Our go to to Common Orlando Resort in Florida has been probably the most memorable journey expertise on our USA America Unplugged street journey but.
I’m a HUGE Harry Potter fan, so you possibly can think about how excited I used to be.
Sadly, we missed the Christmas decorations by every week or so, however it was nonetheless superior.
I began to put in writing this publish on all the Common Studios expertise and then noticed how lengthy it was simply after writing about Volcano Bay Orlando!
Mum stated it could be greatest to separate them up. So right here we go.
This submit is all about Common’s new waterpark, Volcano Bay, an epic water theme park in Orlando and one of many new common locations to go to in Florida.
We selected to go to Volcano Bay water park on the primary of our three days at Common Orlando. It was the day with the most effective climate, so be sure to examine that earlier than you propose your schedule, as a result of you realize water parks!
In case you are spending a couple of days at Common Studios in Orlando, I like to recommend you go to Volcano Bay as a day of relaxation in between the opposite parks or on the final day so you’ll be able to chill out extra.
Though Mum stated she thought it was good to go on the primary day to softly ease into the craziness of intense theme park days.
I assumed it was epic enjoyable, not intense!
We spent the day at Volcano Bay with our pals from Loopy Journey Household, who we met for the primary time in Nashville.
Volcano Bay Orlando Water Park
Okay, Volcano Bay is Common’s latest theme park, and among the best!
I like to recommend this water park for all ages, even the little youngsters. Volcano Bay is split into sections to go well with totally different pursuits. Every part has specific rides to match the world.
The sections in Common’s Volcano Bay are:
- Krakatau Volcano
- Wave Village
- River Village
- Rain Forest Village
Volcano Bay Rides
Pack your swimmers and a enjoyable angle.
There are a number of rides to expertise so get there as early as you possibly can to benefit from your day.
Krakatau is the focus of Common Studios Volcano Bay.
Lovely waterfalls stream down its sides (with slides hidden inside and at night time it lights up in a fiery glow) and the totally different sections of the park encircle the volcano.
It’s the start line for 4 totally different water slides – probably the most thrilling of this water park.
Let’s look at the rides and totally different areas at Common’s Volcano Bay.
Runamukka Reef and Tot Tiki Reef
Runamukka Reef and Tot Tiki Reef is an superior part for the little youngsters with slides that go on for ages, water squirters, and numerous enjoyable.
However, if they’re too scared to do the slides, additionally they have smaller slides that are nice for infants.
I’ve to confess, the slides seemed enjoyable, so I attempted to go on them however you must be underneath 48”.
Lazy Rivers and Wave Swimming pools
We LOVED the lazy rivers, and so did our good friend’s from Loopy Household Journey – take a look at their ideas for Volcano Bay.
There are two rivers referred to as: Topiko Wai winding river, and the not so lazy TeAwa the Fearless River.
Huge waves = Huge enjoyable! Get prepared for the huge wave at the top!
One other enjoyable attraction is the Waturi Seashore, which is the wave pool subsequent to the Volcano.
I like to recommend sporting a life vest like Savannah did and even for those who’re an grownup. Then you’ll be able to loosen up when you swim to the again the place the large waves are.
In Topiko Wai winding river you undergo an superior crystal cave and there isn’t a peak restriction
In order you’ll be able to see, there’s a lot to see and discover. And plenty of enjoyable reminiscences to be made!
My Favourite slides at Common’s Volcano Bay Orlando
There are lots of totally different water slides at Common’s Volcano Bay, as an alternative of telling you about all of them, I”ll share probably the most epic ones.
Don’t miss these.
The opposite slides are enjoyable to go on when you wait to plunge out on the large ones!
1. Krakatau Aqua Coaster
The Krakatau Aqua Coaster journey is AMAZING. For my part, it’s the BEST experience within the park.
How might it not be when it’s a Curler coaster and Water slide COMBINED!!
You go down steep drops and up steep hills via the magnificent volcano. All whereas sitting on a banana, hotdog formed tube factor (the Krakatau Aqua Coaster seats 4 riders).
