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. 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.’
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?
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.
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.
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.
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..
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! 🙂
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.
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?
So 2019 was a good year for our beloved theme parks in Florida but in my opinion 2020 is going to be even bigger and better!
2019 bought us Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Hollywood Studios containing 2 great attractions – Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. It also bought us the amazing Hagrids Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure at Islands of Adventure. SeaWorld bought us Sesame Street Land which is tonnes of fun (and i got to meet Abby Cadabby!) and we also got Lego Movie World at Legoland Florida!
Let’s take a look at what 2020 has in store for us… (this is in no way in order of favourtism… or is it.. 😉 )
Iron Gwazi – Busch Gardens – opening Spring 2020
Eeeeeeeeekkkk i CANNOT WAIT for this to open in spring!! Gwazi was a brilliant ride but Iron Gwazi sounds even better. Iron Gwazi is “going to be the best roller coaster in Florida,” says Jonathan Smith – director of rides and engineering. “We’re building what could be one of the best coasters in the entire world.” Iron Gwazi will have a tallest point of 206 feet, a 91 degree drop and a top speed of a whopping 76 mph!! Which is faster than Mako may i add! It will be the tallest and fastest coaster in the Sunshine State. Iron Gwazi is being converted from an old twin-track to a single-track design – by Rocky Mountain Construction who also made Steel Vengeance (which Iron Gwazi will now overtake, by 1 foot, to be the tallest hybrid) are a hugely popular and many fan favourite lists include Rocky Mountain coasters.
Ice Breaker – SeaWorld – opening Spring 2020
Ice Breaker is coming to SeaWorld this spring, it’s going to be one hell of a thrilling coaster judging by the info we have…
Using linear synchronous motors, the unique coaster will feature a quadruple launch. After leaving the station, the trains will enter a track switch that will move them laterally into the launch section. They will first magnetically launch backwards, then forward, then backward, and finally forward with enough momentum to hit the ride’s top speed of 52 mph and make it out of the launch area. – USA Today
“Passengers will experience airtime (both forward and backward) while they are launching” on SeaWorld Orlando’s new Ice Breaker roller coaster, ride director Jonathan Smith says. “Airtime going backwards is unique.” -SeaWorld Parks. Ice Breaker’s riders will navigate a 93-foot spike at 100 degrees, a full 10 degrees beyond vertical. They will also encounter an 80-foot top hat-shaped element that Smith says will be loaded with airtime. The coaster will be an “unusual, crazy, fun and thrilling experience,” he adds.
Riptide Race – Aquatica – opening TBC
Experience Florida’s first dueling racer, Riptide Race. Grab a friend and race through high speed tunnels as you see your opponents side by side and face to face. Who will reach the finish line first?Starting from the top of the 68’ tower, riders will grab their rafts as they enter side-by-side racing lanes. Each racing lane can hold two riders per raft and feature low walls, ensuring you will always have eyes and ears on your competition. Dueling face-to-face, racers will navigate through tight loops and accelerations through indoor and outdoor sections. It’s a race to the finish through nearly 650’ of slide.
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway – Hollywood Studios – opening 4th March 2020
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is a brand-new attraction unique to Walt Disney World Resort and Disney’s Hollywood Studios—and the first ride at any Disney park that stars Mickey Mouse and friends.
he darling duo are taking a leisurely drive to a picnic in their sporty roadster—with Engineer Goofy’s train following merrily along. Plot twist—you get to go, too! Climb aboard a runaway railway and embark on a whirlwind ride through a world where the rules of physics don’t apply. Prepare for unexpected twists, slapstick gags and mind-boggling transformations at every turn, as Mickey and Minnie try to save the day.
There’s no telling where this train is heading! This is an adventure for Mickey and Minnie fans of all ages
The Bourne Stuntacular – Universal Studios – opening spring 2020
The Bourne Stuntacular, an all-new live-action stunt show, will debut at Universal Studios Florida. Based on Universal Pictures’ blockbuster Bourne film franchise, this cutting-edge, edge-of-your-seat live show will blur the lines between stage and cinema in a hybrid form of entertainment that has never been seen before. The Bourne Stuntacular will follow Jason Bourne around the globe as sinister characters pursue him. This action-packed show will feature thrilling chase scenes, punishing fistfights, death-defying leaps and danger at every turn. And it will all happen right in front of you with live performers, interactive props and an immense LED screen – making it impossible to determine where the live-action ends and the screen begins.
