Orlando Attraction Tickets Wins TravelMole Award

Hey Thrill Seekers,

It’s party time here at OAT HQ because yesterday we were announced as winners of the 2017 TravelMole award for best holiday misc add on’s… Hooray for us…

An awards ceremony took place yesterday where all the winners were announced to the very best of the travel industry.

Karl Hendrie CTO & Founder of Orlando Attraction Tickets said;

We’re absolutely delighted and would like to thank all our staff, suppliers and TravelMole for the honour. Most importantly though we’d like to thank our customers who voted for us, there’s nothing better than a seal of approval from the people who use your service.

Although nominated in the past this is our very first “win”, we’re delighted to have picked up this accolade and hope this is the start of many more to come.

Thank you to everybody who voted for us, its appreciated more than you know.

Smiles included…

Jamie

Celebrate the New Year at Walt Disney World!

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If you’re lucky enough to be saying goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018 in the happiest place on earth then you really will be spoilt for choice! There will be plenty of special events happening all around the resort  so no matter where you are you’ll be sure to have a blast. Disney Have just released information that will really tickle your tastebuds.. Take a look below to see some of the locations you may want to book in for New Years Eve!!

Mickey’s New Year’s Eve BBQ – Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort 

“Join Mickey, Minnie and friends for a family-friendly barbecue at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort as they celebrate the new year at Mickey’s New Year’s Eve BBQ. During this special finger-licking, foot-stomping barbeque event, you’ll feast on mouth-watering items such as Bacon Jam Burger Sliders grilled on site, Wagon Wheel Mac’n’Cheese for the kiddos, and Mini S’mores served in Mason Jars!

In addition to this all-you-care-to-enjoy BBQ spread, you’ll get to enjoy the sounds of a live bluegrass band and a DJ. After dinner, cowpokes can mosey on over to the dance floor for line dancing led by Disney Friends! Then get ready to count down to midnight and watch the world-famous Magic Kingdom Park fireworks from a special viewing area.”

Down in New Orleans: A Disney New Year’s Eve Experience – Disney’s Contemporary Resort;

Calling all fine-dining aficionados: prepare to pamper your palate at an event you’ll remember for years to come! Ring in the new year in style with Down in New Orleans: A Disney New Year’s Dining Experience inspired by the New Orleans French Quarter and Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog.”

When you arrive at the Sorcerer’s Apprentice Ballroom of Disney’s Contemporary Resort, you’ll be surrounded by beautiful French Quarter-inspired décor and an array of stations that will immerse your senses in unique and extraordinary flavors, such as smoked salmon mousse cones and oyster beignets fried right before your eyes. Then, when dinner time finally approaches, you’ll be guided to a premier dining destination for the main course of the night where you’ll be welcomed by art-adorned walls with visions of New Orleans. Take in the rich scents and vibrant flavors as you enjoy herb-crusted Louisiana redfish, crayfish étouffé, Black Angus beef, braised short ribs and roast filet of beef with truffled celery root silk, all while enjoying the authentic sounds of a live jazz band. At the evening’s end, a spirited vocalist will join the band and bring the classic sounds of Disney’s “Princess and the Frog” by legendary composer Randy Newman to life. Soon after, you’ll be ushered to a private viewing area near the Porte Cochére, for champagne and the unforgettable sights of the world-famous Magic Kingdom Park fireworks to ring in the new year!

From beginning to end, this event is a beautiful way to welcome 2018 and it’s sure to be a night you’ll remember. Reserve your seats for this once-in-a-lifetime event today! Down in New Orleans – A Disney New Year’s Eve Experience will take place on December 31, 2017, from 7 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and will feature restaurant-style reserved seating.

New Year’s Eve Bash at Atlantic Dance Hall – Disney’s BoardWalk

“Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney’s BoardWalk invites you to ring in the new year with rockin’ music, tasty treats, high spirits and an enchanting dash of Disney magic. Dance the night away while you enjoy tasty treats such as soft pretzels, churros, and other sweet and salty snacks. In addition, you can celebrate the new year with complimentary party hats and horns, a view of the sensational Epcot fireworks, and a champagne toast at midnight.”

Doors open at 9 p.m. and guests must be 21 years or older with valid ID to enter. 

