Second HHN28 House Revealed!

Hey Thrill Seekers,

YES! The second HHN28 House has been revealed…

Dead Exposure: Patient Zero is coming to Halloween Horror Nights this year. Get ready to be infected with fear in a BRAND NEW house that ‘lives within a world of a fan-favourite from our past.’ This house is a prequel to Dead Exposure which was featured at HHN in 2008 and according to Universal was ‘easily one of the most terrifying houses we’ve ever had’ where guests entered complete and utter darkness with only flashing bright lights to guide them through the hoards of zombies that surrounded them.

This year Universal are bringing back all of the same scares and terror of 2008 but are instead dropping guests in the middle of Paris 1982. Chaos has spread throughout the city as flesh eating, vicious zombies make their way through the streets looking for prey. The only people on your side are the military who are giving vaccinations to anyone not already infected however this is at your own risk as there are BIG side effects…

Blindness.

Universal are really bringing a whole new meaning to the word darkness. While you will be trying to escape the zombies clutches you just need to remember one thing.. they will find you.

This house is the first original house that has been announced so far and only the 2nd of the 9 to be released this year.

Remember Halloween Horror Nights 2018 is taking place from 14th September – 3rd November and you can get 2 nights for the price of 1 here.

Stay tuned for more announcements to add to the already mazing line up:

  • Stranger Things
  • Dead Exposure: Patient Zero

Scares Included

Abby

NEW Justice League experience at Madame Tussauds Orlando Launches May 25th

Hey Thrill Seekers,

‘Justice will be served this summer’ as Madame Tussauds Orlando announced that Madame Tussauds Orlando’s Justice League: A Call for Heroes will be launched on May 25th 2018.

There are Madame Tussauds’ all over Europe, Asia and of course, North America but this week our very own Orlando got its own announcement as the world famous attraction revealed its plans to ‘unite an all-star cast of DC Super Heroes in a epic new experience’  This will be the first time EVER that fans of DC’s Justice League will get to come face to face with their fave heroes!

HEROES UNITE! The Justice League™ have swooped into Madame Tussauds Orlando and they need YOUR help to save the world (Yeah, YOU!). Bring your bravery and join the ultimate battle. Be transported to the streets of Metropolis and Gotham City for an experience that will BLOW. YOUR. MIND! Think you’ve got what it takes to wield the power of Wonder Woman’s wrist gauntlets? Can you muster the strength to help Superman™ lift a REAL helicopter? Will you act fast enough to summon Batman™ into battle? Reveal your inner Super Hero this summer! Justice League: A Call for Heroes – the battle begins May 25th, only at Madame Tussauds Orlando. Will you answer the call?

Guests will have the opportunity to ‘star alongside Justice League’s Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman’ (YES to a waxwork Ben Affleck) “Fans have never come this close to the action,” said James Paulding, General Manager.

Wonder Woman:

You have been recruited to help to destroy LexCorp’s dangerous technology that has disabled the city. By using your inner super powers, you will will be able to emit a powerful blast from Wonder Woman’s gauntlets which should weaken LexCorp’s control over the city.

Superman:

LexCorp’s experiment has also caused havoc in the sky, you will need to help Superman lift a real helicopter that is hurtling toward the ground to send it back in to the sky to save the passengers and onlookers.

Batman:

Guests will also need to call Batman using the Bat-Signal. Billowing smoke and wind reveal Batman as he’s called into battle on the rooftop, ready to save the world.

This looks awesome as it is but what’s better is that Madame Tussauds Orlando are also running a competition! They want the bravest of Justice League fans to step forward and bring Mother Boxes to Madame Tussauds Orlando which have surfaces in 5 cities across the globe. Those of you who find the Mother Boxes will be rewarded with;  a once-in-a-lifetime VIP experience including a five-day, four-night trip for the winner and one guest to Orlando, plus two tickets to be among the first to help save the planet in Justice League: A Call for Heroes. Winners will also receive two tickets to MegaCon Orlando® and SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium. 

