The Ultimate Insider Guide to Universal's Volcano Bay

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 Volcano Bay. We were lucky enough to visit Orlando's latest water park as part of its official opening in 2017 and since then 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! 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 its "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 they did with Universal's Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida. Universal wants 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, and more (but you do have to give back before you leave!).

Universal 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 the Volcano Bay entrance. 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. Universal Orlando Resort hotel guests 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 Volcano Bay On-Site Hotel Benefits

Volcano Bay - 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.

If you want to stay at one of the hotels closest to Universal's Volcano Bay, check out Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal's Aventura Hotel (both as low as $190 a night) or Loews Sapphire Falls Resort (as low as $252 a night), although all of Universal's hotels are convenient and have free shuttles. Universal recently opened two new towers at Cabana Bay that are 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 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.

Volcano Bay Rides - 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.

Volcano Bay Rides - 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 uses linear induction motor technology — magnets "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. 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.

Volcano Bay Rides - 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 of 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 - 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!

Volcano Bay Rides - 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?

Volcano Bay Rides - Using TapuTapu

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. Look out for rides that say “Ride Now.” You can hop right onto those rides without losing your spot in a virtual line for another attraction.

What else does TapuTapu do?

Volcano Bay Rides - TapuTapu

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 any time, 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 Universal 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. If you happen to lose your TapuTapu, go to Guest Services. While you can have some peace of mind that someone would be unable to make purchases without your pin number, a team member can take extra precautions and disconnect the lost wristband from your account.

Our Top Universal 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 Volcano Bay 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 connect 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 — and also to 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!

11. Volcano Bay does not provide any free towels, so be sure to bring your own if you do not want to rent them (it costs $4.99).

Universal Volcano Bay Restaurants & Dining

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.
  • 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 Bambu Burger, Waturi Mahi Sandwich or Island Chicken Salad.
  • Whakawaiwai Eats: Munch on dishes such as Island BBQ Chicken Pizza, Tropical Baby Greens Salad and Pretzel Dog. This is where you can find the hearty Jerk 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 Volcano Bay Cabanas, Premium Seating, Universal Express & More

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 $49.99 per pair per day plus tax and gratuity. 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 $199.99 per day plus tax and gratuity 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 $599.99 per day plus tax and gratuity. These are large, private stand-alone cabanas. Call 1-877-801-9720 for reservations.

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, 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

Volcano Bay - Waturi Marketplace

There are several shops that offer sunscreen, swimsuits, hats, sunglasses, swim diapers and cool Universal 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 Volcano Bay FAQs

Universal Volcano Bay FAQ - Maku Puihi

What are the Volcano Bay ride height and weight restrictions? 

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.
  • The Kopiko Wai Winding River, pools and beaches have no height restrictions, but children between 42"-48" (107 cm-122 cm) 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 assess 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 Universal 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 Volcano Bay! If you still have questions, drop us a line in comments below!

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Sep 15, 2019 at 1:27 a.m. Kara Says...

I am going to Volcano Bay, do I need beach towels?

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Sep 16, 2019 at 12:25 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kara!

Volcano Bay charges for beach towels, so if you're okay bringing your own with you, you'll save some extra cash :)

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Sep 9, 2019 at 3:27 p.m. Grace Says...

I noticed that Universal’s website lists the weight limit for Punga Racers as 150 lbs. This would eliminate many if not most adults. Is this ride being geared toward children now?

I was surprised since the official photo for the ride shows adult men riding it.

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Sep 10, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Grace!

This is a new change, as you noted, but the restriction is in place now (even some of the signage hasn't been swapped out just yet).

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Jul 3, 2019 at 10:50 p.m. Bal Says...

My 9yr old finds fully enclosed tubes claustrophobic. Is there enough other good thrill slides/rides for her to enjoy?

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Jul 10, 2019 at 9:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Bal!

Most of the slides available include partially enclosed tubes, though your tadpole can still enjoy the lazy river and wave pool. Likewise, the raft slides are enclosed but a bit wider. We'd suggest watching some YouTube videos together so that she can see what it's like ahead of time, and can decide from there.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 28, 2019 at 2:49 p.m. Michelle Says...

Are life vest provided for children under 48"?

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Jun 28, 2019 at 1:51 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Michelle!

Yes, they do. There are a wide variety of sizes available free of charge at stations throughout the park.

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Jun 26, 2019 at 7:47 p.m. Don Says...

Hi, do you know if the 2 story cabanas "sell-out". If so, how far in advance should I make the reservation?

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Jun 28, 2019 at 1:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Don!

Yes, these do sell out, especially in the summer. We recommend calling as soon as you're able to do so; Universal is accepting reservations through the end of 2019 at this time!

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Jun 20, 2019 at 11:44 p.m. Jenny Says...

What does largest peak in FL mean? Like literally a mountain peak or what?

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Jun 24, 2019 at 2:53 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenny,

Yes, a mountain peak ;)

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Jun 9, 2019 at 7:53 p.m. Jon Says...

are shirts allowed on all slides? If not, which ones require you to take them off?

