Disney Park Pass System

Hey Thrill Seekers!

Disney have now confirmed their Park Pass System for reserving Theme Park visits to Walt Disney World Resort.

Please note – in order to use Disney’s Park Pass System you will need to have paid for your order in full and have the tickets in hand.
*express delivery is currently unavailable on 2021 orders.

If you already have your Disney tickets in hand and have linked them to your Disney account, you will receive an email from Disney in the coming days regarding the booking system.

Starting July 11th Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom will re-open followed on the 15th July by EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Disney are taking a deliberate approach that includes limits on attendance and controlled guest density to align with guidance from health and government authorities on physical distancing. They are also using technology to power creative solutions as we develop new ways for guests to visit The Most Magical Place on Earth in this unique environment. 

Please see all the information Disney have released so far on this below:

‘To manage attendance during this reopening period we are introducing the new Disney Park Pass system. During this time, all guests with a ticket or Annual Pass will be required to make a reservation in advance for each park entry, using this new online tool on DisneyWorld.com. ‘

Here are a few important details to know about this new system: 

  • You’ll need a My Disney Experience account, as this is where your Walt Disney World Resort plans are stored and managed.
  • You’ll also need a valid theme park ticket or Annual Pass that’s linked to your My Disney Experience account. 

Once you’ve logged into your My Disney Experience account and linked your ticket, you’ll have access to a calendar of available reservation dates for each theme park. If you have a multi-day ticket, you will be required to make a park reservation for each date of your visit. Families and friends can link their tickets together and look to arrange theme park entries at the same time. 

Please note, park reservations are limited in number and subject to availability. Availability can change until the reservation is finalized. At this time, guests will be able to select one park per day; visiting more than one park per day will be temporarily unavailable upon the reopening of the theme parks due to attendance limitations. Guests with existing tickets that include the Park Hopper Option or Park Hopper Plus Option have options available to them for ticket modifications and cancellations, and can visit DisneyWorld.com/Updates for more information. We hope to bring back the ability to visit more than one park per day soon and will continue to offer these add-ons for 2021 ticket purchases.

For Existing Ticket Holders: Beginning this week, we (Disney) will reach out to existing ticket holders with more information on when they will be able to check availability to make their park reservations. We will open the Disney Park Pass system to these guests in phases. Later this summer, we will resume sales of 2020 tickets, this will be based on availability of park reservations, while we continue to provide guests with existing tickets and the opportunity to make park reservations for 2020 dates.

Planning a New Trip for Next Year: By June 28, all guests will be able to purchase new theme park tickets and make their park reservations for arrivals starting in 2021 as our phased reopening continues. Guests will be able to view park reservation availability on DisneyWorld.com prior to purchasing their tickets. 

As you begin planning your upcoming visits, we’re also exploring engaging ways for guests to use their mobile tech to experience the magic – particularly now as the use of phones and apps continues to evolve. In 2021, we plan to unveil an innovative new offering as part of the My Disney Experience app that will bring features of a MagicBand to your smart devices, building on the app’s existing digital key feature.

We understand these updates may change the way you plan your visits to the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks and Disney Resort hotels for the time being. We are focused on making your Walt Disney World Resort experience magical, convenient and enjoyable. To find out more information, please visit DisneyWorld.com/Updates 

Smiles Included

Jess

Disney Will Call tickets and Magic Bands

Hey Thrill Seekers!

I just wanted to write you all a little guide about Disney Will Call tickets, how they work and how to link them to Magic Bands.

What is a Will Call ticket?

A Disney Will Call ticket will be issued as a certified Disney World Will Call Confirmation sheet. This will look like an e-ticket, but the confirmation number is assigned only to you.
The number is what you will need to use to link to My Disney Experience  before you get to Orlando. Remember you can start booking fast passes 30 days in advance (60 days if you’re staying on Disney property)
Here’s what a will call ticket will look like:

When you then arrive at a Disney park you will need to go to guest relations at a Disney park or Disney Springs or the ticket gate at the entrances. You’ll just need to show the Will Call confirmation from your phone or hand over the print out and collect your hard tickets – don’t worry your fast passes will be on these too!

My Will Call came with Magic Bands – what does this mean?

