The SATURDAY SIX Spends a Day at Universal’s VOLCANO BAY

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This week’s SATURDAY SIX spends a day at VOLCANO BAY! Over the past few weeks we’ve been making our way around Universal Orlando to see what’s been going on after the resort reopened with new safety protocols in place. So far we have been to CityWalk, Universal Studios Florida, and Islands of Adventure. Today we’re going to head on over to what may possibly be our favorite park in all of Florida, Volcano Bay. Why is it our favorite? Well, to start with…

# 6 – Location, Location, Location

If you’re a theme park fan, you’ve heard the expression “blessing of size” in relation to Walt Disney World. In a way, the expression also applies to Universal Orlando as well. Because they are in such a relatively compact space compared to Disney, everything is close to each other. Now, in my mind, there is nothing better than being able to walk to a park. I love how close The Contemporary is to Disney’s Magic Kingdom. When we stayed at the Boardwalk, the walk to our room from the lobby was probably farther than the walk over to EPCOT. It’s just so refreshing to not have to drive, bus, or even monorail to a park. (How about that for the ultimate first world problem?) Volcano Bay is literally right next to Universal’s Cabana Bay and Aventura hotels. “Next to” doesn’t even do the phrase justice, as the short jaunt from The Contemporary  to MK seems like a half marathon compared to how close Volcano Bay is to these resorts.

Cabana Bay

First let’s take a look at Cabana Bay Beach Resort, which is located directly next to Volcano Bay.

Cabana Bay tower as seen from the entrance to Volcano Bay. (photo by Mike Sperduto)

Cabana Bay has two large towers, both of which are loaded with standard rooms and family suites that have a “million dollar view” of Volcano Bay.

Volcano Bay seen outside a standard room at Cabana Bay. (photo by Brian McNichols)
Cabana Bay family suite. (photo by @Nitro230)

Here is a shot of Volcano Bay taken from a Cabana Bay hotel room.

Krakatau. (photo by Mike Sperduto)

Cabana Bay is the only Universal onsite hotel with a dedicated entry to Volcano Bay.

Walkway to Volcano Bay.

Cabana Bay guests have their own security area, allowing everyone to get through fast and on their way to the main entrance.

Cabana Bay entrance.  (photo by @Nitro230)

There is plenty of signage directing guests where to go.

Walkway signage. (photo by Mike Sperduto)

Aventura Hotel

When I’m on vacation, I like to always be early for things and give myself plenty of time. When I stayed at Aventura, I gave myself 15 minutes to get from my room to the front of Volcano Bay. It took us three minutes. Keep in mind, that’s going through security as well. Aventura is located across the street from Cabana Bay.

View of Volcano Bay from Bar 17 Bistro, located on the roof of Aventura. (photo by @ViewsAndQueues)

Here is a look at the door at the Aventura pool area that leads directly to the Volcano Bay security area.

Stairs from Aventura pool to Volcano Bay bus drop off. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
The stairs above lead down to this walkway. The area to the right of the fence is the queue for the Volcano Bay security screening.

Sapphire Falls Resort

Sapphire Falls is located directly next to Aventura Hotel. It has a walkway leading from the hotel to Volcano Bay as well.

Start of walk to Volcano Bay.
Volcano Bay walkway.
This path leads you past the front of Aventura Hotel.
At this intersection, you take a left to continue walking to Volcano Bay. In the photo you’ll see a blue bus about to turn into Cabana Bay. It is almost impossible to take a photo that doesn’t show a bus entering or leaving Cabana Bay. For those used to “Disney Bus Service,” an onsite stay at Universal will blow your mind. There is almost always a bus waiting for you at the hotel, and every trip takes about 5-7 minutes, no matter where you’re staying at or where you are going.
Okay, so after we take a left at the intersection, we now join the Universal Garden Walk. The end of this walkway pictured above is the exact area outside Aventura pool area. So you are at Volcano Bay security.

The total amount of time spent on this gingerly walk was just over 5 minutes.

I mentioned earlier that Aventura (and Sapphire Falls) are located across the street from Cabana Bay. So to get to Volcano Bay, you’re going to have to cross that street, right? I remember the first time I stayed at Bay Lake Tower and walked over to Magic Kingdom and having to wait at the stoplight for traffic to stop. It didn’t “ruin the magic” but it certainly wasn’t special. For guests going to Volcano Bay, Universal built a themed tunnel that travels underneath the road that separates Cabana Bay and Aventura. This totally gets you into the perfect mood for the upcoming park day.

