The Ultimate Insider Guide to Universal's Volcano Bay

by Leap on September 1, 2018 216 Orlando   Video

Guide to Universal's Volcano BayWhen you grow up in and around water, you get used to all of the fun things you can do in it. Splashing, diving, cannonballs, water balloons, water polo and so much more. Our frog family is at home in the water, so we think we're especially well equipped to provide the lowdown on Universal's Volcano Bay. We were lucky enough to visit Orlando's newest water park as part of its official opening last year and have spent plenty of time getting to know this waturi paradise.

This family guide has everything you need to know about the great slides, lazy rivers, virtual queue, dining options and even a few FAQs — it's all here. So hop to it!

Overview | Parking & Transportation | Hotel Benefits | Rides | TapuTapu Virtual Queue | TipsRestaurants | Cabanas & Express Passes | Discount Tickets | FAQs

Universal's Volcano Bay Overview & Theming

Kia'Ora! Or welcome. We couldn't help but be drawn into the story behind this water theme park with a huge volcano at its center. It begins with the native islanders who discovered Volcano Bay, the Waturi. As the legend goes, the Waturi traveled the ocean, searching for the Kunuku. This mythical fish guided the Waturi to Volcano Bay. Upon finding this island paradise, the Waturi made it their home — adding in all kinds of slides and experiences that used and celebrated water.

Universal Volcano Bay Guide

If the backstory is any indication, this isn't your typical water park. Universal is calling Volcano Bay it's "third gate," a water theme park. The powers that be have poured in the same level of detail, storytelling and immersion for Volcano Bay as it has done with Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida. They want you to feel as though you've just discovered this island paradise and won't ever want to leave. There are thoughtful details that transcend the typical water park experience.

Families will especially appreciate the conveniences of family restrooms scattered around the park that include private, roll-in showers. There is also ample seating and umbrellas in the sand at most rides' end, multiple bathrooms, including family and handicap bathrooms with showers, and multiple life jacket locations. These seemingly little details make for a much more relaxing theme and water park experience. There is also TapuTapu. This free wearable device allows guests to virtually queue plus more.

Universal's Volcano Bay Parking & Transportation

Guests not staying on-site at an official hotel will park in the regular Universal Orlando Resort parking structure located at Universal CityWalk. While parking at Universal CityWalk is not free, there are free shuttles from the Universal CityWalk parking lot to Volcano Bay. The Universal CityWalk address is 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando FL 32819 for your mapping pleasure. On-site hotel guests will have free bus transportation to Volcano Bay. They also have their own dedicated entrance to Volcano Bay at Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort and can walk from Universal's Aventura Hotel. To access the dedicated entrance from Cabana Bay, you will need to show your room key. All guests will go through security.

Universal's Volcano Bay On-Site Hotel Benefits

Universal Volcano Bay Guide - Waturi Beach

Aside from the amazing perk of being just a hop, skip and a jump away from the excitement, it makes a lot of sense to stay at a Universal Orlando Resort hotel. All on-site hotel guests will receive Early Park Admission to Volcano Bay, which is one hour early admission before the park opens for the day. While guests staying at select Universal Orlando Resort hotels receive free Universal Express Unlimited Passes at Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida, this benefit will not be extended to Universal's Volcano Bay.

The hotels closest to Universal's Volcano Bay are Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal's Aventura Hotel and  Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, although all of Universal's hotels are convenient and have free shuttles. Universal recently opened two new towers at Cabana Bay that are the closer to the water park. The Beachside Tower is the closest, and some of the rooms and family suites offer terrific views of the park. Speaking of family suites, these two new towers have a limited number of two-bedroom, two-bathroom suites. (Save by booking your Universal Orlando hotel room with us!)

Universal's Volcano Bay Rides & Entertainment

Krakatau Volcano

Universal Volcano Bay Krakatau

The centerpiece of Volcano Bay, Krakatau (kra-kuh-TAU), stands 200 feet above the park. It's the largest peak in Florida (no joke!), and when you climb all the way to the top you believe it! Krakatau Volcano really is the most amazing element of the park. From the front, it is absolutely spectacular, with streaming waterfalls and a glimpse of the clear tube of its most death-defying slide. At night, it will offer fiery lava effects.

Universal Volcano Bay - Krakatau Closeup

The back side is open, with a series of stairs to its highest rides and a mass of tubes. The park's icon serves as the base for four different slides.

Universal Volcano Bay Guide - Punga Racers

  • Krakatau Aqua Coaster: This first-of-its-kind-in-Florida family slide is the park's signature ride and a must-do! Krakatau Aqua Coaster will send your four-person canoe UPHILL and racing through dark twists and turns within the volcano. For a grand finale, you'll be sent plunging through a waterfall! This aqua coaster will use linear induction motor technology — magnets will "pull" your canoe up the side.
  • Ko'kiri Body Plunge: For those of you brave enough to take the plunge, you'll take a 70-degree fall though a drop door and down 125 feet of slide. Your reward will be sliding through a pool filled with guests!
  • Kala & Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides:  Join Kala and Tai Nui where sea and sky meet and take a leap of faith from high atop the volcano. Twin drop doors simultaneously plunge two guests down clear, intertwining tubes before sending them joyfully splashing into the turquoise waters below.
  • Punga Racers: A favorite among Waturi children of all ages, Punga Racers send single riders on their manta ray mats sliding down four lanes through underwater sea caves. And to this day, the first racer to cross the finish line receives a watery salute from Punga himself.

Wave Village

Wave Village is located at the base of Krakatau Volcano.

  • Waturi Beach: This is a sparkling, multi-directional wave pool where guests can swim and relax on the sand. There is abundant seating on the beach, and the option to upgrade to premium seating (two padded loungers with a canopy, lockbox, and food and drink attendant)  or indulge in private, one- or two-story cabanas.
  • The Reef: This adjacent leisure pool provides guests with calmer waters and exciting views of riders speeding through the clear tube of Ko’kiri Body Plunge.

