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Complete Guide to the Best Food at Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort

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Complete Guide to the Best Food at Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort

Universal’s Volcano Bay—Universal Orlando’s third theme park, is home to the fabled Waturi tribe and their entire realm is centered around the colossal 200-foot-tall Krakatau volcano with cascading waterfalls. Here, travelers are transported to the idyllic South Pacific where adventures await at every corner – they can shoot down the epic aqua coaster through the insides of the breathtaking Krakatau volcano, or ride one of the many thrilling, wild water slides and rides.

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Volcano Bay is also home to four dining spots: Kohola Reef Restaurant & Social ClubWhakawaiwai EatsBambu and The Feasting Frog, along with two full bars to quench your thirst – Dancing Dragons Boat Bar and the Kunuku Boat Bar.

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Sure, there are the usual staples of family favorites here—burgers, corn dogs, nachos and chicken tenders (although even those often have a tropical twist). But the Food and Beverage team for Volcano Bay have amped up the notches on the foodie meter here. They’ve added distinctive touches to the menu of over 60 different island-inspired dishes and over 12 signature cocktails.

Here are some of the best dishes to eat and drinks to drink at Volcano Bay so far:

Coconut Crusted Fried Chicken

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Coconut Crusted Fried Chicken, served with french fries, sweet plantains and cucumber mango basil slaw. This lovely fried chicken has just a touch of sweetness from the coconut flavors, transporting your taste buds to an island in the South Pacific.

Hawaiian Ribs

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If there’s one dish you must try at Volcano Bay, it’s these smoked Hawaiian ribs. Sticky and sweet, these are slow smoked honey glazed ribs served with french fries, sweet plantains and a cucumber mango basil slaw.

Burgers at Volcano Bay

There’s quite a few burgers here, all served on a King’s Hawaiian Roll bun for that island flavor and sweet kick. From bacon to Szechuan glazed pork belly, there’s something for everyone. One of the most popular burgers is the vegetarian friendly Quinoa Edamame Burger.

Quinoa Edamame Burger

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Volcano Bay should just call it the umami burger, because it is packed with umami flavors from the roasted shiitake mushrooms to the crispy, crunchy quinoa edamame “burger” patty.

Reka Burger

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The Reka Burger has Pepper Jack cheese, bacon, caramelized onions, topped with bread and butter pickles and BBQ sauce, on a King’s Hawaiian Roll, served with fries

Belly Burger

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Belly Burger – Szechuan-glazed pork belly, caramelized onions, topped with fresh cucumber basil slaw, lettuce, and tomato, served with fries.

Bacon Cheeseburger

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Who doesn’t love a classic? Bacon Cheeseburger with two slices of crispy bacon, American cheese, lettuce and tomato, served with fries.

Jerk Mahi Sandwich

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For those seafood lovers, the fresh and succulent jerk seasoned mahi mahi sandwich is the perfect choice, served with a cucumber mango basil slaw, lettuce, tomato and Sriracha mayo on coconut bread with a side of vegetable chips.

Hawaiian Longboard Pizza

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The pizzas here aren’t your typical round pizzas found at the corner. The ones served on the island of Volcano Bay are “longboard” pizzas, served in the shape of an elliptical surfboard. Ride the flavor waves with the Hawaiian Longboard Pizza, topped with sweet caramelized pineapple, savory diced ham, and spicy pickled jalapeños.

Jerk Shrimp Mac & Cheese

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This savory and satisfying Jerk Shrimp Mac and Cheese features Jamaican jerk-spiced, pan-seared shrimp tossed with pasta shells in a creamy, white cheddar cheese sauce. It’s so good, you might be tempted to just dive in and devour the whole thing yourself. It’s probably best to share.

Poke Poke Bowl

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Succulent, fresh Ahi Tuna, tossed in soy honey vinaigrette and served with plantain chips. With origins in Hawaii, the poke tuna is all the rage right now. The sweet and sour soy-honey vinaigrette sauce makes this tuna dish pop with flavor.

Loaded Nachos

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A family favorite, these Loaded Nachos come topped with chili, melted cheese, jalapenos and a drizzle of sour cream. Don’t forget the napkins!

Round out this foodie adventure with some of the finest desserts to be found in all the seven seas.

Waturi Fusion Ice Cream Cone

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Made up of swirls of banana, blue raspberry, strawberry, and orange ice cream flavors, this colorful dessert is a treat for both your eyes and your taste buds.

Chocolate Pineapple Upside Down Cake

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This delicious chocolate cake is topped with a sweet ring of pineapple.

Chocolate Lava Cake

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With molten chocolate filling oozing out of its chocolate core at the very first bite, there is absolutely no better dessert to try at Volcano Bay than the Chocolate Lava Cake.

