Teresa’s day at Aquatica

Hey Thrill Seekers,

During her recent trip to Orlando to visit everything SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment has to offer in Orlando Teresa done a daily blog, check out this one from her day at Aquatica which was recently voted as the best Water Park in a national poll!

Find out how her experiences were different both times she rode Ray Rush – Aquaticas newest slide, how she nearly lost her contact lenses and have a giggle at her trying to pronounce some of the slides. 😉

Teresa has also just confirmed to me that because of this miserable weather we’re having, she’s wishing more than ever that she was back chilling at Aquatica. Me too!

Smiles Included,

Jess

OAT nominated for not one but.. TWO Travel Mole awards!!

Hey Thrill Seekers,

It’s been a good week here at OAT towers as we found out that we have been nominated for not one, but two Travel Mole awards!! Wooo!!

Last year we were honoured to be nominated for and win Holiday Miscellaneous and this year we are even more honoured to see that we have been nominated for an award based around social media!

The awards that we have been shortlisted for this year are:

Best Use of Social Media 

Holiday Miscellaneous 

We are over the moon to be nominated for both awards and would really, really, really appreciate it if you could click on both of the above and vote for us!

Smiles Included,

Abby

 

Teresa’s day at SeaWorld

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Check out what our very own Teresa got up to on her recent visit to SeaWorld Orlando!

Find out why you should sit at the back on Manta, what front row on Mako is like with a full belly and get the inside goss on Infinity falls as she was one of the first to ride it!

So guys, don’t forget your comfy shoes when visiting SeaWorld!

Smiles Included,

Jess

LEGOLAND Florida reveal THREE new rides

Hey Thrill Seekers,

So back in May 2018 LEGOLAND announced that their biggest ever investment to date – LEGO Movie World will launch in spring 2019 and yesterday they also revealed three new marquee attractions, all going to be part of LEGO Movie World and inspired by the characters and themes from the blockbuster movies THE LEGO MOVE & THE LEGO MOVIE 2: The Second Part.

LEGOLAND are working closely with Warner Bros and LEGO System A/S to create LEGO MOVIE WORLD and put guests in the middle of the city in which Emmett lives – Bricksburg.

THE LEGO MOVIE WORLD at LEGOLAND Florida Resort is the only place in the world that you can experience the pure wonder and imagination inspired by THE LEGO MOVIE universe. We’ve been hard at work, building brick-by-brick, to create state-of-the-art experiences that bring THE LEGO MOVIE to life.

The three attractions are; THE LEGO MOVIE Masters of Flight, Unikitty’s Disco Drop and Battle of Bricksburg. Guests will get the chance to fly on a triple decker couch, see Cloud Cuckoo Land from above the clouds and fight DUPLO aliens.

THE LEGO MOVIE Masters of Flight: Hop aboard Emmet’s Triple Decker Flying Couch! This flying theater attraction whisks guests away on an action-packed adventure on a suspended ride with a full-dome virtual screen, giving the sensational feeling of flying alongside some familiar (like Emmet and Wyldstyle) and some new faces like Sweet Mayhem, a character set to debut in the upcoming feature THE LEGO MOVIE 2: The Second Part.

Unikitty’s Disco Drop: Enter through the rainbow portal to join the fun with Unikitty and her many personalities. This ride swoops guests to the tiptop of Cloud Cuckoo Land, then drops, spins and bounces them back down to earth, creating a thrilling and fun experience.

Battle of Bricksburg: Calling all Master Builders! DUPLO® aliens have invaded Bricksburg to come and play! Riders are challenged to stop DUPLO® aliens from invading and stealing LEGO bricks by spraying water at targets.

Back in May we explained that The interactive boat ride, The Quest for Chi, was going to be transformed into a new attraction for LEGO MOVIE WORLD and judging by the image and explanation we think this one is it!

In ‘Downtown Bricksburg’ you will get the chance to meet Emmett and all of his friends in his apartment, Taco Tuesday Everyday Eatery and The Awesome Shop. There will also be a space-themes playground in Downtown Bricksburg which will be inspired by Benny’s spaceship.

LEGOLAND state that this new world will ‘represent the theme park’s continuing commitment to providing state-of-the-art experiences specifically designed to create awesome memories for kids ages 2 – 12.

Who’s excited?!

Smiles included,

Abby

 

What Can We Expect From Sesame Street?

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Earlier this year, SeaWorld announced the news that Sesame Street at SeaWorld Orlando is coming in spring 2019.

Guests will be able to take a walk down Sesame Street for the very first time, connecting families to all of the fun, laughter and learning of the world-famous street. In addition to a daily parade, play areas and opportunities to mingle with Sesame Street characters, SeaWorld announced today that this area will feature SIX colourful, themed rides, including Elmo’s Choo Choo Train, Cookie Drop, Abby’s Flower Tower, Super Grover’s Box Car Derby, Big Bird’s Twirl ‘n’ Whirl and Slimey’s Slider.

