First Look at the TapuTapu Virtual Wait System for Volcano Bay

Alicia Stella Theme Park News

Universal has released some images, information, and even cute instructions for their “TapuTapu” virtual wait system at Volcano Bay, opening May 25, 2017. The TapuTapu is a wristband visitors will pick up when they arrive to Volcano Bay. During their day they can use it to hold their place in line while they do other things, instead of waiting in line.

UPDATE:  Check out our complete guide to the TapuTapu at Universal’s Volcano Bay here!

But TapuTapu promises to be much more than just a ride reservation system. Your TapuTapu wearable will allow you to interact with your environment and play with elements all around the park, from turning on water jets to triggering integrated lighting effects.

The TapuTapu Wearable looks like a rubber wristwatch with a Tamagotchi face (remember those?) You tap it to a totem at a ride entrance. While you wait, the TapuTapu’s little screen will keep you informed on when you need to return to ride. When it’s time the wearable will alert you. At the end of the day you return your TapuTapu. This is not like MyMagic+ at Disney. There is nothing to buy, nothing to keep, and (as far as I know) nothing to accessorize your wristband (other than selecting your color.)

Check out the images and official information below to learn more about TapuTapu, and stay tuned for more Volcano Bay news and updates. Universal’s Volcano Bay is scheduled to open May 25, 2017.

Image of someone activating an integrated light display on cave walls using their TapuTapu Wearable

TapuTapu Makes Fun As Easy As A Wave Of Your Wrist

At Volcano Bay, every guest is granted the powers of TapuTapu. With just a wave of your wrist you’ll be able to hold your place in the ride lines and discover wondrous surprises.

Images shown are conceptual representations, details are subject to change. Images copyright Universal. ‘Volcano Bay’ and ‘TapuTapu’ are registered trademarks of Universal Studios.

UPDATE:  Check out our complete guide to the TapuTapu at Universal’s Volcano Bay here!

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  • cecilia l


    Do you know if there is a one ride at a time type of set up? Or can we reserve a spot on many lines?

    • Alicia Stella

      I am not 100% certain but it appears you will only be able to reserve one ride at a time. The idea being that it’s the same as waiting in line for an attraction, except you’re free to move about the park while you’re waiting in (virtual) line. After riding you can make another reservation for the next ride and start the process over.

      It will be possible to cancel a reservation via your Tapu wristband in case you change you mind and want to do something else instead.

      There are rumors that you will be able to reserve the Krakatau Aqua Coaster once you arrive, and in addition to your regular Tapu Tapu reservations, since that may have the biggest demand. So you can have the water coaster reserved in the background, while you make another reservation for a ride, over and over again, until it’s your time to ride the water coaster. So technically that’s two at a time, but only if one is your initial water coaster reservation. After that it’ll be only one at a time for the rest of the day. If that makes sense.

      • cecilia lopac

        Thank you! Yes, you explained the process very well!

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