Entertainment Editor

Margaritaville Resort Orlando's water park, Island H20 Live!, is set to open on the resort grounds this spring, just in time for some spring break fun.

Island H20 Live! is expected to feature nine different thrill rides, a lazy river, a wave pool, a kids’ area and a river raft ride suitable for the whole family.

And the best part? You don’t have to be a resort guest to get in on the fun. Anyone can enjoy the perks of Island H20 Live! with purchase of general admission. Tickets are available online at https://www.islandh2olive.com, and include annual pass options — perfect for Florida residents.

Island H20 Live! map

What makes this water park unique?

Island H20 Live! will be designed to enable guests to customize their experience with personalized music and lighting on select rides, making every ride different. This capability comes from a new RFDI wristband system.

“Water parks are known for exhilarating rides and attractions, but Island H2O Live! will let guests be playful in interactive ways that have never been seen before,” Albo Antenucci Jr., executive in charge for Horizon Waterpark, LLC, owner of Island H20 Live!, said in a press release. “These incredible opportunities for engagement will be what Island H20 Live! is all about.”

The wristband system at Island H20 Live! is called Vantage. It’s the latest offering from water slide manufacturer WhiteWater West.

The following information was provided by Margaritaville Resort Orlando.

 

BEHIND THE TECHNOLOGY

The Vantage system works through an app that guests download either before or when they arrive. Once they arrive at the park, guests sync the app to their wristbands and the fun begins, as a scanner on certain slides will read their wristband and automatically play songs and lighting effects from the previously established selections.

On some slides, the technology will enable cameras to snap pictures and video and share the content directly to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or other social media sites. Guests can also use their creativity and personal style to produce their own slide experience by choosing music playlists, lighting preferences and tagging their social media handles for easy sharing.

Another high-tech feature: “Be Live” invites guests to sing karaoke or star in other audio/visual experiences with clips from these sessions shared through the app.

The gamified app also allows guests to earn loyalty points with every ride. Guests can win prizes such as free food and beverage items, skip-the-line passes, and more.

“These features speak to the ‘Live’ part of our name,” Albo Antenucci Jr. “Customization offers guests the creative space to develop their own adventures, to be in the moment, but then capture those moments and share them in real-time.”

PERSONALIZED PARADISE

The experience at Island H2O Live! will be all about creating your own, unique, customized experience. For those looking to soak in the island vibe, listen to music, and have some chill with their thrill, tropically-inspired havens will abound with hammocks, cabanas and soft sand beaches around every turn and adult-only areas will offer cocktails only steps from your beach chair.

To keep the fun going. Island H20 Live! is within walking distance or a short trolley ride to Margaritaville Orlando Resort hotel and cottages, and Sunset Walk, the resort’s retail, dining and entertainment district featuring everything from Studio Movie Grill, to Rock & Brews, BurgerFi, Capone’s, Ford’s Garage, GameTime, Sketchers and more.