Traditionally, waterparks are not known for their food and it’s been less than stellar. I’m happy to say that Orlando’s newest waterpark, Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay, has plenty of great food options for guests. From delicious cool treats to gourmet sandwiches, you’ll love the Volcano Bay food options!
I love that Universal Orlando is so considerate of guest needs. Even with casual waterpark dining atmosphere, they do a stellar job to ensure there’s adequate options that are allergy-friendly and gluten-free. You can even find kosher options available as well. You won’t go hungry with all of the South Pacific inspired cuisine options (and plenty of American classics).
Outside food is discouraged and security will confiscate any alcohol (glass bottles) that are brought into the water park for safety issues.
Volcano Bay Food & Drink: Everything You Need To Know
You can definitely plan ahead for your trip to Volcano Bay and even budget your food & drink costs. Universal offers multiple ways to save money and even a way to make it easy to pay, without carrying cash. Whether you want to find a spot at one of their bars or grab a cool treat on a summer day, I’ve got everything you need to know before your trip.
Volcano Bay Food Descriptions & Locations
It’s easy to find great eats scattered around the park. The design of the park allows guests easy access to food locations without having to walk far. All of the dining options are quick-service style restaurants with outdoor seating in shaded areas. Guests are also allowed to bring food & drink back to their lounge chairs or cabana.
Hand-crafted burgers, fish sandwiches and flatbread pizzas are a few of the options you can find throughout the park. They also offer a lot of tropical fusion options – like Jerk Mac n Cheese.
Here are the food options throughout the park:
- Whakawaiwai Eats (located in the River Village) – Serving BBQ Chicken Pizza, Tropical Baby Greens salad, Hawaiian Pizza, Specialty Foot-Long Hot Dogs on Pretzel Buns, Jerk Mac & Cheese and fresh fruit.
- The Feasting Frog (located in The Rainforest Village) – Serving Poke Poke Bowls, Taco Sampler, Plantain Chips and Guacamole.
- Kohola Reef Restaurant & Social Club (located in The Wave Village) – Serving Mango BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches, tasty Quinoa Edamame Burg-ers, crunchy Coconut Crusted Fried Chicken and flatbread pizzas.
- Bambu (located in The Rainforest Village) – serving chef-crafted burgers, fish and chicken sandwiches, as well as chicken tenders and fresh salads.
These locations serve during both lunch and dinner hours. I find that they offer many vegetation, light and healthy options as well. Most of the entrees were prices between $8 – $15 with the half rack of ribs and fish being on the highest end.
The quick service food locations serve alcoholic beverages for guests ages 21+, with proper identification. Coco-Cola Freestyle machines are also available.
Volcano Bay Food For Kids
If you’ve got picky kids, Volcano Bay offers all of the food that kids want. Kids meals include a main dish, side and a drink ($7.99). Macaroni and Cheese, Chicken Fingers, Hamburgers and Grilled Cheese are a few of the Volcano Bay kids meals that can be found around the water park. The portions are very generous, if you’ve got kids that are willing to split meals too.
Volcano Bay Refillable Mug
If you’re looking to save money on your drink purchases. Consider buying a Volcano Bay refillable drink mug. For a flat rate per size, guest are allowed to come back to refill their mug with any Coco-Cola Freestyle or ICEE flavor. You’re purchasing the refillable mug for the duration of your stay. So you can’t save the mug and reuse it on a future vacation. However, you can add an extra day for $7.99
- Volcano Bay Refillable Drink Mug Prices – Each mug costs $15.99 per day. The more mugs you purchase the more you save. The cost of 2 mugs is $14.99 per day and 3-6 mugs cost only $12.99 per day.
Volcano Bay Desserts & Ice Cream
There are several fan-favorite dessert options that will satisfy any sweet tooth! The Kahola Reef Restaurant & Social Club offer a Volcano Lava Chocolate Cake. It’s the dessert that mimics the theme park’s central Krakatau volcano – but this one erupts with molten chocolate.
One hot summer Florida day, ice cream is a must-have to cool off. The beautiful Waturi Fusion Ice Cream tastes as good as it looks. The rainbow treat is made up of colorful swirls of banana, blue raspberry, strawberry and orange ice cream flavors. You see photos of this ice cream the most on Instagram – it’s a crowd favorite!
Volcano Bay Alcohol: Cocktails, Policies & Prices
Head to either of Volcano Bay’s two bar locations for some refreshing tropical cocktails. Dancing Dragons Boat Bar is my particular favorite, as they’ll make any alcoholic concoction that you can think of. Non-alcoholic frozen drinks are also available at the bars, but kids are prohibited from sitting in the bar area.
Try one of their menu items, which features frozen specialties, cocktails on the rocks, draft beers and fountain sodas. Two drinks are allowed per ID and they do check ID regardless of age. Volcano Bay takes this alcohol policy very seriously, for guest safety.
How To Purchase The Universal Orlando Dining Plan
2022 Update: Universal Orlando has unfortunately canceled all new dining plans as of July 2021. There has been no update regarding if the 2022 Universal dining plan will be returning and all information has been deleted from the official website. We have left the information below up just incase Universal does decide to bring back the dining plan some time in the future.
Past Universal Orlando Dining Plan Pricing
There are over 100 participating locations that utilize the Universal Orlando Dining Plan, between the theme parks, resorts at CityWalk. The Universal Orlando Dining Plan is available for pre-purchase when you buy a Vacation Package or at the Universal Orlando Ticket Desk for resort guests.
With the Universal Dining Plan, you can pick from three options: Quick-Service, Universal Dining Plan or Quick-Service + Coca-Cola freestyle Souvenir Cup.
- Universal Dining Plan: Only available for pre-purchase with a vacation package & price is part of package. Includes per day – one full service meal, 1 quick service meal, 1 snack, 1 non-alcoholic beverage.
- Universal Dining Plan Quick Service: Includes per day – one quick service meal, one snack and one non-alcoholic beverage. It’s available to purchase during Halloween Horror Nights. Cost is $23.99 + tax per adult per day.
- Universal Dining Plan Quick Service With Coca-Cola Freestyle: Includes per day – one quick service meal, one snack, one day unlimited Coca-Cola Freestyle Beverage. It’s available during Halloween Horror Nights. Cost is $29.99 + tax per adult per day.
The dining plan can really save you money, especially if you have a large party that you’re traveling with. Some guests like to opt of the dining plan because it’s too much food – so that’s something to think about as well.
Overall, I’d rate the Volcano Bay food high when it comes to comparing it to your typical water park cuisine. You don’t have to fret about not finding something you like because they’ve got so many options. Of course, you can always save your appetite for CityWalk if you want nicer sit-down options.