Interview with Tori from Grayline

Hey Thrill Seekers,

It’s that time of the week again.. it’s Tell Me Tuesday ;). I’m aware that it is just as bad, if not worse than Jamie’s ‘Interview Tuesdays’ but i’ve put it out there now so I have to roll with it.

This week it is the turn of Tori from Gray Line who are a trusted provider of traveller experiences and sightseeing tours. We haven’t worked with Gray Line for very long but we are really excited for the future and being able to offer lots of different tours and Tori’s responses to some of our more random questions are just lovely. 🙂

Name:  Tori Sullivan-Eaton
Company:  EVP
Position: Gray Line Orlando

GETTING TO KNOW YOU

What did you want to be when you grew up?  I always wanted to work overseas in travel!  I’m from South Wales so I guess that worked out 🙂

If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life what would it be and why? A Lamb Sunday Roast – reminds me of home

What movie title best describes your life? Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants

If you were stranded on a Desert Island and could only take 3 items what would they be and why? Family, iPod & Kindle (in my imaginary island they can be solar powered devices) :). With music and stories in my life, and my family close by I can be happy.

Would you rather be able to time travel into the past or the future and why?  Future to get a cure for Type 1 Diabetes and bring it back for my daughter 😉

How would you describe your theme park / attraction using only 3 words? Fun Sightseeing Tours

 

WORK

What was the highlight of 2017 for your company? We became # 1 on TripAdvisor for Tours in Orlando from over 90 companies – this was a pretty sweet achievement!  Upgraded vehicles and knowledge fun tour guides helped us reach this goal. It was a whole team effort.  Whilst its a constant battle to hold our spot, staying consistently in the top spots of the charts is an awesome achievement.

What are you most looking forward to in 2018?  We can’t wait for Kennedy Space Center to open the new Astronaut Training Experience.  We have been lucky enough to have a hard hat tour of the facility and we know our guests are going to super enjoy training to be Astronauts – its a major upgrade on the old facility, simply out of this world!  We will for sure have some packages featuring this facility.

Favourite Theme Park ride/attraction of 2017? Whilst of course Pandora in Disney Animal Kingdom is awesome, and cannot be beat for special affects – personally my favorite attraction this year I experienced just last week, ICE at the Gaylord Palms.  This year the theme is ‘Holidays Around the World’ – I loved walking around in the freezing air looking at all the displays showing holidays traditions made out of ice carvings, and the huge ice flag baubles were really cool!  This is included on our Snow, Ice and Gingerbread Holiday tour and is something different to see here in Orlando.

What is going to be BIG for your company in 2018?  Rocket Launches!!  Whilst NASA are preparing for the return of launching humans to space 2018 is going to bring a lot of test flights of the Orion Rocket, and we are excited to help guests view them unclose in 2018.

Best Theme Park/attraction tip?  Whilst I LOVE the big theme parks, be sure to take some time away from them, otherwise you will need a holiday to recover from your holiday.  Join Gray Line on a day to Clearwater Beach to relax on the white sands, or on a trip up to historic St. Augustines where you can meander the day away in the cobblestone streets and sidewalk cafes.  Be sure to spend some days away from the lines and the rides, you will be thankful that you did- it will recharge your batteries during your holiday in Orlando.

Tell us something we don’t know about Florida….  Outside from the Orlando area, Florida is a small town laid back State just aching to explored.  We have the oldest permanent settlement in the USA (St. Augustines), world renowned blue flag beaches (don’t miss a trip to Clearwater Beach) and we have many underground rivers that bubble up to make some of the cleanest spring water in the world!!  Come and snorkel on the Crystal River with us that flows from the Three Sisters Springs.  There is so many things to do away from the Orlando region – be to leave town and visit some of the other wonders of our State.

Thank you Tori for taking the time to answer our questions!

Smiles Included,

Abby

OAT Live Episode 21

Hey Thrill Seekers,

New year, new OAT Live…

Abby and Gavin are back with a new episode of the award winning* live show (*its won no awards). News was lacking this week so the dynamic duo cover a bit of Universal and a bit of LEGOLAND Florida then recap on what’s coming to Orlando in 2018 and answer some of your questions.

  The next episode will take place on the 25th January and will be hosted by Abby and Teresa.

