Volcano Bay water park opens

ORLANDO, Fla. – Universal’s water park Volcano Bay is scheduled to open Thursday.

For months drivers along Interstate 4 have been seeing the 200-foot volcano rise above the highway. Parkgoers will get to finally see inside the towering structure Thursday.

“It was great! I enjoyed it! I loved it!,” Jason Rivera and his family said after getting off one of the raft rides.

Inside the man-made mountain is the theme park’s star attraction, the Krakatau Aqua Coaster. The thrill ride features canoes traveling among the peaks and through the valleys surrounding the 200-foot Krakatau volcano.

The man-made volcano will also erupt into the sky, which is sure to cause some head turns on I-4.

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The water park kicked off its first day with an opening ceremony that featured Polynesian dancers and musicians.

“It was an experience unlike anything we’ve ever seen here. There were dancers, people in the water. It was beautiful,” park guest Katie Pryor said.

When guests enter the Universal park they will receive a wristband-style wearable technology called TapuTapu. The band will allow guests “to virtually wait in line while they play in other areas of the park,” Universal said. The technology will alert them when it’s time to ride.

“What they don’t like to do is wait in line and we set out to solve that problem and that’s what the TapuTapu is all about,” Dale Mason, the Vice President and Executive Art Director for Universal Creative said.

Guests can find “tap-to-play” experiences around Volcano Bay using TapuTapu. The…

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