What Can We Expect From Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure?

Hey Thrill Seekers,

We less than a month away from the official opening of Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure at Universal’s Islands of Adventure I for one am SUPER excited!

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Today Universal gave us a sneak peak and some additional about what we can expect from one of this years most anticipated rides!

From rich sets and an actual forest with 1,200 trees to ground-breaking coaster technology and a captivating storyline, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure will be the most highly-themed, immersive coaster experience yet – becoming the world’s first “story coaster.”  

Epic Thrills Await Within the Forbidden Forest…

Get ready to soar into one of the most mysterious places in the Wizarding World – the Forbidden Forest. Aboard magical motorbikes, guests will actually feel the freedom of flight as they journey to the edge of the forest – regardless of if they’re on the motorcycle or in the adjacent sidecar. They’ll ascend above the trees, rapidly accelerate through mysterious ruins, speed forward – and backward, and so much more as they search for the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures.

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The “story coaster” will feature innovative technology that is integrated so seamlessly into the surrounding environments, guests won’t know what to expect next. Along the way, they’ll experience thrills they’ve never felt on a coaster before, including:  

  • The most launches of any roller coaster in the world – with 7 total launches
  • Unexpectedly dropping nearly 17 feet on the first coaster in the U.S. to feature a free-fall vertical drop
  • Being catapulted 65 feet in the air at a more than 70 degree angle – and then immediately dropping backward in one movement

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure will also be the longest roller coaster in Florida, measuring nearly a mile in length (5,053 feet).

Your Adventure Begins When You Enter the Ruins…

Before taking off on an exciting journey through the Forbidden Forest, guests will enter ruins which appear to have been abandoned for centuries behind Hagrid’s hut. The ruins were imagined and brought to life by Universal’s award-winning Creative team in collaboration with the Harry Potter films’ Production Designer, Stuart Craig, and Art Director, Alan Gilmore. Hagrid now uses the ruins for groundskeeping at Hogwarts. And this is where guests’ Care of Magical Creatures class will begin.

As they make their way to their enchanted motorbikes, guests will see materials from the class, including dragon eggs on the verge of hatching and a makeshift nursery where Hagrid kept his Blast-Ended Skrewts – the creatures that are being brought to life for the first time ever for this epic new adventure. Guests will encounter beloved characters from the Harry Potter films including Arthur Weasley, Hagrid, and his loyal dog, Fang, through a pre-show experience brought to life with digital projection and special effects. During this interaction, guests learn about their impending trip to the Forbidden Forest as part of their lesson for the day. Islands of Adventure.

Abby and Gavin will be live from the official opening so keep your eyes peeled for additional news.

Smiles included…

Jamie

Free Beer is back all summer long at SeaWorld

Hey Thrill Seekers,

I bring good news! Free beer is back at SeaWorld Orlando for the summer! As well as Busch Gardens during their 60th anniversary celebrations!

SeaWorld Orlando visitors can claim a free beer sample at the park all summer long. Guests 21 years of age and older can pick up one complimentary USA domestic beer (398ml / 14 ounces) at Mama’s Pretzel Kitchen Patio Bar per day, from 10.30 am to one hour before the park closes from the 25th May to the 2nd September.

Park guests at SeaWorld Orlando are also invited to enjoy a weekday Happy Hour at 4pm all summer long from 10 May to 2 September. Happy Hour will feature buy one, get one free offers on beer, wine, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages at Flamecraft Bar, Shark’s Underwater Grill Bar and Waterway Grill Bar.

CHEERS 🙂

Smiles included,

Abby

Is Abyss Coming To SeaWorld Orlando

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Mako, Kraken and Manta… the triple threat. 3 of the best coasters in Orlando but could they be about to become a quadruple quandary!

Rumour has it (and some plans submitted to local authorities) that SeaWorld Orlando are building a new coaster set to debut in 2020. The new coaster which is being built by coaster company Premier has similarities to Tigris and based on recent trademark filings could be called ABYSS.

Now some reports are describing the new attraction as a family coaster but don’t let that put you off, from what we’re hearing the coaster will have up to 4 launches with airtime and inversions that would reach a max speeds of up to 55 mph.