So, having Magic Bands will cut out the need to go to Guest Relations (unless you need/want ticket admission cards, simply proceed to the ticket gate at the entrance of any of the theme parks or Guest Relations at Disney Springs to pick up your admission cards.)

If you link your Will Call ticket to your Magic Bands, you’ll be able to head straight into the parks. here’s how to do this:

  1. Create or sign into your Disney account.
  2. Link your MagicBand to your Disney account.

When you arrive at the parks, just have ID and a copy of your Will Call Confirmation Number handy and a Cast Member will let you in right away.

If you experience trouble linking the Will-Call voucher to the Disney system via the smartphone App, we advise attempting the desktop version – disneyworld.com. Should the problem persist, Disney have a dedicated technical helpline and can link over the phone – 0800 16 90 749.

Smiles Included,

Jess

SeaWorld and Busch Gardens reservation information

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Here is the latest information from SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment on their reservation system.

How does the reservation process work?
Each park has implemented a reservation system requiring guests and pass members to secure a specific day for their visit in advance.
You can make reservations up until the end of 2020 at this time.

Make a reservation for Busch Gardens here

Make a reservation for SeaWorld here

Make a reservation for Aquatica here

Your tickets will be available within your customer account online under the ‘wallet’ tab. The barcode numbers are on the tickets. If you cannot see these, please contact us on live chat. If it is out of operating hours please contact us via email info@orlandoattractiontickets.co.uk

FAQ’s

All guests with existing tickets will be able to make a reservation by:

  • Visiting the park website and clicking on the “reserve your day” button
  • Identify yourself as either a ticket holder
  • Select the date you would like to visit
  • You will need your ticket barcode number and email address to confirm your reservation

Guests who purchase new tickets, Fun Cards, seasonal or annual passes will follow the prompts when buying these products.

Guests purchasing premium experiences (dining, animal interactions) will also need a reservation for the day of their visit. Please visit the park website to reserve a date for your visit by entering the ticket or pass number.

The system is not letting me make a reservations or finalize my transaction. What can I do?
If you are unable to make a reservation on your first attempt, please empty your cart by clicking remove on each item (your cart must be empty to proceed) and try again.

Does each person have to reserve individually, or can my entire party reserve at the same time?
Everyone in the party needs a reservation. Children under 3 do not require a reservation or ticket for entry.

Do I need a reservation for anyone younger than 3?
Children under 3 do not require a reservation or ticket for entry. Only ticketed guests require a reservation for entry. Children 2 and under are admitted free.

What kind of ticket holders are required to make reservations?
All ticket holders— including single day visitors, multi day ticket holders, group ticket holders, complimentary ticket holders, seasonal and annual pass members and Fun Card holders —are required to make a reservation before they visit.

Can I make a reservation on the same day as my planned visit?
Yes, a reservation can be made on the same day of your planned visit if there is inventory availability.

Can I purchase a date-specific ticket on the same day as my planned visit?
Yes, you can purchase a date-specific ticket on the same day of your visit if there is inventory availability.

I currently have a valid single-day ticket, multi day ticket, group ticket, complimentary ticket, season or annual pass, or Fun Card in my possession and I want to reserve my day. What do I do?
Go to “Reserve Now” from the park website from the home page and choose your date of visit under the ticket holder section.

I currently have a valid multi-day ticket, do I need to make a reservation for each day I plan to visit?
Yes, reservations will need to be made for each day and park a guest plans to visit. This can be done on that individual park’s website using the barcode on your multi-day ticket.

I want to purchase a multi-day/multi-park ticket. What do I need to do to reserve my day?
Reservations are required for multi-day/multi-park tickets. You can visit one park per day and must make reservations for each day and each park separately.II

I bought my ticket from a travel agent / ticket reseller, can I make reservations using this system?
Yes, if you have a voucher, you are able to make a reservation through the reservation system.

What percentage of the park’s daily capacity will be reservation-based?
100%. All guests will need to have a reservation or dated admission product to visit a park.

What happens if I show up at the park without a reservation?
We strongly discourage guests from visiting the park unless they have a reservation. Guests without reservations will only be permitted to enter if capacity is available and admission is not guaranteed.