And, wait – I gained’t inform you the top half, you must uncover that on your self.
(peak restriction: 42”, between 42” & 48” journey w/ grownup).
2. Ohno & Ohyay drop slides
These two aspect by aspect water slides are so enjoyable. Each have an enormous drop down right into a deep pool.
The Ohno (purple slide) was the larger drop at 6 ft. The Ohyay is a four foot drop!
Be sure to are a robust swimmer since you get pushed to the underside of the pool. Some loopy woman went down earlier than us who couldn’t swim. Who does that?
(peak restriction: 48”)
Three. Taniwah Tubes
You’ll get dizzy delivering circles! A pair totally different rides to select from however they’re all the identical.
(peak restriction: 42” between 42” and 48” to be with an grownup).
four. TeAwa the Fearless River
Once more, huge waves and massive enjoyable.
As talked about above the Fearless River is a enjoyable one to go round and round on. You possibly can even chill out on this one if you would like, simply paddle your self to the aspect of the large wave.
( Peak: 42” youngsters. Put on a life vest and be with an grownup).
5. Ko’kiri physique plunge, Kala & Tui Nui Serpentine Physique Slides
I’ll let Mum inform you about this journey as she was the one one courageous sufficient to go on it.
Not likely, I used to be simply having an excessive amount of enjoyable on the Krakatau to hitch her. That’s my story anyway!
Okay, mum right here. I recommend you make the leap from Florida’s highest peak. However be warned, the steps as much as the highest of the 200-foot Krakatau Volcano may have you gasping for breath and your legs shaking.
Or is that simply the worry?
My philosophy is to do what scares you probably the most first.
So whereas Craig and the youngsters have been lazy river floating I raced as much as do Volcano Bay’s most thrilling rides. I knew if I didn’t do it very first thing, it wouldn’t occur.
I used to be so glad I did as a result of the remainder of the day was simply enjoyable and enjoyable – no thrills essential.
I did the Kala & Tui Nui Serpentine physique slides first, which begins with an enormous drop and then launches you right into a twisting slide.
I wasn’t anticipating the velocity and energy of it. I discovered it tremendous intense, and though I appreciated it, I virtually chickened out of the Ko’kiri physique plunge.
It’s exhausting to psyche your self up for scary rides when you haven’t any companion for help.
However, since there have been no strains, I knew I might remorse it if I didn’t do it now, I trudged up these stairs once more.
I’m so glad I did.
The Ko’kiri might have a scary begin standing ready for the ground beneath your ft to vanish, however as soon as it does, you shoot on down 125 ft and torpedo out the underside.
The journey is over in about 5 seconds. It was thrilling enjoyable. Not as intense because the Kala and Tui Nui serpentine slide.
I’d advocate doing that one first. Eat the Frog.
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Put on the Tapu Tapu
What’s the Tapu Tapu?
The Tapu Tapu Wearable is an superior waterproof watch system that you simply put on in your wrist like a watch and it saves your home in line for busy rides.
This implies you’ll be able to go on different rides or loosen up when you wait – positive beats losing the day ready on lengthy boring strains.
You may as well use your Faucet Tapu to pay for issues like meals and drink.
You possibly can join the Tapu Tapu to a web-based account which holds your bank card particulars, or for those who keep at the Common Orlando Resorts, it could actually cost again to your room account.
This superior gadget is free (and waterproof, in fact since you put on it one rides and stuff), as a result of it’s included in your ticket to Volcano Bay.
We have been confused about this till we entered the park as only a few on-line websites clearly said it’s free. So sure. You’ll get one if you enter.
How does the Tapu Tapu work?
Every member of the household will get a Tapu Tapu.
I feel this was superior as a result of we acquired to scan it on a sure journey display and it will say come again in thirty minutes or one thing like that lol.
However you possibly can solely journey different rides that say journey now when you are ready on your reserved experience. You’ll be able to solely e-book into one experience at a time.
