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Universal’s Volcano water park will be unlike any other

Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 10:52 am

By Peter Covino
A&E Editor
It is only fitting a high-tech water park gets its own high-tech piece of equipment.
When Volcano Bay opens at Universal Orlando (official opening, May 25) guests will be dressed for the part.
All guests will receive the TapuTapu, a new wearable that will do several things to enhance the experience at the resort’s third theme park.
As if to summon the island gods, TapuTapu will magically make the wait at the new theme park far less sufferable than it has been in the past (at other theme parks).
Guests will be able to virtually wait in line at other areas of the park. The wearable will let you know when it’s to time head over to the ride they have been waiting for.
TapuTapu also will have other magical abilities. By tapping the band at one of the many “tap to play” experiences at Volcano Bay, any number of special effects can happen, controlling streams of water spurting from whales in Tot Tiki Reef, shooting water cannons at guests snaking down Kopiko Wai Winding River and illuminating images in the volcano’s hidden caves. Just look for the special totems throughout the park and tap.
Everyone will receive their TapuTapu wearable when they enter the park, and it is yours to keep. Well, until the end of the day.
Volcano Bay will consist of several themed areas including the heart of the park, The Volcano, which will feature four water themed rides. The volcano itself will tower some 200 feet above the tropical landscape.
Other themed areas at Volcano Bay include The Wave Village, a surfing area at Waturi Beach; The River Village, a family play area with a winding river, toddler play area and more; and the Rainforest Village, featuring a river with raft rides, drop slides and more.
Of course, the setting should make this the most dramatic water-themed park on the planet.
For tickets and more information about Volcano Bay go to You can check out how the whole thing works in a video at at the Universal Orlando blog,
Select 3-Park tickets and package offers are now available. You can upgrade your vacation package to stay at one of Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels.
To enjoy views of Volcano Bay, you can book an all-new volcano-side room or two-bedroom suite at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort.
Elsewhere at Universal Orlando Resort, the Mardi Gras celebration is in full swing at Universal Studios and continues on select nights through March 12. This weekend’s musical guests is Collective Soul, Feb. 18. Upcoming guest performers include Olivia Newton-John, March 5; UB40, March 11 and Toby Keith, March 25.
The celebration also includes a uniquely themed nightly parade featuring festive Mardi Gras floats complete with New Orleans-inspired music, dozens of colorful dancers and stilt performers, and more than one million beads. Guests can also enjoy authentic New Orleans-style cuisine at The French Quarter Courtyard and performances by bands pulled straight from Bourbon Street.