Dinner and Dancing Under the Sea – Flying Fish at Disney’s BoardWalk

“Kick off the new year at Flying Fish with Dinner and Dancing Under the Sea. Starting at 7 p.m., come enjoy a cocktail hour with scrumptious hor d’Oeurves and a gorgeous and delectable seafood display! Then take your seat for a spectacular family-style dinner spread with sustainable seafood offerings and accompaniments. You’ll also enjoy a complimentary character artist drawing throughout the night and the opportunity to dance all night long to the tunes of a live 3-piece jazz band, and at midnight, toast to the new year with champagne and a midnight celebration! Guests of this exclusive event will also have the opportunity to hop on over to the Atlantic Dance Hall to enjoy the Epcot fireworks and midnight festivities.”

Guests must be 21 years or older with valid ID to enter.

Mmmmm now i’m hungry!

Smiles Included

Abby

 

Orlando Attraction Tickets Nominated For A TravelMole Award

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Another day, another award nomination… I say that, but we’ve actually only been nominated for 2 awards this year! MUST TRY HARDER!!!

Anyway yesterday afternoon we got the news from TravelMole that we’d been shortlisted (only 3 got through) for a prestigious TravelMole award in the category of best holiday miscellaneous website covering websites that basically don’t do flights or hotels.

So obviously we’re thrilled to have been nominated as entrants were judged on its website’s content, layout, ease of navigation and innovation… however now its over to you…

We need your vote to win. To vote for us all you have to do is follow this link – http://www.travelmole.com/voting_uk.php?c=setreg&region=2&awardcat=15 and click on the VOTE HERE BUTTON found directly under our logo….

Thanks very much for all your support.

Smiles included…

Jamie

Day 5 – Teresa’s Vlog

Hey Thrill Seeker,

Its the last in the series of Teresa does Orlando.. for the final day she’s off to Kennedy Space Center and returning to Fun Spot to try and conquer her fears…

Lets see what happened;

I just want to take the chance to thank Teresa for al her vlogs I’m going to miss waking up to tales of her adventures.

Until next time…

Smiles included…

Jamie

Day 4 – Teresa’s Vlog

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Day 4 of Teresa’s vlog, yesterday she visited SeaWorld in the morning and then popped off to watch the Orlando Magic in a limo in the evening (like you do)

Check out what she thought of it here;

Tomorrow its Kennedy Space Center…

Smiles included…

Jamie

Day 3 – Teresa’s Vlog

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Day 3 for Teresa and this is one she absolutely loved…

Revolution Off Road in the morning and WonderWorks in the afternoon. Check out her latest blog… please note my awesome editing.

Tomorrow she’s off to SeaWorld and to watch her first basketball game.

Smiles included…

Jamie

Day 2 – Teresa’s Vlog

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Its day 2 and Teresa’s been a busy beaver, today she visited the Orlando Eye, Madam Tussaud’s, SeaLife, Fun Spot and Boddy Creek.

Lets see what she thought of it…

Come back tomorrow and see what she thought of WonderWorks…

Smiles included…

Jamie

Day 1 – Teresa’s Vlog

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Our very own Teresa is out in Orlando at the moment being shown around some of the attractions that sometimes get over looked.

All this week she’ll be checking in with us via her personal video blog and she’ll be telling us about her day and reviewing the attractions she visited. Lets check out day 1.

Check back with us tomorrow for another Teresa Vlog.

Smiles included…

Jamie

Top 5 Orlando Holiday Reveals

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Now i’m definitely not a blubber but holiday reveal videos make me do that thing where  your eyes get wet when you’re happy? Weird I know..

Holidays to Orlando, the theme park capital of the world, are nothing less than a huge deal and seeing your kids faces when you tell them that this year they’re lucky enough to be  going to Orlando must be second to none. Recently, keeping the holiday a secret for as long as possible and then filming the reaction of your littleun’s when you tell them is becoming more and more popular and I love it (although it does make me pretty jealous 🙁 )

The creativity of some families is amazing so i’ve been scouring the internet to put together my top 5 Orlando holiday reveal videos. Personally, my favourite type of reveal videos are treasure hunt ones.

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As i’ve previously mentioned, my favourite reveal idea is to do a treasure hunt around the house and this one is Disney themed.. even better 😀

 

2.

This one is soooo cute and I love the idea of the t-shirts, how grateful the kids are is very sweet.

 

3.

‘BUT WE HAVEN’T PACKED!!!’

 

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The suitcase races at the beginning of this one made me laugh, also love the Universal props for a brill Universal reveal.

