Volcano Bay is the newest park at Universal Studios Orlando. This water park opened on May 25, 2017, and is very near to the Cabana Bay resort. You can actually walk to Volcano Bay from the Cabana Bay resort. If you are staying at one of the other Universal resorts (Portofino Bay, Hard Rock, Royal Pacific or Sapphire Falls) then you will need to take a complimentary shuttle bus from your resort to Volcano Bay.
The first thing to realize is that you will need a 3 park ticket if you want to include Volcano Bay on your next visit to Universal Studios Orlando. This is a new ticket type to include the water park on your visit. The 2 park ticket that you are used to is just for Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. The next thing you should know is that the Unlimited Express Pass that you may have purchased or may have gotten with your resort stay (depending on your resort) is not used at Volcano Bay. There is an Express Pass that you can purchase at Volcano Bay, but it is a little different than what you may be used to. The Express Pass for Volcano Bay is for use one time only at each attraction. The price for the Volcano Bay Express Pass will vary based on crowd levels, but it was $69.99 per person last week when I visited.
Areas of the Park
There are five areas in Volcano Bay. They are River Village, Wave Village, Rainforest Village and the Volcano. The volcano is the large icon in the middle of the park that you will see upon entering. It really is a site to see! Each area of the park (except for the Volcano) has lockers that are available to rent. These lockers are priced according to size, and offer unlimited re-entry. This is a great place to store your phone or other valuables while you are enjoying the attractions.
Most Popular Attractions
Krakatau Aqua Coaster is the most popular ride in the park. This is a definite “must-do”! This attraction offers 4 person canoes that send you on a water roller coaster through the volcano.
Ko’okiri Body Plunge is not for the faint of heart! This is one of the three drop rides at Volcano Bay. This attraction plunges you 125 feet from the top of the volcano!
Maku and Puihi Round Raft Rides are very similar attractions. Both offer a 5 person raft that takes you on spins and funnels.
TeAwa The Fearless River is a lazy river on steroids! No need to swim at all, as the current takes you on a thrilling ride!
This is the newest way to avoid waiting in long lines on your favorite attractions. When you enter the park, everyone will be given a TapuTapu band. It looks like a watch or a FitBit, and is completely waterproof. Just head to your favorite attraction and tap your TapuTapu band at the stand right outside the entrance to that attraction. Your TapuTapu will tell you what time to head back to that attraction to ride. No more waiting in huge lines!
There are several other uses for your TapuTapu band. I will go into more detail next week about how to use these cool features on your next visit to Volcano Bay.
I hope you are now excited to visit Volcano Bay on your next trip to Universal Studios Orlando!