Rainforest Village

Nestled along the shores of a river, Rainforest Village offers guests spots for relaxation and exhilaration.

  • Maku Puihi: North America’s first "saucer ride" sends multi-passenger rafts speeding around three saucer-shaped curves.

Universal Volcano Bay Guide - Ohno - Ohyah

  • Ohyah and Ohno Drop Slides: These two twisting slides launch guests from the tubes four- and six-feet above the water for an adrenaline-pumping plunge into this 10-foot deep pool. We really only recommend it for strong swimmers.
  • TeAwa The Fearless River: This swift-moving river has multiple places to get on and off. For parents or younger tadpoles who don't want to participate, there is a fabulous beach with covered seating between Maku Puihi and the Taniwha Tubes.
  • Taniwha Tubes: These are four separate Easter Island-inspired slides with rafts for single or double riders.
  • Puka Uli Lagoon: This tranquil zero-entry pool with sandy beach is the perfect spot for the younger tadpoles to just chill out while the more fearless ones tackle Ohyah and Ohno right next to it.

River Village

The colorful River Village offers fun for all ages, including the very youngest tadpoles.

  • Kopiko Wai Winding River: The picturesque lazy river passes through the volcano’s hidden caves, featuring spontaneous water effects and special nighttime lighting.
  • Tot Tiki Reef: This whimsical toddler play area has spraying Maori fountains, slides and a kid-size volcano.

Universal Volcano Bay Guide - Runamukka Reef

  • Runamukka Reef: Next to Tot Tiki Reef, this sprawling water play area is inspired by the coral reef. It is overflowing with twisting slides, sprinklers and more. For parents with younger tadpoles, this is probably the spot to rent a cabana (although there aren't many). Lily loves this area. We dare you to try to get your little one to leave!

Universal Volcano Bay Guide - Honu

  • Honu Ika Moana: It's one name, but two distinct multi-passenger raft slides. The daring among you will want to try Honu, with its two massive walls that make for some stomach-dropping moments. Ride the waves of Ika Moana just like the ancient Waturi on this longer, twisting journey.

Universal Volcano Bay TapuTapu Wearable

Universal Volcano Bay TapuTapu

Two common hassles found within water parks are carrying tubes and waiting in long lines —usually holding said tubes. Volcano Bay is trying to tackle those inconveniences by eliminating them. Its solution is TapuTapu — an interactive bracelet that you'll be given when you enter the park. TapuTapu is free and required to ride the slides. You'll give it back when you leave at the end of the day.

How does TapuTapu work on rides?

Universal Volcano Bay Guide - TapuTapu Rides

When you arrive at a ride, you'll see the current wait time. If you want to "get in line," just touch your TapuTapu on the totem pole. Then head to the wave pool or lazy river, or grab a cocktail and a bite to eat. Your TapuTapu will alert you when it's time to ride. You can only reserve one ride at a time. You might also be able to reserve Krakatau Aqua Coaster simultaneously with other rides. This was being offered when we visited, but we've heard that it isn't anymore. It doesn't hurt to check! If you find a shorter wait time at another ride, you can reserve it instead, but you'll lose your other virtual spot in line.

While initial reports on TapuTapu were mixed among guests (we had read reports of long wait times for rides and experienced them ourselves in the first weeks of operation), but we're hearing that guests are now finding the experience much improved!

What else does TapuTapu do?

Universal Volcano Bay Photos

TapuTapu lets guests unlock interactive features in the park — shooting water cannons on riders or revealing images inside Krakatau's hidden caves. You can use TapuTapu at special photo spots around the park to automatically link your photos to your My Universal Photo account.

Guests also have the option to add a credit card to their TapuTapu for the ultimate, hands-free park experience. (Universal is calling this TapTu Pay.) It's not required, but you can use it to pay for your locker, souvenirs or merchandise, food and drinks. I can't tell you how nice it is to be able to store your wallet safely in the locker and not have to retrieve it each time you need to make a purchase.

How to Set Up TapTu Pay

You can do this anytime, but we recommend you do it before you head to the park.

  1. Create a Universal Orlando account online or use the official app on your phone.
  2.  Tap the wallet icon (in the lower right corner of the app) or from the main menu.
  3. Enter your credit card information.
  4. Link your party's Volcano Bay tickets. You can key the numbers in manually, but scanning the bar code is easiest. Don't worry! You can set spending limits for each party member.
  5. Create a pin that your whole party will use for purchases.

If you set up an account, your card will be linked to your TapuTapu when you enter the park. At the end of the day, all of your personal information will be unlinked from it.

Our Top Volcano Bay Tips

1. Stay on-site at a Universal Orlando Resort hotel, preferably at Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort or Universal's Aventura Hotel. While all of the hotel guests can use the official Volcano Bay dedicated entrance at Cabana Bay, it is easier to get to if you're staying at Cabana Bay. You have to show your room key. You also get one hour early entry, which is the best way to experience the most popular rides with the lowest waits of the day.

2. Purchase a multi-day Universal park-to-park ticket that includes Volcano Bay or consider purchasing a Volcano Bay Express Pass if you only have one day. We really think the best way to experience Volcano Bay is to do it over a couple of days. Park hopping is easy at Universal, especially if you're staying at an on-site hotel and have older children. With longer summer hours, it's not a stretch to visit all three parks in one day. During a three-day visit, we'd plan for one dedicated day at Volcano Bay. We'd spend two days hopping between Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure, and then might hop over to the water park for a few hours in the evening.

3. Create your Universal account and your credit card if you're going to use the tap-to-pay functionality of TapuTapu before you get to the park. You'll find it super easy to eat, drink and be merry — plus rent a locker when your credit card is already tied to your account.

