Virtual Queue wars: Walt Disney World tests line-skipping at water parks ahead of Universal’s Volcano Bay debut

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One of the most publicized plusses for Universal Orlando’s upcoming new Volcano Bay water park is its lack of lines for rides, instead allowing guests to wait in “virtual queues” until their time to slide has come.

But before Universal even has a chance to open the flood gates to Volcano Bay in May, Walt Disney World is already firing back with a little line-skipping feature of their own.

Beginning today, Disney has begun testing their take on water park virtual queues at both Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. Through next week, guests looking to ride Summit Plummet, Downhill Double Dipper, Slush Gusher, or the recently-added Miss Adventure Falls will have a chance to secure a place in line without actually waiting in one.

This differs from Disney’s FastPass+ system in that guests can’t make ride time reservations from outside the park, instead requiring a visit to these particular attractions to grab a spot. But, again, this is only a test.

Virtual queues are nothing new for either company, as Universal has recently used the concept on Race Through New York with Jimmy Fallon while Walt Disney World did when they updated their classic Dumbo ride a few years ago.

Universal Orlando intends to arm all Volcano Bay guests with wearable Tapu Tapu wristbands, the technology behind their virtual queueing system.

But if Disney’s tests go well, they may just get out ahead of Universal Orlando long before Volcano Bay’s scheduled debut date of May 25.

Disney did not immediately reply when asked for a comment.

Walt Disney World also intends to officially open Pandora – The World of Avatar the same week Universal will debut Volcano Bay.

Let the theme park wars continue…

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