Disney Confirm Avatar Land Details

Hey Thrill Seekers,

It’s no secret that Disney are looking to build an Avatar based land at Animal Kingdom, what we’ve been very short of though is actual details.

On the 28th of January Joe Rohde Disney Imagineer and Jon Landa Avatar Producer spoke to Disney cast members about the future of the land and some of the things we could expect, here’s a the video provided by BigFatPanda.com.

Here’s a quick breakdown;

Banshee Ride

The main attraction/ride will be a flying ride. As per the film riders will board “Banshee’s” we’re assuming in a similar riding position as you’d get on Manta at SeaWorld, the ride will feature 3D elements. Think Soaring meets Manta!

Interactive Land

In the video Landau states that the land will be an attraction itself, with interactive elements. With Disney spending Billions on My Magic+ could we see some kind of link here?

Disney are going big

This is Disney’s version of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and as Rohde  is quick to point out Avatar is the highest grossing film of all time and with 2 more in the pipeline I think Disney are looking for a but of that Cameron magic to rub off.

Although we’ve previously posted these pics I thought you might like to see some of the renderings again.

Smiles included…

Jamie

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Disney Increase My Magic Plus Testing To Include Magic Kingdom

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Yesterday Disney’s Magic Kingdom has become the second park to startMy Magic+ what they are calling the “test” period for their new system My Magic Plus which is replacing the old Fastpass system. This testing period is likely to continue right up until the end of March.

Testing for the My Magic Plus system is already in full swing at Animal Kingdom where the park has completely removed the old style fastPass machines. Although Disney have not confirmed that the testing period has finished at Animal Kingdom it is widely thought that the old machines will not return.

Key Details

  • My Magic+ enabled tickets allow visitors to reserve rides, attractions, positions in viewing areas for the parades and fireworks up to 60 days in advance.
  • My Magic+ enabled tickets also allow you to reserve tables at your favourite Disney restaurants up to 180 days in advance.
  • All Disney’s most popular Orlando theme parks include free WiFi this allows My Magic+ enabled ticket holders to amend their itinerary by using their smartphone while  in the park.
  • You can tell a My Magic+ enabled ticket by the Mickey Mouse logo – click here to view a Disney enabled My Magic+ Ticket
  • Please note that although My Magic+ has been enabled for a section of users a full roll out isn’t expected until March 2014.

More details can be found on our post What is Disney’s My Magic+ and how does it work?

We’ll continue to update you when we hear more…

Smiles included…

Jamie

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Disney Start Work On Avatar Land At Animal Kingdom

Hey Thrill Seekers,

On the 8th January 2014 Disney representatives including George Kalogridis, president of Walt Disney World Resort; Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, United States and France and Tom Staggs, chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts dug the first holes for what will become Pandora, the fictional World shown in James Cameron’s blockbuster film Avatar.

The new land will be located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom and will be part of the plan to make Animal Kingdom a true full day park.

Tom Taggs said;

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is already home to some of our guests’ favorite attractions. With Avatar, we are adding a spectacular new world and an exciting set of attractions unlike any our guests have experienced. The expansion now under way will make the park a true full-day, must-see experience.

There has been no official time scale released for Avatar Land but the expansion represents the largest in Animal Kingdoms history.

You can view original concept art for Avatar Land here. For me this is one of Disney’s most exciting future  projects and I can’t wait to see how the Land pans out.

Smiles included…

Jamie

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Disney Park Reviews In 2013

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Back in September 2013 we launched our #Discover pages not only to display information about our partners but also to display your reviews and votes for best attractions at each park.

With 2013 now in the past I thought it might be a good idea to display the end of year statistics for each park, at the end of 2014 we’ll be able to monitor how this has altered and how new introductions this year effect the votes.

Magic Kingdom

magic kingdom 2013

Epcot

Epcot 2013

Hollywood Studios

hollywood studios 2013

Animal Kingdom

animal kingdom 2013

Blizzard Beach

blizzard beach 2013

Typhoon Lagoon

typhoon lagoon 2013

 

The most popular location at the Disney parks was Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom which got an impressive 55 votes, however Magic Kingdom was the most reviewed Disney park with 90 unique reviews.

In 2014 Magic Kingdom will introduce the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ride and we’re expecting that to move quickly up the charts.

Smiles included…

Jamie

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What Is Disney’s FastPass+ And How Does It Work?