4. Arrive ahead of park opening, especially if you want to ride the rides. I cannot stress this enough.  If the water rides, particularly the thrill rides, are a priority, then hit them first thing. We would ride Krakatau Aqua Coaster first, then ride Ko’kiri Body Plunge and Kala & Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides

5. Have only one person go to the locker area. This is one of our theme park pet peeves, but the entire family doesn't need to hover around the locker. Make it easier on everyone (yourself included) and have one party member put everything away.

6. Pick a locker away from the entrance. If you want to avoid most of the congestion, keep walking once you enter the park to one of the further locker locations.

7. Pick your spot. If you aren't planning on renting premium seating or a cabana, there's another great benefit to arriving early — you can pick a prime spot with your chairs. Volcano Bay has great seating around the rides and attractions. If you have younger children, you might want to park it at the tadpole-friendly, smaller Puka Uli Lagoon pool. For older children or adults, you can't go wrong with Waturi Beach.

8. Plan on a hike to Ko’kiri Body Plunge and the Kala & Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides. These three rides are at the very top of the 200-foot Krakatau Volcano. I didn't count my hops, but it feels like it's at least double the number of steps of the other park rides. This is the highest peak in Florida after all! It's a shame TapuTapu won't count your steps!

9. Beware if you have a fear of heights AND claustrophobia. We mentioned the height, but those of you with a fear of confined spaces may want to skip the capsule drop slides with trapdoors (and there are clear panes so you can see what's below)!

10. Make sure you've got strong swimmers if you plan to do the Ohno and Ohyah drop slides. These two body slides plunge into a 10-foot deep pool!

Universal's Volcano Bay Restaurants & Dining

Universal Volcano Bay Restaurants - Fried Chicken

The Waturi people must have really enjoyed the cuisine of the many islands they visited before landing at Volcano Bay. Their culinary discoveries serve as the inspiration for the tempting food and beverages available in the park. There are several locations serving uniquely island-inspired meals for the entire family. There is the usual theme park food fare, but there are also more exotic options.

Kohola Reef Restaurant: Located at the base of Krakatau volcano and closest to the entrance of the park, this restaurant serves fresh island favorites, including tangy Mango BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Quinoa Edamame Burgers or crunchy Coconut Crusted Fried Chicken.

Universal Volcano Bay Vol's Fire PunchDancing Dragons Boat Bar: Shaped as an ancient outrigger canoe, this bar will refresh you with tropical cocktails and frozen drinks. Sit a spell and take in the volcano views. We highly recommend Vol's Fire Punch — a heady concoction featuring Mt. Gay Rum, fresh pineapple juice, agave, Sprite and grenadine.

Bambu: This shaded hideaway on the backside of the park offers quick-and-easy eats such as the Reka Burger, Pretzel Dog or the Tropical Fruit Salad.

Whakawaiwai Eats: Munch on dishes such as Island BBQ Chicken Pizza, Tropical Baby Greens Salad and Hawaiian Pizza. This is where you can find the hearty Shrimp Mac and Cheese. We like the shaded seating across the way that looks out to the back side of Runamukka Reef.

Kunuku Boat Bar: Also on the backside of the park, this is your stop for frozen drinks, specialty cocktails, fountain sodas and draft beers. It's named after the mythical fish that guided the Waturi islanders to Volcano Bay.

The Feasting Frog: This snack shop — SHAPED LIKE A TROPICAL FROG — serves drinks and snacks such as the Poke Poke Bowl, Taco Sampler or Plantain Chips & Guacamole.

Universal's Volcano Bay Cabanas, Premium Seating, Universal Express & More

Universal Volcano Bay Premium SeatingPremium Seating and Cabanas

For those of us more into shaded lounging than swimming, Volcano Bay has upgrades that offer more convenience and relaxation.

There is premium seating near the regular seating at the ride, lazy river and wave pool beaches. Premium seating includes a pair of padded loungers with an adjustable shade canopy and a built-in storage lockbox. You can enjoy the services of an area attendant who'll see to your food and drink orders. "We'll have another round of Vol's Fire Punch, please! Mommy Frog has found her happy place." He or she can also book your TapuTapu times without you having to reserve at the rides. Volcano Bay premium seating starts at $29.99 per pair per day plus tax. Call 1-877-489-8068 for reservations.

Go cabana or go home. Around the park, you can choose from one- or two-story cabanas that come with padded lounge chairs, a small refrigerator stocked with bottled water, complimentary fruit and snack basket, towel and locker service, plus concierge service with an exclusive menu of food and drink delivered directly to the cabana and TapuTapu ride booking. Prices start at $159.99 per day plus tax for single cabana units, which hold up to six people. They are available as upper-level cabanas with great views, ground-level cabanas for easy access or stand-alone cabanas with more privacy. Family suite cabanas, which hold up to 16 people, are available starting at $299.99 per day plus tax. These are large, private stand-alone cabanas. Call 1-877-489-8068 for reservations.

Universal Volcano Bay Cabanas

If you have tadpoles, you may want to consider the cabanas near Runamukka Reef or Puka Uli Lagoon. If you want a prime spot near Waturi Beach for all day waves, we like the cabanas closest to the Waturi Marketplace.

Volcano Bay Universal Express 

Water park visitors also have the option of purchasing Universal Express or Universal Express, which will be added onto your TapuTapu. With the Express Ticket, you can skip the virtual line at select attractions. You'll be directed to proceed to the boarding area, rather than given a return time.

Lockers

Continuing in the quest to improve the water park experience, Universal is making it easier to store and get to your stuff. Lockers are located in the different park areas, so you never have to be too far away.

Shopping

Universal Volcano Bay - Waturi Marketplace

There are several shops that offer sunscreen, swimsuits, hats, sunglasses, swim diapers and cool Universal's Volcano Bay logo merch.

