Universal's New Theme Park Is An Island Paradise
Recently opened on May 25, Volcano Bay celebrates the Waturi tribe, a voyaging people who traversed the ocean in outrigger canoes. Here are some of the fun new attractions and offerings you and your family have to experience at Universal’s new Volcano Bay.
Welcome to your tropical paradise! Throughout the theme park, visitors can experience the exciting blend of Polynesian cultures inspired by the many travels of the Waturi and enjoy the island’s carefree way of life.
The Stunning Krakatau Volcano
The story of Volcano Bay begins with the fiery god, Krakatau. Although he was feared throughout the land, he had a sweet spot for his adventurous daughter, Tai Nui. She fell in love with a native named Kala—which was not taken well by her fiercely protective father. Krakatau flew into a rage and banished Kala forever to the sky. Heartbroken, Tai Nui cried many tears, which became the sea. Seeing his daughter overcome with grief, Krakatau realized that he had only succeeded in destroying his daughter's happiness. As a peace offering to the young couple, he reached into the earth and crafted a large volcano to connect them. This is how the Sky, Sea, and Earth united to form the paradise of Volcano Bay. The mighty volcano is the centerpiece of the park.
The Mystical Kunuku
The Waturi set out in search of a mystical fish named Kunuku, who would guide them to their new home. They traveled to all corners of the South Pacific, embracing the culture and customs of the many new faces that they met, but they were unable to find Kunuku. They kept searching, until one day they stumbled onto the edge of the world, where they found the mystical fish playing in the waves. Kunuku led the travelers straight to Volcano Bay, where the Waturi established their home. This elusive creature can be found in various spaces around the park.
TapuTapu Waterproof Bracelets
When guests arrive, they’re given a TapuTapu wearable. This free wristband has all sorts of special functions—and it will survive all of your splashing and swimming. TapuTapu allows you to sync your credit card so you don’t have to carry a wallet, take advantage of interactive photo ops throughout the park, trigger special effects around Volcano Bay, and—the best perk of all—virtually wait in line for an attraction.
Ohyah and Ohno Drop Slides
Looking for a thrill? Rainforest Village gives guests the ultimate water park experience with breath-taking rides and slides. Here you'll find the Ohya and Ohno Drop Slides, which launch guests four and six feet above water once they reach the end. The slides are twisting and adrenaline-pumping—the perfect way to spend an afternoon.
Taniwha Tubes are also a part of Rainforest Village. You've got the Ohno and Ohya Slides, of course, but the Taniwha Tubes feature four Easter Island-inspired slides. These green-and-blue tubes have rafts for double or single riders. While in Rainforest Village, guests should also take a trip on Maku, which is North America's first 'saucer ride'. This slide sends multiple passengers whizzing around three saucer-shaped curves. Rainforest Village also has Puhi, a raft ride that plunges you into darkness with a zero-gravity drop; TeAwa The Fearless River, an action-packed river where guests battle rapids in their inner tubes; and Puka Uli Lagoon, where guests can relax.
Krakatau Aqua Coaster
The highlight of Volcano Bay is arguably this incredible aqua coaster. This state-of-the-art experience takes guests in special canoes that are propelled both upward and downward through the volcano's dark passageways. Krakatau Aqua Coaster actually uses linear induction motor technology from another thriller, Universal Studios’ The Revenge of the Mummy, to launch guests through the volcano’s interior peaks and valleys.
Find this twisting, multi-passenger raft ride that glides across bubbling geysers in The River Village, named for the peaceful, winding river that flows through it. This village has attractions for the whole family, including Kopiko Wai Winding River, a gentle river that passes through hidden caves; Tot Tiki Reef, an eccentric toddler-friendly area with a kid-size volcano; Runamukka Reef, a three-story water playground; and Honu, an adventure-lover's ride that soars across giant, sloped walls.
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Colorful Food & Drinks
Volcano Bay has an incredible menu of all-new food for guests to taste-test. Find over 60 different island-inspired dishes, like sushi and coconut chicken curry, to satisfy everybody in the family. You’ll also find Waturi Fusion ice cream in a rainbow of colors and flavors. Sip on colorful cocktails, soak up the sun, and enjoy the island relaxation!
Ko'okiri Body Plunge
Ko'okiri Body Plunge is one of three body slides at the rear of Krakatau Volcano. Each slide has doors that—surprise!—drop out from beneath your feet. This plunge is a heart-stopping 70-degree drop that plummets 125 feet through the center of the volcano. It's the world's first slide to actually travel through a pool filled with other swimmers! The other two body slides, Kala and Tai Nui, are intertwining slides where guests fall freely for 124 winding feet.
The Wave Pool
At the base of the Krakatau Volcano is Wave Village, a perfect spot for families to relax. At Wave Village you'll find Waturi Beach, a multi-directional wave pool where guests of all ages can enjoy the crystal-clear water. Next to the wave pool is The Reef, which is a more leisurely pool with calmer waters (and exciting views of guests speeding through the Ko'okiri Body Plunge)! Visitors can also reserve private cabanas for the ultimate island experience.