ORLANDO, Fla. — Universal’s Volcano Bay water park has reached a milestone.

What You Need To Know

  • Universal's Volcano Bay is now 5 years old

  • The water park first opened May 25, 2017

  • With a South Pacific theme, the park features a variety of attractions across nearly 30 acres

​​Located next to Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, the nearly 30-acre park first opened its doors five years ago on May 25, 2017.

Volcano Bay, which Universal officially calls a “water theme park,” is inspired by the South Pacific and features a variety of attractions spread across four themed areas — Krakatau, Wave Village, River Village and Rainforest Village.

The attractions range from the thrilling Krakatau Aqua Coaster to the relaxing Kopiko Wai Winding River. Visitors can also lounge on the sandy shores of Waturi Beach or take a dip in the wave pool.

Volcano Bay also has several dining locations serving island-inspired food and beverages.

At the center of the park is a massive 200-foot-tall volcano with cascading waterfalls.

And just like with any attraction or land at Universal, the creative team also weaved an elaborate backstory into the park. As the story goes, the fabled Waturi people were in search of a new home when they were led to the shores of Volcano Bay by a mystical fish named Kunuku. Visitors to the park become honorary islanders.

Probably one of most interesting aspects of Volcano Bay is its virtual line system, designed to keep visitors from having to wait in physical lines. When visitors enter the park, they are issued a wearable device called a TapuTapu. The device allows visitors to join ride queues virtually and do other things until it’s time for them to experience the attraction.


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