Universal Volcano Bay Discount Tickets

If you've got your swim trunks, we've got your discount tickets. Really. We're selling Universal Volcano Bay discount tickets along with Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. If you're not sure which ones to get, don't fret. We've put together a post on which Universal Orlando ticket is best for your family.

Universal's Volcano Bay FAQs

Universal Volcano Bay Guide - Maku Puihi

What are the Volcano Bay ride height and weight restriction s? 

Height Restrictions vary on each attraction, but here are the basics:

  • If you are over 48" then you can go on everything, except the kiddie areas.
  • Some slides require those between 42" and 48" to ride with a supervising companion.
  • Rivers, pools and beaches have no height restrictions, but children between 42"–48" (107cm-122cm) must wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life vest.

As for Volcano Bay weight restrictions, some rides — including the multiple-rider, raft rides — have a weight limit. When you arrive at the top of the ride, a team member will have your party step into a square that discreetly weighs your group.

You can see height restrictions, plus a ton more information about each ride on our Universal Volcano Bay rides page.

What are the Volcano Bay multiple-rider rides?

Ika Moana, 2-5 riders

Honu, 2-4 riders

Krakatoa, 2-4 riders

Maku Puihi, 2-6 riders

Taniwha Tubes, 1-2 riders

What is the depth of the pools and slides?

Depths vary according to attractions. Riders should access their own ability to swim prior to boarding any slide or attraction. Riders can also review warning signs posted at the entrance to each ride prior to making a decision to ride. Strong swimming ability is required at both Ohyah and Ohno Drop Slides (pool depth is 10 feet) as well as the TeAwa Fearless River, which requires life jackets.

Is Volcano Bay accessible for guests with disabilities? 

Wheelchair accessibility is available at Maku and Puihi Round Raft Rides as well as Krakatau Aqua Coaster via elevator access. Guests using wheelchairs may also transfer from their wheelchair to Kopiko Wai Winding River, TeAwa Fearless River, Puka Uli Leisure Pool, The Reef Leisure Pool and Waturi Beach Wave Pool. Guests must meet all ridership requirements, which means maintaining proper riding experience throughout the attraction experience.

Here is more accessibility information from Universal's site.

Are there showers at Volcano Bay?

Universal Volcano Bay - Family Restrooms

Guests will find restrooms, showers and lockers scattered around the park for your convenience. Additionally, there are family restrooms around the park that offer more privacy, roll-in access and a shower.

Can I wear shoes on the slides? 

Flip flops, sandals and water shoes are allowed on some of the slides. We remember removing them before riding Maku Puihi, Ohno and Ika Moana. Slides that do not allow shoes have places to store them before you head up to the slide.

Is Volcano Bay open year-round?

Yes. You can experience it during the hot summer months and the cool winter days. Virtually all of the pools and Orlando water parks are heated during cooler times. Occasionally, the Orlando water parks close because of exceptionally cold days in the winter months, but they are few and far between.

Should I see Volcano Bay over another Orlando area water park?

If you're already planning a trip to Universal Orlando, we think it's definitely worth adding an additional day to experience Volcano Bay. It's also easy to add in a few hours here or there to your existing trip with the park-to-park tickets.

We hope you've learned everything you need to know before you head to Universal's Volcano Bay! If you still have questions, drop us a line in comments below!

Related: Why Stay at a Universal Orlando Hotel

Keep hopping!

Keep hopping, Leap!
View Comments
<<  Newer Posts | Older Posts  >>
1–50 of 129 comments
Mar 17, 2019 at 4:22 a.m. Frapp Says...

If you buy a 5 day 2 park PTP ticket from UT, can you upgrade to a 5 day 3 PTP ticket when you arrive? We’d like to see how busy it is first and there’s mixed feelings in our group about wanting the waterpark.

Would we then have to pay gate pricing?

Reply
Mar 21, 2019 at 8:07 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Frapp!

Yes, you may upgrade the ticket at the parks when you arrive, but you would need to pay gate price, as we do not offer Volcano bay as an add-on.

Keep hopping!

Leap

Reply
Mar 15, 2019 at 4:06 a.m. Mario Says...

Do we have to show our Florida I'd when picking up tickets purchased on line?

Reply
Mar 15, 2019 at 3:22 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mario!

If you have a voucher, you will need your ID to collect your tickets.

Keep hopping!

Leap

Reply
Feb 4, 2019 at 5:42 p.m. daniel Says...

short wetsuit allow at volcano bay?

Reply
Feb 4, 2019 at 2:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Daniel,

Yes, but they are not supplied and not allowed on all rides.

Keep hopping!

Leap

Reply
Jan 26, 2019 at 9:08 p.m. Nick Says...

Having now ridden it I really need someone to explain the hype for Krakatau Aqua Coaster. Schlitterbahn has been doing the water coaster for more than 20 years and their designs are SIGNIFICANTLY more fun than Krakatau. The linear induction adds absolutely nothing to the ride and every single water-jet-assisted water coaster I've been on blew Krakatau out of the water.

Reply
Jan 21, 2019 at 11:10 p.m. Jen Says...

My boyfriend and I will be visiting Universal Studios and Volcano Bay Orlando the second week in April. Should we purchase the fast pass or not?

Reply
Oct 31, 2018 at 3:58 a.m. Karen Worth Says...

Hello

My grandson and I are first-timers and we'll be visiting in early December. I read that the water is heated but in the event the weather is cool can we wear thin neoprene "wetsuits" ?

Thank you

Reply
Oct 31, 2018 at 11:09 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karen!

We don't believe wet suits are available for rental or purchase at Volcano Bay, but you are more than welcome to wear your own!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Reply
Oct 18, 2018 at 2:09 a.m. ShayJay Says...

