Is Disney’s new patent application for Lightsabers?

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Lets talk LIGHTSABERS!!

We came across a patent at the beginning of this year which looked as though it was Disney’s door to having pretty much real life lightsabers in their park when Galaxy’s Edge opens HOWEVER a new patent has recently been filed which also points to lightsabers but using completely different and more realistic technology.

Let’s take a look at what we learned in Jan and what we’ve learned today..

January Patent

Back in January Disney filed a patent called ‘audience interaction projection system’ which looked like they were developing a system that will allow guests to ‘carry a physical hilt that can interact with an augmented reality apparatus of some type.

According to the patent the physical hilt would contain positioning and motion sensors – like a Wii controller. The patent didn’t specifically mention Star Wars however they do look like weapons in lightsaber shapes and it mentioned ways in which users can use the technology to interact with the environment and fight enemies.

The patent stated the following:

 “An audience interaction projection system provides a lighting feature that provides a new way for an audience member to participate in an entertainment experience; e.g., theatrical performance, theme park feature, concert, sporting event, movie, etc. The audience member may actually feel as if they are launching powerful beams of laser-like light toward objects on the stage.”

The patent also appeared to discuss drones and how the ‘lightsabers’ could communicate with drones.. It stated “Multiple LEDs can be activated in sequence at various times to give the user the impression that the movement by the user of the faux lightsaber is deflecting multiple laser beams,”

From what we understood from this patent back in January, there is a projector beaming light toward it. The projector technology would then be able to project visible light that is invisible until it hits the intended device — again, a lightsaber — and “rendering the visible light as a beam that appears to emanate from the object rather than from the light source.”

Newest Patent

Now this patent shows a completely different and in my opinion, more realistic way to bring lightsabers to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Called ‘Sword Device with Retractable, Internally Illuminated Blade’ shows a lightsaber style design which allows the ‘beam’ to shoot out of the hilt and retract in a way that is more realistic than the current replica’s and toys you can purchase which are either triangle shaped or you end up having to screw the blade in.

The patent application states:

“Briefly, the inventors recognised that there was a need for a new special effects device that can be used as a theatrical prop, toy, or collector’s item that effectively simulates fictional energy swords including the lightsabers found in many popular films. Particularly, the special effects device (or energy sword, lightsaber prop, or the like) is specially configured to provide an extendable and retractable energy blade that appears to emanate from a handheld hilt due to a lighting effect that appears to provide bright hilt-based lighting.”

In a post by wdwinfo.com they break down the idea of this patent to a simpler explanation.. “The idea behind how it works is genius, because it is based in an action many of us nerds performed in our youth (or last Tuesday). Have you ever extended a tape measure and retracted it, pretending it was a lightsaber? I have, and I had no idea that what I was doing would be used by Disney inventors years later. Imagine two tape measures, both with half-circle cross sections, placed together to create a tube. Disney’s lightsaber hilt would include two spools, one for each half of a cylinder; when extended by a motor the spools would shoot out the two halves, joining them together and producing a lightsaber-blade shape. The opening of the hilt is shaped to overlap the sides or “zip” them together, making for one solid blade. A lightsaber’s gotta light, so LEDs or other lighting elements could be affixed to the “tape” to create the effect, evened out by an anisotropic diffuser to give the appearance of one long, solid light.”

This technology could be used for lightsabers to be purchased in the parks and hotel, for shows that will take place in Galaxy’s Edge and of course for collectors to add to their stashes. 😉

Now I think what we’ve seen in the second patent will be what Disney go with, do you? Obviously Disney file patents all the time with some never coming to life but I think this really goes to show that they are working real hard towards having light sabers in the parks for Galaxy’s Edge.

Smiles Included,

Abby

 

What we know so far from IAAPA 2018

Hey Thrill Seekers,

So the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (more commonly known as IAAPA) which is an annual trade show and conference for theme parks, water parks, zoos, aquariums, museums and more is currently going on at the Orange County Convention Center and i’ve done a quick recap of what we know so far.

Disney

Chairman Bob Chapek revealed some new information regarding the Skyliner, GOTG coaster and Star Wars: Galaxy’s edge.

