Universal’s Volcano Bay will be officially opening May 25, 2017. I wanted to check in on construction this week now that scaffolding has started to come down around the 200 foot tall volcano, named Krakatau. The rockwork looks amazing, and has more color in it than I thought when only viewing it from far away. New ancient ruins have been added along the base of the volcano since I was last here. During my visit, I was pleasantly surprised to see that many of the water slides already have water running through them for testing!
I also got a good look at the new park’s entrance plaza and new title lettering. They were paving the plaza’s walk up while I was there. The I-4 entrance and exit lanes have been shifted temporarily for work that continues on the pedestrian tunnel beneath the road. This will lead guests to and from a tram drop-off area on the other side. Check out the video as well as photo report below and stay tuned for more regular Volcano Bay updates in the future as we inch ever closer to the grand opening date!
Welcome to Volcano Bay!
This letter has a backing, a sign of what’s to come
Overview of the entrance plaza
This wall on right side of plaza has a nice design
Closer view of the wall’s intricate design
Random piece of rockwork at the entrance
Pedestrian walkway tunnel, leading from tram drop-off on the other side
One last look at the entrance sign
Taking a look at slides from behind the park
This giant sized tube slide is new since my last visit a couple months ago
Testing going on at these family slides by Cabana Bay side
Love the roof style, and you can see inflatable rafts up there
WE HAVE WATER FLOWING!
Covered area and small pavilions being constructed here
We can get a good look at the rockwork now that some of the scaffolding has come down
So many various slides weaving in and out of the volcano
Closer view of some of slides behind the volcano
Ancient ruins being added along base of Krakatau
Full view of volcano side with ruins at base
Even larger ruins on the other side of Krakatau
Closer view of ruins
The view from the new Cabana Bay towers
Separate slides left of volcano and other slides coming out of volcano on right
Wave pool area in front of volcano
Splash down pool at end of slides to the right of wave pool
Pathway and bridge over lazy river
Tunnel at base of volcano for lazy river to flow through
Overview of the entire construction site
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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 wandering the parks and riding coasters!