Dollar Off Drinks Card Sign New Location

Hey Thrill Seekers,

If you don’t know, you should know… When you spend over £500.00 on a ticket order you can choose from one of our free smile alert cards to add on to your booking. One of these smile alert cards is the Dollar Off Drinks card.

Save $1 every time you order your favourite drink in over 60 Orlando locations.  Soda…coffee…adult beverage…it doesn’t matter – the card covers them all! 

Whether it’s the infamous “Just One” or making an evening of it with family and friends, it’s always great to pay less for your drink than the person next to you! Savings from the Dollar Off Drink Card makes your bank account a little happier.

We have recently been informed that Dollar off Drinks have signed a new bar Downtown that shows ever Premier League games live.  It’s called The Harp & Celt Irish Pub. What’s better is that they even open up for the early games which can start as early as 7:30am. Beer and footy at 7am? Sounds great to me!

There’s also so much to do Downtown after the games such as  Lake Eola, Farmers Market, special events and so on.  The best way to get downtown is an Uber and it will roughly cost $15.00 from I-Drive.  There also have around 5 more bars/restaurants where you can use your Dollar Off Drinks card.

Smiles included,

Abby

Halloween Horror Nights 27 Confirm Scare Zones

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Seems like every time I post something in the morning about HHN27 they announce something new in the afternoon…

With the lack of information up until now I’m definitely not complaining.  This afternoon Universal have confirmed the scare zone.

What is a Scare Zone?

Scare Zones are the part of Halloween Horror Nights that nobody can escape. In certain parts of Universal Studios creatures roam the streets looking for victims.

This year Universal are inviting visitors to The Festival of the Deadliest – an ancient tradition from the depths of where nightmares are born. Remember to pack those spare pants cos here’s what awaits you.

Trick ‘r Treat

Get a proper Halloween education in Universal’s Central Park scare zone inspired by the film Trick ‘r Treat. HHN27 are excited to have Sam visit and make sure we follow the rules of Halloween.

In this zone, you’ll have the opportunity to come face-to-face with several characters from the film, and learn for yourself what happens when you don’t follow the rules.

The Purge

The Purge returns to the streets of New York but this time Universal’s approach is to create a zone that showed how they think the events of a Purge night might play out in on the streets.
There are some fan favourites returning such as the open auction and a very polite gentleman. There are also some new surprises in store.

Altars of Horror

Near the front gate, on Avenue of the Stars, you’ll find the Altars of Horror.
In this zone, Universal are introducing some of the larger than life characters featured in this year’s houses and letting them have their own scare zone.

Invasion!

Set in a time decades ago, the docks in San Francisco find themselves the victim of an INVASION! Visitors from far beyond have crashed their vessel, and are now wreaking havoc on the streets of San Francisco.
They aren’t just here to destroy; these invaders are also on a mission to learn everything they can about us humans. Careful, or you may find yourself on the experiment table at the mercy of an alien scientist.

Roaming Hordes

Finally, no Halloween Horror Nights would be complete without roaming hordes. This time, it’s the smell of the greasepaint, the roar of the chainsaw. Unhappy with how popular culture has made clowns scary, this grotesque gang of gigglers has risen from the grave determined to show the world that if you want scary clowns, they’re going to make sure you get your worst nightmare.

ACADEMY OF VILLAINS: AFTERLIFE (Show)

The ACADEMY OF VILLAINS: AFTERLIFE will be returning to put on an all-new killer performance. This group of powerhouse artists will make you bear witness to what happens after we leave this life. They’re going to give you one mind-blowing and shocking dance performance that will escort you from this world to the great beyond.

Screams Included…

Jamie

Grand Avenue – The Third New Land Coming to Hollywood Studios this Autumn!

Hey Thrill Seekers!

There is so much going on in regards to new Disney attractions and lands that I can’t keep up! Today i’m focused on Hollywood Studios. Two of the main additions heading to Hollywood Studios are going to be Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Toy Story Land but today Disney have announced some information on another part of the park which is going to be transformed.

