The Dress Shop Returns to Disney Springs

Hey Thrill Seekers,

The Dress Shop is a well known apparel and accessory collection which is created especially for Disney Parks. On July 27th The Dress Shop is returning to Cherry Tree Lane in the Marketplace Co-Op at Disney springs. It was first introduced in the spring and is filled with loads of nostalgia that Disney fans love.

 David Soliman, area manager for merchandise presentation at Disney Springs, describes how they created the shop-within-a-shop at the popular accessories boutique.

“Since the collection gives a nod to mid-century style, we wanted to create a space that would feel sophisticated and unique while complementing the overall story of the Marketplace Co-Op,” explained David. “The dresses and accessories are colorful and beautiful, so we found many ways to prominently showcase them throughout the shop. The best example is the hatbox-inspired platform that greets guests at the entrance. It’s a striking visual that pulls people into the location.”

The Dress Shop Returns to Cherry Tree Lane in Marketplace Co-Op at Disney Springs on July 27

A quote from Disney’s blog explains how Mariana Martinez who is a graphic designer partnered with the team to develop a “Dress Shop” monogram that is incorporated throughout the area.

“The team wanted something subtle and elegant so I started doodling using the letters ‘D’ and ‘S’,” said Mariana. “We ended up with a lovely monogram that guests may find hidden on the product displays. It’s a funny coincidence that ‘DS’ could also represent ‘Disney Springs’.”

The Dress Shop Returns to Cherry Tree Lane in Marketplace Co-Op at Disney Springs on July 27

Once The Dress Shop returns, guests will be able to see ten original dresses which were inspired by Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, the Orange Bird and the Haunted Mansion. They are also going to be introducing a Cinderella inspired dress which is going to contain metallic embroidery. – Now that is something I would buy!!

I can’t wait to visit this shop, so many pretty dresses to look at!

What do you think?

Smiles Included,

Jess.

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Universal Confirm Dragon Challenge To Close New Coaster To Replace It

Hey Thrill Seekers,

We knew it was on the horizon and now we have confirmation that Dragon Challenge at Universal’s Islands of Adventure will indeed be closing to make way for a brand new coaster!!!

This afternoon Universal confirmed via their blog that brand new thrill ride will take you deeper into J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, where you will be able to encounter some of your favorite characters and creatures.

Universal stated that the new ride will be

unlike anything we’ve ever done before and it will be fun for the entire family.

The new attraction will be one of the most highly-themed coaster experiences Universal have ever created. It will combine a new level of storytelling with an action-packed adventure…and a few surprises along the way.

Universal have enlisted the help of their  award-winning Creative team to once again collaborate with Warner Bros. and the production design team from the Harry Potter films to bring this new coaster experience to life.

This ride is going to redefine the category and transport you to thrilling places, drawing you into even more exciting adventures within the wizarding world. It’s going to be the perfect addition to Hogsmeade.

Universal also confirm that they will be permanently closing Dragon Challenge on September 5 to make way for this all-new ride. The last day of operation will be Monday, September 4.

Dragon’s Challenge started life as Duelling Dragons in 1999 and was known for the ride trains being dispatched simultaneously, providing three near-miss encounters along the courses. When the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade opened in 2010 the ride changed name to Dragon’s Challenge and the duelling element was removed.

We believe the new ride (yet to be named) is scheduled to open in the Summer 2019.

Smiles included…

Jamie

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Disney Gives Us A Glimpse Of Star Wars Land

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Disney’s awesome D23 expo begins this weekend and we’re all expecting big news from their yearly conference. So we were all a bit taken back when last night Disney gave us a glimpse at what we can expect from Star Wars Land!

Star Wars-inspired lands will transport guests to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before Wild Space, where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life

Here, guests will find themselves in the middle of the action at two signature attractions: one that lets guests take the controls of Millennium Falcon on a customized secret mission, and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.

I don’t think I’ve been as excited for a new land to open as I am with Star Wars Land the attention to detail looks like its going to be next level theming.

