VOLCANO BAY.....INFO AND QUESTION THREAD........

schumigirl

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As Volcano Bay is brand new, we thought it needed a temporary sticky of it`s own as there are so many questions right now.

This thread is for people who have been and want to share their experiences and anyone who just wants information as they haven't visited yet.

Please feel free to post any images you have of the park and the experience of your visit. For those who are visiting soon, please ask anything you`re not sure of as hopefully someone will have the answer. We already have a few regular posters who have gone who can hopefully help.


An Island Retreat Like None Before

Made up of four immersive areas filled with innovative opportunities for thrills and rejuvenation, Universal's Volcano Bay™ is an all-new water theme park like none other. Here you'll find a full day's worth of fun set to the tune of a comforting island breeze and breathtakingly lush views.

With 18 incredible attractions, you'll be able to experience daring water adventures and moments of peaceful relaxation—all without having to worry about waiting in line or carrying around rafts. You'll be granted the powers of the TapuTapu™ wearable. With just a wave of your wrist you can hold your place in the ride lines and reveal wondrous surprises throughout the park. Which means more time to careen down slides, brave whitewater torrents, drift down a winding river or relax in your own waterside cabana.

This hassle-free island is just steps away from Universal Orlando's other world class theme parks, Universal's Islands of Adventure™ and Universal Studios Florida™, five themed on-site resort hotels and the dining, shopping and entertainment of Universal CityWalk™.


All-New Wonders Of TapuTapu™ At Volcano Bay™


Volcano Bay™ guests enjoy all the benefits of the TapuTapu™ wearable. The TapuTapu eliminates standing in long attraction lines by enabling you to relax and play while waiting in the park’s Virtual Line™ until it’s time to ride. Plus, with TapuTapu you can enjoy the fun and convenience of activating interactive surprises, opening lockers, making cash-free payments and more.






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Experience All The Benefits Of TapuTapu™

TapTu Pay™

Pay for food, drinks and merchandise with a tap of your TapuTapu wearable.








TapTu Ride

Make the most of your time with the Virtual Line™. Your TapuTapu will hold your place in the Virtual Line for one attraction at a time (Based on availability).








TapTu Snap*

Take shots at special photo spots and get photos taken automatically on select attractions.








TapTu Lock*

Open and lock your lockers with a tap.








TapTu Play™

Volcano Bay’s hidden surprises are yours to command.








TAPTU PAY

Pay for food, drinks and merchandise with a tap of your TapuTapu wearable.








TapTu Ride

Make the most of your time with the Virtual Line™. Your TapuTapu will hold your place in the Virtual Line for one attraction at a time (Based on availability).







TapTu Pay™ Is The New Way To Pay

At Universal’s Volcano Bay™ your TapuTapu™ wearable lets you TapTu Pay™ to make cash-free purchases of food and merchandise throughout the park. You’ll just need to set up an account and assign a credit card. Then, when you’re in Volcano Bay, you’ll enjoy the ease and convenience of making most transactions with a simple tap of your TapuTapu.



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Guests can make purchases throughout the entire park with their TapuTapu wearable, eliminating the need for cash, credit cards or a wallet simply by creating an account.





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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Virtual Line™ Means No Standing In Long Lines
Universal Volcano Bay’s Virtual Line™ means more time having fun, less time standing in line. Use it to “tap in” at an attraction and receive a designated return time, leaving you free to do whatever you want until it’s time to ride, instead of spending much of your day standing in long lines.


RIDES AND ATTRACTIONS



The Volcano
Island Centerpiece

At the heart of the island stands Krakatau™, the mighty Fire and Water Volcano. Towering 200 feet above the tropical landscape, Krakatau™ streams waterfalls during the day and fiery lava effects at night. Inside the cavernous volcano, the Waturi people dare you to brave a variety of heart-pounding water slides.



Krakatau™ Aqua Coaster
Honorary Waturi can experience the power of Krakatau™ on this amazing ride. Four-person canoes slide upward through the mists and into the dark twists and turns within the volcano before emerging with a plunge through a shimmering waterfall.

Ko'okiri Body Plunge™
Join in the centuries-old tradition of honoring the volcano god, Vol, by braving the incredible Ko'okiri Body Plunge™. Featuring a 70-degree fall through a drop door and 125 feet of white-knuckle fun, this dizzying descent ends with a watery tribute from Vol himself.

Kala & Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides™
Join Kala and Tai Nui where sea and sky meet and take a leap of faith from high atop the volcano. Twin drop doors simultaneously plunge two guests down clear, intertwining tubes before sending them joyfully splashing into the turquoise waters below.

Punga Racers™
A favorite among Waturi children of all ages, Punga Racers send single riders on their manta ray mats sliding down four lanes through underwater sea caves. And to this day, the first racer to cross the finish line receives a watery salute from Punga himself.

