Universal's Volcano Bay

Project Type:
Commercial Waterparks
Orlando, Florida

WTI was pleased to work with Universal Creative to design what Universal Studios called the 'next generation' in waterpark experiences. The fully immersive, 28-acre waterpark is anchored by a 200-foot volcano with waterslides running through the structure.

Volcano Bay offers 18 unique attractions ranging from serene to daring. They’re divided across four primary park areas to offer something for everyone, including a multi-directional wave pool with sandy beaches, a peaceful winding river, twisting multi-rider raft rides and speeding body slides that drop from the top of the volcano into the waters below. And don't forget the Krakatau™ Aqua Coaster.

Project Highlights
  • Krakatau™ Aqua Coaster: Four-person canoes slide upward through the mists into the dark twists and turns within the volcano before emerging through a waterfall
  • Ko’okiri Body Plunge: A racing, 70-degree drop plummeting 125 feet through the center of Krakatau; the world’s first slide to travel through a pool filled with guests
  • Kala and Ta Nui Serpentine Body Slides: Two intertwining slides where guests free-fall 124 feet
  • Punga Racers: A high-speed race through four different enclosed slides featuring manta-shaped mats
  • Waturi Beach: A sparkling, multi-directional wave pool where guests can swim, relax on the sand or indulge in private, one- or two-story cabanas
  • The Reef: A leisure pool with exciting views of riders speeding through the Ko’okiri Body Plunge
  • Kopiko Wai Winding River: A winding river passing through the volcano’s hidden caves, featuring water effects and special nighttime lighting.
  • Tot Tiki Reef: A whimsical toddler play area with spraying Maori fountains, slides and a kid-sized volcano
  • Runamukka Reef: A three-story water playground (inspired by the coral reef) overflowing with twisting slides and sprinklers
  • Honu: A multi-passenger raft ride that soars across two giant, sloped walls
  • Ika Moana: A multi-passenger raft ride that glides across bubbling geysers
  • Maku: North America’s first 'saucer ride', sending multi-passenger rafts speeding around three saucer-shaped curves
  • Puihi: A multi-passenger raft ride that will plunge guests into darkness before bursting into a funnel and launching into a zero-gravity drop
  • Ohyah and Ohno Drop Slides: Two twisting slides that launch guests four and six feet, respectively, above the water at the end

Leading Edge Award, WWA, October 2017

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