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Rode Kong yesterday during soft opening.

 

Sign read 75 minute wait, but it was more like 50.

 

The queue moves really well and there were no breakdowns when I was in line.

 

When it's raining or inclement weather, they can bypass the outdoor portion of the ride and just go right into the screening rooms.

 

The trucks are HUGE and can hold 72 people in 12 rows of 6.

 

The ride itself was fun and will surely be a crowd favorite.

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This was just announced. NBCUniversal has just donated 1 million dollars in memory of the 6 ! yes SIX employees of Universal who were slaughtered. From NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke’s internal email to employees:

 

It has been a heartbreaking week for our nation and for each of us as members of the NBCUniversal family. On Monday, I shared with you that two employees, Luis Vielma and Jonathan Camuy, died in the incomprehensible tragedy in Orlando. Sadly, we now know that four additional people associated with the company were killed. Jerald Wright and Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado from Universal Studios Orlando; Anthony Laureano, a production assistant with one of Telemundo’s outside production partners on “La Voz Kids;” and Shane Tomlinson who regularly performed in a band at Universal Orlando’s City Walk, also lost their lives. Two other NBCUniversal employees were hospitalized and fortunately they are both recovering.

 

We’ve lost six special individuals who had so much to give to their families, friends and communities. Like me, I am sure many of you have spent much of the last several days mourning this senseless loss of life and grieving for those it has affected. As hard as this is for us to grapple with, you can imagine how difficult it is for our colleagues at Universal Orlando Resort, Telemundo and Golf Channel who call Orlando and Florida home, not to mention for those who worked directly with Luis, Jonathan, Jerald, Xavier, Anthony and Shane.

 

We have given a lot of thought to what we could do as a company to honor and support the victims and acknowledge this profound loss. To that end, Comcast NBCUniversal will be making a $1 million donation to the OneOrlando Fund, which has been set up by the Mayor of Orlando to support non-profits that are providing services to the victims and families, as well as working with the LGBTQ, Hispanic and other affected communities.

 

In addition, we will host two candlelight ceremonies tonight Thursday, June 16 at 10:00pm ET/7:00pm PT. The ceremonies will be held at the Music Plaza in Universal Studios Florida and the Globe Theatre in Universal Studios Hollywood

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How do the ride lines at Universal Orlando and IOA get during Halloween Horror Nights? I'm sure the event attracts more people to the park, but does that mostly affect lines for the haunted attractions?

When I went 2 years ago the only ride that had a significant wait was Rip, Ride, Rockit everything else was a walk on. Not every attraction is open during HHN though and IOA usually closes around 8 I believe not sure if lines over there increase with those not attending HHN over in the Studios.

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^^Daytime crowds for both are pretty light, because it's not the busy season. At night during HHN Rip Ride Rockit gets completely swamped, and Simpsons usually has a line of 30+ minutes. Minion mayhem had a pretty good line when they had it opened but it wasn't available last year. You should be skipping all the of the regular attractions in order to do Houses and shows, however, ESPECIALLY in the first and last hour of the event.

 

Regardless of season the best way to start a day at the park is by doing Minion Mayhem, then Rockit first thing in the morning. Or if in IOA, start with Potter (But skip Dueling Dragons for later), then work Counter-clockwise (though Kong may now be the best attraction to hit first).

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How do the ride lines at Universal Orlando and IOA get during Halloween Horror Nights? I'm sure the event attracts more people to the park, but does that mostly affect lines for the haunted attractions?

 

I would suggest getting to HHN early, and ride Minions as the first thing. It will have a shorter wait than it has during the day. I was at Universal during the first week of October 2 years ago, but we had express. Most rides were between 20-30 Minutes during the days.

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Is Kong an Express Pass ride?

No. It's not officially open yet, but if recent trends continue it won't have express right away or could be a while like the HP flagships which both have been open for years and have no express.

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How do the ride lines at Universal Orlando and IOA get during Halloween Horror Nights? I'm sure the event attracts more people to the park, but does that mostly affect lines for the haunted attractions?

 

I would suggest getting to HHN early, and ride Minions as the first thing. It will have a shorter wait than it has during the day. I was at Universal during the first week of October 2 years ago, but we had express. Most rides were between 20-30 Minutes during the days.