ABBY’S FLOWER TOWER – Pick a flower pot and up, up, up you go! Spin around high above the ground while you get a magical view of Sesame Street at SeaWorld.

SLIMEY’S SLIDER – Slide and glide as you rock and whirl through Oscar’s treasured compost collection for a grouchy good time.

SUPER GROVER’S BOX CAR DERBY – Get ready… get set… Super Grover’s great box car race is about to begin! This family-friendly coaster is full of fun hills, big turns and mini-dives. It’s the perfect first steel rollercoaster for kids and adults.

COOKIE DROP – Cookie Monster dropped his cookies! Laugh your way up and down on this crumbly, crazy, family-friendly vertical drop ride.

ELMO’S CHOO CHOO TRAIN – All Aboard! Help Elmo find some of his favourite things in nature during this bell-ringing, horn-honking train ride.

BIG BIRD’S TWIRL ‘N’ WHIRL – There’s no napping in these nests. Get ready to twirl and whirl in your very own nest on this family favourite tea cup ride with Big Bird.

SeaWorld are going all out for 2019. Today they officially launched Infinity Falls, their new raft ride with a massive 40ft drop while at the same time confirming a new ride for Aquatica for next year.

2019 is going to be amazing.

Smiles included…

Jamie

 

Aquatica Confirms New KareKare Curl Attraction

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SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment are on a bit of a tear at the moment, not only have the officially launch Infinity Falls today but they’ve also announced a new trill ride is heading to Aquatica in 2019.

KareKare Curl is a 2 person raft ride which will have a weightless feel about it.

Here’s what SeaWorld said;

In 2019, Aquatica will become the most thrilling waterpark in Florida with the opening of new thrill slide: KareKare Curl. Holding two passengers per raft, this new slide delivers a high-adrenaline, weightless adventure. The addition of KareKare Curl will make Aquatica Orlando the thrill leader among Florida waterparks, with more high-thrill rides than any other.

Aquatica was recently voted the top water park in the U.S. via a national poll and with this years introduction of Ray Rush and now the plans for KareKare you can see why!

2019 looks like its going to be a great year to visit Orlando!

Smiles included…

Jamie

Are Disney Planning a 5th Park?

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20 years ago Disney opened their most recent Orlando park – Animal Kingdom. Don’t we think its time for a new one?

With new attractions and hotels arriving all the time and attendance increasing anyway, why not expand? They’ve got loads of land and on a post seen on disneyandorlandogeeks.com where they have said ‘I believe that there is a deal between Marriott and Disney and at the time of the new Marriott hotels being built told them that in the future they would have a 5th park on their doorstep and that would also open up new investor possibilities for Disney.’ We think it’s time 😉

Now this is all a big, fat rumour and has been for a few years but Disney do own one hell of a lot of land in Lake Buena Vista and it wouldn’t make sense for them to just keep building accommodation without another park to fit all the visitors in, right?

Disney are very good at keeping secrets secret until they’re well and truly ready to announce them which is more than often at the latest opportunity so even if this is true its unlikely any concrete info will be leaked before Disney are ready. There are so many more reason for this idea than there are against it and that’s not just because i’m a Disney lover (promise).

What would we like to see in a new Disney park?

Personally, I think Disney could do with some more outdoor thrilling coasters as lets be honest, their coasters are no where near Universal and SeaWorld’s.. Yes, yes I know that Disney is the most family orientated but take this for an example, Gavins son.. who’s 9.. LOVED Rip Ride Rockit, The Incredible Hulk coaster and Mako so i don’t really see what’s stopping Disney embracing even just one proper thrill coaster.

Other things I would like to see at a Disney park are: A water ride themed to Moana, a 101 Dalmatians attraction – just a room full of dalmatian pups would be good for me! A Jungle book themed rapids, A CoCo show and an Incredible’s attraction – maybe a 4d ride? These are just off the top of my head, I could probably go on all day but we don’t have time 😉

What would you like to see?

Smiles Included,

Abby

What can we expect from the SeaWorld parks in the next couple of years?

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Lets take a look at all of the confirmed and rumoured attractions coming to the SeaWorld parks (SeaWorld, Aquatica and Busch Gardens) in the next few years!

What? Infinity Falls Where? SeaWorld When? 2018

This was supposed to open in summer this year however we are still patiently awaiting the chance to be able to ride this awesome raft attraction! It’s going to feature the worlds tallest river rapid drop of 40ft!

What? Tigris Where? Busch Gardens Tampa When? 2019

We cannot wait for this new coaster!  It’s going to be Florida’s tallest launch coaster and will feature a TRIPLE LAUNCH with both forward and backward motions.