Wave Village
Crystal Waters And Sandy Beaches

Wave Village is the first of three villages guests encounter at Volcano Bay™. This peaceful escape overlooks the sparkling waters of Waturi Beach at the base of the volcano.

Waturi Beach
Locals know that the waves are always perfect at Waturi Beach. Swim, splash and relax right along with them in the sparkling waters and warm waves of the lagoon at the foot of mighty Krakatau™.

The Reef
Watch the bravest Waturi take the Ko'okiri Body Plunge from the comfort of this peaceful leisure pool. A clear plexi tube shoots straight through this 5.5-foot-deep pool, which features its own private waterfall perfect for frolicking.



RIVER VILLAGE
Fun Flows Through


The scenic River Village has fun for people of all ages, including the very youngest Waturi.

Honu ika Moana™
Just like the ancient Waturi people who rode the ocean waves on friendly sea turtles and whales, guests can enjoy these two twisting, turning, multi-person slides. Honu sweeps up two massive walls, while ika Moana sprays water on riders from the center of the raft.

Tot Tiki Reef™
Even the youngest Waturi can get in on the fun in the shallows of Tot Tiki Reef. Play among splashy slides, a tot-sized water volcano and a family of friendly tikis with spraying fountains. Plus, adorable whales spray and sing as kids raise and lower their hands.

Runamukka Reef™
Once an exotic coral reef beneath the ocean, Runamukka Reef is now a favorite play place for young Waturi children with its bubbling geysers, water guns, slides and dump cups. Shaded by fanciful bamboo sea creatures and waving seaweed, it’s the most playful spot in Universal’s Volcano Bay™.

Kopiko Wai Winding River™
Take a slow ride on the Kopiko Wai Winding River through the tropical landscape of Universal’s Volcano Bay™, a land full of surprises. Sprays of water surprise along the way, and beneath the lava rocks, Stargazer’s Cavern reveals the magical night sky above.

Rainforest Village
A Forest Full Of Excitement

The third village you’ll discover in Universal’s Volcano Bay™, Rainforest Village stretches along the shores of an action-packed river and features the perfect mix of relaxation and exhilaration.

Taniwha Tubes™
There’s a place in Universal’s Volcano Bay™ where the puka trees grow abnormally tall. Inspired by their twisting roots, the Waturi built four twisting water slides called the Taniwha Tubes. Riders can try all four twisting tracks, but beware—mischievous tiki statues spray jets of water when you least expect it.

Maku Puihi Round Raft Rides™
This six-person rafting adventure isn’t for the faint of heart. Choose one of two lava-tube paths or try them both. Maku slides through a deep volcanic gorge before spinning wildly around bowl-like formations. Then, test your bravery on Puihi, where you'll feel the stomach-flipping thrill of a zero-gravity hang time before splashing your way to safety at the bottom.

Puka Uli Lagoon
This pool features elements that even the tiniest Waturi can enjoy like bongo drums and spraying water.

TeAwa The Fearless River™

Race along a roaring, watery stream of churning rapids and choppy waves while hanging tight to your inner tube on this thrilling whitewater ride.

Ohyah & Ohno Drop Slide™
Ascend the side of a cliff before plummeting down the twisting waters of the Ohyah Slide and dropping out four feet above the pool below. Then, brave the rope bridge and take the plunge down the Ohno Slide, a serpentine adventure that ends six feet above the awaiting pool.

The Volcano Bay™ Rider's Guide is available at Guest Services at Universal's Volcano Bay™.


Below is a map of VB. This way you can get an idea where everything is for adequate seating. Personally we went on everything and we sat in the wave village both days. I like to be in the center of everything. You will see more of the thrill rides are in rainforest village with some in the river and wave. The premium seating is located in various spots in the villages. We rented one cabana in the wave village on the wall against the interstate and saw many other cabanas around and did not see premium seating near it.
Thanks to bobbie68 for this info
 
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schumigirl

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DINING OPTIONS AT VOLCANO BAY


A New Wave Of Deliciousness


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Universal's Volcano Bay™ is taking vacation cuisine to the next level. Choose from more than 60 unique offerings inspired by flavors of the South Pacific, including slowly-smoked, glazed Hawaiian Ribs with boniato mash and sweet plantains, or try the Coconut Curry Chicken made with braised chicken, green coconut curry sauce, white rice, sweet coconut and fresh cilantro. Classic family favorites include Chicken Fingers, Hamburgers and Pizza. And refreshing specialties like Jerked Mahi Sandwiches, Mango BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches and decadent Chocolate Pineapple Upside Down Cake are just a taste of this all-new island retreat.




