While many people come to Disney to visit Mickey at Magic Kingdom, or take a trip around
the world at Epcot, Universal Studios has a lot to offer families when they
come to Florida, and there is a big expansion in the works that will add to the
action and adventure that Universal Studios is known for.
Volcano Bay is Universal’s newest project, and will
be a 28-acre water park with 18 thrilling attractions, all centered around
Krakatu, a massive volcano! There are even plans to have water slides on the
volcano itself! The volcano will have large waterfalls during the day, and will
light up the night with fiery “lava” at night.
The park will have four different areas, with Polynesian and Hawaiian themes, to name a few.
In these areas, families can find rides for everyone, from thrilling rides
where the floor drops out from under you and sends you speeding down a slide,
to calmer attractions like wave pools and lazy rivers. For smaller family
members, Tot Tiki Reef will be a safe and refreshing place for kids to play,
and Runamukka Reef, a three-story
water playground, will be a popular spot for everyone in the family to cool
For the more fearless family members, rides like Puihi in the Rainforest Village will get
hearts racing for sure. With a zero gravity drop and funnel feature, this multi
passenger ride will be fast and exhilarating. If you’re looking for more
thrills, the Ohyah and Ohno Drop
Slides will twist and turn you before dropping you directly into the water from
6 feet high. Universal is focusing on making this brand new park a place where
families can enjoy the rides, and not spend all day waiting in line. They
haven’t announced exactly how they’ll do this, but locals and anxious tourists
are keeping their eyes and ears open for more news.
There is something about being in the sun and water all day that can really work up an appetite, and Universal plans to have restaurants throughout the park, so families don’t have to head to the front to get a bite to eat.
Universal Studios is an easy drive from Kissimmee, making it easy for families staying close to Disney to
add a day at Universal to their dream vacation. Universal isn’t spilling much
about the opening day of Volcano Bay, only saying it’ll be 2017 when families
can slip and slide on what will be, undoubtedly, one of Orlando’s coolest
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