The image above provided by thecoasterkings.com, shows details of how we believe the new coaster will be positioned. It will be housed near Shamu Stadium and Mango Joe’s Restaurant which will lose part of its outside area to make way for the Abby’s queue.

The coaster itself, is rumoured to have 4 launches and will start by launching backwards up an incline that will have a curl to it, the coaster will then all forward (like Tigris) onto a second launch element with will propel it up a top hat element, a top hat or top cap consists of an ascent at a 90 degree angle immediately followed by a 90-degree descent. The top hat will be located near the Bayside Stadium, and will provide some great airtime (think Mako). The train will then hop over a guest pathway into a relatively undeveloped area near Ports of Call. There will probably be a few helixes and airtime hills, then the train will go back over the pathway and roll into the station.

SeaWorld haven’t confirmed any of this and it is thoroughly classed as a rumour but I like the sound of ABYSS, assuming that what it will be called.

We’ll keep you posted when we learn more.

Smiles included…

Jamie

Universal Monsters House Confirmed For HHN29

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Universal have confirmed that Dracula, Wolfman, Frankenstein and more will be making an appearance at Halloween Horror Nights 29. Yey!!!!

Here’s what Universal had to say;

In this all-new haunted house the world’s most terrifying monsters unleash havoc – thirsty for anything and everything in their paths. As you try to escape to safety, you’ll step into each monster’s domain – but beware – they refuse to let anyone get out alive…

Come face-to-face with Dracula in his gothic castle, the Wolfman in a dark Bavarian forest, and the man-made monster within Dr. Frankenstein’s lab. And if you survive them, you still may encounter the vicious Creature of the Black Lagoon, the ancient evil of the Mummy and more.

Universal Monsters joins Stranger Things  and Nightingales Blood Pit for this years HHN29 with 7 more houses yet to be announced.

Screams included…

Jamie

Disney Confirm New Fireworks Show For Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Hey Thrill Seekers,

For the first time in 14 year Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party will be getting a new fireworks show.

The new show will feature state-of-the-art projection effects, lasers, lighting and dazzling fireworks that come together to tell a not-so-scary story about how anything can happen on Halloween night.

The show will take guests along on a trick-or-treating adventure, where four friends – Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy – find themselves drawn into a mysterious haunted house. The journey takes them from one room of the house to another, encountering dancing skeletons, waltzing ghosts and a whole series of troublemaking Disney villains.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party will also include the following “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular,” featuring the Sanderson Sisters and Disney villains the likes of Oogie Boogie, Dr. Facilier and Maleficent.

“Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade,” which happens twice nightly and features favorite Disney characters dressed in their Halloween best, along with the Disney villains and a cavalcade of fiendishly fun floats. Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam in Fantasyland is the spot for all of the young partygoers to get their groove on with favorite Disney Junior characters like Doc McStuffins and Vampirina.

In Frontierland, prospector Cactus-Flower Cate rounds up youngsters for the “Frontierland Costume Promenade,” encouraging them to show off their costumes in a quest for the greatest treasure in the land – candy! The “Frontierland Costume Promenade” takes place just prior to each run of Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade and of course, Trick-or-treating throughout the park!

You can purchase Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Tickets from Orlando Attraction Tickets.

Smiles included…

Jamie

Disney Confirm Travel Times on Skyliner Gondola Transportation

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Not only have Disney been busy creating their largest ever land expansion with Star Wars: Galaxys Edge but they’ve also been working on a new transportation system called Skyliner Gondola’s, the cable car style people movers will be decorated to fit Disney’s look and feel.

Today Disney has confirmed the approximate journey times you can expect when riding a Skyliner.

From Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort to Disney’s Hollywood Studios – 5-6 minutes

From Disney’s Caribbean Beach resort to Disney’s Pop Century Resort or Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – under 6 minutes

From Disney’s Caribbean Beach resort to Disney’s Riviera Resort – 5 minutes

From Disney’s Caribbean Beach resort to International Gateway at Epcot – 15 minutes 

From Disney’s Riviera Resort to International Gateway at Epcot – 9 minutes 

I image the views from these bad boys will be spectacular and I for one cannot wait to try them out.

