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Volcanic Activity

Universal Studios Orlando is about to open what’s perhaps the most talked about waterpark project in history – Volcano Bay. It’s set to be explosive

By Alice Davis | Published in Attractions Management 2017 issue 1

Universal’s “next-generation” waterpark, Volcano Bay, promises to redefine the waterpark experience, with everything from the virtual queue line to the park’s immersive theming inspired by the Pacific isles.

Featuring 18 attractions across four themed areas, the 28-acre (11-hectare) park will be anchored by a 200ft-high (61-metre) volcano structure. Universal says the waterpark, which opens on 25 May, will put the focus “entirely on having fun and spending time together”. Volcano Bay is being built near the Cabana Bay Beach Resort, with guests able to visit the waterpark as a single experience or as part of a three-gate ticket in conjunction with the operator’s other two Orlando theme parks, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.

Volcano Bay replaces Universal’s Wet ’n Wild Orlando, one of the first waterparks in the US, which closed in 2016. Universal is yet to reveal what it is doing with the site on International Drive, although there have been reports that a hotel will be built.

Dale Mason is vice president and executive art director for Universal Creative, where he develops experiences for guests worldwide. He tells Attractions Management about this season’s biggest opening.

Universal says it wants to redefine the waterpark experience. How is Volcano Bay doing this?
Volcano Bay will be filled with thrills and relaxation where we take waterpark theming to the next level. Spanning almost 30 acres, the waterpark features a variety of experiences that range from daring to serene. And the best part – guests won’t have to wait in long lines to enjoy it.

Volcano Bay has been designed by the Universal Creative team and will feature the same level of detail, immersion and adventure found in Universal’s other attractions and theme parks.

What can guests expect?
The park combines exhilarating experiences with hassle-free convenience so families can get the most out of their vacation together. The state-of-the-art Krakatau Aqua Coaster will take guests on an exciting voyage unlike any other. The all-new TapuTapu wearable technology will vastly improve the way guests experience waterparks. Fortunately, they won’t have to stand in long lines or wrestle with tubes before enjoying the unique attractions around the park.

Volcano Bay guests will be able to enjoy a variety of experiences – from winding rivers and private, two-storey cabanas, to family raft rides and twisting body slides that launch them above the water.

How did you research the project?
To help shape our vision, our team travelled around the world visiting waterparks and tropical resorts. We went to Bali in Indonesia, the Middle East, Europe and all across the United States. And from there, we started designing what we wanted Volcano Bay to be.

Can you explain the inspiration and concept for theming at Volcano Bay?
Volcano Bay is made up of four highly themed areas, all with Polynesian influences ranging from Easter Island and Hawaii to New Zealand and more. 

Can you tell us about the relevance of Krakatau? Why this centrepiece? And what will it be like?
The 200-foot volcano, Krakatau, will lie at the heart of the park, inviting guests to venture through its hidden caverns and cascading waterfalls. And by night, the volcano will illuminate with blazing lava. We’re excited for all guests to experience the centrepiece of the water theme park.


WHAT IS TAPUTAPU?
Guests will be able to book ride slots and avoid queuing in the waterpark thanks to Universal’s TapuTapu virtual queuing technology. Each visitor will be issued with a wristband device that enables them to hold their place in a line, unlock “surprises” around the location and trigger special effects like water cannon and illuminations.
The Four Themed Areas

Krakatau
Inside the volcano, guests can board specially-designed canoes to ride the Krakatau water coaster. The aqua coaster uses leading water ride technology to propel them uphill as well as down. There are also three waterslides. The Ko’okiri Body Plunge plummets 125-feet through the centre of the volcano and tunnels through a swimming pool of guests. Kala and Ta Nui Serpentine offers a dual free fall while guests can race on mats on Punga Racers.

Wave Village
Situated at the base of the towering volcano, Wave Village features a multi-directional wave pool, sandy beach and a selection of cabanas. There’s also a calmer pool area, which does however offer exciting views of riders speeding through the Ko’okiri Body Plunge.

River Village
A river meanders through the family-friendly River Village. Guests float into the volcano’s hidden caves where there are special light and water effects to discover. Tot Tiki Reef is a toddler play area with Maori fountains and a mini volcano, while Runamukka Reef is an aquaplay area for older kids.

Rainforest Village
There are thrills aplenty in this zone, including Maku, a three-saucer ride; Puihi, a multi-passenger raft ride with a zero-gravity drop; Ohyah and Ohno, a duo of drop slides that launches guests into the air as it spits them out; and Taniwha, four Easter Island-inspired tube slides.

