Volcano Bay Construction Update: Volcano Rises Higher – Plus Wave Pool, Lazy River and Water Slide Progress

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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)

Artwork for the future park map, featuring all three theme parks (USF, IOA, and VB)

Construction Update

The volcano is now much bigger than just a month ago

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

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

Lots of workers in rock climbing gear working on the volcano

Large group of new slides sneaking in behind the volcano

Large group of new slides sneaking in behind the volcano

New slides added behind volcano

New slides added behind volcano

Slides inside the volcano as well

Slides inside the volcano as well

Tubes/slides coming out of the left side of volcano

Tubes/slides coming out of the left side of volcano

Closer view of tubes on left side

Closer view of tubes on left side

Work continues on wave pool in front of volcano

Work continues on wave pool in front of volcano

Wider view of wave pool area

Wider view of wave pool area

Looks like volcano rockwork will continue down along side of wave pool

Looks like volcano rockwork will continue down along side of wave pool

Workers inside wave pool area

Workers inside wave pool area

Where the wave pool meets the beach 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

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!

The slide exit pools are already starting to get tiled!

Large building to the right of slides

Large building to the right of slides

Two smaller buildings being added near the larger building

Two smaller buildings being added near the larger building

New slide pieces ready to be installed near Turkey Lake Road

New slide pieces ready to be installed near Turkey Lake Road

Closer view of these very large slide pieces

Closer view of these very large slide pieces

Zooming out to view the area

Zooming out to view the area

View of the area with new Cabana Bay tower addition in foreground

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

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

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

Pipes can be seen leading to the volcano area

Some sort of large structure being built

Some sort of large structure being built

More lazy river seen here

More lazy river seen here

Two buildings being built

Two buildings being built

This could be bathrooms based on plumbing placements?

This could be bathrooms based on plumbing placements?

More volcano pieces laying about

More volcano pieces laying about

More volcano pieces plus a volcano sculpted cover piece

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

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


NJk8xkFSee 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!

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