Smiles included…

Jamie

NEW Nighttime Light Show at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

Hey Thrill Seekers,

I’m sure Gavin and I jinxed this. 🙁 The minute we finished OAT Live Universal announced a new nighttime Light show at Hogwarts Castle!

Grab your wands and robes because an all new projection mapping experience called The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle is coming to Universal and will have guests celebrate all four houses in all their glory by transforming Hogwarts Castle with special effects, music, lights and much more.

Each of the four houses – Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw and HufflePuff will ‘wrap itself around the castle’ as they showcase their pride in their own unique ways in time with the moving music from the films. This will definitely give me goosebumps (maybe even a tear 😉 )

The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle is set to debut on Wednesday 31st January through to Monday the 5th February as well as from Wednesday the 7th February through to Monday 12th February. Universal have said that additional dates will be announced later so don’t fear if your holiday date isn’t above. Guests to A Celebration of Harry Potter (27th and 28th Jan) will get to see a preview too! (lucky Gavin!)

The Magic of Christmas at Hogwarts Caste looked absolutely A-MA-ZING so if it is (and it will be) as fabulous as this then guests are in for a right treat! Just picture it now.. Hogwarts lit up in your house colour, wand in hand, soundtrack blaring, tear in your eye… Ahhh! 😀

Who’s going to Universal in Feb and will get to see this?!

Smiles Included

Abby

Universal Confirm Mardi Gras Details

Hey Thrill Seekers,

IT’S MARDI GRAS time… whoop whoop etc

From the 3rd February until the 7th April Orlando Attraction Tickets customers can get their PARTY on with GRAMMY Award-winning rapper, Macklemore; international superstar and recording artist, Sean Paul; and Billboard “Hot 100” pop group, Fifth Harmony, as they take the stage in the Music Plaza at Universal Studios.

As well as amazing live music guests can enjoy dazzling festival krewes, see stunning float designs during the nightly parade and taste mouthwatering Cajun-style bites.

Check out the full line-up:

Feb. 3: Sean Paul
Feb. 10: The Beach Boys
Feb. 17: Kelsea Ballerini
Feb. 18: Andy Grammer
Feb. 24: Macklemore
March 3: 311
March 4: Phillip Phillips
March 10: To Be Announced
March 11: Fitz and the Tantrums
March 17: Foreigner
March 18: Fifth Harmony
March 24: To Be Announced
March 25: BUSH

Plus the  sounds of the Bayou to The French Quarter Courtyard:

Feb. 3 – Feb. 20: Free Agents Brass Band
Feb. 21 – March 6: Naughty Professor Brass Band
March 7 – March 20: New Breed Brass Band
March 21 – March 31: Young Pinstripe Brass Band
April 1 – April 7: Dirty Bourbon River Show

On top of music and of course the bead catching, Universal are upping their parade game and introducing 6 new floats  based around a celestial feel. The nightly constellation-themed parade will feature dancers, colourful stilt performers and 12 handcrafted floats.

Check out these designs;

Taurus

Virgo the Maiden 

Scorpius 

Andromeda

Orion the Hunter

Serpentarius

It looks like Universal’s Mardi Gras is going to be bigger and better than ever!!!

Remember: Entry is free with any Universal tickets purchased from Orlando Attraction Tickets.

Smiles included…

Jamie

Interview with Larry from Eat & Play Card

Hey Thrill Seekers,

It’s that time of the year, where we get to know our suppliers a little better and ask all the important questions that everyone else is too afraid to ask.. 😉

Last year Jamie tried to make ‘Interview Tuesdays’ a thing, it’s not a thing and will never be a thing so here goes the launch of… Tell Me Tuesdays – creative huh?

First up is Larry Raubach from Eat & Play Card.. (this obviously isn’t Larry below but you’ll see why i’ve put this photo later 😉 )

Name:  Larry Raubach
Company:  Eat and Play Card (Orlando/NYC)
Position: Director

GETTING TO KNOW YOU

What did you want to be when you grew up? The co-founder of a destination pass.

If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life what would it be and why? Tacos. C’mon need I say more?

What movie title best describes your life? It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

If you were stranded on a Desert Island and could only take 3 items what would they be and why? Sunscreen, sunglasses and an “Eat and Play Card Desert Island.” My mom always says, “protect yourself from too much sun and paying more than you have to.”

Would you rather be able to time travel into the past or the future and why? The past most definitely. I’d like to spend more  time with the people who really matter.