 

Don’t forget, you can get your tickets to Madame Tussauds Orlando here!

Smiles Included

Abby

 

Halloween Horror Nights tickets now on sale!!

Hey Thrill Seekers,

YES! Its still March and we have Halloween Horror Nights tickets on sale can I get a WOOOHOOO!

This year there’s been a change to the ticket offered for HHN so drum-roll please…

NEW FOR 2018:  Halloween Horror Nights Flex Ticket

This ticket will allow you entry into 2 HHN28 dates that fall on and between 14th September 2018 – 2nd November 2018 (Saturdays are excluded).  This ticket will allow you into Universal Studios on select HHN event nights from 6.30pm until park close. If you’re a true thrill seeker and would prefer to make a day of it, to enter the park before 6.30pm you will still need your Universal 3 Park Explorer ticket  .

Having had the opportunity to visit Halloween Horror Nights for the first time last September I really cannot recommend it enough. I have never laughed so much whilst being terrified at the same time! Universal Studios will be transformed into a nightmarish labyrinth of haunted houses, outrageous live shows, and electrifying scare zones while an army of mutants, monsters and maniacs roam the darkened studio streets.

Things you should know…
  • Halloween Horror Nights™ are scary! We do not recommend this ticket for children under 13.
  • Please do not wear masks or costumes as you will not be refused entry.
  • The Halloween Horror Nights™ Event begins at 6:30 pm and closing times vary.

The Halloween Horror Nights Flex Ticket will be sold between March 29, 2018 and June 6, 2018. The Halloween Horror Nights event begins at 6:30 pm and closing times vary.

Screams Included,

Abby

* please note that this ticket is a special offer ticket and is not included in any other special offers or promotions.

Interview with Kevin from KEF & Shop and Dine 4Less card

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Guess what? It’s Tuesday which can only mean one thing… Tell me Tuesdays is back!! (let me hear you say woop woop)

We’ve saved the best until last, this week it is the turn of Kevin who is the managing director of  Kids Eat Free Card / VIP Shop & Dine 4Less Card… and now i’m craving crispy parsnips 🙁

Name:  Kevin Brett
Company: 
Kids Eat Free Card / VIP Shop & Dine 4Less Card
Position: 
Managing Director

GETTING TO KNOW YOU

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Doctor – until I discovered I was scared of the sight of blood whilst I was in sixth form!

If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life what would it be and why?

Sunday roast with Yorkshire Puds and crispy parsnips as a “must have”!

What movie title best describes your life?

The Bucket List – life is a wish list of things to do

If you were stranded on a Desert Island and could only take 3 items what would they be and why?

Hat for my bald head, my iPod (still have one!) and of course my VIP Shop & Dine 4Less Card.

Would you rather be able to time travel into the past or the future and why?

Future – so many things to look forward to, and I’m impatient to know their outcomes

How would you describe your theme park / attraction using only 3 words?

Best savings value

 

WORK

What was the highlight of 2017 for your company?

Record breaking sales for our savings cards – thank you UK market!

What are you most looking forward to in 2018?

Even more UK customers benefitting from the savings they can make on eating out, shopping and attractions in Orlando, New York and Las Vegas

Favourite Theme Park ride/attraction of 2017?

Too many to mention, but the “real Florida attractions” outside of the major theme parks really are a “must do for everyone” – Gatorland, Boggy Creek Airboat Rides, WonderWorks, Old Town, Mucky Ducks, Orlando Magic……..to name a few

What is going to be BIG for your company in 2018?

The addition of our newly launched SIM card to our Kids Eat Free Card and VIP Shop & Dine 4Less Card offering 5 days of FREE data, international texting and domestic US calls.

Best Theme Park/attraction tip?

Get to see the “real Florida attractions” beyond the major theme parks, and eat off site for best value.

Tell us something we don’t know about Florida…

Whilst Texas is usually recognised as the No.1 state for cowboys, cattle were first introduced to North America in Florida in 1521 by Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon.

Don’t forget that when you spend over £500.00 you can select a Kids Eat Free or VIP Shop and Dine 4Less card to add on to your order for FREE!

