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Universal Orlando teases 'aqua coaster' and wearable technology at new Volcano Bay water park (w/video)



That towering volcano shell being built along Interstate 4 in Orlando is gearing up to be the main attraction of Universal's Volcano Bay water park, set to open in spring of 2017.

Spread out over 30 acres, Volcano Bay will have winding rivers, twisting raft rides, wave pools, beaches and plunging body slides. All of it is created in the spirit of the fabled Waturi Islanders of the Pacific who believed "water is life, and life is joy."

Universal just announced details of its Krakatau Aqua Coaster, which takes riders in specially-designed canoes through the peaks and valleys of that 200-foot volcano we mentioned earlier, plunging upwards, downwards and through glittery waterfalls.

It's hard to imagine a roller coaster in a water park, but Universal is making it happen.

On the side of making theme parks easier and more accessible, Universal also announced the TapuTapu wearable, given to each guest upon entering the park. You won't see displays of line times or guests carrying cumbersome rafts around Volcano Bay.

The goal of the TapuTapu is to combine a bit of technology to make the water park experience more enjoyable  and to seriously cut down on the time spent waiting in line.

Sounding similar to Disney's FastPass system, the wearable lets guests virtually wait in line while they play in other parts of the park. The wearable then lets users know when it's time for their next ride.

The TapuTapu also has a tap-to-play function, allowing wearers to to do things like unleash water cannon streams, illuminate images on the volcano walls and control water spurts from the whales in Tot Tiki Reef.

Volcano Bay doesn't open until next year, but those seeking to take the plunge first can purchase tickets starting November 15. Those interested in Volcano Bay and purchasing tickets can sign up for email alerts at



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