No trip to Florida's Universal Studios will be complete without a visit to their latest attraction - Volcano Bay. Dubbed a "Water Theme Park," this slide-filled, ride-filled extravaganza has something for everyone. Thrill-seekers love the multi-story slides and racing tubes, while the lazy river is best for those who wish to relax and enjoy the sunshine. Like all Universal theme parks, Volcano Bay is designed for the whole family, from tiny tots to grandparents. If you haven't been here yet - and it's only been open for a couple of years - you'll need an ultimate insiders guide to Volcano Bay.
If you're familiar with the Universal Studios complex, you'll recognize the Universal Citywalk that is located outside of the parks. For those not staying in a Universal hotel, simply park in the regular Universal Orlando Resort parking complex adjacent to the CityWalk. Parking is not free, but there are free shuttles from the parking lot to Volcano Bay. You'll especially love these at the end of a long day of water slides! If you need to program your GPS, you can find Volcano Bay at 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando FL 32819.
Many people enjoy making their trip to Volcano Bay an inclusive experience. Complimentary bus transportation to the different theme parks is included for all Universal hotel guests, as well as breakfast and a luxurious guest room or suite. Universal has several official hotels, including the Cabana Bay Resort. Guests staying at any Universal hotel may use the dedicated entrance to Volcano Bay at Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort, although it's most convenient for Cabana Bay guests. Simply show your room key to the security station and in you go!
The first thing to greet you is the monstrous Krakatau Volcano, stretching to the sky and dominating the center of Volcano Bay Water Park. You can climb the full 200 feet in the air - in fact; it's the largest mountain in Florida! This is the base for several different rides, as well as a spectacular scenic waterfall. Stick around at the park until dusk - Krakatau Volcano has amazing firey lava effects at night. Entrance to four thrilling slides is at the back.
There are four different rides on Krakatau Volcano:
The Wave Village is located at the base of Krakatau Volcano. It's a great place to relax in a comfortable deck chair and enjoy the sunshine, watching riders and sliders race by in front of you. The Waturi Beach wave pool is at the base of the volcano and is where several of the water slides end. There are options to upgrade to a private cabana, as well as places to purchase food and beverages. The Reef, a leisure pool nearby, is peaceful and more low key - no water slide rides end here.
Nestled along the shores of a lazy river, Rainforest Village offers guests spots for relaxation and exhilaration. Enjoy the saucer-like rafts of the Maku Puihi ride - bob along with a friend and soak up the rays! Look out for the twists and turns - while the ride isn't as fast as thrilling as the water slides, it does have a couple of exciting twists and turns. There are four other fun experiences at Rainforest Village, too.
Rainforest Village offers four exciting rides:
Little ones have a special place at Volcano Bay. It's called River Village and offers things that are just the right size for little swimmers. The lazy river that winds throughout the park is fun for people of all ages - although small children must have an adult to ride with them. The Tot Tiki Reef offers a splash pad and fun characters, all with just enough thrills for little bodies. There are child-sized slides and even a small volcano!
You can enhance your Volcano Bay experience with technology. The Universal Volcano Bay TapuTapu Wearable solves two of the biggest challenges of theme parks: carrying your tubes and standing in long lines with the tubes. The wearable device clips to your wrist, and you'll wear it all day. To "get in line" for a ride, simply tap your wearable against the ride's screen. When your turn is up, you'll receive an alert. In the meantime, relax in the sun or grab a bite to eat. Bear in mind that you can only reserve one ride at a time so choose wisely!
There's no way that you can experience a full day at Volcano Bay on an empty stomach! The Kohola Beef Restaurant serves delicious pulled pork sandwiches and is great if you'd like to sit down for a meal. Enjoy a fruit adult beverage at the Dancing Dragons Boat Bar - or just a virgin fruit punch. The Bambu food stand offers quick snacks like a pretzel or chips, while the Feasting Frog offers tasty fare from the islands, like poke bowls and fried plantains.