Our go to to Common Orlando Resort in Florida has been probably the most memorable journey expertise on our USA America Unplugged street journey yet.
I’m a HUGE Harry Potter fan, so you possibly can think about how excited I was.
Sadly, we missed the Christmas decorations by every week or so, nevertheless it was nonetheless awesome.
I started to put in writing this submit on the complete Common Orlando theme park experience after which noticed how lengthy it was just after writing about Volcano Bay Orlando!
Mum stated it may be greatest to split them up. So here we go.
This submit is all about Common’s new waterpark, Volcano Bay, an epic water theme park in Orlando and one of the new widespread places to go to in Florida.
We visited Volcano Bay water park on the primary of our three days at Common Orlando Resort. It was the day with the most effective weather, so be sure to verify that before you propose your schedule, because you recognize water parks! (you will get your tickets right here)
In case you are spending a couple of days at Universal Studios in Orlando, I like to recommend you go to Volcano Bay as a day of rest in between the other parks or on the final day so you’ll be able to chill out extra.
Though Mum stated she thought it was good to go on the first day to softly ease into the craziness of intense theme park days.
I assumed it was epic fun, not intense!
We spent the day at Volcano Bay Orlando with our buddies from Loopy Adventure Household, who we met for the first time in Nashville.
- 1 Universal Volcano Bay Water Park
- 2 Volcano Bay Rides
- 3 My Favourite slides at Common’s Volcano Bay Orlando
- 4 Helpful Information for Visiting Volcano Bay Orlando
- 5 Parking & Transportation
- 6 Restaurants & Eating
- 7 Stay at Cabana Bay Seashore Resort
Universal Volcano Bay Water Park
Volcano Bay opened in Might 2017 and is Common’s newest theme park.
I like to recommend this water park for all ages, even the little youngsters. Volcano Bay is split into sections to go well with totally different pursuits. Every part has specific water slides to match the world.
The sections in Common’s Volcano Bay are:
- Krakatau Volcano
- Wave Village
- River Village
- Rain Forest Village
Volcano Bay Rides
Pack your swimmers and a fun angle.
There are plenty of rides to expertise so get there as early as you possibly can to benefit from your day.
Krakatau is the focus of Universal Studios Volcano Bay.
Lovely waterfalls stream down its sides (with slides hidden inside and at night time it lights up in a fiery glow) and the totally different sections of the park encircle the volcano.
It is the start line for 4 totally different water slides – probably the most thrilling of this water park.
Let’s take a look at the rides and totally different areas at Universal’s Volcano Bay.
Runamukka Reef and Tot Tiki Reef
Runamukka Reef and Tot Tiki Reef is an awesome section for the little youngsters with slides that go on for ages, water squirters, and plenty of fun.
But, if they’re too scared to do the slides, additionally they have smaller slides that are great for infants.
I have to admit, the slides appeared enjoyable, so I tried to go on them but you must be underneath 48”.
Lazy Rivers and Wave Pools
We LOVED the lazy rivers, and so did our good friend’s from Loopy Household Adventure – take a look at their ideas for Volcano Bay.
There are two rivers referred to as: Kopiko Wai winding river, and the not so lazy TeAwa the Fearless River.
Massive waves = Huge fun! Get ready for the huge wave at the end!
One other enjoyable attraction is the Waturi Seashore, which is the wave pool subsequent to the Volcano.
I like to recommend sporting a life vest like Savannah did or even in the event you’re an grownup. Then you possibly can loosen up when you swim to the back the place the large waves are.
In Kopiko Wai winding river you go through the river village to an superior crystal cave and there’s no peak restriction
So as you possibly can see, there’s a lot to see and explore. And plenty of enjoyable reminiscences to be made!
My Favourite slides at Common’s Volcano Bay Orlando
There are numerous totally different water slides at Universal’s Volcano Bay, as an alternative of telling you about all of them, I”ll share probably the most epic ones.
Don’t miss these.
The other slides are enjoyable to go on when you wait to plunge out on the large ones!