PLUS new to Kids Eat Free and VIP Shop and Dine 4Less cards… you will receive a free Smart Sim USA when adding one of the above cards on to your order. 🙂

Smiles Included,

Abby

Interview With Teresa from Orlando Attraction Tickets

Hey Thrill Seekers,

This weeks ‘Tell Me Tuesday’ is all about our own Teresa who works (very hard) here at OAT towers. Now I must add a formal warning here… skip the second question if you want to avoid shouting EWWWW at your screen. 😉

Name: Teresa
Company:  Orlando Attraction Tickets
Position: Reservations Agent

GETTING TO KNOW YOU

What did you want to be when you grew up? A Secret Agent

If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life what would it be and why? Mash potato, tinned Macaroni cheese and egg all mixed together. The only reason I have as to why is that it is YUMMY and it contains all 3 of my favourite foods.

What movie title best describes your life? Super Mom

If you were stranded on a Desert Island and could only take 3 items what would they be and why? A Bikini (if I’m stranded I can at least get a tan), a pop up bed and a boat to get me off 😊

Would you rather be able to time travel into the past or future and why? I think I would like to travel back in time to the 60’s/70’s when big hair, flares and flower power was all the rave. I think I could rock the big hair 😉

How would you describe your theme park / attraction using only 3 words? Now this is a tough one I would have to say… Thrilling, Fun & Variety.

WORK

What was the highlight of 2017 for your company? Winning two awards. We have worked so hard as we do every year and things like this makes it all worth while.

What are you most looking forward to in 2018? Winning Gold at the British Travel Awards.

Favourite Theme Park ride/attraction of 2017? My favourite theme park ride would have to be Mako (I was lucky enough to ride up front on my very first go).

What is going to be BIG for your company in 2018? Everything we do here at Orlando Attraction Tickets is BIG, we are very passionate about everything we do – so I guess time will tell… 😉

Best Theme Park/attraction tip? Top up your sun lotion before waiting in line for rides, even when it doesn’t feel that warm as it is very deceiving.

Tell us something we don’t know about Florida… The Florida Everglades are the only place on the planet where crocodiles and alligators live together.

I’d love to see Teresa rocking the 60’s / 70’s look 😉

Smiles Included…

Abby

Interview with Nohemi from WonderWorks

Hey Thrill Seekers,

It’s Tell Me Tuesdays Time! ‘YAY’ I hear you shout. 😉 (still aware that this isn’t catching on but i’m gunna continue to roll with it anyway) This week it’s the turn of WonderWorks very own Nohemi Romero who is an absolute blast and extremely fun to be around. 🙂 Lets get to know her better..

Name:  Nohemi Romero
Company:  WonderWorks Orlando
Position: Sales Manager

GETTING TO KNOW YOU

What did you want to be when you grew up? A corner store owner, so I could eat all the candy and junk food I wanted. 😊

If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life what would it be and why? White rice, beans, and chicken; It’s what I ate almost every day growing up.

What movie title best describes your life? Madea Family Reunion; My family is always together, crazy, but in the end we all love each other.

If you were stranded on a Desert Island and could only take 3 items what would they be and why? Soap, I like to smell good. Blanket, for comfort. Rubbing Alcohol; for wounds, which I am pretty sure I will have tons of.

Would you rather be able to time travel into the past or the future and why? I would rather time travel to the past. I would like to go back to a time where there were no phones or Facebook.

How would you describe your theme park / attraction using only 3 words? Interactive, Educational, & Fun

 

WORK

What was the highlight of 2017 for your company? 2017 was the year of WonderWorks getting revamped. We changed all of our trivia stations, added three elements to the ropes course, added multiple movies to the 4D theatre, and added awesome arcade games.

What are you most looking forward to in 2018? A lot of new exhibits are coming; including Google Mars & Google Moon.

Favourite Theme Park ride/attraction of 2017? The 4D Motion Ride- The Great Wall of China Movie; This 4D experience takes you through the great wall on a pedi-cab where you will see cherry blossoms, a dragon, and fireworks all while having a bumpy ride.

