While much of our attention over the past week has been focused on the imminent opening of Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom, just up the road Universal Orlando Resort has also been gearing up for its own big opening next week, the brand new Volcano Bay water park. However, it looks like Universal is far from done with their ambitious plans for the resort’s future growth. Not only are they still working on the Cabana Bay expansion and the Aventura Tower hotel (as well as the Fast and Furious: Supercharged attraction and of course Nintendo Land), but now two additional projects have been confirmed to be in development for the resort as well, including one that may be starting construction in just a few days.
Construction on Volcano Bay’s first expansion to begin next month
Volcano Bay hasn’t even welcomed its first paying guest yet, but it looks like Universal has a lot of faith in this new park, as an executive at Universal Creative has revealed that a 5-acre expansion Volcano Bay is in the works, and will actually begin construction in the very, very near future. Like as in next month. According to CNN, the vice-president and executive art director of Universal Creative let slip during an interview that an expansion for this park is officially in the works, saying that construction on this project (which was not detailed) “could start [as soon as] in three weeks.”
Of course, when reporters followed up asking about specifics for this plan, Universal was non-committal, with spokesman Tom Schroder saying that the resort was “entirely focused on May 25 and making that great.”
Still, even though the executive might have jumped the gun on the announcement, it doesn’t seem that far-fetched that Universal would be planning to expand Volcano Bay already, especially as this project was fast-tracked from announcement to opening, which undoubtedly put some constraints on what Universal could do with the new park. Now that an opening is imminent, Universal has the freedom to continue to add to this park at their own pace to keep guests coming back to this new park, which has the unique distinction of having been designed from the ground up to be the world's first park without lines.
And though this expansion has been confirmed (but not quite announced), there’s another project that Universal has been in the works for almost three years now, but could be finally ready to see an official announcement soon...