Guide to Volcano Bay Water Theme Park at Universal Orlando
What Is Volcano Bay?
Universal's Volcano Bay is a 28-acre water theme park on Universal Orlando Resort property. It has four distinctly themed areas and 18 unique attractions. The main thing you should know about Volcano Bay is that it is not your average, every day, run-of-the-mill water park. It is a water theme park designed to provide guests with a unique one-of-a-kind vacation experience.
Volcano Bay Opening Date
Universal's Volcano Bay officially opened on May 25, 2017.
Things in This Guide to Volcano Bay
This Guide to Volcano Bay provides you with information on Universal's newest water theme park. Some of the specific things you can find in this Volcano Bay guide include:
- Volcano Bay Location
- Volcano Bay Design and Inspiration
- Themed Areas and Attractions in Volcano Bay
- Volcano Bay Dining
- Volcano Bay Amenities
- Free TapuTapu Wearable
- Buying Tickets to Volcano Bay
- Volcano Bay Video
- Volcano Bay Image Gallery
Volcano Bay Location
As mentioned previously, Volcano Bay is located on Universal Orlando Resort property. It is adjacent to Cabana Bay Beach Resort. (Some of the rooms at Cabana Bay have views of Volcano Bay.) Volcano Bay is within walking distance of the other two theme parks (Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida) and Universal Orlando's on-site hotels.
Volcano Bay Design and Inspiration
Volcano Bay was designed by the award-winning Universal Creative Team. The team specifically set out to redefine the water park experience - and from everything we have seen so far, it looks like they have accomplished their goal.
Universal Creative traveled to locations around the world, including the United States, Europe, and the Middle East to find inspiration for the park. Specific destinations like Hawaii, New Zealand, and Easter Island all contributed to the heavy Polynesian influence that can be found within the themed areas of Volcano Bay.
Universal Creative has even created a backstory for the 'Pacific Isle' of Volcano Bay that speaks to the adventure, joy, and indulgence that can be found in the park:
Themed Areas and Attractions in Volcano Bay
Volcano Bay is split into four themed areas:
- Wave Village
- Rainforest Village
- River Village
This towering 200-foot water and fire volcano sits at the very center of Volcano Bay. Waterfalls flow around the volcano during the day, and at night, Krakatau is lit with fiery lava effects. This Volcano Bay area is named for Krakatau (also known as Krakatoa), an infamous volcanic island in the Sunda Strait (a passage connecting the Indian Ocean with eastern Asia).
Volcano Bay's Krakatau isn't just for looks though. Guests actually go inside the volcano while experiencing some of the attractions. Krakatau attractions include:
- Krakatau Aqua Coaster: Volcano Bay's state-of-the-art marquee attraction is an aqua coaster, the first of it's kind in Florida. To ride this coaster, you'll board a four-seat canoe that will send you through the volcano’s interior peaks and valleys. The canoe will be propelled upwards, downwards, and through twists and turns in dark passageways. You'll even be sent through a couple of waterfalls. The technology that sends you upward is similar to the technology used on the Revenge of the Mummy coaster in Universal Studios Florida.
- Ko'okiri Body Plunge: This body slide is found at the rear of the volcano. The ride starts with a surprise door that drops out beneath you, sending you plummeting 125 feet down a 70-degree slide through the center of the volcano. The Ko'okiri Body Plunge will be the world's first slide to send you through a large pool filled with park guests.
- Kala and Ta Nui Serpentine Body Slides: These intertwined body slides are also found at the rear of the volcano. Each one has a surprise door that drops out beneath you and sends you slipping down through 124 feet of twists and turns.
- Punga Racers: This attraction consists of four enclosed slides that pit guests against each other in a race to the bottom. Racers will sit on manta-shaped mats. (Mantas are giant fish with big wingspans.)
This themed Volcano Bay area is located right at the base of Krakatau. Wave Village contains lush tropical foliage, sandy beaches, and spots specifically designed for relaxation.
- Waturi Beach: Guests who visit this area of Wave Village can sit on the sandy shores of Waturi Beach or rent one of the private cabanas that overlook the sparkling lagoon at the foot of the volcano. One-story and two-story cabanas are available.