Wave Village


Kohola Reef Restaurant & Social Club™

This airy escape at the base of the majestic Krakatau™ volcano, delights with fresh island favorites including tangy Mango BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches, tasty Quinoa Edamame Burgers or crunchy Coconut Crusted Fried Chicken as you listen to gentle waves lapping at the lagoon shore.

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Dancing Dragons Boat Bar

Relax in the shade of this cool canteen shaped like an ancient outrigger canoe. With the colorfully repainted sails of a Chinese junk ship, it's a delightful place to unwind with tropical cocktails and frozen drinks while digging your toes into the sand.


River Village



Whakawaiwai Eats

Savor Island BBQ Chicken Pizza, Tropical Baby Greens salad, Hawaiian Pizza and more brilliantly delicious temptations alongside the sparkling river. Treat yourself to delicious temptations sure dazzle your palate any time of day.

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Rainforest Village


Bambu


Exquisitely crafted by island builders, this cool, shaded hideaway made of elegant stalks of bamboo offers a mouthwatering selection of quick and easy eats. Choose from imaginative island fare such as the Reka Burger, Pretzel Dog or the Tropical Fruit Salad.

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The Feasting Frog


Inviting patio seating surrounds this vibrant and quirky structure shaped like a tropical frog. Here you'll find refreshing drinks and satisfying snacks like the Poke Poke Bowl, Taco Sampler, or Plantain Chips & Guacamole.

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KUNUKU BOAT BAR

Refreshing frozen drinks, specialty cocktails, fountain sodas and draft beers are just some of the thirst-quenchers on offer at this permanently beached outrigger canoe. Flying the sails of a Chinese junk rig, this landlocked bar is named for the mythical fish that guided the Waturi islanders to Volcano Bay™.




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Enhance Your Thrills And Relaxation
Make your day even more unforgettable with a variety of extras and special amenities at Universal's Volcano Bay™. Options include: Cabanas, Premium Seating and Universal Express™ ride access. All can be purchased in advance or at the park (subject to availability).

Cabana Rentals


Relax, unwind and enjoy the charms of your own private cabana in paradise with extra-comfy seating, concierge service and more. Each retreat offers 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. One-story and two-story retreats are located throughout the park.

Book now at (877) 489-8068.




Single Cabana Units

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.

FROM $159 .99* PER UNIT, PER DAY, PLUS TAX

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Family Suite Cabanas

Holds up to 16 people. Relax with your group in a large, private stand-alone cabana.

FROM $299 .99* PER UNIT, PER DAY, PLUS TAX

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Premium Seating

Relax with the comfort and convenience of reserved seating for the day.

Book now at (877) 489-8068.




Premium Seating
Includes a pair of padded loungers with an adjustable shade canopy and a built-in storage lockbox. Plus, you can enjoy the services of an area attendant who'll see to your food and drink orders.

FROM $29 .99** PER PAIR, PER DAY, PLUS TAX

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Universal Express™
Universal Express™ lets you slide past the Virtual Line™ at participating attractions at Universal's Volcano Bay™. There's no need to stop by the attractions ahead of time and receive a scheduled return time—you can get to the ride when you want.

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Volcano Bay™ Universal Express Unlimited™ Pass
Use an unlimited number of times^ at participating attractions.

FROM $39 .99^ PER PERSON, PER DAY, PLUS TAX

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Volcano Bay™ Universal Express™ Pass

Use one time^^ at each participating attraction.

FROM $19 .99^^ PER PERSON, PER DAY, PLUS TAX

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Universal Dining Plan™

When you purchase a Universal Dining Plan™, you can take advantage of it at Universal’s Volcano Bay™.

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Universal Dining Plan – Quick Service™
Choose from several participating Quick-Service restaurants at Universal’s Volcano Bay™. And, if you upgrade to include the Coca-Cola freestyle® Souvenir Cup, you can get unlimited refills†† at the stations throughout the park.

FROM $22 .99† PER PERSON, PER DAY, PLUS TAX

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Waturi Way

The Legend of Volcano Bay
Water is Life. Life is Joy. That is the mantra by which the fabled Waturi islanders have lived on their Pacific isle for centuries. Discover the legends of the Waturi and share their joy and carefree lifestyle at Universal's Volcano Bay.


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At Universal's Volcano Bay you'll share the joy and carefree lifestyle of the Waturi islanders. Discover the legend of their journeys across the South Pacific, searching for their new home with the help of the mystical fish Kunuku.






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At Universal's Volcano Bay™ the Waturi islanders have found the way to master time with TapuTapu™, which lets you relax and play instead of standing in long lines.






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Live life like a Waturi islander at Universal's Volcano Bay™, where an array of amazing attractions and amenities create a tropical paradise of thrills and relaxation.




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  • TheConsciousness

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    Amazing! I'm very interested in going now!

