Disney File Patents And Trademark For Omnimover Boat Ride

Morning Thrill Seekers,

I’m a little disappointed with myself that Disney file a patent for an Omnimover Boat ride last month and I’m only picking up on it now! Poor show from me, apologies people but I’m on it now.

What is a Omnimover Boat Ride I hear you cry!? 

Well if we take a look at the description for patent US20130025491 Disney describe it as;

A floating omnimover ride with high capacity throughput and enhanced control over speeds of passenger boats. The ride includes a water containment structure with spaced apart sidewalls defining an elongated guide channel that defines a loop-shaped ride path or circuit. The ride includes a volume of liquid contained in the guide channel to a desired depth. The ride also includes a chain of passenger boats floating in the liquid contained in the guide channel. Each of the boats is linked to the two adjacent boats with a connecting link such that the chain of boats is a continuous loop. The chain of boats has a length that is approximately equal to a length of the ride path, and during operation of the ride, the boats in the chain are moved along the loop-shaped ride path at a predefined rate by a pump station moving the liquid in the guide channel.

Well that explains it!…. here’s a pic to help

Disney Omnimover Boat Ride

So layman’s terms it some boats chained together to make sure slower boats don’t slow down the ride…

What this new ride is for or where it will appear is anyone’s guess, but obviously by filing for patent in the U.S. it prevents other Orlando Theme Parks from developing their own and kind of hints it will appear in Orlando at some point.

What do you think?



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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…



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Walt Disney Release Quarter One Results

Morning Thrill Seekers,

Last night I was mostly listening to Disney’s quarter one call!disney world Not the most thrilling way to spend an evening at the best of times, it didn’t help that yesterday’s was probably one of the most boring but we did get some information here’s a quick breakdown.

First-quarter results for Disney’s Parks and Resorts for 2013 saw revenue climb by 7% to $3.4 billion year-over-year. Operating income for the parks grew 4% to $577 million.

Growth was spearheaded by California’s Disneyland which drew crowds with its new Cars Themed Land. Joint attendance for Walt Disney World and Disneyland rose 4%.

Disney said visitor spending grew 6% for both Florida and California (combined) based mostly on higher ticket prices.

Other bits of info

  • Although attendance has been largely stagnant at Disney World in recent months, the company said it has improved during the current quarter. Iger said the first phases of its Fantasyland expansion have been “extremely well received” by travellers and has helped the company push more-aggressive price increases.
  • Disney so far has spent $1 Billion on its MyMagic + product.
  • While MyMagic + remains in a “test phase,” Disney says many of the main components will roll out to visitors during the next few months.
  • Disney have launched an over branded Mobile Phone in Japan that has been very successful.
  • Overall DVD sales were down 43%, exec’s believe the purchase of Lucas Films for $4 Billion will help turn this around.
  • Disney’s consumer-products business rose 11% to $346 million, driven by sales of Marvel Entertainment-related merchandise.



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Take A Virtual Ride On Disney’s New Seven Dwarves Mine Train Roller Coaster

Hi Thrill Seekers,

Nothing like getting in there early, Disney have released a Virtual Ride for their forth coming new attraction “Seven Dwarves Mine Train Roller Coaster” which we’ve embedded below.

Now I say forth coming….. you actually wont be able to ride it until the 2nd phase of Disney’s Fantasyland is complete, so we’re talking 2014 but this little teaser may well be enough to wet the appetite.

What are your first impressions of Disney’s new ride?

Remember Orlando Attraction Tickets offers low cost cheap Disney Tickets for all your holiday needs.



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Disney Marathon Title Reclaimed By Adriano Bastos

Morning Thrill Seekers,

This weekend saw Disney’s Magical Marathon take place, the 26.2 mile course that takes in much of Disney actually represented the 20th anniversary of the event.

winner disney marathon

The race capped a magical weekend of running events, parties and family entertainment to mark the milestone. The four-day event drew more than 65,000 runners, including celebrities and famous running legends.

The Marathon was won by Disney Marathon Legend Adriano Bastos (Brazil) in an impressive 2 hours 21 Mins, Adriano beat off stiff competition from fellow countryman and training partner Fredison Costa for his seventh Disney Marathon win in the past nine years and eighth overall!

To keep the Marathon fresh Disney’s “RunDisney” crew introduced a   new course, a new finisher’s medal, a post-race party at Downtown Disney and spectacular entertainment along Mile 20, where things really get tough.

Disney marathon

The 20th Disney Marathon also marked a first for the event where female entrants out numbered the men, with Disney reporting 57% of runners being Women, well done Ladies 🙂

Almost makes me want to run one myself…. almost 😉



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All Change At Disney

Morning Thrill Seekers,

Last night Disney took out their magic wand and used it to reshuffleGeorge_kalogridis its corporate management ranks. More than half a dozen executives were effected  including the introduction of a new president for Walt Disney World.

