Universal Orlando – Volcano Bay
As some of you may know if you follow me on Instagram, I recently just went on holiday to Orlando with my other half and his family. During our holiday we visited Universal’s newest water theme park Volcano Bay – who actually just celebrated their first birthday on May 25th!
Volcano Bay is an Hawaiian island themed water park which is home to the iconic volcano called Krakatau. The volcano stands 200ft in the centre of the park, it looks spectacular. Inside the volcano you will find many of the parks rides which I will come to later.
Travelling to the park is very easy. We visited the car by car and to get to the park you head to the Universal Orlando Resort. You follow the signs for Volcano Bay where you are taken to a separate area of the car park, which once you are parked you then get onto a shuttle bus that takes you. You’re only on the bus for approx. five minutes. They are really regular too so don’t worry about having to hang around waiting for one – there seemed to be one there each time we arrived at the car park so we didn’t wait!
Once you arrive at the park, you’re given a Tapu Tapu wristband. I think these are a brilliant idea and worked so well. They act as your own virtual queue for the rides but also act as your key for your locker and can even be used to make cashless purchases. To use your Tapu Tapu, you scan your band at a ride of your choice and it will tell you when to return to ride! You are only able to have one ride queuing at once, but if you decide you want to ride a different one then you can go tap another ride and it will give you to option of changing. During the time you’re waiting you could go sunbathe, grab some food or ride some rides which show as “ride now” near the ride entrance or on the boards which show all ride times.
There are so many rides at Volcano Bay, whether you’re a thrill seeker or prefer something a little more tame – there’s something for everyone! Volcano Bay features an aqua coaster called Krakatau. This is a four person ride which twists, drops and turns within the heart of the volcano before taking a plunge through the waterfall. It’s pretty cool! If you fancy something a bit more thrilling, maybe try one of the drop slides, Kala and Tai Nui. The trap doors send you plunging from the top of the volcano – too scary for me but if you try it let me know what you think! Another thrill ride which was extremely popular amongst guests was the Honu of the Honu aka Moana. This is a raft ride that shoots you down an open flume and up 2 walls! A bit like you’re riding the waves in the ocean.
If you’re fancying something a little more tame I highly recommend trying some of the tube rides like Tonga or Raki of the Taniwha Tubes – these two person rides send you twisting and turning, you’ll be giggling the whole way down! Maybe you want to try one of the Maku Puihi Round Raft Rides, Maku or Puihi. I think these are a junior version of Honu or ika Moana of the Honu ika Moana. These two were on ride now when we went so we didn’t have to queue to get on them which was great!
Maybe you fancy going on one of the rivers in Volcano Bay. There’s 2 – Kopiko Wai Winding River and TeAwa The Fearless River. Kopiko Wai is a lazy river where you can relax in a ring floating around the park and into the heart of the volcano. It’s very peaceful and we spent a lot of our time floating around there! TeAwa is a bit more crazy. You put on a life vest and race along the river through the rapids and waves. We particularly loved it when you exit from being in the volcano and they release loads of water to create choppy waves. It’s brilliant! We spent a lot of time on here as well giggling away!
You can relax on Waturi Beach taking in the views of Krakatau whilst sunbathing in the famous Floridian sunshine. You may want to take a dip into one of the pools as well, it’s entirely up to you how you spend your day but I can guarantee Volcano Bay will be your new favourite water park in Orlando!
This is just some of the examples of things you can do on your visit! There’s plenty more for you to see and also plenty of things for children to do as well so don’t worry about thinking it’s limited for older children at all!
There’s plenty of places to get a sun bed, so don’t worry about having to fight for one. There’s also the option of renting some of their premium seating or a cabana which next time we’d love to do as they looked excellent! I was really jealous of the people who had cabanas, they’re perfect if you’re a family and want some privacy. They must be popular as each time we visited they were often almost sold out! You can get cabanas for either up to 6 people or one that holds up to 16 people!
There’s no need to worry about options for food whilst you’re visiting, you will be able to find a wide variety of foods from pizza, burgers, salads, vegetarian etc. I highly recommend trying a churro! They are so yummy – wishing I had one right now rather than tucking into my salad for lunch! We also had the pizza when we visited which was lovely. If you’re wanting more of a light bite then you’d be able to share one of the pizzas between two which is what we did! We found the food to be reasonably priced, as people often worry it will be expensive but it wasn’t at all!
A couple of things to note before visiting is the parking upon arrival. Once you have paid for that you have parking for all 3 Universal parks for that day, and you are able to come and go throughout the day if you want to. Locker rental ranges in price from about $8 to $16 (approx!) depending on size which is yours of the whole day. If you are coming with someone who will always be sat around a sun bed then you’ll be to keep your belongings with you as they can keep an eye on them.
All in all, if you’re visiting Orlando or thinking of booking a trip, I highly recommend paying Volcano Bay a visit. It does not disappoint. There’s something for everyone and you’ll be guaranteed a day of making memories and lots of laughter. We visited multiple times on our holiday and are already looking at planning a visit back in the near (hopefully!) future.