I obtained to discover the park on my own with our associates whereas the mother and father relaxed too.
Additionally, I obtained to journey my FAVORITE experience (Krakatau Aqua coaster) about ten occasions!
And when my Tapu Tapu stated experience now, the road went down as nicely.
To hitch the digital line all you do is stroll faucet your TapuTapu band on the totem situated at the entrance of the attraction.
Your TapuTapu will then inform you how lengthy you need to wait and it is going to beep to let you recognize when it’s your flip to journey.
You’ll have a 5-10 minute wait when you be a part of the road, nevertheless it’s higher than a for much longer one you’d expertise with out the digital line.
The TapuTapu additionally presents additional cool experiences all through Volcano Bay.
You need to use it to light up photographs within the volcano’s hidden caves and additionally converse to hidden voices.
In Tot Tiki Reef you possibly can management the spurts out of the whale sand shoot water cannons at these enjoyable on the winding rivers.
You can even entry employed lockers by means of the TapuTapu and any park photographs that could be taken of you having enjoyable on the rides.
How one can arrange the Tapu Tapu
To arrange the Tapu Tapu, you create an account on the Official Resort App (which is tremendous useful to have to watch park rides throughout the complete Common Orlando Resort).
You don’t want an account in case you don’t need to use it as a type of cost.
You then add a bank card to your pockets and hyperlink your Volcano Bay park tickets.
I like to recommend making a pin and solely permitting your youngsters a sure greenback restrict on what they will spend. We truly didn’t give them permission to buy utilizing their TapuTapu.
I can think about what number of ice lotions they could have sneaked if we did!
Don’t overlook to return your TapuTapu if you depart the park. Don’t fear your info might be erased
Prime Ideas for Common’s Volcano Bay Orlando
- Keep at one of many 4 resorts of Common. (We stayed at Cabana Bay.) You’ll get early entry to the park. This implies first dibs on chairs in a GOOD spot, and you’ll be able to journey all the slides earlier than the park will get busy. (similar with different parks). It’s SOOOO value it.
- As quickly as you enter the park, go to the preferred rides (Krakatau aqua coaster, Ko’kiri physique plunge, Kala & Tui Nui Serpentine physique slides and Honu ika Moana.)
- Discover a spot and keep there. We planted ourselves at the pristine sandy Hammerhead Seashore for the day. It was superior. We have been proper close to the funnest rides within the park and it wasn’t busy (we visited in early November simply after the Halloween craziness) so it felt like we had the area to ourselves. Whereas mum would have liked to take a seat down for some time and learn her e-book, us youngsters had different concepts!!!
- You possibly can rent lockers on your luggage to maintain your valuables in if nobody goes to remain and watch your issues. We didn’t. Unsure if that was clever or not however nothing went lacking and I’ve a really trusting angle!
- Grasp round till shut. Most individuals disappear so you’ll be able to have the beautiful Volcano Bay and Waturi Seashore all to your self. It’s tremendous fairly at sundown, particularly with the volcano lighting up in rainbow colours. Seize a cocktail from the Dancing Dragons Boat Bar, let the child swim and you chill out with the views. A few of the rides will nonetheless be open which is enjoyable for the youngsters to experience at night time or simply float lengthy the lazy river. You possibly can see it within the video above.
- Deliver your personal water bottle. There are locations to fill them up inside Volcano Bay. These slides are thirsty work
- In case you are gluten free, or produce other meals allergic reactions, you possibly can deliver your personal meals into the park. These allergic reactions are so widespread lately!
Helpful Information for Visiting Volcano Bay Orlando
- At some point Common Volcano Bay tickets are $67 for adults and $62 for teenagers.
- All Three-Park Multi-Day tickets supply visitor admission to Common Studios Florida, Common’s Islands of Journey AND Common’s Volcano Bay Water Theme Park. Choices obtainable from 2 to five days in period Beginning at $92 per day (Three-day ticket) In the event you plan on visiting all three parks, get this move. You’ll undoubtedly want the three days.