So, we took advantage of some of your tips from Volcano Bay. I wanted to give you my own review of Volcano Bay, using many of your tips in your blog. My family Includes me, my husband, and two boys ages nine and thirteen.

In my opinion Vilcano Bay was definitely the smoothest and most organized park at Universal. Universal, please take note! First, the Tapu Tapu was awesome! It kept the lines moving efficiently. We like to sleep in a little while on vacation, so we didn’t get there till almost 11:00 AM. My second point is that we did not experience the crowds we expected, and there was still plenty of time to do all of the group rides. We did all the group rides at least once, and some twice. We only did the group ones, however we counted nine times where we actually rode a slide. This did not include the Lazy River and Fearless River , which we rode twice. We took advantage of our waiting periods to enjoy those activities. That being said, I would say this was a surprisingly productive and full day at a water park.

We had a late breakfast before we headed to the park. Therefore our plan for a late lunch worked. We were too busy riding to worry about lunch till we were done. You could pack snacks, but we did not, and our boys were fine. These are two boys that love to eat, and feel the need to snack when bored. They were too busy riding slides to notice. After we finished riding, then we ate a wonderful lunch with our quick service dining plan. I was pleasantly surprised that the quick service food offered had generous portions an assortment of choices and was tasty! You were so right! I don’t think you can go wrong eating at any of these restaurants.

We stayed at Cabanna Bay so the walk was quite short. It was such a short walk that there was no need to dry and change. We did rent a locker. Like you said, renting a locker is a great tip! Another important thing to remember is to bring towels from your hotel. Otherwise you will have to pay for them.

Now, we also had an express pass for all 3 parks! You were right. This is an important must for not only Volcano Bay, but also all the other parks as well. We were only had three days to do all three parks. It was also our first time to go, so we wanted to get as much done as we could. The express pass is well worth the money.

As you said , You don’t have to be an expert swimmer. However, the Fearless River is titled correctly. I would suggest keeping your children with you, or keeping them very close.

I also purchased the photo package, so I got all the ride photos. The freedom to not have to pack my phone was amazing! However, I do wish they had photographers stationed around the park to take advantage of the beautiful scenery. Please take note. It is a must to stop in at the photography shop to get your Tapu Tapu linked to your photo package. After this quick stop, it was a breeze!

The only other things that would be nice features for the Tapu Tapu to have would be the actual time of day, and a way to link the dining plan to it. The day we went, we had no trouble finding chairs to lay our shoes and towels on. Everyone there seems to be very respectful of your space, even when you are not there. We set up in a central location, but didn’t go back very much at all! Now this plan is for those who like to be one and done!

We stayed a total of about five hours. This included entering, doing all the things to set up the day while we were there, and finally eating. I felt that 9 rides plus the We were tired at the end, but we all agreed the park was a lot of fun! There were a lot of group rides for our family to connect and have fun together. The group rides were plenty enough adventurous for us. I have to give a big shout out to the staff at Volcano Bay, our hotel and all the parks for being so knowlegable, and friendly. In my opponion their attitudes made my vacation great!

A big shout out to you for all the tips in your blog. They were invaluable! I am sure you have much more helpful information to share.

Sincerely,

ShayJay

Reply
Oct 12, 2018 at 7:15 p.m. Randy Says...

Is there anywhere to change from wet clothes to dry clothes before leaving Volcano Bay? Other than standard bathroom stalls? Good info. Thanks.

Reply
Oct 12, 2018 at 2:54 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Randy!

Yep, you'll find changing stalls throughout the park :)

Keep hopping!

Leap

Reply
Sep 14, 2018 at 2:15 p.m. BrianaPW Says...

Thank you for all of this information! I’m planning on going here in 3 weeks, but I’m wondering if it is worth it for adults who can’t swim?

Reply
Sep 17, 2018 at 10:47 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Briana!

Absolutely worth it. Believe it or not, we aren't great swimmers ourselves and still enjoy every minute. Swimming is not necessary on most slides and in most pool areas.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Reply
Jul 16, 2018 at 4:13 a.m. Anna Says...

Would it be worth the trip for a pregnant person?

Reply
Jul 17, 2018 at 6:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Anna!

While many of the attractions at Volcano Bay are quite thrilling, and therefore, not recommended for a pregnant person ... we toadally recommend visiting for the rest of the experiences and the atmosphere alone! Volcano Bay is truly a beautiful, fun, relaxing park with awesome accommodations and food. We might even recommend upgrading to a cabana!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Reply
Jul 10, 2018 at 12:52 p.m. Mark Says...

Hi, Great info, thank you.

My wife to be an I are heading over for our honeymoon second week in Sept staying at the Hard Rock. Would you recommend booking a cabana for the two us as that something special and do you know if this is something we can do at the hotel when we arrive?

Many thanks

Reply
Jul 10, 2018 at 9:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mark!

Wow, this sounds like an awesome idea to make your trip extra special and relaxing! We think this is a great idea, and did you know the Hard Rock even has themed cabanas? There is a very good chance you'd be able to book a cabana upon arrival, but just to play it safe, we would recommend calling to reserve in advance at (407) 503-2236.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Reply
Jul 10, 2018 at 11:56 a.m. frank Says...

what r opening hours hours october

Reply
Jul 10, 2018 at 9:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Frank!

Volcano Bay is open between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. most days in October.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Reply
Jul 9, 2018 at 9:07 p.m. Janna Cosmo Says...

Good day. We just want to eat at one of the restaurants at the park, this Volcano Bay. Do we need to pay to get in and fall in line just to eat? Thanks.

Reply
Jul 10, 2018 at 9:42 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Janna!

Yes - you will need to have tickets for Volcano Bay in order to enter and eat at the park.

Keep hopping!

Leap

Reply
Jun 24, 2018 at 2:15 a.m. Mike Says...

