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Universal's Volcano Bay

5 stars:

Trusted Customer reviewed 26 Mar, 2020

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Experience an adventure-drenched water theme park like no other!

Live the carefree island life at Universal’s Volcano Bay. It’s a water theme park like no other where thrills and relaxation flow in perfect harmony. With the power of the TapuTapu wearable, you can make the most of your time and enjoy unparalleled convenience throughout the park. It’s a tropical paradise just a short distance away from everything Universal Orlando Resort has to offer.

Our guide to Universal's Volcano Bay

Water is Life. Life is Joy. That’s the philosophy celebrated at Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park. It’s the carefree attitude the fabled Waturi islanders have embraced on their Pacific isle for centuries. Now you can live the Waturi way at this tropical getaway where thrills and relaxation flow in perfect harmony.

With over 30 unique experiences and 19 different attractions, it’s a theme park like no other and it's just steps away from the other theme parks, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida, themed on-site hotels and the dining, shopping and entertainment of Universal CityWalk.

TapuTapu Puts The Wonders Of Volcano Bay Right At Your Wrist. Here, every guest is granted the powers of the TapuTapu wearable, which changes how you wait because of the park’s Virtual Line. With just a wave of your wrist you can hold your place in the ride lines and reveal wondrous surprises throughout the park. Which means more time to careen down slides, brave whitewater torrents, drift down a winding river, or relax in your own waterside cabana.

The Volcano
At the heart of the island stands Krakatau, the mighty Fire and Water Volcano. Towering 200 feet above the tropical landscape, Krakatau streams waterfalls during the day and fiery lava effects at night. Inside the cavernous volcano, the Waturi people dare you to brave a variety of heart-pounding water slides.

River Village
The second of three villages in Universal’s Volcano Bay, River Village has fun for people of all ages, including the very youngest Waturi.

Rainforest Village
The third village you’ll discover in Universal’s Volcano Bay, Rainforest Village stretches along the shores of an action-packed river and features the perfect mix of relaxation and exhilaration.

Wave Village
Wave Village is the first of three villages guests encounter at Volcano Bay. This peaceful escape overlooks the sparkling waters of Waturi Beach at the base of the volcano.

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Our guide to Universal's Volcano Bay

THE VOLCANO

THE VOLCANO

At the heart of the island stands Krakatau™, the mighty Fire and Water Volcano. Towering 200 feet above the tropical landscape, Krakatau streams waterfalls during the day and fiery lava effects at night. Inside the cavernous volcano the Waturi people dare you to brave a variety of heart-pounding water slides.

Krakatau™ Aqua Coaster

Krakatau™ Aqua Coaster

Minimum Height Required: 42” – 48” must be accompanied by a supervising companion.

Honorary 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.

Ko’okiri Body Plunge™

Ko’okiri Body Plunge™

Minimum Height Required: 48”

Join in the centuries-old tradition of honoring the volcano god, Vol, by braving the incredible Ko’okiri Body Plunge. Featuring a 70-degree fall through a drop door and 125 feet of screaming, white-knuckle fun, this dizzying descent ends with a watery tribute from Vol himself.

Kala & Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides™

Kala & Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides™

Minimum Height Required: 48”

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™

Punga Racers™

Minimum Height Required: 42” – 48” must be accompanied by a supervising companion

A favourite 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.

RIVER VILLAGE

RIVER VILLAGE

The second of three villages in Universal’s Volcano Bay™, River Village has fun for people of all ages, including the very youngest Waturi.

Honu of Honu ika Moana

Honu of Honu ika Moana

Minimum Height Required: 48”

Experience the twists and turns of underwater currents just like Honu, the sea turtle. Four people hang on tight as their raft sweeps up two massive walls, through ocean mists and down into sparkling pools in this thrilling adventure.

ika Moana of Honu ika Moana

ika Moana of Honu ika Moana

Minimum Height Required: 42” – 48” must be accompanied by a supervising companion

Ride the waves like the ancient Waturi did, twisting and turning with three other passengers along the waterway. ika Moana the whale joyfully sprays water from his blowhole before everyone splashes down together in the waters below.

Tot Tiki Reef™

Tot Tiki Reef™

Minimum Height Required: 48” maximum height

Even the youngest Waturi can get in on the fun in the shallows of Tot Tiki Reef. Play among splashy slides, a tot-sized water volcano and a tribe of friendly Tikis who spray water from their blowholes. Plus, adorable whales spray and sing as kids raise and lower their wrists.

