Are Pac-Man Bumper Cars coming to Super Nintendo World??

Hey Thrill Seekers,

There have been tonnes of rumours that Super Nintendo World may not be coming to Universal Studios but instead maybe to one of the new Universal parks yet to be built.. This would also mean loads more room for rides and attractions!

Now we’ve already spoken about the rumours surrounding Donkey Kong and Mario Kart attractions and maybe even a Yoshi attraction as well as kids areas however some more speculation has been happening regarding the possibility of a Kirby themed attraction or a Pokemon dark ride but best of all it looks as though there might be a Pac-Man attraction making an appearance!

The above image and below video are for Nintendo World set to open in Japan in 2020 with the Orlando one opening shortly after.

In 2014 Universal filed a patent which was granted approval this year which shows a Pac-Man style ride vehicle which looks as though it will be used in a bumper car style attraction. It looks as though the floor would be self-illuminated and riders would be able to ride over images that will cause them to score points which can be tracked through a display module in the car. Once a rider drives over an image it will either disappear or change colour..

It also looks as though the ride vehicles will navigate through specific pathways that can actually change during a ride sequence depending on what images you ride over. This could cause you to freeze or be slowed down for some time. It also seems like riders will be able to affect other riders experience too by blocking other cars to gain more points.

The patent states the following:

 “the game vehicles may bump into one another or block the path of another vehicle to prevent certain game actions. Information about the vehicles movement relative to the floor, as well as the bumping and blocking activities may be provided to a game controller to assign scores for individual vehicles or a team of vehicles. For example, bumping into another vehicle may earn points for the initiator of the bumping. In another embodiment, the bumping may be unscored, but the bumping may prevent the opponent’s vehicle from increasing its own score. Images attached to the patent shows both a Pac-Man-like ride vehicle and a ghost-looking one with notes indicating that the two separate designs could signal opposing teams within the game.”

Now this may be sounding like quite a rough ride but Universal have explained that the ride vehicles may be programmed to not actually contact other cars or slow them down before impact and its sounds like all cars will be equipped with a steering wheel, brake and gas, pedals, a joystick, a display screen, one or more buttons etc.

nintendo-characters

Call me a nerd but the floor sounds like one of the most interesting things about this attraction. Looking at the patent it could be either an LCD or LED display surface which is actually a very techy move by Universal. If you’re a nerd too you might remember that Disney had an idea about using this type of technology for Pandora to have interactive sidewalks that would react to footsteps – there must be a reason this wasn’t bought to life.. it could be that it was because it is set outside whereas it looks as though this Pac-Man style attraction for Universal will be inside.. hmmm..
For us brits, Bumper Cars are a key part of any fair and you can even find them inside most UK themeparks however this would be the first attraction of its kind in any major Orlando Theme park however as we always say.. most patents never actually come to life so we cannot guarantee this is going to be a thing however Nintendo World and Pac-Man fit together very well so it would be an awesome addition! What do you guys think?!

Check out some images from the patent here:

A rendering found within the patent that shows what the ride vehicles may look like. - IMAGE VIA UNITED STATES PATENT APPLICATION US20150360127

  • Image via United States Patent Application US20150360127

An image within the patent application that shows what an interactive floor may look like. Note the Pac-Man like cherry in the top maze. - IMAGE VIA UNITED STATES PATENT APPLICATION US20150360127

  • Image via United States Patent Application US20150360127

Smiles Included

Abby

Disney’s Hollywood Studios To Get New Show, Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy Opens

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Yey new stuff! Disney aren’t resting on their laurels, fresh from the opening of Toy Story Land they’ve just announced a new show is coming to Hollywood Studios and it’s one for you racing fans.

Here’s what Disney said,

Calling aspiring racers of all ages! I feel a big ol’ Ka-Chow coming on, because beginning in early 2019, there’s going to be another exciting reason to get revved up about a visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It’s Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy, a high-octane first-of-its-kind new show that’ll put you right in the middle of the world of Disney•Pixar’s “Cars.

At Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy, located near Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, you’ll come face-to-face with racing legend Lightning McQueen, who is excited to showcase what he’s learned over the years with you – the next generation of rookie racers. Of course, as Lightning McQueen has discovered throughout his career, things don’t always go according to plan, and he has to think fast to get back on course. With friends Tow Mater, Cruz Ramirez and the gang from Radiator Springs on his side, Lightning gears up for the challenge.