What is going to be BIG for your company in 2018? WonderWorks is having its 20th year anniversary. Lots of new things are in the works.

Best Theme Park/attraction tip? Bring a jacket; the air con is really cold.

Tell us something we don’t know about Florida… Florida has some great springs that you can tube, kayak, and swim in.

I would like to thank Nohemi for taking the time out of her busy schedule to answer our questions and I cannot wait to see what’s in store for WonderWorks 20th Anniversary! Don’t forget you can purchase your WonderWorks admission and Comedy Dinner Show  tickets or both from Orlando Attraction Tickets.

Smiles included,

Abby

OAT Live Episode 23

Hey Thrill Seekers,

In case you missed the live show last week here’s your chance to catch up with Abby and Gavin as they chat about all things Disney, Universal and SeaWorld.

There’s still time to enter the #GavsYellowJumper competition just head over to our Instagram page, find the SeaWorld pic and comment with the hashtag above.

Abby and Gavin are back on the 1st March for episode 24.

Smiles included…

Jamie

More Information on the Sesame Street land coming to SeaWorld Orlando

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Back in May we found out that in a few years we could be seeing a realistic version of Sesame Street. The new Sesame Street Land is set to replace Shamu’s Happy Harbour at SeaWorld.

In May SeaWorld said that the new land would be open by 2022 but that was about all we got specifics wise and now it seems as though work could start as early as this year. You will find Sesame Street lands at SeaWorld San Diego, San Antonio and at Busch Gardens but these mainly feature just the characters – the areas aren’t generally themed.

The Sesame Street land looks as though it is going to be a mix of new and existing attractions and structures. Most of the attractions along the outside of the area will remain and the interior of Shamu’s Happy Harbor will be almost completely renewed.

When announcing the new project it was stated that:

“We’d like to build the actual Sesame Street that kids can be on and walk down. We will have hopefully a Sesame parade, rides, show where they can see and meet the Sesame characters.”

It is bellieved that the new land will open in late 2020, with the full area opening roughly two years after that (2022). According to the documents uncovered by Touring Central Florida the majority of the current Shamu’s Happy Harbor flat rides will remain such as the Shamu Express, Flying Fiddler, Jazzy Jellies, Ocean Commotion, Sea Carousel, and the Swishie Fishies. It is highly likely that the rides will get  updated to be more Sesame Street themed.

It has been speculated that there is going to be a dark ride added to this section of the park, as a few large building have been noticed on some building plans. There has been rumours that SeaWorld have been in talks with The Goddard Group who have worked on projects like Spider-Man and T2 so maybe this could be a hint toward a dark, Sesame Street ride which will be unique for SeaWorld Orlando as there is certainly not a lot of indoor ‘show scene’ rides since the animatronics on Journey to Atlantis stopped.

The Sesame Street land will be one of the largest investments in the parks history and continues to move away from live animals, infact, from the plans it doesn’t look as though there is going to be any live animal habitats in the land.

Who’s excited for this?

Smiles Included

Abby (not Abby Cadabby 😉 )

Abby’s Annual Halloween Horror Night Predictions

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Yep its that time again where I try to guess what this years Halloween Horror Nights houses will have in store for us. Last year I got 3/6 correct which I was pretty happy about to be honest.

Last year I had the privilege of attending HHN for the first time and it was INCREDIBLE. I feel as though it has also given me an advantage for this blog.  This year I’m confident of beating my previous score and if I’m correct HHN28 is going to be awesome.

Stranger Things

We thought this might make an appearance at HHN27 after Universal big cheese, Mike Aiello, expressed his love for the show on twitter, however due to time constraints (they start working on the following years Halloween horror nights as soon the latest one starts) we feel this might make an appearance this year.

With 2 seasons under its belt and no sign of viewer fatigue we’re guessing that a Stranger Things house will cover the events on season 1 & 2, so expect Demogorgans and a girl with a nosebleed. 