 

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The little girls reaction at the end of this one is just brilliant.

I couldn’t think of a better surprise to receive than being told that i’m going on holiday to Orlando (Gavin should have done a video of when I was told I would be going on the Super FAM trip this year 😉 )

If you’ve got any funny, adorable or emotional reveal videos or ideas send them in to us i’d love to see!!

Smiles Included

Abby

Abby’s Orlando Adventure, Part 1. Universal

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I’M BACK!!

I’ve been back a few days now – just about getting over the jet lag but still wishing I was in Orlando.. 🙁 I had the most AMAZING week out in Orlando and had the opportunity to do things i’ve only ever been able to dream of doing until now. I’m going to let you all know what I got up to over a blog or three.  😉 Today’s blog is all about what I got up to at the Universal parks..

So on the 17th September I made my way to Gatwick and met everyone (all 50 of them) at the check in desk ready to do my first ever long haul flight. The flight was fine and seemed like we were there in no time! We then travelled straight from the airport to Universals Cabana Bay Beach Resort which is a really cool 1950’s retro themed hotel. After being shown to our rooms we met over at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort – another one of Universals properties to have a welcome buffet and drinks. At dinner our lovely Universal host Liz gave us the opportunity to go over to Universal Studios to experience Halloween Horror Nights 27. Of course I opted to do this (partly because if i didn’t I would be mocked here at OAT towers) We hopped on a water taxi from Loews over to Universal Studios to experience the best Horror Night event i’ve ever been too! As soon as you walk in to the park it starts, there’s a scare zone after scare zone and so many houses to choose from. I done a mix of Rides and Houses that night, started off on Hollywood Rip Ride Rock It (Kayne West – Stronger, obvious choice 😉 ) – Wicked ride to do in the dark! Also rode TRANSFORMERS-3D, The Simpsons and Men In Black. TRANSFORMERS 3D was my first experience of a simulator ride and it’s safe to say I absolutely LOVED it! Now on to the houses, the first house I went in to was American Horror Story.. one word, terrifying. There is a video / sound clip on our Facebook page that I took whilst walking through the house and you can tell from that how scared I was and also how funny it is to be scared. The attention to detail in the houses is second to none, if you have the chance to go make sure you keep your eyes open the whole time to really take in all of the props and details! The second house I went in was Scarecrow – The Reaping. This house was more jumpy and I did fall over at one point from being scared – not my finest moment ;). The Scare Zones were also amazing and clever, my favourite Scare Zone was the Purge one as you just couldn’t escape! This was closely followed by the Scare Zone Roaming Hordes – Clowns with Chainsaws.. enough said. We made our way back to the hotel at around 1am to get some sleep ready for the next day.

On our first full day we made our way over to Universal Studios where we met our very own VIP tour guides who were going to be taking us around for the morning. We started off by heading in to Diagon Alley – the ‘wow factor’ when you walk in is exactly, if not more, how everyone describes it. We had a quick taste of Butterbeer – I loved this, I love all things sweet and this is definitely sweet, yummy. We then went on to do the Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts, I also had a lot of expectations for this ride and it lived up to every single one of them, it’s just so lifelike and cleverly done. After this we met up outside Kings Cross Station, had a few photos with the knight bus and then made our way inside to board the Hogwarts Express. Oh another thing, when you are standing outside Kings Cross you will reeeeeaaaalllllyyyy feel like you are back in London! (let me know below if you know what I mean by this 😉 ) After walking through platform 9 3/4 we hopped in to a carriage.The journey on the Hogwarts Express was soo immersive and be sure to look both left and right throughout the whole journey. In what felt like seconds we had arrived at Hogsmeade in Islands of Adventure, another ‘wow’ moment as you catch a glimpse of Hogwarts Castle for the first time. We headed straight for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, probably my favourite of the 2 Harry Potter rides we did, I love the way the ride really puts you in the middle of the action. We then made our way back on to the Hogwarts Express to head back over to Universal Studios, it’s a completely different experience on the way back so make sure you pay close attention (and look out for a cool graphic to do with a tree out of the window side). As we entered Kings Cross earlier on in the morning one of our group had said ‘the only thing missing is a busker’ and as we walked out back in to Universal Studios after departing the Hogwarts Express there was a lady standing at the entrance playing the violin – Universal don’t miss anything do they!  We then got to do most of the iconic attractions in Universal Studios.. Minion Mayhem, Revenge of the Mummy (fantastic ride!!) and Jimmy Fallon were all great, every sense is tested in Jimmy Fallon and the whole experience beforehand is also brilliant. We also rode the Simpsons Ride, TRANSFORMERS 3D, Rip Ride Rock It (Fergie – Glamorous this time) and Men In Black again (well second time for me because i’d stayed out to do them the night before hehe) Men in Black is so much fun, especially when you beat everyone.. not gloating, promise. My favourite ride in Universal Studios, by a mile is TRANSFORMERS – 3D I just absolutely love it for so many reasons. After Universal Studios we headed back to the hotel to get ready for a hosted event at Cuba Libre by Visit Orlando – great fun. 🙂

