Universal Announces 'Volcano Bay' Water Park

Today Universal has announced their first original water park, Volcano Bay. The tropical island themed park will have a massive volcano at its center with something in the park for every member of the family.

Volcano Bay will include water park mainstays, such as a wave pool, lazy river and of course water slides. But Universal also promises an experience to "completely redefine the water park experience for our guests." Those are some pretty lofty claims but something Universal has a recent track record of making possible.

What would such an experience be?  My guess is a dark ride inside of the central volcano. You can see in the concept art (above) there is an observation deck near the very top of the volcano and an elevated walkway winding through the base of the structure. So it appears the creative team will be making a lot of practical use from the volcano as well it being the park's center piece.

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I could imagine a tube ride winding its way in and out of the volcano with some show scenes and possibly some effects like fire, smoke and water being sprayed at riders. This would be a great opportunity for Universal Creative to show off their ability to create original stories.

Volcano Bay will be located directly south of the Cabana Bay Beach Resort, the newest resort on property. The plot of land is relatively small but I'm sure there will be plenty of creative uses for the space. Construction is already underway and Volcano Bay is scheduled to open in 2017.