Is there a spectator ticket? My wife has a broken arm and she would not be able to enjoy the attractions but would like to go spend the day with the rest of the family.

Reply
Jun 25, 2018 at 10:22 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike,

She'll still need a regular admission ticket in order to get in! But there's an awesome beach and wave pool to hang out by, plus a lazy river that's a lot of fun to relax and splash in.

Keep hopping!

Leap

Reply
Jun 18, 2018 at 2:59 a.m. Luke Skywalker Says...

Read the fine print - most prices listed on the website start "FROM". So be careful of all the upcharges and actual prices during "peak season". Much higher than what is on the website.

Express passes are a waste here. There is only one line per ride and everyone gets in it no matter if you have the express pass or not. The virtual line system works pretty well - basically it makes an appointment on when you need to come back (to get in line).

In my opinion - the express passes are a waste of money.

Reply
May 25, 2018 at 1:05 p.m. Claire Says...

Hi and thanks for the great information and advice. We will be traveling from Ireland and are a little confused with the Spring break rules. We are hoping to travel in the two weeks after Easter which we assumed would be quieter as international schools are back at that time but when researching Spring break it seems each college is different, break during Easter or after Easter. Can you offer any advice on this? Also, I see the Universal website is offering 'ride once' express passes for VB but, other than this page, I can't find anything confirming it. You mention early on this is currently unavailable. Do you know why and if it will become an option again?

Many thanks in advance for any help.

Kind regards from Ireland :)

Reply
May 29, 2018 at 3:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Claire,

Most spring breaks are during the month of March, but you are right, it definitely varies by school! Going after Easter is a good idea to beat most of the spring break and Easter crowds. Take a look at our Crowd Calendar for an idea of crowd levels.

You can now purchase Express Passes from Universal Orlando for Volcano Bay. We've updated this post to reflect that! Have a wonderful trip!

Keep hopping!

Leap

Reply
May 24, 2018 at 4:03 a.m. Francisco Says...

Hi,

I was wondering if multi-passenger rides required all members of the group to tap their taputapu to join the virtual line, or if it suffices if just one member of the group does it (from the perspective of time, it shouldn't make a difference, but the latter option is much more efficient for guests)

Reply
May 24, 2018 at 1:09 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Francisco,

Yes, all party members must tap their TapuTapu to join the virtual line!

Keep hopping!

Leap

Reply
May 15, 2018 at 2:46 p.m. Sam Says...

Can I bring my gopro on the slides?

Reply
May 15, 2018 at 3:36 a.m. Sam Says...

I have a small GoPro camera and ive seen many people using them on slides during our last visit. Can i use my camera on the slides at my own risk?

Reply
May 18, 2018 at 9:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sam,

The policies on GoPros change at many of the water parks. If you're set on bringing it, please check once you get to the park!

Keep hopping!

Leap

Reply
May 1, 2018 at 8:40 p.m. sam Says...

Are you allowed to bring outside food like chips (snacks) and bottled water

Reply
May 2, 2018 at 11:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sam!

Yes you are -- just no alcohol or glass containers!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Reply
Apr 24, 2018 at 7:53 a.m. Erika Says...

Hi there im wondering if it wont be as crazy crowded on April 30 and if the service for food/drinks is as good at the prefered seating loungers as it is in the private cabanas? Super helpful thx you

Reply
Apr 26, 2018 at 11:06 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erika,

According to our Crowd Calendar, April 30 shouldn't be a very busy day! The reserved seating at has an area attendant who takes orders, while the private cabanas has concierge service. The quality of service should still be great!

Keep hopping!

Leap

Reply
Apr 10, 2018 at 5:48 p.m. Michael Says...

Do you know what the dress code is for the Bay? My wife is looking into swim trousers due to chlorine affecting her skin and as a family we are looking into swim tops.

Reply
Apr 12, 2018 at 3:41 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michael,

Swim trunks and swim tops are fine to wear at Volcano Bay.

Keep hopping!

Leap

Reply
Mar 23, 2018 at 11:48 a.m. Lisa Says...

What do you recommend for visitors who wear prescription eye glasses?

Reply
Mar 29, 2018 at 10:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa,

That is a tricky question! We've seen some people use straps on their glasses to prevent them from flying off.

Keep hopping!

Leap

Reply
Mar 20, 2018 at 3:16 a.m. Renee Says...

Planning on visiting this week. My oldest kids will be going to universal islands of adventure and I was planning on taking the little one to volcano bay. Can I park and all of us go in to the entrance together by city walk and the older kids go their way and we go another? Are the parks within walking distance of each other like studios and adventure?

Reply
Mar 27, 2018 at 10:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Renee,

You'll need to take a bus over to Universal's Volcano Bay! It's possible to walk there, but it's a bit far, so we recommend on hopping on one of the park's buses.

Keep hopping!

Leap

Reply
Feb 28, 2018 at 9:37 p.m. Sasha Says...

I plan on visiting with my boyfriend in late April, however I'll be 5 months pregnant by the time, what are the restrictions on the rides for pregnant women?

Reply
Mar 5, 2018 at 1:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sasha!

Many of the rides at Volcano Bay are pretty intense. We recommend checking out the list of experiences to get a better idea of what you would feel comfortable with, and perhaps talk it through with your doctor as well. I would personally stick to the lazy river, myself!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Reply
Feb 23, 2018 at 6:57 p.m. Tenesia Says...

Hello, I see you all have height requirements per ride. But what exactly are the weight requirements for single and double rides specifically?

Reply
Feb 25, 2018 at 1:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tenesia!

Universal has not officially disclosed these numbers to the public, but you may be able to find a good answer here.

Keep hopping!

Leap

Reply
Feb 18, 2018 at 4:36 p.m. John E Oglesby Says...

