The amazing flurry of growth at Universal Orlando Resort shows no sign of stopping. Since the arrival of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in 2010, Universal has launched more than 18 new projects across the destination, ranging from new attractions and theme park lands to new on-site hotels and restaurants.
The latest is Volcano Bay, a 25-acre tropical themed water park anchored by a massive volcano. This is the third park at Universal Orlando, joining Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure.
Volcano Bay has something for every member of the family, including a rapids ride, wave pool, lazy river, and different kinds of water slides.
At the heart of the park, you’ll see the 200-foot-tall volcano called Krakatau. By day, you’ll see a massive waterfall; by night, the volcano will be illuminated with blazing lava.
- At the rear of the volcano are three distinctive body slides that each begin 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.
Wave Village and River 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 multi-directional wave pool where you can swim, relax on the sand or hang out in private, one- or two-story cabanas.
- The Reef: An adjacent leisure pool with calmer waters and 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 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: A 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.
Families can enjoy many TapTu Play experiences throughout the park, such as controlling streams of water spurting from whales in Tot Tiki Reef, shooting water cannons at guests snaking down Kopiko Wai Winding River, illuminating images in the volcano’s hidden caves and more.
Talk about cool tech: Each guest will receive a TapuTapu waterproof wearable included with admission and specifically designed for use within Universal’s Volcano Bay. This allows you to virtually wait in line for rides while enjoying other areas of the park. The wearable literally saves your place in line and then will alert you when it’s time for your ride.