Is there an extra charge for using the reservation system?
There is no charge for using the reservation system. The reservation system is a tool we have introduced to help manage capacity so that guests can enjoy a safe and fun experience while maintaining physical distancing.

Can reservations be transferred from one guest to another?
No. Reservations can be cancelled or rebooked at least 24 hours in advanced of the date of the reservation, but they cannot not be transferred to other guests not included on the original reservation.

What happens if I don’t show up for my reservation?
Single day and multi day tickets are non-refundable, but guests may change the reservation date up to 24 hours in advance by calling 407-545-5550. Pass members who are unable to use their reservation are asked to cancel as early as possible by calling 407-545-5550. This allows us to make space available to other guests.  

If a day is completely booked, will there be a wait list
There is not a wait list, however guests should continue to check the reservation site, as inventory may change.

Can I cancel a reservation?
Yes. Single and multi-day tickets are non-refundable, but Guests may change the date of their reservation up to 24 hours in advance by calling 407-545-5550.

I have an experience booked (dining, animal interactions). Do I still need a reservation?
Yes, all guests need a reservation for entry to the park.

I am a guest with a Discovery Cove reservation – how can I use my admission to Aquatica and SeaWorld?
Guests can make a reservation online at the park of their choice using the barcode on their Discovery Cove tickets.

I am a pass member and I want to visit another park at a discounted rate. How do I get a reservation and ticket?
Once a guest’s ticket is purchased in the pass member portal, visit the reservation page for that park to complete the reservation process.

I have a multi-park ticket/annual pass, can I visit two parks in the same day?
In order to allow as many guests as possible to experience the park, we are currently not allowing guests to reserve a visit to two parks on the same day.

My ticket is showing up as not found/expired when I register, what do I do?
Please call us at 407-545-5550 in advance of your visit. Guests without reservations will not be able to enter the park.

What do I need to bring with me to access the park?
Guests visiting will need to bring their original ticket and their photo ID for entry.

How far in advance can I make a reservation?
We are currently allowing guests to make reservations through the end of 2020.

Smiles Included

Jess

OAT

Walt Disney World 2020 ticket announcement

Hey Thrill Seekers!

Walt Disney World Resort have recently made a decision to stop sale on all new 2020 tickets.

Disney are now insisting that all customers who have a 7, 14 or 21 day Disney ticket or MNSSHP booked will need to finalise their booking by the 10th June (6pm UK time).

How does this impact OAT customers?
If you’re still travelling to Orlando in 2020 and have a booking that includes a Disney ticket (including Disney, Universal switch ticket, Orlando Passport, Ultimate Passport, Mickeys not so Scary Halloween Party etc) then you’ll need to ensure that the balance is paid in full by the 10th June 2020. The Disney tickets on your booking will then be valid to be used up until the 30th September 2021. If you have Universal included on that booking they will be valid to use until the 17th December 2021 and 3 park SeaWorld tickets will be valid to use until the 31st December 2021.
Once the balance is paid, tickets will then be dispatched within 28 days.

How can I pay my balance?
As our call centre is currently closed due to social distancing guidelines you’ll need to pay your outstanding balance by logging in to your customer account online via our website, click on ‘your bookings’ and then ‘pay an instalment’ you can then enter in the full outstanding balance and payment details. Please click here for more information on how to pay your balance

If you have Disney on your reservation and the balance has not been paid in full by the 10th June we will not be able to supply the Disney tickets to you as Disney will not allow the activation of their tickets past this date.

What does this mean for me?
If you only have Disney tickets reserved, the booking will need to be cancelled down. (standard T&C’s apply)

If you have other tickets on your booking that you wish to keep you’ll need to email in to us at info@orlandoattractiontickets.co.uk with your booking reference number so that we can cancel the Disney tickets from your booking. (standard T&C’s apply)

If you have Disney tickets on your order and we have not heard from you by the 9th June 2020 we will assume that you wish for your booking to be cancelled and will do this for you. (standard T&C’s apply)

Alternatively, if you wish to amend your booking to 2021 tickets (thus making the balance due date due 8 weeks prior to your new departure date) you’ll just need to email in to us at info@orlandoattractiontickets.co.uk with your booking reference number and one of our team can quote this for you. There will be no amendment fee, just the difference in price between the 2020 to 2021 tickets.
*please note that MNSSHP cannot be amended to 2021, if you do not want these tickets they will need to be cancelled down (standard t&c’s apply).


