Planning a trip to Volcano Bay in Orlando

Volcano Bay in Orlando

Volcano Bay, an incredible water park at Universal Studios, offers 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 thrilling water park at Universal Studios in 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 Volcano Bay water park?

The awesome Volcano Bay ride

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!

Volcano Bay cabana rental

four cocktails held out by people

If you’re taking the little ones to visit Volcano Bay, but aren’t sure if there is anywhere where you too can enjoy the experience, and have a luxurious and laidback experience, why not consider renting one of the available cabanas? With family suites offering enough room for 16 people, all your family and friends can join you. Use it as a base from which to explore the park, or stay put, bask in the sun and sip a few cocktails – the choice is yours. Expect luxurious loungers, bottled water, fruit, towels, and even a concierge service.

Volcano Bay hours

Here are the current opening hours for Volcano Bay. Please note that these may very on national holidays and on certain events.

Monday: 10am – 6pm

Tuesday: 10am – 6pm

Wednesday: 10am – 6pm

Thursday: 10am – 6pm

Friday: 10am – 6pm

Saturday: 10am – 8pm

Sunday: 10am – 8pm

Volcano Bay ticket prices

A 1 day ticket to Volcano Bay costs $80 for an adult, which is consider from age 10 upwards. For a child, the cost is $75. To be considered as a child to purchase the child ticket, they must be between the ages of 3 and 9.

If you are a Florida resident, there is a small discount on the price of the tickets, with the adult ticket dropping to $70, and the child ticket dropping to $65.

It is also possible to obtain tickets to Volcano Bay on the gate, the day you are visiting. However these tickets are extremely limited and likely to be more expensive then booking in advance, so we highly recommend getting your tickets purchased ahead of time.

There is also the option to buy multi-day, multi-park tickets, which involves paying one price to be able to gain access to several of Orlando’s fantastic parks, over the course of a few days. To see what multi-tickets are on offer and their prices, be sure to visit the official ticketing website by clicking the button below.

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, games rooms, private swimming pools and even in-house spas and sports courts. There really is something to suit everything at Orlando, in a luxury property close to Volcano Bay.

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