Disney Skyliner – We now know that this is due to open in the fall of 2019 and that the last tower has been installed and cable is now being added.

Guardians of the Galaxy coaster vehicle – We know that the GOTG coaster is going to be one of the largest enclosed coaster in the world – the show building is large enough to fit 4 spaceship earths inside! The ride cars will be programmed to rotate at certain moments which will point riders in the direction of elements along the track. Construction crews finished pouring concrete for the rides foundations and it is the largest concrete pour in Disney’s history!

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Animatronics – The A-1000 model will ‘come to life’ in a new way and they will be electric which will allow for more expressions and a greater range of motion. On top of this they will last longer with ‘no performance loss over time.’ Bob Chapek also said that they are working on ‘stuntronics’ which are said to be able to fly and flip in the air however no details were shared on how it will be used in the parks.

SeaWorld

SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment are keeping with their strategy of opening new attractions at their parks every year.

KareKare Curl water slide  – opening in Aquatica in Spring 2019 – Holding two passengers per raft, this new slide delivers a high-adrenaline, weightless adventure.

Tigris Roller Coaster – opening in Busch Gardens in Spring 2019 –  It will be Florida’s tallest launch coaster and will feature a TRIPLE LAUNCH with both forward and backward motions. You will be catapulted through twists and drops, a 150ft skyward surge and not to mention a heartline roll!

Sesame Street themed land – opening in SeaWorld in Spring 2019 Guests will be able to take a walk down Sesame Street for the very first time, connecting families to all of the fun, laughter and learning of the world-famous street.

LEGOLAND

The LEGO Movie World – Set to open early Spring 2019. They revealed a miniature model of the upcoming ‘The LEGO Movie World’ of course, all made out of LEGO. This new addition to LEGOLAND will feature 3 new rides, character meet and greets and a giant themed playscape.

One of the new rides – Masters of Flight is going to be a rotating flying theatre ride which will include multiple simulator movements and sensory effects (such as scent) It is a M-Ride being made by ‘Brogent Technologies’ and after having a look on their site at mride characteristics it sounds like an awesome concept!

  • Swing, pitch and yaw make you fly!
  • The turn around reveal
  • Immersive 4D Effects
  • Panoramic views from every seat
  • Multiple flight voyages
  • Modular design
  • High capacity

New Hotel – LEGOLAND also confirmed that they are building another hotel which will be 5 stories, have 150 rooms and will open in 2020.

Madame Tussauds

Aquaman Wax Figure – Coming to Madame Tussauds early next month. It will be added to the Justice League  exhibit alongside Superman, Batman and WonderWoman and will also be interactive as visitors will be able to trigger special effects and ‘summon forces’ by grabbing a trident.

Dynamic Attractions also revealed a ‘Dual Power Coaster.’ The design will allow a coaster to do a variety of things that typical coasters can’t. Using a combination of a motion platform and hidden drive system and the coaster can simulate airtime, is capable of inversions and drifting in racing situations. Dynamic Attractions President ‘Hao Wang’ said that the dual power coaster is the ‘worlds most advanced coaster vehicle’.

Now the first one is set to debut in Malaysia next year but we’re hoping that it will make its way over to an Orlando Park soon!

Smiles Included

Abby

Disney confirm what the GOTG ride cars will look like!

Hey Thrill Seekers.

I think it’s safe to say (for now) that we were pretty spot on with our thoughts on the ride system being used for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy coaster at Epcot set to open in 2021.

Today at IAAPA Disney showed an image of what the ride cars will look like along with a short video of one in use which will ‘direct your eye to the story’. Bob Chapek also gave us an insight into the sheer size of this attraction by informing us that you can fit 4 Spaceship Earths inside the show building. Yep that’s right.. 4!!

The coaster still doesn’t have a name but will be the first ‘storytelling’ coaster as riders will be fully immersed in the story due to the revolutionary ride system allowing riders to see all of the props and theming without missing half of the story because its on the other side of the tracks.

The new cars will be the first ever to be fully motion-controlled and will feature a 360-degree spinning motion so that the ride can control where guests are looking.