Muppets Courtyard and part of the former Streets of America, is being re-imagined by the Walt Disney Imagineers to become a new area called Grand Avenue.

Grand Avenue will be inspired by the unique culture of downtown Los Angeles,  where vintage office buildings and warehouses are being converted to exciting new uses. Guests will get to see “merchants” appear in the area, such as music shops, loft apartments, a tailor and more. Disney say that each window on the street will feature ‘charming displays’. It seems as though these will be fake storefronts that guests won’t be able to enter but will add loads of atmosphere and ‘feels’ to the area.

The current Muppets Courtyard is set to become Grand Park ‘an urban square off Grand Avenue surrounded by shops and restaurants like PizzeRizzo and Mana Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano.’  If you are visiting Hollywood Studios in the near future you will already be able to see some changes such as the Muppets Theatre being renamed to the ‘Grand Arts Theatre.’  Don’t worry though – All the favourites such as Kermit and Miss Piggy continue to be stars in the Muppet*Vision 3D show!

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“California craft ales, lagers and cider are the stars of the drink menu. California wines on tap along with specialty cocktails are not to be missed either. A gourmet non-alcoholic lemonade and soda on tap round out the drink selection. If you’re feeling peckish, try one of the small bites, including a Bavarian pretzel with mustard and beer-cheese fondue, spiced almonds or a charcuterie board featuring California cheeses.”

BaseLine Tap House is something me and Teresa spoke about a few weeks ago on our all girl Facebook Live. The new corner pub will feature Californian beers and wines along with a selection of small bites (and lots of cheese!!) The pictures above are making me seriously hungry!

Grand Avenue will be opening to guests this Autumn, not too far away at all! I for one cannot wait as it sounds right up my street (or avenue should I say 😉 )

Smiles Included,

Abby

How Close To Halloween Horror Nights Offical Line Is This?

Hey Thrill Seekers,

We love a bit of speculation here at Orlando Attraction Tickets and today we got sent this fan made “map” based on current rumours of what we can expect at this years HHN27 (if you made this map, please let us know so we can credit you).

You’ll note it includes houses recently confirmed by Universal like SAW, The Shining and American Horror Story it also includes Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure which we’ve learnt will be its last appearance at Halloween Horror Nights.

 

It also takes a stab (yep I went there)at guessing what the other houses will be… and they’re pretty close to what we think too.

Outside IP

As we mentioned recently we think the last house made up of IP not created by Universal will be a Blumhouse maze. We believe the house will incorporate several Blumhouse films including Sinister, Ouija, and Insidious.

Original IP

The original ip’s this year seem to nod to previous years;

  • Bayou of Blood which made an appearance at HHN24
  • Vampire Hive perhaps similar to Vampire ’55 that appeared last year
  • Angels Vs Demons
  • Harvest of the souls which appeared at HHN16

Scarezones

  • The Purge appeared at HHN24
  • Sci-Fi Creatures
  • Trick n’ Treat
  • Festival
  • IP Zone

Shows

  • Bill & Teds Excellent Halloween Show
  • Academy of Villains

Assuming this is correct or at least very close to it HHN27 looks like it will be one HELL of a show (yep went there too).

Which house are you looking forward to most?

Screams included…

Jamie

Is Fear Factor Live Closing To Be Replaced By The Ministry of Magic?

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Today Universal confirmed that Bill & Teds Excellent Halloween Adventure would not be returning after this year and that HHN27 would be their farewell tour.

This has lead to a lot of speculation regarding the future of Fear Factor Live, the location where Bill & Teds is performed. Fear Factor Live has been continually rumoured to be on the Universal chopping blog and from what we’re hearing it could well be time for the axe to fall.

What could be replacing it?

The strongest rumour and a rumour that has been doing the rounds for a very long time now is the Ministry of Magic. As some of  you may already know, if you head inside the red telephone box outside Diagon Alley and dial MAGIC (62442) you’ll be answered with a message stating ‘the ministry of magic is not open’ which has always led to speculation that Universal maybe considering it.

