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

Hey Thrill Seekers,

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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SeaWorld Orlando Confirm Sesame Street Land Coming In 2022

Hey Thrill Seeker,

Today SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, announced the extension of their 37-year partnership with Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street®.

SeaWorld we’re excited to announce that with the new deal they have agreed to open a second Sesame Place®!The nation’s second Sesame Place® is scheduled to open no later than 2021 in a location yet to be determined.

Jeffrey D. Dunn, Chief Executive Officer of Sesame Workshop said;

We know that the magic of theme parks gives families a unique and powerful way to experience and delight in the Sesame Street characters, building more Sesame Place theme parks will enable us to connect with even more families and provide funding that supports our nonprofit mission.

However for Orlando fans the next piece of news was far more interesting.  In addition to a new Sesame Place theme park location, a brand new Sesame Street land will be built in SeaWorld Orlando by fall 2022. The agreement also extends SeaWorld’s status as the exclusive theme park partner of Sesame Street in the United States.

Joel Manby, President and Chief Executive Officer of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc stated;

We share Sesame’s goal of educating and entertaining generations of children, and the extension of our partnership furthers SeaWorld’s mission to provide guests with experiences that matter, we are thrilled to be able to grow the presence of Sesame Place theme parks in the U.S. and help our company diversify its brand portfolio and expand into new areas.

Sesame Place® features a variety of exciting family rides, water slides, live character shows, a daily parade, and seasonal events that help bring the educational world of Sesame Street to life beyond the show.

Smiles included…

Jamie

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What Else Can TapuTapu Do?

Hey Thrill Seekers,

With Universal’s Volcano Bay set to open next Thursday 25th May, we’re beginning to get bombarded with news, YAY!.

This morning we featured the sneak peak around Volcano Bay now we’ve just got some more info on TapuTapu.

Virtual Queues

As we mentioned before you can virtually wait in line for one ride at a time while playing in other areas of the park. The TapuTapu wearable will alert you when your wait time is over. Now for some new stuff…

Locker Access

After you rent your locker, you’ll be able to access it with just a touch of your TapuTapu wearable. No more locker keys!

TapTu Snap/My Universal Photo Access

You’ll be able to take advantage of special interactive photo opportunities and selfie-spots throughout the park. Your TapuTapu will automatically link your photos to your account  so you can view, purchase, and share your photos at your convenience.TapTu Play

You can trigger special interactive effects and surprises throughout Volcano Bay, like revealing hidden images in the volcano’s cave and shooting water cannons at unsuspecting guests.

TapTu Pay

With TapTu Pay, you can make purchases throughout the entire park with the TapuTapu wearable on your wrist.

Gavin recently got his hand on the first TapuTapu in the UK. Check it our here –

Volcano Bay is included in the Universal 3 park explorer ticket and opens on the 25th May.

Smiles included…

Jamie

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Sneak Peak At Universal’s Volcano Bay

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Yesterday CNN got a behind the scene look inside Volcano Bay and it didn’t disappoint. Universal’s new water theme park which opens on the 25th May and covers 50 acres is set to be the most immersive experience Universal have every produced.

Getting Started

Universal’s commitment to this immersive experience starts at the turnstile… well when I say turnstile I mean no turnstiles. Yep that’s right replacing turnstiles are totem poles, a concierge area and greeters welcoming guests with a big “Kia Ora” and a TapuTapu.

Obviously the major attraction at Volcano Bay is none other than the Volcano, Krakatau stands at 200-feet  due to its slightly elevated position it dominates the skyline, so much so that it can be seen from Interstate 4.

Dale Mason, Vice President & Executive Art Director of Universal Creative told CNN;

The park is designed to go into the evening and that waterfall will do a show changing from waterfall to firefall to lava flow every night. Actually, the show may happen multiple times a night.

Rides

As cool as all the immersive features are you’ll ultimately be judged by your attractions and Universal have us covered.

  • The Ko’okiri Body Plunge. – Guests experience a 70-degree fall through a drop door and are sent 125 feet through the middle of Krakatau. Universal says it is the world’s first slide to travel through a pool filled with guests.
  • Nearby are the Kala and Ta Nui Serpentine Body Slides, which intertwine and have guests falling freely along 124 feet of twists and turns.
  • Punga Racer, a high-speed ride where guests race along on manta ray-shaped mats.
  • The park’s Krakatau Aqua Coaster propels guests upward with the use of magnetic propulsion and then shoots them downward. It’s all thanks to linear induction motor technology.

