Ultimate Guide to Volcano Bay Rides, Food, Cabanas & More

Have you heard? Universal opened a brand NEW water park in Orlando called Volcano Bay on May 25, 2017. Fortunately, I happened to visit the park shortly after the opening during a special event with the TODAY Parenting Team hosted at Universal Orlando and I got to learn a little bit more about what this AMAZING Universal Orlando Water Park has to offer. You guys… it is like NO other water park you have EVER visited before. Volcano Bay rides are truly some of the most unique water slides you will ever go on in your entire life. Not to mention, this groundbreaking water “theme park” has even found a way to get rid of lines & the hassle of carrying tubes up to the top of the slide! Read on to learn more about the INCREDIBLE Volcano Bay Water Park.

Everything YOU Need to Know about Volcano Bay Rides, Food, Cabanas & More

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Universal’s Volcano Bay is the first Water Theme Park- setting it apart from any other water park experience in the world! Spanning 28 acres, Volcano Bay offers a complete immersion into a lush, tropical oasis inspired by the Pacific Isles (much like the experience at Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter). Best of all, Universal Orlando has introduced ground-breaking technology to enhance the fun & remove the hassles that typically come with a water park experience. It is truly one of the best water parks in Orlando, if not the Best!

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TAPUTAPU = NO LINES for Volcano Bay Rides!

You heard us right, these perks are real! First of all, no more standing in long lines or carrying cash or credit cards through the parks and secondly, you don’t even have to fumble for a locker key thanks to Universal Volcano Bay’s Virtual Line made possible by the TapuTapu Wearables made exclusively for Volcano Bay.

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How Does It Work?

Guests receive a TapuTapu wearable upon entry (no additional costs involved) which allows you to participate in the new virtual line technology. To utilize the virtual line all you do is walk up to the totem located at the front of the attraction and tap your TapuTapu band on it. It’s similar to the poles you tap your magic band on at Disney World. However, with the TapuTapu when it’s your turn to ride, you receive an alert you to head over to the attraction. No carrying tubes, no standing in long lines, no hassles.

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TapuTapu also allows you to explore various TapTu Play experiences throughout the park. You can control streams of water spurting from whales in Tot Tiki Reef or shoot water cannons at other guests snaking down Kopiko Wai Winding River. In fact, you can even illuminate images in the volcano’s hidden caves. Just like below!

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Still have questions? Watch the TAPUTAPU in action below-

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Do More with Your TapuTapu Band

The TapuTapu wearable does more than just assist you with queuing. Check out these three awesome ways your TapuTapu wearable will assist you during your stay at Universal’s Volcano Bay.

TapTu Pay: With TapTu Pay, you can make purchases throughout the entire park with the TapuTapu wearable on your wrist.

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How to Set Up Your TapTu Pay
  1. Create an account online or download/open The Official Universal Orlando Resort™ App on your phone.
  2. Tap the WALLET ICON in the lower right corner (or from the main menu).
  3. Enter your Credit Card information. Just follow the prompts.
  4. Link your travel party’s Volcano Bay tickets. Scan the barcodes or enter the numbers.
  5. Create the PIN your entire party will use when they TapTu Pay.
  6. Return your TapuTapu when you leave the park and all personal information will be unlinked.

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NEW! TapTu Snap/My Universal Photo Access: I love this one. You can take advantage of special interactive photo ops throughout the park (even on select Volcano Bay rides). You must link your wearable so that it can automatically link your photos to your account. Then you can view, purchase, and share your photos at your convenience.

NEW! Locker Access: I hate locker keys/codes, which is why I love this feature. After you rent a locker, you’ll be able to access it with just a touch of your TapuTapu wearable. Woot! Woot!

*NOTE: You do NOT need a free account to take advantage of TapTu Play, Virtual Line, TapTu Snap or Locker Access. But you DO need it to have a digital ticket and to enable TapTu Pay.

Volcano Bay Rides

Let’s get to the good stuff. For all the thrill-seekers out there, get ready to speed down 18 slides including the first-of-its-kind aqua coaster, called Krakatau. 