No trip to an island paradise is complete – for adults over the age of 21, of course – without a visit to the local Tiki Bar.

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Guests at Volcano Bay have the blessings of not one but two Boat Bars – Dancing Dragons and Kunuku. These island oases are shaped out of outrigger ships that let you sail away to distant shores with their festive rum and vodka cocktails and libations. Try one of Volcano Bay’s many creative concoctions to freshen up in between water rides.

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The Guavaruma made with Mt. Gay rum, Passoa, Sprite, fresh guava juice, and fresh pineapple juice is a spritzy, sweet treat perfect.

For craft beer lovers, Volcano Bay’s very own specialty microbrew – the Volcano Blossom – is a light pilsner beer certain to please with tropical fruit flavors.

Don’t miss out on any of these dishes on your journey to the island paradise of Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay. And as with any foodie locale, the menu shifts to feature new flavors and surprises to keep guests happy. Some dishes may change with the seasons, so keep an eye out for what’s new when you visit.

Until the next water ride adventure, grab an island dish, pull up a beach chair, sip on a cocktail with a tiki umbrella in it, and enjoy the island life on Volcano Bay.

Must be 21 years of age or older with valid identification to purchase or drink alcoholic beverages at Universal Orlando Resort.

What is your favorite food at Volcano Bay?

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Top Three Reasons Your Teenager Will Love Volcano Bay at Universal

Top Three Reasons Your Teenager Will Love Volcano Bay at Universal

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Top Three Reasons Your Teenager Will Love Volcano Bay at Universal

Grab your swimsuit and suntan lotion! Universal Orlando’s new water theme park, Volcano Bay, has an abundance of thrills and spills. From relaxing and roaring rivers to the heart-pounding Krakatau Aqua Coaster, there’s something for every teenager.

Get cozy, grab a snack, and keep reading for the top three reasons your teenager will love Volcano Bay, including the attractions, food and atmosphere.

 Attractions

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There are 18 fun-filled attractions to cross off your bucket list. When you first walk into Volcano Bay, you’ll be greeted by Krakatau: a spectacular, 200-foot-tall volcano at the center of the park. The volcano not only showcases fantastical views of Orlando, but also offers four different rides that travel through the volcano. These include Krakatau Aqua Coaster, Ko’okiri Body Plunge, and Kala & Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides.

One ride you can’t miss is Honu, one of the two waterslides at the Honu Ika Moanaattraction. Honu is a multi-passenger waterslide on the more exciting side and is perfect for experiencing alongside friends or family members.

Even if your teens love stomach-dropping thrills, sometimes it’s nice to sit back and de-stress when you’re on vacation. Kopiko Wai Winding River is the perfect break from the fun, intense waterslides and aqua coaster. The river leads you on a scenic float through River Village and will give your family a much-needed rest from the exhilarating plunges and splashes at Volcano Bay.

If you’re looking for something a little more thrilling, TeAwa the Fearless River might be a better match for you. With periodic choppy waves flowing through the not-so-lazy river, it adds a little adventure to the relaxing float.

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Food

When it comes to dining, there’s no shortage of options. There’s everything from food carts and quick-service stands for when you’re in a hurry, to fast and casual restaurants for when you have a little extra time to sit back and enjoy your meal with leisure.

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Universal’s executive chef, Steve Jayson, recommends the Jerked Mahi Sandwich for seafood aficionados, “If you’re a fish lover, you can’t go wrong with that.” Chef Jayson also recommended the Coconut Crusted Fried Chicken and said it was one of his personal favorites. As for beverages, Jayson said that POG is obligatory. “If you come to Volcano Bay, you’ve got to try POG,” he says. “Passion fruit, orange, and guava – all together in a frozen drink. It’s very refreshing!” It is the perfect cool-down on a sunny Orlando day.

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And of course, you can’t forget dessert! Get ready to indulge yourself… after all, calories don’t count on vacation! Waturi Fusion, or “the rainbow ice cream”, will probably be the most colorful, creative dessert you’ve ever had!

Atmosphere

You’re transported into a tropical paradise as soon as you enter the park! We recommend starting off your day at Waturi Beach, a lush oasis in front of the famous volcano. As you sit with your feet in the sand, listening to the dancing waterfalls, you’ll probably feel like you could spend days at Volcano Bay. There’s a perfect balance between relaxation and adventure.

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The atmosphere was also enhanced by the Volcano Bay staff. Every single Team Member is friendly and extremely knowledgeable. Your kids will be greeted at the entrance of every ride and whenever they have a question or need directions, the team members are enthusiastic to help.

Staying on-property in a Universal Orlando on-site hotel will make your experience at Volcano Bay even better. Hotel guests are able to enter the park one hour earlier than the general public, which definitely helps beat the crowds. For teens with an ambitious agenda for the day, having the early access will be super helpful.

