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New Details About Universal's Planned Water Park—Including Wearable Tech to Cut Wait Times

Universal Orlando Resort released new details last week about its upcoming Volcano Bay water park, which is set to open at the central Florida amusement complex next summer.

We now know that the park's centerpiece, a 200-foot artificial volcano, will be a state-of-the-art "aqua coaster" with caves, waterfalls, twists, turns, and drops that riders will experience while seated in a specially designed canoe that can go uphill as well as down. 

Perhaps even more intriguing, when you arrive at Volcano Bay you'll receive a bracelet that lets you wait in a virtual line at one attraction while busy with another; then the bracelet alerts you when it's time to return to the first spot—a system designed to keep you from standing in line all day.

The bracelets are also equipped with technology that allows you to trigger special effects—shooting water cannons, lighting up images in caverns—with the tap of a finger, similar to the mischief you can make with an interactive wand at Universal's Wizarding World of Harry Potter.