Planning a trip to Volcano Bay in Orlando

Volcano Bay in Orlando

Volcano Bay, Universal’s brand new water park, is now open, offering thrills, spills and plenty of relaxation. Our guide has all the info you need to plan the perfect day out at Volcano Bay. 

What is Volcano Bay?

Volcano Bay is a brand-new water park at Universal Orlando. The park has a care-free, island vibe, allowing you to soak up the sunshine as you ride the slides and glide along the lazy rivers.

Volcano Bay is divided into 4 different ‘villages’, each jam-packed with rides, attractions and restaurants. There’s ‘The Volcano’, ‘Wave Village’, ‘River Village’ and ‘Rainforest Village’. As you move through the park you’ll have the chance to slide down steep water slides, ride a canoe or take a swim in the sparkling waters at ‘Waturi Beach’.

Thanks to the wearable ticket system called TapuTapu, there’s no need to wait in long lines or carry rafts around the park. The device allows you to grab a place in line virtually with a wave of your wrist and sends alerts when it’s your turn to ride. You can also open lockers and make payments with the same device.

Why should you visit?

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The brand-new rides

At the heart of the water park is ‘Krakatau’, a mighty water volcano that towers 200 feet above the splash pools. Discover streaming waterfalls during the day and exciting lava-like lighting effects at night. Jaw-dropping water slides twist and turn within the volcano itself, while elsewhere you’ll be able to explore underwater sea caves, float along lazy rivers, paddle along with your raft or take a swim in the lagoon. Younger visitors won’t miss out, either, thanks to the ‘Runamukka Reef’ where they can play with water guns, splash through ‘bubbling geysers’ and ride down smaller slides designed especially for little ones.

Endless dining facilities

With all the excitement of Volcano Bay’s new rides, it would be easy to forget about all of the great food outlets. There’s a variety of restaurants in each area serving up classics burgers and tropical cocktails. ‘Wave Village’ features the Kohola Reef Restaurant & Social Club, which serves sandwiches, and the Dancing Dragons Boat Bar, where you can unwind with a frozen drink or two. ‘River Village’ has the unique Whakawaiwai Eats, which serves up delicious pizzas and tropical salads and offers views over the sparkling lazy river. Bambu, a hideaway serving up imaginative island dishes, The Feasting Frog and Kunuku Boat Bar are all located in the ‘Rainforest Village’. With the wide choice, there’s always a snack or dinner available in each area at Volcano Bay!

Where to stay near Volcano Bay

Universal Studios Orlando is only a short drive away from many of our Orlando vacation rentals. Whether you’re vacationing as a couple or with the extended family, the options range from condos to much larger properties with their own movie theaters.

Reunion Resort

This exclusive Orlando vacation home is located in the heart of Kissimmee and only a short distance away from Universal Studios. Home to the area’s best facilities, including 11 communal pools, a water park, 3 championship golf courses and high-end restaurants, the exciting resort combines entertainment with comfort for a family-friendly stay. We have hundreds of properties in Reunion Resort, here’s a few examples located between 18 and 19 miles away.

Reunion Resort 700

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Reunion Resort 700 has 6 impressive bedrooms to choose from, including this fun wizard-themed hangout. There’s also a private pool and a game room.

Reunion Resort 2100

orlando vacation home with private pool

Reunion Resort 2100 is a 9-bedroom mansion with its own home theater, game room and gym, offering expansive living spaces inside and out.

Encore Resort at Reunion

Encore at Reunion provides world-class facilities including an expansive water park, communal pools, an onsite club house, tennis courts, restaurants and more. Known as a ‘resort within a resort’, Encore is found in the heart of Reunion Resort, only 18 miles from Universal Studios. As the community has just been completed, every home is brand new!

Encore 30

encore at reunion villa with private pool

Sleeping 16 people, the family-friendly villa called Encore 30 offers a private pool, themed bedrooms and a prime location with easy access to nearby attractions.

The Encore Club 303

orlando vacation home with private pool

Spacious and luxurious, Encore 303 is an 11-bedroom home with a private pool, a home theater, and a game room.

Formosa Gardens 

The gated community of Formosa Gardens is one of Orlando’s most popular family resorts. It’s close to all of Orlando’s main attractions including Universal Studios, so you’ll only be 15 miles away from the new Volcano Bay. There’s a shopping village nearby with a wide selection of restaurants and two miniature golf courses onsite.

Formosa Gardens 60

formosa gardens villa with private pool

Experience the ultimate family villa vacation in Formosa Gardens 60.  With a private pool and a home theater, it’s the perfect place to start your day before taking a short trip down to Volcano Bay.

Searching for a villa in Orlando? Browse our full selection of vacation homes here.  


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