Thea Awards Recipients

Thea Awards 2019

Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement - Water Theme Park

Volcano Bay, Universal Orlando Resort, Orlando, Florida

Volcano Bay is the third theme park to open within the Universal Orlando Resort. This Polynesian-inspired, water-themed park consists of four distinct villages, 18 attractions, six restaurants, retail, real sand beaches and the 200-foot-tall Krakatau Volcano. Guests can enjoy all Volcano Bay has to offer without standing in lines or carrying personal flotation devices, thanks to the revolutionary Tapu Tapu bracelets.

The entire park beckons with the promise of escape, relaxation and adventure and lives up to the belief that ‘Water is Life and Life is Joy.’ Once inside, guests are transported to a quintessential tropical island paradise that’s every bit as exciting or serene as they wish. Guests can float along the Kopiko Wai Winding River, play in the waves of Waturi Beach, ride the Krakatau Aqua Coaster and experience a 125-plunge speed slide, racing slides, body slides and the TeAwa raft ride. Island-inspired dining and shopping are featured in the park.

The revolutionary Tapu Tapu bracelets entitle guests to all privileges and conveniences of the island including: virtual queueing, cashless transactions for lockers and cabanas, to view and purchase photos captured throughout the day and enjoy dining and retail, all with just a tap of the wrist. They can even use Tapu Tapu to unlock some island magic all around the park.

Volcano Bay truly merges a water park and a theme park into something representative of the high standards of our industry, and raises the bar for water parks in general.

Photo: Wideshot of Universal's Volcano Bay Water Theme Park,; used with permission

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