On the second full day, after breakfast, we made the short walk over to Universals Volcano Bay. After collecting our Tapu Tapus we walked the short path (which is very cleverly located) and turned the corner to be face to face with the Volcano. It is so awesome when you first see it, I had a look around and everyone had just stopped dead to stare or take photos – great backdrop for any photos!! We then got to explore the park at our own leisure, I went on Krakatau Aqua Coaster, Ika Moana, Honu, Te Awa Fearless River, Puihi raft ride and the one i’m most proud of.. Ko’okiri Body Plunge. There wasn’t one slide that I didn’t enjoy here they all made me laugh out loud – that is all bar Ko’okiri which was the only attraction in Orlando I was scared to do before I went and admittedly, I was 10x more scared when I cane face to face with it. Not going to lie, it was the main thing I noticed when I first caught sight of the Volcano after walking in to the park. Ko’okiri features a 70-degree fall through a drop door and a 125 feet descent, to be honest it was sooo much fun I wanted to do it again but we didn’t have enough time! 🙁 Krakatau was also wicked, i’d worked myself up so much about Ko’okiri that i’d partly forgotten about Krakatau but it was so thrilling and the dips and drops are a lot bigger and much faster than I had anticipated. It’s definitely a must!! After Volcano Bay and a quick change of clothes we headed over to Universals Islands of Adventure and were told to not wear any denim or white tops.. if you don’t know then i’ll tell you, IOA is renowned for its water rides! We had planned to do the water rides last though (because we are smart like that) so headed straight over to the Hulk coaster – amazing and the launch is really something else, loved it! We also experienced The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman and Skull Island: Reign of Kong which is a wicked ride with a really cool surprise at the end (I wont ruin it for you). It was then time for the water rides.. We rode Jurassic Park River Adventure which was pretty cool and I sat at the back so didn’t get very wet.  We then opted for Popeye and Blutos Bilge Rat Barges which was hands down the most i’ve laughed on a ride, ever. You can sit in groups of 12 and you get DRENCHED. Luckily (well, for me) we didn’t have time to get on to Dudley Do-rights Ripsaw Falls but got to catch a glimpse of a few others getting absolutely soaked on it.. hehe! Once we were done at Islands of Adventure we headed back to Cabana Bay to get ready for our ‘surprise evening with Universal.’

#volcanobay @universalorlando amazing morning, conquered Ko’Okiri too!! 🌋💚

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Our surprise evening with Universal was incredible.. we had the whole of Volcano Bay to ourselves, yep you heard it right, the whole park! The lovely Universal had put on a delicious buffet dinner and drinks for us in one of the restaurants and just as we were finishing up our food, the minions walked in to have their photos taken with us! After our photo shoot with the minions we headed down to one of the bars by the Waturi beach for more cocktails and a live band, had a little dance and then we headed down to the beach to watch a fire performer and Waturi dancers, had some more photos taken in front of the Volcano – which changes colour and looks even more awesome in the dark! It was such a fantastic evening and I felt very lucky to be a part of it. After a few more drinks we walked back to Cabana bay for a game of bowling and a night cap. The evening at Volcano Bay concluded our visits to the Universal parks and what a ending it was!!

Overall, my top 3 rides / attractions from the Universal parks were:

3. Ko’okiri Body Plunge

2. The Incredible Hulk Coaster

1. TRANSFORMERS-3D.

What are your favourite Universal attractions?

Stay tuned for my next blog all about what I got up to at Discovery Cove, SeaWorld, Aquatica and Busch Gardens! You can also take a look at the video below of me and Gavin chatting about what I got up to on the first part of my FAM trip. 🙂

Smiles Included,

Abby