Walt Disney Imagineering is hard at work developing a new attraction for the park’s France pavilion, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, planned to open in summer 2020. Based on Disney and Pixar’s hit film, “Ratatouille,” this family-friendly attraction will invite you to shrink down to the scale of a rat for a culinary adventure with Chef Remy. You’ll race across Gusteau’s kitchen floor aboard special trackless ride vehicles, which you can see in the image at the top of this post – just released today – as Disney Imagineers work on bringing this attraction to life.
Beauty and the Beast sing along- Epcot – opening January 17th 2020
“Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along” in the France pavilion is directed and produced by Don Hahn, producer of the animated and live-action “Beauty and the Beast” films, and invites guests to participate in a twist on a tale as old as time. It also features narration from Angela Lansbury, who played Mrs. Potts in the original film. The new sing-along will run in rotation with “Impressions de France,” which will receive an upgrade to 4K projection.
Cirque du Soleil Drawn to Life – Disney Springs – 17th April 2020
This new show follows the story of Julie, a courageous and determined girl who discovers an unexpected gift left by her late father: an unfinished animation piece. Guided by a surprising pencil, she embarks on an inspiring quest sprinkled with her Disney childhood memories. Through this journey, she will learn to imagine new possibilities and animate the story of her future. Cirque du Soleil Drawn to Life will transport guests into the world of Disney animation in Cirque du Soleil’s signature style. This entirely new experience will wow Walt Disney World guests and Cirque du Soleil fans, both young and old, while bringing timeless Disney stories to life in an unforgettable new way.
It will open for previews on March 20, 2020, and officially premiere on April 17, 2020
Even if you don’t know a lot about Gatorland, i’m sure you’ll be familiar with the famous Gator mouth entrance!
Gatorland is the renowned ‘Alligator capital of the world’ it was founded by Owen Godwin in 1949, and still privately owned by his family today! It is the best place to see alligators and crocodiles of all sizes, from babies, to the 14-foot monsters that call our Breeding Marsh home. They even have the largest collection of extremely rare white leucistic alligators. But, Gatorland is more than just a gator park! They have a free-flight aviary, petting zoo, one-of-a-kind animal shows, thrilling Screamin’ Gator Zip Line and new Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure to ensure your day will be full of fun, smiles and special memories!
Did you know – A baby alligator is called a Grunt. (cute huh 😉 )
There is also a lot of extra activities and experiences to do at Gatorland – i’ve popped my favourite ones below.
Screamin’ Gator Zip Line
This experience is an extra cost but totally worth it! Here’s what it includes:
Launch from heights of up to 65 feet
Soar across five intense zip lines ranging in length from 230 feet to more than 500 feet, and carefully cross a swinging bridge over the park’s main walkway
Fly over alligators and crocodiles at speeds near 30 miles per hour. Equipment (helmet and harness) provided
Just minutes from area hotels, theme parks, and the Orlando International Airport
Soar 350 feet through the air and defy gravity while gliding over the Alligator Breeding Marsh, complete with one hundred and thirty giant alligators watching from below! “That’s one wild ride!”
STOMPIN’ GATOR OFF-ROAD ADVENTURE
This is one of my personal favourite things to do at Gatorland. It is truly hilarious! Gatorland guests can board one of three, 12-foot-high custom-made, off-road monster vehicles for a 15-minute rugged and hilarious adventure like no other theme park ride anywhere. This exciting ride is chocked full of wacky new Gatorland characters, singing tour guides, swampy adventure, and, of course, lots of alligators. Each vehicle is specially branded and named after iconic real alligators and crocodiles at Gatorland, including Bonecrusher ℠, Cannibal Jake, and Swamp Ghost ℠
Gator Night Shine
Armed with only a flashlight and gator food, you bravely make your way along the winding wooden walkways of Gatorland’s Alligator Breeding Marsh. The sounds of the night come alive around you as the rustle of feathers overhead and the splashing of water nearby signal that you are not alone. Turning your flashlight towards the water, you suddenly become aware of hundreds of hungry, glowing, red eyes slowly making their way closer… it’s now your turn to experience the ‘real Florida.