    Does anyone know why you have to wear life jackets on the lazy river? Is this just something they're doing for the first few days?
     

    damo

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    Hi:) I heard there was a separate entrance into VB for CBBR guests. Is this true and how does it work?
    :thanks:

    As of right now, I don't believe there is a separate entrance, there is just a separate walkway. Separate entrance may be in the future.

    Amazing! I'm very interested in going now!

    Does anyone know why you have to wear life jackets on the lazy river? Is this just something they're doing for the first few days?
    I read that has already changed to require either a life jacket OR a tube&life jacket but I can't confirm.
     
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  • Kivara

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    Not sure of current rules, but in Tim Tracker's opening day video, he noted that you had to have a tube and a life jacket for the fast lazy river. (I believe the regular lazy river wasn't running in that video.)

    He talks about it at 19:30
     

    atricks

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    Not sure of current rules, but in Tim Tracker's opening day video, he noted that you had to have a tube and a life jacket for the fast lazy river. (I believe the regular lazy river wasn't running in that video.)

    He talks about it at 19:30
    They were in front of us on the bus and we were behind them, I tried to avoid getting on the video, but I still did around 7:08 in. Daugter was slow walking through the tunnel, and we were directly behind them, also next to them for lunch too.
     

    Kivara

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    They were in front of us on the bus and we were behind them, I tried to avoid getting on the video, but I still did around 7:08 in. Daugter was slow walking through the tunnel, and we were directly behind them, also next to them for lunch too.
    How fun!
     

    NicRic

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    So i noticed over the weekend Universal pulled the express pass link for Volcano Bay, after just speaking with a customer service member they said express pass will not be available until further notice!! Does anyone know why they would pull the express pass option? Seems it will be very hard without it to get on all the slides in one day.
     

    bobbie68

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    So i noticed over the weekend Universal pulled the express pass link for Volcano Bay, after just speaking with a customer service member they said express pass will not be available until further notice!! Does anyone know why they would pull the express pass option? Seems it will be very hard without it to get on all the slides in one day.
    Hi I believe the EP is making the tapu tapu system lines longer. I am not sure but if I were to guess it is because that they did not factor EP into the queue reservation system technology and how it would effect wait times. Their thought is probably that without EP the tapu tapu system will work more like they thought it would with wait times. Honestly I think they need a smaller capacity for this park right now.

    Universal is honoring EP already bought. I am thinking they might sell them at the park day by day. I was lucky and right after opening day and read the reports I purchased mine for July/August.

    Just a little interesting side note. I read the trip advisor reviews (really awful) anyways one person mentioned that they should have listened to the survey reports when they tested it out at Wet N Wild. Guests did not like this system at all and complained about it. Surprising with reviews of a test system they really didn't think it through better.

    I love Universal and I think they will find a solution to keep their guests happy.
     

    bobbie68

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    As of right now, I don't believe there is a separate entrance, there is just a separate walkway. Separate entrance may be in the future.



    I read that has already changed to require either a life jacket OR a tube&life jacket but I can't confirm.

    Thank you:)
     

    bobbie68

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    Hi on twitter #Volcanobay they are reporting that you can no longer have Krakatau and another ride. It is one at a time. Associates are saying it is helping lines a little bit. Can anyone confirm this?:thanks:
     

    FlipHipster

    Blackbelt in Mixed Martial Arts and Crafts
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    They probably jumped the gun offering EP opening day. Maybe they will bring it back after they get a chance to dial in the Tapu system and get all the attractions up to speed.

    Hi on twitter #Volcanobay they are reporting that you can no longer have Krakatau and another ride. It is one at a time. Associates are saying it is helping lines a little bit. Can anyone confirm this?:thanks:
    I've seen a few twitters and posts on other forums about it only allowing 1 ride at a time and no more 1+krakatau starting today. I imagine it will go through several changes over the next few weeks as they tweak the system. This weekend could be something totally different :confused3

    Something I have been wondering about.... Are they going to limit day parking at CBBR to resort guests only? I have to admit if I coming to VB for the day, I would definitely park at CB and walk over vs. parking at CW and taking the bus:crowded:. I don't care if they doubled the day parking fee, would still do it and I'm sure a lot of other people have had the same idea. That would really suck for resort guests. Certainly someone at Uni thought of this and has plans for it but I haven't seen anything about it yet.
     

    macraven

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    Ralph
    I am giving you a public apology for deleting your post of "thanks for the new sticky"

    Man, You were fast in joining in!!!!

    We were working on setting this up and were blocking out spaces so we could add more basic info here

    (Looked up and saw we lost a place for us to continue and keep all info in one place )
    I wanted to get all pertain info into the beginning of our introduction area


    Will try to move soniam' posts of her first hand opening day experiences at Vbay

    Also a few other first hand experiences
     

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