Smiles Included,

Abby

Flurry of Fun at Hollywood Studios

Hey Thrill Seekers,

I’m no longer asking if it’s acceptable to be talking about Christmas because there’s no question about it anymore. With both Halloween and Bonfire Night out the way Christmas is in full swing!

Earlier this week we saw Magic Kingdom transform from ‘Halloween’ to ‘Holidays’ overnight with six trailers of decorations, One 65-foot-tall iconic Christmas tree and less than seven hours to unpack and install it all.

Visitors to Hollywood Studios are now in for a holiday treat as the first sights of the best season of all have arrived at Toy Story Land as part of Flurry of Fun at HS! Complete with new holiday decor such as an oversized Hamm cookie, popcorn and cranberry garlands, green alien ornaments and antlers on Rex it’s the perfect place to re-live your childhood at Christmas time.

Toy Story Land during the holidays isn’t just about the decorations though as riders on Slinky Dog Dash will hear sleigh bells ringing and Alien Swirling Saucers will offer 2 holiday tracks and themed lighting!

as well as the transformation of Toy Story Land be sure to check out the festive shows and holiday decor such as a Winter Wonderland on Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood Tower Hotel transformed with projections and laser effects telling beloved holiday stories and every night you can experience Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!: a ‘Santa-sized spectacular jam packed with holiday music, fireworks, special effects and state of the art projections as of today (8th Nov) until the 6th Jan 2019.

Tasty Treats on offer at Flurry of Fun: Hollywood Studios

No holiday season at the Disney parks would be complete without the ultimate foodie guide! Check out some of these (CUTE) and yummy treats on offer

Festive Popcorn – This treat features caramel corn mixed with nuts, crispy pearls, candy-coated chocolates, and mini sugar cookies. Find it at BaseLine Tap House and various popcorn carts throughout the park.

Gingerbread Pop – It’s SO CUTE and one of my favorite holiday snacks, the Gingerbread Pop comes on a stick for easy on-the-go deliciousness and is dipped in chocolate. You’ll find it at Anaheim Produce, the Churro Cart in front of the Chinese Theater, and the Main Entrance Coffee Cart.

Mini Shortbread Cookies – Decorated with sugar pieces, these yummy cookies can be found at Grand Avenue Cart and Hollywood Scoops. (although shouldn’t they really be called ‘Minnie’ shortbread cookies? 😉 )

Large Shortbread Cookie – This big shortbread cookie is filled with raspberry jam and decorated in frosting. Get it at Trolley Car Café!

Santa Belt Macarons – Ho ho ho! Have a Santa Macaron! These almond macarons with hazelnut filling have climbed down the chimneys at BaseLine Tap House and Oasis Canteen and come in packages of five. These look.. AWESOME!

Santa Belt Candy Apple – Dipped in chocolate and decorated with more chocolate and marshmallow ears, you’ll definitely want to take a bite out of these candy apples available at Trolley Car Café!

Olaf Cupcake – You’ll be giving everyone a warm hug after trying this chocolate cupcake with buttercream frosting available at ABC Commissary and Backlot Express

Strawberry Mint Verrine – Head to Fairfax Fare to try these marinated strawberries dipped in peppermint crème.

Spiced Cold Chocolate – This chocolate verrine is made with house-made cinnamon marshmallows and chocolate cake and can be found at Rosie’s All-American Café.

Chocolate Chestnut Cone – Chow down on this chocolate treat served on a praline leaf offered at Backlot Express.

Chocolate Mousse Present – The tastiest present of all, this chocolate mousse dessert with chocolate ganache can be found at ABC Commissary.

Cranberry Mousse – Feast on this festive dome of chocolate-cranberry mousse available at Trolley Car Café!

Caramel Éclair – Find this tasty pastry filled with caramel at Dockside Diner.

Prep and Landing Cupcake – Get ready for some elven shenanigans with this gingerbread cupcake with cream cheese frosting offered at Rosie’s All-American Café and Dockside Diner.

Eggnog Panna Cotta – I LOVE anything eggnog, and this one is definitely on my list of favorites this year. This Eggnog Panna Cotta comes with raspberry and chocolate crème and can be found at Catalina Eddie’s.