1. Krakatau Aqua Coaster
The Krakatau Aqua Coaster experience is AMAZING. For my part, it’s the BEST journey within the park.
How might it not be when it’s a Roller coaster and Water slide COMBINED!!
You go down steep drops and up steep hills by way of the magnificent volcano. All while sitting on a banana, hotdog shaped tube thing (the Krakatau Aqua Coaster seats four riders). It’s the last word raft journey.
And, wait – I gained’t inform you the top half, you need to discover that for yourself.
(peak restriction: 42”, between 42” & 48” journey w/ grownup).
2. Ohyay and Ohno drop slides
These two aspect by aspect water slides are so fun. Each have an enormous drop down right into a deep pool.
The Ohno (purple slide) was the larger drop at 6 ft. The Ohyay is a 4 foot drop!
Ensure you are a robust swimmer because you get pushed to the bottom of the pool. Some crazy woman went down earlier than us who couldn’t swim. Who does that?
(peak restriction: 48”)
3. Taniwah Tubes
You’ll get dizzy delivering circles! A couple totally different rides to select from but they are all the identical.
(peak restriction: 42” between 42” and 48” to be with an grownup).
four. TeAwa the Fearless River
Again, massive waves and large enjoyable.
As mentioned above the Fearless River is a fun one to go round and round on. You possibly can even loosen up on this one if you need, simply paddle yourself to the aspect of the large wave.
( Peak: 42” youngsters. Put on a life vest and be with an adult).
5. Ko’kiri physique plunge, Kala & Tui Nui Serpentine Body Slides
I’ll let Mum inform you about this journey as she was the only one courageous enough to go on it.
Not likely, I was just having an excessive amount of fun on the Krakatau to hitch her. That’s my story anyway!
Okay, mum right here. I recommend you take the plunge from Florida’s highest peak. However be warned, the stairs up to the highest of the 200 ft Krakatau Volcano could have you gasping for breath and your legs shaking.
Or is that just the worry?
My philosophy is to do what scares you probably the most first.
So while Craig and the youngsters have been lazy river floating I raced as much as do Volcano Bay’s most thrilling rides. I knew if I didn’t do it very first thing, it wouldn’t happen.
I used to be so glad I did as a result of the rest of the day was just fun and enjoyable – no thrills needed.
I did the Kala & Tui Nui Serpentine body slides first, which starts with an enormous drop and then launches you into a twisting slide.
I wasn’t anticipating the velocity and energy of it. I discovered it tremendous intense, and though I favored it, I virtually chickened out of the Ko’kiri body plunge.
It is arduous to psych yourself up for scary rides when you haven’t any companion for help.
But, since there have been no strains, I knew I might remorse it if I didn’t do it now, I trudged up those stairs once more.
I’m so glad I did.
The Ko’kiri might have a scary start standing waiting for the floor beneath your ft to vanish, however as soon as it does, you shoot on down 125 ft and torpedo out the underside.
The experience is over in about 5 seconds. It was thrilling enjoyable. Not as intense because the Kala and Tui Nui serpentine slide.
I’d advocate doing that one first. Eat the Frog.
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Put on the Tapu Tapu
What is the Tapu Tapu?
The TapuTapu Wearable is an awesome waterproof watch system that you simply put on in your wrist like a watch and it will hold your home in line for busy rides.
This implies you’ll be able to go on different rides or chill out when you wait – positive beats wasting the day waiting on long boring strains.
It’s also possible to use your Tap Tapu to pay for issues like food and drinks.
You possibly can join the Tapu Tapu to a web-based account which holds your bank card particulars, or when you stay at the Common Orlando Resorts, it may possibly charge back to your room account.
This superior gadget is free (and waterproof, in fact since you put on it one rides and stuff), because it’s included in your ticket costs to Volcano Bay.
We have been confused about this until we entered the park as only a few on-line websites clearly said it’s free. So sure. You’ll get one whenever you enter.
How does the Tapu Tapu work?
Each member of the household will get a Tapu Tapu.
