Universal Orlando promises that guests will not be stuck in line waiting for one of Volcano Bay’s 18 rides.

The park’s plastic bracelet called TapuTapu will allow guests to virtually wait in line for rides while floating down a winding river or grabbing a bite to eat. The wearable tech band will simply alert them when it’s time for their ride.

A TapTu Play option will trigger special effects like 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.

The bands eliminate the need for cash, credit cards or wallets and will access lockers at the water park.

The TapTu Snap feature allows guests to take advantage of interactive photo opportunities and selfie-spots throughout the park.  Their wearable will automatically sync those photos to their account so that they can view, share and purchase them.

The bands can also be linked to the guest’s credit card to make purchases throughout the park, just like Aquatica’s cashless wristband and Walt Disney World’s MagicBands, which allow guests staying in its hotels to to make charges to their rooms.

Volcano Bay opens May 25th.

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The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.

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