Volcano Bay Water Theme Park is located at the Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando, Florida, and is a tropical-themed water theme park. Volcano Bay is owned and operated by Universal Parks & Resorts. It replaced Wet ‘n Wild as the waterpark at the Universal Orlando Resort, and it was the first water park to be built by Universal. Opening on May 25, 2017, the theme park was designed around a 200-foot-tall volcano named “Krakatau,” officially opened its doors.
Krakatau is a 200-foot-tall artificial volcano that serves as the park’s primary icon illustrated on the park’s logo. Volcano Bay Water Theme Park is home to three drop capsule slides, as well as the Ko’okiri Body Plunge. The plunge is the tallest body slide in America, reaching a height of 125 feet and the first body slide in the world to traverse through a pool of visitors. Guests can enjoy the Kala & Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides, which journey through the volcano’s interior, wrapping around the Krakatau Aqua Coaster, as well as other attractions.
The park accepts payments and manages line waits through the use of a wearable device known as TapuTapu. Upon entering the park, visitors are given this device and, it can be used, to keep their place in line. TapuTapu enables payment by tying a credit card to the wearable using the Universal Orlando app, allowing users to pay for retail, food, and beverages around the park. The bracelets may be used to interact with environmental features such as water springs and lighting.
Officials from Universal Orlando Resort submitted designs for a new water park attraction to be built on their property near the Cabana Bay Beach Resort this upcoming February. When Universal Orlando Resort formally unveiled the project and its name on May 28, 2015, work had already begun on the ground level. It was announced in June 2015 that the park would take the place of the Universal-owned Wet ‘n Wild water park, which closed on December 31, 2016. The attraction opened in June 2015 and was built on 53 acres of the overall size of the resort complex. The cost was approximately $600 million to construct. According to the artist’s designs, there’s a thrill slide from the park’s volcano center, a wave pool, and other water slides. A lazy river and rapids slide are also depicted on the blueprints, though park authorities have claimed that they will publish the complete list of planned attractions later down the line