SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Raise Prices

On Friday SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment confirmed that they will be increasing price of admission in to their SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Theme Parks.

The adult price of a basic single-day admission to SeaWorld Orlando inches up $1 to $79.99, before tax. That is about $2 less than base-ticket prices at Disney World and Universal, which each raised prices in August.

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SheiKra the ride at Busch Gardens – Tampa

SheiKra the ride can be found in Busch Gardens.

It’s not a dream – or a nightmare. It’s SheiKra: A fierce, floorless, blazing-fast thriller in the heart of Busch Gardens.

After a 200 foot climb, this cunning coaster takes you just over the edge of a true 90-degree drop. And stops. For 4 seconds, you find yourself looking down – straight down – at the ground below as you’re held suspended above it.

Then, you plunge straight toward the ground, racing at speeds of more than 70 miles per hour. An Immelmann loop and a second vertical dive into an underground tunnel end with a surprise twist for those who look on – because with SheiKra, even they cannot escape.

Height to ride – 5″4

Ride Duration – Approx 2:04

Attraction ticket review – This was AWESOME!!!! Definately one for the thrill seeker’s, every time I watch this one You tube I wish I was back there.

Ollivanders – In The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter Universal Islands of Adventure, Orlando

Visit Ollivander, Makers of Fine Wands since 382 B.C. Step into the small dusty shop and gaze up at countless wand boxes stacked to the ceiling. Here, in a unique interactive experience, a Wandkeeper can help the wand choose YOU. You can purchase the wand you tried out, or select from Ollivanders’ full array of wands including replicas of the Harry Potter film characters’ wands, Collectible wand sets and more.

Mr Ollivander, the pale-eyed, white-haired shopkeeper, makes and sells the magic wands to witches and wizards as they enter school or break their old wands. He remembers every wand he has ever sold. To determine the best wand for a witch or wizard, Mr Ollivander measures various body parts (including, in Harry’s case, between his nostrils) and then checks the reactions of various wands to the buyer, a process to which he refers as “the wand choosing the wizard.”

Why don’t you visit Ollivander and find the perfect wand for you.

Shops in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal’s Islands Of Adventure

Dervish and Banges – Be sure to stop at Dervish and Banges for such magical items as Sneakoscopes, Spectrespecs, Omnioculars, and The Monster Book of Monsters. Dervish and Banges carries all your Quidditch  needs including t-shirts, Quaffles, Golden Snitches  and brooms including the Nimbus 2001  and the Firebolt. You’ll find Hogwarts  school uniforms and clothing including robes, scarves, ties, t-shirts and sweatshirts. The store offers an assortment of other merchandise such as journals and stationery items.

Filchs Emporium of confiscated goods – Purchase souvenirs such as Hogwarts clothing including jackets, t-shirts, sweatshirts, shoulder bags, caps and scarves; plus house crest banners, stationery and other gifts. There are authentic movie prop replicas including character walking sticks, Death Eater masks and film-based chess sets; assorted Quidditch clothing; magical creature toys and clothing; plus a variety of assorted toys and other souvenirs. It is also here, at the attraction’s exit, that guests can purchase a photo of their ride experience on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

Honeydukes – A must-stop for visitors to Hogsmeade , at Honeydukes  the shelves are lined with all manner of colorful sweets, including Acid Pops, exploding bonbons, Cauldron Cakes, treacle fudge, Fizzing Whizzbees, and Chocolate Frogs, which contain a wizard trading card in each box. Inside the shop you can fill up a bag of Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans… who knows what tasty (or not so tasty) flavors you’ll discover! The shop also offers other classic favorites such as chocolates and fudge.

Zonko’s – Zonko’s  is your destination for novelty items, jokes and toys. At Zonko’s  Joke Shop you can take home such items as a Sneakoscope, Extendable Ears, Screaming Yo-yos, a Boxing Telescope, Fanged Flyer, Pygmy Puff, Shrunken Heads, and more. There are sweets including Fainting Fancies, Fever Fudge, Nosebleed Nougat, and U-No-Poo. The shop also offers Zonko’s t-shirts, mugs, and other assorted souvenirs.

Why not try all the above shops at The Wiazarding World of Harry Potter, you never know what you might find……..

