It may seem hard to believe, but we are now only about half a year away from the grand opening of Volcano Bay, Universal Orlando Resort's upcoming not-a-water-park water park. And while we still have a lot of questions about how Universal’s revolutionary new Tapu Tapu system will work (and how Universal will handle all the guests not standing in line at this park), those who want to be among the first to experience this new park can now purchase tickets that can be used for admission to Volcano Bay beginning June 1, 2017. But most are probably going to want to pass on this initial opportunity to secure their spot at this brand new park. And here’s why:
1. Want to get in early? You’re going to need a multi-day park ticket
The only way right now to secure admission in advance for Universal's Volcano Bay is to buy a multi-day theme park ticket to Universal Orlando Resort and use one of your days for this water park. Interestingly, you cannot buy a one or two day ticket for use at Volcano Bay, as these only include admission to Universal Studios Florida and/or Islands of Adventure. However, if you purchase a 3-5 day ticket, you can use a single one of your days at Volcano Bay. However, before you grab your wallet, there's a big restriction you should know about:
If you are looking to use any kind of discount here, you are out of luck. Though you can purchase 1-5 multi-day day admission tickets at discounted rates if you are a Florida resident (or have a specific promo code), no discounted tickets include Volcano Bay admission at the moment.
Unfortunately, this means that the least expensive option for those who want to be among the first to experience the cutting edge attractions of Volcano Bay is a full-price three-day ticket that includes one park per day, which costs a whopping $245 per person. And if you are a frequent Universal Orlando Resort visitor or annual passholder, this is a pretty steep price to pay just to enter one park. Especially since the first days of this park's operation might be a little rocky...
2. Capacity issues are likely going to complicate admission early on
Though it may seem weird that Universal is only allowing guests to secure entry to Volcano Bay via their most expensive ticket types, when we look at some recent announcements regarding this park, Universal’s strategy becomes a little bit more clear.
Because Universal’s Volcano Bay will not feature any queue lines (thanks to the newly-developed Tapu Tapu technology) capacity will need to be tightly controlled in order for every guest to get equal opportunity to experience all of the attractions at this new park. Because there is no stand-by line at all, if this park gets overcrowded, guests may only be able to select from a handful of attractions to experience as wait times balloon and common areas (where these guests will presumably wait) fill up. And when guests are paying a hefty sum for admission, the last thing Universal wants is complaints about not getting value for money. And that's where this early ticket purchase policy comes into play.
By restricting admission early on to the most expensive multi-day tickets, Universal can spread out the initial swell of guest levels at this park and also discourage visits from those who are looking to visit multiple times over a short amount of time (like annual passholders). However, even though Universal may be trying to limit access to this park in its early days, a plan is already coming together for the future of this park...