This past summer, Universal Orlando opened its gates to the most incredible and advanced water theme park I have ever seen. It is no wonder this is a very popular (and very crowded) park! Here are three tips to enjoy your experience and dodge some of the crazy crowds.
Tip #1 When Should I Get There? I have three very different recommendations on when to arrive to make sure you get in and not have to deal with horrible lines. Your best bet is to arrive at the park opening and claim your chair at Waturi Beach. This works even better if you are staying on-site and eligible for Early Morning Hours. You will be guaranteed entry and will have your choice of chairs and the best view of the breathtaking volcano. My second recommendation is after 4 pm. Guests that have arrived in the morning are exhausted, sunburned, and ready to leave, which means you will be walking into an empty park. Similar to this strategy is a little more spontaneous, but very effective. See a thunderstorm coming? If it is just one of those short Florida bursts, head over to Volcano Bay! Most guests will not wait out the storm, and again, you will be walking into an empty park.
What to Avoid: Definitely do not try to arrive between 10 am-2 pm since they have been closing the due to capacity, you would be risking being turned away at the gate.
Tip #2 – Use Tapu Tapu Wisely: Tapu Tapu is incredible technology launched by Universal to help you avoid standing in line for long periods of time. You will receive your Tapu Tapu when you go through the entrance and feels like an Apple Watch. To use, you will go to any of the rides with a wait time listed and tap your band. Your Tapu Tapu will buzz when it is time for you to ride. To make the best use, go to the most popular ride in the park (Krakatau Aqua Coaster) and tap for your wait time, then go find rides with signs that say “Ride Now.” Tapu Tapu will hold your place in like for the Krakatau Aqua Coaster while you ride other lines, experience the lazy rivers, explore the caves or lay out on the beach. While this doesn’t completely cut out standing in line, it does help you enjoy more during your day.
What to Avoid: Don’t do a “Ride Now” without first tapping for one of the more popular rides. Virtual lines fill up, too, and that can cause you to miss a ride you really want to do.
Tip #3 Lockers and Credit Cards: Right when you enter, test up your credit card to link your Tapu Tapu on the Universal Orlando app (you can pay for stuff with this, too with Taptu Pay!). Next, take the path to the right to the very last lockers on the right-hand side and rent a locker for the day. These lockers will be the least crowded and in a more convenient location to the slides and restaurants. Tapu Tapu actually controls your locker, too!
What to Avoid: Don’t go to the first locker area. This is the most crowded and chaotic area of the entire park.
To add Volcano Bay to your Universal package, contact your Me and The Mouse specialist.