I feel this was superior because we acquired to scan it on a sure experience display and it might say come back in thirty minutes or one thing like that lol.
However you’ll be able to solely journey other rides that say journey now when you are ready for your reserved journey. You possibly can only e-book into one journey at a time.
I obtained to explore the park on my own with our buddies while the mother and father relaxed too.
Also, I received to experience my FAVORITE experience (Krakatau Aqua coaster) about ten occasions!
And when my Tapu Tapu stated “Time to ride now,” the road went down as nicely.
To hitch the digital line all you do is stroll tap your TapuTapu band on the totem situated on the front of the attraction.
Your TapuTapu will then inform you how long you must wait and it’ll beep to let you already know when it’s your flip to journey.
You might have a 5-10 minute wait once you be a part of the line, however it’s better than a much longer one you’d experience without the digital line.
The TapuTapu additionally gives additional cool experiences all through Volcano Bay.
You need to use it to light up pictures within the volcano’s hidden caves and in addition converse to hidden voices.
In Tot Tiki Reef you’ll be able to control the spurts out of the whale sand shoot water cannons at these enjoyable on the winding rivers.
You can even entry hired lockers via the TapuTapu and any park pictures that could be taken of you having fun on the rides.
How you can arrange the Tapu Tapu
To set up the Tapu Tapu, you create an account on the Official Resort App (which is tremendous useful to have to watch park rides across all the Common Orlando Resort).
You don’t want an account should you don’t need to use it as a form of cost.
You then add a bank card to your pockets and link your Volcano Bay park tickets.
I recommend creating a pin and solely allowing your youngsters a sure greenback limit on what they will spend. We truly didn’t give them permission to purchase using their TapuTapu.
I can imagine how many ice creams they could have sneaked if we did!
Don’t overlook to return your TapuTapu whenever you depart the park. Don’t worry your info might be erased
Prime Tips for Common’s Volcano Bay Orlando
- Keep at one of the four resorts of Common. (We stayed at Cabana Bay.) Staying at an on website lodge provides you early access to the park. This means first dibs on chairs in a GOOD spot, and you may journey all the slides before the park gets busy. (similar with different parks). It’s SOOOO value it.
Cabana Bay Seashore Resort
- As quickly as you enter the park, go to the preferred rides (Krakatau aqua coaster, Ko’kiri physique plunge, Kala & Tui Nui Serpentine physique slides and Honu ika Moana.)
- Find a spot and stay there. We planted ourselves at the pristine sandy Hammerhead Seashore for the day. It was awesome. We have been proper close to the funnest rides within the park and it wasn’t busy (we visited in early November simply after the Halloween craziness) so it felt like we had the area to ourselves. Whereas mum would have beloved to take a seat down for some time and skim her guide, us youngsters had different concepts!!!
- You possibly can rent lockers for your luggage to maintain your valuables in if no one goes to stay and watch your issues. We didn’t. Unsure if that was sensible or not however nothing went missing and I have a really trusting angle!
- Hold around until shut. Most people disappear so you possibly can have the beautiful Volcano Bay and Waturi Seashore all to yourself. It’s tremendous fairly at sunset, particularly with the volcano lighting up in rainbow colours. Seize a cocktail from the Dancing Dragons Boat Bar, let the child swim and also you loosen up with the views. A few of the rides will still be open which is enjoyable for the youngsters to journey at night time or simply float lengthy the lazy river. You possibly can see it within the video above.
- Deliver your personal water bottle. There are locations to fill them up inside Volcano Bay. These slides are thirsty work
- In case you are gluten free, or produce other meals allergic reactions, you’ll be able to deliver your personal meals into the park. Those allergic reactions are so widespread lately!
Helpful Information for Visiting Volcano Bay Orlando
- In the future Common Volcano Bay tickets are $67 for adults and $62 for youngsters.
- All 3-Park Multi-Day tickets supply visitor admission to Common Studios Florida, Common’s Islands of Adventure AND Common’s Volcano Bay Water Theme Park. Choices out there from 2 to 5 days in period Beginning at $92 per day (3-day ticket) Should you plan on visiting all three parks, get this cross. You’ll undoubtedly want the three days.