Cinnamon Apple Cranberry Lunch Box Tart – You’ll find a friend in this yummy holiday Cinnamon Apple Cranberry Lunch Box Tart at Woody’s Lunch Box. It’s also topped with snowflakes and crispy pearls!

Hot Chocolate Flight – Warm up with Hot Chocolate Flights featuring hot chocolate with Irish liqueur, hot chocolate with vanilla vodka, and hot chocolate with cherry bourbon. The flight can be found at Fairfax Fare.

Frozen Hot Cocoa (non-alcoholic) – Cool down with some Frozen Hot Cocoa offered at ABC Commissary, Backlot Express, and Rosie’s All-American Café.

Gumdrop – You’ll be dreaming of sugarplums and gumdrops with this special holiday cocktail made with raspberry liqueur, raspberry vodka, pineapple and cranberry juices, and Sprite available at The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge and mobile bars near Echo Lake and Hollywood Scoops.

Holiday Mule – There’s nothing like a good mule with vodka, lemon liqueur, cranberry juice, and ginger beer. You’ll find it at The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge and mobile bars near Echo Lake and Hollywood Scoops.

Christmas on the Beach – Wishing you were on the beach this holiday season? Well you can make your wishes come true with this tropical cocktail! Made with blue liqueur, Caribbean rum, and pineapple and cranberry juices, you’ll find it at The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge and mobile bars near Echo Lake and Hollywood Scoops.

Frosted Gingerbread Martini – If you love gingerbread cookies, you’ll love this gingerbread cocktail with vodka, Irish liqueur, coffee liqueur, gingerbread syrup, and ice cream mix available at Backlot Express.

Frostbite Cocktail – Get your freeze on with this cold cocktail made with vodka, blue liqueur, cranberry juice, and sour offered at Dockside Diner and Backlot Express.

Winterberry Margarita – Everyone loves a good marg, and we have the perfect seasonal margarita just waiting for you! Made with silver tequila, orange liqueur, sour, cranberry juice, and wildberry syrup. Find it at ABC Commissary and Rosie’s All-American Café.

I can’t wait to try a Frostbite Cocktail!! What are you excited to try?

Smiles Included,

Abby

What did the creative brains behind Halloween Horror Nights 2018 have to say about this years event?

Hey Thrill Seekers,

As Halloween Horror Nights has come to a close the creative minds behind this years event have shared their thoughts on a HHN that has gone down in Universals record books as the ‘hottest’ and most haunted houses ever created!

Firstly i’ve had a look on twitter and found what Mike Aiello : Senior Director Creative Development of Universal Orlando & HHN Orlando had to say.

I have chosen a few of my favourites:

Although it is sad that HHN has come to a close after another spectacular year we can now get excited and speculate on HHN29!! We’ve already had an idea that Netflix’s new show The Haunting of Hill House would make a great addition and Mike and his team are already considering IP’s and working on original content. Wooop!!

Universal posted some closing thoughts from the creative minds behind this year’s Halloween Horror Nights…

Charles Gray: Show Director.

“On the final night of the event, I like to say my goodbyes to not only cast and crew, but to the sounds of the event. I can see visuals anytime on social media or hanging on the walls of our Art & Design offices. But year after year, the audio tracks of Halloween Horror Nights have become a special memory for me.

  • I want the environmental sounds from Seeds of Extinction and the score from Carnival Graveyard to remain in my head.
  • I will walk through the haunted houses on the final night and absorb my favourite scares.
  • I will smile when I walk through Slaughter Sinema and hear a crazed kid scream, “I’ll eat your guts for dinner!”
  • I will snicker when I hear Loomis yell, “No!  No!  No!” into the night air.
  • Hearing, “They’re heeeere” that final time will induce some melancholy and a sense of pride.

I am so proud of what the entire team has accomplished this year. That pride extends from the tech teams to the scareactors. Everyone should be proud of the heart and soul they poured into this twenty-eighth year of Halloween Horror Nights. 2019 is already shaping up to be a year of surprises. See you next year.”

Blake Braswell: Show Director.

