What to Expect at Volcano Bay with COVID-19 Restrictions
Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando just reopened on June 5th, 2020. As with all of travel and life as we’re figuring out best practices for the coronavirus and COVID-19, there are changes. And there will be more changes in the future. But for now, you should expect:
Modified Opening Hours at Volcano Bay
Volcano Bay is open daily from 10am to 5pm. The other Universal parks are open until 6pm, and Universal CityWalk will be open until 10pm.
Volcano Bay Capacity Is Limited
Universal hasn’t said exactly how much they are reducing capacity, but if you’re able to get in, the reduced capacity is a good thing. Have fun with fewer people around.
Ride Capacity Is Limited
Every attraction is limiting the number of people at any one time, including pools and rivers. And you won’t be paired up with others on multi-person rafts – it will just be individual family/friend groups.
Some Rides May Not Be Open
Universal isn’t being specific on this, but if there are rides at Volcano Bay or the other parks that they don’t feel can be operated within their new COVID-19 guidelines/requirements, they’re going to hold off reopening those for now.
Volcano Bay Masks: Face Coverings Are Required, but Not on Rides
Officially: Bring a face mask, or you’ll be able to purchase one in the entrance area. These are required when you are unable to socially distance. Face masks are not required (or allowed) on rides and slides or in the pools.
Unofficially: Friends have reported that really the masks are just needed on transportation to Volcano Bay, when you’re going through the entrance, and when you’re anywhere near restaurants and food stations. People are generally not wearing masks otherwise, including when walking to/from rides.
A Temperature Check Is Required
There is a touchless temperature scanning before you’re admitted to Volcano Bay. If you’re 100.4 degrees or higher you will not be admitted.
But really, if you or anyone you’re with isn’t feeling well, don’t go to the parks in the first place. Wait until you’re healthy and you know you’re not going to be possibly infecting others. Please!
Physical Distancing Is In Effect
As with everywhere else, try not to get within six feet of others. Beach chair setup and lines at rides reflect this new reality. Lifeguards are enforcing distancing in the water.
Keep Your Hands Clean
You’ve gotten used to this the past few months, so keep going with it. Wash your hands often (20 seconds is the current guideline) and use hand sanitizer. There is hand sanitizer at some ride locations.
Please don’t be mean or rude to staff members who are enforcing Volcano Bay mask and distancing guidelines. This is just the start of a new normal and it will require some adjustments. Everyone wants to maintain a healthy environment. Try not to get frustrated.
Your Volcano Bay Feedback
Have you visited Volcano Bay with COVID-19 guidelines in effect? What did you think of the new procedures? Did the reduced capacity make up for the distancing and Volcano Bay face mask requirements?
Other Volcano Bay Links
- Universal’s COVID-19 Reopening FAQ
- Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando: What You Need to Know
- What Can I Take Into Volcano Bay?