Check out this video to give you a proper look;

 

Smiles included…

Jamie

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Is Tron Lightcycle Power Run coming to the U.S?

Hey thrill seekers,

Rumours have it, Shanghai Disneyland’s TRON Lightcycle Power Run roller coaster may soon be making its way overseas to the major U.S. Disney parks! According to sources, budget and preliminary design teams for Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts have been sent out to Shanghai to transform the idea into reality in the U.S.

The addition of a TRON ride to Disney’s U.S. theme parks would be a great addition to the new movie-themed coaster and attractions at Disneyland and Disney World. The Guardians of the Galaxy mission : BREAKOUT attraction is now under-construction at Disney’s California Adventure park, while the massive Pandora: The World of Avatar has recently opened in Animal Kingdom. Furthermore, Star Wars Land rides and attractions are currently being made ahead of their openings at Disney parks in both California and Florida. Therefore, it would make sense to announce another movie-themed coaster.

The Lightcycle ride momentarily places fans into the world of Tron in a lightening speed roller coaster. As seen in the video here, the experience is over in less than two minutes, but it still looks amazingly fun!

It is yet to be confirmed but with D23 just round the corner, we are left to ponder whether Disney will announce the coaster as soon as this weekend!

Let us know in the comments, what you think of this new coaster, which we could see in our parks within the next couple of years!

Smiles included…

Cameron-Jai

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Yay! Orlando Attraction Tickets Nominated For British Travel Award

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Today we have received the wonderful news that we have yet again been nominated for the “British Travel Awards” in the category of ” best add-ons provider“! Each year we are delighted to announce our nomination and we’d be even more delighted if you would make our day and vote for us by using this quick and easy link here.

In 2013 and 2016 we were lucky enough to win bronze at this award ceremony and it would be amazing if, with your help, we could match or better our record at this awards ceremony so please, PLEASE vote for us 🙂

The British Travel Awards are the equivalent of the Oscars in the travel industry so you can imagine how hard we have worked to earn our nomination in this competitive category. Everybody who votes will automatically be entered in to the British Travel Awards prize draw

Smiles included…

Cameron-Jai

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Check Out Honu at Universal’s Volcano Bay

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Volcano Bay is now one month old and one of our favourite rides is Honu (the big blue ride). Check out this video of Gavin and Liz preparing to ride it.

What do you think of Honu?

Smiles included…

Jamie

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OAT Live – The Review Of Volcano Bay

Hey Thrill Seekers,

With Gavin just back from Orlando Abby took the opportunity to sit down with him and pick his brains over the Universal’s new water theme park, Volcano Bay.

Gavin visited Volcano Bay 5 times so his review is brutally honest at times. If you’re heading to Orlando this year its  a must watch.

The Universal 3 Park Explorer ticket offers 14 days unlimited access to Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and Volcano Bay and can be pre-purchased directly from Orlando Attraction Tickets.

Smiles included…

Jamie

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Mario Kart To Be Main Ride At Universal’s Super Nintendo World

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Yesterday Nintendo and Universal held a joint special event to chat a little bit about Super Nintendo World coming to Universal parks in the future, the first being Osaka Japan in 2020.

Although rumours and wish lists have been rife with suggestions for main attractions nothing had been confirmed until now….. a real life Mario Kart will be the main attraction at Super Nintendo World and will feature the

“world’s most advanced technology.”

Nintendo and Universal also revealed this video rendering of how they see the park

Assuming this is slightly accurate it looks like Super Nintendo World is going to be a lot of fun! Similar to Diagon Alley at Universal Studios, it appears that the iconic green tube will grant you access to the immersive World acting as a passage way from “normal” in to the Mushroom Kingdom.

The video also suggest that Mario will great visitors and if the rendering is to be believed the land will look like you’re inside a video game! It also gives the impressive of a multi level environment.