Runamukka Reef™

Runamukka Reef™

Minimum Height Required: 48” maximum height

Once an exotic coral reef beneath the ocean, Runamukka Reef is now a favorite play place for young Waturi children with its bubbling geysers, water guns, slides and dump cups. Shaded by fanciful bamboo sea creatures and waving seaweed, it’s the most playful spot in Universal’s Volcano Bay™.

Kopiko Wai Winding River™

Kopiko Wai Winding River™

Take a slow ride on the Kopiko Wai Winding River through the tropical landscape of Universal’s Volcano Bay™, a land full of surprises. Sprays of water surprise along the way, and beneath the lava rocks, Stargazer’s Cavern reveals the magical night sky above.

RIVER VILLAGE

RAINFOREST VILLAGE

The third village you’ll discover in Universal’s Volcano Bay™, Rainforest Village stretches along the shores of an action-packed river and features the perfect mix of relaxation and exhilaration.

Taniwha Tubes - Tonga & Raki

Taniwha Tubes - Tonga & Raki

Minimum Height Required: 42 - 48” must be accompanied by a supervising companion

There’s a place in Universal’s Volcano Bay where the puka trees grow abnormally tall. Inspired by their twisting roots, the Waturi built four twisting water slides called the Taniwha Tubes - Tonga & Raki. Riders can try all four twisting tracks, but beware – mischievous tiki statues spray jets of water when you least expect it.

Maku of Maku Puihi Round Raft Rides

Maku of Maku Puihi Round Raft Rides

Minimum Height Required: 42” – 48” must be accompanied by a supervising companion.

Brave the watery twists and turns of Maku. Riders slide through a deep volcanic gorge before spinning wildly around bowl-like formations. Geysers shoot water everywhere before a watery vortex pulls riders through more wild, twisting curves.

Puihi of Maku Puihi Round Raft Rides

Puihi of Maku Puihi Round Raft Rides

Minimum Height Required: 42” – 48” must be accompanied by a supervising companion.

Test your bravery as your six-person raft careens through a dark, winding tunnel before it explodes out into a massive funnel formation. You’ll feel the stomach-flipping thrill of a zero-gravity hang time before splashing your way to safety at the bottom.

TeAwa The Fearless River™

Up for an adventure? Take a thrilling whitewater ride along TeAwa The Fearless River. Race along a roaring, watery onslaught of churning rapids and choppy waves while hanging tight to your inner tube.

Ohyah of Ohyah & Ohno Drop Slides

Ohyah of Ohyah & Ohno Drop Slides

Minimum Height Required: 48”

Test your mettle and get into the Waturi spirit by tackling the Ohyah Drop Slide. Ascend the side of a cliff before plummeting down the twisting waters of this slide, then drop out four feet above the pool below.

Ohno of Ohyah & Ohno Drop Slides

Ohno of Ohyah & Ohno Drop Slides

Minimum Height Required: 48”

To achieve even greater bragging rights, brave the rope bridge and take the plunge down the Ohno Slide, a serpentine adventure that ends six feet above the pool below. Be sure to yell your battle cry on the way down.

WAVE VILLAGE

WAVE VILLAGE

Wave Village is the first of three villages guests encounter at Volcano Bay™. This peaceful escape overlooks the sparkling waters of Waturi Beach at the base of the volcano.

Waturi Beach

Waturi Beach

Locals know – the waves are always perfect at Waturi Beach. Swim, splash and relax right along with them in the sparkling waters and warm waves of this sparkling lagoon at the foot of mighty Krakatau™.

Reviews

Average 4.2 out of 5 (1356 customer reviews)

★★★★★ ★★★★★

Great park, free bus to it, no waiting times

5 stars:

Laura Macdonald reviewed 26 Mar,2020

Such fun - would recommend going

5 stars:

Trusted Customer reviewed 25 Mar,2020

Loads to do. Hire a cabana, well worth doing as you get you own locker and can order food and drink to be brought to you.

5 stars:

June Perez reviewed 24 Mar,2020

Good fun and not too busy

4 stars:

Steve Anderson reviewed 23 Mar,2020

Enjoyed our visit but we were disappointed that three attractions were closed, would visit again.

4 stars:

Trusted Customer reviewed 21 Mar,2020

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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions for Universal's Volcano Bay

How many slides are at Volcano Bay?

Volcano Bay is home to 18 attractions which includes, 11 slides, 1 aqua coaster, 2 lazy rivers, 1 wave pool, 1 lagoon, 2 pools children areas and lots of interactive features. It is very much a full day experience with lots to enjoy if you want to return for another day.