What will happen? You’ll have to speed on over to find out when Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy opens early next year!

Smiles included

Jamie

OAT

TWO new Scare Zones announced for HHN28

 Hey Thrill Seekers,

Calling all HHN fans! Get ready for not 1.. but 2 absolutely terrifying themed scare zones. The worlds most deadliest doll AND hungry killer klowns (yep even the spelling is giving me the fear) from outer space will take over Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights.

Here’s what Universal had to say:

Chucky is back! After 30 years of mayhem, he’s creating chaos in the streets during a toy fair that’s turned lethal in the Revenge of Chucky scare zone. At this festival of toys, Chucky has twisted these playthings into new nightmares. Chucky himself rules this zone as he commands his minions to carve up some horror. This scare zone will be a tortuous delight to behold as he dishes out some revenge personally.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space at Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 2018

The horror and fun keeps coming as we bring to you Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures’ cult classic, sci-fi horror film Killer Klowns from Outer Space. As you enter the domain of these Killer Klowns, the smell of cotton candy hides the fact that this is all trick and no treat. This sweet candy is spun from human victims grotesquely cocooned inside giant pods of cotton candy. Try and escape the Killer Klowns or you’ll face the wrath of their cotton candy rayguns that turn you into a tasty cotton candy snack.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space at Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 2018

Earlier in the month, Universal announced three original scare zones, each with their very own haunting stories. These original Scare Zones were Vamp 85: New Year’s EveTwisted Traditions and The Harvest and now we have Revenge of Chucky and Killer Klowns from Outer Space to add to the mix. This years Halloween Horror Nights is shaping up to be a great one!

Screams included

Abby

 

Check Out The Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live! Show at Epcot

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As part of Disney’s Incredible Summer offerings Epcot has a little tribute to Marvel’s surprise hit Guardians of the Galaxy.

In the show at the America Gardens Theatre in World Showcase, Star-Lord and Gamora from the “Guardians of the Galaxy” join forces with a live band visiting from the planet Xandar to take guests on a musical journey through the cosmos.

Check out this sneak peek video right now;

This looks like a really fun live show and I can just imagine how much energy these guys produce. I for one can’t wait to dance with Star-Lord and Gamora.

Smiles included…

Jamie

4th HHN28 House Announced!

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Forget the world cup, Universal Have announced the 4th HHN28 house!

It’s always a great day when Universal treat us to a HHN house announcement and today is no different, get ready for… Slaughter Sinema!

This house is basically combining 80’s B-movie monsters and creatures and putting them into one extremely frightening house! Here’s what Universal had to say;

It’s showtime at the local drive-in. As you approach, you’ll see movie trailers of what you’re about to witness, filling you with dread as you make your way inside. The smell of popcorn will be first to hit your senses as you find yourself in a movie theater snack bar. But from there, it’s all downhill for this double-feature.

In one film scene werewolf bikers will hunt you down and in another you’ll have to make your way through a bloody, gut strewn pumpkin patch. There will also be deadly barbers, alien cannibals, creatures with ‘tonnes of teeth’ and a ‘ravenous swamp yet’ – I can’t wait to see that one haha!

This years Halloween Horror Nights is definitely going to be one to remember as there is gong to be be more houses than ever – 10 to be exact plus 5 scare zones!!

Screams included,

Abby

Universal Confirms Cinematic Celebration Nighttime Lagoon Show Will Beginning This Summer

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When our mate Mike Aiello speaks we listen, even if we did break this news last week…

Today Mike wrote a piece on the Universal blog confirming that the Cinematic Celebration” Nighttime Lagoon Show beginning this Summer.

What can we expect?

Located in the heart of the lagoon, “Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration” will bring thrilling and fun moments to life inspired by characters from popular Universal Orlando experiences and blockbuster films.

Mike stated;

You’ll witness moments from the Harry Potter series conjured to life by way of spells, ear-shattering roars from dinosaurs in Jurassic World, the adrenaline rush of speed from The Fast & the Furious, mischief by the Minions from Illumination’s Despicable Me and so much more…

And, it’s all seamlessly projected on full panoramic water screens, accented by pyrotechnics and – for the first time ever – more than 120 dancing fountains with projection mapping. The entire waterfront of the Universal Studios lagoon and surrounding buildings will transform into a vivid celebration of epic movie moments and beloved characters.