Hey Thrill Seekers,

One of the most popular questions asked regarding our Disney My Magic+tickets is “does it include Disney FastPass+?”.

Disney have a system called and FastPass+which will allow visitors to begin planning their Disney visit months in advance! And yes it is included with your Disney ticket. 🙂

Here are the key points you need to know.

Key Details

  • Disney’s FastPass+ enabled tickets allow visitors to reserve attractions, positions in viewing areas  and fireworks from up to 60 days in advance*.
  • All Disney’s most popular Orlando theme parks include free WiFi this allows Disney’s FastPass+ enabled ticket holders to amend their itinerary by using their smartphone while  in the park.

What can I do with Disney’s FastPass+

Disney’s FastPass+ in essence is a trip planning experience incorporating desktop, tablets and mobile devices for the Disney parks. Visitors who pre-purchase their tickets can book up to 3 ride times per ticket holder per day. You can pre-book these up to 60 days in advance if staying at a Disney property or 30 days if off site. The 3 ride times you select per day must be at the same park, so for example, you couldn’t book  2 rides at Magic Kingdom and 1 ride at Hollywood Studios for the same day. All 3 ride times must be in the same park.

Once you have used your Disney FastPass+ allocation on the day you can then go back on to the app and book some more! – subject to availability

my magic+ ride

How can I access Disney’s FastPass+

Firstly you must have your pre-purchased Disney’s FastPass+ enabled tickets on you. Orlando Attraction Tickets free standard delivery time is 7-10 working days.

Next, visit either Disney’s own website or download their app from either the app store, google play store or from Amazon apps. you will be required to create a profile once you’ve done this you can then link your tickets to your profile. This will then enable you to access and take full benefit of the planning aspect of Disney’s FastPass+.

Once you’ve created your account its time to link your tickets to your account. This can be done by keying the ticket number on the website or by scanning the tickets via the app. When you’ve registered all your ticket its time to start selecting your FastPass+! Once you’ve selected the park and the date you’re be visiting you’ll be offered one hour windows for available attractions and entertainment. You can make three FastPass+ selections per day from one park. Don’t fear if you want to make alterations to times or attraction you can do this via the app or website.

Amending your itinerary 

You can amend your itinerary at any point before you get to the park by simply logging in to your account and making the alterations you require. You can even amend the details while in the park using Disney’s free WiFi and accessing their app.

If you miss a time slot for a pre-booked attraction you can rebook while in the parks but this is subject to availability.

If you have any questions please post them below and we’ll answer them. 🙂

Smiles included…

Jamie


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*Valid Theme Park admission and online registration required. Disney FastPass+ attractions and entertainment experiences, the number of selections you can make, and available arrival windows are limited. Disney FastPass+ attractions subject to change.

2012 Theme Park Attendance Results

Afternoon Thrill Seekers,

Today see’s the release of the annual Theme Park attendance report detailing 2012’s most popular parks based on footfall. Globally 2012 was a very positive year for the World of theme parks with attendance up by 5.2%.

Here at Orlando Attraction Tickets our interest is obviously North America so we’ve concentrated just on Disney, Universal, and SeaWorld Parks.

Disney

Disney continues to be the World leader up 4.7% on 2011 with a total attendance of 126,479,000.

Magic Kingdom remains the number 1 park in the World with an annual attendance of 17,536,000 up 2.3% year on year.

Epcot welcomed in 11,063,000 visitors in 2012 making it the 6th most popular park in the World up 2.2%.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is positioned 7th with an impressive 9,998,000 visitors, again up by 2.2%.

Disney Hollywood Studios also up 2.2% on 2011 comes in 8th with 9,912,000 taking Disney’s total Florida footfall to 38,552,300!

Universal 

A very strong 2012 for Universal saw them up globally 7.9% with annual visitors up to 34,515,000.

Universal Islands of Adventure home to Harry Potter, had a strong 2012 with visitors up 4% to 7,981,000 this gave it a global positioning of 10th.

Universal Studios had 6,195,000 million visitors in 2012 up 2.5% on 2011. With the launch of Transformers the ride 3D and the Simpsons expansion, Universal will be looking for a better performance in 2013.

SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment

SeaWorld Orlando ended 2012 up 3% on 2011 with visitors totalling 5,358,000 giving it a global position of 19th.

Busch Gardens Tampa one of my personal favourite parks came in at position 23 up 1.5% with visitors hitting 4,348,000.

