An Introduction to Universal’s Volcano Bay Rides Water Theme Park
Universal’s Volcano Bay Rides water theme park opened its doors in Orlando, Florida, in 2017, offering visitors an immersive experience full of thrills, relaxation, and family fun. Nestled within the beautiful surroundings of lush tropical rainforest, Volcano Bay Rides takes guests on a journey of discovery as they explore its various areas and enjoy some of the most innovative water rides and attractions currently available. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore each of the thrilling rides found at Volcano Bay Rides, providing details on what to expect, recommended riding strategies, and tips for making the most of your visit.
For a more leisurely ride through the beauty of Volcano Bay Rides, consider Kohola Reef. This lazy river allows riders to float tranquility along tubes, taking in the natural surroundings while enjoying a relaxing break from the day’s heat. The gentle current carries guests through serene rainforest and reef scenes over 15-20 minutes. Look for schools of colorful fish and other sea creatures in the integrated aquatic displays along the way.
With no height restrictions, Kohola Reef is perfect for all ages, from young families to older visitors looking to unwind. Tubes can be rented near the entrance to the river. Consider starting your day here or winding down at the end of an action-packed visit – Kohola Reef is a must for soaking in the natural splendor of Volcano Bay.
Maku Puihi Round Raft Rides
For a classic, family-friendly water ride, look no further than Maku Puihi. Meaning “big wave” in Hawaiian, this circular raft ride sends groups of up to six people aboard circular rafts into a large basin. From there, the raft is slowly pulled up one side of the basin before being released down a short slide into the water below, creating a gentle splash.
The circulating current then carries the riders back to the center to start again. At just under 50 feet tall, Maku Puihi delivers excitement without intimidation. With no intense drops or speed, this ride is perfect for younger children, with a height minimum of only 48 inches. Its central location also makes it a convenient meeting spot. The relaxing pace and stunning natural scenery make Maku Puihi a must-experience for families with children of all ages.
Ohyah and Ohno Drop Slides
For guests seeking slides with slightly more thrill, look no further than Ohyah and Ohno. These ProSlide Tornado water slides send riders spiraling down enclosed tubes at high speeds. Ohyah features a single tube, while Ohno offers side-by-side double tubes for more social sliding. Both start with a vertical climb up the volcano’s exterior before sending riders into dark tunnels and out into the light, twisting and turning down.
Riders emerge into splashdown pools with breathtaking views of the surrounding rainforest. At over 200 feet long each, these slides provide an exciting few minute of weightlessness. The height requirement for Ohyah and Ohno is 48 inches. Offering more thrills than Maku Puihi but less intensity than rides like Honu, these slides provide the perfect middle ground for families with older children.
Kopiko Wai Winding River
Kopiko Wai Winding River is to be for an interactive floating adventure. Riders board large, multi-person rafts and flow gently along a winding path that carries them past various water cannons, geysers, and other interactive features controlled by guests in the river. Pushing buttons activates the elements, soaking unsuspecting riders and playfully competing to see who gets the most hits.
Kopiko Wai is also home to the iconic Moko Punchbowl, where rafts enter a large bowl-shaped enclosure and battle torrents of water blasting from all sides. The height minimum for Kopiko Wai is 42 inches. With its focus on fun and games instead of thrills, this ride provides a lively way for families and groups of all ages to bond and enjoy friendly competition on a leisurely cruise through the park.
TeAwa The Fearless River
Those seeking a more thrilling river adventure will enjoy TeAwa the Fearless River. On this ride, guests board multi-person rafts for a journey down a fast-moving river with rapids, geysers, and other surprises around every turn. Powerful jets of water blast from the riverbanks, soaking passengers as they negotiate the rapids. Riders must work together to navigate their raft through intense splashes and bursts of water with speeds reaching up to 22 miles per hour.
With a height minimum of only 42 inches, even younger children can join in the wet and wild fun. Offering more intensity than Kopiko Wai but without intense drops, TeAwa provides the perfect middle-ground thrill for older families. Its exciting pace and teamwork element make it a highly recommended experience.
For relaxing in the sun or cooling off from the rides, the expensive zero-entry beach of Waturi is to be noticed. Guests can wade leisurely in the gentle waves, build sandcastles, play beach games, or relax with a refreshing drink from the nearby bar. Several areas are sectioned off for swimming, while others allow small watercraft like floats and snorkeling equipment.
The calm waters and soft white sand make Waturi the ideal place to spend the afternoon soaking in the tropical atmosphere. With no height restrictions, the beach provides entertainment and relaxation for all ages. Consider packing a picnic to enjoy while taking in the natural splendor. Waturi Beach is the perfect respite between rides or a way to end the day as the sun goes down.
Krakatau Aqua Coaster (Nighttime Experience)
For an after-hours thrill, experience the Krakatau Aqua Coaster under the moonlight. At night, the powerful LED lighting integrated along the tracks transforms the ride into a spectacle of color and movement. Riders are dazzled by an immersive light show set to a pumping soundtrack as they zip through the rainforest darkness.
The contrast of the dark surroundings and brightly lit paths creates a one-of-a-kind visual experience, unlike any other water coaster. Riders are also treated to stunning nighttime views above Volcano Bay Rides from the lift hill. With a slightly shorter wait time in the evenings, Krakatau is highly recommended for those seeking an adrenaline-fueled experience after dark. The magical glow created by the lighting makes it a “must-ride” for any night owl visitors.
For an interactive experience, Wave Village houses Kopiko Wai and Maku Puihi with fun features like fountains, geysers, and dumping buckets. Guests can playfully compete to activate the elements and soak each other, creating waves of excitement throughout the area. Younger children will especially love exploring the interactive structures and pushing buttons to see what surprises await. With shaded seating also provided, Wave Village is a lively social hub where families can spend the afternoon interacting and cooling off. Even on hot days, visiting here is a refreshing, bonding experience.
Volcano Bay Rides Summary
With unique rides featuring slides, rivers, coasters, and beaches, Volcano Bay offers something for every type of water adventure-seeker. Whether you are looking for thrills, relaxation, or interactive fun, this immersive water park sets the standard for innovative aquatic attractions. From the breathtaking views of the Krakatau Aqua Coaster to the playful competitions of TapuTapu and Punga Racers, each experience transports guests to a tropical paradise.
Be sure to experience the rides both day and night for contrasting adventures. Most importantly, allow ample time to relax and enjoy Universal’s stunning re-creation of a volcanic Polynesian rainforest. With its diverse offerings, Volcano Bay Rides is to be noticed during any visit to Universal Orlando Resort.
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