Updated March 2021
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again…winter is the best time for water parks! The water is heated and the crowds are minimal, which means no wait time for popular rides! During our Spring Break visit, we strategically planned to visit Volcano Bay on the warmest day in the forecast and were not disappointed. We were even blessed with clear skies this go round!
Universal Orlando Resort proudly describes Volcano Bay as a water theme park. This is the first clue that this is no run-of-the-mill water park. The second is its Creation Myth:
It all began with the fiery god, Krakatau (kra-kuh-TAU). Though his wrath and fury dominated the land, he couldn’t contain the adventurous spirit of his daughter, Tai Nui (tie-NOO-ee). She fell in love with a native youth named Kala (KAH-lah). And when her fiercely protective father learned of the romance, he flew into a rage. He banished Kala forever to the sky, where he became the Moon.
Overcome with grief, Tai Nui’s tears became the Sea. Krakatau then realized he had only succeeded in destroying what mattered most to him: his daughter’s happiness. Determined to reunite the young lovers, he reached into the earth and pulled it to the sky – creating the volcano of Volcano Bay. Krakatau trapped the remains of his anger and jealousy in the form of the fire spirit, Vol, whom he imprisoned deep within the volcano.
This is how the Sky, Sea and Earth united to form the paradise of Volcano Bay.
The story doesn’t end there. The legend goes on about the Waturi people who eventually discover the land and take up residence here. When you arrive at Volcano Bay, you are welcomed into the Waturi Family. Universal Orlando Resort did a stellar job bringing this vision to life. The attention to detail is just spectacular! You really do feel as though you have been transported to another time and place. The low crowds in the off-season only made the experience that much more enjoyable.
When visiting Volcano Bay, complimentary towels are not provided. They can be rented for the day, you can bring your own, or you can bring pool towels from your resort. Just remember to return them!
The water was surprisingly warm, and there is a good mix of family and thrill attractions. Over the course of our visits, our boy rode literally everything, including the Ko’okiri Body Plunge. Then he and little sis rode everything else. Collectively, we all enjoyed Honu of Ika Moana (thrill slide), ika Moana of Honu ila Moana (moderate thrill slide), Kopiko Wai Winding River (lady river), and the Taniwa Tubes (moderate thrill tube slide).
Have you ever seen a wave pool so empty?
The DH and I also enjoyed holding down base camp.
Not much has changed.
We wore our Tapu Tapus, which is a magic band type system that makes use of a virtual queue. During our Spring Break visit, every attraction was walk on. You can also use your Tapu Tapu at strategic points to spurt water at other guests. This water is not heated. Let’s just say the tweens really enjoyed surprising everyone who dared to cross their path.
Ah, I can never get enough of the lush surroundings!
The park is operating at a reduced capacity. As a waterpark, masks are required while in line, gift shops, and restrooms. While enjoying the attractions, or seated in your socially distanced bubble, they aren’t.
We noticed Team Members sanitizing rails and rides periodically. And toward the end of the day, we also saw them sanitizing lounge chairs in preparation for the next day.
Single Cabana Units and Family Suite Cabanas are available for rent. They offer padded lounge chairs, a small refrigerator stocked with bottled water, complimentary fruit and snack basket, towel and locker service, plus concierge service with an exclusive menu of food and drink delivered directly to the cabana.
Premium Seating is also available. This offers a double shaded lounger.
The prices change daily based on supply and demand. During the first week of March, which was also Volcano Bay’s reopening week, Single Cabana Units were approximately $300, and Premium Seating was $55. We didn’t feel the need to splurge, but if we ever visit during the peak of summer with massive crowds, it would be very tempting.
Don’t discount water parks in the off season. It’s a great opportunity to have the full experience minus the crowds. High praises all around for Volcano Bay! We can’t wait to go back!!
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