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Volcano Bay Rides in Krakatau:

Krakatau Volcano

Volcano Bay is centered around the massive 200-foot-tall Krakatau Volcano. By day this gigantic volcano features beautiful waterfalls streaming down its sides. But, at night it turns to fiery lava! The center point structure is also the starting point for four different water slides. These are some of the most intense of the Volcano Bay Rides

  • Krakatau Aqua Coaster sends guests in a four-person canoe UPHILL on the 200-foot-tall Fire & Water Volcano. Guests then race through dark twists and turn within the volcano. For a grand finale, the canoe is sent plunging through a waterfall! This was my daughters favorite of the Volcano Bay Rides
Volcano Bay Rides! For all the thrill seekers out there, you can experience 18 slides including the first-of-its-kind aqua coaster, Krakatau Aqua Coaster. Each slide has a personality of its own which gives you a different adventure down each one.courtesy of Universal Orlando
  • There are also three distinctive body slides found at the rear of the volcano, each of which starts off with surprise doors that drop out from beneath you!
    • Ko’okiri Body Plunge: A racing, 70-degree drop that will plummet riders 125-feet through the center of Krakatau. It will be the world’s first slide to travel through a pool filled with guests! This is by far the scariest of the Volcano Bay Rides.
    • Kala and Ta Nui Serpentine Body Slides: Two intertwining slides.
  • Punga Racers: This one the munchkins will LOVE! A high-speed race through four different enclosed slides on a mat.

Once you mastered the Krakatau I think it’s only fitting to get yourself a delicious beverage in one of these “I conquered the Krakatau” bottle cooler.

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Volcano Bay Rides in Wave Village:

Wave Village is a perfect place to soak in the sun and relax on the sandy shores. You will find this area at the base of Krakatau and it includes:

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  • Waturi Beach: A beach lined wave pool where you can rent one and two-story cabanas and lounge around in luxury.
  • The Reef: A calm leisure pool with exciting views of riders speeding through the Ko’okiri Body Plunge.
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River Village:
River Village offers several family-friendly attractions and experiences:

For all the thrill seekers out there, you can experience 18 slides including the first-of-its-kind aqua coaster, Krakatau Aqua Coaster. Each slide has a personality of its own which gives you a different adventure down each one.courtesy of Universal Orlando
  • Kopiko Wai Winding River: First off, check out this gentle river, which winds through the volcano’s hidden caves, featuring fun water effects and a journey through the cave of starlight.
  • Tot Tiki Reef: An adorable toddler play area with spraying fountains, slides and a kid-size volcano.
  • Runamukka Reef: A three-story water playground inspired by the coral reef overflowing with twisting slides, sprinklers and more.
  • Honu: Honu is also a must-do. It’s an adventurous, multi-passenger raft ride that will soar across a dual wall.
  • Ika Moana: A twisting, multi-passenger raft ride that will glide across bubbling geysers.
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Rainforest Village:
Rainforest Village features a bunch of exciting attractions including and my favorite Volcano Bay Rides including Ohyah and Ohno Drop SLides

  • Maku: A unique “saucer ride”, which takes multi-passenger rafts speeding around three saucer-shaped curves.
  • Puihi: A multi-passenger raft ride that will drop guests into darkness before tossing them into a funnel and launching them into a zero-gravity drop.
  • Ohyah and Ohno Drop Slides: Two twisting, adrenaline-pumping slides that launch guests four- or six-feet above the water at the end.
  • TeAwa The Fearless River: The action-packed river for thrill-seekers where guests have to hang tight in their inner tube amidst roaring, whitewater rapids.
  • Taniwha Tubes: Four unique slides with rafts for both single or double riders. The slides were inspired by Easter Island.
  • Puka Uli Lagoon: A serene pool where guests can swim and relax.

The Food

Guys, I am SOOO EXCITED about the island-inspired food at Volcano Bay. At our special event night with Universal Orlando & the TODAY Parenting Team, we were able to sample a bunch of the items that will be featured at Volcano Bay and they were AMAZING!!! I honestly wanted to eat the entire pan of Red Curry Shrimp & Plantains. Even the craft beer selection was on point!

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With over 60 scrumptious food options to choose from you may want to do some research before you head to the parks. Here is a rundown of the different eateries at Volcano Bay for your planning purposes.