How would you describe your theme park / attraction using only 3 words? Saves People Money!

WORK

What was the highlight of 2017 for your company? Welcoming some awesome power brands like Chili’s, Earls and Carrabba’s into the Orlando program.

What are you most looking forward to in 2018? That’s top secret.

Favourite Theme Park ride/attraction of 2017? Pandora! I’m a huge Avatar fan.

What is going to be BIG for your company in 2018? That’s top secret.

Best Theme Park/attraction tip? Eat offsite. The food’s better and so are the prices.

Tell us something we don’t know about Florida… His breakout single “Low” was #1 in the US for 10 weeks back in 2008. 😉

The last answer genuinely made me belly laugh, thanks Larry – some top answers there! Stay tuned for more Tell Me Tuesdays (bigger and better than Interview Tuesdays, I promise)…

Smiles included…

Abby

Universal Begin Construction Of New Wizarding Attraction

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Ever since Universal confirmed that Dragon Challenge would be closing we’ve been patiently waiting for an announcement for what would be replacing the well loved coaster.

We’ve speculated, you can read it here, and at the time the link looked solid however on Saturday we were informed about a reddit thread that might be shedding even more light on what we can expect at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

User Miker_Incredible (according to himself) is an active employee of Universal Orlando Resort and had this to say;

black supports have arrived and footers have been poured for the new Wizarding World roller coaster. It seems like it is going to be a suspended/inverted coaster, as the support-to-track connectors are “underneath” the support structure.

Hmm interesting. The revelation that the coaster would be a suspended/inverted type has led to speculation about exactly what the ride could be. The major theory which is supported by quite a few bloggers, is that Universal are looking to build something similar to Arthur at German theme park Europa Park.

ARTHUR is an inverted-spinning dark ride roller coaster which has been praised for its theming (Universal are all about the theming).

Riders are suspended beneath the steel roller coaster track in one of nine, 12-person vehicles. The 550-metre-long (1,800 ft) attraction features a theoretical hourly capacity of 1,600 riders. The ride features seven scenes both inside and outside the show building. Unlike most roller coasters, Arthur – The Ride does not require gravity for movement, instead it is powered by motors inside the trains. It begins with a spiral lift hill. The ride features animatronics by Life Formations and Heimotion, as well as other 4D effects such as water, wind and scents

The Arthur coaster is made by MACK rides and recently won the THEA Award for the Best Ride System. Arthur is most definitely a family ride with some thrills which does kind of fit the little information we’ve had from Universal. Take a look at this video to see what we might expect…

We’d expect Universal to ramp up the thrills a little bit but the mix of dark ride and coaster with both an indoor and outdoor experience does feel right.

We’ll keep you updated when we learn more…

Smiles included…

Jamie

Universal Hint There’s More To Come In 2018

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Happy New Year!!!

2018 is expected to be another amazing year for theme parks in Orlando with Disney opening Toy Story Land, SeaWorld opening Infinity Falls and Aquatica introducing us to Ray Rush.

Today though Universal have dropped a little hint at what we can expect from them in 2018. On top of Fast & Furious Supercharged set to open in Spring 2018, they’ve stated we can expect information about;

The previously-announced ride replacing Dragon Challenge in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade

Yep with Dragon Challenge now totally gone from Islands we’ll be waited with baited breath about what Universal will be replacing it will.
An additional projection mapping experience at Hogsmeade castle

The Christmas spectacular was so popular it makes sense that Universal might be looking to add a permanent show.
Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular being replaced

We knew this was happening but we’re yet to find out what will be replacing Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular.  Rumours state it could be a movie themed show.

Something new going in where Terminator 2: 3D was

Yep we knew this was being replaced, what it is we’re not sure. Rumours seem to suggest a high octane IP. Some are guessing Jason Bourne…

A new venue coming to Universal CityWalk where Element was

Nope, I know nothing about this one.

Our expanding hotel collection

2 hotels are expected to be built on the old Wet n’ Wild land. We’ll get confirmation soonish I’d imagine.

The continued global expansion of our partnership with Nintendo. Our sister park in Japan has already broken ground on Super Mario World; I’m sure you can’t wait to hear what’s next.

Pretty self explanatory… we just have to wait to see if we can get involved in a massive Mario Kart simulator (we think its a yes).

We’ll keep you posted when we learn more.

