What to Expect at Volcano Bay with COVID-19 Restrictions
Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando has just announced that it’s reopening June 5th, 2020. As with all of travel and life as we’re figuring out best practices for the coronavirus and COVID-19, there will be changes. And these changes will change as time goes on! But for now, you should expect:
Modified Opening Hours at Volcano Bay
Volcano Bay will be open daily from 10am to 5pm. The other Universal parks will be open until 6pm, and Universal CityWalk will be open until 10pm.
Volcano Bay Capacity Will Be 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 Will Be Limited
Every attraction will limit 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 Face Masks: Face Coverings Will Be Required – But Not on Rides
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.
A Temperature Check Will Be Required
There will be 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 Will Be in Effect
As with everywhere else, try not to get within six feet of others. Beach chair setup and lines at rides will reflect this new reality. Lifeguards will enforce 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 will be hand sanitizer at ride locations.
Please don’t be mean or rude to staff members who are enforcing mask and distancing guidelines right now. This is just the start of a new normal and it will require some adjustments.
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?