Universal's new water park to utilize wearable technology

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The Krakatau Aqua Coaster will be a trackless ride through the park's 200-foot-high volcano.
The Krakatau Aqua Coaster will be a trackless ride through the park's 200-foot-high volcano.

When it opens next summer, guests at Universal Orlando's Volcano Bay water park will wear a high-tech bracelet, called a "TapuTapu," which allows them to avoid long lines, Universal said.

The bracelet, Universal said, "will redefine the way guests experience water parks."

The bracelets will be issued to Volcano Bay guests as part of admission. Then, with what Universal describes as "a simple tap," they can put themselves in a virtual line for the attraction of their choice while enjoying other portions of the park. When the time comes to board the ride, guests will be alerted by the bracelet, similar in some respects to the manner in which many restaurants alert diners that their table is ready.

The TapuTapu will also offer what Universal calls "tap to play" experiences throughout the park. For example, with a tap of the bracelet, guests will be able to trigger special effects such as shooting water cannons at guests on the park's winding river ride.

Tickets for Volcano Bay will go on sale Nov. 15.
Tickets for Volcano Bay will go on sale Nov. 15.

Along with the explanation on how it intends to offer Volcano Bay patrons an experience clear of long lines, Universal announced Thursday that tickets for Volcano Bay will go on sale Nov. 15.

Universal revealed details about the ride that is destined to be Volcano Bay's signature attraction. The Krakatau Aqua Coaster will be a trackless ride through the park's 200-foot-high Krakatau volcano.

Guests will be propelled both downward and upward on canoes that twist and turn through the peaks, valleys and dark passageways.

Universal has released the Volcano Bay Training Series for travel agents. (See video below.)

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