Smiles included…

Jamie

 

Orlando Attraction Tickets Christmas Opening Hours

Ho ho ho Thrill Seekers,

Its that time of year again when we welcome a man with a beard into our houses… nope not Gavin, NEVER LET HIM IN!!!… We obviously mean Santa!

So with that in mind our own little ticket elves need a bit of time off too so for confirmation our xmas opening hours are;

Saturday 23rd December – Closed (will have Facebook support though)

Sunday 24th December  – Closed (will have Facebook support though)

Monday 25th December – Closed

Tuesday 26th December – Closed (we will have Facebook support though)

Wednesday 27th December – We’re baaaacccckkkkk

Facebook support – If you need to contact us please feel free to message Jamie using FB messenger via our Facebook page

Have a Merry Christmas from every one here at Orlando Attraction Tickets.

Smiles included…

Jamie

What can we expect from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Star Wars – Galaxy’s Edge is one of the most anticipated new lands for a long time. Last Saturday fans attended Hollywood Studios to see some new images of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge which is coming in 2019.

Disney want Star Wars – Galaxy’s Edge to feel like a ‘real place’ in the Star Wars universe and they have also spoken about how they want to get the details ‘right’. Loads of details have been released already so we’re hoping that the stream of information will continue all the way up until it opens in 2019. We now also know that the planet is called Batuu.

The details include an image of the inside of the Millennium Falcon which is one of of the two rides coming to the MAHOOSIVE 14 acre expansion. You’ll be able to get behind the controls of the Millennium Falcon and fly it, the choices you make will have an impact on your Star Wars journey. Disney have released a image of what the inside of the Millennium Falcon will look like, you can see that they have recreated the hallway and the cockpit in which guests will be able to enter. It is said that this attraction is going to be built on multiple turntable rooms which may be a bit like Mission: Space at EPCOT. Each of the rooms is said to have Falcon interior and will increase the capacity of the ride.

Disney’s team have stated that the Millennium Falcon ride will have multiple missions for guests to complete meaning each ride will be different. Going back to what I said about how the choices you make will impact your journey, Scott Trowbridge has advised that visitors performances on the tasks will be tracked and may influence how characters throughout the land react to you. If you bring the ship back wrecked you may be on the list of a bounty hunter or even worse.. if you find yourself on Harkos’s list you may face some problems if you show up to the local Cantina. I’m guessing that this will be done through Magic Bands.

The other ride will see visitors in an attraction on a scale that has never been done before and they will feel as though they are on a Star Destroyer inside a Hangar Bay.

There is going to be more iconic spaceships in Galaxy’s Edge such as a fleet of full size X-wing fighters, see below.

Disney have also tested blue and green milk beverages which will be found in the Cantina with Rex as the DJ (you can see me attempt to make blue milk with Gavin here) and you will also be able to explore the exotic market places of Batuu to find in-universe toys and souvenirs which are said to be exclusive. Imagineers want this part to be ‘romantic and ancient’ and have visited various marketplaces in Instanbul and Morocco for inspiration! The stall in the image below is run by a “Toydarian”(who sells toys) which Trowbridge has said was introduces in Episode I: The Pantom Menace” on Tatooine.

The new land will see guests visit a remote trading port on the edge of space where characters such as BB-8, Chewbacca and members of the First Order come to life. Guests will find themselves in the middle of the action in a land so immersive you may just forget you’re in a theme park.

Who’s as excited as we are?

Smiles Included,

Abby

 

 

 

Cirque du Soleil Developing New Show For Disney Springs

Hey Thrill Seekers,

As we reported back in March this New Years Eve, the final curtain will drop on “La Nouba”, the show housed at Disney Springs and performed by the amazing Cirque du Soleil.

The popular show has been a Disney stalwart for almost 20 years and many were sad to hear that the show would be ending however yesterday Disney confirmed that Cirque du Soleil were busy developing a new original show.

The show will pay homage to Disney’s rich history of animation, with a vivid story told in a way that only Cirque du Soleil can deliver.

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Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, elaborated, stated;

We are incredibly inspired by Disney’s immense creative universe. We are convinced that bringing Disney’s magic to life on stage will touch audiences and bring them back to their childhood.

An opening date for the new show has not been announced yet but we’re expecting confirmation in the first quarter of 2018. We’ll keep you updated when we learn more.

Smiles included…

Jamie