You know that one bloke in your office who’s proper smug cos he happened to guess 1 Halloween Horror Nights house correct in 10 years… well that guy today is Gavin who on OAT Live 44 correctly stated that Universal would have a Ghostbusters House this year and today its confirmed.
Ghostbusters for those of a certain age is iconic and fits perfectly into this years theme which is the 1980’s.
Here’s what Universal had to say;
Celebrating its 35th anniversary, you’ll jump through the movie screen of the original 1984 film and walk through some of your favorite scenes like the New York Public Library, the Temple of Gozer and more.
In this haunted house, you’ll be transported to the streets of New York as the rift between worlds opens, releasing ghoulish spirits, hideous specters and ectoplasm-dripping phantasms in every shape and size. Come face-to-face with the voracious Slimer, the all-power Gozer the Gozerian, Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man and more.
Peter, Ray, Egon and Winston will have to save the day as these paranormal creatures materialize in unexpected places – but will their proton packs be enough?
Another year, another nomination at the prestigious British Travel Awards. So say its the equivalent of the Oscars, I say its bigger than that. So you’ll forgive us if we’re a little giddy.
This nomination represents our 7th Nomination in a row and we’re hopeful that the 7th times the charm as we’ve been 2nd twice and 3rd once… can we claim that all important 1st place?
How can we help?
How can you help I hear you cry. Well luckily for us the BTA’s (once you’re in the door) is a bit of a popularity contest and is based on the total amount of votes we can obtain. TO vote for us you simply have to click on this link – https://www.britishtravelawards.com/btaform.php?nomLink=127 and fill in the details.
What’s in it for us?
Well not only are you helping the plucky underdog but you are also entered in to a prize draw where you can win such goodies as a holiday to Kefalonia, a £2k holiday gift card, a sailing holiday and much more. Check the prizes here
Good luck to all the other nominees except them lot… you know who you are. 😉 and of course good luck to everyone who votes for OAT.
It seems a long time since we last got a little taste of what this years Halloween Horror Nights will bring us, so I was delighted to be informed that today Universal have confirmed that Yeti: Terror of the Yukon is the next house to be revealed.
Here’s what we can expect;
Deep in the remote tundra of the Yukon, loggers and trappers seek refuge from the frigid grip of an arctic blizzard. But out in the darkness, a terror lurks far more dangerous than the deluge of snow and ice. These unfortunate souls have intruded into a territory that is haunted by their worst nightmares. Enter a logging camp that’s been torn apart, floors caked with snow, bones and gore. Right outside, screams are frozen on the faces of those who fled the towering monsters only to succumb to the elements. But there is no escape from beasts as brutal as the winter.
Just when you thought the only thing to fear was the elements, an icy terror will descend over you. Cringe at the trail of blood leading to caves none have lived to see. As you enter the labyrinth of caves, you’ll hear the screaming echoes of those who couldn’t escape the inevitable. If you survive long enough to see the end, you’re likely to find the remains of those who came before you and meet their same demise. You’re in Yeti territory now. They’re stone cold vicious and will stop at nothing for a taste of blood. If the cold doesn’t get you, they will.
Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure officially opens next week and we CANNOT wait!!!!! The hype for this new attraction is off the charts with the park expected to reach capacity, so how will Universal deal with the popularity?
Well they’ve actually put quite a bit of thought into this and today have confirmed that they will be using a virtual queue system. Here’s the deets;
Virtual Line: Beginning June 14, there may be times when Universal’s team members ask guests to join the Virtual Line on The Official Universal Orlando Resort App to experience Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. This will allow you to enjoy other attractions in the park until it’s your time to join the queue.
Step 2: Once you’re in Islands of Adventure, open the app and tap the icon for Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. From there, select how many people are in your party, and then select a return time to join the queue. Please note that you have to be in the park in order to secure a return time.
Step 3: Enjoy the other amazing experiences across Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios until your return time arrives.
Step 4: Upon your return time, head to the designated attraction entrance, where you will wait for your ride. The remainder of your wait time will be posted at the entrance when you arrive. All you have to do is scan your Virtual Line pass on your mobile device, and then you’re ready to join the queue.
Simple hey! For those of you who have been to Volcano Bay you’ll recognise how this virtual queue works. Its a great idea to manage what will be a very busy day!
So the annual theme park attendance figures are in and there has been an increase in most regions and attraction types. Check this out…
Attendance at themed attractions at the major operators has exceeded half a billion visits for the first time in history. This is equivalent to almost 7% of the world population. And not only that, but this number keeps growing. Just five years ago, the market capture of the industry was only 5% of the global population.