 

Don't do this if you don't have express. The house lines will be as short as walking right in at opening, and 90 minutes two hours later. Only do houses when you start the event. HHN is a crowd sandwich and the middle of the event is extremely packed.

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Just curious if universal studios handles closing the lines down right at closing, or do they close the lines off before the scheduled park closing if they are long?

 

Also, any word on hulk opening (hopefully by July 6th)?

They usually close the lines 1-2 minutes before park closing for some reason.

And no, no word on Hulk, but it definitely won't be ready for early June. Most people think it will open sometime in August based on the amount of work left for the queue.

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New details about Volcano Bay!

 

Universal Orlando Blog:

http://blog.universalorlando.com/whats-new/volcano-bay-details-revealed/

 

Even more details on the Universal Orlando website. https://www.universalorlando.com/Theme-Parks/volcano-bay.aspx

 

 

Breaking News: First-Ever Details Revealed for Universal’s Volcano Bay

 

The goal was lofty: how can we create a water park unlike any else in the world?

 

We started with a challenge to ourselves: what if we took everything we know about crafting amazing theme park experiences and designing luxurious resorts, and we used it to create a one-of-a-kind water theme park.

That was the beginning of Universal’s Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort.

 

To help shape our vision, we traveled around the world visiting water parks and tropical resorts. We went to Bali, the Middle East, Europe and all across the United States. And from there, we started designing what we wanted Volcano Bay to be.

 

One of our first goals was to eliminate hassles for guests so they can focus on the fun. So we found a way to get rid of long lines. We made it so you don’t have to carry your tube. We spread amenities like dining throughout the park, so you don’t have to hike up to the front of the park for a bite to eat. And we brought the mindset of designing a world-class resort to create a water paradise.

 

Spanning 28 acres, Volcano Bay will transport you to a lush, tropical oasis inspired by the Pacific isles. Every step while you’re here can be filled with thrills, indulgence or rejuvenation.

 

Thrill seekers can enjoy unique experiences like surprising drop slides and our white-water action river. Or if you’re looking for a more relaxing experience, you’ll be able to enjoy our soothing winding river, serene beaches and two-story private cabanas.

 

Volcano Bay is made up of four incredibly themed areas with Polynesian influences ranging from Easter Island, Hawaii, New Zealand and more. Here’s what you’ll find in each area.

 

Krakatau:

At the heart of the park, you’ll see the 200-foot-tall volcano called Krakatau. By day, you’ll see its majestic waterfalls. And by night, the volcano will illuminate with blazing lava.

 

Three distinctive body slides are found at the rear of the volcano, and each starts off with surprise doors that drop out from beneath you:

 

Ko’okiri Body Plunge: A racing, 70-degree drop that will plummet 125-feet through the center of Krakatau. It will be the world’s first slide to travel through a pool filled with guests.

 

Kala and Ta Nui Serpentine Body Slides: Two intertwining slides where you’ll fall freely along 124 twisting feet.

 

Punga Racers: A high-speed race through four different enclosed slides featuring manta-shaped mats.

Secret Attraction: I can’t talk about this one yet, but it’ll be like nothing else in the park.

 

Wave Village:

Located at the base of Krakatau, Wave Village is a perfect place to soak in the sun and relax on the sandy shores. It includes:

 

Waturi Beach: A sparkling, multi-directional wave pool where you can swim, relax on the sand or indulge in private, one- or two-story cabanas.

 

The Reef: An adjacent leisure pool with calmer waters and exciting views of riders speeding through the Ko’okiri Body Plunge.

 

River Village:

River Village offers several family-friendly attractions and experiences and features:

 

Kopiko Wai Winding River: A gentle, winding river that passes through the volcano’s hidden caves, featuring spontaneous water effects and a journey through the cave of starlight.

 

Tot Tiki Reef: A whimsical toddler play area with spraying Maori fountains, slides and a kid-size volcano.

 

Runamukka Reef: A three-story water playground inspired by the coral reef overflowing with twisting slides, sprinklers and more.

 

Honu: An adventurous, multi-passenger raft ride that will soar across a dual wall.

 

Ika Moana: A twisting, multi-passenger raft ride that will glide across bubbling geysers.

 

Rainforest Village:

Rainforest Village features an incredible assortment of attractions for thrill-seekers, including:

 

Maku: North America’s first “saucer ride”, sending multi-passenger rafts speeding around three saucer-shaped curves.

