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Volcano Bay

Discussion in 'Universal Orlando' started by Mike C, May 28, 2015.

  1. Mike C

    Mike C Well-Known Member

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    Officially Announced on https://media.universalorlando.com/Default.aspx

    Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort will be a Water Theme Park Built on a Bold Creative Vision


    Universal’s Volcano Bay to Become Third Park at Universal Orlando Resort



    ORLANDO, Fla. (May 28, 2015) – Universal Orlando Resort today announced a project of remarkable vision: to bring to life an entirely new water theme park experience. Called Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort, it will join Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure and become the resort’s third incredibly immersive park.

    Universal’s Volcano Bay will be a place for the entire family. It will be a whole new generation of experience that reimagines what it means to be a water park.

    Imagine a place that offers radically innovative, thrilling attractions, peaceful moments of relaxation and an inspired guest experience that will forever change the perception of water theme parks. It will be set in a highly themed, completely immersive environment inspired by postcard-perfect tropical islands. And it will be the kind of special place that only the Universal team – the same team that has changed the face of Universal Orlando Resort in recent years - can envision and create.

    Universal’s Volcano Bay will be located within Universal Orlando Resort, just south of the Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Work is already underway and more details will be released in the future.

    Universal’s Volcano Bay is the next in a series of boldly creative experiences that have opened and will continue to open at Universal Orlando. It began with The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade in 2010 and quickly moved to Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, Springfield, hometown to America’s favorite animated family, The Simpsons, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, eight new venues at Universal CityWalk, the breathtaking Cabana Bay Beach Resort and more. It will include Skull Island: Reign of Kong and Loews Sapphire Falls Resort in 2016.

    And then – in 2017 – will come Universal’s Volcano Bay.

    http://blog.universalorlando.com/whats-new/volcano-bay-announcement/?linkId=14563712
    Today, we are announcing a project of incredible vision – bringing to life an entirely new water theme park experience for our guests. This addition will join Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure as our destination’s third highly-immersive park and will be called Universal’s Volcano Bay.

    This is one of the most exciting projects we have had the opportunity to be part of because Volcano Bay will completely redefine the water park experience for our guests.

    The park will feel as if it is set in picture-perfect tropical islands, formed by a massive volcano – and it will have something for every member of the family. It will feature radically-innovative attractions, peaceful moments of relaxation and an experience that we hope will change the way guests think about water theme parks.

    We’ve already broken ground on Volcano Bay, just south of Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Construction will move quickly, and the park will open in 2017.

    Volcano Bay shows how Universal Orlando is continuing to evolve at an unprecedented rate that will not slow anytime soon. Since 2010, we’ve launched more than 18 remarkable experiences across the destination – from new attractions and theme park lands to new on-site hotels and restaurants. Our team will continue delivering new guest experiences that push the limits of theme park entertainment.

    More details on Volcano Bay will be announced at a later date. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or via email for the latest news.
     
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  2. DznyGrlSD

    DznyGrlSD Well-Known Member

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    What ever happened to Wet & Wild? does Uni own that?
     
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  3. The Tuna

    The Tuna Well-Known Member

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    This is going to be very cool. Wet and WIld is still owned by them. it is still operating for now. Future use will probably be hotels or City Walk 2 from the rumours on the street.
     
  4. Mike S

    Mike S Well-Known Member

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    I can't wait to learn more about this, but first Kong ;)
     
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  5. P_Radden

    P_Radden Premium Member

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    Wow this looks freaking awesome! :jawdrop:

    Aside from how cool this new water park sounds...... I particularly like this line:

    "Volcano Bay shows how Universal Orlando is continuing to evolve at an unprecedented rate that will not slow anytime soon. Since 2010, we’ve launched more than 18 remarkable experiences across the destination – from new attractions and theme park lands to new on-site hotels and restaurants. Our team will continue delivering new guest experiences that push the limits of theme park entertainment."

    Wish WDW had the same enthusiasm :arghh:
     
  6. Mike C

    Mike C Well-Known Member Original Poster

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  7. wdwmagic

    wdwmagic Administrator Moderator

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    Thank goodness someone is going to raise the bar for water parks in Orlando - the segment has become very lazy. Looking forward to hear about specifics, but it looks visually very nice.
     
  8. Disneyhead'71

    Disneyhead'71 Well-Known Member

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    This should add a third day to a lot of UOR vacations.

    Really makes staying on property more likely.
     
  9. P_Radden

    P_Radden Premium Member

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    From looking at the hi res pic, those people look like they are in line for a near vertical slide that comes out at the bottom right of the pic

    you can see the transparent tube right below them
     
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  10. xdan0920

    xdan0920 Think for yourselfer Premium Member

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    Impressive concept art. If reality matches the art, fantastic.
     
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  11. GhostHost1000

    GhostHost1000 Well-Known Member

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    Ok Disney.... you're turn.... hello... *crickets chirping*...

    Disney may have things (like Stars Wars) they could step up announce and then drop the mike... but again... *crickets chirping*
     
  12. odmichael

    odmichael Well-Known Member

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    They chose a volcano because they can only built up now cuz there's no land left ;)
     
  13. wdwmagic

    wdwmagic Administrator Moderator

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    There is nothing in that art that shows anything drastically different from Disney's water parks. It looks to be on a similar level of production - which is good.

    Hopefully we'll get some specifics about what will be on offer, and what exactly will set it apart. Looks encouraging though, but I'll wait for more info.
     
  14. P_Radden

    P_Radden Premium Member

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    let their stock go down consistently for a few days.... bet we'd get some sort of an announcement then haha
     
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    AJH219 Well-Known Member

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    I've already seen many comments online from Disney fans claiming Volcano Bay is "a copycat of Typhoon Lagoon". Sheesh, reminds me of pop star fanbase "wars". :facepalm:
     
  16. Next Big Thing

    Next Big Thing Well-Known Member

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    Typhoon and Blizzard are both great parks, the problem is Disney has basically given up on them since people continue to go and not seem to expect any new additions anyway.

    Hopefully Universal will change that line of thinking and maybe some new projects for Disney's water parks will be put in motion.
     
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  17. Next Big Thing

    Next Big Thing Well-Known Member

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    I'm sure their ticketing options will change a lot once this opens and their marketing strategies will as well. This is going to be big for them, and it isn't even a true third park (which down the line is something they will have to start looking into).
     
  18. marni1971

    marni1971 WDW History nut Premium Member

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    There's more land than you think ;)
     
  19. wdwmagic

    wdwmagic Administrator Moderator

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    In terms of sizing, Volcano Bay is 53 acres, Blizzard Beach is 66 acres, and Typhoon Lagoon is 61 acres.
     
  20. odmichael

    odmichael Well-Known Member

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    Not sure what all you're opinions are, but Aquatica is my favorite Orlando water park.
     
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