Underground tunnel leading to Volcano Bay. (photo by @TheDCLBlog)
Between the music, atmosphere, and design, you’ll love walking through this tunnel.

Since we had to walk under the road by going through the tunnel, we have to go back “up” again, and we do that through this themed escalator bank. To the right of this is a walkway where you can push wheelchairs, strollers, or take a nice walk up.

(photo by @Nitro230)

Onsite hotel guests also get to take advantage of early park admission to Volcano Bay. This week the official opening time for the park was 10:00 a.m., but those staying onsite were allowed into the park and onto the attractions starting at 9:30 a.m.

# 5 – The Merchandise

It should come as no surprise that one thing I immediately like to check out whenever I’m in a park is the gift shops. It may sound crazy to some (because it is crazy), but as someone who writes a monthly Disney Outlet Report, along with various other articles on theme park merchandise – both real and imagined – it has become one of our passions in life. We are happy to report that Volcano Bay has a wide array of quality items spread across several stores. When Volcano Bay first opened several years ago, one of the biggest selling items right out of the gate was a white swim shirt featuring the logo of the park. The swim shirts look fantastic, have built in SPF protection, and also are great for anyone who may feel self conscious about being in a water park.

Volcano Bay swimshirts.
Volcano Bay swimshirts. (photo by Scott Sanders of the world famous Disney Cruise Line Blog)

For our most recent trip, we bought swimshirts for the whole family.

There is a new Volcano Bay swimshirt that has short sleeves. It has a different logo, and can be a white shirt with black logo (pictured below) or a black shirt with a white logo (that’s the one I bought for myself).

Swimshirt. (photo by @TheDCLBlog)

Not a big “Spirit Jersey” guy, but one of the Volcano Bay versions is pretty cool.

Spirit Jersey. (photo by @TheDCLBlog)
Great details. (photo by @TheDCLBlog)

The selection of shirts for adults and kids  is just fantastic.

Volcano Bay merchandise. (photo by @TheDCLBlog)
Spirit Jersey. (photo by @TheDCLBlog)
Kids’ shirts. (photo by @TheDCLBlog)
Volcano Bay clothing. (photo by @TheDCLBlog)
Volcano Bay merchandise. (photo by @TheDCLBlog)
Volcano Bay shirt. (photo by @TheDCLBlog)
This is a sharp looking hoodie. (photo by @TheDCLBlog)
Volcano Bay shirt. (photo by @TheDCLBlog)
I hazard to guess there are over 50 different types of hats available at Volcano Bay, so you’re going to find something you like.
Volcano Bay hat.(photo by @TheDCLBlog)
Volcano Bay sweatshirts. (photo by @TheDCLBlog)
“Vol” Uni-Mini
Tell me your fridge doesn’t look something like this…

# 4 – The Food and Drink

Bring your appetite when you come to Volcano Bay, because the park is filled with some unique options that you wouldn’t expect. Tacos, mahi mahi sandwiches, pizza (that actually tastes good), and Hawaiian ribs are just some of the highlights. We often travel with a vegan and were surprised to find a good amount of options for that dietary restriction (and it has gotten even better for vegans as The Beyond Burger has been added to the Kohola Reef Restaurant  & Social Club menu).

Jerk Shrimp Mac & Cheese – Pan seared shrimp tossed with pasta shells in a creamy white cheddar cheese sauce. (photo by @TheDCLBlog)
Island Chicken Salad – Diced chicken, apples, grapes, and almonds tossed in a creamy coconut dressing. (photo by @TheDCLBlog)
Mahi Mahi sandwich – Jerk seasoned mahi mahi, cucumber mango basil slaw, lettuce, tomato and siracha mayo on a toasted Hawaiian style bun with fries. (photo by Hunter Underwood)
Veggie wrap – Slow roasted zucchini, yellow squash, grains, hummus, and black beans. (photo by @TheDCLBlog)
Hawaiian Ribs – Slow smoked glazed ribs served with mango slaw and fries. (photo by Mike Sperduto)
Hawaiian Longboard Pizza – Caramelized pineapple, diced ham, and pickled jalapenos.
Pretzel dog – Foot long hot dog, pineapple salsa and bacon on a toasted pretzel bun. (photo by Hunter Underwood)
Feasting Frog TACOS! (photo by Hunter Underwood)

The Waturi Fusion ice cream is one of the signature snacks of the park. This cool concoction contains swirls of  banana, blue raspberry, orange, and strawberry flavored ice creams.

