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

Z-Knight

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Joined
May 3, 2015
my travel agent verified today as well... prices range from $50 to $160. apparently even the blogs from 4 months ago are out of date because everyone always mentioned a max price of $70 for premium seating... 2 loungers. so my price of $140 is correct because i am reserving with only 2 weeks to go... still gotta think about it
 

soniam

Wooden leg named Smith...
Joined
Jun 22, 2012
my travel agent verified today as well... prices range from $50 to $160. apparently even the blogs from 4 months ago are out of date because everyone always mentioned a max price of $70 for premium seating... 2 loungers. so my price of $140 is correct because i am reserving with only 2 weeks to go... still gotta think about it
What’s your purpose for getting the lounger, ie locker, shade, guaranteed seats, server?
 

Z-Knight

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What’s your purpose for getting the lounger, ie locker, shade, guaranteed seats, server?
good question...I've never been so I figured I would want to have a nice place to sit that I wouldnt have to worry about finding spots. Shade as well, but I read that since you can't bring down the cover forward then the shade only works for part of the day. The server does not matter as I do not drink, but the locker is nice. For sure if the price was on the low end then it would be somewhat worth it cause of the locker itself - now being on the high end, I am doubting it. I have it reserved for August 5th, but I will be in Volcano bay on July 31st so I figured I could check it out and still have till Thursday aug 1st to cancel it if I find that I probably don't need it.

How do you feel about it? I know at $140 that is way high - I was shocked initially when they told me the price but I was convinced I needed it so I said yes. LOL
 
  • soniam

    Wooden leg named Smith...
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    Jun 22, 2012
    good question...I've never been so I figured I would want to have a nice place to sit that I wouldnt have to worry about finding spots. Shade as well, but I read that since you can't bring down the cover forward then the shade only works for part of the day. The server does not matter as I do not drink, but the locker is nice. For sure if the price was on the low end then it would be somewhat worth it cause of the locker itself - now being on the high end, I am doubting it. I have it reserved for August 5th, but I will be in Volcano bay on July 31st so I figured I could check it out and still have till Thursday aug 1st to cancel it if I find that I probably don't need it.

    How do you feel about it? I know at $140 that is way high - I was shocked initially when they told me the price but I was convinced I needed it so I said yes. LOL
    I have done the premium lounger 3 times. The last time, they had moved the loungers to the wave pool area. We couldn't pull down the cover enough to provide shade. All of the loungers faced the same way and appeared to have no other shade. This was October last year. Also, it really wasn't busy enough to worry about lack of seating. I have read others in this thread say that seating isn't an issue, and just from quick looks, I think that's true. There are shade structures and trees in various areas. Some of the wave pool area might have tree cover. I know there's a shade structure near the Bambu restaurant. The locker is nice, but not at that price. After October, I had decided that I wouldn't bother getting one again due to the lack of shade. I definitely wouldn't do it at the price they quoted you. I think I paid about $70 previously.
     

    iZon

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    Mar 11, 2012
    Watching Tim T and he showed that Punga Racers has weight limit of 150lbs. That pretty much eliminates all adult males. I rode it in May with no problem. Have to go on a diet!
     

    soniam

    Wooden leg named Smith...
    Joined
    Jun 22, 2012
    Watching Tim T and he showed that Punga Racers has weight limit of 150lbs. That pretty much eliminates all adult males. I rode it in May with no problem. Have to go on a diet!
    I think that one has fluctuated a lot on the weight limit since it opened. I'm fine for it weight-wise, but it's not something I care to do. Even at my husband's lowest weight, he would never be able to do it. He is close to 6 feet, but he's not a big guy. It seems only women, children, and really light/small guys could do it. Maybe they should call it the Titanic life boat :rotfl2:
     

    PSN

    Earning My Ears
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    Aug 6, 2014
    We are planning to visit Volcano Bay on August 10 or 11 (Saturday or Sunday). We're staying at Cabana Bay so we will go in during early entry. We plan to stay at Volcano Bay for about 4-5 hours, then leave and come back around 6pm to stay until closing. I know they don't allow same day re-entry when the park reaches capacity. What is the likelihood it will be full when we try to return around 6pm?
     
  • soniam

    Wooden leg named Smith...
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    Jun 22, 2012
    We are planning to visit Volcano Bay on August 10 or 11 (Saturday or Sunday). We're staying at Cabana Bay so we will go in during early entry. We plan to stay at Volcano Bay for about 4-5 hours, then leave and come back around 6pm to stay until closing. I know they don't allow same day re-entry when the park reaches capacity. What is the likelihood it will be full when we try to return around 6pm?
    My gut says that it won't be at capacity at 6pm. It wasn't even at capacity then during the first summer. I haven't been watching the crowds there this summer though. It seems most people leave in the afternoon.
     

    greg9x

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    Apr 21, 2002
    My gut says that it won't be at capacity at 6pm. It wasn't even at capacity then during the first summer. I haven't been watching the crowds there this summer though. It seems most people leave in the afternoon.
    So, do the crowds generally lessen in the evenings ?
    We are flying in mid afternoon... Know my son would like to go for a few hours later afternoon/evening time.
     

    soniam

    Wooden leg named Smith...
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    Jun 22, 2012
    So, do the crowds generally lessen in the evenings ?
    We are flying in mid afternoon... Know my son would like to go for a few hours later afternoon/evening time.
    That seems to be the general trend. I think that's what happens at WDW water parks too.
     

    Mcterry

    Earning My Ears
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    Mar 2, 2014
    Do they supply towels for volcano bay or do we need to bring our own? We are flying and staying at RP. Thanks!
     