-Any partially used tickets will not be entitled to any refunds.-Please note that for some orders, e-tickets / will-call tickets may be provided. This is due to Disney ticket offices being closed.
Please see the following link to Disney’s official update on WDW reservations: https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/05/an-update-on-walt-disney-world-resort-reservations/

Kind regards,

Abby

OAT

Cinderella Castle is getting a Makeover!!

Hey thrill seekers,

Exciting news this afternoon!! Disney have just confirmed that Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom is getting a makeover!

‘Cinderella first transformed into a princess 70 years ago this week when the animated classic was released—and ever since, her courage and kindness have been inspiring guests and cast members alike. We are excited to share that her story has inspired a bold, shimmering and royal makeover of her namesake castle at the heart of Walt Disney World Resort.’

Here’s what the newly-enhanced Cinderella Castle will look like when work is completed:

We can see from the image that the new and improved castle will feature golden touches and more royal blue turrets.

Disney have confirmed:
You may notice this exciting work taking place as these stunning enhancements begin in the coming weeks, continuing through summer. But don’t worry! We’ll still get to catch all of our castle favorites like “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire and Happily Every After”

What do you think of the new look?

Smiles included,

Abby

Universal Celebrate 25 years of Mardi Gras with new Tasty Treats

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Universal Orlando are going big with their 25th Mardi Gras celebrations. Mardi Gras is one of my favourite events that Universal do, it’s colourful, energetic, vibrant and alongside the great floats, live entertainment there’s always a great selection of food on offer and this year is no different with new drinks and dishes to enjoy!

We’re not just getting a few new dishes here and there, this year there will be a brand spanking new food tent called Carnival Around The Universe Tent.
This particular food tent will rotate out the countries every two weeks, providing new options for you try on each visit.

Weeks 1 and 2 – Trinidad and Tobago

  • Grilled Pineapple Trini-Chow (topped with kimchi seasoning and cilantro)
  • Pholourie (fried spicy split pea dough with turmeric, curry powder and tamarind chutney)
  • Chickpea Double (served on spicy bara flatbread with cilantro and mango chutney)

Weeks 3 and 4 – Louisiana Creole

  • Softshell Crab Slider (softshell crab with organic veggie slaw and a bayou aioli)
  • Cauliflower Dirty Rice (riced cauliflower with plant-based protein crumbles, black eyed peas and Cajun spices)

Weeks 5 and 6 – Brazil

  • Pao de Quiejo (warm cheese bread served with guava dipping sauce)
  • Sweet Plantains (covered in cinnamon and sugar served with banana poppy seed dipping sauce)

The cheese bread looks amaaaaazing!

Weeks 7 and 8 – Germany

  • Sauerbraten (slow braised beef with buttered spaetzel, pickled red cabbage and topped with a red wine sauce)
  • Grilled Bratwurst (served on a potato pancake with whole grain mustard, sour cream and chives)
  • Warm Pretzel

Mardi Gras Drinks

This year, there is lots of new drinks to pair with your food, along with new souvenir cup designs. A certain number of these specialty drinks will only be available with the purchase of a food item at the location they are served.

Available in the full 20oz specialty drinks:

  • High Seas Twister (kinda like a rum punch)
  • Blue Voodoo (tasty blue margarita)
  • Carnival Lane (refreshing gin drink with fruit juices)
  • Baby Cakes (vodka drink that tastes like king cake!)
  • Bourbon Street Punch (exclusive to the Bayou Boil)
  • Coconut Water in a Coconut (non-alcoholic and available only during week 1 & 2 of Carnival Around the Universe)

Available for food & beverage 9oz pairings ONLY:

  • Hoodoo Cold Brew (pecan vodka cold brew – great with beignets)
  • Cajun Bloody Mary (pair with Jambalaya)
  • Pecan Street (vodka caramel drink available only during week 3 & 4 of Carnival Around the Universe and pairs with the Softshell Crab Slider)
  • Girl from Ipanema (gin coconut drink, my personal favorite, available only during week 5 & 6 of Carnival Around the Universe and pairs with the Pao de Quiejo)

Float Floats. These drinks are inspired by the new parade floats this year, which are themed to the Treasures of the Deep. You can find them over at Schwab’s Pharmacy in the Hollywood section of Universal Studios.