Gatorland is open from 10am – 5pm 365 days of the years come rain or shine. It is located around 20 – 30 minutes away from International Drive. Gatorland, 14501 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32837, United States
Smiles Included (even if there is loads of Gators behind me)
Universal’s annual bead give away extravaganza is back! Whoop to the Whoop! Universal’s Mardi Gras 2020 will run daily from Feb. 1 through to April 2. and will be the 25th consecutive year this awesome event has run.
Guests can enjoy performances by some of the biggest names in music, including world-renowned, chart-topping DJ and producer, Marshmello, the multi-platinum international star behind global smash-hits “Despacito” and “Échame La Culpa,” Luis Fonsi, and best-selling Americangirl group of all time, TLC, known for mega hits such as “Waterfalls,” “No Scrubs,” “Creep” and “Unpretty.” For the complete line-up and performance schedule, see below.
Bell Biv DeVoe
Kool & the Gang
The All-American Rejects
Earth, Wind & Fire
Why Don’t We
2020 Mardi Gras New Orleans Bands Lineup
Feb. 1 – Feb. 13
Dirty Bourbon River Show
Feb. 14 – March 5
Free Agents Brass Band
March 6 – March 21
New Breed Brass Band
March 22 – April 2
Naughty Professor Brass Band
Along with amazing bands, there’s also a party-themed Mardi Gras parade each night with floats, dancers and countless amounts of beads.
Enjoy the sights, sounds and excitement of the parade every night of Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras.
Parade starts at 6:00 pm on the following dates: Feb 2 – Feb 7
Parade starts at 6:15 pm on the following dates: Feb 9 – Feb 14 Feb 17 – Feb 21 Feb 23 – Feb 28 Mar 1 – Mar 6
Parade starts at 7:30 pm on the following dates: Mar 9 – Mar 12 Mar 16 – Mar 19 Mar 23 – Mar 27 Mar 30 – Apr 2
Parade starts at 7:45 pm on the following dates: Feb 1, 8, 15, 16, 22, 29 Mar 7, 8, 13-15, 20-22, 28-29
The best bit? If you have a 3 park explorer ticket purchased from our good selves then all the concerts with your 14 day period are free of charge!!
To kick off 2020 (which is gunna be a big year in the theme park world may i add) Busch Gardens have released their 2020 event line up.
Kick off the New Year with unforgettable performances at Real Music, Real Masters and come back in 2020 to enjoy Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekends, the return of the Food & Wine Festival and much more!
All of the below seasonal events are included with your park admission. 🙂New
Three Kings Day – Monday 6th JanuaryMonday
festivities don’t stop once the ball drops – park guests can enjoy Christmas
Town cheer until 6 January 2020, including the celebration of Three Kings Day.
Visit the three wise men in person for song-filled storytelling and indulge in
the park’s spin on delicious traditional dishes, from decadent tres leches cake
to flavourful pulled pork hash.
Real Music, Real Masters –7 January – 15 March (weekly, Tuesday – Saturday)
Gardens’ longest running concert series is back with returning favourites and NEW
acts! At the climate-controlled Stanleyville
Theater, guests can enjoy incredible live performances spanning from the 1950s
to today, including the following acts:
7-12 January – Leonard, Coleman, and Blunt: Former Lead Singers of the Temptations, Platters and Drifters
14-19 January – The Diamonds
21-26 January – BJ Thomas
18 Jan-2 Feb – NEW! Piano Men: Sir Elton John and Billy Joel Tribute
4-9 February – NEW! Classic Stones Live: The World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Tribute Show
11-16 February – NEW! Simply Queen: The Most Incredible Live Tribute to Queen
18-23 February – NEW! Let’s Hang On™: America’s No. 1 Frankie Valli Tribute Show
25 Feb-1 March – Eaglemania: The World’s Greatest Eagles Tribute Band
3-8 March –Cirque Vertigo Featuring the Wallenda Duo
10-15 March – NEW! ONES: Beatles’ #1 Hits
Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekends – 1-16 February (Saturdays and Sundays)
Join the Sesame Street krewe for a pirate filled paRrrr-ty! Families can enjoy special character interaction, themed story time, treasure
scavenger hunts, and dance parties for pirate-inspired frivolity. NEW
this year – on 1 and 2 February, families can meet Aloysius Snuffleupagus,
affectionately known as Snuffy, during the first everSnuffy Weekend.