Ministry of Magic

There has been loads and loads of rumours surrounding “phase 3” and the Ministry of Magic – the largest rumour has always been that Fear Factor Live is going to be demolished to make way for London.. and the centre of the British magical community’s government.

To place it here would mean it would be an expansion of Diagon Alley and not a third Wizarding World attraction. Universal don’t do things by halves though and I would still expect new rides, shops and food places if this were to happen.

I’ve had a little think about what sort of attraction could appear along with the Ministry of Magic and I think it would be something along the lines of battles within the Ministry of Magic, fighting off dementors , watching a duel between Professor Dumbledore and Lord Voldermort or as Jamie mentioned in his previous blog – more interactive wand opportunities and maybe even classes for young Wizard and Witches.

All of the talk and hype about this potentially happening will hopefully give Universal a push to maybe confirming the rumours to be true?

Smiles included…

Jess

 

Universal Confirm Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure Will End

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Ah what a shame, Halloween Horror Nights high energy, often risky Bill & Ted show will officially close this year.

For anyone not family with Bill & Teds Excellent Halloween Adventure the show features San Dimas’s greatest rock stars Bill S. Preston, Esquire and Ted “Theodore” Logan as they go on a most excellent adventure in their time machine telephone booth.

The show itself usually entails terrible (in a good way) jokes, sexy dancers and great singers. The show is renowned for its sideways look at pop culture and it often risky dialogue. So its a great shame to see that HHN27 will be the duo’s last every show.

The show did seem to be a bit of a jump off point for many Universal creative types including Mike Aiello who got his big break helping to write the scripts.

Jason Horne, Show Director with Creative Development at Universal Orlando Resort said;

On a personal note, I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of writing for and directing Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure for the past 7 years. It goes without saying that this show means a lot to me. Working on Bill and Ted’s has become one of the most enjoyable parts of my year—and they have meant a lot to so many people.

Bill & Ted’s made its debut at Halloween Horror Nights in 1992 and has been host to many, many performers over the years.

This year’s show is everything you’d expect from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure. It’s relevant. It’s ridiculous. It’s irreverent. It’s edgy. And at the end of the day… it’s just a good time.

If you get the chance you should definitely watch Bill & Teds!

Rumour – We have heard rumour that Fear Factor (where Bill & Teds is housed) could be closing down to perhaps be replaced with a Ministry of Magic area.

Smiles included & be excellent to each other…

Jamie

Are Disney Preparing To Introduce Indiana Jones Land?

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Its a rumour that’s been doing the rounds for a few months now but for some reason its recently been picking up steam.

Disney purchased the rights to Indiana Jones in the same deal that saw it grab Star Wars and although the franchise has gone off the boil lately (Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) it is still seen as having potential especially as we can expect a 5th movie in 2020.

Here’s the latest provided by one of my favourite blogs Orlando Informer

Where?

We’re hearing that Animal Kingdom could be Indiana’s home with the new land replacing all of DinoLand, USA.

Plans

Rumour has it that approx. half the attractions will be receiving a theming overhaul and the other half being totally remove and replaced by brand-new experiences.

Their flagship attraction Dinosaur, is expected to be re-skinned as Indiana Jones Adventure. The Boneyard Fossil Fun Site is expected to get a makeover and re-themed to be an archaeology dig. Dino-Rama miniland, TriceraTop Spin and Primeval Whirl are expected to make way for new shop, eating experiences and perhaps a new main attraction.

When?

Disney obviously have a lot in the pipeline at the moment but the introduction of an Indiana Jones land shouldn’t prove as costly as say Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge which may be attractive to the Disney hierarchy. I wouldn’t have thought we’ll see it, assuming it happens, before 2021.

What do you think of the idea of a Indiana Jones themed Land, does it fit in at Animal Kingdom?