Mardi Gras Classics

You can’t have Mardi Gras without the Cajun classics. Returning to The French Quarter Courtyard are your flavorful favorites like:

  • Beignets
  • King Cake
  • Jambalaya
  • Shrimp Gumbo
  • Red Beans & Rice with Shrimp
  • Cajun Twisted Tater
  • Gator Bites
  • Crab Etouffee
  • Shrimp & Andouille Po’ Boy
  • Sausage Po’ Boy
  • Catfish Po’ Boy
  • Chicken & Andouille Po’ Boy

CityWalks offerings

There’s also lots of tasty treats to be had at CityWalk!

  • Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen
    • The French Quarter Milkshake (everything king cake in a glass)
  • Voodoo Doughnut
    • Mardi Gras Doughnut (filled with cinnamon sugar bavarian cream)
  • The Cowfish
    • Masquerade Martini (grape vodka with blue curacao and citrus flavors)
  • Bob Marley – A Tribute to Freedom
    • Party Gras Drink (vodka and coconut rum with pineapple flavors)
    • Voodoo Doctor Drink (classic margarita with a hint of black raspberry)
  • Pat O’Brien’s
    • Taste of Nola (red beans and rice, crawfish and andouille etouffee and blackened chicken with creole sauce)
  • Hot Dog Hall of Fame
    • Mardi Gras Muffuletta Platter (footlong hot dog with traditional muffuletta dressing)
  • Bread Box
    • Roast Beef Po’boy (shaved roast beef and gravy with toppings)
  • Cinnabon
    • King Cake Bon (classic Cinnabon dressed up in its Mardi Gras best)
  • CityWalk Food & Beverage Carts
    • The Jester Drink (apple whiskey with melon flavors)

Mardi Gras is running from this Saturday (1st Feb) all the way until the 2nd April so there’s loads of time to fit in all these yummy treats.

On top of all the delicious food check out the line up for the entertainment, Marshmello, Diana Ross and TLC to name a few. Click here for the full lineup and parade times

Who’s off to catch some beads this year??

Smiles included,

Abby

SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival 2020

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Like coasters, food, entertainment and beers then i’ve got just the thing for you!

Running Fri – Sun from the 7th February through to the 5th May SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival is where guests can taste their way around the world with over 180 international traditional street food options.
Guests will also be able to try craft beers while exploring marketplaces throughout the park.

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Chef Héctor Colón and his culinary masters are turning up the flavor and inviting you to experience unique eats and distinct beverages from around the world. Discover unique Asian, Latin, European, Polynesian and North Atlantic dishes throughout the park and feature a wide array of wine, speciality cocktails, and local and international craft brews.

Here’s a few of my favourite bits of the menu..

And of course, we can’t forget desserts!

In addition to delicious eats, guests visiting SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival can enjoy world-class entertainment every Saturday and Sunday at Bayside Stadium, all included with theme park admission.
SeaWorld announced the first four weeks of live entertainment, with more to be announced soon:

  • 8 February – Maddie & Tae
  • 9 February – Trace Adkins 
  • 15 February – To Be Announced
  • 16 February – Night Ranger
  • 22 February – Walk Off The Earth 
  • 23 February – Dennis DeYoung; The Music of Styx
  • 29 February – Grupo Mania
  • 1 March – Boyz II Men

Concerts are held at Bayside Stadium each Saturday and Sunday at 6pm.

If you’re in Orlando during this event I would highly recommend heading over to SeaWorld to experience the Seven Seas Food Festival!

Do SeaWorld have plans for yet another coaster?

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Whilst doing my weekly investigations I came across something very interesting.. SeaWorld appear to have filed some plans with Orange County for a new project on top of the new coaster Ice Breaker which is set to open this year. The permit is for site work which will always be the first stage in any construction project and although it will usually only mean clearing the land ready for whatever the project may be it leads us to believe a new attraction will be coming to the park and if there is ever any speculation of a new coaster we will of course roll with it!!
thecoasterkings.com put in a public records request and obtained a copy of the demolition site plan which shows the boundaries for the demolition and also a code name for the rumoured attraction ‘SWO – Penguin’

The image below posted by thecoasterkings.com shows an overlay of the site plan. It looks as though the demolition will take place in the area of the path between Bayside Stadium and SeaFire Grill as well as some of the path and roadway on the outside of the park.
Coaster kings have said that ‘the overall project area is roughly 3.6 acres – for comparison, Kraken occupies roughly 4 acres, so there’s definitely ample space here for a fairly large attraction.’

