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Universal Florida announces third gate!

Fri May 29, 2015 7:19 pm

Universal Studios Florida today announced the construction of a third theme park in Orlando - Volcano Bay!

It is a mixed water park and theme park with thrill rides.

You can read the official announcement here:
https://blog.universalorlando.com/whats-new/volcano-bay-announcement/
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Re: Universal Florida announces third gate!

Sat May 30, 2015 5:51 pm

I saw this, looks like it'll be pretty good. However I get a sense that there will be a glut of options in water parks around Orlando soon.
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Re: Universal Florida announces third gate!

Sun May 31, 2015 10:22 am

ajp wrote:
However I get a sense that there will be a glut of options in water parks around Orlando soon.

Yes - I'm with you on that. That's why I think that Universal Orlando have been quite specific not to call it a water park, instead talking it up as a proper theme park with water elements. They don't want the public to think of it as just another water park.

The only problem with that, is that the concept art makes it look just like another water park! They should look to Disneysea on how to make a theme park with water elements...I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
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Re: Universal Florida announces third gate!

Sun Jun 21, 2015 5:51 pm

I was reading an article about the new gate a few days ago, and it does seem interesting... I agree though... it does look like a 'water-park-when-you're-not-having-a-water-park'.
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Re: Universal Florida announces third gate!

Thu May 25, 2017 9:26 pm

Well, Universal opened Volcano Bay this week and from the looks of all the photos online - it is just another water park after all...not something fancy like Disneysea.

Take a look over at Micechat - they've got a stack of photos uploaded:
http://micechat.com/161861-volcano-bay-new-water-theme-park-now-open-universal-orlando-resort/
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Re: Universal Florida announces third gate!

Sun Jul 16, 2017 7:55 pm

I'm really keen to go to this one, I like their ride waiting system ( no waiting in line till your 'fast pass' time is ready) otherwise you just go off and enjoy other things in the park till your band tells you how long till your ride.  Watching a few youtube reviews it looks like the food is ok, and the wave pool apparently is superior to anything Disney has.  I wasn't interested at all in the Disney ones( didn't bother with the water parks when I went to WDW) but this one I'd spend some time in based on what I've seen on vlogs. 
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Re: Universal Florida announces third gate!

Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:24 pm

I like their magic band system too - seems to be better than the Disney version as far as waiting in lines is concerned.  I'll be interested in seeing how it works in real life.
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