- The Reef: Guests who prefer the water to the sand can lounge in The Reef, a leisure pool adjacent to Waturi Beach. The pool has calm waters and excellent views of the riders who are experiencing the Ko'okiri Body Plunge attraction.
If you like thrill rides and adventures, then Rainforest Village is the place for you. This section of Volcano Bay plays host to the most adrenaline-pumping attractions. If you don't like thrills, head straight for Puka Uli Lagoon in Rainforest Village.
- Maku: This multi-passenger raft ride sends guests speeding down a slide with three saucer-shaped curves. Maku is one of the most unique attractions in Volcano Bay because it is the FIRST saucer ride in North America.
- Puihi: This multi-passenger raft ride is designed to take your breath away as you plunge through darkness before launching into a zero-gravity drop.
- Puka Uli Lagoon: The Puka Uli Lagoon is a calm, tranquil pool designed specifically for swimming and relaxation.
- Ohyah and Ohno Drop Slides: This pair of Rainforest Village slides twist, turn, and then launch guests off the ends of the slides and into a pool - the unique part is that you come off the slides four or six feet above the water in the pool!
- TeAwa The Fearless River: This Volcano Bay attraction sends guests in inner tubes down a wild torrent river with white water rapids.
- Taniwha Tubes: The Taniwha Tubes consist of four Easter Island inspired slides (each slide is unique). Guests go down the slides on rafts built for single or double riders.
The River Village area of Volcano Bay is perfect for groups and families who want to have fun together.
- Tot Tiki Reef: Designed just for small kids, the Tot Tiki Reef has a mini volcano, small slides, and Maori fountains that spray water.
- Runamukka Reef: Larger kids can find things to do at Runamukka Reef, a three-story water playground. This coral reef inspired play area has twisting slides, sprinklers, and other fun features.
- Kopiko Wai Winding River: This River Village attraction features a trip down a calm river (i.e., a lazy river) that winds through hidden caves in the volcano, including the cave of starlight. The Kopiko Wai Winding River also features spontaneous water effects.
- Honu: This is one of two multi-passenger raft rides in the River Village area of Volcano Bay. Honu sends guests soaring across a dual wall.
- Ika Moana: Like Honu, Ika Moana is a multi-passenger raft ride. This one sends guests through a twisting trail and bubbling geysers.
Volcano Bay Amenities
Like Universal's other theme parks, Volcano Bay features all of the amenities that theme park guests have come to expect, including:
- Dining and bars
- Concierge locations
On top of all of that, Universal is indulging guests by allowing them to truly relax and have fun: you won't have to carry your own tube up a slide, and you won't have to wait in super long lines thanks to the TapuTapu Wearable (see the next section for more information).
Volcano Bay Dining
There are several dining options scattered throughout Volcano Bay. You will be able to sample more than 60 different dishes, including tropical-themed dishes and classic family favorites. Dining options include:
Free TapuTapu Wearable
Every guest who enters Volcano Bay receives a free TapuTapu wearable. This wearable wristband allows you to virtually wait in line so that you don't have to waste your valuable vacation time standing in a queue. With just a tap of the wristband, you can virtually join a line for a ride or slide. Then, you can go have fun anywhere in the park. Your TapuTapu will alert you when it's time to make your way to the attraction.
The TapuTapu can also be used to interact with tap-to-play experiences throughout Volcano Bay. For example, you can tap it to illuminate images in the volcano's caves, shoot water cannons at other guests in the Kopiko Wai Winding River in River Village, make water spurt from whales in Tot Tiki Reef, and trigger other special effects throughout the park.
Buying Tickets to Volcano Bay
Volcano Bay tickets are on sale now. Here are some of the ticket options that are available for the average vacationer:
- You can get a 3-Park Explorer ticket that will include admission to Volcano Bay, Universal Studios Florida, and Islands of Adventure.
- You can get admission to Volcano Bay with a Splash, Stay and Play Vacation Package that includes a hotel stay and tickets to all three parks.
- You can get a single-day admission ticket to Volcano Bay only.
Volcano Bay Infographic
Volcano Bay Video
Get a video-based introduction to Universal's Volcano Bay in this official video from Universal Orlando Resort.
Volcano Bay Image Gallery
See concept art for the Volcano Bay Water Theme Park and attractions.