Complete Guide to Universal’s Volcano Bay Water Park

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Complete Guide to Universal’s Volcano Bay Water Park

April 2021 Update: Here at The Park Prodigy we are committed to bringing you the most up-to-date information when planning your next trip. It’s important to note that based on the reopen Florida tasks forces guidelines we do expect the park experiences to be different for the foreseeable future. This does mean some of the attractions and entertainment might be altered at Volcano Bay Water Park.

As of February 27th, 2021 Universal Volcano bay has reopened for park guests. It’s important to note we do expect the parks to operate under modified hours for the foreseeable future as Universal continues to operate under reduced capacity. If the park reaches capacity, ticket sales and entry may be unavailable for that day. You can check capacity levels on the Universal app or by calling the Universal capacity hotline at 407-817-8317. 

We hope you find this post helpful! If you are planning a trip to Universal be sure to check out our other FREE vacation planning tools. Our goal at The Park Prodigy has always been to help you save time on your next vacation and find the cheapest Universal Orlando tickets!

SPECIAL PROMOTION: Stay tuned in this article as we explain how you can gain access to Universals Volcano Bay up to ONE HOUR EARLY with The Park Prodigy! 

Thought experiencing a taste of the tropics at a theme park was impossible? Think again! Universal’s Volcano Bay is a beautiful oasis that’ll completely immerse you into a lush tropical landscape. Geared towards kids, teens, and adults, Volcano Bay water park makes the perfect destination for good old-fashioned family fun.

In this post, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about Universal’s Volcano Bay before you go!

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 Universal Studios Crowd Calendar 2021

Volcano Bay Water Theme Park

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Legend has it, Volcano Bay was discovered by a family of voyagers traveling the ocean blue. A magic fish is said to have led the Waturi (Volcano Bay islanders) directly to Volcano Bay. The voyagers settled and made it their home—creating epic water slides and fun aquatic activities to celebrate their love of water.

Beyond an excellent founding story, this water park is themed to perfection. You’ll feel as if you’re walking through an island paradise with beautifully manicured palm trees and greenery around every corner. Call us crazy, but we think this kind of theming really takes this water park to next-level!

Volcano Bay Ticket Prices

A one-day admission ticket to Universal’s Volcano bay starts at $80.00 for adults, and $75.00 for kids. It’s important to note that these Volcano Bay prices 2021 might vary based on the day and do not include taxes.

To fully experience all that Universal Studios Orlando has to offer, we recommend purchasing a multi-day Universal park-to-park ticket with admission to Volcano Bay.

Park hopping throughout the Universal parks is fairly simple (even easier if you’re staying on property), so consider visiting Volcano Bay more than one time while on your vacation.

It’s important to note that guests can also purchase the Volcano Bay Express Pass. This ticket will grant you access to skip the lines for a full day. It does cost extra and in our opinion is not necessary for every family.

What are Volcano Bay Hours of Operation?

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As you can expect Volcano Bay park hours will fluctuate based on the time of year. It’s also easier for Universal to be a bit more flexible with the Volcano Bay opening hours a bit more than the other two Parks Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.

Volcano Bay recently reopened to park guests as of February 27th, 2021 and will be open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM for the foreseeable future. Be sure to check out their website if you are looking to see if they have released park hours for when you plan on visiting. Here is the direct link to the Volcano bay website. 

Special note you can also check back with our Universal Orlando Crowd Calendar as we keep this up to date on the most recent theme park hours!

However, if you are planning on visiting in the future and would just like an idea of the Volcano Bay Hours of operation they are as follows:

Volcano Bay hours during peak season

The Volcano Bay park hours during peak season such as Spring Break and the Summer months are typically 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM at night. (with Early Park Admission starting at 8:00 AM)

Volcano Bay hours during off-peak season

The Volcano Bay park hours during the off-peak season such as early fall and winter are typically 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at night. (with Early Park Admission starting at 9:00 AM)

If you’re still unsure what time of year you will be visiting Universal Orlando we can help! Be sure to check out our Universal Orlando crowd calendar for updated crowd levels and hours of operation.

Universal Studios Orlando On-Site Hotel Benefits For Volcano Bay

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Who doesn’t love hotel perks?! By staying at a Universal Orlando Resort, you’ll be granted Early Park Admission to Volcano Bay. How early? One whole hour!

We can’t stress enough how important this is for guests. All of the water slides are virtually walk on, and you can very well ride up to 7-8 of the most popular slides. This will leave plenty of time to relax in the lazy river or rent a cabana for the rest of the day. 

Be sure to check out the article we did on the Pros and Cons of all of the Universal Orlando hotels! We even include the distance to Volcano Bay water park if you are looking to be in walking distance for easy access.

On-site transportation to Volcano Bay

Volcano Bay is located directly across from the Cabana Bay Beach Resort and Sapphire Falls Resort making it a quick walk to the water park.

