Another year, another nomination at the prestigious British Travel Awards. So say its the equivalent of the Oscars, I say its bigger than that. So you’ll forgive us if we’re a little giddy.
This nomination represents our 7th Nomination in a row and we’re hopeful that the 7th times the charm as we’ve been 2nd twice and 3rd once… can we claim that all important 1st place?
How can we help?
How can you help I hear you cry. Well luckily for us the BTA’s (once you’re in the door) is a bit of a popularity contest and is based on the total amount of votes we can obtain. TO vote for us you simply have to click on this link – https://www.britishtravelawards.com/btaform.php?nomLink=127 and fill in the details.
What’s in it for us?
Well not only are you helping the plucky underdog but you are also entered in to a prize draw where you can win such goodies as a holiday to Kefalonia, a £2k holiday gift card, a sailing holiday and much more. Check the prizes here
Good luck to all the other nominees except them lot… you know who you are. 😉 and of course good luck to everyone who votes for OAT.
It seems a long time since we last got a little taste of what this years Halloween Horror Nights will bring us, so I was delighted to be informed that today Universal have confirmed that Yeti: Terror of the Yukon is the next house to be revealed.
Here’s what we can expect;
Deep in the remote tundra of the Yukon, loggers and trappers seek refuge from the frigid grip of an arctic blizzard. But out in the darkness, a terror lurks far more dangerous than the deluge of snow and ice. These unfortunate souls have intruded into a territory that is haunted by their worst nightmares. Enter a logging camp that’s been torn apart, floors caked with snow, bones and gore. Right outside, screams are frozen on the faces of those who fled the towering monsters only to succumb to the elements. But there is no escape from beasts as brutal as the winter.
Just when you thought the only thing to fear was the elements, an icy terror will descend over you. Cringe at the trail of blood leading to caves none have lived to see. As you enter the labyrinth of caves, you’ll hear the screaming echoes of those who couldn’t escape the inevitable. If you survive long enough to see the end, you’re likely to find the remains of those who came before you and meet their same demise. You’re in Yeti territory now. They’re stone cold vicious and will stop at nothing for a taste of blood. If the cold doesn’t get you, they will.
So the annual theme park attendance figures are in and there has been an increase in most regions and attraction types. Check this out…
Attendance at themed attractions at the major operators has exceeded half a billion visits for the first time in history. This is equivalent to almost 7% of the world population. And not only that, but this number keeps growing. Just five years ago, the market capture of the industry was only 5% of the global population.
In Orlando we saw the opening of Toy Story Land and to be honest it wasn’t really a massive year for new attractions in the ‘Theme Park Capital’ of the world but the increase we can see may be to do with people choosing to let the crowds die down a bit at the likes of Pandora: The World of Avatar and Volcano Bay. Below it’s easy to see that Walt Disney World is still the largest theme park group in the World welcoming 157,311,000 visitors which is around 7 million more than the previous year! All of the other Theme Park Groups that feature in Orlando (see the green stars) are in the same position as last year but all have an increased attendance. The most impressive of all is definitely SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment with an 8.6% increase!
Top 25 Theme Parks Worldwide
As we can see the standings are pretty similar to the previous years with the exception of Universal Studios moving down one place from 10th in 2017 to 11th for 2018. With the opening of Galaxy’s Edge at Hollywood Studios this year (2019) i’m confident the attendance will soar and it will move up at least one place – especially with Toy Story Land still being new too! Hopefully we will see Islands of Adventure move up the charts too with the new potter coaster due to open next month – what do you think?
Water Park Attendance
Last year due to the opening of Volcano Bay having an impact i said ‘In my opinion, Volcano Bay has smashed it!! Considering they only opened on the 25th May 2017 they have come in at 6th in the standings – Go Universal!!’ Considering the above standings now include a full year i’m pretty shocked to see them still at 6th! Although they did have the biggest increase at 15%! On the plus side, Blizzard Beach And Aquatica have both moved up a space!
Top Parks in North America
Both SeaWorld and Busch Gardens have moved up a space in these standings. We can see that Pandora is still having a massive impact on Animal Kingdom with a 10% increase and even better, SeaWorld is showing a 16% increase.
This year also showed strong and steady business volume through most regions and attraction types. In an unusual alignment, theme park attendance grew by roughly 4% in all major markets. Waterparks’ attendance rose at 2.5% globally, with North America at 5.8% and EMEA showing strong growth of 6.7%. We have observed a number of phenomena that have led to this and other strong years’ performance in the business. These include the addition of second gates, the continued leveraging of blockbuster IP’s, and the building of resort hotels adjacent to park properties.
Honorable mentions are in order this year for a number of players including: SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment which turned around from a 5% drop last year to an almost 9% increase this year.
So with Galaxy’s Edge, new Potter coaster and many more new attractions such as Tigris, Mickey and Minnies runaway railway, Skyliners, Sesame Street, LEGO Movie World and many more opening in 2019 next years report may look a little different! :p
Do you have a fear of water…. do you hate it when you’re in the sea and something brushes against your leg… then Depths of Fear, Halloween Horror Nights new house could be the one that tips you over the edge.
What’s it about?
