Hey Thrill Seekers,
When Universal confirmed they had a big announcement back in May they weren’t blowing smoke. The introduction of a new state of the art Water Park was more than we could of hoped for. Set to open in 2017 Volcano Bay will become Universal only Water Park when Wet n’ Wild closes at the end of 2016.
Located east of Turkey Lake Road and south of its Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal look to be betting big on Volcano Bay being a huge success. Plans submitted with regards to transportation show Universal estimating crowds could hit up to 17,000 people on a good day, and it could attract 1.2 million guests a year.
Now assuming Universal have got their figures right (and they generally do) this would position the new park as the 4th most visited in North America, based on 2014 water park attendances.
Quite something for a yet to open Water Park, but you can bet your bottom dollar that 4th is there very lowest valuation and they’ll be looking to challenge Disney’s domination.
With regards to the transportation plans mentioned above, Tom Schroder, Universal’s spokesman declined to talk about it in detail stating that it was far to early to discuss parking. However the plans seem to show Universal has been looking at reserving the bottom floor of its south garage and then transporting customer to Volcano Bay using a tram large enough to fit 150 people at a time!
So one thing is for sure, if Universal are betting heavily on Volcano Bay you can bet its going to be a game changer.
Hey Thrill Seekers,
We’ve often posted about Universal building a new water park, we’ve even suggested in the past that perhaps the newly owned Wet N’ Wild might get moved from its current location to somewhere with not only bit more room to develop but also somewhere Universal could increase capacity.
So of course we found it very interesting when we read on the excellent Orlando Sentinel that Universal has just filed Stormwater permit documents via the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for construction that will take place throughout November 2016. The filing also mentioned that there will be 53 acres of “land disturbance.”
We contacted Universal to ask about the construction which will take place east of Turkey Lake Road and south of the awesomely retro Cabana Bay Beach Resort but they aren’t quite ready to spill the beans. So its left to us to guess…
These are the idea’s we quickly thought up at Orlando Attraction Tickets
- A new water park, we’ve mentioned previously that Universal have trademarks under the category “water parks” for the names Volcano Bay & WonderSea Island so a new water park does look likely. (Karl)
- Still on the water park vibe, as we mentioned above perhaps moving the established Wet N Wild brand to a larger location might be on the cards. (Frank)
- Expansion of Cabana Bay? The new hotel has proved to be very popular and Universal seem to have got the price point spot on. Some people are contemplating that perhaps Universal might look to expand the hotel. (Louise)
- An additional 3rd gate so to speak, the opening of a new smaller perhaps boutique park similar in concept to SeaWorld’s Discovery Cove. Some kind of high priced limited capacity attraction. (Kelly)
Some interesting idea’s for me I think Karl’s suggestion is probably the most likely. If this were to happen it would give Universal 2 highly popular theme parks (Islands of Adventure & Universal Studios) plus 2 water parks (Wet N’ Wild plus new park) which would definitely move it more inline with Disney.
Whatever happens we’re sure to find out more information new year and we’ll of course keep you posted.