In Orlando we saw the opening of Toy Story Land and to be honest it wasn’t really a massive year for new attractions in the ‘Theme Park Capital’ of the world but the increase we can see may be to do with people choosing to let the crowds die down a bit at the likes of Pandora: The World of Avatar and Volcano Bay. Below it’s easy to see that Walt Disney World is still the largest theme park group in the World welcoming 157,311,000 visitors which is around 7 million more than the previous year! All of the other Theme Park Groups that feature in Orlando (see the green stars) are in the same position as last year but all have an increased attendance. The most impressive of all is definitely SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment with an 8.6% increase!
Top 25 Theme Parks Worldwide
As we can see the standings are pretty similar to the previous years with the exception of Universal Studios moving down one place from 10th in 2017 to 11th for 2018. With the opening of Galaxy’s Edge at Hollywood Studios this year (2019) i’m confident the attendance will soar and it will move up at least one place – especially with Toy Story Land still being new too! Hopefully we will see Islands of Adventure move up the charts too with the new potter coaster due to open next month – what do you think?
Water Park Attendance
Last year due to the opening of Volcano Bay having an impact i said ‘In my opinion, Volcano Bay has smashed it!! Considering they only opened on the 25th May 2017 they have come in at 6th in the standings – Go Universal!!’ Considering the above standings now include a full year i’m pretty shocked to see them still at 6th! Although they did have the biggest increase at 15%! On the plus side, Blizzard Beach And Aquatica have both moved up a space!
Top Parks in North America
Both SeaWorld and Busch Gardens have moved up a space in these standings. We can see that Pandora is still having a massive impact on Animal Kingdom with a 10% increase and even better, SeaWorld is showing a 16% increase.
This year also showed strong and steady business volume through most regions and attraction types. In an unusual alignment, theme park attendance grew by roughly 4% in all major markets. Waterparks’ attendance rose at 2.5% globally, with North America at 5.8% and EMEA showing strong growth of 6.7%. We have observed a number of phenomena that have led to this and other strong years’ performance in the business. These include the addition of second gates, the continued leveraging of blockbuster IP’s, and the building of resort hotels adjacent to park properties.
Honorable mentions are in order this year for a number of players including: SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment which turned around from a 5% drop last year to an almost 9% increase this year.
So with Galaxy’s Edge, new Potter coaster and many more new attractions such as Tigris, Mickey and Minnies runaway railway, Skyliners, Sesame Street, LEGO Movie World and many more opening in 2019 next years report may look a little different! :p
Do you have a fear of water…. do you hate it when you’re in the sea and something brushes against your leg… then Depths of Fear, Halloween Horror Nights new house could be the one that tips you over the edge.
What’s it about?
The workers of a deep-sea mining company have found themselves in a dire situation. They’ve delved too deep and encountered a parasitic race of creatures that turn out to be deadly. Panic ensues as you find yourself encountering infected miners and acidic creatures. The pressure builds as the self-destruct sequence counts down to the inevitable implosion of the facility.
The badies are?
As you venture further into the depths, you’ll encounter the creatures known only as the “Mouthbrooders.” Picture being trapped in a claustrophobic mining installation underwater with a countless number of these slithering monsters. Your worst nightmares will come to life as these fiends spew flesh-eating acidic eggs at human hosts, and you witness miners being driven mad by the infection.
We less than a month away from the official opening of Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure at Universal’s Islands of Adventure I for one am SUPER excited!
Today Universal gave us a sneak peak and some additional about what we can expect from one of this years most anticipated rides!
From rich sets and an actual forest with 1,200 trees to ground-breaking coaster technology and a captivating storyline, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure will be the most highly-themed, immersive coaster experience yet – becoming the world’s first “story coaster.”
Await Within the Forbidden Forest…
Get ready to soar into one of the most mysterious places in the Wizarding World – the Forbidden Forest. Aboard magical motorbikes, guests will actually feel the freedom of flight as they journey to the edge of the forest – regardless of if they’re on the motorcycle or in the adjacent sidecar. They’ll ascend above the trees, rapidly accelerate through mysterious ruins, speed forward – and backward, and so much more as they search for the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures.
coaster” will feature innovative technology that is integrated so seamlessly
into the surrounding environments, guests won’t know what to expect next. Along
the way, they’ll experience thrills they’ve never felt on a coaster before,
The most launches of any roller coaster in the world – with 7 total launches
Unexpectedly dropping nearly 17 feet on the first coaster in the U.S. to feature a free-fall vertical drop
Being catapulted 65 feet in the air at a more than 70 degree angle – and then immediately dropping backward in one movement
Creatures Motorbike Adventure will also be the longest roller coaster in
Florida, measuring nearly a mile in length (5,053 feet).