“The end of another Halloween Horror Nights has come. And as it fades away into the fog, I know this terror-filled beast will linger long in my heart. What this talented team of creators, designers, technicians and scareactors brought to life were some of the very first horror stories I experienced as a child.

I couldn’t be more proud to have played a part in this year’s event. I hate to see it go, but the tendrils of next year have already crept into our view, and I am thrilled for the screams yet to come.”

Patrick Braillard: Show Director.

“We are about to close the gates on another incarnation of Halloween Horror Nights. Soon the haunted houses and scare zones that you knew this year will disappear, making way for new experiences next year.

The beast that is Halloween Horror Nights is never satisfied with the status quo. It is always evolving, always changing. Sometimes that change is seen as growth—can you say 10 houses?! Sometimes it means welcoming a group of maniacs inside—Academy of Villains, can you feel me?!

But in all of that growth and change, there are things that remain as steady today as they were during our very first event—the passion. The passion of the teams that develop, operate, and manage the event (truly the best in the world). The passion of the scareactors, who are the lifeblood of the event. And of course, the passion of the incredible fans who devote their time and energy to the promotion of all things Halloween Horror Nights (sometimes that involves tattoos…).”

I already can’t wait for HHN29! What about you?

Screams included,

Abby

Epcot International Festival of the Arts Returns in January

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Epcot International Festival of the Arts is returning for a 39 day celebration of visual, culinary and performing arts from all over the world. It starts on the 18th January and ends on the 25th February, offering activities and entertainment for the entire family.

Plus new for 2019 guests can sing along to their favourite Disney Broadway songs throughout Disney on Broadway Concert Series where each week , different pairs of Disney Broadway stars use the America Gardens Theatre Stage to sing tunes from award winning Broadway productions. There will be daily showings at 17:30, 18:45 and 20:00 and the lineup will rotate regularly and feature music from the likes of The Lion King, Frozen and Beauty & the Beast.

  • Kerry Butler (“Beauty and the Beast”) and Kevin Massey (“Tarzan”)
  • Meredith Inglesby (“The Little Mermaid”) and Steve Blanchard (“Beauty and the Beast”)
  • Arielle Jacobs and Adam Jacobs (“Aladdin”)
  • Heidi Blickenstaff (“Freaky Friday”) and Gavin Lee (“Mary Poppins”)
  • Ashley Brown (“Mary Poppins”) and Josh Strickland (“Tarzan”)
  • Kissy Simmons and Alton Fitzgerald White (“The Lion King”)

There is no extra cost for the concert series but you can get reserved seating by booking a dining package at a participating restaurant!

Of course it wouldn’t be an Epcot Festival without tonnes of scrumptious food and Epcot International Festival of the Arts will not dissappoint with their 13 Food Studios, plus other creative offerings.

Drop by The Artist’s Table for beef wellington with mushroom bordelaise, fennel cream and roasted baby vegetables, or enjoy smoked salmon and cream gâteau with egg yolk cream, paddlefish caviar and micro-herbs at The Painter’s Palate. Pop Eats! will serve up almond frangipane cake with raspberry and chocolate, while red wine-braised short rib with parsnip purée, broccolini, baby tomatoes and aged balsamic will be available at Cuisine Classique.

Guests will also find activities to the inspire artists of all ages. Here are a few fun highlights:

  • Everyone’s invited to grab a paintbrush and help create a wall mural along World Showcase Plaza.
  • At the Artful Photo Opportunities, you can step inside masterworks of art and take photos with friends.
  • The Paint with a Disney Artist program invites guests to learn under the tutelage of a professional (offered select Fridays and Sundays, including continental breakfast, for an additional fee).
  • Performing artists are scheduled throughout the festival, demonstrating gravity-defying feats of strength, acrobatics and many other skills.
  • International musical and variety acts will share their talents with guests, including the return of Bodh’aktan to the Canada stage and Delta Q, a new group performing in Germany.
  • Guests can join in the fun of Figment’s Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt by purchasing a map at select merchandise locations.
  • A variety of workshops led by professionals will teach different artistic techniques, such as floral design, ink and paint, mixed-media art and more (offered Friday-Monday for an additional fee). As a memento of what they learn, guests will take their creations home with them. Details on workshop registration will be released soon.
  • Complimentary 30-minute seminars will give guests helpful instruction for producing their own artwork at home.