The next shot shows a pair of giant Piranha Plants guarding King Koopa’s castle. We’re thinking that perhaps the Plants will be animatronic similar to raptor experience at Universal’s islands of Adventure. The amount of photo opportunities is going to keep Instagram pretty busy 🙂

The end sequence of the video seems to suggest a sprawling World covering quite a few acres. No official word yet when Orlando will get its own Super Nintendo World but its definitely coming.

Smiles included…

Jamie

 

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Universals Fast & Furious – Supercharged will Debut in Spring 2018!

Hey Thrill Seekers!

Universal have recently released some exciting news – especially exciting for me as Fast & Furious is my favourite film franchise EVER!!

The attraction is going to be called Fast & Furious – Supercharged and will open in spring next year.

You’ve seen the cars. You’ve seen the ction. And soon, you’ll be able to live it.

Back in 2015 Universal announced that a Fast & Furious attraction will be coming to Universal Studios in the future and we now have a exact-ish release time! Fast & Furious is one of the most successful film franchises of all time and this ride is  going to be one of Universals most action packed experiences!

 You’ll feel like part of the “Fast family” as you embark on a thrilling new Fast & Furious adventure that will put you right in the middle of the action.


The ride is set to fuse everything people love about the films with an original storyline and incredible ride technology. Universal have said that you will be able to check out some of the high-speed, supercharged cars you’ve seen in the films and that you’ll be immersed in the underground racing world made famous in the films. You will even get to explore the headquarters of Toretto and his team. “Then, you’ll board specially-designed vehicles for an adrenaline-pumping ride with your favourite stars from the films.”

This action-packed ride will take guests on a high-octane journey that fuses an original storyline, incredible ride technology, popular characters, exhilarating environments, nonstop action and, of course, high-speed cars. You’ll feel like part of the Fast & Furious family as they join Dom Toretto, Hobbs, Letty and Roman on a thrilling new Fast & Furious journey.

Fast & Furious – Supercharged will also feature the Virtual Line experience. If you haven’t heard of this before it allows you to select a time to ride in advance so you can wait in line, virtually, (not standing getting achy legs)  and allows you to enjoy other experiences throughout the park while the app queues for you.

I, for one, am absolutely bursting with excitement for this one! What do you think?

Smiles Included,

Abby

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Universal Confirm The Shining For Halloween Horror Nights 27

Hey Thrill Seekers,

We were literally talking about this yesterday on OAT Live as a rumour but its a rumour no more…

Universal have just confirmed that the next house for Halloween Horror Nights 27 will the Stephen King book The Shining. It looks like the creatives at Universal will base the house around the Stanley Kubrick film that starred Jack Nicholson.

Here’s what Charles Grey writer and show director for Halloween Horror Nights had to say;

There are so many intense and creepy moments packed in the whole film. So we held hands, took a deep breath, and entered the Overlook Hotel.

I just finished looking at some of the house designs and am thrilled by the story we’re telling. It will be the warped psychological thriller you know and love with our own Halloween Horror Nights twist.

We cast the Overlook Hotel as the aggressor and view it as if you have the “shining.” Our goal is to have you constantly doing a double take and give you that, “Did I just see that?” feeling.

After watching this movie for the first time I remember saying, “I would never go into room 237.” So, of course, that’s where we’re going to take you: all the places you shouldn’t go.

You’ll come face-to-face with the murderous, ghostly entities around every corner. And of course, the best part will be trying to escape the sharpened edge of an axe.

Check out the trailer here –

As one of the most iconic horror flicks ever made with some epic scenes The Shining is sure to translate into one of the scariest Halloween Horror Nights Houses yet!

If you are lucky enough to be in Orlando for this years HHN there are some great ticket options available at Orlando Attraction Tickets;

For tickets to the HHN event only: Universal Frequent Fear pass Plus

For tickets that include HHN plus Universal Studios and Universal Islands of Adventure: 3-Park Explorer Plus Halloween Horror Nights

Screams included…

Jamie

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