Likelihood: 8/10

IT

One of 2017 most anticipated remakes and although it split audiences it still raked in $700 Million  on a budget of just $35 Million proving that there is definitely a strong fan base there.

IT feels like a very obvious choice for me, the theming is right up Universal’s alley and I can see the house moving from scene to scene easily. Also last year we didn’t see a house with a resident clown so maybe it’s time to step up the clown antics at HHN or could the recent uproar of working clowns vs scary clowns affect this?

Likelihood: 9/10

American Horror Story 

One of the highest rated houses from HHN27 and HHN26 (and my personal favourite) could well return, American Horror Story season 8 is rumoured to be hitting TV’s in the Autumn and will centred around either lust or violence (following the 9 circles of hell.) In 2016 the house featured Murder House, Freak Show and Hotel. Last year it featured Asylum, Coven and Roanoke with their biggest floor plan of the year (you can hear me screaming my way through the 4+ minute house here. ) I think it’s obvious that we would see Cult featured this year!

Universal obviously have a working relationship with FX and the creators of AMS and as Walking Dead’s popularity falls I think American Horror Story is in a good position to become a HHN regular.

Likelihood: 8/10

Five Nights at Freddy’s 

Now this one’s a bit of a hail Mary but bear (excuse the pun) with me. For those who don’t know Five Nights at Freddy’s is a computer game about a security guard looking after a Pizzeria at night, during the night the animatronics come to life and are hell bent on killing stuff.

Here’s the reason we think this could have a chance. Chris Columbus of Harry Potter, Home Alone  and The Goonies fame has signed on to direct a film based on the computer game. The Studio making the film? Friends of Universal, Blumhouse. Who you might remember had a house last year based solely on their horror franchise.

The only thing that makes us doubt ourselves is the timing, the announcement that a film was in the pipeline only happened a few days ago. So perhaps we’re looking at HHN29?

Likelihood: 3/10

Titans of Terror

In Hollywood last year they were blessed with the Titans of Terror, yep Jason, Freddy and Leatherface. We’re thinking that perhaps these classic horror icons might make the trip east to appear at HHN28.

Here’s what Hollywood said about the house;

Fall victim to the silver screen’s most deplorable killers, whose affinity for bladed weapons, redefined the horror movie genre as slasher films: Leatherface (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) wielding his iconic chainsaw, Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th) brandishing his relentless machete, and Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street) swiping his trademark glove armed with razor blades.
The new maze will be an assault on your sensibilities as you descend into the forbidden realms of these iconic horror monsters and discover the place where these depraved legacies were born.

Likelihood: 6/10

The Purge

Okay, bear with me on this one. I know that the Purge franchise is very popular and featured as a scare zone in 2014, a house in 2015, didn’t feature in 2016 and was back as a scare zone in 2017. It works extremely well in a scare zone  BUT there’s a new Purge film set to be released this year called ‘The First Purge’ (also known as Purge: The Island) which will be a prequel that will focus on the events that lead up to the very first Purge event. So with all loose ends tied up, a beginning, middle and end it could be upgraded to its own house again.. I hope so anyway!

The Purge was by far my favourite Scare Zone of HHN27 and I could imagine it to be a very adrenaline pumping, high energy house that can now also tell a story.

Likelihood: 6/10

Now this one is not included in my predictions as such, it’s more of a wish.. and that is the idea that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter could be incorporated in HHN. How? I hear you ask… Let me explain..

Death Eaters Attack Diagon Alley.

This has already happened at the Japan park, what’s to stop it coming to Orlando?! In Japan guests saw Death Eaters attack Hogsmeade so for Studios if this were to ever happen it would have to take place in Diagon Alley as HHN only features in Universal Studios.

In Japan, as night fell the cheerful world of magic transformed into a world of darkness as the Death Eaters appeared wearing black hoods and masks enabling guests to come fact to face with the followers of Lord Voldermort

This is a very far-fetched idea and I’m pretty sure JK Rowling wouldn’t allow for the Wizarding World to be part of HHN but I think it would be amazing!