Wave Village

Kohola Reef Restaurant & Social Club™

This restaurant is located at the base of the majestic Krakatau volcano. Here you can try island favorites like the tangy Mango BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches, a veggie option I am excited about- the Quinoa Edamame Burger or crunchy Coconut Crusted Fried Chicken.


Dancing Dragons Boat Bar

A cool bar set in the sand and shaped like an outrigger canoe serving tropical cocktails and frozen drinks.

 River Village

Whakawaiwai Eats

An easy crowd pleaser this cafe serves up tasty pizzas and salads alongside the river. Try the Savor Island BBQ Chicken Pizza, Tropical Baby Greens Salad, Hawaiian Pizza or one of their tempting treats.


Rainforest Village


Take a break from the sun and head into this cool, shaded hideaway offering quick bites such as the Reka Burger, Pretzel Dog or the Tropical Fruit Salad.


The Feasting Frog

Lounge on the patio of this quirky tropical frog shaped structure while you dine on Poke or Plantain Chips & Guac while enjoying a refreshing beverage.


Kunuku Boat Bar

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Enjoy a delicious cocktail at this landlocked canoe-shaped bar. I can’t wait to get my hands on the Toasted Coconut Pineapple cocktail, a delicious mix of toasted coconut rum and fresh pineapple juice.

Universal Dining Plan – Quick Service

Volcano Bay will also offer Universal’s Quick-Service Dining Plan. In the past, we have found this particular dining plan to be extremely beneficial because you can purchase it for specific guests (like my ravenous teenage sons) versus having to purchase for the entire party. Many of the above-mentioned deliciousness is available on the plan too!

The plan starts at $22.99 per person/ per day/ + tax. See here for more information.

Ticket Options for Volcano Bay 

There are a variety of options to choose from when you book your visit to Volcano Bay. *Pricing below was current on May 22, 2017 as stated on the Universal Orlando Website.

Universal Orlando 3-Park Multi-Day Tickets

*Tip- Keep in mind that to visit all 3 Universal Orlando Theme Parks you will need a minimum of 3 days.

Universal Orlando 3-Park Annual Pass

  • Includes admission to Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure AND Universal’s Volcano Bay Water Theme Park, plus special benefits exclusive to Annual Passholders including discounts and perks, free admission to special events and more!
    • Four different pass options are available, starting at
    • FlexPay option is also available with low monthly payment rates after one initial down payment

*Tip- we purchase an annual pass even as Southern CA residents and we try to make two trips to Orlando during our year to get as much bang for the buck as we can. For example, we visited last fall around Thanksgiving and are headed back this June 😉

Florida Resident 3-Park Multi-Day Tickets*

  • The Florida Resident 3-Park Multi-Day ticket entitles one guest admission to all three of Universal Orlando’s theme parks: Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure AND Universal’s Volcano Bay Water Theme Park
    • Options available from 2 to 3 days in duration
    • Valid up to 180 days after purchase
    • *Proof of Florida residency required

Universal’s Volcano Bay 1-Day Admission Ticket

  • One-day admission to Universal’s Volcano Bay
  • $62 child/ $67 adult + tax

Universal’s Volcano Bay Express Pass * Currently Not Available*

  • With Universal Express, guests can bypass the Virtual Line experience and enjoy Volcano Bay’s rides at their convenience. Valid one time at each participating attraction.
    • Cost $19.99 per person/ per day/ + tax
  • Universal Express Unlimited. It offers unlimited Express ride access at participating rides within Universal’s Volcano Bay.
    • Cost $39.99 per person/ per day/ + tax

NOTE: The included express pass that comes with some of the on-site resorts is only valid for the dry parks and does not work with Volcano Bay.

Volcano Bay RidesCabana Bay Beach Resort courtesy of Universal Orlando

Premium upgrades, such as Cabanas are available at Universal’s Volcano Bay too. Prices vary depending on the day

Single Cabana $159.99 & Up – Holds up to 6 people. Choose from upper-level cabanas for spectacular views, ground level cabanas for convenience and accessibility, or stand-alone cabanas that offer a bit more privacy.

Family Cabana $299.99 & Up- Holds up to 16 people. Relax with your group in a large, private stand-alone cabana.


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*The information contained in the above post appeared first on the Universal Orlando Blog and Volcano Bay press releases. Photos are courtesy of Universal Orlando.


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