Universal Orlando water theme park

An artist's rendering of Volcano Bay water park, released on May 28.
An artist's rendering of Volcano Bay water park, released on May 28. (Universal Studios Orlando)

Universal Orlando's new water park will be named Volcano Bay, and should open some time in 2017, the company confirmed on May 28.

Anticipation has built for details on the park ever since a map of future development for the International Drive corridor was distributed at an event in mid-March which inadvertently leaked the project's name.


Universal has since declined to comment on any details about the water park. It is officially known as the company's "Project 533" on public documents filed with the South Florida Water Management District and Orlando City Planning.

The water district gave its approval in March for construction and operation of a 38.99-acre commercial development dubbed Project 533. Those documents noted that of the usable 33.74 acres, about 3.72 acres would include buildings, 12.82 acres would be open space and 17.2 acres would be pavement.

On an Administrative Master Plan filed with Orlando City Planning, the project is described as having 13 "resort amenities" ranging between 20 feet and 200 feet in height. The term "resort amenity" was not defined further but could include rides and attractions.

The park will be located directly south of the Cabana Bay Beach Resort off of Adventure Way. Site work is already under way on the plot of land and that location was specified in documents referencing Project 533.

Location: Universal Orlando
Owner: Universal Orlando (NBC Universal)
Start Date: sitework began in first quarter 2015 (not confirmed by Universal)
End Date: 2017
Project Budget: unconfirmed
General Contractor: read about contractors seen on the site in mid-May
Description: A water theme park that is expected to feature a tall volcano with water slides, a wave pool, lazy river and rapids ride.