Universal Orlando shares details for Volcano Bay, expects opening by June 1

Posted Wednesday, June 22, 2016 8:28 AM | Contributed by Jeff

In a blog post, Universal Orlando has outlined some of the attractions that will be included in their forthcoming 28-acre Volcano Bay water park. It will have four Polynesian inspired themed areas. The Orlando Sentinel reports that the resort expects the park to be open by June 1.

See photos and read more from the official Universal Orlando blog, and additional reporting from The Orlando Sentinel.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 1:06 PM

Not exactly a terribly high capacity water park, is it? Two single person trap door slides? Four lane mat racer? These specs seem low for a Six Flags water park let alone a third Universal gate. I would've expected something more akin to Holiday World in which most of the slides have 4+ passengers per tube.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 6:42 PM

You must have missed the two lazy rivers and the massive wave pool (please have typhoon lagoon size waves.)

There are 18 opening day attractions, I'm pretty sure that makes it bigger then the two Disney parks and Aquatica.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016 10:31 PM
LostKause's avatar

Yeah. The capacity of each slide gets trumped by the amount of slides and attractions. It's a good observation though.

I am always concerned about capacity, and that goes for waterparks too. A few summers ago, I stood in line for an hour to get a tube, and then another hour to go down one slide at Hersheypark's waterpark. Not fun.

On the other hand, the waterpark was barely being used on my visit to the park last year. Unfortunately, I forgot my swim suit. I would have totally rocked the slides for a few hours.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 11:44 PM

For a second I read that as you would have rocked your swim suit...

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Thursday, June 23, 2016 12:29 AM

How are they going to get rid of the long lines like the blog suggests? Will everything be reservation based? Only allow so many in the park during the day?

Thursday, June 23, 2016 7:44 AM

If they add onsite free universal express they will earn my eternal love.

The lines are tempered with more capacity (slides, not to mention the wave pool and lazy rivers) and increased hours. They mention they are designing this park for nighttime (with special lighting.).

Even with the 18 slides this is still not a full day park, you arrive at opening you are probably ready to leave around 3ish. Staying open until 8 or 9 at night (and thanks to Orlandos warm climate) will convince a size able contingent to come in the afternoon/evening instead of the morning. This includes me.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016 9:05 AM
Jeff's avatar

They're already testing virtual queuing at Wet-n-Wild. I imagine that's how they'll manage long lines. You'll be in line, but actually you'll be in the lazy river or wave pool.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016 9:49 AM

Or the bar.

I've avoided water parks for many years. Not that spending a day sliding around in the water isn't fun, but long waits on a million stairs staring at someone's big ole butt for an hour surely isn't. Especially when the ride experience waiting for me is only about 20 seconds long. I'd welcome a virtual queue.

Thursday, June 23, 2016 10:44 PM
kpjb's avatar

I feel the same way. I love waterparks, but standing around in a line and constantly drying off/getting wet/drying off just ruins it for me. I haven't been to one in years.

I'm cool with the staring at butts part, though.



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