Likelihood: 0/10

So there you go, my predictions for Halloween Horror Nights 2018 are out there.. none of these have been confirmed by Universal.

What would you like to see come to HHN this year?

Screams included…

Abby

Interview with Renee from Fun Spot

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Tell Me Tuesdays is BACK!! … Well it is Tuesday after all. 😉 This time we welcome back Renee from Fun Spot. Renee is A great lady and one of our faves here at OAT.

Lets get to know her even better! 😀

Name:   Renee Ambos
Company:  Fun Spot America Theme Parks
Position:  Director of Sales

GETTING TO KNOW YOU

What did you want to be when you grew up? Dr. Dolittle – who doesn’t wish they could talk to animals.  Plus I grew up on the farm, so that skill set really would have helped!

If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life what would it be and why? I would say stuffed cabbage, because I’d never have to cook a meal again!  Thanks to my partner!

What movie title best describes your life? Tarzan – I love the outdoors and getting away from the concrete jungle, but I clean up ok too!

If you were stranded on a Desert Island and could only take 3 items what would they be and why? String, Cup  with a lid and a Hatchet. I think the hatchet itself makes loads of sense.  The string would be to tie up any loose ends around the place.  The cup would ideal hold the rain water for me to drink.  With that said, hopefully I’d make it out alive!

Would you rather be able to time travel into the past or the future and why? Future,  Keep moving forward!!!!

How would you describe your theme park / attraction using only 3 words? Four story go-karts!

 

WORK

What was the highlight of 2017 for your company? In 2017 our Fun Spot Kissimmee location, next door to Old Town opened up Mine Blower!  It’s our newest Wooden hybrid Roller Coaster that drops you 80 ft and takes you straight into a barrel roll!  In case you missed that, YES this wooden roller coaster goes upside down!

What are you most looking forward to in 2018? 2018 is going to be an interesting year.  We are going to be focusing on our in park guest experiences.  We know that “you” have a choice when you are booking your Orlando Vacation.  What sets Fun Spot apart is our guest experience once you are in the park.  We treat you like family, not a customer.   Fun Spot may not have any characters or castles, but we do offer that perfect half day experience at a price that doesn’t break the bank.  If  you have not been to the park yet. I’m telling you, you won’t make that same mistake after the first time you’ve been.  I  promise you.

PLUS we just purchased our 3rd park location in Fayetteville, Georgia just 20 miles south of the Atlanta airport.  The park is currently under renovations, and is looking to open Spring 2018.

Favourite Theme Park ride/attraction of 2017? Mine Blower will knock your socks off. It’s high intensity, with a smooth ride. There is nothing better than dropping 80ft and going straight into a barrel roll. It really is a Roller Coaster for the adrenaline seeker.  With the dips and turns the ride is unexpectedly amazing.  This ride is a beauty that packs a punch.

Best Theme Park/attraction tip? I highly recommend visiting Fun Spot on your arrival or departure days.  The key here is you want to have fun, but still take it easy.  With virtually no queue and free admission for none riders.  Stay for as little or as long as you like. Did I mention that we are open until midnight 365 days a year.  If you are lucky enough to visit during non-peak season.  The major Theme Parks close earlier in the off season.  You can just pay for the children to go on the rides, and the adults can enter the park for free and enjoy themselves a pint.

Tell us something we don’t know about Florida… Over in the Cocoa Beach area, during the summer time. It is bioluminescence season.   If you don’t know what I’m talking about, think of putting your hand in water at night, and the water glows everywhere you move!  I have a stand up paddle board, and you can watch all the little and BIG fish swim under your boards and around you. Remember the water glows, so you can get an idea of how amazing mother nature really is. It’s spectacular to see, and remember no flash with your cameras!

A cracking interview from Renee and I’d like to take the opportunity to thank her for getting involved. Our own Teresa has visited Fun Spot this year and absolutely loved Mine Blower! You can purchase Fun Spot tickets directly from Orlando Attraction Tickets.

Smiles Included,

Abby