 



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Waterparks
Volcanic Activity

Universal Studios Orlando is about to open what’s perhaps the most talked about waterpark project in history – Volcano Bay. It’s set to be explosive

By Alice Davis | Published in Attractions Management 2017 issue 1

Universal’s “next-generation” waterpark, Volcano Bay, promises to redefine the waterpark experience, with everything from the virtual queue line to the park’s immersive theming inspired by the Pacific isles.

Featuring 18 attractions across four themed areas, the 28-acre (11-hectare) park will be anchored by a 200ft-high (61-metre) volcano structure. Universal says the waterpark, which opens on 25 May, will put the focus “entirely on having fun and spending time together”. Volcano Bay is being built near the Cabana Bay Beach Resort, with guests able to visit the waterpark as a single experience or as part of a three-gate ticket in conjunction with the operator’s other two Orlando theme parks, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.

Volcano Bay replaces Universal’s Wet ’n Wild Orlando, one of the first waterparks in the US, which closed in 2016. Universal is yet to reveal what it is doing with the site on International Drive, although there have been reports that a hotel will be built.

Dale Mason is vice president and executive art director for Universal Creative, where he develops experiences for guests worldwide. He tells Attractions Management about this season’s biggest opening.

Universal says it wants to redefine the waterpark experience. How is Volcano Bay doing this?
Volcano Bay will be filled with thrills and relaxation where we take waterpark theming to the next level. Spanning almost 30 acres, the waterpark features a variety of experiences that range from daring to serene. And the best part – guests won’t have to wait in long lines to enjoy it.

Volcano Bay has been designed by the Universal Creative team and will feature the same level of detail, immersion and adventure found in Universal’s other attractions and theme parks.

What can guests expect?
The park combines exhilarating experiences with hassle-free convenience so families can get the most out of their vacation together. The state-of-the-art Krakatau Aqua Coaster will take guests on an exciting voyage unlike any other. The all-new TapuTapu wearable technology will vastly improve the way guests experience waterparks. Fortunately, they won’t have to stand in long lines or wrestle with tubes before enjoying the unique attractions around the park.

Volcano Bay guests will be able to enjoy a variety of experiences – from winding rivers and private, two-storey cabanas, to family raft rides and twisting body slides that launch them above the water.

How did you research the project?
To help shape our vision, our team travelled around the world visiting waterparks and tropical resorts. We went to Bali in Indonesia, the Middle East, Europe and all across the United States. And from there, we started designing what we wanted Volcano Bay to be.

Can you explain the inspiration and concept for theming at Volcano Bay?
Volcano Bay is made up of four highly themed areas, all with Polynesian influences ranging from Easter Island and Hawaii to New Zealand and more. 

Can you tell us about the relevance of Krakatau? Why this centrepiece? And what will it be like?
The 200-foot volcano, Krakatau, will lie at the heart of the park, inviting guests to venture through its hidden caverns and cascading waterfalls. And by night, the volcano will illuminate with blazing lava. We’re excited for all guests to experience the centrepiece of the water theme park.


WHAT IS TAPUTAPU?
Guests will be able to book ride slots and avoid queuing in the waterpark thanks to Universal’s TapuTapu virtual queuing technology. Each visitor will be issued with a wristband device that enables them to hold their place in a line, unlock “surprises” around the location and trigger special effects like water cannon and illuminations.
The Four Themed Areas

Krakatau
Inside the volcano, guests can board specially-designed canoes to ride the Krakatau water coaster. The aqua coaster uses leading water ride technology to propel them uphill as well as down. There are also three waterslides. The Ko’okiri Body Plunge plummets 125-feet through the centre of the volcano and tunnels through a swimming pool of guests. Kala and Ta Nui Serpentine offers a dual free fall while guests can race on mats on Punga Racers.

Wave Village
Situated at the base of the towering volcano, Wave Village features a multi-directional wave pool, sandy beach and a selection of cabanas. There’s also a calmer pool area, which does however offer exciting views of riders speeding through the Ko’okiri Body Plunge.

River Village
A river meanders through the family-friendly River Village. Guests float into the volcano’s hidden caves where there are special light and water effects to discover. Tot Tiki Reef is a toddler play area with Maori fountains and a mini volcano, while Runamukka Reef is an aquaplay area for older kids.

Rainforest Village
There are thrills aplenty in this zone, including Maku, a three-saucer ride; Puihi, a multi-passenger raft ride with a zero-gravity drop; Ohyah and Ohno, a duo of drop slides that launches guests into the air as it spits them out; and Taniwha, four Easter Island-inspired tube slides.