George A. Kalogridis, who has received major prop’s for his handling of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, will move to the east coast to take over as president of Disney World, the company’s biggest and most-profitable resort.

Current President Meg Crofton will focus exclusively on her duties as president of all operations for Disney theme parks in the United States and Europe — a new position created a year and a half ago amid another management restructuring.

Michael Colglazier vice president in charge of Disney’s Animal Kingdom will replace Kalogridis and run Disneyland.

Josh D’Amaro, who currently runs the company’s Adventures by Disney packaged-tour business will take over from Colglazier at Animal Kingom.

Confused yet?

The major move really is Kalogridis who is now at the helm of the companies jewel, all eyes will be on him and how he see’s the future of Disney. Kalogridis was not available to interview.



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What Is Disney’s FASTPASS & Can I Use It?

Good Evening Thrill Seekers,

I can’t think of many negative things about going to an Orlando Theme Park but one thing I would imagine is right up there is the queuing…

We all know its part and parcel of using Orlando Attraction Tickets and we all wish theme park owners could find some way of reducing wait times… well….

Did you know our Disney tickets include Disney FASTPASS?

Wouldn’t it be great if you could cut your wait time for some of your favourite attractions? Now you can!

How does it work?

Disney FASTPASS Service saves your place in line for an attraction while you enjoy the rest of the theme park.

To Use Disney FASTPASS Service:

  • Look for the “Disney FASTPASS® Distribution” sign near the entrance of an attraction.
  • Check the “Return Time” displayed on the sign.
    • The sign will indicate the time you would return to enjoy the attraction using a FASTPASS ticket.
    • For attractions, the return time is a one-hour window (e.g., 1:10 p.m. to 2:10 p.m.), so you don’t have to be there exactly at a given time. For shows, your return time will be for a specific performance.
  • If the return time is one that works for you, just insert your Orlando attraction ticket into the Disney FASTPASS Service machine.
  • A FASTPASS ticket will emerge with your return time printed on it. Now you’re free to go and enjoy the rest of the theme park!
  • Go back to the FASTPASS ticketholder entrance when your return time rolls around, show your ticket to the Cast Member and enjoy the attraction with a minimal wait.

Please keep in mind:

  • FASTPASS tickets are only valid on the day of issue.
  • Everyone in your party using the FASTPASS ticketholder entrance must have a FASTPASS ticket.
  • There’s a limit to the number of FASTPASS tickets you may have at one time. On your ticket will be printed the time at which you can get your next one. Disney FASTPASS Service machines won’t issue another ticket until the time stated on your current one.

Currently, the following attractions offer Disney FASTPASS Service:

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park:

  • Primeval Whirl
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Expedition Everest

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Theme Park:

  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
  • Toy Story Mania!
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Magic Kingdom Theme Park:

  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Jungle Cruise
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Dumbo The Flying Elephant
  • The Barnstormer
  • Town Square Theater

Epcot Theme Park:

  • Mission: SPACE Pavilion
  • Test Track
  • Captain EO
  • Maelstrom
  • Soarin’

Remember this option comes as standard with your Disney Tickets purchased from www.orlandoattractiontickets.co.uk so take advantage of it.



Orlando Theme Parks At Christmas And New Years

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Decembers upon us and Christmas is tapping lightly on our door. Here at Orlando Attraction Tickets we love the holiday season and our Theme Park buddies do to…

Here’s a brief breakdown of what’s happening at the Orlando Theme Parks this Christmas

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Nov. 9 – Dec. 21, Select Dates

Celebrate the holiday season with your family alongside Mickey and Minnie at the Magic Kingdom Theme Park. The celebration is filled with spectacular fireworks, Mickey’s ‘Once Upon A Christmastime’ parade and live entertainment featuring the rest of your favorite Disney Characters. Purchase of an additional event admission ticket is required to attend this event.

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

Nov. 9 – Jan. 6

A breathtaking seasonal display featuring millions of glittering lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music on the Streets of America at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park. Entire buildings, twirling carousels, heavenly angels and Santa and his reindeer spring to life with an extensive array of multi-colored lights. Some nights, the show is capped off with an enchanted flurry of snow.

ICE! at Gaylord Palms Resort

Nov. 10 – Jan. 1

More than two million lights, a 54-foot-tall Christmas tree, heartwarming visits with Santa, captivating musical events and exclusive holiday events await you and your family at the Gaylord Palms. Discover how Gaylord Palms is like no other holiday destination with Merry Madagascar featuring characters from the DreamWorks Animation films carved out of ice. ICE! features two-story tall ice slides carved from two million pounds of ice and a tribute to the unforgettable classic.

