06.08.2017

Volcano Bay erupts at Universal Orlando

Volcano Bay erupts at Universal Orlando (Photo: Universal Orlando Resort)

A couple of seconds after the trap door in the water slide's launch capsule opened, I was plummeting in near darkness at breakneck speed with no end in sight. Many thoughts were racing through my mind: I can't believe how steep this is. I can't believe how fast I am going. What the heck did I get myself into? Will this thing ever end? If, in fact, it does end, will my bathing suit still be firmly attached to my body?

Having survived the Ko'okiri Body Plunge, one of the featured attractions at the new Volcano Bay water park at Universal Orlando, I can report that it did, in fact, end, and that my bathing suit (as well as my dignity) remained intact. Barely intact, however, was my ability to brave the ultra-challenging ride. (As a thrill ride fanatic, it should be noted that this is a very good thing.) The Ko'okiri Body Plunge was the single most terrifying water slide I had ever experienced — until I tried the park's even wackier Kala and Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides.

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