Universal Orlando Resort will officially open its new 750-acre Volcano Bay waterpark in 2022, as the theme park renews its focus on family-friendly entertainment.

Universal and Comcast, the company that owns NBCUniversal, announced on Wednesday that Volcano Bay will officially open on August 4, 2022.

The second phase of development of Volcano Bay will be to install an additional 4,000 attractions for a total of 8,000 by 2021.

Universal began construction on Volcano Bay in February 2017. The theme park is based on the second original Universal Studios park after Universal Studios Hollywood in California.

The park has already been expanded to accommodate its waterpark guests, adding a retail, food and drink area called CityWalk with a variety of activities and attractions located on a largely empty portion of Universal Studios.

Patrons can additionally travel to another area, Volcano Bay Swings, by moving through a rope bridge and footbridge, taking advantage of a retractable-rope ride.

Huge improvements have been made to the theme park to give the new waterpark its own distinct character. Universal is enhancing water park attractions with a mix of thrill and relaxation elements to make Volcano Bay unique.

Universal is also adding the Adventure Island waterpark in two stages, with its first stage scheduled to open on November 2, 2019.

The first phase is due to feature six attractions and two restaurants, while the second stage is scheduled to open by the end of 2021.

Universal Orlando Resorts President and Chief Executive Officer Thomas A. Williams said: “At Volcano Bay, we understand that every family should have the opportunity to learn and grow together.

“That’s what we strive to do every day and is at the heart of Universal Orlando’s efforts to make both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure fans proud of the destination.

“We’re just getting started and look forward to unveiling more details as we gear up for our next phase of growth.”

According to Ted Dziedzic, Chief Creative Officer for Universal Orlando, Volcano Bay is more than a waterpark – it offers a multi-discipline environment where visitors can enjoy multiple activities.

Dziedzic added: “In Volcano Bay, we’re building a memorable family vacation with a fun and interesting experience that inspires everyone to connect with new ideas.

“Hovering above and beneath the waters, our treetops offer a view of the attractions and shopping at Volcano Bay while a free-fly canopy walk allows guests to experience the lush canopy, as well as their surroundings.

“At the park, we introduce family-friendly physical challenges that lead to challenging experiences that improve children’s perception and challenge their perception of heights. This will enhance their learning about heights, encouraging them to discover and discover.”

Guests will be able to spend their nights at Volcano Bay with a number of experiences and activities that expand beyond its role as a theme park. A new Late Night Social event, Monsters Lair, launched with Halloween Haunt, allowing guests to partake in a series of adventures with friends and family.

Suites located around CityWalk’s outdoor plaza also feature views of the waterpark, as well as a spa, pool and restaurant. Guests can unwind at CityWalk’s high-end dining and retail areas, which will be filled with new amenities and offerings that will be unveiled as parts of the current expansion of the theme park.

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