Here is the list of the top 20 Theme Parks in the USA

top theme parks

Which is your favourite park?

Smiles included…

Jamie

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Disney Confirm Their Imagineers Are Working On Avatar

Afternoon Thrill Seekers,

While everyone is losing their minds over Florida’s ill thought out Avataramendment to their Driving Licence Laws I happened across one of Disney’s blog posts entitled “Experience the magic”…

The post described what Disney has to offer including;

  • Four theme parks
  • Two water parks
  • Twenty-five resort hotels, including seven Disney Vacation Club properties
  • Five golf courses
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
  • Downtown Disney

and went on to describe what Disney are up to at the moment. The piece that most interested me was this.

AVATAR -Walt Disney Imagineers are currently in the design stage for AVATAR at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide is joining forces with visionary filmmaker James Cameron and Fox Filmed Entertainment to bring the world of AVATAR to life creating themed lands that will give Guests the opportunity to explore the mysterious universe of AVATAR first hand. With its emphasis on living in harmony with nature, Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a natural fit for the AVATAR stories, which share the same philosophy. Construction is expected begin in 2013 and project of this size typically takes approximately five years to design and build.

So construction is set to start at Animal Kingdom in 2013 and should take 5 years to complete… Exciting stuff…

regards,

Jamie

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Here’s My 14 Day Orlando Theme Park Plan

Afternoon Thrill Seekers,

Making the most of your Orlando Attraction Tickets is the key to any good Florida holiday. Today’s post is my personal guide on how to get the most out of your 14 days Florida tickets.

The guide below is based on our top selling ticket, the Orlando PassPort.

Day 1 – SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld is the first park I visited on my holiday and it set me up for the week, it offers a great balance of shows, roller coasters and animals.

Top Tip: You’ve got to give sitting in the “wet zones” at the SeaWorld shows a go, I haven’t laugh some much in ages… remember though they are called “wet zones” for a reason!

You will need at least a day to see the whole of SeaWorld, Orlando.

Day 2 – Universal’s Islands of Adventures

Personally one of my favourite parks, its home to both Marvel and Harry Potter so it will be busy.

Top Tip – Try to do Marvel in the morning and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in the afternoon. People tend to rush straight to WWHP which leaves popular rides like Hulk and Spider-Man with shorter queues.

Islands of Adventure will take more than a day to fully explore it but its well worth returning later on in your holiday.

Day 3 – Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Your poor feet may have taken a bit of a pounding after 2 days of Thrill Rides so perhaps take a relaxing break by sepnding the morning by the pool.

When you feel up to it get yourself down to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, for the brave of heart get yourself on the Twilight Zone of Terror…

Top Tip – Take advantage of the Disney Fast Pass option that comes with the Orlando PassPort.

Day 4 – Busch Gardens, Tampa

There are two ways of getting to Busch Gardens in Tampa, firstly your Orlando PassPort includes free transportation to Busch Gardens via a shuttle bus alternatively you can drive there; usrentacar.co.uk offers cheap Florida Car Hire from as little as £17 per day fully insured which offer more flexibility than the bus.

Busch Gardens, in my opinion is the complete park; it has Thrill Rides like SheiKra and the newly opened Cheetah Hunt on the back drop of an animal fuelled safari, including Lions, Giraffes and Rhinos.

Top Tip: Check the animals out in the morning as the coasters are generally quieter in the afternoon.

Day 5 – Water Park

Trust me your feet will not be happy with you after your great day at Busch Gardens, so perhaps it best to visit one of the great Water Parks available with your Orlando PassPort. You can pick from either Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon or head to Orlando’s newest water park Aquatica!

The hardest part is deciding which to visit, perhaps this might help?

Day 6 – Epcot

Time for a bit of education, no not boring school type education but awesome Disney style education. Epcot is a massive 300 acre theme park dedicated to innovation and international culture.

Epcot is divided into two lands they are Future World and World Showcase, there are many highlights but their spectacular fireworks show is a must.

Top Tip – Try and visit Monday through to Thursday as generally its quieter than the busy weekends.

Day 7 – Universal Studios

Where movies meet the real world, Universal Studios is home to some of the most iconic images in film history including the terminator, men in black and the backwards roller coast The Mummy’s Revenge.

Top Tip – You must, must ride the Rip Ride Rockit…its awesome.

Day 8 – Water Park

Its time to rest your feet again, get yourself down to one of the water parks you haven’t visited yet, perhaps the two Disney water parks in one day!?