SWO Penguin Plan Overlay
Image from coasterkings.com

These early rumours point towards a possible new coaster. Screamscape have rumoured a possible B&M wing coaster as it is just about the only B&M coaster not yet featured in the vast amount of Florida theme parks. The only thing that throws me off that idea though is the code name being Penguin, now of course penguins cannot fly so a winged coaster would be a little unusual unless they themed it around penguins ‘flying’ through the water I suppose?
On the other hand, a coaster set to open this year at SeaWorld San Diego is a B&M Dive Machine called the Emperor coaster which is easiest explained with the video below..

With the code name being penguin and a new coaster coming to San Diego being based around an Emperor Penguin it could be a good shout for this 2021 project don’t you think?

some facts and figures for Emperor coming to SeaWorld San Diego this year

Either way a coaster added by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is never going to be a bad one is it!!

What would you prefer to see, a winged coaster or a dive coaster?? I’d personally prefer a dive coaster as i’m a hugeeeee fan of Sheikra at Busch Gardens, it’s a coaster that really gets your adrenaline pumping.

Of course, we’ll keep you updated if any of these rumours are confirmed, at the moment it is just speculation.

Smiles included,

Abby

Is a How to Train Your Dragon land coming to Universal’s Epic Universe?

Hey Thrill Seekers,

I’m excited to tell you that some more information has come to light about what we can expect from Universals new theme park! Orlando Park Stop have recently obtained a site plan and some other patents through a records request which appear to show what one of the IP’s will be coming to Universal’s 4th Gate – Universal’s Epic Universe.
Epic Universe looks as though it is going to be made up of around 4/5 themed lands. One of which appears to be a How to Train Your Dragon land (HTTYD) based on the popular Dreamworks film series.

Image from Orlando Park Stop

Above is the site plan that Orlando Park Stop have obtained. This site plan looks like it shows what the layout will be for the HTTYD land.
The first thing we noticed on this is of course, being ultimate thrill seekers, is the Roller Coaster. 😉 Highlighted in green we can see that the coaster seems to cover quite a large section at the top and looks as though it will take riders through various sections of the land. There is also 3 buildings that the coaster seems to pass through, these may possibly be show buildings with props inside to help tell a story throughout the ride.
It also looks like the coaster will have a dual track load and unload area as the track splits into 2 on both sides of the loading area.

The bit circled in red is where the HTTYD land is rumoured to be
A closer look

In these snippets which have been taken from the official concept art you can see that it looks like there are 2 coasters – one looks like a duelling coaster and the other a single track coaster that appears to go through the lagoon. The one we think will be part of HTTYD is the single track coaster as this section is rumoured to be the most ‘kid friendly’ part of the Universe (The duelling style one is slightly out of the boundaries of the HTTYD land so we’re excited to see what that could be!)

Also within this land it appears that there is 2 Gerstlauer Sky Fly rides next to eachother on the plans, want to know what one of those is? Check the picture above and the description from the company that makes them here: Want to feel like a pilot mastering flight? Gerstlauer Amusement Rides’ Sky Fly, a world’s first, makes it possible. The ride is based on the ‘Sky Roller’ and features an interactive experience for every rider.
Once the 12 comfortable single-rider gondolas are carried aloft, there is no stopping. The gondola brakes are released and thanks to control wings every rider is able to roll over. Everyone decides whether the ride turns into a hair-raising flight-adventure or ends up to be ‘just’ a scenic flight. Sky Fly is for everyone! Since the boom is tilted, the riders go up 72 ft (22 m) and come down each revolution.


In the part of the land with a lagoon there are rumours of a ‘boat’ ride – likely an interactive attraction where riders can shoot targets (and people) using water cannons.