When you stay at a Universal Orlando on-site hotel, another way you can save time is by taking Universal’s transportation to and from Volcano Bay.

Pro tipUniversal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort is located right next to Volcano Bay. There is a walking path dedicated to Cabana Bay guests. If you’re debating on which hotel to stay at, this might help you with your decision!

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When it comes to theme parks, long lines always seem to be the culprit of fun. At Volcano Bay, TapuTapu comes to the rescue! TapuTapu is a waterproof, wearable device that has a plethora of features, such as exclusive photo ops, cash-free purchases (simply connect a credit card online), and most importantly: lines. Instead of standing hours in a long line, you can choose which attractions you would like to ride for the day.

You simply check-in to the attraction you wish to go on, and the TapuTapu wristband will notify you when it’s your ride time.

Are you convinced by these reasons your teenager will love Volcano Bay?

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Top 5 Things to Do at Volcano Bay If You Don’t Like Waterslides and Rides

When Universal Orlando Resort opened Volcano Bay last year, it became the first water theme park of its kind. With the TapuTapu wearable, guests can reserve their return time for a slide with a simple tap and then lounge on the beach while they wait. This park offers so much and is definitely worthwhile for families of all ages and interests. Here are the top five things to do at Volcano Bay if you don’t like waterslides.

Relaxing

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It’s tough to stop and relax with the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Taking the time to recharge is good for your over-all health. Volcano Bay offers many ways to relax and forget about reality.

Start by taking a trip down the Kopiko Wai Winding River. Flowing down this peaceful river on a giant inner tube really helps take stress away.  Just keep an eye out for those water launchers!

Volcano Bay also provides a tranquil surrounding for sunbathing. The Florida sun is ever-so-friendly in this beautiful oasis. Finding the perfect spot along Waturi Beach and watching the waterfall on the Krakatau volcano, while soaking in the sun, makes for the best relaxation.

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You can also up your relaxation game with a Private Cabana rental. These cabanas can hold up to 16 people and offer a comfortable way to enjoy time with friends and family.

There is also the option to add on Premium Seating. This includes a pair of padded loungers, canopy, and even storage for belongings. Not to mention, you can relax even more knowing an area attendant will be taking care of your food and drink orders.

Delicious Bites

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Spending all day in this paradise is only made better with their food choices. There are plenty of delicious options to enjoy ! You have options like tacos from The Feasting Frog, “longboard” pizzas and tons of burger options.

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Cooling off is made easy, not only with the beautiful beaches, but also with ice cream flavors exclusive to Volcano Bay. The Waturi Fusion is a must during your day at Volcano Bay.

Refreshing Drinks

One of the reasons many adult guests are so excited about their visit is taking the time to enjoy the specialty drinks.

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The Volcano Blossom craft beer has been described as tasting “like a tropical island.” The Volcano Bay Rum Punch is another popular choice out of the many cocktails.

There are also plenty of non-alcoholic drinks available too. One of the best is the tropical POG, made up of a delicious blend passion fruit, orange and guava juices.

Friendly reminder! You must be 21 years or older to consume alcohol and be able to present a valid driver’s license.

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Volcano Bay also offers an incredible deal with their refillable mug. Not only is this mug the perfect souvenir to take home, it can also be refilled all day with thanks to the Coca-Cola Freestyle machines found throughout the park.

Exploring

There is so much to explore at Volcano Bay. Between the beautiful beach, the landscape, and even the Volcano itself, there really is so much to see.

Having no shortage of beautiful views, Volcano Bay is filled with potential Instagram photos. Take aesthetic photos and get those likes!

There are many ways to unleash the power of the TapuTapu. Use your TapuTapu to light up the walls inside the Volcano to reveal beautiful pictures.

The TapuTapu can even launch water to those relaxing in the two rivers. Be on the lookout for ways to unleash the TapuTapu throughout Volcano Bay.

Shopping

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The time you spend at Volcano Bay is something you will want to remember and tell others about.

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The shopping at Volcano Bay is filled with souvenirs and beach gear perfect for remembering your time.

 Though waterslides are a huge reason to visit Volcano Bay, this tranquil water theme park offers so much more. Escaping reality, relaxing in the Florida sun, and enjoying a day at the beach is made perfect with this incredible theme park.

Upgrade your Annual Pass to a 3-park pass or add a Volcano Bay day to your upcoming vacation if you haven’t already. You can also enjoy Early Park Admission to Volcano Bay one hour before the park opens if you stay on-site at a Universal Orlando hotel.

