The goal for Universal’s Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort was lofty: how can we create a water park unlike any else in the world?
Universal started with a challenge to themselves: what if they took everything they know about crafting amazing theme park experiences and designing luxurious resorts, and they 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 their vision, they traveled around the world visiting water parks and tropical resorts. They went to Bali, the Middle East, Europe and all across the United States. And from there, they started designing what they wanted Volcano Bay to be.
One of their first goals was to eliminate hassles for guests so they can focus on the fun. So they found a way to get rid of long lines. They made it so you don’t have to carry your tube. They 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 they brought the mindset of designing a world-class resort to create a water paradise.
Spanning 28 acres, Universal’s 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 their white-water action river. Or if you’re looking for a more relaxing experience, you’ll be able to enjoy their 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Written by Siera Duiser: Siera Duiser is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, 2010, 2011, & 2012 Universal Studios Travel Agency Partner of the Year. She loves helping plan memorable vacations at no cost to you. Contact Siera to book your next vacation at [email protected] or 734-771-1290. Mention Couponing to Disney for a free gift! You can also follow her on Facebook and Twitter.