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Volcano Bay vs Typhoon Lagoon – Which Water Park Is Best?

Volcano Bay and Typhoon Lagoon are two of Orlando’s most popular water parks, but which one’s best?

Volcano Bay is the best water park for adults and teens. Meanwhile, Typhoon Lagoon is better for families with tweens or younger children.

That being said, age isn’t all you should consider when deciding which Orlando water park to visit.

What’s the Difference Between Volcano Bay & Typhoon Lagoon?

The principles of Volcano Bay and Typhoon Lagoon are the same in that they are both water parks in Orlando. However, that’s about where the similarities of these two water parks end.

First, let’s talk ownership. Volcano Bay is owned by Universal and is part of the Universal Orlando Resort. Meanwhile, Typhoon Lagoon is owned by Disney and is part of the Walt Disney World Resort.

When it comes to age, Typhoon Lagoon is significantly older than Volcano Bay. Typhoon Lagoon opened in 1989. Meanwhile, Volcano Bay opened in the spring of 2017.

Typhoon Lagoon has undergone several refurbishments over the years. However, when it comes to ride design and technology, Volcano Bay wins hands down.

Which Water Park Has the Cheapest Tickets?

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon has cheaper tickets than Volcano Bay.

Tickets to Typhoon Lagoon cost between $64 and $79 for adults (aged 10+). However, Volcano Bay tickets cost between $80 and $110 for adults.

The exact price you pay for tickets to both Volcano Bay and Typhoon Lagoon depends on the time of year you visit. Tickets are sold using a dynamic pricing model and factor in the expected demand.

You can buy discounted tickets to Volcano Bay or Typhoon Lagoon as a ticket add-on.

If you’re visiting Walt Disney World, you can add an extra day at Typhoon Lagoon at a discount. Meanwhile, if you’re visiting Universal Orlando, you can add an extra day at Volcano Bay at a discount.

The exact discount varies on several factors, including:

  • The time of year you’re visiting
  • The number of days you’re increasing to

You can purchase this ticket add-on:

  • During the ticket-buying process
  • In advance of your visit by calling either Disney or Universal
  • During your visit by going to Guest Services for the respective destination

Which Water Park Has the Best Rides?

Volcano Bay has more and better water slides than Typhoon Lagoon.

At Typhoon Lagoon, there are:

  • 7 water slides
  • 1 small kid slide
  • 1 children’s splash zone
  • 1 lazy river
  • 1 wave pool

The biggest water slide at Typhoon Lagoon is Humunga Kowabunga, which has a near-vertical 54-foot drop in the dark!

Meanwhile, at Volcano Bay, there are:

  • 12 water slides
  • 1 small kid slide
  • 2 children’s splash zones
  • 2 lazy rivers
  • 1 wave pool

Volcano Bay is home to the tallest body slide in America, Ko’okiri Body Plunge. This ride sees you fall at a 70-degree angle through a drop door and down a 125-foot drop. Having been on this ride myself, I can tell you it’s not for the faint-hearted!

The intense, thrilling rides make Volcano Bay the water park of choice for teens and adults. However, there is still plenty to do with little ones here.

I visited the Universal Orlando Resort with my baby Oliver when he was 6 and 18 months old. We went to Volcano Bay during both visits and had a fantastic time. However, as Oliver begins to go on rides, we will start going to Typhoon Lagoon instead of Volcano Bay, as there are more rides here suitable for his height.

Both Volcano Bay and Typhoon Lagoon also have several shops and fast-food restaurants. Here, you can buy anything you forgot to pack, such as sunscreen or swimming costumes, as well as souvenirs.

For a guide on what to pack for each water park, be sure to check out my respective guides:

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