Waturi Fusion.

Other flavors are available as well.

Ice cream menu. (photo by @TheDCLBlog)
You can’t even imagine how hard it was to get them to wait until the picture was taken before they started devouring the cones.
Exclusive flavor of Dippin’ Dots. (photo by Scott Sanders)
Dippin’ Dots have never looked so beautiful! (photo by Scott Sanders)
Dancing Dragons bar. (photo by Mike Sperduto)
Vol’s Fire Punch at Dancing Dragons.
Even the water cups are themed!

 

# 3 – Kids Love It

For our most recent trip to Volcano Bay we traveled with five kids (ages 10, 7, 5, 2 and 11 months). Each attraction in the park has a height requirement, with many of them being 42″ and the drop slides being 48″.  The 7 and 10 year old could ride anything in the park. At just over 41 inches, the 5 year old was just a little too small for any of the slides. Before we went to Volcano Bay, we were slightly worried there wouldn’t be enough for the little kids to do, but it turned out ALL the kids loved the play areas.

Volcano Bay has Tot Tiki Reef and Runamukka Reef, located directly next to each other. I had walked by the whimsical Runamukka Reef on previous visits to the park – and it looked cool – but it wasn’t until I actually went inside the area that I discovered it was so large and filled with a ton of stuff to do. There are many slides in this area, caves to explore, water guns and more. Despite being able to do most if not almost all of the attractions in the park, the 7 and 10 year old had to be dragged out of this area because they enjoyed it so much. I found it interesting that in one section of Runamukka Reef, you can look down and see people in the lazy river as they pass through the cave. The entire design of Volcano Bay is just incredible.

Runamukka Reef. (photo by Mike Sperduto)
Signage. (photo by @Nitro230)
Tot Tiki Reef. (photo by @Nitro230)
What kid doesn’t like stepping on a water fountain?
Playing in Tot Tiki Reef.
Slide in Tot Tiki Reef.
Slide in Tot Tiki Reef.

The two slides in Tot Tiki Reef are the only ones in the entire park in which guests can ride down while holding the smaller children.

The kinetic energy in Runamukka Reef is basically the exact opposite of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. No matter where you look, something is happening. Water is flying everywhere.

Runamukka Reef. (photo by @Nitro230)
Slide in Runamukka Reef.
Slide in Runamukka Reef. (photo by Mike Sperduto)
It was something to behold to watch someone go down a slide and immediately run up to do it again. And again. And again. And again. And…. (WHERE DO THEY GET THIS ENERGY?!!!)
How cool is this?!
Warning: You WILL get wet.

The Reef is also an area where younger kids can hang out.

The Reef. (photo by Mike Sperduto)
The Reef. (photo by Mike Sperduto)

Sometimes though, you just have to take a nap. On our trips to Volcano Bay, we like to splurge for Premium Seating. This ranges from $59.95 to $79.95 depending on the day and season. The price includes two covered (and padded) lounge chairs, a lock box, and a dedicated server. Having someone get food and drinks for you is worth the price of the seating alone in my book. What a time saver.

Just chillin’.

With social distancing measures in place, not all Premium Seating was being used.

Premium Seating.

Don’t worry, there is a TON of free seating throughout Volcano Bay.

Volcano Bay. (photo by @TheDCLBlog)
Volcano Bay. (photo by dclblog)
Social distancing in place for chairs. (photo by @Nitro230)

# 2 -Tapu Tapu

The first thing you get when you enter Volcano Bay is your Tapu Tapu. This band is effectively your “MagicBand” for those used to Disney vacations, except it also has a screen. You use Tapu Tapu to “check into” rides, allowing you to do something else if the line is long. If the line is short, the check in area will say “ride now” and not give you the ability to reserve a time. It is very intuitive to use, and in a nice touch it will sort of “countdown” to your experience. For example on one ride we “checked in” with our Tapu Tapu and it said there would be about a 15 minute wait. We walked away to get a drink, while our Tapu Tapu gave us reminders at 5 minute intervals that we were getting closer to our ride time.