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration

Nov. 17 – Dec. 31

Let the waves of holiday spirit splash over you and your family during SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration. The winter wonderland is filled with carols in the air, a sparkling Sea of Trees and skaters dancing on ice. Take a journey to the North Pole on The Polar Express Experience, share a smile with a sea lion, and enjoy live entertainment featuring everything from Santa to Shamu.

Holidays Around the World: Candlelight Processional

Nov. 23 – Dec. 30

The Epcot theme park is transformed into an international celebration of Yuletide traditions filled with decorations and live entertainment during the holidays. Delight in the sights and sounds of the season during Epcot’s Candlelight Processional held nightly at the American Gardens Theatre. The event retells the stirring story of Christmas with a special celebrity narrator accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and a mass choir.

Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal Studios

Dec. 1 – Jan. 1

The world’s most famous parade has become a holiday experience for park guests at Universal Studios. Celebrate the Macy’s Holiday Parade featuring floats and balloons direct from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. The merriment continues with marching bands, clowns and an appearance from Santa! Afterwards, enjoy the spectacular tree lighting with music and lights. Other events include A Barney Holiday, The Blues Brothers Holiday Show and performances by Mannheim Steamroller.

Grinchmas at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Dec. 1 – Jan. 1

This annual holiday celebration is based on the beloved Dr. Seuss tale and Universal Pictures’ and Imagine Entertainment’s Academy Award-winning blockbuster hit, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The celebration highlights the heartwarming story of The Grinch in a live show featuring music recorded by Mannheim Steamroller. See characters come to life before your eyes as they stroll through Seuss Landing. Have breakfast with your favorite Dr. Seuss characters during The Grinch & Friends Character Breakfast and meet The Grinch himself!

Kid’s New Year’s Eve at LEGOLAND-Florida

Dec. 31

LEGOLAND’s New Year’s Eve celebration is perfect for families. The “Kids’ New Year’s Eve” allows kids to rock out and watch the giant LEGO fireworks at just the right time for them, midnight KST (Kid Standard Time), otherwise known as 7 p.m. EST.

Rock the New Year! at Universal CityWalk

Dec. 31

With exciting live performances from various artists, Universal CityWalk’s “Rock the New Year!” is one of Orlando’s hottest New Year’s Eve parties. In addition to live music, enjoy an expansive gourmet buffet, a champagne toast and live entertainment at the various nightclubs, including the groove, an electrifying dance club; CityJazz, a hip jazz venue; Jimmy Buffett’s Magaritaville and others.

New Year’s Eve at the Walt Disney World Resort

Dec. 31

The parks come alive to say farewell to 2012. Magic Kingdom presents: “Wishes” nighttime spectacular with a holiday overlay at 8:30 p.m. and “Fantasy in the Sky” at 11:50 p.m. Epcot‘s “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” salutes the new year at 6:30 p.m. and 11:40 p.m. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, “Fantasmic!” combines water, fire, lights, lasers, fireworks and music will be presented at 6:30 and 8 p.m., with “Lights! Camera! Happy New Year!” fireworks display at midnight.

Happy Christmas everyone from all all Orlando Attraction Tickets.



Dragon Spotted Over Disney’s New Fantasyland

Hi Thrill Seekers,

Yesterday Disney opened up their brand new Fantasyland to a few more of us media types… and you’ll never guess what we saw… (well actually you probably will if you’ve read the title…), here’s more on it.

After weeks of poring through page after page on the Internet, studying grainy video, hearing reports of strange encounters and trying to make sense of archival photos from another era, Gary finally sees the Dragon. The graceful, fire-breathing creature made his grand entrance tonight in the night skies over Magic Kingdom Park. The majestic, reptilian-like wonder soared high above New Fantasyland, and then roared loudly (in what sounded like roars of joy…if my dragon-speak translation skills are what they used to be).

How excited are you about Disney’s Fantasyland?



Disney’s Imagineers Talk The Legend Of Jack Sparrow and Johnny Depp

Morning Thrill Seekers,

We’ve got a video for you all today, its basically Disney talking through the process in making the The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow attraction, its a nice little insight in to Disney’s Imagineers at work.

This is what Disney said about the video

The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow is a walk-through attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios that will allow guests to follow in the footsteps of Jack Sparrow to see if they have what it takes to join his rowdy and daring pirate crew. In this video from Walt Disney Imagineering, Imagineers Jason Surrell, Laura Mitchell, Charita Carter and Jason Roberts take us behind the scenes of the making of this new experience. According to them, creating an entirely new attraction based on the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise was a dream come true, as was working with the film’s lead actor, Johnny Depp, who reprised his role as Captain Jack Sparrow for the attraction’s film elements.

So here’s the video.

What did you think, are you excited to see this attraction?