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Universal Orlando temporarily closing Volcano Bay for maintenance

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Universal Orlando Resort is closing its water park Volcano Bay in order to “conduct annual maintenance on several attractions” between November 2020 and March 2021.

Universal’s Volcano Bay will begin the “seasonal closure” on November 2. It is set to reopen on or before March 1, 2021.

The company is using the seasonal closure “to conduct annual maintenance on several attractions and areas of the park at some time”.

“We are working with guests who have purchased tickets to visit Volcano Bay during this timeframe as well as Universal Orlando Annual Passholders affected by this update,” said Universal.

“It’s typical in the industry for water parks to do seasonal closures during winter months for maintenance purposes,” Universal said in its FAQs.

According to the FAQs, Universal’s current plan is “to only close Volcano Bay for this season so we can perform annual maintenance throughout the park at the same time”.

This marks the first seasonal closure for Volcano Bay, which has operated in a year-round capacity since it opened in 2017.

‘Typical for water parks to do seasonal closures’

Universal Volcano Bay water park design
Universal Volcano Bay

Volcano Bay closed temporarily in mid-March alongside other attractions at Universal Orlando Resort. It reopened in mid-June.

Tickets for Volcano Bay remain on sale for guests who plan to visit before November 2, and are available for visits beginning March 1, 2021.

Universal Orlando has finally unveiled the Jurassic World VelociCoaster, heading to Islands of Adventure in 2021 as the fastest and tallest launch coaster in Florida.

The resort also expanded its schedule for Halloween, and will be offering its new haunted houses on additional dates, despite the cancellation of Halloween Horror Nights 2020.

Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure and Volcano Bay all hit limited capacity on September 19 as Universal Orlando launched the new haunted houses.

Meanwhile, Walt Disney World Resort plans to reopen one of its water parks, Blizzard Beach or Typhoon Lagoon, in March 2021. They have been closed in response to COVID-19 since March 2020.

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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