Remember It starts on the 18th January and ends on the 25th February!

Smiles Included,

Abby

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Every single night from the 17th November to the 31st December you can celebrate the holiday season at Busch Gardens with Santa, Rudolph and more!

Each night, enjoy millions of twinkling lights and visits to Santa’s House presented by Coca-Cola®. Plus, beloved characters from the television special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” return for some festive fun. Enjoy Yuletide shows, delicious holiday treats, your favourite thrill coasters in the dark. Christmas Town is included with admission.

CHRISTMAS TOWN VILLAGE

Inside Christmas Town Village, shop for the perfect gifts, enjoy Yuletide carols and marvel at model trains that encircle a miniature Christmas city.

SHOWS & CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

Busch Gardens beams with twinkling lights and yuletide shows during Christmas Town! Enjoy world-class ice skaters, melodious tunes, and even your favorite Sesame Street characters at one of our many shows!

This year enjoy a delightful new show featuring contemporary music that celebrates the traditions of Christmas. It is called ‘Christmas Is…’ and is located inside Dragon Fire Grill.

This new show joins a great line up of returning favourite shows;

Christmas from the Heart – Rejoice in the glory of the season in Christmas from the Heart, the contemporary Christian gospel celebration located inside the Stanleyville Theater.

Carol of the Bells – Busch Gardens’ Serengeti Overlook Restaurant sets the stage for Carol of the Bells, featuring tens of thousands of Christmas lights choreographed to seasonal music.

Christmas On Ice – The creators of the award-winning Turn It Up! capture the holiday spirit as world-class skaters celebrate the many wonders of Christmas in the family favorite show, Christmas on Ice.

Three Kings Journey – Located in the Bird Gardens, the Three Kings Journey Show unites magical voices in perfect harmony, unfolding the famed journey to the humble town of Bethlehem.

Elmo’s Christmas Wish – Visit Sesame Street Safari of Fun to join Elmo, Cookie Monster, Zoe, Rosita and Grover as they learn the meaning of Christmas in Elmo’s Christmas Wish.

Christmas Town Band – The Christmas Town Band brings a classic Christmas to life with a jazz-inspired twist. Set on the Zagora Patio, this band embodies the true merriment of the season.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

NEW! Congo-Stanleyville Walkway – Journey through our awe-inspiring light tunnel connecting the Congo and Stanleyville areas; this breathtaking pathway is the perfect place for this year’s holiday photo.

Stanleyville – Immerse yourself in the lavender glow of Christmas lights and the splendor of Christmas from the Heart.

Morocco – Family and friends will cozy up to brave the chill in the air along the Morocco pathway. The frozen sights sparkle and shimmers in the night as a live angel sculpture welcomes guests, and brilliant white garland wraps the front of the Moroccan Palace; home to the Christmas on Ice show.

Cheetah Walkway and Plaza  Larger-than-life nutcrackers, exotic decorations and intricate animal patterns create the kind of Christmas found only in nature! Cheetah Hunt® walkway welcomes guests to Florida’s only triple-launch coaster and the iconic Serengeti Overlook Restaurant and Pub, featuring special holiday fare and the Carol of the Bells light show.

Flamingo Way – When it’s warm in December and there’s more sand than snow, celebrate a Floridian Christmas with a touch of the tropics in the Flamingo Way. Guests will be tickled pink as they encounter decorated palm trees and a flock of festive flamingos created from thousands of twinkling pink lights.

Bird Gardens – This poinsettia parkway blooms with hundreds of traditional holiday flowers. Make a family memory with breathtaking pictures in front of an enormous tree made entirely of beautiful red poinsettias, or meet the enchanting Poinsettia Princess for the ultimate family photo opportunity.

MEET & GREETS

Rudolphs Winter Wonderland – Experience the world of Rudolph come to life. Meet and take photos with Rudolph and friends, joined this year by Sam the Snowman, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster.

