Lonely Planet Writer

Universal Orlando’s newly opened Volcano Bay allows guests to wait in line virtually

Today marks the much-anticipated opening of Volcano Bay, Universal Orlando’s gigantic tropical themed water park. As well as featuring dozens of exciting rides and experiences, the park boasts a futuristic wearable system that allows guests to wait in line virtually and pay for services simply by swiping the wristband.

Universal Orlando's Volcano Bay lit up at night with lava
The theme park’s centrepiece is Krakatua, a 200-foot high volcano with rides inside. Image by Universal Orlando

The crown jewel of Volcano Bay is the island’s centrepiece, Krakatua, a 200-foot high leviathan that streams waterfalls by day and a fiery lava effect by night. A selection of water slides are located below it, and guests can also take trips on the Krakatua Aqua Coaster, a series of four-person canoes that twist and turn inside the huge volcano.

TapuTapu is a smart wearable payment system at Universal Orlando's Volcano Bay
TapuTapu is a smart wearable payment system that also allows guests to interact with the park. Image by Universal Orlando

Other rides include a multi-directional wave pool with sandy beaches, a peaceful winding river, twisting multi-person raft rides, as well as a 70-degree drop from a height of 125 feet into the waters below.

Krakatua as Universal Orlando's newly opened Volcano Bay water park
Volcano Bay features dozens of rides and attractions across its 30-acre site. Image by Universal Orlando

Guests to the theme park will receive TapuTapu, a waterproof smart wristband that makes queuing for attractions a thing of the past, by alerting them when their turn has come. The device also triggers a number of special effects and interactive features across the 30-acre site. Visitors can control streams of water that spurt from whales in the reed, water cannons on the Kopiki Wai Winding River as well as the illuminated images inside the volcano’s hidden caves.

TapuTapu also allows guests to sync interactive photos taken at the park to an account for easy access as well as working as a payment system, eliminating the need to carry cash or card. A range of dining options are located on the site, with themed restaurants at the park’s Wave Village, River Village and Rainforest Village.

Multicoloured cocktails at Universal Orlando's newly opened Volcano Bay
The park also has a range of themed restaurants across three areas. Image by Universal Orlando

More information on visiting the Volcano Bay is available at Universal Orlando’s website.