The fun begins each Saturday and Sunday at 11.30am in the Sesame Street Safari
of Fun area of the park.
NEW! Mardi Gras Weekend – 22-23 February (Saturdays and Sundays)
year, guests can let the good times roll with limited-time food, cocktails,
entertainment and live music – Mardi Gras style! Follow the fun to the Moroccan
Food & Wine Festival – 29 February – 26 April (weekly; Saturdays and Sundays)
A world of taste awaits at the sixth annual Food & Wine Festival each weekend from 29 February – 26 April. The festival features new and exciting dishes, plus a large selection of wines, craft brews and cocktails. While enjoying delicious eats, fans can see some of the biggest names in music as they take the stage the Festival Field. All concerts are included with daily ticketed admission to the park.
On top of all of that we still have Iron Gwazi to look forward to this year! Who else is super excited for this one?!
Never been to Discovery Cove before? Then if I were you i’d definitely take this opportunity to snap up a great deal and visit the most relaxing park in Orlando!
Discovery Cove, an exquisite tropical island paradise. Restricted to a capacity of about 1300 guests a day, it’s a rare opportunity to set your own pace and relax away from the hustle and bustle of traditional attractions. Swim with a dolphin (Swim option only, non swim tickets will not include Dolphin encounter), snorkel amongst tropical fish, glide with rays and relax on white sand beaches. Hand feed exotic birds in the colourful aviary, paddle along the crystal clear tropical river and soak up every moment of this blissful day. Put away your watch, kick off your shoes, and enjoy an indulgent experience to the full. Life is good! It’s all about a day of wonderful discovery and a lifetime of memories.
Here are some recent reviews from our customers about Discovery Cove:
Mr Daniel Hughes: Amazing! Great day at Discovery Cove and didn”t want it to end! Loved the all inclusive alcohol!
Mr Stephen West: Amazing day – my favourite place to visit in Orlando. Very peaceful, with loads to do and now includes free food and drink all day. Ticket so includes entry to sea world, which has probably got the best roller coasters in Orlando.
Miss Georgia Cunnington: Most incredible day, took my friend as a surprise for her 21st birthday and it was such a magical day!!!
Discovery Cove is an all-inclusive experience includes unlimited access to:
Along with use of a mask, snorkel, wetsuit/vest, towels, lockers, beach umbrellas, sun loungers and hammocks, all day self parking, a continental breakfast, sumptuos buffet lunch and all drinks and snacks are included throughout the day. You’ll also receive a pass to SeaWorld, Aquatica and Busch Gardens.(Busch Gardens only included with the Ultimate package) which is valid for 14 consecutive days admission before or after your visit to Discovery Cove. The Ultimate Package will also include free parking!!
So it was announced, revoked and then re-announced that an all new stunt spectacular The Bourne Stuntacular is due to open at Universal Studios next spring!
Here’s what Universal had to say:
The chase is on! In Spring 2020, The Bourne Stuntacular, an all-new live-action stunt show, will debut at Universal Studios Florida. Based on Universal Pictures’ blockbuster Bourne film franchise, this cutting-edge, edge-of-your-seat live show will blur the lines between stage and cinema in a hybrid form of entertainment that has never been seen before.
The Bourne Stuntacular will follow Jason Bourne around the globe as sinister characters pursue him. This action-packed show will feature thrilling chase scenes, punishing fistfights, death-defying leaps and danger at every turn.
And it will all happen right in front of you with live performers, interactive props and an immense LED screen – making it impossible to determine where the live-action ends and the screen begins.
You won’t just watch it – you’ll feel it.
“A live-action stunt show that will leave audiences marvelling, “How on earth did they do that?”
“Through a cutting-edge fusion of stagecraft and film, you’ll follow our hero Jason Bourne across three continents as sinister characters pursue him, hoping to bring him in. You don’t just watch it. You feel it. See it a few times to really take it all in.”