In the middle of the site plans, the building which I have circled in red is rumoured to house a flying simulator ride. It is what everyone has been expecting since rumours first started for a HTTYD land!
At first we thought a ‘Flight of Passage’ style ride would be perfect however Universal have filed some patents which suggest otherwise..

Patent obtained by Orlando Park Stop

In the above patented technology for a flying theatre style ride you can see that there appears to be screens below and in-front of riders who will be hanging – in an almost paragliding position.
Now obviously this is still rumoured as nothing has been confirmed by Universal yet but in my opinion it would be a cool dragon ride, don’t you agree?

I’m excited to learn more about this land as well as other area’s of Universal’s Epic Universe as they’re released! 🙂

Smiles Included,

Abby

New Information on Super Nintendo World – Japan

Hey Thrill Seekers,

So Universal Studios Japan have released information on Super Nintendo World. It is set to open in summer before the Olympics in Tokyo, there is no official opening date as of yet.
Super Nintendo World will be the first area based on Nintendo characters. Universal have said that the lands interactive environments will connect using ‘state of the art’ tech to create an immersive experience and to allow guests and fans alike to discover the excitement of their favourite games.

Universal have released this music video for Super Nintendo World which shows a bit more of what we can expect from this new world.

Power Up Bands

Before we talk about the two attractions I wanted to talk about the ‘Power Up Bands’ according to a reporter Kurumi Mori who attended a press event the Power Up bands will sync with a smartphone app and track digital activities. According to Mori, the Power Up bands will allow guests to collect digital coins and compete against other attendees of the park. She also posted a few photos on twitter from the event which show what the bands and app will look like.
The mobile app looks as though it will feature a map for finding where the interactive points are plus where the attractions etc are. You’ll be able to create a profile and unlock achievements.

We see during the music video the main lady who is wearing a band reaches her hand up to a ‘?’ box, just like the third image below. This is an example of how the bands will be able to be used around the area. The easiest thing to compare it to is Tapu Tapu’s at Volcano Bay… you know, where you tap it to drench unsuspecting people floating down the lazy river with water. 😉
The Power Up bands will need to be purchased, like the interactive wands in the Wizarding World.

Mario Kart ride

We now know that the Mario Kart ride will be the Flagship ride in all of the Nintendo Worlds – Japan (2020) Hollywood (2021) Orlando (2023) and Singapore (2025)
Since it first came about in August 1992, a staggering 27 years ago it has continued to be a game that is loved and still played worldwide. Bringing it to life in its own world is a great move in my opinion. Finally, fans will be able to immerse themselves into the world of Mario Kart and race just like Mario and his friends do!
In the video we see a little clip of what looks like will be the Mario Kart ride:

I know it’s bad quality but it looks as though each kart will consist of 4 passengers – two at the front and two at the back.
From a video released by Theme Park Stop i’ve been able to see that there will be 2 tracks that will run side by side so it really feels like you’re racing the kart next to you. It will be a dark ride that uses a busbar system meaning that vehicles will get power from the track itself.
Riders will pass through scenes from famous tracks like Rainbow Road and Nintendo characters will ride up alongside you.. It has also been said that there will be less 3d screens than expected and more real size characters and props. – These are still just rumours as they have not yet been confirmed by Universal.
The details on this ride are still pretty shady but we’ll keep you updated when we find out any more information.

Yoshi’s Adventure

The Yoshi ride has been described as a family-friendly attraction where you get to ‘ride on the back’ (technically in) of the most beloved dinosaur in the world. The section I have circled below is where the Yoshi ride is rumoured to be. Guests will enter the ride through the Gold pipe at the bottom of the circle by the looks of things and it has also been said that the carts will come outside where riders will get spectacular views of Super Nintendo World!

It looks as though guests will enter Super Nintendo World through Peaches Castle which can be seen in the bottom left corner of the above image,
We’ve also spotted Bowsers Castle which looks like it will be another statement building in this world.

Now from all the information i’ve been able to gather, Super Nintendo World looks a bit more like ‘Super Mario World’ with only Mario and his friends making appearances.
Although we agree that Mario is Nintendo’s most famous franchise we are hoping to see the likes of Pokemon, Donkey Kong and Zelda in Orlando’s version.

What do you think of the power up bands and attractions set to be at Super Nintendo World?

Smiles Included

Abby