incredibly themed areas with Polynesian influences ranging from Easter Island, Hawaii, New Zealand and more. Here’s what you’ll find in each area.

First-ever details revealed for Universal's Volcano Bay, including Honu - an adventurous, multi-passenger raft ride that will soar across two giant, sloped walls.

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.

First-ever details revealed for Universal's Volcano Bay, including Kopiko Wai Winding River - a gentle, winding river that passes through the volcano’s hidden caves, featuring spontaneous water effects and special nighttime lighting.

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.

First-ever details revealed for Universal's Volcano Bay, including Ohno Drop Slides - two twisting, adrenaline-pumping slides that launch you four- or six-feet above the water at the end.

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.

I am so excited for guests to come to Volcano Bay, and this is just the beginning. Keep checking the Universal Orlando blog or sign up for emails for more details. You won’t want to miss any of it!

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  • Reply Janet June 21, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Favorite blog post to date!

  • Reply Audrey June 21, 2016 at 6:52 pm


  • Reply Angie June 21, 2016 at 11:14 pm

    I love it!

  • Reply Vbay June 22, 2016 at 11:12 am

    I love that it isn’t plastered with branding for Marvel or something else! It truly looks like one of the best waterparks in the world!

  • Reply Joe June 22, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Universal, you are overtaking Disney is so many ways ! I absolutely love it ! You are my theme park destination of choice and you still care about the customer unlike some other theme parks who have become arrogant, greedy, and cheap.

  • Reply Claire June 27, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    We’ve already bought tickets for Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure for our trip next summer (2017 – coming from the UK) will this water park be included or extra?

    • Reply linda pantry September 2, 2016 at 5:06 am

      yes you can get a 3 park ticket, i already have booked mine with ocean florida, i will be visiting september 2017

      • Reply Lacy September 13, 2016 at 12:31 pm

        You already have tickets booked for the water park? I contacted Universal and they can’t even tell me a true opening date other than mid summer, and they sure couldn’t tell me ticket prices!?!?

        • Reply Lorna October 19, 2016 at 7:40 am

          We booked our Universal/Disney tickets in the UK – where we are from and the Universal tickets (3 park option) included Volcano Bay

        • Reply susan November 16, 2016 at 5:11 am

          Tickets just became available today November 15th

  • Reply Neoncactus June 28, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    I think this is already my favorite water park and it hasn’t even opened yet!

  • Reply Norma Myers July 2, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Wow living in Florida this is a place I have got to visit. Can not wait till opens. Hope not during holidays so Floridians can enjoy first before the masses.

  • Reply Susan July 3, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    This looks absolutely amazing! Can’t wait for it to open and see how it is in real life!

  • Reply Cheryl H. July 8, 2016 at 8:47 am

    sounds great .just 1 ? i was told it would be the same price as wet n wild . will it be that affordable ? if so count me in.

  • Reply Geri July 18, 2016 at 3:01 am

    Gosh, I wish I would have had that inorimatfon earlier!

  • Reply sue July 31, 2016 at 10:05 am

    cant wait for our next visit in 2017. universal has defo overtaken Disney.

  • Reply chris j August 3, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    I can’t wait to see it! it looks amazing! will it be part of a multi-park pass or an annual pass? how do you arrange for a cabana? great job – as usual – universal!!

  • Reply Fred Dorn August 7, 2016 at 2:05 am

    To me, doing the water parks in Orlando is better than doing Disney and Universal. You feel like you are really doing something, not always waiting in line. As for Volcano Bay, I’ll definitely be there. Sorry to see Wet and Wild go, it was a great water park. F Dorn

  • Reply Joy August 23, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    We are coming to Florida in September 2017 and so excited to be able to go to the new park. We are staying at Loews Pacific so how easy will it be to get there? Is it easy by foot or will there be a water taxi.

  • Reply linda pantry September 2, 2016 at 5:03 am

    i am really looking foward to my visit next september it look amazing,if it is as good as your other two parks it will be the best water park in orlando,

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  • Reply linda pantry November 2, 2016 at 10:39 am

    we have delayed our holiday to orlando for 2017 to september, so we can visit this new waterpark,we normally go in april or may,our grandchildren are really excited about the new waterpark,it sounds amazing,roll on 2017.

  • Reply Bill Egan November 16, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Hey Dale – Great Blog Post. Good information on the upcoming waterpark. We’ve been customers of Wet N Wild since 1992 with our Summer Camp group one-day visits. Last summer on our last visit there, they were testing the arm band scanner devices you guys are going to use in Volcano Bay it states. Those were a bit of a disaster from our experience: We had groups of kids 7-10, and we saw no lines in many of the rides and once scanned were then subsequently sent away from said ride. This was on our Wet N Wild experience back in June of 2016. Any news on how that will work better? I get the premise and the idea behind it, but we need a way to explain to our summer camp kids, that despite them seeing no physical line in front of them , we cannot get on that ride at that particular time. Help! And secondly whats the rate for one-day visits to volcano bay going to be for Summer Camp program for youths ages 8-16? Many Thanks Dale. – Bill Egan, North Palm Beach Recreation Dept.

  • Reply sister cheryl November 17, 2016 at 8:05 am

    will employees get into volcano bay for free? and can guests order a 3 park pass to include volcano bay? or will volcano bay be a separate park pass?

  • Reply Jose Valmir da Costa March 7, 2017 at 8:39 am

    I would like to know the prices of tickets for one day at Volcano Bay

  • Reply barbara kotte March 13, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    why isn’t there any pricing for just volcano bay a 1 day ticket everything is for packages i live right here i don’t want or need a package i just would like to know how much a day is. also are you having a soft opening before the 27 of may? how about a local day special?

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