Day 9 – Animal Kingdom

Its off to see the animals again today at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, remember Orlando gets hot so get to the park early if you like your animals moving.They generally head for the shade during the day… they ain’t stupid… 🙂

Animal Kingdom is split in to seven lands they are Oasis, Discovery Island, Camp Minnie-Mickey, Africa, Rafiki’s Planet Watch, Asia and Dinoland USA. Walt Disney himself was a massive fan of animals and this park is really dedicated to that experience.

Top Tip – Make sure your camera is fully charged and has plenty of space left cos it will be full by the end of the day!

Day 10 – Get yourself down to your final Water Park

Its time to rest again, get yourself down to your final water park and relax…

The rest of your days I would advise revisiting the parks you either loved the most or didn’t get time to completely investigate….

There you have it… your complete 14 day holiday plan… all you need now is a holiday to get over your Theme Park holiday 🙂

regards,

Jamie

 

We Prefer Green But Disney Prefer’s Blue, As Details Of Avatar Ride Are Leaked

Hi Thrill Seekers,

Ever since it was announced that Disney had agreed in principal to hook up with the blue men… not the Smurfs, but the 10 feet Na’vi from James Cameron’s epic 2009 film, the internet has been a wash with rumours about what the Pandora Disney World will include?

Here at Orlando Attraction Tickets we like to keep our ears to the ground and finger tips on our keyboards and this is what we’ve found out…

Pandora will be built in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the main Avatar ride will be a 3D effort much in the vain of  Universal’s offering The forbidden Journey at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, The Simpsons or the Spectacular Spider-man.

One of the more interesting rumours is that the ride will be connected through-out Pandora, so riders will more between stages visiting different scenarios as if gliding through the air, similar to the gliders used in the film.

Blueprints of the project have been handed around to potential architects under the code name “Morpho” as Disney look to cost up the project. Although we believe this project will go ahead it is far from being confirmed and Disney have put a December the 7th deadline on completing negotiations with James Cameron. We are also lead to believe that Disney have a plan b already in mind in case negotiations can’t be reached.

We’ll keep you updated when we know more.

regards,

James

 

 

Florida Theme Parks At Christmas

Christmas at the Theme Parks is a big deal and the likes of Disney, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld go all out to provide a visual spectacular.

Here is a brief summary of what’s happening at the Theme Park’s over Christmas.

Walt Disney World: Disney offer an amazing array of theme’s and show from Christmas Around the World and the Candlelight Processional at Epcot to the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom, Disney World is generally the king of Christmas shows.

Universal/Islands of Adventure: Islands of Adventure, home to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter has it’s own unique Christmas tale, told in the form of a live presentation of the classic Dr. Seuss tale “The Grinch“.

Next door at Universal Studios, there’s the Macy’s Holiday Parade, complete with authentic balloons, and live performances by Mannheim Steamroller on select nights. The festivities start on December 3.

SeaWorld: If you like your Christmas displays on water then SeaWorld’s Sea of Trees is for you, other popular Christmas shows include Shamu’s Christmas Miracles and the brand-new O Wondrous Night are all provided to get you and your family into the Christmas spirit. You can even ride the Polar Express Experience, which puts you in the classic Tom Hanks movie.

Each night of the Christmas celebration is capped off with a stunning fireworks show. The event runs weekends through December 11, then shifts to every night starting December 17.

Busch Gardens: Outside of Florida,  Busch Gardens in Tampa celebrates the holiday season with a special musical and Christmas ice show. You can even book breakfast with Santa, which includes a family photo as a momento.

Leogland Florida: As we have already reported Legoland Florida which opened in October, will be celebrating the holiday season with its first ever Christmas Bricktacular. One of the highlights is, of course, a giant Lego tree made from green and red bricks. The event starts on December 8.

How to book

Disney attraction tickets are available from Orlando Attraction Tickets from only £223 per adult.*

Universal attraction tickets including the Harry Potter Theme Park are available from OrlandoAttractionTickets.co.uk from only £87 per adult.*

SeaWorld attraction tickets are available from www.orlandoattractiontickets.co.uk from only £73 per adult.*

Busch Garden attraction tickets are available from Orlando Attraction Tickets from only £73 per adult.*

LEGOLAND Florida tickets are available from Orlando Attractions from only £38 per adult.*

*prices are subject to change without notice.