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A combination of a water park and theme park, Universal Orlando’s newest addition Volcano Bay is the perfect place to beat the heat in the Sunshine State. From jaw-dropping plunges to a lagoon with a view, both kids and adults can have fun exploring the park’s array of attractions.
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An imposing volcano sits as the crown jewel of this exciting park, standing 200 feet above the park with cascading waterfalls and fiery lava effects at night. The story behind this paradise of fun starts with the native islanders called Waturi who discovered Volcano Bay with the help of a mythical fish called Kunuku.
You’re spoiled for choice with the slides in this park, from the four-person Krakatau Aqua Coaster that winds through dark twists and turns in the volcano to the 70-degree fall through a drop door in Ko’kiri Body Plunge that shoots you 125 feet through a slide. For the ultimate thrill, try the Kala & Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides where they plunge two riders down clear tubes before splashing into the turquoise waters below. There’s also the Ohyah and Ohno Drop Slides that are sure to get your adrenaline pumping, the swift-moving TeAwa The Fearless River, and the Easter Island-inspired Taniwha Tubes.
Those looking for relaxation can head straight for Waturi Beach, where a wave pool overlooks the picturesque Wave Village. You can unwind on the sand, or upgrade to a padded lounger with a canopy and drink attendant. Afterwards, float your worries away at the Kopiko Wai Winding River with its unique water effects and nighttime lighting.
Puka Uli Lagoon in the Rainforest Village is a great place to take the kids, as the zero-entry pool is a great place for the little ones to chill out. Tot Tiki Reef in the River Village has spraying water fountains, slides and a kid-size volcano for toddlers, while kids of all ages can visit the Punga Races to ride manta ray mats through underwater sea caves.
When you’ve worked up an appetite there are five restaurants to choose from, in addition to smaller food and drink stands dotted around the park. Try the jerk shrimp mac n’ cheese at Whakawaiwai Eats or the taco sampler at The Feasting Frog, then indulge in a frozen treat from Waturi Fusion ice cream. For an adult beverage, visit Dancing Dragons Boat Bar for tropical cocktails and frozen drinks.
Address: 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819