How do I get to Volcano Bay?

If you are staying in any of the Universal hotels, a free transportation shuttle service is provided from your hotel directly to Volcano Bay. The park does not have it's own parking facilities, but a complimentary shuttle service to and from CityWalk is provided. You can take a taxi or Uber service to CityWalk which is approximately 15 minutes from the SeaWorld parks and 25 minutes from the Disney parks. Alternatively Mears Transportation does offer a transfer service from a number of Orlando hotels to Universal.

Does Volcano Bay close when it rains?

Volcano Bay will remain open through light rain, however severe weather conditions, low temperatures and lightning will see the park close due to health and safety.

Can you take food and drinks into Volcano Bay?

You may bring small snacks, bottled water (maximum 2 litres, no glass containers), any food required for medical purposes or dietary needs and baby food/formula. Soft-sided insulated bags must be no larger than 8.5" wide x 6" high x 6" deep. Prohibited items include: alcohol, glassware, any food that requires heating or refrigeration and folding chairs.

Can you get a taxi to Volcano Bay?

You may take a taxi to the CityWalk taxi rank from which you can hop onto the complimentary shuttle service to Volcano Bay which is around a 5 minute journey and runs every 10 minutes.

Can you wear water shoes at Volcano Bay?

You can wear water shoes at Volcano Bay in the pools and rivers. Water shoes or any other footwear is not allowed on some of the drop slides, Tot Tiki Reef and Runamukka Reef.

Does everyone get a TapuTapu at Volcano Bay?

Everyone receives a TapuTapu upon entering Volcano Bay. This is used to access all of the e-features in the park including virtual queueing, lockers and much more. You will have to return TapuTapu upon exiting the park.

How busy is Volcano Bay?

Parks are usually busier on weekends and during school holidays however with TapuTapu you can virtually queue for your favourite rides whilst still enjoying all those attractions that don't have any big lines.

At what temperature does Volcano Bay close?

There isn't a set temperature below which the park will close but this is assessed on a case by case basis. We recommend checking ahead of time directly with Universal. Any park closures will be advised on the Universal Orlando App.

What time does Volcano Bay open?

Opening times may vary, typically Volcano Bay opens around 10am for guests and allows for Early Park Admission at 9am for on-site guests. We recommend checking directly with Universal ahead of time for up-to-date opening and closing times.

How much are the lockers at Volcano Bay?

There are three locker sizes: the mini lockers are $6 + tax, the medium lockers are £13 + tax and the large lockers are $16 + tax. Prices may vary and are subject to change.

Is Volcano Bay open in October?

Volcano Bay remains open year-round and typically will only close due to adverse weather conditions.

Do I need towels at Volcano Bay?

You may bring your own towels or, should you require, these can also be rented for about $5 + tax (prices subject to change) or purchased at the gift shop.

Which is better Aquatica or Volcano Bay?

When it comes to waterparks both Aquatica and Volcano Bay have so much to offer. If you have the time we would recommend visiting both even if just for a half day as both waterparks are included in the 14 day tickets for Universal and SeaWorld parks respectively. However, if you are short on time, and need help with choosing we have written a small article on The Best Water Parks in Orlando which we hope you will find of assistance.

Does Volcano Bay have a lazy river?

Volcano Bay has two lazy rivers: TeAwa Fearless River and Kopiko Wai Winding River.

How to get to Volcano Bay from International Drive?

From International Drive you can take a taxi or uber to CityWalk (around 10 minutes drive depending on location on Intl Drive) or the I-ride trolley which will stop 10 minutes walk away from Universal Orlando. Alternatively Mears Transportation will also operate a transportation service from select hotels on Intl Drive to CityWalk.

How to get from Volcano Bay to Universal Studios?

There is a free shuttle service running regularly between Volcano Bay and Universal's CityWalk. The service runs all day during park opening hours every 10 minutes.

Is Volcano Bay where Wet 'n Wild used to be?

Volcano Bay is located next to Cabana Bay Beach Resort on a previously free plot of land owned by Universal. The area that used to house Wet 'n Wild is now home to Endless Summer Resort both Dockside and Surfside Inn and Suites.

Where can I park at Volcano Bay?

Universal Orlando Resort parks all use the same parking area in CityWalk. From there you can head to Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure or take the short complimentary shuttle service to Volcano Bay.

Did Volcano Bay replace Wet 'n Wild?

Wet 'n Wild closed on December 31st 2016 and Volcano Bay opened on May 25th 2017 effectively replacing Wet 'n Wild as Universal Orlando's third theme park.

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