Are the pools HEATED?

Reply
Feb 21, 2018 at 11:12 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi John!

Yes, the Volcano Bay pools are heated.

Keep hopping!

Leap

Reply
Nov 28, 2017 at 4:35 p.m. Megan Leinonen Says...

We are planning a trip in mid January. If the temperatures are in the 40-50's would the waterpark be open since the pools are heated??

Reply
Nov 28, 2017 at 1:10 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Megan,

Yes, we believe Volcano Bay should still be open.

Keep hopping!

Leap

Reply
Nov 27, 2017 at 6:34 p.m. Stacey Says...

I wear glasses and don't have contacts. Will my glasses fly off on the slides?

Reply
Dec 22, 2017 at 9 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Stacey,

On some of them, such as the body plunge rides, they might! We recommend you check with the team members stationed at each ride or consider using some band to keep them secure.

Keep hopping!

Leap

Reply
Nov 21, 2017 at 4:16 a.m. Grace Says...

Do you have to stand for the Ko'kiri Body Plunge?

Reply
Dec 22, 2017 at 8:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Grace,

Yes, you do!

Keep hopping!

Leap

Reply
Nov 15, 2017 at 2:58 p.m. Megan Smallhoover Says...

It looks like universal express is now being used at volcano bay? Can you confirm?

Reply
Nov 11, 2017 at 8:26 a.m. Samira Says...

I have few question.

Firstly,Is there any option to cover volcano bay and island of adventure in the same day, excluding universal studio.( park to park ticket)

Secondly, for somebody who does know swimming, is there any life jackets available?

Reply
Nov 17, 2017 at 2:34 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Samira,

The park-to-park ticket covers all three parks. Yes, there are life jackets available at Universal's Volcano Bay.

Keep hopping!

Leap

Reply
Nov 5, 2017 at 1:16 p.m. Shayna Says...

We weren’t originally planning to go to volcano bay but we got the buy two get two and it includes volcano bay, how busy do you think the water park will be a weekday the week following thanksgiving? We have the unlimited express passes for the other parks so we don’t need to plan around crowds for those. If you think it will be too busy we may avoid that park still.

Reply
Nov 5, 2017 at 2:32 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shayna,

Looking at our Crowd Calendar, we're forecasting average crowds at Volcano Bay during that week.

Keep hopping!

Leap

Reply
Nov 5, 2017 at 12:35 p.m. Tash Says...

Hi, we are going to volcano bay next week and very excited just a bit confused about the volcano part...... is there an actual show in the evening to watch or is it just a water park like normal? Sorry for the confusion!!

Thank you

Reply
Nov 5, 2017 at 2:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tash,

It's not a show, but more of a water feature on the volcano. There is a pathway into the volcano that you should check out.

Keep hopping!

Leap

Reply
Nov 4, 2017 at 9:10 a.m. Barb Says...

That’s not the largest peak in Florida. There are landfills taller than 200 ft. and plenty of hills in the panhandle and central Florida higher than that as well.

Reply
Nov 3, 2017 at 4:09 p.m. Christina Says...

Hi I'm going November 5 on Sunday would you still recommend being at park when it opens

Reply
Nov 3, 2017 at 11:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Christina,

Yes, we do. Have fun!

Keep hopping!

Leap

Reply
Oct 27, 2017 at 3:17 p.m. Diana Says...

We went with my mom and 3yr old..we had a great time...the only thing we had trouble with was the life vest for my 3yr old..it didnt fit right..she couldnt move or swim in it ..we brought her bubbles but was told we couldnt use them.

Reply
Sep 22, 2017 at 12:39 p.m. BILL Says...

Tapu system is horrible. While the concept of reserving ride times is admirable the system they have is ridiculous. Fire the person who devised it and sentence the executive who approved it to a lifetime of waterpark hell using the idiotic, asinine Tapu system ay Volcano Bay.

Reply
Aug 14, 2017 at 2:52 a.m. Amy Says...

I read an article - not sure where - that stated that you could ride certain other rides while you were waiting on your taputapu return time. But reading here I am getting that you can "get in virtual line" for one ride and while waiting can't "physically get in line" to ride something different. Is that correct? Also, If you have a disability access pass from the theme parks can you use that here too?

Reply
Aug 14, 2017 at 7:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy,

Universal has experimented with different ways to use the Tapu Tapu system. For a while, they were allowing you to use certain slides without a Tapu Tapu reservation. That seems to change often. It's best to go in with what's stated in the guide.

The GAP pass is not accepted at Universal's Volcano Bay.

Keep Hopping!

Leap

Reply
Aug 6, 2017 at 10:16 p.m. joe taraska Says...

Would like to take 2 children age 6 and 10--is this the best water park for them and are there moderate slides for this age at volcano bay

Reply
Aug 7, 2017 at 11:26 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joe,

It really depends if your kids enjoy thrilling slides, which is what Volcano Bay specializes in. If not, we recommend Aquatica by SeaWorld, or one of the Disney parks, which offer tamer slides for everyone.

Keep Hopping!

Leap

Reply
Aug 6, 2017 at 8:57 a.m. Kim Says...

My husband took the kids there on Friday and arrived at 10:15. The park was already at capacity and they were turning everyone away. Sad day.

Reply
Aug 5, 2017 at 9:53 p.m. Caroline Says...

I am coming from the UK mid October, do you think the park will be as busy then? I was hoping not to have to get there at opening time to actually gain access. What do you think October will be like?

Reply
Aug 7, 2017 at 11:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Caroline,

Since this will be Volcano Bay's first time operating in October, we can't say for certain. However, if we look at the Crowd Calendar for October, we would expect it to be similar to the other parks. Know that my arriving later, you may miss out on experiencing some of the slides as well as securing a beach chair.

Keep Hopping!

