As technology advances, people want quick, easy access to shopping, communication and entertainment and.... Waterslides are no exception.
Water parks have begun introducing systems allowing visitors to skip waiting in line, and Orlando is getting in on the trend.
Universal Orlando promises visitors at Volcano Bay won't have to stand in long lines for rides when the park opens June next year.
It's likely visitors will be able to reserve ride times, then go play elsewhere until it's their turn. In giving details about the park this week, a news release said Volcano Bay "will redefine the queue experience so visitors can focus entirely on having fun and spending time together."
Meanwhile, Universal's Wet 'n Wild water park, closing later this year, just began a test allowing visitors to reserve times on slides.
Systems that let visitors reserve times or skip to the front of the line are standard at theme parks. They have more slowly made their way into water parks. "It's carrying over from the dry parks into the water parks, which is the logical and normal expansion," said Dennis Speigel, president of the consulting firm International Theme Park Services.
Accesso, which has its North American headquarters in Lake Mary, has developed ride-reservation systems for water parks. Executives from the company weren't available for comment.
Some theme park blogs have reported that the Volcano Bay queueless system will be available to every visitor. That would be a departure from the way other water parks have operated. It would also differ from Universal's approach to front-of-the-line access at its theme parks, where visitors must pay extra for express passes.
There have been rumblings for a while now that Universal would have some sort of queueless system. In April, SeaWorld Orlando introduced Quick Queue for its Aquatica water parks. That allows people to get to the front of the lines at six rides. Visitors can skip the lines one time each for $15. They can get unlimited front-of-the-line access for $30.
Source: Orlando Sentinel
This fiery landmark towers over the landscape, beckoning guests to the center of this lush, tropical island.
At the heart of the island, Krakatau™, the mighty Fire and Water Volcano, towers 200 feet above the tropical landscape, streaming waterfalls during the day and fiery lava effects at night. Inside the cavernous volcano, the Waturi people dare you to brave a variety of pulse-pounding water slides.
Ko’okiri Body Plunge
Join in the centuries-old tradition of honoring the volcano god, Vol, by braving the incredible Ko’okiri Body Plunge. Featuring a 70-degree fall through a drop door and 125 feet of screaming, white-knuckle fun, this dizzying descent ends with a watery tribute from Vol himself.
Kala & Ta Nui Serpentine Body Slides
Join Kala and Ta Nui where sea and sky meet and take a leap of faith from high atop the volcano. Twin trap doors simultaneously drop two guests down clear, intertwining tubes before sending them joyfully splashing into the turquoise waters below.
A favorite among Waturi children of all ages, Punga Races send single riders on their manta ray mats sliding down four lanes through underwater sea caves.
This peaceful escape overlooks the sparkling waters of Waturi Beach at the base of the volcano.
Locals know — the surf’s always up at Waturi Beach. Swim, splash and relax right along with them in the sparkling waters and warm waves of this sparkling lagoon at the foot of mighty Krakatau™.
The scenic River Village has fun for people of all ages, including the very youngest Waturi.
Honu ika Moana
Just like the ancient Waturi people who rode the ocean waves on friendly sea turtles and whales, guests can enjoy these two twisting, turning, multi-person slides. Honu sweeps up two massive walls, while Ika Moana sprays water on riders from the center of the raft.
Tot Tiki Reef + Runamukka Reef
The little ones can frolic among the splashy slides and fountains of the Tot Tiki Reef toddler play area, while Runamukka Reef delights older children with its bubbling geysers, water guns, slides and dump cups.
Kopiko Wai Winding River
Take a slow ride on the Kopiko Wai Winding River. Sprays of water surprise along the way, and beneath the lava rocks, Stargazer’s Cavern reveals the magical night sky above.
Rainforest Village stretches along the shores of an action-packed river and features the perfect mix of relaxation and exhilaration.
Ohyah + Ohno Drop Slides
Test your mettle and get into the Waturi spirit. Ascend cliff side and plummet down the twisting waters of Ohyah before dropping out four feet above the pool below. To achieve even greater bragging rights, brave the rope bridge and plunge down Ohno, a serpentine adventure that ends six feet above the pool below. Be sure to yell your battle cry on the way down.
Maku Puihi Raft Rides
Ready for the high adventure of the Maku Puihi lava tubes? This six-person rafting adventure is a favorite of Waturi families, but it’s not for the faint of heart. Choose one of two paths or try them both—just be ready for a thrilling ride. Puihi careens through a dark, winding tunnel before the stomach-flipping thrill of zero gravity hang time. Maku slides you through a deep volcanic gorge before spinning wildly around bowl-like formations.
TeAwa, The Fearless River
Up for an adventure? Take a thrilling whitewater ride along TeAwa, The Fearless River. Race along a roaring, watery onslaught of churning rapids and choppy waves hanging tight to your inner tube.
There’s a place where the puka trees grow abnormally tall. Inspired by their twisting roots, the Waturi built four twisting water slides called the Taniwha Tubes. Riders can try all four twisting tracks, but beware — mischievous Moai statues spray jets of water when you least expect it.