- A Volcano Bay annual move is for Florida residents. Study extra right here.
- You possibly can lease cabanas at Volcano Bay beginning at $159 per day. There are additionally premium seating to lease beginning at $29.99. We weren’t sitting round lengthy sufficient to justify the price. Until you propose to try this, I feel the free chairs are ok.
- You’ll be able to’t take GoPro’s or cameras on any of the water slides (aside from the lazy rivers)
- Life vests are offered for anybody who wants them.
- Don’t overlook your solar safety!
- You’ll be able to lease towels, however convey your personal and get monetary savings.
Parking & Transportation
Volcano Bay doesn’t have its personal parking zone.
Friends are invited to park in the primary parking construction at Common Metropolis Stroll. From there you possibly can hop on the shuttle, which can transport you to Volcano Bay. It’s solely a few 5 minute journey away.
A keep at Cabana Bay makes visiting Volcano Bay seamless as you take pleasure in a delegated strolling path that takes you proper to the water park.
In case you are staying at any of the opposite Common Orlando Resort Motels such because the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, the Aventura Lodge, or Common’s Onerous Rock Lodge you possibly can take pleasure in complimentary shuttle bus transportation to the park.
In case you are not staying on-site get to the park earlier than it opens to be able to instantly enter and get to the enjoyable.
Eating places & Eating
Volcano Bay Orlando has over 60 meals choices, principally all with a Hawaiian Pacific island vibe.
You may as well discover pizzas, burgers and nachos and a few of your conventional fried favorites. It wasn’t too dangerous for a theme park.
The menus appeared good, however I (Caz) was disenchanted as per traditional at a theme park, there’s simply not sufficient scrumptious choices for these with gluten free.
My Island Hen Salad ($9.99) was fairly tasty although. It was diced hen, apples, grapes, and almonds tossed in a creamy coconut dressing.
When you’ve got an allergy convey your personal meals, should you don’t then take pleasure in meals similar to poke bowls, tangy BBQ pulled park sandwiches, Coconut crusted good friend hen, and Quinoa Edamame Burgers.
There’s a Common Eating Plan which begins at $29.99 per persona which have numerous inclusions resembling meals, snacks and limitless coke refills.
Do your analysis to see in case you assume this can prevent cash.
Be sure you have an ice cream. They’re epic and distinctive to Common’s new water park. I had the Waturi Fusion. It has Banana, Blue, Raspberry, Orange and Strawberry.
And Savannah had chocolate with sprinkles.
Additionally you will get a topping, I obtained whipped cream. (Worth: cup – $5. 49, cone – $6.49 and a sundae is $6. 99)
The Vol’s Hearth Punch cocktail appeared nice. Our good friend, Bryanna had it.
I LOVED my elderberry cider. It tasted identical to a snake chew! (don’t fear, that’s from mum.)
Keep at Cabana Bay Seashore Resort
Cabana Bay Seashore Resort is a Common property (some name it the Volcano Bay lodge). I beloved the retro 50’s vibe right here. It was tremendous colourful and vibrant.
Cabana Bay is the closest Common lodge to Volcano Bay.
Truly, it’s a two minute stroll to Common’s Orlando Bay, so for those who plan to spend so much of time right here at this water theme park in your three day cross, it’s greatest to remain at Cabana Bay.
It’ll even be the cheaper of the 4 resorts.
The amenities are nice with two swimming swimming pools and a lazy river.
Additionally they have outside films and indoor bowling lanes, a present store, cafeteria and totally different eating places. The wings at the Galaxy Bowl Restaurant have been scrumptious and fairly priced.
Ebook your keep at Cabana Bay and learn extra evaluations right here.
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As a reminder, in case you keep on-site, you’ll be able to reap the benefits of Early Park Admission, which suggests getting on the park’s rides and points of interest an hour earlier than the park opens.
And that’s Volcano Bay!
We visited Volcano Bay as visitors of Common Orlando Resort. All opinions are our personal!
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