On this page in our OI Center, you’ll learn about the two central premium add-ons at Universal’s Volcano Bay. Since the water theme park heavily revolves around Virtual Lines for its attractions – having guests obtain return times for all the various rides – guests may need a little section of Volcano to call their own. This is where the private cabanas and Premium Seating come into play.
What is a private cabana?
Similar to the cabanas that are for rent at Universal Orlando’s various on-site hotels, Volcano Bay’s private cabanas are meant to be your home base of operations while splashing and playing with the Waturi. They come in one- or two-story varieties, are located all throughout the park, and have a bevy of furnishings:
- Towel service
- Padded lounge chairs
- Complimentary fruit and snack basket
- Small fridge (replete with bottled water)
- Concierge service
That last item is of particular note – it enables you to get any item from any of Volcano Bay’s four restaurants or two bars.
But that’s not all. As you first enter the water theme park, a concierge will greet you and escort you to your home-away-from-home for the day. And the greatest benefit of them all comes in the form of the Guest Experience Transformation (GET) tablet, which allows you to book and modify your place in all of the various attractions’ Virtual Lines right from the comfort of your cabana (that’s right – you don’t have to run all over the park swiping your TapuTapu at each individual slide’s TapTu Ride point).
We already assume that this will be the deal-maker for many a vacationer, just like how free Express Passes for staying at the three more expensive on-site hotels are the main draw for many guests there.
What is Premium Seating?
Whereas a cabana will entitle you to a sheltered area that you can call your own (well, for the day, at least), Premium Seating will nab you a stretch of real-estate – located in several different zones all throughout the water park – that will also be marked off just for you. Although it doesn’t come with an actual building to hide away in, it does come with a pair of padded loungers that are equipped with an adjustable shade canopy and a built-in storage lockbox. You’ll also receive an area attendant who will take your food and drink orders – and, yes, an escort who will show you where your reserved seating is when you first enter the park for the day.
How much does all of this cost?
How much you pay for a cabana depends on two factors: when you go and what kind of unit you’d prefer. A single cabana, which holds up to six people, comes in a couple of different flavors. A stand-alone building (for more privacy) or the ground floor of a two-story unit (for convenience and accessibility, though you’ll more than likely be sharing the second level with another group) both start at $159.99 and go all the way up to $449.99 per day. The upper level (which, Universal promises, will offer spectacular views) will cost you anywhere from $199.99 to $549.99.
A family suite cabana, meanwhile, holds up to 16 people and will automatically grant you a large stand-alone building. Pricing here starts at $299.99 and can reach at least $599.99.
(There are only 51 cabanas, which includes 10 tower units and only two[!] family units. This goes a long way to explaining the various price levels.)
Here’s a handy secret, however, for getting a nice little discount off of the cabanas: should one become available later on in the afternoon (when the previous occupants decide to leave the park earlier in the day), Universal will offer it to you with 30% off. It’s a bit of a gamble to see if a unit becomes available on the day of your visit, but it’s a nice reward, nonetheless, if you and your family are willing to take the risk. (Are you worried that the previous renters will want to come back, after all, and snatch the cabana away from you? Don’t be, as they can’t – they sign a document when departing that definitively states they won’t be returning.)
Finally, premium seating, which is also date-specific, ranges from $29.99 to $69.99 per day. Be careful on this point, however – that price includes two loungers, so don’t accidentally get double the amount you need (or want to spend).
Here are two important notes with this pricing. First and foremost, we strongly recommend that, if interested in either of these premium add-ons, you book them as early as you possibly can, preferably when you buy your theme and water park tickets; Universal clearly expects these items to sell out, particularly during the summer. And, secondly, if you need to cancel for any reason, you have 72 hours before the date of your reservation to do so.
We have a lot more information on Universal’s Volcano Bay. Choose the next page you wish to visit in the index below:
- Krakatau at Universal’s Volcano Bay
- Rainforest Village at Universal’s Volcano Bay
- Bambu (quick-service) at Universal’s Volcano Bay
- Kunuku Boat Bar at Universal’s Volcano Bay (full-service bar)
- Maku Puihi Round Raft Rides at Universal’s Volcano Bay
- Ohyah and Ohno Drop Slides at Universal’s Volcano Bay
- Puka Uli Lagoon at Universal’s Volcano Bay
- TeAwa the Fearless River at Universal’s Volcano Bay
- The Feasting Frog (quick-service) at Universal’s Volcano Bay
- Tonga and Raki of Taniwha Tubes at Universal’s Volcano Bay
- River Village at Universal’s Volcano Bay
- TapuTapu at Universal’s Volcano Bay – complete guide
- Universal’s Volcano Bay Tickets – complete guide
- Universal’s Volcano Bay Cabana Rentals – complete guide
- Wave Village at Universal’s Volcano Bay