  • pony2wild

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    Feb 26, 2006
    Called for pricing on premium seating and cabanas for September. Premium seating September 12, 13th, and 15th: $80.00,
    September 14th $110, September 16th and 17th $70.00. Cabanas - nothing available on September 12th, September 13th $300, September 14th $475, September 15th $375, September 16th and 17th $275. I understood from the lady on the phone that premium seating and cabana locations are pre-chosen for you by the park.
     

    ChorizoBisque

    Earning My Ears
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    Apr 29, 2019
    Would it be worth it to go to Volcano Bay solo?

    I'm staying at Hard Rock with my wife in a couple weeks. She has a AP for Disney World (I do not) and is going to their Galaxys Edge Preview for one morning, other than that she is at Universal with me the entire time. She is a travel agent so her free TA hopper for Universal won't let her into Volcano Bay. So I'm thinking of checking it out for the first time ever while she is at GE. I'll have a hopper for that day anyway so it's not like it would cost me anything extra.

    Would it be worth it to go by myself?

    Can I use my Express Unlimited there?

    Are most rides like two to four people to a raft? Would I be the weirdo getting into rafts with other groups?

    Thanks!
     

    soniam

    Wooden leg named Smith...
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    Jun 22, 2012
    Would it be worth it to go to Volcano Bay solo?

    I'm staying at Hard Rock with my wife in a couple weeks. She has a AP for Disney World (I do not) and is going to their Galaxys Edge Preview for one morning, other than that she is at Universal with me the entire time. She is a travel agent so her free TA hopper for Universal won't let her into Volcano Bay. So I'm thinking of checking it out for the first time ever while she is at GE. I'll have a hopper for that day anyway so it's not like it would cost me anything extra.

    Would it be worth it to go by myself?

    Can I use my Express Unlimited there?

    Are most rides like two to four people to a raft? Would I be the weirdo getting into rafts with other groups?

    Thanks!
    The EP from the hotels does not work at Volcano Bay. They have a separate one for purchase. I would totally go though. You might be the odd man out, but it's not too bad. I have ridden some things by myself before. I go with just my son sometimes, and we always get stuck with other people. They are usually combining groups, because the smallest raft is 4 or 5 people. They have to fill out the rafts, or the balance gets off. Definitely go for early entry. You could probably knock out everything you want to do multiple times within a couple of hours.
     

    xultimatefanx

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    Feb 23, 2018
    Would it be worth it to go to Volcano Bay solo?

    I'm staying at Hard Rock with my wife in a couple weeks. She has a AP for Disney World (I do not) and is going to their Galaxys Edge Preview for one morning, other than that she is at Universal with me the entire time. She is a travel agent so her free TA hopper for Universal won't let her into Volcano Bay. So I'm thinking of checking it out for the first time ever while she is at GE. I'll have a hopper for that day anyway so it's not like it would cost me anything extra.

    Would it be worth it to go by myself?

    Can I use my Express Unlimited there?

    Are most rides like two to four people to a raft? Would I be the weirdo getting into rafts with other groups?

    Thanks!
    You should go, I went with my friend and we'd have to join a few others for the rafts. We went on the water coaster with a girl who was by herself. There shouldn't be any judging, I'm sure people are just grateful they can go on the rides with the right amount of people. It's a beautiful park and my fave water theme park in Florida.
     

    nkereina

    Last chance to lose your keys.
    Joined
    Feb 11, 2009
    Its my understanding that footwear isn't allowed on any of the slides, but water shoes/socks are permitted in the wave pool. Is this accurate? What about the lazy river?

    Debating if I want to buy us water shoes or just use our flip flops to get from point A to point B. I've read that there is a place to leave your shoes at the slides, but is there a place near the wave pool to leave flip flops while you're in it? Or do people just leave them off to the side?
     

    Sehsun

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Dec 30, 2003
    Its my understanding that footwear isn't allowed on any of the slides, but water shoes/socks are permitted in the wave pool. Is this accurate? What about the lazy river?

    Debating if I want to buy us water shoes or just use our flip flops to get from point A to point B. I've read that there is a place to leave your shoes at the slides, but is there a place near the wave pool to leave flip flops while you're in it? Or do people just leave them off to the side?
    Yup! You can wear water shoes in the wave pool and lazy rivers.

    When in the wave pool, I leave my flip flops off to the side.
     

    nkereina

    Last chance to lose your keys.
    Joined
    Feb 11, 2009
    When in the wave pool, I leave my flip flops off to the side.
    Thanks! Is this pretty common? I get nervous leaving my stuff unattended. Not worried about someone stealing my flip flops, but rather a staff member moving them or something like that.
     

    lbopt

    Earning My Ears
    Joined
    Jul 18, 2019
    Hi, We are going to Volcano Bay in a few weeks and we have a Cabana rented. It is the smaller cabana and not the giant family cabana. Do any of you know if we get to request a specific area? I asked when I was booking and the girl said the locations were assigned when we check in that day. I would love to be near the wave pool or in the back behind the volcano as I have read on another thread that some of the cabanas overlook the highway...not really an ideal view IMO🙅‍♀️. I am wondering if I get there super early (I think EE for that day is 7:30 am) would I be able to request a specific area...or at least request where I DON'T want to be. I was thinking to be there at 7:00am to request near the wave pool. Have any of you had success requesting a cabana location?

    We also have Express Passes that day. I have read that we should save them until the afternoon when the park gets more crowded. What is a good strategy? Ride as many slides as we can early before the waits build and then start using the EP? Are the EP loaded on the Tapu Tapu? If they ARE loaded and we have to tap to enter a slide and the wait is not long or it is "Ride Now" I don't want to waste a pass by tapping it. Is there a way to make sure you ONLY use the EP on rides with a long wait or when you actually WANT to use it?

    I would greatly appreciate any info y'all can give me on the above! THANKS:wave2:
     

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