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Universal Orlando Adding Water Park Called Volcano Bay

Destination & Tourism | Donald Wood | May 28, 2015

Universal Orlando Adding Water Park Called Volcano Bay

Orlando is already the Mecca of amusement parks for many travelers, and Universal Orlando Resort is looking to broaden its appeal and reach in the middle of fun heaven. The company is getting wet with its third Orlando park, as it announced Thursday it will build a water park called Volcano Bay.

According to Universal Orlando, Volcano Bay is expected to be completed in 2017 and will join Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure as some of the most immersive and entertaining parks in the world.

Set in the backdrop of tropical islands, Volcano Bay will feature all the standard amenities associated with water parks, but with the Universal flair and enthusiasm that has made the parks famous over the years.

Volcano Bay will be located just south of Cabana Bay Beach Resort, and according to Universal, the project is already underway. The company is also working on other attractions slated to open in 2016, including Skull Island: Reign of Kong and Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.

The official Twitter account of Visit Florida shared an animation of the new park:

While details are scarce right now, Universal is claiming that it will revolutionize the way visitors look at water parks. From the images provided by Inside the Magic, the centerpiece to the park will likely be a giant volcano that features lookout points and even a giant water slide traveling through the center of the volcano.

Here are the additional images via on Twitter:

With a mix of beaches, water slides and tropical themes throughout the illustrations provided, it's clear that this will be a park geared toward the entire family. Given Universal’s long history of success with its parks, Volcano Bay should be a highlight of 2017’s family vacation season.

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