For those of who you are not yet away Universal’s and Disney’s arms race in Florida (and somewhat LA) is not just limited to the “land” parks but is expanding to sea as Universal looks to build their first water park in the area: Volcano Bay slated to open in the summer of 2017
Well, today Universal announced new details for the park (care of Undercover Tourist)
The water coaster is the park’s headliner and will take guests through the 200-foot-tall Krakatau Volcano. Boarding canoes, guests will travel both down—and uphill!—through the volcano’s peaks and valleys. They’ll plummet through darkness and traverse waterfalls as they make their way through the heart of this mysterious island. The ride will use linear induction motor technology to launch the canoes uphill. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the ride will begin just above ground level.
Krakatau Aqua Coaster
The Krakatau Volcano, featuring a 170-foot waterfall, will be the starting point for even more rides:
Kala & Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides – Drop door slides that spiral inside the volcano
Ko’kiri Body Plunge – A 125-foot, 70-degree drop door slide
Punga Racers – A 4-lane racing slide
TapuTapu Wearable Virtual Queue Technology
This brand-new wearable technology will allow guests to virtually queue for any destination in the park, so guests spend more time laying on its beaches, bobbing around its rivers and having fun instead of waiting in line. The TapuTapu wearable is included with park admission and will be provided upon entry. It alerts guests when it’s time to ride their selected attraction. It also can be used around the park to unlock special interactive features—controlling water spurting from Tot Tiki Reef, shooting water cannons at riders on Kopiko Wai Winding River and illuminating images inside Krakatau Volcano’s hidden cave.
Looking forward to see what else Universal will bring to the table. It looks like this race to the top has only benefited the consumers of these parks, except for the ticket pricing that is.