You won’t want to miss out on a necessary day of relaxation.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Top Five Thrill Rides at Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort

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Looking for thrills this summer? Universal’s Volcano Bay is perfect! Sure it’s a great place to rent a cabana, bring a book, enjoy the wave pool at Waturi Beach, and let the kids play at Runamukka Reef and Tot Tiki Reef. However, there are a number of exciting adventures awaiting for you, too! Here are the top five thrill rides at Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort.

1. Krakatau Aqua Coaster

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When you arrive at Volcano Bay (right when the park opens, of course), head straight for the Krakatau Aqua Coaster. It’s one of the most popular rides at Volcano Bay. Is it a raft ride? Yes! Is it a coaster? Yes! It’s a truly unique combination of the two, and no matter how many times you experience it, the thrills never get old.

2. Ko’okiri Body Plunge

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After conquering the aqua coaster, head around to the Ko’okiri Body Plunge. Climb to the top of the volcano, get into a capsule, and wait for the drop door to open. Scary, but how can you not do it? The 125-foot drop is over in a flash, but it’s one of the most thrilling attractions at Volcano Bay.

3. Honu ika Moana Slides

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Honu and ika Moana are actually two different, multi-person slides that depart from the same platform. The green slide is ika Moana. It’s great for kids and people looking for moderate thrills. Just sit down, enjoy the twists and turns, and get wet! Honu offers pure exhilaration though, as it sends you up two massive walls!

4. Ohyah & Ohno Drop Slides

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Have you always taken it for granted that water slides deposited you into a shallow pool at the end – a nice, graceful exit? Not Ohyah and Ohno! You exit Ohyah four feet above the pool, and Ohno drops you six feet! Make sure you experience at least one on your next visit.

5. Kala & Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides

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Just past Ohyah and Ohno are the Kala and Tai Nui Body Slides. If you liked the Ko’okiri but wished that it was longer and curvier, you’re set! Walk up to the top of the slides, stand over the trap door, listen to the drums get louder and louder, and then drop and twist all the way down. Always my favorite way to end the day – one last splash before heading back to Waturi Beach to dry off.

Those are just the top five thrill rides at Volcano Bay. You’ll love the rest of the park as well – even if the thrills are slightly more subtle. The Punga Racer mat slides and Taniwha Tubes – Tonga & Raki are always fun, as are the Maku Puihi round raft slides – especially Puihi, where gravity seems to disappear briefly.

Summer is the perfect time to unleash your inner thrill seeker. Which ride do you want to go on first?

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Ten Best Things About Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort

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Water is life. Life is Joy. The simple philosophy of the Waturi people could not be more appropriate to describe what awaits us all at Universal Orlando Resort’s newest theme park, their first water theme park, Universal’s Volcano Bay. I hope every guest at Universal Orlando Resort can experience living “the life” in this island oasis so to help you plan your time, here are the ten best things about Volcano Bay.

10. The Story

With every attraction and experience Universal Orlando offers, it all starts with a story—and Volcano Bay is no exception. Your time at the water theme park was driven and inspired by a story, so be sure to dive into the narrative of the Waturi people. The tale of these proud people, who searched for a home and were led to paradise by a mythical golden fish, is exactly what you’ll need to prepare yourself for the sights, sounds, and sensations of Volcano Bay.

 9. Private Cabanas

The roaring waters of the Krakatau Volcano waterfall, the delicious tropical drinks, and the sounds of the islands are all best experienced in your own oasis of a Private Cabana. Featuring your own exclusive menu, complimentary fruit plate, and concierge service, these cabanas are worth every penny. I particularly love the “home base” feel that it provides for everyone in your party. No matter what attractions you experience, what restaurant or bar you choose to savor, the whole crew can meet up at their own private “home” for the day!

8. The Food

Like all other dining choices at Universal Orlando Resort, the cuisine is themed to the story and the food at Volcano Bay will not disappoint. There are four main dining locations at Volcano Bay; Kohola Reef Restaurant & Social ClubWhakawaiwai EatsBambu, and The Feasting Frog. With so many delicious dishes and restaurant choices, your only regret will be if you don’t have enough time, or stomach real estate, to try them all!

7. TapuTapu

Universal Orlando is always pushing the envelope with incorporating new technologies into the parks and attractions. Upon entering the park and receiving your TapuTapu, you will get to start your day. Guests are encouraged to use their TapuTapu on one of the easily identifiable TapTu Play symbols found all around the park. Upon contact, water will begin spraying and giant water windmills begin turning around you!

Not only is the TapuTapu fun, but it is also super functional. TapuTapu can became your wallet with TapTu Pay and you won’t have to carry cash or touch keypads with wet hands.