 



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Universal Studios Orlando is about to open what’s perhaps the most talked about waterpark project in history – Volcano Bay. It’s set to be explosive

By Alice Davis | Published in Attractions Management 2017 issue 1

Universal’s “next-generation” waterpark, Volcano Bay, promises to redefine the waterpark experience, with everything from the virtual queue line to the park’s immersive theming inspired by the Pacific isles.

Featuring 18 attractions across four themed areas, the 28-acre (11-hectare) park will be anchored by a 200ft-high (61-metre) volcano structure. Universal says the waterpark, which opens on 25 May, will put the focus “entirely on having fun and spending time together”. Volcano Bay is being built near the Cabana Bay Beach Resort, with guests able to visit the waterpark as a single experience or as part of a three-gate ticket in conjunction with the operator’s other two Orlando theme parks, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.

Volcano Bay replaces Universal’s Wet ’n Wild Orlando, one of the first waterparks in the US, which closed in 2016. Universal is yet to reveal what it is doing with the site on International Drive, although there have been reports that a hotel will be built.

Dale Mason is vice president and executive art director for Universal Creative, where he develops experiences for guests worldwide. He tells Attractions Management about this season’s biggest opening.

Universal says it wants to redefine the waterpark experience. How is Volcano Bay doing this?
Volcano Bay will be filled with thrills and relaxation where we take waterpark theming to the next level. Spanning almost 30 acres, the waterpark features a variety of experiences that range from daring to serene. And the best part – guests won’t have to wait in long lines to enjoy it.

Volcano Bay has been designed by the Universal Creative team and will feature the same level of detail, immersion and adventure found in Universal’s other attractions and theme parks.

What can guests expect?
The park combines exhilarating experiences with hassle-free convenience so families can get the most out of their vacation together. The state-of-the-art Krakatau Aqua Coaster will take guests on an exciting voyage unlike any other. The all-new TapuTapu wearable technology will vastly improve the way guests experience waterparks. Fortunately, they won’t have to stand in long lines or wrestle with tubes before enjoying the unique attractions around the park.

Volcano Bay guests will be able to enjoy a variety of experiences – from winding rivers and private, two-storey cabanas, to family raft rides and twisting body slides that launch them above the water.

How did you research the project?
To help shape our vision, our team travelled around the world visiting waterparks and tropical resorts. We went to Bali in Indonesia, the Middle East, Europe and all across the United States. And from there, we started designing what we wanted Volcano Bay to be.

Can you explain the inspiration and concept for theming at Volcano Bay?
Volcano Bay is made up of four highly themed areas, all with Polynesian influences ranging from Easter Island and Hawaii to New Zealand and more. 

Can you tell us about the relevance of Krakatau? Why this centrepiece? And what will it be like?
The 200-foot volcano, Krakatau, will lie at the heart of the park, inviting guests to venture through its hidden caverns and cascading waterfalls. And by night, the volcano will illuminate with blazing lava. We’re excited for all guests to experience the centrepiece of the water theme park.


WHAT IS TAPUTAPU?
Guests will be able to book ride slots and avoid queuing in the waterpark thanks to Universal’s TapuTapu virtual queuing technology. Each visitor will be issued with a wristband device that enables them to hold their place in a line, unlock “surprises” around the location and trigger special effects like water cannon and illuminations.
The Four Themed Areas

Krakatau
Inside the volcano, guests can board specially-designed canoes to ride the Krakatau water coaster. The aqua coaster uses leading water ride technology to propel them uphill as well as down. There are also three waterslides. The Ko’okiri Body Plunge plummets 125-feet through the centre of the volcano and tunnels through a swimming pool of guests. Kala and Ta Nui Serpentine offers a dual free fall while guests can race on mats on Punga Racers.

Wave Village
Situated at the base of the towering volcano, Wave Village features a multi-directional wave pool, sandy beach and a selection of cabanas. There’s also a calmer pool area, which does however offer exciting views of riders speeding through the Ko’okiri Body Plunge.

River Village
A river meanders through the family-friendly River Village. Guests float into the volcano’s hidden caves where there are special light and water effects to discover. Tot Tiki Reef is a toddler play area with Maori fountains and a mini volcano, while Runamukka Reef is an aquaplay area for older kids.

Rainforest Village
There are thrills aplenty in this zone, including Maku, a three-saucer ride; Puihi, a multi-passenger raft ride with a zero-gravity drop; Ohyah and Ohno, a duo of drop slides that launches guests into the air as it spits them out; and Taniwha, four Easter Island-inspired tube slides.

 



Located in River Village, Stargazer’s Cavern reveals a ‘magical night sky’ above
 


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