Tapu Tapu. Think of it as a MagicBand that actually works.
Tapu Tapu gives tips to stay safe during these “unprecedented times.” (photo by @TheDCLBlog)
Tapu Tapu reminds guests to social distance. (photo by @TheDCLBlog)
Tapu Tapu with some solid advice. (photo by @Nitro230)
Tapu Tapu.
Tapu Tapu showing how much of a wait you have left. (photo by @TheDCLBlog)

There are also many interactive features across Volcano Bay which are accessed by your Tapu Tapu, so keep your eyes open when exploring the park. We’re talking everywhere, even inside the volcano.

Tapu Tapu sign showing what will happen if used.
Tiki spitting water after being activated by the Tapu Tapu.
Tapu Tapu activating a water splash down below.

# 1 – The Rides and Slides

I’ll be honest, I’m not really a “water park” guy. I’ve been going to Walt Disney World for years and never felt compelled to visit Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach despite hearing great things. In fact, I hadn’t been to a water park since I was a kid until a recent trip to Legoland Florida. Maybe the highest praise I can give Volcano Bay is that now I consider myself a water park fan. I can’t wait to go back, and now I’m really looking forward to trying Disney’s options as well.

Let’s talk about the attractions. The Krakatau Aqua Coaster is a legit E-Ticket ride inside a water park. I have never done anything like it and it is the true headliner of the park. You sit front to back – like Space Mountain – in a canoe before rocketing all around and up and down through mists and waterfalls in and out of the volcano. It’s absolutely crazy in the best way possible. We were so glad we knew nothing about this attraction going in because we were blown away.

Krakatau water coaster. (photo by Mike Sperduto)

I had bought a water proof phone protector for my iPhone ahead of the trip to Volcano Bay, but when it came time to actually put my phone near water I chickened out. Here’s a video of the aqua coaster by Attractions 360 (who are a great follow on Twitter for you theme park fanatics as they go everywhere across the globe).

Everyone loves a lazy river.

Lazy River. (photo by Mike Sperduto)

One thing you will notice at Volcano Bay (and the entire Universal Orlando Resort) is the amount of cleaning and sanitizing that is going on constantly. Once a safety vest is worn by a guest, it is not used again until being thoroughly cleaned.

Cleaning safety vests at Volcano bay. (photo by @Nitro230)

Volcano Bay has a lazy river, but it also has a “fearless river.” I’m having a hard time ranking my favorite attractions at Volcano Bay, but the fearless river is right up there because almost anytime we were thinking of what to do I suggested we go into the fearless river and mull it over.

Fearless River.
Guests floating in the fearless river. (photo by Mike Sperduto)

ALL guests in the Fearless River have to wear a safety vest. When getting out of the river, the safety vests are put into bins for the Team Members to clean.

Safety Vest bin.

One of the slides you’ll see the most in Volcano Bay marketing is “The Big Blue Slide,” Ika. Let me tell you, Ika completely lives up to the hype, as the multi-person raft gives you a real thrill as you rocket up the walls of the slide.

Ika. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Ika and Honu are located next to each other. The “story” is that on Honu you are traveling on the back of a turtle, while on Ika you are with a whale.  (photo by Mike Sperduto)
The family slides are really fun as you can see each other’s faces as you’re enjoying the attraction. At most theme parks we are sitting side by side or behind each other. Volcano Bay lets us all have a shared experience.
Taniwha Tubes.
Cleaning a Taniwha Tube before it goes back into circulation.

The Ko’okiri body plunge is a Nay Nay for me, but everyone who makes the climb up the volcano and takes the drop down says it’s an amazing experience. I’ll take their word for it.

Ko’okiri body plunge. (photo by Mike Sperduto)
Guest shooting down into the pool below. (photo by Mike Sperduto)

While I’m not sure I will ever work up the courage to try the Ko’oriki Body Plunge, there are two other drop slides located inside Krakatau called Kala and Tai Nui. Like Ko’oriki, these are trap door slides, and you definitely get into the mood with a drum beating sound before the trap door opens, sending you immediately down a serpentine tube.

Kala and Tai Nui drop slides.