Smiles included…

Jamie

Universal confirm SAW for Halloween Horror Nights 27

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Just as we predicted this morning Universal have today confirmed that JIGSAW will be returning to HHN27. Yey!!!

Here’s what Universal had to say;

Jigsaw’s return in our brand new haunted house—SAW: The Games of Jigsaw—allows us to place our guests into the twisted situations that fans of the film series have grown to love throughout the years. And while there are nods to the Halloween Horror Nights 19 house, make no mistake:  this is not that house.

About the concept

During concept, we were very excited to examine the evolution of Jigsaw in the new film and how that might affect the guests’ experience- *Spoiler alert: You’ll be part of a living preview of a trap featured in the new film JIGSAW coming out Oct. 27. Go. See. It.

Different Location

Also, placing the house in a different location this time around gave us another way to elevate the scares. SAW: The Games of Jigsaw functions as one large trap. You’ll be funnelled through claustrophobic, visceral experiences and be a part of the most terrifying “games” ever devised on screen. Trials that you may be familiar with and some that are completely unknown to you— sounds fun.


I’m so excited for this one… HHN27 looks like its going to be scaretastic!!! So far we have;

You can still get tickets for Halloween Horror Nights directly from Orlando Attraction Tickets. Our frequent fear pass is available for just £96 per person.

Screams included…

Jamie

OAT Live – Episode 14 Abby Makes Blue Milk LIVE

Hey Thrill Seekers,

To say that Abby is no Gordon Ramsey is an understatement, in this episode you’ll see exactly why she should never be in charge of kitchen.

The guys also discuss Disney, Universal and Merlin plus play a game of hire or lower based on theme park attendances.

You can find out how to properly make Star Wars Blue Milk here;

About OAT Live

OAT Live is broadcast from Orlando Attraction Tickets HQ twice a month. Hosted by Abby & Gavin the show highlights theme park news, reviews and tips.

Smiles included…

Jamie

What does this image tell us about HHN27?

Hey Thrill Seekers,

On Saturday we posted a pic on our facebook page gathered from the Halloween Horror Nights twitter account, the picture shows 4 images taken by a team member who walked through a few of the houses for this years HHN27.

The typewriter image (top left)  is probably from The Shining house as the letters that are being pressed spell out Redrum  (murder backwards) which is part of the plot in the film.

(Top right) Is the side profile of a Skull. From what we know of the IP’s already announced I don’t think this pictures relates to any of them, so we can only assume that this is an original Universal IP. Looks to me like its part of jungle/swamp scene perhaps voodoo related? Bayou of Blood perhaps?

The old style tap recorder (bottom left) with the times on 666 is probably a reference from the Evil Dead. The tweet came with the comment

I believe I have made a significant find…

If you google this it brings back;

The final image (bottom right) could be anything if I’ honest. I can’t decide if its Leatherface, Scarecrows or a Mummy?

What we do definitely know is that there will be 9 houses in total made up of  5 “outside” ip’s The Shining for example and 4 original Universal created IP’s. As we already know that HHN27 will have

  • The Shining
  • American Horror Story
  • Ash Vs The Evil Dead

It leaves just 2 other outside IP’s to be announced at this point I’m guessing

    • SAW/Jigsaw
    • Blumhouse of Horrors

SAW because we know there’s a new film coming out this year so it kind of makes sense and Blumhouse of Horror mainly because of strong information regarding a recent trademark application filed last month for an “amusement park attraction” to be named “Blumhouse of Horrors”, which we expect to be a mashup of Blumhouse IP’s. Universal already have a relationship with Blumhouse who have a pretty impressive list of films that include The Purge, Insidious and Paranormal Activity.

This would suggest that perhaps we wont see a Walking Dead house this year, which might be seen as good thing as the IP has featured heavily for the past few years in Orlando.

The final 4 houses will be IP’s created solely by the Universal team and could see the return of a few favourites from the past. What we do know is that Universal will be dropping more details in the next couple of weeks.

We’ll keep you posted.

Screams included…

Jamie