Do you think the additions will help with the traffic congestion?

Smiles included…

Jamie

Universal Orlando Confirm Holiday Dates

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Yep now Easter is over it means Christmas is just around the corner… kind of… so with that in mind Universal have confirmed their seasonal dates.

Visit from November 16, 2019, to January 5, 2020, to experience a one–of–a–kind holiday.

Don’t just get merry. Add a dash of mischief as you enjoy this resort-wide celebration. Enjoy the views, shows, and food during Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Experience Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s. 

 Watch the live retelling of Dr. Seuss’s classic holiday tale starring The Grinch in The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular.  

Check out this video for allllll the info (that we have so far) 😉

Smiles Included,

Abby

Disney Announces Rivers of Light: We Are One

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Just over 2 years go Rivers of Light debuted at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and has since enchanted guests with a nighttime pageant of illuminated lantern floats, grand theatrical imagery, music and special effects and now, not even 3 years after it’s debut Disney have decided it’s time that guests get to see the next chapter of this spectacle called Rivers of Light: We Are One

“Rivers of Light: We Are One” introduces additional, stunning imagery and familiar animal characters from Disneynature films, along with a colorful tapestry of classic moments from Disney animation, to express our connection with animals and the emotions and milestones we all share in our journey through the great circle of life.

The music of “Rivers of Light: We Are One” weaves together the original musical score and familiar Disney themes to create a powerful arrangement that inspires and carries you through moments of discovery, fun, friendship, fear, love and family.

“Rivers of Light: We Are One” comes to the Discovery River Amphitheater at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, beginning Memorial Day Weekend 2019 which i believe is the weekend beginning 25th May… 🙂

What do you think of this addition? I personally think it’s gunna be awesome, hoping to hear and see lots of Lion King references too!

Smiles Included,

Abby

Centaurs confirmed for Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Next up to be confirmed for Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure are the majestic Centaurs.

Here’s what Universal had to say:

A Centaur is a magical creature with a human head, torso and arms, joined to a horse’s body. They are, however, their own species and should be treated with great respect.

As you make your way into the dark forest on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, look out for this mysterious archer in the distance ready to strike. He stands at 8 ft. tall, which would probably make him a great athlete in the Muggle world.

Fun Facts:

  • In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Hagrid is friendly with the Centaur herds as he regularly enters the Forbidden Forest to help injured creatures
  • According to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, these forest-dwelling beings usually live in herds of between 10 and 50 and are well-versed in magical healing, divination, archery and astronomy
  • Centaurs made their first appearance in the films during Harry Potter’s detention in the Forbidden Forest in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

As the reveal week comes to an end, next up will be the final creature – not seen before in the films. Careful, you may want to approach from the front… Here’s a hint…

Looks a bit.. Wingy to me….

What do you reckon?

Smiles Included,

Abby

Devil’s Snare confirmed for Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure

Hey Thrill Seekers,

News just in (as we guessed) that Devil’s Snare is the latest announcement for Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure.

This coaster that is set to be the most immersive, highly-themed coaster experience yet, and take you on a thrilling journey with Hagrid to the Forbidden Forest to discover the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures. We’ve already had Fluffy and Cornish Pixies announced and today even though it’s not a creature, Universal said they couldn’t pass up the opportunity to mention this perilous plant from the wizarding world – often strangling people who touch it with its dexterous vines. Devil’s Snare flourishes in damp, dark environments and it has a strong dislike of light and fire – remember that for your journey!

Speaking of your journey, Devil’s Snare is one of the many challenges you’ll face on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. You may even find yourself entangled in a thicket of this dangerous plant but remember to remain calm! If you don’t, you may end up entangled in hundreds of its vines…

And fun fact about Devil’s Snare, it made its first film appearance in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone when the brave Hermione told her friends how to defeat this dangerous force.

The fourth creature is a majestic being not to be confused with a horse or human….

Centaur

Smiles Included,

Abby