2017 at the Universal Orlando Resort will see the opening of a new water park and an attraction starring the much beloved The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon!
Don’t forget that I will be sharing my favorite picks for 2017 at the Theme Parks this Friday on icFlorida’s Best Bets on WFTV!
New In 2017: Universal Orlando Resort
Volcano Bay Water Park
At Volcano Bay ‘Water is life’, and this next generation of water park will have 30 acres of fun for the entire family that will feature four distinct areas with highly themed attractions and details.
At the heart of the island stands Krakatau™, the mighty Fire and Water Volcano. Towering 200 feet above the tropical landscape, Krakatau streams waterfalls during the day and fiery lava effects at night. Inside the cavernous volcano the Waturi people dare you to brave a variety of heart-pounding water slides.
Krakatau™ Aqua Coaster
Honorary Waturi can experience the power of Krakatau™ on this amazing ride. Four-person canoes slide upward through the mists and into the dark twists and turns within the volcano before emerging with a plunge through a shimmering waterfall.
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 & Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides
Join Kala and Tai 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 Racers 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 tiki statues spray jets of water when you least expect it.
One of the main focuses of Volcano Bay is to enhance the guest experience at the park with the power of the TapuTapu wearable (included in admission) that allows you to virtually wait in attraction queues, retrieve tubes and mats at the slides instead of carrying them around the park, and the chance to unlock secret features along the way with a wave of your arm.
Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon
Join Jimmy Fallon and some familiar favorites on The Tonight Show on this all-new attraction that will take you on a one-of-a-kind adventure speeding down The Tonight Shows’s hallways and through the iconic streets and icons of New York City onboard the world’s first-ever flying theater.
But before your ride experience begins, you will get the chance to walk the halls of NBC Studios on a VIP experience that includes:
Take in a special live performance from the Ragtime Gals barbershop quartet,
Meet and interact with The Tonight Show’s beloved mascot Hashtag the Panda,
Step into Studio 6B Club where you can play host at their own Interactive Desk where you will be able to send Jimmy Fallon’s famous Thank You Notes to friends and family,
Prep for your race with a ‘Jimmy Drive’ retro-style video game, and
Watch some of your favorite “The Tonight Show” clips.
Get an up-close look at significant moments in the 62-year history of one of television’s most popular franchises, “The Tonight Show” with real props, cue cards, set pieces, and even actual suits of past and present hosts to NBC video cameras used to record the show to cue cards used in past episodes.
Also check out New in 2017: Walt Disney World Resort!