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Jun 10, 2019 at 12:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jon!

The only rides that T-shirts are not allowed are the trapdoor drop slides.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 9, 2019 at 2:39 a.m. Angela Says...

1) Are there breakfast options at Volcano Bay?

2) Does the Universal Express pass apply at Volcano Bay?

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Jun 12, 2019 at 7:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Angela!

No, there are unfortunately no breakfast options that we are aware of. You are also able to add on an Express Pass to skip the virtual line when you purchase your ticket.

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Jun 8, 2019 at 3:11 a.m. Jason Says...

Does the rides allow gopros?

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Jun 10, 2019 at 12:43 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jason!

Go Pros are permitted in pools and lazy rivers, but not on attractions. Be sure to check with a team member before you board if you have any questions!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jun 4, 2019 at 2:16 a.m. my2ndary2013 Says...

My son and I do not know how to swim , will be be able to still enjoy Volcano Bay?

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Jun 5, 2019 at 10:50 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

The water park is mostly geared to swimmers, although there are splash pads for little ones and the beach. There are life jackets for use.

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May 29, 2019 at 12:36 p.m. Shirley Cunningham Says...

Hi

Do you have a PDF 1 day plan for volcano bay similar to the ones that you do for magic kingdom and animal kingdom, they are invaluable and would like one for Volcano bay but cannot seem to find it

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May 29, 2019 at 12:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Shirley!

We don't, unfortunately, but we've made a note! We're so hoppy that you've found the other park plans useful. Let us know if we can help with any Volcano Bay related questions in the meantime!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 26, 2019 at 5:22 p.m. Jeremy Says...

Thanks for the great website! Question about Volcano Bay: on the UO website for Volcano Bay, it mentions that "Phase 2 is closed", but doesn't elaborate. What's "Phase 2", and when will it open? Thanks!

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May 28, 2019 at 3:47 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jeremy!

Hmm, we are having trouble finding information, as well! As far as we know, Volcano Bay is open as usual and no refurbishments are listed. The only thing we can think of is that this is in reference to the new Endless Summer Resort. Phase One of the resort is set to open June 27, 2019, while Phase 2 will continue construction until May of 2020. We'll keep our eyes open!

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May 23, 2019 at 6:05 a.m. Jenna Says...

Can you bring in a pop up sun umbrella?we have a sunshade. TIA

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May 23, 2019 at 4:06 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jenna!

No, large beach/pop up sun umbrellas aren’t allowed, but there are some seats near the beach area with umbrellas that you don’t have to reserve. We advise that you get there early for those!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 2, 2019 at 1:06 p.m. Mike Says...

Thank you so much for this informative article. I just had 2 quick questions. We are staying at Royal Pacific and wanted to walk to Volcano Bay. I believe that Cabana Bay and Adventura have a seperate volcano bay entrance that we can use as well. We will have our Royal Pacific room key to show if needed. What entrance should we use walking from Royal Pacific? Also, if we went to Volcano Bay in the morning and rented a locker, then left VB for a few hours and returned later, do they provide a voucher so you don't have to pay twice in one day for a locker rental? Thinking not as you hand in the wristband?

Thanks in advance for the answers.

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May 2, 2019 at 10:36 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mike!

1) Cabana Bay does have a separate entrance that you can walk to. Other hotel guests can use it (w/room key), but we've often been advised taking the bus to the main entrance is the fastest route. Others in the frog pond may be able to weigh in on what that walk is like!

2) Locker rentals are connected to your account. Before you leave, let a locker attendant know that you’re coming back and they can provide further instructions (but no, you do not need to pay twice for an all-day locker!)

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Apr 8, 2019 at 1:28 p.m. Heather Says...

Does anyone know if they have life vests available for kids under 42"? and do we have to rent them if they do? thanks

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Apr 4, 2019 at 12:31 a.m. Mandy Says...

We will be going to volcano bay end of may and we want to reserve a cabana can we reserve now and pay later?

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Apr 9, 2019 at 4:19 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Mandy!

You'll need to pay to reserve the cabana.

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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?

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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.

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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?

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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.

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

short wetsuit allow at volcano bay?

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

Hi Daniel,

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

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Apr 6, 2019 at 9:08 p.m. maria Says...

is the taputapu free? and is bikinis allowed in all rides

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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.

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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

Hi Randy!

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

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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?

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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

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

Would it be worth the trip for a pregnant person?

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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

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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

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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

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

what r opening hours hours october

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 :)

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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!

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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)

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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!

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

Can I bring my gopro on the slides?

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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?

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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!

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

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

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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

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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

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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!

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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.

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

Hi Michael,

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

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

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

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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!

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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?

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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.

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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?

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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

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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?

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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.

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

Are the pools HEATED?

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

Hi John!

Yes, the Volcano Bay pools are heated.

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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??

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

Hi Megan,

Yes, we believe Volcano Bay should still be open.

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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?

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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!

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

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

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

Hi Grace,

Yes, you do!

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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?

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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