Universal Parkgoers Share Some Totally Over-The-Top Volcano Bay Experiences, And Gross If True

Universal's Volcano Bay great view of Volcano.
(Image credit: Jessica Rawden)

Water parks are usually a fun way to beat the heat but anytime you’re dealing with large amounts of water that people are going to share, there are going to be hygiene issues to consider, and if one Reddit thread is to be believed (and I really hope it's not) Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort has been home to some fairly disgusting moments from time to time.

The thread on Reddit started with a post about how, it’s simply common courtesy, not not to have your kid pee in front of the wave pool. This is something I think ew can probably all agree on, right? They posted,

Don’t let your 2 yo drop pants and pee on the peach in front of the wave pool. “When they need to go they need to go”

It’s one thing to know that there are probably kids relieving themselves in the water of Volcano Bay as a theoretical concept. It’s quite another to apparently see it actually happening, as this was apparently done quite publicly where people could see.

However, this initial post opened the floodgates of apparently terrible behavior, which theme parks are used to seeing to be honest, including one person reportedly using a water feature to wash out a diaper bag. Which, unsurprisingly, caused a massive shut down of the area so the water could be treated.

Don’t wash your diaper bag out in the water feature within the kids play area. Just because you don’t want poop remnants in your bag doesn’t mean we want poop in the water! (This actually happened, and the lifeguards had to close and evacuate the area while the water was treated)

It used to be that the only reasons we’d see water parks shut down was because it was too cold, as happened to Disney World’s Typhoon Lagoon, and the beginning of the year. Cold does happen in Florida from time to time. While this is not the worst water park tragedy at a Florida theme park in recent years, it is pretty terrible to have to read about.

But not every disgusting circumstance involves kids and their bodily fluids invading the pools of water. Another Redditer who apparently used to work at Volcano Bay says that there's apparently a lot of sex happening in the restrooms which...is just an entirely different sort of gross. The rest of us have to use those.

Dont use the companion restrooms to fuck, I used to work there and you see that ALOT

On the one hand, it would be easy to say “Hey, this is Reddit, and not everything you see there is true.” We probably would want to say that, because we don’t want to believe any of this. At the same time, we’ve probably all seen our share of bad behavior at water parks and public pools, and while these might be extreme examples of that, they’re not necessarily extreme enough to believe they’re impossible.

And of course, while it’s easy to blame kids for some of these incidents, it should be pointed out that parents are really the clueless ones in these situations. They’re the ones washing out diaper bags and allowing their kids to do some of this stuff. A lot of other incidents that people bring up in the thread are parents treating their kids pretty terribly. By the end you feel bad about the kids. 

Hopefully you will have some fun at a water park this summer and you won’t need to deal with this sort of behavior from kids or their parents. But maybe check out the other people in the pool first. 

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.