6. No Standing In Long Lines

What’s the number one theme park hassle? Lines. Well, at Volcano Bay you can enjoy the fun and sun without having to queue for long periods of time. With so many things to see, so many drinks to drink, and so many rays to catch, you won’t want to spend your time standing in a long line. Fortunately, like everyone who visits Volcano Bay, you will get a return time on TapuTapu and spend the rest of your time enjoying the best that the park has to offer.

5. The Thrills

With more than 18 attractions, Volcano Bay has something for everyone. The Maku Puihi round raft rides are a great experience, allowing multiple people to enjoy the ride together. And the Punga Racers are a cool take on competitive fun. True thrill seekers will have to conquer one attraction in particular—The Ko’okiri Body Plunge! High atop the Krakatau Volcano, this gift of an attraction to any “adrenaline junkie,” is home to a 125-foot drop at a 70-degree angle.

 

4. The Drinks

While the kids are swimming, playing and enjoying the cool things that TapuTapu can do, what can Mom and Dad enjoy? The answer to that question can be found in a delicious “Blue Hawaiian” or “Strawberry Ginger Lift,” two of the many signature drinks that can only be found at Volcano Bay.

When any adult thinks “Tropical Oasis,” they think about sitting on a beautiful beach with a drink in hand, hopefully with fruit garnish and a tiny umbrella. I am happy to report that one can bring that very vision to life, complete with umbrella!

 3. Kids Areas

If you have kids, chances are that it is important that each theme park you visit have a spacious, fun area for them to play in. Tot Tiki Reef and Runamukka Reef are the perfect places for little ones to play around their own volcano, run through bubbling geysers, make water shoot out of cool places, and just be kids!

2. The Slides

When one thinks “water theme park,” of course water slides come to mind. And Volcano Bay is the buffet of water slides. With so many different variations to enjoy, even the most traveled, seasoned water park enthusiast will experience plenty of new things here.

The Honu ika Moana raft ridesTaniwha Tubes, and Ohyah & Ohno Drop Slides are all strikingly different from one another and provide unique experiences for everyone. Whether you want to brave it alone, or bring the whole crew for a multi-person slide experience, Volcano Bay has you covered. I thoroughly enjoyed the group fun atmosphere on the Maku Puihi round raft rides, while my favorite individual slide was the incredible Ohno Drop Slide, sending me into a six-foot plunge into the pool below!

1. The Krakatau Volcano

Towering 200 feet tall, Krakatau is the breathtaking centerpiece of Volcano Bay. Not only a visual marvel, it’s also home to The Krakatau Aqua Coaster.  This impressive attraction showcases the evolution of theme park rides and illustrates a perfect marriage of water-based experiences and the thrilling coasters that we’ve come to expect and love from Universal Orlando.

This four person aqua coaster brings you into the heart of the volcano and sends everyone rocketing up and plunging down through shimmering waterfalls. Beauty, power, and fun are the best words to describe this iconic epicenter of the best water theme park that I’ve experienced.

Have you visited Volcano Bay? Tell me what you think the best things about Volcano Bay are.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Top Ten Tips for Volcano Bay Water Park at Universal Orlando Resort

In case you are not aware, summer is here and I have the perfect way to beat the heat – Universal’s Volcano Bay.

The new water theme park is the perfect way to cool off with over 30 experiences including 18 water attractions such as winding and action rivers, two children play areas, an aqua coaster unlike any other, and plenty of pools and sandy beaches. And you can’t forget delicious food and refreshing beverages.

Since this may be your first time visiting Volcano Bay, you may be looking for some tips and tricks to experiencing the park. Look no further – here are 10 tips for Volcano Bay to help you maximize your visit.

1. Hop or Skip to Volcano Bay by Staying On-Site

By staying at one of Universal Orlando’s five on-site hotels, you can get to Volcano Bay quicker! From Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort you can walk right over on the walking path that takes you directly to the park entrance. Hop aboard our complimentary shuttles from our four other hotels Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort and Loews Sapphire Falls Resort. An added bonus to staying on-site is Early Park Admission. This gives you exclusive access to Volcano Bay one hour before the park opens to day guests.

HINT: If you stay at Cabana Bay, try to grab a Volcano Side room at the new towers where you’ll get a beautiful view of the mighty Krakatau.

2. The Early Bird Gets the Best Beach Chair

This may be a no brainer, but the earlier you get to Volcano Bay the more you can jump on rides quicker. Plus, you can claim a prime spot on the beach of your choice as your home base for the day. #Winning

HINT: Want an even more epic spot on the beach? You can book a Private Cabana or Premium Seating. These options are very popular, so I recommend reserving them before you arrive by calling (877) 489-8068.

3. Head Towards the Back

It’s a known fact that people will naturally drift towards the first attractions they see. We recommend grabbing a spot in the back of the park when you first arrive. You’ll avoid the initial crowds near the front and get to the fun faster. Attractions near the back tend to have shorter wait times at the beginning of the day too!

HINT: As you’re making your way to the back to claim your spot, tap to save your ride time at one of the attractions along the way. That way, after you’ve grabbed your beach chair and applied the sunscreen, you can ride.

4. Items For Rent at Volcano Bay

If you have a large family and find yourself hauling a lot of gear into the park, have no fear! There are lockers for rent for cash or credit card throughout the entire park with three different sizes to store your things. I bet you already have a beach towel, but just in case you forget, there are towels available for rent. Your TapuTapu is technically rented for free, too, since you have to return it at the end of the day. 🙂

HINT: You can link up to four TapuTapus to your locker so the whole family can access it whenever they want.

5. Turn Your TapuTapu Into Your Wallet

If you would like to be able to take advantage of TapTu Pay at Volcano Bay, you can start setting up your account before you arrive through The Official Universal Orlando Resort App or online. You can link all of your party’s Volcano Bay tickets to the same account, and you can set up TapTu Pay by linking your credit card. Next step is to set up a pin number and boom – you’re all set to begin your adventure in Volcano Bay. You’ll receive your TapuTapu wearable at the park entrance when you arrive. Click here to learn more about TapuTapu.

HINT: TapTu Pay allows you to purchase merchandise, food and drinks with a simple tap of your wearable. An awesome benefit is the ability to set spending limits on your account. I know I’ll be taking advantage of this since I tend to get carried away with the shopping.

6. Thrills & Chills to Check Out While in Virtual Line

Here’s a quick snapshot to everything you can do while waiting in virtual line after you tapped into an attraction.

  • Ride the waves in the Waturi Beach wave pool
  • Discover all the TapTu Play effects throughout the park
  • Grab a tube and relax on the Kopiko Wai Winding River or take on the waves of TeAwa the Fearless River
  • Enjoy lunch or unique snacks such as a POG (a blend of Pineapple, Orange and Guava juices) or Waturi Fusion ice cream (made up of four different flavors!)
  • Play among the slides and water guns of the two kids areas Runamukka Reef and Tot Tiki Reef
  • Cool off in The Reef or Puka Uli Lagoon pools
  • Explore the gift shops for a fun souvenir to take home
  • If you’re 21+, try one of the Volcano Bay signature drinks at the two boat bars, Dancing Dragons and Kunuku

HINT: You’re in an island paradise when visiting Volcano Bay. Remember this is your time to relax and let the stress of everyday life drift away.

7. You Don’t Have to Ride Immediately…

 …When your TapuTapu alerts you that your ride time has arrived. You can head over at your leisure. So, if it catches you in the middle of enjoying an Island Chicken Salad, you don’t have to wolf it down. Enjoy your meal!

HINT: You do have to ride that attraction before you tap into another attraction, unless you want to replace it. But why wouldn’t you want to ride?!

8. Keep a Look Out for “Ride Now!”

Your TapuTapu wearable allows you to virtually wait in line for one attraction at a time. As you’re exploring the park, keep an eye out for slides that say “Ride Now!” You’ll be able to jump right onto the ride without getting out of your virtual line. As I mentioned before, you can replace your ride time  with another ride if you’d like. All it takes is a simple tap.

HINT: More attractions will show “Ride Now!” if you arrive early in the morning or if you stay later near closing time.

9. Eat Early or Later

Restaurants are busier in the noon – 2pm hours… on second thought, you may already know that. If you can, try eating earlier or later to avoid crowds of hungry people. There are four dining locations and other food carts throughout the park and two bars to grab a refreshing beverage.

HINT: One of my favorite food finds in Volcano Bay is The Feasting Frog. Look for a frog-shaped structure in the Rainforest Village, where you can enjoy snacks like the Poke Poke Bowl or a Taco Sampler.

10. Ride Out the Rain

If you’re not a local, you may not know: it rains in Florida during the summer. So, when you see the clouds gathering, don’t pack up your things and leave. Just ride out the weather until it passes, which in Florida can be pretty quick. You’ll find wait times for attractions will shorten as people who aren’t as savvy as you leave. I would recommend taking cover and enjoying a drink, a bite to eat or doing some shopping.

HINT: You’re already in a water park. You’re already wet. Roll with it and enjoy a beverage.

If you’ve visited Universal’s Volcano Bay, you’re an honorary insider. Share your tips on enjoying the park in the comments below.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Why You Need to Plan a Fall Getaway at Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando

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Why You Need to Plan a Fall Getaway at Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando

As the fall season approaches, you can see the responsibilities piling up before your tan lines even have time to fade. But what’s the best way to beat those “daily grind” blues? And more importantly, how to fit it into your crazy schedule?

An island getaway featuring: you, a drink, the beach, and our favorite volcano. Universal’s Volcano Bay is waiting for you.

