Volcano Bay is Universal Orlando Resort’s newest water park, replacing their famous and one of the most popular Water Park’s in Florida, Wet ’n Wild. Set around a 200-foot tall volcano, named “Krakatau” as the centerpiece of the park which houses 3 amazing drop slides.
Everyone hate’s waiting in long lines when all you want to do is get in the water and have fun. This is where Volcano Bay really wins in our opinion. They now have a system called TapTu Pay which allows you to wear a wristband which can hold your place in the queue, so you can spend more time in the water and less time drying off waiting for the line to slowly go down!
TapTu Pay also lets you buy drinks, merchandise, and food around the park all with the use of your wristband. So no more worrying about handing over sopping wet note’s or trying to find somewhere to keep your money in your speedos!
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So, how do you get to Volcano Bay?
To get to Volcano Bay then we would recommend parking at City Walk. Whilst this is not free, they do offer free shuttle buses to and from the park. Another benefit of parking at CityWalk is that it is convenient to grab a bite to eat or have a drink either on your way there or after a day in the park. If you are staying on the resort then you will be able to get a free shuttle direct from your hotel to the park, without having to go to CityWalk, if you are lucky enough to stay at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort then you will get your own dedicated entrance to the park!
Some of the fantastic rides at the park
Krakatau Aqua Coaster.
This attraction is the first of its kind in Florida, you can enjoy this ride with three other people, so no excuse for one of the family members not to come along! Using a linear induction motor (we don’t know what this is either!), sends riders on a thrill up and down hills and around the Volcano, finishing off with a grand finale right into a shimmering waterfall.
Ko’okiri Body Plunge
The Ko’okiri Body Plunge which is now the world’s tallest water ride, measuring at a whopping 125 feet tall (and the highest peak in Orlando), plunges thrill seekers at high speeds down a 70-degree vertical drop whizzing you past a pool full of guests. A first for any water ride… try this ride at night and see it come to life with amazing fiery lava effects to add that extra thrill.
Kala and Ta Nui Serpentine Body Slides
These two twin trap door slides throw you down at speed to the waters below, maybe this is a good one to try before giving the Ko’okiri Body Plunge a ride.
Race down a four-lane slide whilst lying on mats, competing against family & friends to reach the bottom!
I don’t really like water rides…
I personally love water rides, I could spend all day flying down the rides, but my wife, she hates them, she would much prefer to sit with a good book and enjoy the sun. Universal Orlando Resort understands that not everyone loves rides, so they have two great areas to relax whilst the rest of the family take advantage of all Volcano Bay has to offer. ‘Waturi Beach’ and ‘The Reef’ are two of the main areas inside of ‘Wave Village’ where you can take a break, sunbathe and relax. Remember you are on vacation after all!
What about the little ones?
A water park would not be complete without a place for the younger members of the family to have some fun, Tot Tiki Reef and Runamukka Reef are the two areas not to be missed. Here you will find smaller rides, fountains for them to splash around in, water guns and dump cups, plenty of fun to be had here, although I can’t promise you won’t get shot by a water gun though!
If you want to slow things down…
Kopiko Wai Winding River is a great place to slow the pace down a little and enjoy the sun, just make sure you avoid the water sprays along the way.
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There is so much to see and do whilst at Volcano Bay, including Runamukka Reef, Honu, Ikea Moana, Maku, Puihi, Ohyah and Ohno Drop Slides, TeAwa The Fearless River, Taniwha Tubes and Puka Uli Lagoon. Phew, that was a lot to mention.
When it is open and how much is it?
You can see the Volcano Bay Opening Hours, It will give you the opening times for the park the day you are wanting to visit, you can also see the opening times for all of the parks at Universal Orlando Resort.
You can get different passes to get entry to the park, we would recommend getting the Universal Orlando 3 Park Explorer Ticket.