Insider tips to know before visiting Universal’s Volcano Bay

Insider tips to know before visiting Universal’s Volcano Bay

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Universal’s Volcano Bay the perfect way to cool off with over 30 experiences including 18 water attractions such as winding and action rivers, two children play areas, an aqua coaster unlike any other, and plenty of pools and sandy beaches.

Not forgetting the delicious food and refreshing beverages.

Here are 10 ways to maximize a visit.

1. Hop or Skip to Volcano Bay by Staying On-Site

By staying at one of Universal Orlando’s five on-site hotels, you can get to Volcano Bay quicker. From Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort you can walk right over on the walking path that takes you directly to the park entrance. Hop aboard our complimentary shuttles from one of the four other hotels Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort and Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. An added bonus to staying on-site is Early Park Admission. This gives you exclusive access to Volcano Bay one hour before the park opens to day guests.

2. The Early Bird Gets the Best Beach Chair

This may be a no brainer, but the earlier you get to Volcano Bay the more you can jump on rides quicker. Plus, you can claim a prime spot on the beach of your choice as your home base for the day. You can also book a Private Cabana or Premium Seating. These options are very popular, so it is recommend reserving them before you arrive by calling (877) 489-8068.

3. Head Towards the Back

It’s a known fact that people will naturally drift towards the first attractions they see. It’s recommend grabbing a spot in the back of the park when you first arrive. You’ll avoid the initial crowds near the front and get to the fun faster. Attractions near the back tend to have shorter wait times at the beginning of the day too. As you’re making your way to the back to claim your spot, tap to save your ride time at one of the attractions along the way.

4. Items For Rent at Volcano Bay

There are lockers for rent for cash or credit card throughout the entire park with three different sizes to store your things, beach towels are also available for rent. Your TapuTapu is technically rented for free, too, since you have to return it at the end of the day. You can link up to four TapuTapus to your locker so the whole family can access it whenever they want.

5. Turn Your TapuTapu Into Your Wallet

If you would like to be able to take advantage of TapTu Pay at Volcano Bay, you can start setting up your account before you arrive through The Official Universal Orlando Resort App or online. You can link all of your party’s Volcano Bay tickets to the same account, and you can set up TapTu Pay by linking your credit card. Next step is to set up a pin number and then you’re all set. You’ll receive your TapuTapu wearable at the park entrance when you arrive. TapTu Pay allows you to purchase merchandise, food and drinks with a simple tap of your wearable. An awesome benefit is the ability to set spending limits on your account.

6. Thrills & Chills to Check Out While in Virtual Line

Here’s a quick snapshot to everything you can do while waiting in virtual line after you tapped into an attraction.

Ride the waves in the Waturi Beach wave pool
Discover all the TapTu Play effects throughout the park
Grab a tube and relax on the Kopiko Wai Winding River or take on the waves of TeAwa the Fearless River
Enjoy lunch or unique snacks such as a POG (a blend of Pineapple, Orange and Guava juices) or Waturi Fusion ice cream (made up of four different flavors!)
Play among the slides and water guns of the two kids areas Runamukka Reef and Tot Tiki Reef
Cool off in The Reef or Puka Uli Lagoon pools
Explore the gift shops for a fun souvenir to take home
If you’re 21+, try one of the Volcano Bay signature drinks at the two boat bars, Dancing Dragons and Kunuku

7. You Don’t Have to Ride Immediately…

When your TapuTapu alerts you that your ride time has arrived. You can head over at your leisure. So, if it catches you in the middle of enjoying an Island Chicken Salad, you don’t have to wolf it down. You do have to ride that attraction before you tap into another attraction, unless you want to replace it.

8. Keep a Look Out for “Ride Now!”

Your TapuTapu wearable allows you to virtually wait in line for one attraction at a time. As you’re exploring the park, keep an eye out for slides that say “Ride Now!” You’ll be able to jump right onto the ride without getting out of your virtual line. You can replace your ride time with another ride if you’d like. More attractions will show “Ride Now!” if you arrive early in the morning or if you stay later near closing time.

9. Eat Early or Later

Restaurants are busier in the noon – 2pm hours so try eating earlier or later to avoid crowds of hungry people. There are four dining locations and other food carts throughout the park and two bars to grab a refreshing beverage.

10. Ride Out the Rain

It often rains in Florida during the summer but when you see the clouds gathering, don’t pack up your things and leave. Just ride out the weather until it passes, which in Florida can be pretty quick. You’ll find wait times for attractions will shorten as many people decide to leave. There’s plenty to do under cover from enjoying a drink, a bite to eat or doing some shopping.