One of my favorite experiences at Volcano Bay is this particular pair of slides, which are called OhYah and OhNo. The actual serpetine slide experience wasn’t anything out of the ordinary, but you come of the slide and then drop down into a 10 foot pool. The OhYah side has a four foot drop while OhNo has a six foot drop. Going to so many theme park and hotel pools, I can’t even remember the last time I’ve been in a regular pool that was really deep. Not being able to touch the bottom of the pool, even when being dropped by six feet, was just an amazing experience. I loved it! Total exhilaration.

Located directly next to OhYah and OhNo is the Puka Uli Lagoon. This is a leisure pool where people can watch guests coming off OhYah and OhNo, so it’s perfect for those not tall enough for the attraction or have no interest in it.

OhNo drops you six feet into the water below.

One great thing about Tapu Tapu is that you can see you’re onride photos that were taken during the day.

Tapu Tapu shows photo from OhNo.
Blogger to the stars Seth Kubersky enjoys his splashdown!
Tapu Tapu picture taken on Tanniwha Tubes! (photo by @EricTimOh)
The Aquacoaster! (photo by @SkylinerPilot)

 

“Indescribably beautiful….”

 

Volcano Bay. (photo by Mike Sperduto)
Krakatau framed by palm trees. (photo by Mike Sperduto)
Theming at Volcano Bay. (photo by @bioreconstruct)
Frogs. (photo by Mike Sperduto)
Volcano Bay. (photo by Mike Sperduto)

There are several different areas at Volcano Bay set aside for photo-ops.

The Greatest Picture of All.

UPON REOPENING: SHOULD YOU FEEL SAFE?

A lot of news coming out of Florida will show people behaving poorly when it public. Who hasn’t seen the photos of beaches packed to capacity, with almost no one practicing social distancing, wearing masks, or doing anything to make it safer for themselves or people around them. REST ASSURED, this is  not what you will be seeing at Volcano Bay, the other Universal theme parks, CityWalk, or the onsite hotels. As a person who lives and works in Florida, I felt more safe at every single point during my stay at the Universal Orlando Resort than I have at any other time over the past 4 months. I’m going to go more in-depth on this in next week’s SATURDAY SIX looking at staying on-site, but here’s a look at some of the new procedures you will see at Volcano Bay.

As you can see when you are approaching the main entrance, signage is already in place letting guests know of the new procedures.

Volcano Bay main entrance. (photo by @Nitro230)

At every place where there could be people queuing, there are markings along the floor to help them keep their distance.

Volcano Bay ticket center. (photo by @Nitro230)
Volcano Bay turnstile lines. (photo by @Nitro230)

When you walk into the Volcano Bay park, there is even more signage wherever you go. There is no “plausible deniability,” no “I didn’t know,” no excuses whatsoever for not following the rules.

Volcano Bay. (photo by @Nitro230)
Face covering sign. (photo by @Nitro230)

The stores have social distance markings on the ground, and Team Members are always making sure the amount of people inside any store is controlled. You must be wearing a Face Covering to enter any store, or in any dealings with a Team Member. I wrote about  getting the ice cream earlier, and even though it is an outdoor window kiosk, I still had to be wearing a mask when ordering. There was a concierge booth located across from the ice cream stand, and they gave me a free Face Covering to use. There are concierge stands located across the park.

Volcano Bay store. (photo by @Nitro230)
Volcano Bay store. (photo by @Nitro230)

The areas for food and drink at Volcano Bay have similar rules. Social distancing markers have been placed on the ground.

Dancing Dragons bar. (photo by @Nitro230)

Menus are disposable.

Dancing Dragons menu. (photo by @Nitro230)

Tables and seating has been removed at the bar areas.

Dancing Dragons. (photo by @Nitro230)
Social distancing markers at restaurant. (photo by @Nitro230)

For things that can’t be cleaned constantly, they are made unavailable to guests. This can include entire locker areas or a single Coke Freestyle machine.

Coke Freestyle. (photo by @Nitro230)

I mentioned in the rides and slides section some of the cleaning procedures in place, and it’s a good thing to know that anything you use that may have been used by another guest has been thoroughly cleaned. Life vests, family tubes for slides, and even the personal tubes at the lazy river.

Volcano Bay cleaning. (photo by @Nitro230)

Going to a public area like a hotel or theme park during these “unprecedented times” is a personal decision. The safest decision is to stay home. But, if you are going to go out, there is some peace of mind in the procedures that the entire Universal Orlando Resort has put in place – including at Volcano Bay – make the entire experience as safe as it possibly can be.