What? Sesame Street Land Where? SeaWorld When? 2019

Sesame Street is set to transport  guests into the colourful and creative world of Sesame Street through immersive theming, character interactions and interactive play.

What? new coaster Where? SeaWorld When? 2020 (rumour)

There are lots of rumours flying around that SeaWorld’s next big attraction is going to be a coaster (first once since Mako which opened in 2016) the coaster is rumoured to be similar to Wave Breaker Coaster at San Antonios SeaWorld! If this one is true then i’m all for it!

What? Gwazi revamp Where? Busch Gardens Tampa When? 2020

When Busch Gardens announced Tigris the other day they also let slip a little secret which is that Gwazi is going to be revamped into a ride that will make you want to ‘hold on to your seats’ Yippeeee!

What? water coaster Where? Aquatica When? 2020

Water Country USA Williamsburg is building a brand new water coaster for 2019 called Cutback. Behind The Thrills have said that the slide is said to be making it’s way to Orlando, with a much tighter and quicker footprint. Instead of huge sprawling track, it will double on itself and be located in between the two wave pools. :O

SeaWorld really know how to bounce back don’t they! I hope the rumours are true too!

Smiles Included,

Abby

What’s coming to the Universal parks in the future?

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Now it’s Universals turn.. What can we expect from them in the next few years?

What? Harry Potter Coaster Where? Islands of Adventure When? 2019

We are sooooo super excited for this one here at OAT! We don’t have too much information on this coaster however we’re just happy that its not another attraction that will make Gavin puke..

What? Terminator 2 3d replacement Where? Universal Studios When? 2019

This is what Universal had to say back in 2017: Terminator 2: 3-D at Universal Studios Florida will run its last shows on Sunday, October 8 to make way for an all-new live action experience based on a high-energy Universal franchise. It will open in 2019. This is one of many exciting new experiences coming to Universal Orlando Resort as we continue our epic growth. Stay tuned – more details will be released soon.

What? Super Nintendo World Where? TBD When? TBD

Now we are 100% sure that Nintendo World is coming to Orlando because that has been confirmed however we do not know where or when! We have our inklings that it its going to be in a new Universal park or KidZone but that’s not yet confirmed!

What? Zelda Where? Lost Continent at IOA When? TBD (rumour)

Check out this blog to see all the rumours surrounding a Zelda land!

What? 4th park Where? Orlando When? TBD

Pic credit: (Adelaide Chen/Orlando Sentinel)

Universal has acquired lots new property for expansion, we know there’s hotels on some of it but the rest is HOPEFULLY going to be a brand spanking new park and at the top of the bets is ‘fantastic beasts’

What do you think of Universals expansions?

Smiles Included,

Abby

10 NEW exciting things to look forward to at Walt Disney World!

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Let’s take a look at what we can expect from Walt Disney World in the next few years!

What? Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Where? Disney’s Hollywood Studios When? 2019

I think this is the most anticipated new addition to Orlando in a good few years! Fly the millennium falcon, interact with Star Wars characters and the possibility of REAL light sabers.. it’s safe to say we cannot wait for this to open!

What? Star Wars Resort Where? south of Hollywood Studios When? 2019/2020

What’t not to absolutely LOVE about this?! A whole hotel themed to Star Wars where you will become part of the galaxy itself in the most immersive hotel ever.

What? Walt Disney World Skyliner Where? Walt Disney World When? 2019

Above is a map of the expected routes for the Skyliner which is a Gondola system that will transport guests to and from the above parks and resorts.

What? New nighttime show Where? Epcot When? 2019

Sadly, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth is ending in the summer of 2019 but fear not, Disney have promised that we should expect something even better to replace it with more information set to be released soon!

What? Mickey and Minnie’s runaway railway Where? Hollywood Studios When? 2019

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will feature a new catchy theme song created especially for the attraction as well as a new experience that defies logic, called 2 ½-D. No glasses required.

What? Lightning McQueen Racing Academy Where? Hollywood Studios When? 2019

Step right into the action in 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.”

What? Guardians of the Galaxy attraction Where? Epcot When? 2021

This one has been confirmed as a coaster and we are soooo happy about that!

What? Tron Lightcycle Power Run Where? Magic Kingdom When? 2021

The Lightcycle ride will momentarily place fans into the world of Tron in a lightening speed roller coaster.

What? Space themed restaurant Where? Future World – Epcot When? TBD

This restaurant will be built in a newly developed area located between the park’s Mission: SPACE and Test Track attractions.

What? Ratatouille attraction Where? Epcot When? TBD

This is going to be in a whole new area just past the Eiffel tower and just like the attraction at DLP.

Which one are you most looking forward to and what else would you like to see Disney add?

Smiles Included

Abby