I’ve tried my best to do my homework and educate myself but some info I couldn’t nail down. We’ll be at VB on Thu, 8/25. We have a cabana. We are staying on site at Royal Pacific and have early entry. Plan right now is to open and close it and spend all day there. I’ve read about and understand the Tapu system. No VB express passes.
I think I have 3 main questions - early entry plan, cabana location, how to get the most out of the morning.
Early Entry plan. I found one forum post, about a year old, talking about a miserable experience for trying to get situated with a cabana and losing valuable early entry time. Someone even said to skip claiming the cabana first thing. To go and ride those premier slides during early entry and come back later to claim the cabana. Is that for real? I’m hoping Uni has this figured out better and can get earlier arrivers all set up BEFORE early entry begins? Anybody have recent experience here or tips to share?
Cabana locations. I’ve studied the map from this post - Volcano Bay Cabana Locations. I think I remember Uni asking me which cabana style I preferred when I reserved it. But that was a couple months ago. I think I told them “standalone single”. This map only lists 4 standalone single locations. Two are in the kiddie zone. That would be great for my DS7 maybe but not for the rest of us. I think those two locations would be at the bottom of my list. Those were 11 and 12. That leaves 8 or 22? Anybody have preference here? And if I’m early enough, I wonder if the TM’s would allow me to switch to a lower / upper if they have not yet been claimed. Any advice for cabana location for 2 adults, DS’s of 14/11/7? We would make the best of anything but with this being our first time at VB, I wouldn’t mind something sorta private but also decent for people / park watching.
Say we nail down #1 and #2 above, I’ve come to understand this should be the order we ride for early entry:
- Krakatau Aqua Coaster
- Ko’okiri Body Plunge
- Honu of the Honu Ika Moana
- Ohyah of Ohyah & Ohno Drop Slides
- Ohno of Ohyah & Ohno Drop Slides
- ika Moana of the Honu ika Moana
- Punga Racers (once we get into regular park open / not on EE list)
We good here?
Does anybody have a spreadsheet/document for each slide with info? Maybe I only need to know what my DS7 should avoid? We are all strong swimmers and I’m not worried about my other two boys. They might be scared by some of the rides and choose not to go on them. But I’m not worried about their survival skills. My DS7 can swim without a jacket but the drop slides into 10ft of water might be a little too much for us to watch!
If we do manage to complete the entire open to close day, are there any slides to redo the last hour of park open? Same list as above?