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Volcano Bay Water Park: 8 Insider Tips To Maximize Your Fun

Volcano Bay Water Park: 8 Insider Tips To Maximize Your Fun

The Volcano Bay Water Park at Universal Studios Orlando is one of newest and most fun waterparks in the US! There are a few things you should know before you visit so you and your family can have a spectacular time! Check out these 8 Pro Tips for Volcano Bay Water Park!

Historically, I have never been into water parks–even as a child. I didn’t have high expectations for Volcano Bay, but I was pleasantly surprised and I am now a believer. Universal’s Volcano Bay Water Theme park is really one of the most awesome water parks that I have ever been to! Today I am going to share a several tips to make sure you have the best time possible at 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 all-new park where thrills and relaxation flow in perfect harmony.

Volcano Bay General Information

Tip #1: This is a VERY popular park. If you are going, GO EARLY. If you are worried about getting something to eat the restaurants inside of the park are open starting at 7am on most days. The park has been known to close due to capacity so getting an early start is critical!

Tapu Tapu Bands

Included with your admission are these nifty Tapu Tapu bands. They are mini wristbands that allow you to check in to your favorite ride while you explore the rest of the park. The band will let you know exactly how much time you have left to ride so you don’t lose track and can plan your rides (or even meals!) accordingly.

The cool part about the TapuTapu bands is that you can use the Universal Orlando app to connect your credit card so that you can buy snacks or gifts on the go without having to carry the physical card with you.

Volcano Bay Rides

There are plenty of rides for ALL ages. My husband is a bit of a thrill seeker so he was all over the bigger more heart stopping rides. THE most popular and talked about ride in the park is the Ko’okiri Body Plunge which features a 70-degree fall through a drop door and 125 feet of white-knuckle fun.

Tip #2: If you (or someone in your family) wants to ride the Ko’okiri Body Plunge, be sure to arrive early and go straight to the ride. It is located in the back of the park. The wait times get pretty high pretty fast. If you are not there at the very opening of the Volcano Bay Water Theme Park, make sure to make your way to the ride tap your Tap’tu and get into the queue while exploring the rest of the park!

Tip #3: There are plenty of rides for the younger kids to enjoy as well. There are plenty of slides, water parks, mini pools that my kids couldn’t get enough of.

Volcano Bay Relaxation

There were plenty of folks that came to get some relaxation and some sun. I am a part of that group!

Tip #4: If you want a a prime spot in front of the Waturi Wave Pool, be ready to run. As soon as you are able, go straight to the chairs and claim your spot! We were there early before the park opened, but as soon as it opened to the general public, we saw a flood of people run to grab seats as quickly as they could. The Waturi Wave Pool is awesome but there are other places around the park including to lay down and relax.

Tip #5: Book your cabana early. If you want to book a cabana for an additional fee make sure you book before you get there. They tend to sell out quickly in peak seasons. The cabanas include the following:

  • Towel service
  • Padded lounge chairs
  • Complimentary fruit and snack basket
  • Small fridge (replete with bottled water)
  • Concierge service
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Lockers & Rentals at Volcano Bay

Tip #6: If you carry around way too much stuff (read: me) There are lockers that are available for purchase that is accessible with your TapuTapu so you can access whenever you need! The ability to be so hands free in this waterpark is priceless!

Tip #7: The Kopiko Wai Winding River is such a fun way to relax! It’s a beautiful lazy river with plenty of room for you to grab a tube and let the water take you away!

Tip #8: Don’t leave if it rains, Orlando weather can change very quickly and it’s best to just ride it out in the wave pool or grab a drink. 😉

Volcano Bay Water Park Tickets

Tickets can be purchased on the Universal Orlando website. The prices differ for every season, but generally run about $67.00 for an adult one day pass and $62.00 for a child one day pass.

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Friday 28th of September 2018

My kids would never want to leave. We went to a water park over the summer and we stayed there for 6 hours and not one time were they bored.


Wednesday 26th of September 2018

Yeah, winding river! We have never been because we go in January and it's not always open because of the weather. I want to go SO badly. My kids are going in April and will surely love your tips.

Janine Huldie

Monday 24th of September 2018

I truly appreciate this as I heard bits and pieces about Volcano Bay during the last few Disney vacations we took. We may venture there at some point in the future when back in Orlando. So again definitely can't thank you enough for all your advice here and will keep all in mind, especially getting there early. Thanks Nellie :)