Free transportation will be provided for guests staying at all other Universal Orlando Resorts.

Volcano Bay Parking

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Given it’s unique location nestled between two Universal Hotels, Volcano Bay shares its parking garage with the other theme parks. Guests traveling to Volcano Bay can simply add Universal Studios parking into their navigation. You will be directed towards the two main parking garages connected to Universal’s City Walk.

Once you arrive at the Universal park garage guests will receive free shuttle transportation to the water park Simply look for the signs that say “Volcano Bay” or ask a Universal team member. Be sure to check out our complete guide to Universal Orlando parking for additional information!

The Park Prodigy Volcano Bay Tickets

Are you not staying at a Universal Orlando Resort but still want access to the parks one hour early?

The Park Prodigy can help! We are one of the few registered travel agents who sell Universal Orlando Tickets which allow you into the theme parks one hour early.

These benefits include Early Park Admission (one hour before Volcano Bay opening times) to the following parks:

    • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
    • Universals Volcano Bay

The special perks don’t stop there! We don’t just love to save our clients time but we have made it our goal to help families save money on their next trip. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter and be the first to know of discounted ticket deals.

Universal Volcano Bay’s TapuTapu (Virtual Lines)

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One of the main reasons we don’t feel a Universal Express Pass is for every family is the TapuTapu system at Volcano Bay. The TapuTapu wristband is included with your park admission. There’s a lot of benefits of TapuTapu to utilize here, so we’ve listed them here for you so you remember to try them out!

TapTu Ride

The original and most well-known use of the TapuTapu system is the TapTu Ride Virtual Line.

1) Each Volcano Bay guest is given a TapuTapu wristband once they enter the park. (These are similar to a larger fitbit)

2) Next to the entrance of all water slides there will be a bunch of screens showing the virtual wait time for that ride. (If there is no wait the screen will say Ride Now)

3) Guests simply tap their TapuTapu to the screen and you will be added to the virtual que. Your TapuTapu will track which ride you are on a virtual line for and how much time remaining.

4) You will then be notified when it is your time to ride!

TapTu Pay

The TapuTu Pay system will act as your wallet for the day, because who likes to pay with wet money?

Simply follow these steps:

  1. Create your Universal Orlando account using the official app before you go.
  2. Link all members of your family to their Volcano Bay Universal Studios tickets.
  3. Enter your credit card information and set spending limits for each member.
  4. Create a pin the whole family will remember.

You’re all set! Once you enter the park and receive your TapuTapu your account will be linked for the day.

TapTu Snap

In addition to the usual attraction photos, TapTu Snap introduced three different photo ops throughout the park. Your TapuTapu wristband automatically uploads them to your account, where you can choose to buy them. Even if you don’t purchase anything, you can still have fun taking the photos!

The photo ops are on your right as you first enter the park, across the way from Kohola Reef Restaurant, and near the Honu ika Moana ride entrance.

TapTu Lockers

Knowing how often water park guests lose locker keys and codes, Universal stepped up their game by including locker management in the TapuTapu wristband. All you have to do to open it is – you guessed it! – tap the sensor of the section your locker’s in. Your locker will then swing open. You do have to pay to rent a locker, but you don’t have to do so. If you do, you can link the same locker to four different wristbands.

Volcano Bay Map

The main icon of Universal’s Volcano Bay is the volcano of Krakatau which is easy to spot topping out at 200 feet tall. From here guest’s can explore out to the other three mainlands of the water park. These lands include Wave Village which is home to the water park’s main beach, giant pool and premium seating.

To the right is River Village which is home to a few laid back rides for kids and the lazy river. Last but not least Rainforest Village can be located in the back of the park. This land is home to a few of the more exciting water slides and another giant pool.

Volcano Bay Attractions

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Whether you’re seeking some serious thrills or a laid back day, Volcano Bay has something for everyone to stay entertained. Below is our list of the very best Volcano Bay Attractions and park ares: 

Krakatau 

Starting at the centerpiece of the park is the tallest peak in all of Florida. Don’t be fooled by its breathtaking waterfalls and beauty, because this volcano holds a clear tube of its 200 foot water slide. 

Krakatau Aqua Coaster

 A must-do family-friendly slide that’ll pull a four-person canoe through an exciting journey throughout the volcano. 

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Ko’kiri Body Plunge

Not for the faint of heart. This thrilling slide plunges riders down 125 feet through a cool splash-worthy pool. 

Wave Village

Located at the bottom of Krakatau Volcano, Wave Village is the perfect space for park goers to swim and hang out by the sand. There’s plenty of seating for those looking to veg out, and the wave pool itself is plenty big for everyone to have some fun in the ongoing waves. 

Ohyah and Ohno Drop Slides

Race someone to the pool with these two twisting slides! Plan to cannonball directly into the pool from four to six feet above the water. Definitely recommended for strong swimmers seeking a thrill. 

Kopiko Wai Winding River

We can’t send you to Volcano Bay without telling you to take a lap around the lazy river! This breathtaking journey passes through hidden caves and features fun water effects, as well as beautiful evening lighting. 

Volcano Bay Lockers and Towel Rentals

Volcano Bay Lockers can be rented starting at $12.00 per day. Universal Orlando has made improvements over the past few years to have more lockers throughout the parks. Towel rentals are available at Volcano Bay starting at $6.00 per day. It’s important to note you can of course bring your own towel for free!

Volcano Bay Restaurants and Dining 

First and foremost let us preface this section with a quick history lesson—the Waturi people loved to cook and experiment with flavors. Their unique island-inspired cuisines are not to be missed.

Here’s a quick glance at some of the water parks’ highly recommended dining locations:

The Feasting Frog

 Shaped like a frog, this quick service snack shop serves delicious grab and go delights like the Poke Poke Bowl, Taco Sampler, and our personal favorite, Plantain Chips and Guac. However, if you’re looking for anything more than just a light bite, we’d recommend checking out another option mentioned below. 

Kohola Reef Restaurant

For anyone craving some tangy island flavors, this is the place to be. Prepare your tastebuds for Coconut Crusted Fried Chicken, Mango BBQ Pulled Pork, and so much more. 

Bambu

Tucked away towards the back of the park, this quick service restaurant packs burgers, sandwiches, salads and more. 

Kunuku Boat Bar

Kick back, relax and enjoy a warm Orlando breeze with an ice cold beverage! At Kunuku, you’ll find delicious frozen drinks, specialty cocktails, beers and fountain sodas. Bottoms up!

Universal’s Volcano Bay Cabanas and Premium Seating

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For guest’s looking to relax in this beautiful water park oasis, we recommend renting one of the Volcano Bay Cabanas or Premium Seating options. 

Volcano Bay premium seating

Premium seating is located near the wave pool and lazy river. Guest’s can enjoy padded lounge chairs with an adjustable umbrella for shade. The best part is guests can book their TapuTapu reservations from the comfort of their own seat.

All premium seats come with a storage lock box for valuables, and have access to wait service who can serve you food and drinks. Premium seating pricing starts at 49.99 per day (excluding tax) and fluctuate based on the time of year.

Volcano Bay cabanas

A private family suite cabana offer guests an experience of a life time. You can choose from your choice of one or two story cabanas with VIP concierge service. These family units include padded loungers, privacy, and complimentary water and snacks. You will also have access to special food and drink items delivered directly to your cabana, all while you enjoy access to all of the amazing Volcano Bay water rides.

Volcano Bay cabanas prices

Just like Universal’s Premium seating guests will not have to leave their cabana to book TapuTapu reservations. Prices for Volcano bay cabanas start at 199.99 per day (excluding tax) for one story cabanas which hold up to 6 people and 599.99 (excluding tax) for two story which hold up to 15.

It’s important to note that we do expect the Volcano Bay Cabana prices to change in 2021.

Universal Volcano Bay Cabanas can be booked by calling 877-801-9720.

Volcano Bay Questions and Answers

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Q: Are there height restrictions for Universals Volcano Bay rides?

A: Yes, some rides do require guests to be between 42 and 48 inches tall in order to ride along with a supervising adult. (This is included for the Kopiko Wai Winding pool which requires young guests to wear an approved life vest) Guests over 48 inches tall can go on all rides with the exception of the kids slides.

Q: Is Universal Volcano Bay open all year?

A: Yes! Almost all of the pools and attractions at Universal’s Volcano Bay are heated. This allows the water park to stay open from summer all the way through winter.

Q: Is the water heated at Volcano Bay?

A: Yes, the water at Volcano Bay is heated.

Q: Does Universal Volcano Bay provide towels?

A: Yes, towels are available for rent for an additional $6.00 per day.

Q: What time does Universal Volcano Bay open?

A: Universal’s Volcano Bay opens up most mornings at 9:00 AM, unless of course you purchase your tickets from The Park Prodigy and you receive admission one hour early!

Q: Can you walk from Universal Studios to Volcano Bay?

A: Free shuttle service is available from Universal Studios City walk to Volcano Bay.

Q: Can you wear shoes on the waterslides at Volcano Bay?

Volcano Bay does allow guests to wear water shoes on some of their rides. In certain situations where shoes are not allowed on the ride guests can easily store their items in near by lockers. Universal has also designed many walk paths in the water park to stay cool with misters. Guests can also conveniently hop along the lazy river to get to their final destination.

Start Planning Your Universal Orlando Trip!

We can help you pick the best time to visit Universal’s Volcano Bay! Our Universal Orlando Crowd Calendar is the best tool to help you get the most out of your time in the parks. We break down park hours, crowd levels, and ticket prices.