There are 4-passenger rafts in line that are pulled along by magnets There is a big steel plate in the bottom of the raft and we cycle magnets through the ride. Unlike all the other slides, which are gravity fed where you have to start at the top and make your way down, this allows you to be pulled up hills and down and around corners. It means you don’t have to climb a ride tower to get to it. It’s very fast and exhilarating

Where’s the Wave Pool?

You can’t have a water theme park without a wave pool and Volcano Bay being Volcano Bay its got one but with a twist. You didn’t know you wanted it but once you’ve tried it you’ll wonder why other parks don’t have a multi-directional wave pool. It pumps out nine different types of waves from traditional rolling waves to choppy waves to crisscross waves that slam into each other.

If Volcano’s, Slides and wave pools aren’t enough for you Volcano Bay also has blowhole geysers, water-drenching photo spots and the Burping Tiki, which when prompted by a TapuTapu band squirts water from its ears, nose and makes a belching sound. There’s also an area near the leisure pool where water turbulence created by spring vents below causes swimmers to get buoyed up and over to the grotto area. Here, guests can take a breather at the base of the volcano and sit beneath waterfalls.

Volcano Bay opens on the 25th May and entry is included when you purchase the 3 Park Explorer Ticket

Smiles included…

Jamie

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HHNUnofficial’s Top 3 Tips To Surviving Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Sometimes its not what you know but who you know and when it comes to Halloween Horror Nights there’s no better people to know than HHNUnofficial and as a (trick or) treat they provided us with their Top 3 Tips for surviving HHN27.

Here at Orlando Attraction Tickets we offer some great deals for HHN27 check these out

What tips do you think we’ve missed?

Screams included…

Jamie

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Latest Halloween Horror Nights 27 Rumours…

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Now that we’ve got Halloween Horror Nights tickets on sale we can begin to focus on what we hope we’ll see this year. Universal have already announced that one of last years favourites will be making a return in the form of American Horror Stories this time it will feature 3 of the franchises most popular series Season 2’s: Asylum, Season 3’s: Coven and Season 6’s: Roanoke.

But what’s next…. Well according to this tweet we wont have to wait long…

Now its good to have mates… and we’ve gone one that’s particularly good to know when it comes to Halloween Horror Nights. The lads over at HHNunofficial (click on the link to check out their excellent blog) found some interesting info from an official Universal site that seems to suggest the next announcement may well be The Shinning!

Yup The Shining… even if you’re not a big fan of horror films you’ll know The Shining… Originally a book by Stephen King it became iconic when turned in to a film fronted by Jack Nicholson and Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Now Universal have not confirmed this yet and the afore mentioned information was taken down from the site almost immediately however HHNunofficial are hardly ever wrong!
Rumour rating – 10/10 (take it to the bank)

Also on the rumour train are an Evil Dead house, this rumour is based around this image which does bear a resemblance to one of the haunted trees in the film.

Rumour rating – 7/10 (smells like a possibility)

One rumour that has been doing the rounds but feels less likely is something to do with Death Eaters at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

I believe this has come about due to the technology used in Japan to replicate an attack on Hogwarts…

Rumour rating – 4/10 (doesn’t feel particularly HHN)

We’ll keep you posted when know more.

Smiles included…

Jamie

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OAT Live Episode 7 From Universal’s HQ In London

Hey Thrill Seekers,

This was the episode Abby & Gavin were looking forward to the most, a sit down chat with Universal’s own Liz Introno but as with all things in live be careful what you wish for.

Liz was an absolute delight not only was she fun and engaging she also went out of her way to answer as many of your questions as she could. The disappointing part for us was the sound quality which to put it bluntly is terrible.

So we apologise for that, if you get past the enjoying echo, echo, echo there are some amazing insights including the first look a TapuTapu.

The gang also discuss Halloween Horror Nights, Jimmy Fallon and what to do if its your birthday!

Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Smiles included…

Jamie

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