Volcano Bay is NOW OPEN at Universal Orlando. It is a one of a kind paradise and meant to be explored with family, friends, or even alone! Come take a look at the highlights of Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort.
Universal’s Volcano Bay Water Theme Park
My family loves water parks. On a hot summer day it’s the perfect day of fun; however, it can be exhausting. Volcano Bay turns your trip to a water park into a relaxing one of a kind experience. From the stunning Waturi Beach to the thrilling water slides, there is truly something for everyone in the family. The kids’ area is one of the largest I have ever seen at a water park. I am cautious to use the word water park because Universal calls Volcano Bay a water theme park. And it is exactly that! The theme is immersive and you are transported to an island paradise.
There are so many reasons to visit this amazing theme park, but the four that I want to share are by far the best reasons to visit Volcano Bay. Water is Life. Life Is Joy. And that’s the Volcano Bay way.
Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort: Four Reasons to Visit
1. Tapu Tapu
Do you hate waiting in long lines at the water parks? We all do, because our time is valuable. Universal heard our cries and the Waturi people have blessed us with the Tapu Tapu. This magical wearable is given to you when you enter the park. It is a little cumbersome at first, but you get used to it pretty quickly. So what does it do?
- Virtual Line Access- You can virtually hold your place in line for popular attractions, and you are alerted when it’s time to ride. No more waiting two hours holding rafts; go play and come back when it’s your turn.
- TapTu Play: You can can take part in play experiences throughout the park. These include controlling streams of water spurting from whales in Tot Tiki Reef, shooting water cannons at guests snaking down Kopiko Wai Winding River, illuminating images in the volcano’s hidden caves and more. It really is a magical bracelet.
- TapTu Pay: No need to keep going to the locker for money. Pay with the Tapu for food, drinks and merchandise! You can link your credit card in the Universal Orlando app.
- Photo Access: There are fun and interactive photo opportunities along with selfie-spots and attraction photo opps throughout the park. Your Tapu Tapu will automatically link those photos and you can view them at your leisure at photo booths.
- Locker Access: After renting your locker ($15/full day), you can access it all day with the touch of your TapuTapu.
2. Krakatau and Waturi Beach
The centerpiece of the park is Krakatau, a massive volcano. I wasn’t sure what I thought it would be, but it wasn’t what I thought. Towering 200 feet over the park, it is awe-inspiring. I kept thinking, “Seriously this is a water park!” During the day it streams mighty waters into Waturi Beach. Inside the cavernous volcano, the Waturi people dare you to brave a variety of heart-pounding water slides.
Among those slides is one where you will experience a 70-degree fall through a drop door and 125 feet of fun. It takes seven, yes seven seconds to get to the bottom. Only the bravest (not me) will conquer this slide.
Waturi Beach is a little slice of heaven, and the ultimate spot for relaxation at Volcano Bay. With white sands, sun chairs and umbrellas, you can spend the day here with a good book while the thrill seekers take on the slides. If you want to treat yourself, rent the premium seating and enjoy a space to call your own for the day. You even have an area attendant who’ll see to your food and drink orders. Believe me, the tropical drinks go down easily on the beach. When you want to cool off, go to the water’s edge and take a dip. The water is refreshing.
Traveling Mom Tip: Rent your cabana well in advance, as they do sell out fast. There are also family cabanas for rent that hold up to six guests, and some that hold up to sixteen!
3. Dining Beyond Compare
The dining options at Volcano Bay are like none I have ever seen at a water park. During my visit, I found this research to be critical, so I tried many things. The first stop was at Kohola Reef Restaurant & Social Club, located just steps from Waturi Beach.
I had the coconut crusted fried chicken, a pineapple upside down cake and the signature beer, Volcano Blossom. The beer is light and refreshing and wonderful. I am not a big beer drinker but this was delicious. On a hot day, it will certainly quench your thirst.
The fried chicken was moist and perfectly fried, and the sweet coconut gave it a fresh flavor. You also get sweet plantains and cucumber mango basil slaw. That slaw was amazing; I could put it on anything. Dessert didn’t let me down either. A perfectly baked pineapple upside down cake ended my experience on a sweet note.
I also made my way to the Kunuku Boat Bar where I had a few Blue Hawaiian tropical drinks with my friends. Needless to say, they went down a little too easy. And what is better after a few drink than tacos at The Feasting Frog? Nothing is better! The taco sampler was wonderful, and enough for the four of us to split. As we made our way back to our beach chairs, we stopped for churros–because every theme park visit requires churros.
Traveling Mom Tip: You can purchase a souvenir cup for $14.99 and refill it all day with Coke Freestyle products. This also includes the exclusive KUNUKU punch, a mixed berry drink.
4. Family Attractions
Almost 80% of the attractions at Volcano Bay are meant to be enjoyed with family and friends. Most of the single rider attractions are the body slides that are located in Krakatau, and the thrill seekers can keep them! I want the family fun.
- Krakatau Aqua Coaster: Waturi can experience the power of Krakatau on this amazing ride. Four-person canoes slide upward through the mists and into the dark twists and turns within the volcano before emerging with a plunge through a shimmering waterfall.
- Punga Racers: 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. Line your family up and race them to the finish!
- Honu ika Moana: These are two different raft slides, both meant for up to five riders to enjoy together. Take my word for it: the green one is the least scary of the two.
- Maku Puihi Round Raft Rides: Enjoyment for up to six people. Choose one of two lava-tube paths or try them both. One slide goes through a deep volcanic gorge before spinning wildly around bowl-like formations. Then, test your bravery on Puihi, where you’ll feel the stomach-flipping thrill of a zero-gravity hang time before splashing your way to safety at the bottom.
Traveling Mom Tip: You don’t have to carry ANY rafts to the top of the slides! They are all lifted to the top for you by a belt. No more dragging the poor kids along with a tube bigger than they are.
There are many more attractions, but these are the big kahunas in the park, and meant to be enjoyed with multiple people. This, in my opinion, was brilliant thinking. Who wants to enjoy vacation riding things alone?
Volcano Bay Overall
While I just gave my top four reasons to visit the park, I could really go on about this park much longer. With ample space to relax – be it on the Waturi Beach or along the Kopiko Wai Winding River – you can savor your vacation. And if thrills are more your speed, well, there are plenty of those as well! Your little ones will have a blast playing their day away in the Tot Tiki Reef or in the Runamukka Reef.
Offering next level dining and a unsurpassed theme, this all new water park will take your breath away. “Water is Life. Life is Joy,” is celebrated at Volcano Bay. And you can now live the Waturi way, at this all-new park where thrills and relaxation flow in perfect harmony.
Will you be visiting Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando?