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Photo TR: Adam's first visit to Volcano Bay

PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:05 pm
by jedimaster1227
This weekend I had the opportunity to visit Volcano Bay at the Universal Orlando Resort for my first time. I had waited to experience the park until after the initial rush died down to swamp the place... And as it turns out, the day I ended up going was almost empty thanks to an unexpected cold front that deterred most of the crowds.

Volcano Bay was designed to minimize the queuing experience by having guests wait virtually in line while enjoying other offerings in the park that don't have waits. In the case of our visit, none of the slides had any waits that required virtual queuing, with all of the check in stations showing "Ride Now." This isn't a problem for me, given the fact that it meant getting the chance to ride some awesome slides multiple times with minimal waits, but it did deprive me the chance to actually see how this system would work in the event the park was busier.

The Tapu Tapu (the waterproof, digital wristband that you wear throughout the park to manage your virtual queuing) can also be used as a credit card (you tie a form of payment and your ticket to your Tapu Tapu via the Universal Orlando mobile app) and as the key to open your fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo. While I didn't use the payment option, I did get the chance to use it for the fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo we rented and I was impressed to find that the system was intuitive enough to allow multiple guests' Tapu Tapu to be linked to a single fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo, allowing my wife and I to access our items without having to swap bands or travel back to the fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo together.

In addition to a wide variety of ProSlide slides, the park features a large wave pool, a themed water fortress, a lazy river and an "action river." We didn't spend any time in the wave pool or water fortress this time around but we definitely enjoyed our time in both of the rivers... The lazy river was great for hanging out towards the end of our visit, while the action river was better enjoyed for some fun being thrown around in a more rapid moving current, churned by the occasional wave maker along the course.

The park is built with a large volcano, Krakatau at its center (hence the name Volcano Bay) and it is definitely a centerpiece to be had. Up close detail can be appreciated in the form of tiki/Moai heads carved into the rockwork of the structure... And while the interior features more exposed steel holding up the many slides that run through it, the solid side of the volcano is definitely picturesque. The volcano itself holds up several ProSlide SkyBOX slides: Ko’okiri Body Plunge, a 70 degree drop down a 125 foot tall fall; and Kala and Tai Nui, two drop slides that send guests twisting down to the base of the volcano in a lengthy but tame experience.

The park's signature attraction is the Krakatau Aqua Coaster, a hydromagnetic slide that rockets in and out of the base of the volcano. Depending on the party you've got sitting in the raft, you're potentially in for a great deal of airtime... We rode three times during our visit (thank you cold weather) and two of the three rides saw me getting some serious air. This is the first hydromagnetic slide I'd been on (I've been on water coasters that propelled you with rushing water uphill) and it is definitely the style of water coaster I'd love to see more frequently in water parks. I only wish there was more than just one of them in this park...

As you'll see in my photos below, we rode several more slides, dined along the way and took in as much as I could during our time. I definitely need to go back to experience the rest of the slides I didn't try this time around, and I'm interested about trying more of the food options there as well.

Overall, we had a really fun time at Volcano Bay... I hesitate to call it the best water park in Orlando, if only because I don't feel like I truly experienced it the way it was designed to be experienced... The queueless experience was one that I didn't really get the chance to take advantage of (though the short lines I waited in were nothing to complain about) and for that reason, I don't know how the virtual queuing would affect a busier day in the park. I loved the slides I rode and spent over an hour in the action river. Getting to roam the pathways inside of the volcano was a pleasant surprise too. This was a great introduction to a park that I hope to experience more fully with more visits to follow.

Re: Photo TR: Adam's first visit to Volcano Bay

PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:03 pm
by ThemeParkJunkie51290
Great report! =) =) =) I'm not really a water park enthusiast, but I must say . . . Volcano Bay really does look nice! :lover:

Re: Photo TR: Adam's first visit to Volcano Bay

PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:32 pm
by Canobie Coaster
Great report! I'll be sure to visit Volcano Bay on a cooler day since a park full of walk ons sounds awesome. That water coaster and the drop pod slides look fantastic.

Re: Photo TR: Adam's first visit to Volcano Bay

PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:45 pm
by mush619
Great report. It's sure a beautiful park. Thanks for sharing!

Re: Photo TR: Adam's first visit to Volcano Bay

PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:17 am
by ytterbiumanalyst
Wow, that looks pretty great. A no lines day at a waterpark is always a good time.

Re: Photo TR: Adam's first visit to Volcano Bay

PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:57 am
by CoasterAuditor
Man part of me wants to go to Orlando just for a few days to visit Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, Aquatica, and Volcano Bay. This report really showed off how nice Volcano Bay is.

Re: Photo TR: Adam's first visit to Volcano Bay

PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 8:22 pm
by Masquerade
Looks so dope it makes me *almost not mind wading in tourist piss all day.

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Re: Photo TR: Adam's first visit to Volcano Bay

PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:42 pm
by Guy T. Koepp
Looks like a beautiful park. Definitely going to hit this one up the next time I am in Orlando.