Flight of the Hippogriff at Islands of Adventure Orlando

The Flight of Hippogriff is a roller coaster at the Islands of Adventure theme park in Orlando, Florida. The ride is located in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter section of the park and is a mild alternative to the lands more extreme rides including Dragon Challenge and Harry Potters Forbidden Journey.

Pass by Hagrid’s hut and follow his instructions as you learn the proper way to approach a Hippogriff, which has the head of a giant eagle and the body of a horse.

Then it’s time to take a “training flight” aboard the Flight of the Hippogriff™, an enchanting family coaster woven from wicker and decorated with fluttering leaves representing feathers. Bow as you approach the ‘real’ Hippogriff, and then you’re spiraling and diving around the pumpkin patch, and swooping past Hagrid’s hut.

Height to ride – At least 3″6

Family friendly coaster

Attraction ticket review – This ride is ok, more for the children really but it was great to see my little boys face when he was riding this.

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Islands of Adventure Orlando

Harry Potter and the forbidden journey is an attraction at Islands of Adventure theme park in Orlando, Florida. It is the signature ride at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter area of the theme park, and takes riders through scenes and environments in and around Hogwarts Castle from the various books and films of the Harry Potter series.

Make your way through the familiar classrooms and corridors of Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Then soar above the castle grounds as you join Harry Potter™ and his friends on an unforgettably thrilling adventure, coming face-to-face with magical creatures! This amazing new attraction uses groundbreaking technology (and a little magic) to create a one-of-a-kind ride experience.

Height to ride – At least 4″8

Ride duration – Approx 5:02

Best for – The family

Attraction tickets review – This is just amazing for any Harry Potter fan’s out there this will blow you away. I don’t know how its done but its so real.

Shrek 4-D Universal Studios Orlando

Shrek 4-D (also known as Shrek 3-D, Shrek 4D adventure and Shrek’s never before seen adventure) is a 4D film based at Universal Studio’s Orlando.

Join the world’s favorite big green ogre and his wise-cracking, four-legged sidekick as they take off in hot pursuit. You’ll gallop through a haunted forest, ride on the back of a fire-breathing dragon, and plunge over a churning waterfall in order to save the day.

Height to ride – No height restriction

Ride type – 3D (4D) show, best for the family

Attraction tickets review – This was a really fun experience and the animation was awesome.

Men in Black – Alien attack Universal Studios Orlando

Men in Black: Alien Attack is a spinning, laser shooting dark ride located at Universal Studios Florida themed to the 1997 film, Men in Black.

Wind your way through Men In Black’s top secret underground headquarters, including the break room, the control center, the agents’ locker area and weapons armory. Then board your training vehicle and ride through the streets, taking aim at “the scum of the universe” who have escaped from their intergalactic prison transport.

Height to ride – At least 4″2

Ride Duration – Approx 7:15

Attraction tickets review – This ride is great for people who want a bit of action in their life, you can ride it over and over again and it never get’s old.

The Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios Orlando

The Simpsons ride is a stimulation ride featured at Universal Studios Orlando.

Ride along with The Simpsons as they visit Krustyland, the low-budget theme park created by famed TV personality and shameless product huckster Krusty the Clown. Is somebody out to sabotage the park? You’ll find out as you join Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie and enter through the carnival-like midway.

Height to ride – 4″0

Ride type – Motion ride

Attraction ticket review – This ride is great for all the family, The Simpsons is so huge now and everyone love’s them, definately worth a go on this ride.

Jaws the ride at Universal Orlando

Jaws is a theme park attraction featured at Universal Studios Florida. The attraction places guests aboard tour boats for what should be a leisurely tour of Amity Harbor, but instead becomes a harrowing chase between the craft and a very determined great white shark.

A giant fin slices through the waves. Your boat begins rocking back and forth. Suddenly he lunges out of the water… row upon row of razor sharp teeth. Everyone thought he’d been destroyed, but now he’s back. And this time, you’re in the water WITH him!

Height to ride at least 4″8

Ride Duration – approx 7:15

Attraction ticket review – This is a very intense jumpy ride, do not take young children on if they won’t like it as I saw a few children crying.