Santa’s House Presented by Coca-Cola – Step into Santa’s house to share your Christmas wish and take holiday photos with Santa Claus and his team of hardworking elves.

NEW: Brunch With Santa – Enjoy a brunch buffet featuring a photo opportunity with Santa Claus and a selection of seasonal offerings! Brunch is served between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays during Christmas Town. Guests make their way to the Serengeti Overlook Restaurant at their leisure during this open-seating experience. Enhance your experience with the options of endless mimosas or a Bloody Mary bar.

Busch Gardens is one of my fave parks anyway but Christmas at Busch Gardens looks even more awesome! Check out the opening times;

Smiles Included,

Abby

 

Stranger Things Day at Universal Studios!

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Universal have just announced one of the coolest things EVER.

Tuesday November the 6th was the day that Will Byers disappeared and on the same day this year you are invited to join the search party for Will by taking on the HHN Stranger Things house during the day! From 11am – 7pm anyone in Universal Studios will have the chance to walk through the house for one last time!

There will also be speciality food and beverage options at Benny’s Burger Tent, San Fran Pastry and Boulangerie.

Step into the shoes of Mike, Dustin, and Lucas as you venture into The Upside Down with the help of Eleven to rescue Will from the clutches of the Demogorgon.

This is such a cool idea!! Who’s going?!

Smiles Included,

Abby

Universals first Expansion Plans

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Universal Orlando have files some site development plans with Orange County which give us a look at an expansion of UOR. Now it still hasn’t been confirmed what Universal are planning on doing with all the land they have recently purchased  but the main rumours are a 4th gate or hotels but this surely goes to show that a project is HAPPENING right?!

Now this isn’t a building plan and doesn’t give us much info on what or where anything is going to be ‘built’ it is a sort of, overall site plan which details grading, paving, drainage and utility plans and you’d need a degree to figure the whole thing out!

I’ve tried to simplify the main overall site plan with references to what could be in each space using the site data that is also posted below:

The expansion site is described as being just over 541 acres. Below you can see that there is a planned 4820 regular parking spaces, 201 handicapped spaces, 68 bus spaces meaning a total of 5089 parking spaces! No-one is too sure if it is a parking lot or structure that is planned but i’m sure someone with a brain larger than mine can work it out 😉

Another interesting part is that the sites maximum height allowed for a building is 400 feet! We can also see that 135 acres of land are required for open space, some of which will be stormwater ponds as this is required in Florida due to the amount of rainfall. Universal can make these both offsite and onsite by making them decorative to fit in with hotels and in parks etc.

The main thing we can see is how cars will move around the site, as there is no details of a park or hotels we can only assume this is what Universal are planning on doing with their land but what else could it be?! I mean we’ve already speculated on Super Nintendo World going to a brand new park or evern a Fantastic Beasts world making an appearance in a new gate but who knows.. We can only wait for Universal to tell us!

What do you think is going here???

Smiles Included,

Abby

 

New Wands at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

Hey Thrill Seekers,

There’s some new wands on the block! That’s right, in honour of the upcoming Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Universal have released new wands available at Universal Orlando inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley and they are only available for a limited time from now until January.

The wands are not interactive and are priced at $46 plus tax.

The above photo was taken by Inside Universal and are in order from top to bottom: In order, from top to bottom; Newt, Theseus, Queenie, Porpentina, Flamel, & Leta Lestrange.

The wands available to purchase are from the following witches and wizards:

  • Newt Scamander
  • Theseus Scamander
  • Queenie Goldstein
  • Porpentina Goldstein
  • Nicolas Flamel
  • Leta Lestrange
  • Albus Dumbledore
  • Gellert Grindelwald

Grindelwald’s wand is the Elder Wand that is eventually used by Dumbledore, then followed by Voldemort. Dumbledore’s original wand has not yet been released.

The above photo also taken by Inside Universal and shows the wands on the shelves ready to be purchased.

Don’t forget there’s tonnes of other wands available to purchase at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter including the interactive ones which are awesome!

Who’ll be picking up one of the new wands on their upcoming visit?!

Smiles Included,

Abby