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13 Ways to Play While Virtually Waiting in Line at Universal’s Volcano Bay

June 15, 2017
13 Ways to Play While Waiting in Virtual Line at Universal's Volcano Bay.

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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 ways to take advantage of all the extra time you’ll have while not standing in long lines…

1. Hang out at Waturi Beach

Enjoy the waves in the Waturi Pool at Universal's Volcano Bay.

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

Take a stroll under the mighty Krakatau at Universal's Volcano Bay.

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


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

Enjoy tropical cuisine at Universal's Volcano Bay.

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”


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


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


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


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

Enjoy one of the 12 signature drinks at Universal's Volcano Bay.

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


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

Universal's Volcano Bay Merchandise

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


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


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.

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  • Reply Angie June 16, 2017 at 1:59 am

    But how do we get a cabana rental before we go?

    • Reply Maria June 17, 2017 at 5:27 pm

      Under number 12, click on the blue text that says “reserve one before you arrive”.

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