So there you have it: The SATURDAY SIX spends a day at VOLCANO BAY! See you next weekend for the latest installment of the SATURDAY SIX, where we’ll look at something fun from the world of Disney and Universal. If you enjoyed yourself, be sure to check out The Magic, The Memories, and Merch! articles covering the latest from the Disney Outlet Stores. You can also follow Your Humble Author on Twitter (@derekburgan).

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Special Thanks to The Elite Brandon Glover, the bio-est of all reconstructs @bioreconstruct, Captain Cruiseline Scott Sanders of the world famous Disney Cruise Line Blog, my personal protege Hunter “Elvey” Underwood, the SAT SIX Fun Squad of Parkscope Joe and “the Dadalorian” Nick, hot shot Michael Carelli, charter member of the Universal Four @Nitro230, and Hermione Granger’s tutor Megan Stump for their invaluable assistance with this article. The SAT SIX is inspired each week by goofballs Aengus Mackenzie and LitemAndHyde and you Potterheads will  enjoy Meg’s other blog work over at the Central Florida Slug Club.

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5 thoughts on “The SATURDAY SIX Spends a Day at Universal’s VOLCANO BAY

  • June 27, 2020 at 8:37 pm
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    Given 4 days at Universal Orlando, I will spend 2 at Volcano Bay at 1 each at the other 2 parks. It’s that good.

    The Fearless River may be the greatest waterpark attraction in the country. I’ve spent hours in it.

    Honu (which is the turtle; Ika Moana is the whale) is a bonkers-good group raft slide. We tend to call it Big Blue, and it has earned more of our time than anything else in the park apart from the Fearless River.

    If you can handle Kala and Tai Nui, you can handle Ko’okiri. All of them have the heart-pounding trap-door start, but Ko’okiri is at least a straightforward drop to the bottom. The bends in Kala and Tai Nui make them more intense, in my experience. The first time I went down one of them (I forget which), I started to get a bit of a… ummm… “waterboarding” effect. The G-forces had my head pushed back and the slide was pushing water into my face. By the bottom, I was panicking a bit. I managed subsequent rides better, but be warned; Ko’okiri is the prerequisite for Kala and Tai Nui, not the other way around.

    Finally: the Toasted Coconut & Pineapple at this park’s bars is the best theme park cocktail I’ve had. It’s simple, it’s perfect for the setting, and it had me tracking down the toasted coconut rum used in it when I went home.

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  • June 27, 2020 at 10:38 pm
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    What day of the week did you go?
    What were the crowds like?
    Did they reach capacity when you were there?
    Was there a virtual line you had to tap into for all the rides or were some walk on?
    What was your longest wait?
    Did people respect the distancing when you were in line?

    This is a great and thorough review but it doesn’t differ much from any review pre-covid other than that they sanitize the life vests now and the preferred seating had empty seats.

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    • June 28, 2020 at 2:16 pm
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      I appreciate you taking the time to make this comment, and along with others on social media I realized that I should have gone more into that area and have added a lot more to the article. I went on a Thursday, but between myself and my friends we have gone every day of the week including several days where the park hit full capacity. For me personally, just about every ride was a Ride Now except the Aquacoaster later in the day. It hit 85 minutes. People were respecting social distancing throughout the park, which is tough to do when you have so many kids, but parents were good at making sure that the younger set stayed within the rules as much as possible.

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  • July 5, 2020 at 2:57 pm
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    Another brilliant article. Photography is e-ticket for sure. My main question, for a volcano bay vacation which resort is best? It looks like Sapphire Falls from things I’ve read but I’ve never been to Universal so I don’t have experience in the resorts. Food & drink plus pool bar would all be top considerations in the choice. Let me know your thoughts!

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    • July 6, 2020 at 12:09 am
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      Lot of factors can play into what is the “best.” Cabana Bay has a dedicated entrance to Volcano Bay along with some incredible views of the park in thier new towers. That said, if you are going to the rest of the Universal Orlando Resort you are regulated to busses. Aventura is incredibly close to the park, just seconds away, and might be a better choice for a “couples” vacation whereas Cabana Bay has a lot more family friendly amenities. Sapphire Falls – for me – hits the sweet spot of being close enough to volcano bay, some great amenities, and also has both bus and boat service to the rest of the resort. You basically can’t go wrong with any Universal hotel.

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