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Come fall, summer temps make way for warm, breezy days. Perfect for a getaway at Volcano Bay without having to hide from the sun under an umbrella. So while your friends up north sip on hot cocoa as temperatures drop, post your picture-perfect drink on the beach photo and warm them up with some jealously.

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Trying to avoid crowds? Coming in the fall means avoiding peak season, which means more room to float in the Kopiko Wai Winding River. Not to mention shorter wait times for select attractions, with some that even offer a “RIDE NOW” option. Less crowds, less waiting, more ride now. Something tells me I don’t need to say anything more than that.

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But before you start packing, I’ll go ahead and finish your itinerary. Volcano Bay is surrounded by five on-site hotelsUniversal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort—Volcano Bay’s closest neighbor—is home to a vibrant, retro-style theming that will have your nostalgia at an all-time high.

Plus, you can “leaf” the fall views behind for a view that cannot be beaten: the mighty Krakatau.

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Among its bowling alley, fire pits, and themed dining, this resort also boasts a walking path that will bring you straight to your island paradise. Plus, when you stay at any of our hotels, you can get into the parks one hour before the parks open and make the most of your time.

And while you’re here for your getaway, hop on over to Universal’s two other theme-parks: Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. These parks have more than enough fun and thrills to fill up the rest of your getaway. They say don’t run away from responsibilities, but what if you ride a roller coaster away from them?

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Finally, what’s a getaway without an escape from making dinner too? We’ve got you covered at Universal CityWalk, where you’ll find anything-but-ordinary dining experiences like The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar and The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen. Sit back, forget the pre-dinner tornado that happens at your house, and why NOT order another milkshake? After all, it is your getaway.

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At Volcano Bay, fun in the sun doesn’t just stop after summer is over. A getaway is the perfect way to experience all that Universal Orlando Resort has to offer this fall.

So, while some of your friends will spend their fall watching leaves plummet to the ground, you can plummet 125 feet on the Ko’okiri Body Plunge.

Must be 21 years and older with valid identification to purchase or drink alcoholic beverages.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

13 Things to Do at Volcano Bay Water Park at Universal Orlando Resort

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Picture this: You walk into Universal’s Volcano Bay and are instantly transported to a faraway Polynesian island. Your eyes light up as you realize 18 attractions are now yours to experience, and the best part is – you don’t have to stand in long lines to ride them.

With the power of TapuTapu, your wearable holds your place in line for you while you check off your must-do list of everything else this paradise has to offer. Here are 13 things to do at Volcano Bay with all the extra time you’ll have while not standing in long lines…

1. Hang out at Waturi Beach

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Volcano Bay’s Wave Village is home to Waturi Beach. Soak in the sun, swim, splash, and relax in sparkling waters and warm waves while the mighty Krakatau towers above.

2. Take a Stroll Through the Krakatau Volcano

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Take the walking path out over the wave pool and peer up at the mighty Krakatau Volcano as you walk through its rushing waters.  Just look at that view!

3. Float Down Kopiko Wai Winding River

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In the River Village, you can find this waterway full of surprises. Take in the tropical landscape as a tube ride or as a relaxing float.

4. Grab a Bite to Eat

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This is so far from your average water park food. Four world-class eateries all offer TapTu Pay to go with island-inspired dishes. Savor some slowly-smoked, glazed Hawaiian Ribs with boniato mash and sweet plantains. Or Coconut Curry Chicken made with braised chicken, green coconut curry sauce, white rice, sweet coconut and fresh cilantro. Or… well, I could go on, but it’s just going to make me more hungry.

5. Look for Ride Totems That Say “Ride Now”

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Just because you’ve registered one attraction on your TapuTapu wearable, doesn’t mean you can’t ride another if the ride’s totem instructs you to “Ride Now.” Feel free to head straight for the loading area without giving up your current return time.

6. Relax at Puka Uli Lagoon

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Located in the Rainforest Village, this lagoon features elements that will delight even the tiniest Waturi, like bongo drums and spraying water.

7. Test Your Nerve on TeAwa Fearless River

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Was that winding river too chill for you? Race along a roaring, watery stream of churning rapids and choppy waves on the Rainforest Village’s whitewater ride.

8. Let Your Kids Play at the Tot Tiki and Runamukka Reefs

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With bubbling geysers, water guns, dump cups, tikis, whales, and small slides, these River Village favorites are the perfect place to take your little ones.

9. Enjoy a Drink

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You know you’re on island time when you’re relaxing by the water with a cold beverage in your hand. And know that you’ll never lose your way, just look for the blue or red sails of Volcano Bay’s two unique bars to guide you.

10. Let TapuTapu Up Your Photo Game

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Use your TapuTapu wearable to tap any of the photo “selfie stations” throughout the park for picturesque views of you and your friends and family.

