Volcano Bay removes almost 30 food choices

Volcano Bay removes almost 30 food choices

Volcano Bay removes almost 30 food choices

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Universal’s Volcano Bay has removed roughly 28 menu items from the restaurants across the park, Orlando Informer has learned. Four new items have been introduced to replace the removed items.

When it opened in May, Volcano Bay featured far superior food offerings when compared to Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure. This change begins to make the offerings more comparable to the other parks.

Items that were removed include a variety of tacos, Poke Poke Bowls, a large amount of specialty burgers, most barbecue options, glazed chicken, ribs, mahi sandwiches, and more. Hot dogs, corn dogs, loaded nachos, and a bacon cheeseburger have been added to fill the void of these 28 removals.

More healthy choices, such as the variety of salads and wraps, seem to be the area of the offerings least modified. Volcano Bay’s six salad options, sushi, turkey wrap, veggie wrap, and more continue to be served.

Poke Poke Bowl formerly offered at Universal's Volcano Bay
Poke Poke Bowl formerly offered at Universal’s Volcano Bay

It’s currently unclear if the menu for private cabanas has changed as well. The menu featured multiple exclusive options.

As for why the decision was made, it is likely that a smaller menu will allow for more efficient service and help guests choose what to order faster. This should keep lines at all food venues as short as possible.

You can find a full list of what has been removed and added to each restaurant below. Visit Orlando Informer’s guide to Volcano Bay for everything you need to know before you visit.

Guava Tapioca Pudding formerly from Kohola Reef Restaurant and Social Club at Universal's Volcano Bay
Guava Tapioca Pudding formerly from Kohola Reef Restaurant and Social Club at Universal’s Volcano Bay

The Feasting Frog Tacos

Removed

Carne Asada Taco – $8.99 – Grilled skirt steak, guacamole, cilantro, diced onions

Pulled Chicken Mole Taco – $8.99 – Chicken, queso fresco, cilantro, diced onions

Chipotle Firecracker Shrimp Taco – $8.99 – Tender shrimp, pineapple salsa, topped with jicama slaw

Poke Poke Bowl – $11.99 – Ahi tuna tossed in soy honey vinaigrette, with plantain chips

Sides – $3.99 – Plantain chips and guacamole

Added

Foot Long Hot Dog & Chips Combo $11.69

Loaded Nachos – $8.99 – Topped with chili, cheese, sour cream, and jalapenos

Foot Long Corndog & Chips Combo $10.49

Note: Feasting Frog’s Taco Sampler is still listed online, but not in the park. It’s unclear if this has been removed, but it is likely.

See Feasting Frog’s full menu

Bambu

Removed

Reka Burger – $13.49 – Pepper Jack cheese, bacon, and caramelized onions topped with pickles and mango BBQ sauce on a Hawaiian-style bun with fries

Bambu Burger – $14.49 – Cheddar cheese, fresh slaw, fried onion crisps, and avocado mayo on a Hawaiian-style bun with fries

Quinoa Edamame Burger – $13.49 – Topped with roasted shiitake mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, and sriracha mayo with fries

Foot-Long Pretzel Dog – $12.99 – Foot-long hot dog, pineapple salsa, and bacon on a toasted pretzel bun with fries

Added

Bacon Cheeseburger – $11.99 – On a Hawaiian style bun with fries

See Bambu’s full menu

Whakawaiwai Eats

Removed

Island BBQ Chicken Pizza – $10.99 – Diced chicken, mango barbeque sauce, and red onions topped with gouda cheese

Pretzel Dog – $12.99 – Foot-long hot dog, pineapple salsa, and bacon on a toasted pretzel bun, served with chips

Classic Mac and Cheese – $9.99 – Pasta shells in a creamy white cheddar cheese sauce

Kids Peanut Butter and Jelly – Served with carrot sticks and applesauce

Kids Hot Dog – Served with carrot sticks and applesauce

Kids Mac and Cheese – Served with carrot sticks and applesauce

Protein Box

Added

Nothing

See Whakawaiwai Eats’ full menu

Kohola Reef Restaurant & Social Club

Removed

Hawaiian Ribs – $16.99 – Slow-smoked glazed ribs, served with boniato mash, sweet plantains, and cucumber mango basil slaw

Smoked Glazed Chicken -$12.99 – Tamarind-glazed chicken served with coconut rice, sweet plantains, and cucumber mango basil slaw

Chicken and Ribs Platter – $15.99

Kohola Burger – $14.99 – Crispy-fried onions, pickled jalapenos, fresh cabbage, mango basil slaw, and avocado mayo on a Hawaiian-style bun with fries

Belly Burger – $14.99 – Schezuan-glazed pork belly and caramelized onions topped with fresh cucumber mango basil slaw, lettuce, and tomato, with fries

Kohola Chicken Sandwich – $11.49 – Tandoori-marinated chicken, cucumber mango basil slaw, lettuce, tomato, and avocado mayo on a toasted Hawaiian-style bun with fries

Jerk Mahi Sandwich – $14.99 – Jerk-seasoned mahi mahi, cucumber mango basil slaw, lettuce, tomato, and sriracha mayo on coconut bread with vegetable chips

Hawaiian Longboard Pizza – $10.99 – Caramelized pineapple, sliced Hawaiian ham, and pickled jalapenos

Black Bean Soup (side)

White Rice (side)

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Guava Tapioca Pudding

Added

Bacon Cheeseburger – $11.99 – On a Hawaiian style bun with fries

See Kohola Reef’s full menu

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Ryan S
Guest

In other words, changes made after designers and creators with no operations experience bring reality check to Volcano Bay.

Next step forward is abondoning TapuTapu.

Then finish the theming and detail promised.

Claudia Cano
Guest

Nooo why they do that!!??? That was one of the things we love more about the park than all the other parks we been too their Food!!! :-/ Not fair at all, on top that we didn’t like at all the time watch for the rides since it was so long of a wait now this SMH!!! And this is not even its first year yet!!!!

Jenn Coniglio
Guest

I was there Friday july 28th and had a bacon cheeseburger. It cost $11.99 the bacon was hard as a rock the berger was dry and no seasonings so it had no flavor. The top of the bun was hard. A mcDonalds quarter pounder was better then this berger.

Will
Guest
After loads and loads of hoopla about how vital and thematic it was for Volcano Bay to have its own cuisine! After vlogger special tasting sessions streaming up the wazoo! After endless video clips of the menu designer comparing the food creations to that of the Wizarding World. I cannot believe this. This is supremely disappointing. If there are long lines, slot in another restaurant for crying out loud! Maybe a super quick service burger shack. Clearly, with people not standing in line for slides, more people are going to be wandering about and wanting food. Don’t decimate the menu… Read more »
Kim
Guest

And yet I just received an email from Universal 24 HOURS AGO, advertising all of those food options and how the food choices at VB are a destination themselves. What’s going on?

ROBYN MUROV
Guest

I totally agree, and that’s not at all like Universal to throw in the towel so early. Something very odd about that. And why would they get rid of Mac n’cheese and all the kids meals? They sound delicious!! And replaced with nothing more than carnival food? Again, very odd and disappointing.

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