New Ride and TapuTapu Wearable Details Revealed About Universal’s Volcano Bay

November 3, 2016
Twist and turn through Universal's first-ever aqua coaster Krakatau Aqua Coaster at Universal's Volcano Bay.

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Opening in early summer 2017, Universal’s Volcano Bay will be a water theme park unlike anything you’ve ever experienced, from incredible thrills to perfected relaxation. It’ll feature dozens of attractions that offer something for everyone – and you won’t have to stand in long lines to experience any of them.

Universal's Volcano Bay features Universal's first-ever aqua coaster Krakatau Aqua Coaster.

Krakatau Aqua Coaster

We previously told you that Volcano Bay will feature a state-of-the-art marquee attraction…but we were mum on the details. ?

Well, I’m excited to finally share details about what will be the park’s star experience: Krakatau Aqua Coaster.

Krakatau Aqua Coaster will be a first-of-its-kind aqua coaster in Florida — and it’ll be a fun adventure for the entire family. You’ll board specially-designed canoes that seat up to four. Then, you’ll be propelled downwards – and upwards – through the volcano’s interior peaks and valleys. You’ll twist, turn and plummet along dark passageways, be launched through sparkling waterfalls and so much more.

And here’s a cool fun fact for you techies out there: Krakatau Aqua Coaster will use linear induction motor technology. This technology launches the canoe uphill before it immediately sends riders into a downhill plunge. This technology is also used in some of your favorite Universal attractions – like Revenge of the Mummy – and now we’re bringing it to a water attraction.

Guests will enjoy a new TapuTapu Wearable that features a virtual queue and interactive experiences at Universal's Volcano Bay.

TapuTapu Wearable

One of the main goals for Universal’s Volcano Bay was to eliminate long lines and hassles so you can focus more on having fun. And with the TapuTapu wearable, you’ll be able to do just that.

When you arrive to the park, you’ll receive a TapuTapu wearable (at no extra charge) that will allow you to do the following with a simple tap:

  • Virtual Line Experience

You will be able to virtually wait in line while you play in other areas of the park. The wearable will alert you when it’s time for you to ride so you can head to the attraction.

  • Tap to Play

Volcano Bay features various “tap-to-play” experiences– all designed exclusively by Universal’s award-winning creative team. With just a tap of TapuTapu, you’ll be able to trigger special effects throughout the park. You can control streams of water spurting from whales in Tot Tiki Reef, shoot water cannons at other guests snaking down Kopiko Wai Winding River and illuminate images in the volcano’s hidden caves.

New details revealed for Universal's Volcano Bay.

And there’s more! More information about TapuTapu and special guest features will be released soon.

Tickets Available Nov. 15

And the best news of all is: now you can start to plan your getaway to Universal’s Volcano Bay! Tickets for the park will go on sale on November 15.

More details about Universal’s Volcano Bay will be revealed over time. Be sure to sign up for real-time updates and to stay up-to-speed on all news regarding Universal’s Volcano Bay.

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  • Reply Jackie November 3, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Is this going to be added to the Universal Annual Pass Premier? I think that would be great since that is what I purchase every year.

  • Reply Roger Rbbit November 3, 2016 at 10:10 am

    Wow! This looks like a game-changer! Take my money!!!

  • Reply Deise November 3, 2016 at 10:21 am

    Will current annual pass holders have free access to this park as well?

    • Reply Hanah Kendall April 26, 2017 at 6:29 pm

      Yes! They will. A new 3-Park hopper. On May 12, if you have a 2 park hopper, you will be able to switch your Park Hopper, and I’m pretty sure for free!

  • Reply Margret Pratt November 3, 2016 at 10:42 am

    How much more to add if we already have an annual pass for the 2 theme parks.

  • Reply Joe November 3, 2016 at 11:17 am

    I can’t wait!!!! Will some type of an Annual Passholder preview occur?

  • Reply MAURA November 3, 2016 at 1:04 pm


  • Reply Melanie November 5, 2016 at 3:09 am

    Will the new park be included in the FlexTicket and how much will it cost?

    • Reply Raynard December 13, 2016 at 4:58 am

      When will it open we will be there in August 2017.

  • Reply Clare December 9, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    What date do you plan on opening? We will be in Florida early June 2017.

    • Reply Nicky January 1, 2017 at 8:40 pm

      june 1st is opening day

  • Reply Galadriel January 2, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    I wonder if there will be elevators. I have not been able to go to a water park in a long time. If there is a place that I can safely leave my cane near the elevator, I can walk for a bit without it. I can no longer climb the long staircases that are required at other water parks. Even if I am able to walk without my cane next summer, too many stairs are out of the question.

  • Reply Jenny Chaney January 15, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Does anyone know if there will be height restrictions at Volcano Bay?

  • Reply Faye January 15, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Do you have to book this section as an extra when buying theme park tickets?

  • Reply Scarlett Minton May 14, 2017 at 12:13 am

    I can’t believe I haven’t even heard of this attraction until ton I saw itadvertised on tv and I looked it up wow looks awesome. How do I find out about pricing and tickets,

  • Reply Kelly May 22, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Can a NASA badge get you in for free?

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