Adventure Begins When You Enter the Ruins…
Before taking off on an exciting journey through the Forbidden Forest, guests will enter ruins which appear to have been abandoned for centuries behind Hagrid’s hut. The ruins were imagined and brought to life by Universal’s award-winning Creative team in collaboration with the Harry Potter films’ Production Designer, Stuart Craig, and Art Director, Alan Gilmore. Hagrid now uses the ruins for groundskeeping at Hogwarts. And this is where guests’ Care of Magical Creatures class will begin.
As they make their way to their enchanted motorbikes, guests will see materials from the class, including dragon eggs on the verge of hatching and a makeshift nursery where Hagrid kept his Blast-Ended Skrewts – the creatures that are being brought to life for the first time ever for this epic new adventure. Guests will encounter beloved characters from the Harry Potter films including Arthur Weasley, Hagrid, and his loyal dog, Fang, through a pre-show experience brought to life with digital projection and special effects. During this interaction, guests learn about their impending trip to the Forbidden Forest as part of their lesson for the day. Islands of Adventure.
Abby and Gavin will be live from the official opening so keep your eyes peeled for additional news.
I bring good news! Free beer is back at SeaWorld Orlando for the summer! As well as Busch Gardens during their 60th anniversary celebrations!
SeaWorld Orlando visitors can claim a free beer sample at the park all summer long. Guests 21 years of age and older can pick up one complimentary USA domestic beer (398ml / 14 ounces) at Mama’s Pretzel Kitchen Patio Bar per day, from 10.30 am to one hour before the park closes from the 25th May to the 2nd September.
Park guests at SeaWorld Orlando are also invited to enjoy a weekday Happy Hour at 4pm all summer long from 10 May to 2 September. Happy Hour will feature buy one, get one free offers on beer, wine, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages at Flamecraft Bar, Shark’s Underwater Grill Bar and Waterway Grill Bar.
Mako, Kraken and Manta… the triple threat. 3 of the best coasters in Orlando but could they be about to become a quadruple quandary!
Rumour has it (and some plans submitted to local authorities) that SeaWorld Orlando are building a new coaster set to debut in 2020. The new coaster which is being built by coaster company Premier has similarities to Tigris and based on recent trademark filings could be called ABYSS.
Now some reports are describing the new attraction as a family coaster but don’t let that put you off, from what we’re hearing the coaster will have up to 4 launches with airtime and inversions that would reach a max speeds of up to 55 mph.
The image above provided by thecoasterkings.com, shows details of how we believe the new coaster will be positioned. It will be housed near Shamu Stadium and Mango Joe’s Restaurant which will lose part of its outside area to make way for the Abby’s queue.
The coaster itself, is rumoured to have 4 launches and will start by launching backwards up an incline that will have a curl to it, the coaster will then all forward (like Tigris) onto a second launch element with will propel it up a top hat element, a top hat or top cap consists of an ascent at a 90 degree angle immediately followed by a 90-degree descent. The top hat will be located near the Bayside Stadium, and will provide some great airtime (think Mako). The train will then hop over a guest pathway into a relatively undeveloped area near Ports of Call. There will probably be a few helixes and airtime hills, then the train will go back over the pathway and roll into the station.
SeaWorld haven’t confirmed any of this and it is thoroughly classed as a rumour but I like the sound of ABYSS, assuming that what it will be called.
Universal have confirmed that Dracula, Wolfman, Frankenstein and more will be making an appearance at Halloween Horror Nights 29. Yey!!!!
Here’s what Universal had to say;
In this all-new haunted house the world’s most terrifying monsters unleash havoc – thirsty for anything and everything in their paths. As you try to escape to safety, you’ll step into each monster’s domain – but beware – they refuse to let anyone get out alive…
Come face-to-face with Dracula in his gothic castle, the Wolfman in a dark Bavarian forest, and the man-made monster within Dr. Frankenstein’s lab. And if you survive them, you still may encounter the vicious Creature of the Black Lagoon, the ancient evil of the Mummy and more.