Leap

Reply
Aug 4, 2017 at 4:57 p.m. Kate Fisher Says...

Just FYI - correction may be needed to the information above. I just booked premium seating at wave pool and was informed by Universal that the concierge for that seating are only allowed to reserve ride times for premium seating guests if the reservation system is malfunctioning. Otherwise you are required to go to the ride and reserve with your bracelet. They said the concierge will only provide food/drink service.

Reply
Jul 29, 2017 at 11:29 p.m. Diana Leal Says...

Hello! Thank you for this review!! Do you know if express pass will be available in september??

Reply
Aug 2, 2017 at 11:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Diana,

We are currently unsure of when Express Pass will be available at Universal's Volcano Bay.

Keep hopping!

Leap

Reply
Jul 29, 2017 at 11:24 a.m. Olivia Says...

I will be 5 months pregnant when I visit volcano bay will this restrict me from going on any rides?

Reply
Aug 1, 2017 at 3:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Olivia,

Most of the slides are not recommended for expectant mothers. Check out Universal's Volcano Bay Riders' Guide here. There are other things to enjoy though, like the lagoon and the Kopiko Wai Winding River.

Keep hopping!

Leap

Reply
Jul 28, 2017 at 5:29 p.m. Nat Says...

Hey! Great post I have one quick question are there chairs with umbrellas or do we have to purchase an umbrella?

Thank you

Reply
Aug 1, 2017 at 3:33 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nat,

There are some lounge chairs with umbrellas located on Waturi Beach that are open to all. You have to grab these pretty early in order to secure one. There are other premium spots available for purchase, as well.

Keep hopping!

Leap

Reply
Aug 4, 2017 at 5:50 p.m. Nat Says...

Hey, thanks for replying are there umbrellas located in other parts of the park such as river village? Or the umbrellas are only located in the front of the park in the main beach? And do you have any idea where the best seating is for someone in a wheelchair?

Thank you

Reply
Aug 4, 2017 at 5:57 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Nat,

There are limited beachy areas with umbrellas located all around Volcano Bay. The area near Ohno/Oyeah sides may be the easiest place for someone in a wheelchair to easily transfer to a beach chair. Guest Services at Volcano Bay may have other suggestions.

Keep Hopping!

Leap

Reply
Jul 20, 2017 at 12:56 a.m. Sandy Says...

Can you bring in a bag cooler with waters and snacks

Reply
Jul 20, 2017 at 11:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sandy,

Yes, you can bring in small insulated bags with a limited amount of water and snacks. Universal Orlando's site says that soft-sided insulated bags no larger than 8.5" wide x 6" high x 6" deep, bottled water (maximum 2 liters) and small snacks that do not require heating are acceptable.

Keep hopping!

Leap

Reply
Jul 18, 2017 at 9:12 p.m. With Diana Says...

With Diana's comments in mind, we got there ok. After that forget about it. Kids were unhappy about the whole taputapu concept. While everyone waited for their time to ride, they hogged the lazy river and inner tubes. We left in a hour, went back to universal park. Volanco bay needs lots of fine tuning

Reply
Jul 17, 2017 at 4:09 p.m. Diana Says...

Honest review. The park is very pretty But needs work on the Taputapu concept. I arrived at 9 am by the time we were able to go on the 1st ride was 12. I wouldn mind the wait but you can not ride any other until you are done with the 1st ride. Then I went for the second ride and the wait was 240 minutes... again me and my family were on the lazy river or the wave pool all the time. I like the Taputapu concept but at least you should be able to check for 2 rides and get 2 different times not to mention that from 9 am to 9 pm we were only able to ride 4 rides.... at least put rides that you can use without the Taputapu.... We had a good time but I will not come back to Volcano Bay and will rather go to Blizzard Beach, Aquatica or Typhoon Lagoon.

Reply
Jul 15, 2017 at 5:39 p.m. tony Says...

can we walk to the park as we won`t be hiring a car.

Reply
Jul 17, 2017 at 4:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Tony,

It depends on where you're staying at (if you'll be in walking distance to the park). If you're staying on-site, then you can definitely walk to the park. A few off-site hotels are also within walking distance, but not many.

Keep hopping!

Leap

Reply
Leave a comment
Name is required. Email is required. Please input a comment.
About Us
About Undercover Tourist

Undercover Tourist is the leading supplier of online discount tickets to Orlando, Florida-area attractions, including Walt Disney World® Resort, Universal Orlando ResortTM, SeaWorld® Orlando Resort, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort and more.

Sign up for our newsletter!
Please enter your Name
Please enter your Email address
Now Offering
donaldduck

disneyland® resort california

Theme Park Tickets!
footer grass

Contact:  1 (800) 846-1302 (USA)  |  1 (386) 239-8624 (Worldwide)

Sign up for Our Newsletter Let's Plan a Better Family Vacation

monthly news, planning tips and special deals

Please enter your Name
Please enter your Email address

Contact Us

Send Feedback

Or call 1 (800) 846-1302 (USA)

1 (386) 239-8624 (Worldwide)


©2000–2019 Undercover Tourist. All rights reserved. | Privacy Policy | Terms & Conditions
As to Disney photos, logos, properties: ©Disney
lilypad
Newsletter logo

Sign Up for Our Newsletter

monthly news, planning tips and special deals from the Frog Family

Please enter your Name Please enter your Email address
×

Thank you for joining our email list!

Joined email list logo

You should be receiving your first email soon!
Thanks for being a part of the family.

×

Create An Account

In order to save your favorite items, you'll need to create an account.
Already have one? Sign in.

An Undercover Tourist account allows you to:

Join The Frog Family
No thanks ×
Planning an upcoming vacation?

Sign up to receive our newsletter with free printable park plans, FastPass+ recommendations and more!

Error. Please try again.


Nope, I'm not going on a trip.