11. Shop For Your Next Bathing Suit or Souvenir

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With its distinctive island feel, Volcano Bay merchandise is a great souvenir to take home with you. No matter where home is, picking some up will instantly transport you back to the tropics of Volcano Bay.

12. Kick Back in a Private Cabana

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Relax, unwind, and enjoy extra-comfy seating, concierge service with food delivery and more. These fill up fast, so be sure to check for availability and reserve one before you arrive.

13. Discover the Hidden Secrets of TapuTapu

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Look for symbols like the one above throughout the entire park. When you find them, touch your TapuTapu wearable for surprises like sprays of water and lights.

While your TapuTapu holds your place in line for you at any of the 18 attractions in park, you can enjoy all of the experiences above.

So what will it be? Thrills? Chills? Food? Drink? Tell us where you’re heading first in the comments below and start planning your Volcano Bay vacation today.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

New Volcano Bay Merchandise at Universal Orlando Resort

New Volcano Bay Merchandise at Universal Orlando Resort

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New Volcano Bay Merchandise at Universal Orlando Resort

Coming May 25, you’ll be able to experience the paradise of Universal’s Volcano Bay. And with all-new island-themed merchandise, you’ll be ready to relax, splash around and ride thrilling attractions in style.

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At Volcano Bay, water is life and life is joy. This is reflected in the variety and design of the products coming to our new water theme park. Waterproof bags, straw hats, swimsuits and more will be available so that you can fully embrace the Waturi lifestyle.

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Only honorary Waturi take on the power of Krakatau, where four-person canoes slide upward through twists and turns within the volcano before plunging through a waterfall. Show off your Waturi pride with a “I conquered the Krakatau” t-shirt and bottle cooler.

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Our very own kid’s line for the littlest of Waturi features mermaids, Tikis and more on towels, rash guards, swimsuits and tees.

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Speaking of Tikis…throughout the park, you’ll discover hundreds of Tikis. Each one has its own fun personality, which our merchandise designers have taken inspiration from to design this colorful merchandise. These stylish tumblers, hats, tees, keychains and more are also inspired by the beautiful thatched canopies providing cool shade around the park.

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote. 

Five Ways to Use TapuTapu Wearables at Universal’s Volcano Bay

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Five Ways to Use TapuTapu Wearables at Universal’s Volcano Bay

Universal’s Volcano Bay, which opens May 25, 2017, will be unlike any other water park that you have ever visited. Volcano Bay will offer Virtual Lines and TapuTapu wearables to help you enjoy your time in the park even more. There will be a number of incredible benefits for you to enjoy with the TapuTapu wearables, which were made exclusively for Volcano Bay.

The TapuTapu wearable is one of the many things that will make Volcano Bay unlike any other water park in the world. It was designed to enhance fun and remove hassles.

No more standing in long lines to experience an attraction.
No more carrying wallets, cash or credit cards around the park.
No more fumbling for a locker key.

With the TapuTapu on your wrist, you’ll experience an entirely new level of freedom and fun as you enjoy the park with your friends and family. See below for all of the wonders you can unlock with just a simple touch of the wrist:

  • TapTu Pay: Raise your hand if you hate handling wet money and credit cards! Well, you don’t have to worry about that anymore! With TapTu Pay, you can make purchases throughout the entire park with the TapuTapu wearable on your wrist.

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  • TapTu Snap/My Universal Photo Access: You’ll be able to take advantage of special interactive photo opportunities and selfie-spots throughout the park (including on select Volcano Bay’s rides). Your wearable will automatically link your photos to your account so you can view, purchase, and share your photos at your convenience.

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  • Locker Access: After you rent your locker, you’ll be able to access it with just a touch of your TapuTapu wearable. No more locker keys!

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  • Virtual Line: You can virtually wait in line for one ride at a time while playing in other areas of the park. The TapuTapu wearable will alert you when your wait time is over. That and I don’t have to carry rafts or tubes to the top of slides?!? Sign me up!

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  • TapTu Play: You can trigger special interactive effects and surprises throughout Volcano Bay, like revealing hidden images in the volcano’s cave and shooting water cannons at unsuspecting guests!

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The TapuTapu wearable is just another example of how Universal Orlando Resort is working to give you more freedom and fun across all of their theme parks.

Ready to experience Volcano Bay for yourself? Tickets and packages are on sale now. See you soon!

Siera is a travel agent with Destinations in Florida, Universal Studios Travel Agency of the Year 2010, 2011, & 2012. She would love to help you plan your next Universal Orlando vacation at no cost to you. Contact Siera today at siera@destinationsinflorida.com or at 734-771-1290 for more information or your free, no obligation quote.