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

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  1. RalphinSC

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    Depends if you like the big Volcano slides or not (I cannot ride the twisty drop slides and didn't do the plunge)

    For me, a good touring plan would be:

    (pre#1 Ko'Kiri body plunge if you want that. If you want the twisty drop slides, I'd do them after Honu/Ika Moana)
    1. Krakatoa Aqua coaster (ride twice if you can, literally no wait)
    2. Honu
    3. Ike Moana
    (blue/green volcano slides here if you want/can ride them)
    4. Punga Racers
    5. OhNo
    6. OhYah
    7. Puihi
    8. Maku
    9. Anything else you want to repeat with little wait
    10. Tiawahna Tubes (these stay as "ride now" the longest

    Once you start getting wait times, you can enjoy the rivers and the pools. We kept just re-tapping the aqua coaster over and over. Between that and the Tiawahna Tubes, we could easily ride 15+ slides a day before knocking off early around 2pm.
     
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    Appreciate it!
    Thank you!
     
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  4. macraven

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    Another great attack plan for Vbay
     
  5. KristinU

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    SoniaM and RalphinSC, many thanks! You've helped me decide to cancel our premium seats...just ordered up a locking dry box form Amazon that I'll be able to use we a cable lock we already have. Our plan of attack will be to get there as early as possible for off-site-ers and hope for the best! We plan to go a couple of times over the course of our trip, so we'll have to plan for the first visit to be more of an acquaintance excursion and manage our expectations.
     
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    Awesome! you are going to have an awesome time!
     
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    Any water park that I have to be through the security gates by 7 am "to beat the lines" is NOT a vacation. That is just too early AUGH. I can't even imagine putting other human beings through my DD when she's in a morning snit - which is anytime before 9 am...

    I considered trying to rouse my family for Rope Drop... aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa let me laugh about that! I was awake from anxiety at 6:40, it took until 8:30 for anyone else to stir, I was practically snapping a wet towel at their backsides to LEAVE the HOTEL at 9:15 am... yeah missed a bus and pretty much got into the Parks around 10 am every single day. As much as I tried otherwise... then again, everyone found themselves staying up until 1-2am because we are weird night owls.

    Thinking, if we ever go to Universal, it's going to be a looooooooooooooooong time in the future, certainly they will have some kinks worked out by then. :) maybe 2040? LOL
     
  8. Vaninou

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    Thanks for the feedback !!!
    I really think I will cancel my cabana.... not getting enough info on it and the only reviews I saw are saying it's not worth it....
     
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  9. DisneyToni

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    Thanks for this detailed write up. One question, what time where you actually allowed to enter the park for early entry? In other words, is there actually a queue point inside the park or would they allow you to get your chairs and the queue for opening was at the rides? If there is only one queue point, what time would they allow access to the park? Would it be before 8am?
     
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    You can try to work it in reverse then, because I've seen good reports on that, too. Show up mid-to late afternoon and ride everything as everyone else is going home. Or go right after storms roll through. Tim Tracker did a great video a couple of days ago with how successful he was with touring the park after a storm.

    I'm definitely a morning person and fully understand why being early like that won't work for everyone, lol.
     
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    Did you happen to notice if there were lockers close to the location you were in your chairs?
     
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    They started allowing us to tap in at about 7:50am. There is a roped corridor like when you do early entry at other parks where they check your room key. They funnel all early entry guest down to the volcano beach and from there you can exit out one of the sides to go to the slide of your choosing. The "holding area" for offsite guests in the park is on the main pathway around and off to the right by the first restaurant. We found that out by trying to cut back across that way one morning.

    If you are early entry; you come in, get funneled onto the main beach, grab a lounger if you choose to, and then branch off to whatever slide you want to go to. The whole park is open for early entry, though we did run into the mat slides being down one morning when we got around to them. Some of the added effects (misters and waterfalls, etc) come on a bit later in the day. Noticed this when riding Honu. In the morning none of the misters are on the slides, but by the afternoon they all were going.
     
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    Yes, there are locker areas to both the right and left of the beach after you go in. I think the one to the left may technically be closer, but I never used a locker with my aqua box.
     
  14. bobbie68

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    Thanks for the great report.:goodvibes I am now rethinking my premium loungers for chairs where you suggest. Where is the dancing dragons bar when you come in? Also what aquabox did you purchase? I am not familiar with these but it sounds like a good idea.
    Did you enter the specific entry for Cabana Bay guests?

    Thank you:thumbsup2
     
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    Search aquavault or beach chair lock box :drinking:

    And yes, we used the Cabana Bay security checkpoint for all four of our days there. They check for room keys and then do the typical security check-in.
     
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    Thank you I found it:thumbsup2..I am glad to hear you were able to use that entrance. Which direction would I go to get to the dancing dragons when I get to the main beach? :thanks:
     
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    Hi were you there during a storm? I was wondering what they are having guests do about leaving. Do you have to leave the park or just wait it out somewhere safe? I was thinking if I kept my premium lounge chairs and had to leave half way through the day and couldn't get back in that would stink!
    Thank you:)
     
  18. soniam

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    If I had known about the aquabox thing, I might not have gotten our loungers. However, I decided to keep them for our next trip. It's just 1 day. I will probably let DH and DS run off while I wait for the lounger. They can take forever it seems. I think you can still do well by getting there early. You will still get a decent amount done. Have a great trip!

    Dancing Dragons is the bar toward the front of the park, in front of the wave pool. The other bar, Kunuku Boat Bar I think, is back toward the exit of the fearless river on Hammerhead beach. It's behind the volcano.
     
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  19. dcessford

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    thanks :)
     
  20. TheConsciousness

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    Thanks! Is this the touring plan you would do if it were a busy day / factoring in the wait times?
    Would you be able to do a list of rides that have the longest/shortest wait times? :)
     
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    Generally, the longest times I have seen run very close to this list. The Body plunge is the longest line in the park. Easily gets up to four-hours on most days because it has low capacity and is the only volcano slide without a 200 pound weight limit. Krakatoa kinda of falls in second because it is something nearly everyone can and will want to ride. The other two volcano slides can build long lines from just having poor load times, but they are not nearly as bad now since there is a weight limit. OhYah and OhNo have terribly slow ride times and can build big lines. Of the family raft rides, Honu will have the longest line, followed by Puihi, the Ike Moana, and lastly Maku. Punga racers can build a long line in the afternoons because it is slow and rarely runs at full capacity due to weight load issues on the outer slides. Tiawahna Tubes is the lowest wait for a Tapu ride in the park. It is a very commonly designed slide tower and has good load efficiency.

    So, shortened list (based purely on worst case wait times from my observations):

    1. Body plunge - Can easily get a four-plus hour line. Line builds fast
    2. Krakatoa - Two hour lines common on busy days
    3. Honu - Line can get to two-hours plus
    4. Twin volcano slides - Can get a two to three hour line. Line can build fast
    5A. OhNo - slow loading, can get to a 100 minute wait. Line can build fast
    5B. OhYah - slow loading, lower wait that OhNo
    6. Puihi - good capacity, waits up to 90 minutes
    7. Punga racers - breaks down more than other slides, can get a three hour wait if reliability is an issue
    8. Ike Moana - waits can range from two hours to very low. effected by Honu wait times
    9. Maku - gentlest family raft ride in the park. max wait around 90 minutes
    10. Tiawahna Tubes- Often ride now, never seen a longer wait than 30 minutes. reliable
    11. Rivers and wave pool
     
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