To the beat of Tongan drummers and with a special New Zealand Maori war dancer opening ceremony, Universal Orlando Resort’s third theme park, Volcano Bay, opened to the public late last week (May 25). The “revolutionary water theme park” is Universal Orlando Resort’s third attraction, joining Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.
Comprising 25-acres, the South Pacific themed water park is marked by the immediately iconic 61-metre tall volcano replica Krakatoa, with cascading waterfalls. In total, there are 18 attractions featuring 30 experiences within the park, including a multi-directional wave pool with sandy beaches, peaceful winding river, twisting multi-rider raft rides, speeding body slides that drop from the top of the volcano into the waters below, and more.
Notably, many of the rides aren’t for kids (or pregnant woman, those with heart conditions, high blood pressure, etc.), though, of course, there is something for everyone and for all ages.
A new tech twist at the park is the TapuTapu waterproof wearable devise, which allows guests to virtually wait in line for rides, access lockers, link photos to an account, pay for items in the park, and also “play” -- like controlling streams of water spurting from whales in Tot Tiki Reef, shooting water cannons at visitors snaking down Kopiko Wai Winding River, and illuminating images in the volcano’s hidden caves and more – all with a simple tap of the watch-like unit.
Food options include themed dining locations featuring more than 60 South Pacific-inspired dishes.
Like the other UOR resorts, guests at on-site hotels are entitled to early entry. Passes can be bought individually (from US$67 walk-up) or on a multi-day, multi-park basis.
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