The Unofficial Guide to a Socially Distanced Universal Orlando: Volcano Bay

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Today, we conclude our Unofficial Guide to a Socially Distanced Universal Orlando by diving into Volcano Bay for a look at how Universal’s water theme park is welcoming guests with new safety precautions.

Socially Distanced Volcano Bay
Learn how the Volcano Bay water park can combine sun and surf with social distancing in the last installment of our Unofficial Guide to a Socially Distanced Universal Orlando. (Photos/videos by Seth Kubersky)

Bus transportation to Volcano Bay will be available from the lowest level of the parking garage or directly from resort hotels. All guests will have their temperature checked before boarding.

While traveling to the park, televisions previously used to explain the TapuTapu system will instead display safety information.

At the park entrance, socially distanced queues lead to TapuTapu distribution parks.

You’ll still display your park admission but won’t be required to scan your finger.

Whether you are relaxing in the wave pool, or braving the slides at Volcano Bay, you won’t be permitted to wear a face mask while in the water.

However, face masks are still required outside the water whenever you visit a shop, restaurant, or restroom, or otherwise can’t socially distance.

As always, the TapuTapu system helps regulate guests entering the ride queues, which will sport social distancing floor markers.

Rider capacity will be reduced on raft rides to avoid grouping unrelated parties. This means that single riders will not be able to enjoy certain slides that require multiple passengers, including Honu ika Moana and Maku Puihi.

The number of flotation devices in the lazy and fast rivers will also be reduced, and chlorinated water will be used to clean rafts and life vests after each guest.

Tapu Tapu wristbands are also disinfected between users.

Some lounge chairs will be removed, and the remainder will be grouped into clusters so that your party can sit together with at least 6-foot spacing between strangers.

Select locker facilities will be closed, and employees will regulate access to those that are open. Select restaurants and bars at Volcano Bay will also be closed.

Some restaurants and bars will be closed. To avoid crowds at the ones that remain operational, we strongly suggest you use Mobile Ordering at mealtime, and plan to eat lunch early (before 11 a.m.) or late (after 2 p.m.).

Social distancing markers designate standing spaces in the exit tunnel leading back to the buses, but this area may be overloaded at closing time or during a downpour. Bypass the backup by walking to Cabana Bay or Aventura and taking a bus back to the parking garage.

Now, take a virtual visit to the socially distanced Volcano Bay with this video:

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