Volcano Bay Waterpark Construction Update #20 ~ Universal Orlando Resort
Welcome to our latest update, we have a couple new details to share on TapuTapu, but first let’s take a look at our latest video:
Details on Taputapu were released and can be simply shown in this video from Universal and a handy graphic:
Taking a look around the park our biggest story of the week is what we believe to be Runamukka Reef. The blue platforms we have been showing you as now being put into place and some orange rails are also being installed:
The 3-story water playground has a long way to go but here is the previously released concept, in the top right we can see some of those trails and play aspects already growing at Volcano Bay:
Over at the entrance area lots more foliage has shown up. This is likely to create a better barrier from neighboring roads like I-4:
On the roof of the entrance building we see another steel structure likely for another vinyl style roof covering:
We also spotted a couple other new themed roof covering throughout the park this week:
Over at Honu, water continues to flow:
While no pathway is in place yet a plywood style path has been laid out. The last time we saw this an eventual pathway was laid at the entrance area. Also note in the picture, the new plain roof covering on the bridge over the lazy river:
Speaking of the lazy river, if we look closely we can see both stalagmites and stalactites at the entrance to the cave area:
The centerpiece of Volcano Bay continues to see work. But on one side we have gotten a near full reveal of the mountain’s details. Also a better look at the 3 capsule slides: Ko’Okiri Body plunge, Kala, and Ta Nui Serpentines:
On the side of Krakatau mountain, another temple like building has formed. Sort of out of no where it has some great detail we assume was previously hidden by scaffolding:
Near that, we see some higher small platforms which could be the private cabanas being advertised:
Next, a look at workers on the Krakatau Aqua coaster that we were the first to tell you about! Could this be the next slide to test? Maybe we’ll see some action soon:
We thought it would be fun this update to take a look at some of the names around Volcano Bay and what they translate to. These are our best guesses and probably not 100% accurate. For more fun we’ve also included some older pics of slides, etc.
Krakatau Mountain (Volcano): We believe this is pronounced “Crack a Towel” as it has no translation.
Ko’okiri Body Plunge: Seems to translate to Body Plunge or something near it.
Kala and Ta Nui Serpentine Body Slides: Kala appears to translate to sunshine while the answer to Ta Nui is either Vastness or a Huge Wave or tide which seems to apply more given the setting.
Punga Racers: Punga is a mythical being related to a ray or shark. These slides are on ray shaped mats, this is a great translation and synergy of theme
Waturi Beach: This one is pretty obvious with just a different more tropical way to spell watery.
Kopiko Wai Winding River: Another one where the translation is simply after it, “Winding River”. Very fitting for a lazy river!
Runamukka Reef: Kids will love running a muck in runamuckka reef with really no translation necessary.
Honu and Ika Moana: Turtle and Whale respectively
Maku and Puihi: Here’s a fun one that hearkens to the outdated waterpark it replaced. These slides translate to Wet and Wild, a little homage to the defunct waterpark
Ohyah and Ohno Drop Slides: Which slide you ride depends on which phrase you say I guess. Oh No and Oh Yah send you flying into a deep pool at the end.
TeAwa The Fearless River: Translates to “The River” but I suppose any river could be fearless!
Taniwha Tubes: water spirit, monster, dangerous water creature, powerful creature, chief, powerful leader, something or someone awesome
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