Mike also confirmed that Universal are also building a permanent, dedicated viewing area for the show in the Central Park area of Universal Studios where you’ll be able to watch the lagoon come to life.

I can’t wait to see this…

Smiles included…

Jamie

OAT Live Episode 31

Hey Thrill Seekers,

OAT Live episode 31 took place last week. Abby and Gavin talked all things Disney, Universal and SeaWorld plus they introduced a new game, Themesuarus.

Watch it here;

Remember this show is recorded Live and takes place every other Thursday at 4pm, make sure you like us on Facebook and follow us to get notification of when we’re live.

Smiles included…

Jamie

Halloween Horror Nights 28 Will Be Bigger Than Ever

Hey Thrill Seekers,

It’s becoming a bit of a thing now! Every time we sit down and do an episode of OAT Live Universal announce something while we’re on and today is no exception.

But we’ll forgive them this time cos its EXCITING! HHN28 is set to be the biggest Halloween Horror Nights of all and will feature

  • 10 Houses!!! That the most ever
  • 5 Scare Zones
  • One powerhouse show. The Academy of Villains.

Houses

The overall theme seems to suggest an 80’s vibe with the inclusion of Netflix’s hugely popular show “Stranger Things” and Halloween classic “Trick ‘r Treat” plus Dead Exposure other houses will be announced in the upcoming months.

Scare Zones

When it comes to Scare Zones its been quiet until now… Universal today confirmed 3 original IP’s, here’s what you can expect.

The Harvest

An old barn is the setting of every kind of horror. Its walls are decorated with ominous objects and images from each house, hinting at the horrors to come. This barn is not as abandoned as it initially seems, and by the time you realize what lies within, it will be too late. Foul creatures lurk within, ready for a harvest of flesh and screams. Will you survive the reaping?

Vamp 85: New Year’s Eve

Before the countdown to midnight has started, it’s clear this party has already been crashed, and the streets are running red with blood. You’ll enter what looks to be your typical New Year’s Eve bash until it’s too late. As the ball drops, fanged punks and big-haired vamps will start their feeding frenzy.

Twisted Tradition

Travel through the forest of Central Park where an ancient evil has been awakened. Halloween has been transformed into an abomination with rotting pumpkins fused with decaying human flesh. Try and escape the grasps of these fetid beings, with nothing but the light from rotting jack o’ lanterns to guide you.

Powerhouse Dance Crew

Academy of Villains, is returning for their third consecutive year. This year’s performance will be taken to the next level with an all-new show jam packed with mind-bending entertainment.

With more to be announced make sure you stay tuned to this blog and our facebook page

You can purchase a frequent fear pass directly from Orlando Attraction Tickets if you’re brave enough…

Screams included…

Jamie

Minnie Vans For All!

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Last year we let you know about our very favourite theme park pun, Disney’s Minnie Vans the service powered by car sharing service Lyft. Back then it was only available to guests staying at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort and Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts however now anyone at Walt Disney World Resort can use them through the Lyft app.

The service offers a comfy and convenient way for guests to travel to and from our theme parks, to dining reservations at our resort hotels, family gatherings, shopping sprees at Disney Springs and much more in a jiffy.

Disney have said that the private vans are roomy and comfortable and are usually just minutes away from you. The Minnie Vans are driven by a Disney cast member who is specially trained to transport you to where you need to be with a smile. Awwwww 😉

If you want to take advantage of this, all you need to do is download the Lyft app on your phone, open it up, select the Minnie Van Service option and follow these simple steps:

  • Confirm your current pickup location.
  • Enter your Walt Disney World Resort destination and tap “Request.”
  • The app will display a map tracking the vehicle en route and give you an identifying vehicle number to help you spot your car.

The service is currently available from 6.30am – 12.30am and $25.00 per trip, per vehicle and you can pay through the app – easy peasy!

I cant wait to ride in one of these next time i’m at Disney! Can you?

Smiles Included

Abby

Harry Potter And The Forbidden Journey Gets 4K-HD

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Hooray for those of us who don’t get motion sickness, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey has received a visual upgrade.

The award-winning attraction has been enhanced to feature 4K-HD and state-of-the-art imagery projection. This means the attraction projects higher-quality imagery that is even more realistic and offers superior clarity, and the sharper images will further submerge you into the storyline.

For those of us who do suffer… (me) you’ll probably never even notice the difference cos your eyes will be tightly shut or you’ll be holding the bags 🙂

Smiles included…

Jamie