Things have not slowed down over at construction for Universal’s Volcano Bay, even after the minor fire last week. The centerpiece of the new park, the large volcano, is now nearly twice as large as it was during my last update. Many new water slides have showed up on property, including some that intertwine with the volcano. The wave pool, lazy river and more features are becoming more recognizable as well. Universal has said that the park will open with 18 different attractions! Hopefully they can keep this mighty pace and get this new water park open within a year, in time for summer 2017. Check out the video as well as complete photo report below. Plus, a new image of Volcano Bay and all its attractions for the new Universal Orlando map is also below. Stay tuned for more theme park updates coming soon!
Caitlin Dineen, tourism reporter for the Orlando Sentinel was lucky enough to get some photos of new Universal Orlando promotional materials at the U.S. Travel IPW 2016, including this map of Volcano Bay. Notice that there are two rivers, one lazy river and one fast river (like they have at Aquatica) that actually travels through a cave at the base of the volcano! Can’t wait!
Artwork for the future park map, featuring all three theme parks (USF, IOA, and VB)
The volcano is now much bigger than just a month ago
An area is being covered with sculpted pieces, the next step before rockwork can begin
Lots of workers in rock climbing gear working on the volcano
Large group of new slides sneaking in behind the volcano
New slides added behind volcano
Slides inside the volcano as well
Tubes/slides coming out of the left side of volcano
Closer view of tubes on left side
Work continues on wave pool in front of volcano
Wider view of wave pool area
Looks like volcano rockwork will continue down along side of wave pool
Workers inside wave pool area
Where the wave pool meets the beach area
Slides in back of the park are almost ready, and you can see the lazy river running below the slides
The slide exit pools are already starting to get tiled!
Large building to the right of slides
Two smaller buildings being added near the larger building
New slide pieces ready to be installed near Turkey Lake Road
Closer view of these very large slide pieces
Zooming out to view the area
View of the area with new Cabana Bay tower addition in foreground
One of two new towers being built at Cabana Bay, adding 400 new rooms to the resort
What looks to be a water pump station being built in the middle of the park
Pipes can be seen leading to the volcano area
Some sort of large structure being built
More lazy river seen here
Two buildings being built
This could be bathrooms based on plumbing placements?
More volcano pieces laying about
More volcano pieces plus a volcano sculpted cover piece
Still a lot of work to be done, in what one would hope to be a year, to be open in time for next summer
See all Volcano Bay updates, including concept art and building plans here. Stay tuned to the feed for breaking theme park news and more Volcano Bay updates!
Alicia has been visiting theme parks since the age of 3, has an incredible knack for memorizing park maps, loves theme park renovations and cannot wait to ride something new. She can often be found taking video of construction sites and riding roller coasters!