Ride Vine @ridevine June 21, 2016

Today more details have emerged for Universal Orlando’s water theme park. Universal is billing Volcano Bay as its 3rd theme park in the Orlando area.

Volcano bay will house 18 different attractions when it opens next summer. The park will welcome guests into four unique areas each with their own look and feel.

The four areas include:

  • Krakatau: The 200-foot volcano, Krakatau, will be home to the unannounced marquee attraction and three body slides at the rear of the volcano with surprise doors that drop guests down into the slide. One of the body slides, Ko’okiri Body Plunge, is a 70-degree drop that sends guests down 125-feet through the center of the volcano and through a guest pool. The other two body slides, the Kala and Ta Nui Serpentine Body Slides, are two intertwining slides where guests will race along 124 feet of twists and turns. In addition, the area will have Punga Racers, “a high-speed race through four different enclosed slides featuring manta-shaped mats.”

  • Wave Village: Located at the base of Krakatau will be the Waturi Beach, a multi-directional wave pool with a sand beach and private one- or two-story cabanas. In addition, The Reef, is a leisure pool where guests get a view of those brave enough to ride the body slides.


  • River Village: The calming, lazy river-style portion of the park includes the Kopiko Wai Winding River that passes though the caves of the volcano, which features water effects and nighttime lighting; Tot Tiki Reef, a play area for toddlers with slides and a kid-size volcano; Runamukka Reef, a three-story water playground with slides and sprinklers; Honu, a multi-passenger raft ride with two giant slope walls; and Ika Moana, another multi-passenger raft ride that will glide along bubble geysers.


  • Rainforest Village: A part of the water park based on thrills like Maku, North America’s first “saucer ride” that has raft riders “speeding around three saucer-shaped curves;” Puihi, another multi-passenger raft ride that will take guests into a dark area with a zero-gravity drop; Ohyah and Ohno Drop Slides, two twisting slides that will launch guests four and six feet above the water at the end; TeAwa The Fearless River, a racing torrent, whitewater rapids river where guests can hang onto inner tubes; Taniwha Tubes, four Easter Island-inspired slides; and Puka Uli Lagoon, a relaxing pool area.

Wanting to check out Volcano Bay? Guests can book a Universal vacation with travel dates after June 1, 2017 to guarantee access. It may open before then, but June 1st is the day that Universal has shared as being available to everyone.