Volcano Bay is open to the public now at Universal Orlando Resort! If ever you were looking for a way to celebrate the end of school in Orlando this new water theme park would be a perfect choice. There is so much to experience including wild water slides, a wave pool that has a few tricks up its sleeve, two lazy rivers both offering different levels of thrills and more.
Universal’s Volcano Bay Water Theme Park
I was on site this past Thursday when Maori entertainers opened the brand new water park. Volcano Bay will offer guests four different areas in which to play. Each has something marvelous you’ll not want to miss. Below are an example of one of two things per village I really enjoyed (or saw others enjoying) while I was there.
Ko’okiri Body Plunge. Heck no I didn’t even attempt this. Quite honestly I didn’t want to look at it. This is the terrifying “straight down slide” each water park offers. Ko’okiri starts near the top of The Volcano and ends at the wave pool. It’s clear so people can see you fall if they can catch you quickly enough.
Krakatau Aqua Coaster. You certainly get wet on this ride but you are inside a hard canoe type thing which holds 4 people that is more like a ride vehicle than tubes. I found this ride to be scary for me, but others weren’t as bothered. It’s a roller coaster on a water slide so there are drops and you go around and around. But I think kids could even handle it.
Kopiko Wai Winding River. Although I didn’t take the time to do the “lazy river” I wanted to let everyone know there is one. I swear it smells like the ocean but when I mentioned this, no one knew what I was talking about. Apparently it has some places that spray you with water along the way and even a fancy cavern you’ll want to check out.
Tot Tiki Reef and Runamukka Reef. These are the kid’s areas. Although they were shut down while I was visiting they looked to be the most fun children’s water park play place I’ve seen in Orlando. Other water parks have the same design, one big climbing adventure which is awesome. But Volcano Bay has spread it out and allowed for more slides as well. These are two separate areas so your littlest children won’t be trampled by the bigger kids.
Honi Ika Moana. Dear Baby Jesus, please don’t let the scary raft ride take my friends. This is what I was praying while everyone but me jumped on for a ride of exhilaration and terror. This is a group ride where at the end you are literally gravity thrown up to the top of this bowl/funnel thing and then just hang there until you somehow safely come back down. Why is this fun? I’m not sure but they all loved it and my husband and kids can’t wait to visit for this purpose.
Waturi Beach. The wave pool. This is where I spent 85% of my time during the event. Although I still give Typhoon Lagoon the best wave pool in Central Florida award, this comes in a strong second. What I enjoyed is that each wave series is different than the last. However none of them were as wowing as I wanted them to be and I felt like it took quite a while to get to the next. I’m incredibly picky about my wave pools though since I choose to spend well over half my time visiting them during a water park experience.
Maku Puihi Round Raft Rides. Remember when I told you the previous family raft ride seemed terrifying? Apparently this is actually the terrifying raft slide. I didn’t ride it and I didn’t talk to anyone who did, but I know my readers have families and want to know what you can do together. Have fun. This raft carries six people, goes up on its own (all do btw) so you don’t have to carry anything, and spins you and drops you galore.
Taniwha Tubes. These are the “basic water slide” rides that even people like me can enjoy. I mean I get sick or scared by everything. You start out inside the tube and it opens up at times for some surprises and then turns into a tube again. It’s a bit high in the air though. Wow, I’m seriously showing you what a scaredy cat I am aren’t I!
So that was my rundown of a fraction of the Volcano Bay attractions. I can’t begin to tell you about everything. Although I chose to tell you about slides I didn’t enjoy myself and not tell you about slides I did, I felt I gave you a good representation of the park.
Volcano Bay’s TapuTapu Wearable
Another neat bit of information is that included with each admission is the TapuTapu wearable which is more like a huge men’s watch so beware of big tan lines. It’s worth it though because it grants you the ability to play for the day with little to NO ATTRACTION LINES! It’s kind of like a Fast Pass in that you schedule your time to ride in for the day and come back later. What you do is walk up to the TapuTapu machine and “tap” your device and it will tell you when to come back. It does the waiting so you don’t have to. There are also supposed to be interactive enjoyments throughout the park, totems that sing to you and such, but I didn’t experience this. I’m sure it is delightful though, the entire park is delightful. It also allows you to connect your credit card so you don’t have to carry anything for the day.
Universal Orlando is excited about their new water theme park. Volcano Bay opens news doors for them and they are opening those doors for us. I love water parks, they are my favorite and this one is fresh and ready to be seized. I’m going to come back and tell you about their delicious food and add-ons later this week. For now I say Volcano Bay is the perfect end of the school year celebration for your children. Let me know what you think, which slides or attractions were your favorite and even share some pictures if you are willing!