A pool at the Loews Sapphire Falls at Universal Orlando Resort
Universal Resort Orlando will add 4,000 hotel rooms at the 64-acre site of the Wet 'n Wild waterpark, which closed in December 2016, according to press reports. Plans also call for three parking garages to be built on the property.
This latest news is part of robust growth plans for Universal Orlando. The 1,000-room Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, above, debuted last year with 115,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 41,000-square-foot ballroom, a 31,000-square-foot hall, 16 breakout rooms, some 27,000 square feet of prefunction space and 16,000 square feet of outdoor event space. Other amenities at the Caribbean-themed property include a swimming pool with a water slide, cabanas and a fire pit.
This May will mark the debut of Volcano Bay, a 30-acre water park. The attraction has four themed areas with features including a multidirectional wave pool with sandy beaches, a winding river, twisting multi-rider raft rides, a 200-foot waterfall and speeding body slides that drop from the top of a volcano into the waters below.
Also coming soon is the expansion of Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort. The project includes the addition of two new towers comprising 400 guest rooms, adding to the property's current 1,800 rooms. The 600-room Aventura Hotel, opening in summer 2018, will be the theme park's first property to feature a rooftop bar and grill with scenic views.