It's official. Universal Orlando has submitted plans for a water park with a volcano feature south of its Cabana Bay Beach Resort.
An engineering consultant confirmed that the project east of Turkey Lake Road is a "water theme park" in a report filed with the South Florida Water Management District on Friday.
A report from Professional Services Industries Inc. said "a "tall 'volcano' with slides will be constructed on the southern portion of the site." There will be a wave pool at the volcano's equipment bunker. There also will be a lazy river and rapids ride, according to the plans.
Last year, Universal filed stormwater permit documents for the project with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, saying construction will go on through November 2016, with 53 acres of "land disturbance." Those documents did not identify what the project would be. Speculation about a water park has gone on for months.
NBCUniversal owns the Wet 'n Wild water park across Interstate 4. The company recently replaced Wet 'n Wild's longtime general manager with a Universal park veteran.
A Universal spokesman could not be reached for comment.
(The photo above is a concept design of a planned vocano for former Universal park Costa Caribe in Spain, which was never built)