Last month we mentioned that Disney were looking to introduce a VR element to Disney Springs. that included Star Wars.
Today we got some additional information ;
We have exciting news today for Star Wars fans! Tickets are now available for a new hyper-reality experience, Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire by ILMxLAB and The VOID, an offering that will debut at Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort December 16 2017.
Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire will transport guests deep into the Star Wars universe, walking freely and untethered throughout the multisensory experience with friends and family. In groups of four, teams will go undercover as stormtroopers to capture Imperial intelligence vital to the budding rebellion’s survival.
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The experience lasts 30 mins and costs $29.95 per person. Tickets can be purchased from the Void.
We’ve previously speculated on OAT Live about a new ride coming to Aquatica and this morning SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment have confirmed that we were spot on.
The new ride will be called Ray Rush and will be a family raft ride where visitors will travel through tubes and transparent spheres before encountering an open-air half pipe shaped like a manta ray.
Ray Rushwill be the only water ride in Florida to offer a water jet propel system which will launch riders (4 at a time) at 33 feet per second. It will have a height requirement of 42”.
“Ray Rush will offer a ride experience you won’t be able to get anywhere else in Florida. Aquatica will be the first waterpark in the state to combine these three unique elements into one attraction” said Cathy Valeriano, Aquatica Orlando vice president. “Ray Rush is the perfect addition to our attraction portfolio, complementing what is already one of the most family-friendly waterslide lineups in Orlando.”
Ray Rush will replace HooRoo Run which will close permanently Oct. 31. The new ride will take off from the same existing tower as Walhalla Wave, which will shut down temporarily after Oct. 31. It will reopen with the launch of Ray Rush.
Aquatica are confident that Ray Rush will open Spring 2018.
Great news! Universal are in the process of producing a new night time show… today our friends in the U.S. confirmed
A new nighttime lagoon show is coming to Universal Studios Florida that will include new animation featuring characters from favourite Universal attractions, a new storyline, new music, [and new] lighting and special effects. It will take Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular: 100 Years of Movie Memories, which is now closed, to an entirely new level.
Sounds exciting, at the moment though we don’t have confirmation of a name, opening date or theme specifics so expect more details to follow.
What this does means is that the Cinematic Spectacular: 100 Years of Movie Memories show has stopped, there have been rumours that this would be ending but I understand some damage caused by Hurricane Irma pushed this schedule forward and deprived fans of a last goodbye.
Regularly visitors had mentioned that they believed the show did need freshening so perhaps this new show will raise levels even higher.
As we already knew, Universal’s A Celebration of Harry Potter will be returning for its 5th year in 2018. Universal have confirmed that the Celebration will start on January 26th and culminate on 28th.
A Celebration of Harry Potter is open to all Orlando Attraction Tickets customers who have purchased an Explorer ticket and includes Q&A sessions with select Harry Potter film stars, as well as special panels, demonstrations, activities and displays that celebrate J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.
Universal confirmed yesterday that Fred and George Weasley AKA James and Oliver Phelps will be attending as will Stanislav Yanevski, who played the role of Viktor Krum.
More information about the event will be released and we’ll be sure to post about it here.
Now i’m definitely not a blubber but holiday reveal videos make me do that thing where your eyes get wet when you’re happy? Weird I know..
Holidays to Orlando, the theme park capital of the world, are nothing less than a huge deal and seeing your kids faces when you tell them that this year they’re lucky enough to be going to Orlando must be second to none. Recently, keeping the holiday a secret for as long as possible and then filming the reaction of your littleun’s when you tell them is becoming more and more popular and I love it (although it does make me pretty jealous 🙁 )
The creativity of some families is amazing so i’ve been scouring the internet to put together my top 5 Orlando holiday reveal videos. Personally, my favourite type of reveal videos are treasure hunt ones.
As i’ve previously mentioned, my favourite reveal idea is to do a treasure hunt around the house and this one is Disney themed.. even better 😀
This one is soooo cute and I love the idea of the t-shirts, how grateful the kids are is very sweet.
‘BUT WE HAVEN’T PACKED!!!’
The suitcase races at the beginning of this one made me laugh, also love the Universal props for a brill Universal reveal.
The little girls reaction at the end of this one is just brilliant.
I couldn’t think of a better surprise to receive than being told that i’m going on holiday to Orlando (Gavin should have done a video of when I was told I would be going on the Super FAM trip this year 😉 )
If you’ve got any funny, adorable or emotional reveal videos or ideas send them in to us i’d love to see!!