Universal Orlando Resort is opening its newest park, Volcano Bay, on May 25. The park’s intention is to create a fun environment that’s also laid-back by nixing the long line wait, a traditional and unpleasant part of every theme park experience.
Universal plans to achieve this by giving guests “TapuTapu” wristbands, which will hold their place in line virtually while they relax by the parks pools and beaches. Rafts will also automatically be delivered to tops of the slides (i.e. no dragging a massive raft uphill for you).
The park will boast a trap-door waterslide that drops through a 200-foot man-made mountain and an aqua coaster with 70-degree drops. But its star feature is the Krakatau aqua coaster, a volcano at the center of the park that erupts waterfalls during the day and lava at night.
The park’s beach-vacation atmosphere is enhanced with rentable cabanas, tropical cocktails and island-inspired cuisine (which includes coconut shrimp and Jerk-spiced fish). Volcano Bay intends to focus on creating an atmosphere for family fun, but not at the expense of relaxation, which is bound to be appreciated by kids and adults alike.
Madison Gable is a freelance writer based out of Athens, Georgia.