 

Puihi: A breath-taking multi-passenger raft ride that will plunge you into darkness before bursting into a funnel and launching into a zero-gravity drop.

 

Ohyah and Ohno Drop Slides: Two twisting, adrenaline-pumping slides that launch you four- or six-feet above the water at the end.

 

TeAwa The Fearless River: An action-packed, racing torrent river where you’ll have to hang tight in your inner tube amidst roaring, whitewater rapids.

 

Taniwha Tubes: Four unique Easter Island-inspired slides with rafts for single or double riders.

 

Puka Uli Lagoon: A tranquil pool where you can swim and relax.

 

I am so excited for guests to come to Volcano Bay, and this is just the beginning. Keep checking the Universal Orlando blog or sign up for emails for more details. You won’t want to miss any of it!

 

 

First-ever details revealed for Universal's Volcano Bay, including Honu - an adventurous, multi-passenger raft ride that will soar across two giant, sloped walls.

 

First-ever details revealed for Universal's Volcano Bay, including Kopiko Wai Winding River - a gentle, winding river that passes through the volcano’s hidden caves, featuring spontaneous water effects and special nighttime lighting.

 

First-ever details revealed for Universal's Volcano Bay, including Ohno Drop Slides - two twisting, adrenaline-pumping slides that launch you four- or six-feet above the water at the end.

 

From the descriptions of the attractions, it seems some slides might be transferred over from Wet N Wild such as Aqua Drag Racer, Brain Wash, and Disco H2O.

 

Additionally, from my previous visit to Wet N Wild this past weekend, a new ride reservation system testing took place. Everyone received a blue wristband before entering the park. At each slide, you check in to a station outside the entrance that lists a wait time. You scan your wristband and receive a return time to slide. Therefore, when you return to the slide, there is no wait and you slide right away. However, you can only check in to one slide at a time. I believe this new system will definitely take place at Volcano Bay to minimize people waiting in a line.

 

As for the unannounced "marquee attraction," I believe it will be a ProSlide water coaster because you can see the slide parts of it in the lot next to Wet N Wild. Also, it seems this is the only slide that hasn't been announced.

 

I'm very much looking forward to the opening of this water park!!! I can't wait until it opens!

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From the descriptions of the attractions, it seems some slides might be transferred over from Wet N Wild such as Aqua Drag Racer, Brain Wash, and Disco H2O.

I can't tell if Disco H2O is included in the mix but I definitely picked out Brain Wash (Puihi), Aqua Drag Racer (Punga Racers) and Black Hole (Taniwha Tubes). In addition, it looks like Volcano Bay will be getting the US's first ProSlide Flying Saucer installation as well as a double Tornado Wave.

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Disco H2O doesn't seem to fit the theme. It will be missed if it's gone. Ok, is it time to start a "save the disco" campaign ? (just kidding)

If there's any park it should move to, it's Kentucky Kingdom - most disco balls are made in Louisville.

 

The rendering makes it look like the cover is taken off the front of Brain Wash/Puihi.

 

Also, should I interpret the renderings as that the rides themselves are connected by the rivers?

 

 

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From the descriptions of the attractions, it seems some slides might be transferred over from Wet N Wild such as Aqua Drag Racer, Brain Wash, and Disco H2O.

I can't tell if Disco H2O is included in the mix but I definitely picked out Brain Wash (Puihi), Aqua Drag Racer (Punga Racers) and Black Hole (Taniwha Tubes). In addition, it looks like Volcano Bay will be getting the US's first ProSlide Flying Saucer installation as well as a double Tornado Wave.

 

From the description on the website, I'm thinking maybe they will have the Disco H2O slide but of course remove all of the disco theming and repaint it.

 

Maku slides you through a deep volcanic gorge before spinning wildly around bowl-like formations.

 

As for the Black Hole, based on my last visit to Universal and Wet N Wild last weekend, I believe Taniwha Tubes are already installed. If you drive by, you will see a slide complex filled with blue and green tube slides.

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Part of the greatness of Universal (and why our family ranks it ahead of Disney) is the convenience. We typitcally stay at the Hard Rock or the neighboring Portofino, where we can walk to anything. It does not appear that you can walk or take a water taxi to Volcano Bay. Can anyone confirm?

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