Just like at the other Universal Orlando parks, it’s important to be aware of the Volcano Bay height requirements before you even arrive at the park. I’ve always found that knowing what the kids can and cannot ride makes it easier to plan our day and also helps us to combat tears and frustration before we get there.
VOLCANO BAY ATTRACTIONS WITH NO HEIGHT REQUIREMENT
Kopiko Wai Winding River™: A favorite for our crew, this winding lazy river takes you through the park and there are plenty of water features to get you soaked.
Puka Uli Lagoon™ – kids under 48″ must wear Coast Guard-approved life vest: Designed for the little ones, this pool has plenty of water features and you can watch the Ohyah and Ohno riders as they splash into the pool
The Reef – kids under 48″ must wear Coast Guard-approved life vest: This pool is the perfect place to watch people take the Ko’okiri Body Plunge as the clear plexi tube travels through the pool.
Runamukka Reef™ – designed for kids under 54″: Another area designed for little ones, this play structure has geysers, water guns, and slides – and plenty of shade!
Tot Tiki Reef™ – designed for kids under 48″: This splash area is for the littlest kids and features tikis with fountains and a miniature water volcano.
Waturi Beach™ – kids under 48″ must wear Coast Guard-approved life vest: The most recognizable feature of Volcano Bay is definitely Waturi Beach at the base of Krakatau Volcano. This giant pool features waterfalls cascading into the lagoon and switches back and forth between calm waters and a wave pool.
MUST BE AT LEAST 42 INCHES
ika Moana of Honu ika Moana™: This is the green side of the Honu ika Moana slides and it features a five-person raft and plenty of twists and turns.
Krakatau™ Aqua Coaster: This four-person canoe travels through Krakatau Volcano and packs in plenty of thrills. It usually has one of the longest lines in the park so make sure to ride early and use your TapuTapu to hold your spot in line.
Maku Puihi Round Raft Rides™: On these six-person raft rides, travel through a volcanic gorge and spin around as you go down the canyon. With zero-gravity hang time and a funnel, these slides are thrilling!
Punga Racers™: Featuring four lanes, single riders twist and turn on these body slides.
Taniwha Tubes™: These four slides are great for single or double innertube riders but watch out for the spitting tiki statues!
TeAwa The Fearless River™: This isn’t your typical lazy river. The Fearless River is full of rapids and waves, and life jackets are required for everyone.
MUST BE AT LEAST 48 INCHES
Honu of Honu ika Moana™: This is the blue side of the Honu ika Moana slides and it also features a 5 person raft but you go high up on the sides of the massive walls.
Kala and Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides™: These two slides feature trap doors and intertwining tubes.
Ko’okiri Body Plunge™: With a 125 foot, 70-degree fall, this trap door slide is the tallest in the country. Ko’okiri Body Plunge often has one of the longest lines in the park so we recommend riding early – or getting in line right before closing if you only want to ride once.
Ohyah and Ohno Drop Slides™: Located in the Krakatau Volcano, these two slides end six feet above the water where you fall into the pool.
TIPS FOR DEALING WITH VOLCANO BAY HEIGHT REQUIREMENTS
- Most of the waterslides at Universal’s Volcano Bay have a height requirement to ensure guest safety.
- If your little one is close to a cut-off (42 and 48 inches at Volcano Bay), make sure to practice how to stand up straight before your trip. Kids need to actually bump their head on the measuring guide or be obviously taller than it in order to ride.
- Unfortunately, Volcano Bay does not offer Child Swap like the other Universal Orlando parks. But since there are virtual lines for most slides (set up with your TapuTapu at the slide), it’s easy enough to swap on your own.
- There is plenty for shorter kids to do at Volcano Bay – even more so than Universal Studios or Islands of Adventure. Waturi Beach and Kopiko Wai Winding River are both favorites in our house!