I recently stayed at the delightful Cabana Bay Beach Resort and while I was there I had the opportunity to get some good video and photos of the construction progress over at Volcano Bay. Volcano Bay will be Universal’s water theme park that will be opening sometime in 2017. (In preparation for its opening, Wet ‘n Wild will be closing later this year.) The new water park will be located directly south of Cabana Bay and will be visible from the pool area at the resort, as well as from I-4. The giant centerpiece of this new water park will be a massive volcano. The volcano will have multiple slides and rides built-in to it and a wave pool beside it. In addition to the steel structure for the volcano you can also see some of the slides being installed near the south side of the site. Check out the video as well as lots of images of construction below and stay tuned for more theme park updates!
Sign at the construction site facing the road
Lots of pipes laying around the perimeter of the work site to be installed
New parking structure near the site. Might be used for employee parking and bus drop off below
Reports say parking for Volcano Bay will be in the two main Universal garages with bus service back and forth. Perhaps this will be where the buses pick up and drop guests off
Side of the construction zone, with I-4 in the background and berm separating the park from Cabana Bay at the bottom of the image
View of the volcano so far with water slides to the right
Volcano structure, with wave pool on bottom-left
Better view of the wave pool construction
Closer view of right side of wave pool
Middle/left side of wave pool
Concrete tower is being built alongside volcano, on the left
Tower beside volcano, perhaps stairs/elevator to rides and lookout perch
Slide being installed within volcano
It’s hard to tell, but this slide tube is wider than others on site, might be for family raft ride
Top of volcano (so far)
Zooming out again
Water slides being installed on the right (south side of property near I-4)
Closer view of multiple slides
Intertwining slides still being built up towards the sky
Large building built to right of slides and already partially painted
Smaller structures being built on north side of property (Cabana Bay side)
Volcano Bay as seen from Cabana Bay Resort. Notice the curving berm separating the two properties.
That’s all for this update! Be sure to watch and share the video!
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 at the parks and riding roller coasters!