- A Volcano Bay annual move is for Florida residents.
- You’ll be able to lease cabanas at Volcano Bay beginning at $159 per day. There are additionally premium seating to lease starting at $29.99. We weren’t sitting around long sufficient to justify the price. Until you propose to try this, I feel the free chairs are ok.
- You possibly can’t take GoPro’s or cameras on any of the water slides (aside from the lazy rivers)
- Life vests are offered for anyone who needs them.
- Don’t overlook your solar protection!
- You’ll be able to lease towels, but deliver your personal and get monetary savings.
- Volcano Bay open time is 9am
Parking & Transportation
Volcano Bay doesn’t have its own parking zone.
Visitors are invited to park in the primary parking structure at Universal Metropolis Stroll. From there you possibly can hop on the shuttle, which can transport you to Volcano Bay. It’s solely a few 5 minute journey away.
A keep at Cabana Bay makes visiting Volcano Bay seamless as you take pleasure in a delegated walking path that takes you right to the water park.
In case you are staying at any of the opposite Common Orlando Resort Lodges such because the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, the Aventura Lodge, or Common’s Exhausting Rock Lodge you’ll be able to take pleasure in complimentary shuttle bus transportation to the park.
In case you are not staying on-site get to the park earlier than it opens in an effort to instantly enter and get to the enjoyable.
Restaurants & Eating
Volcano Bay Orlando has over 60 food offerings, principally all with a Hawaiian Pacific island vibe.
You can even discover pizzas, burgers and nachos and a few of your conventional fried favorites. It wasn’t too dangerous for a theme park.
The menus appeared good, but I (Caz) was disillusioned as per regular at a theme park, there’s simply not sufficient delicious choices for those with gluten free.
My Island Hen Salad ($9.99) was fairly tasty although. It was diced hen, apples, grapes, and almonds tossed in a creamy coconut dressing.
If in case you have an allergy deliver your personal food, when you don’t then take pleasure in food reminiscent of poke bowls, tangy BBQ pulled park sandwiches, Coconut crusted pal hen, and Quinoa Edamame Burgers.
There’s a Common Eating Plan which begins at $29.99 per persona which have numerous inclusions resembling meals, snacks and unlimited coke refills.
Do your analysis to see in case you assume this can prevent money.
Be sure you have an ice cream. They’re epic and distinctive to Universal’s new water park. I had the Waturi Fusion. It has Banana, Blue, Raspberry, Orange and Strawberry.
And Savannah had chocolate with sprinkles.
Also you will get a topping, I obtained whipped cream. (Worth: cup – $5. 49, cone – $6.49 and a sundae is $6. 99)
The Vol’s Hearth Punch cocktail appeared nice. Our pal, Bryanna had it.
I LOVED my elderberry cider. It tasted identical to a snake chew! (don’t worry, that’s from mum.)
Stay at Cabana Bay Seashore Resort
Cabana Bay Seashore Resort is a Universal property (some name it the Volcano Bay lodge). I liked the retro 50’s vibe here. It was super colourful and vibrant.
Cabana Bay is the closest Common lodge to Volcano Bay.
Truly, it’s a two minute stroll to Common Orlando Bay, so in the event you plan to spend so much of time here at this water theme park on your three day move, it’s greatest to stay at Cabana Bay.
It should even be the cheaper of the 4 on website inns.
The amenities are great with two swimming swimming pools and a lazy river.
Additionally they have outside films and indoor bowling lanes, Orlando Sentinel newspapers, present shop, cafeteria and totally different eating places. The wings at the Galaxy Bowl Restaurant have been delicious and reasonably priced.
Ebook your keep at Cabana Bay and skim extra critiques right here.
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As a reminder, for those who stay on-site, you possibly can benefit from Early Park Admission, which suggests getting on the park’s rides and points of interest an hour before the park opens.
And that’s Volcano Bay!
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We visited Volcano Bay as friends of Common Orlando Resort. All opinions are our own!
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