Volcano Bay Waterpark Construction Update #4 ~ Universal Orlando Resort
It has been more than a month since our last update and a lot of details have surfaced in the past couple weeks. These details released by Universal Orlando, give us a better idea of what to expect when Volcano Bay erupts onto the scene in 2017! First up this cool little overview of the waterpark:
So what did we learn? Well first of all, the waterpark will be divided into 3 areas or lands, each land with it’s own identity and set of attractions. Also the Volcano has it’s own set of attractions:
This is the centerpiece of the park, standing nearly 200 ft. tall is the iconic volcano. During the day you will see majestic waterfalls, and by night the mountain will come alive with blazing lava!
3 body slides on the back side of the Volcano will drop you from a capsule into the slide:
- 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 is another slide featured in the mountain.
Also, not yet released a secret slide still in the works for this area, stay tuned for more!
At the base of Krakatau we find Wave Village a great place to relax on sand shores and get some sun! In this village we find 2 key attractions:
- Waturi Beach: A multi-directional wave pool with a sandy beach and tons of places to relax. Also in this area will be the park’s signature 1 and 2-story private cabanas.
- The Reef: Adjacent to Waturi Beach, this is a more relaxing leisure pool with calmer waters and promises a cool underwater view of riders speeding through on Ko’okiri Body Plunge.
River Village will offer 5 family friendly fun attractions:
- Kopiko Wai Winding River: This will be the park’s signature gentle lazy river winding through the volcano, and will feature some surprise water effects as well as a trip through the cave of starlight:
- Tot Tiki Reef: A toddler sized play area with fountains, slides and even a kid sized volcano.
- Runamukka Reef: A 3 story water playground with slides, sprinklers and more; inspired by the coral reef.
- 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.
Outside of Krakatau, Rainforest Village will be the place for thrill-seekers of all kinds to come for some unique and modern-day waterpark fun:
- 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.
Volcano Bay will encompass 28 acres and is inspired by the Pacific isles. Additionally in an effort to make your visit hassle-free, you will not have to carry or hold your tube while waiting in line for any slide! When it is your turn to ride your tube will be there waiting for you!
Volcano Bay is made up of four incredibly themed areas with Polynesian influences ranging from Easter Island, Hawaii, New Zealand and more.
So now that all of that is revealed let’s get to out next update on the park’s construction progress. I will be doing my best moving forward to point out which slides could be which, but no promises on me being correct! Let’s Dive in with a look at something that seems to be “peaking”:
On the side of the volcano we see a slide being put together but still plastic wrapped, we could assume this is a clear tube and for the Ko’okiri Body Plunge that will send riders through the The Reef:
A wider angle of the volcano shows us the volcano facade work already progressing nicely and more pieces on the ground waiting for install. We also notice the slides on the back side but being there are 3, and not 4 we’re not sure if these are the mat slides mentioned above for the area:
Looking more at the base of Krakatau Mountain, is the wave pool area which we now know will a part of Waturi Village:
Moving to another corner of the park, we find this wider gauge slide more than half completed:
With a few more parts to be lifted into place, we figure this is Ika Moana:
Speaking of more slide pieces to be placed we find these beauties waiting for their final home in the distance:
Near that, is one of the first slide-sets to be put up, which we can now assume are the Taniwha Tubes:
Under that we continue to watch which winding river this will be; the calm Kopiko Wai Winding River or given it’s location could be the TeAwa The Fearless River
Will this big, open space become the kids area? From the angle in the video, it looks like this could be home to the Tot Tiki Reef and Runamukka Reef play areas:
With this strange set of footers being the wall for the Honu Raft Ride, possibly:
With hundreds of workers all over the place the site is actively changing so be sure to follow along as we follow those changes and watch the park develop!
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