The workers of a deep-sea mining company have found themselves in a dire situation. They’ve delved too deep and encountered a parasitic race of creatures that turn out to be deadly. Panic ensues as you find yourself encountering infected miners and acidic creatures. The pressure builds as the self-destruct sequence counts down to the inevitable implosion of the facility.
The badies are?
As you venture further into the depths, you’ll encounter the creatures known only as the “Mouthbrooders.” Picture being trapped in a claustrophobic mining installation underwater with a countless number of these slithering monsters. Your worst nightmares will come to life as these fiends spew flesh-eating acidic eggs at human hosts, and you witness miners being driven mad by the infection.
Mako, Kraken and Manta… the triple threat. 3 of the best coasters in Orlando but could they be about to become a quadruple quandary!
Rumour has it (and some plans submitted to local authorities) that SeaWorld Orlando are building a new coaster set to debut in 2020. The new coaster which is being built by coaster company Premier has similarities to Tigris and based on recent trademark filings could be called ABYSS.
Now some reports are describing the new attraction as a family coaster but don’t let that put you off, from what we’re hearing the coaster will have up to 4 launches with airtime and inversions that would reach a max speeds of up to 55 mph.
The image above provided by thecoasterkings.com, shows details of how we believe the new coaster will be positioned. It will be housed near Shamu Stadium and Mango Joe’s Restaurant which will lose part of its outside area to make way for the Abby’s queue.
The coaster itself, is rumoured to have 4 launches and will start by launching backwards up an incline that will have a curl to it, the coaster will then all forward (like Tigris) onto a second launch element with will propel it up a top hat element, a top hat or top cap consists of an ascent at a 90 degree angle immediately followed by a 90-degree descent. The top hat will be located near the Bayside Stadium, and will provide some great airtime (think Mako). The train will then hop over a guest pathway into a relatively undeveloped area near Ports of Call. There will probably be a few helixes and airtime hills, then the train will go back over the pathway and roll into the station.
SeaWorld haven’t confirmed any of this and it is thoroughly classed as a rumour but I like the sound of ABYSS, assuming that what it will be called.
Universal have confirmed that Dracula, Wolfman, Frankenstein and more will be making an appearance at Halloween Horror Nights 29. Yey!!!!
Here’s what Universal had to say;
In this all-new haunted house the world’s most terrifying monsters unleash havoc – thirsty for anything and everything in their paths. As you try to escape to safety, you’ll step into each monster’s domain – but beware – they refuse to let anyone get out alive…
Come face-to-face with Dracula in his gothic castle, the Wolfman in a dark Bavarian forest, and the man-made monster within Dr. Frankenstein’s lab. And if you survive them, you still may encounter the vicious Creature of the Black Lagoon, the ancient evil of the Mummy and more.
For the first time in 14 year Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party will be getting a new fireworks show.
The new show will feature state-of-the-art projection effects, lasers, lighting and dazzling fireworks that come together to tell a not-so-scary story about how anything can happen on Halloween night.
The show will take guests along on a trick-or-treating adventure, where four friends – Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy – find themselves drawn into a mysterious haunted house. The journey takes them from one room of the house to another, encountering dancing skeletons, waltzing ghosts and a whole series of troublemaking Disney villains.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party will also include the following “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular,” featuring the Sanderson Sisters and Disney villains the likes of Oogie Boogie, Dr. Facilier and Maleficent.
“Mickey’s Boo-to-You Halloween Parade,” which happens twice nightly and features favorite Disney characters dressed in their Halloween best, along with the Disney villains and a cavalcade of fiendishly fun floats. Storybook Circus Disney Junior Jam in Fantasyland is the spot for all of the young partygoers to get their groove on with favorite Disney Junior characters like Doc McStuffins and Vampirina.
In Frontierland, prospector Cactus-Flower Cate rounds up youngsters for the “Frontierland Costume Promenade,” encouraging them to show off their costumes in a quest for the greatest treasure in the land – candy! The “Frontierland Costume Promenade” takes place just prior to each run of Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade and of course, Trick-or-treating throughout the park!
Not only have Disney been busy creating their largest ever land expansion with Star Wars: Galaxys Edge but they’ve also been working on a new transportation system called Skyliner Gondola’s, the cable car style people movers will be decorated to fit Disney’s look and feel.
Today Disney has confirmed the approximate journey times you can expect when riding a Skyliner.
From Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort to Disney’s Hollywood Studios – 5-6 minutes
From Disney’s Caribbean Beach resort to Disney’s Pop Century Resort or Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – under 6 minutes
From Disney’s Caribbean Beach resort to Disney’s Riviera Resort – 5 minutes
From Disney’s Caribbean Beach resort to International Gateway at Epcot – 15 minutes
From Disney’s Riviera Resort to International Gateway at Epcot – 9 minutes
I image the views from these bad boys will be spectacular and I for one cannot wait to try them out.
Do you think the additions will help with the traffic congestion?
Yep now Easter is over it means Christmas is just around the corner… kind of… so with that in mind Universal have confirmed their seasonal dates.
Visit from November 16, 2019, to January 5, 2020, to experience a one–of–a–kindholiday.
Don’t just get merry. Add a dash of mischief as you enjoy this resort-wide celebration. Enjoy the views, shows, and food duringChristmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Experience Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s.
Watch the live retelling of Dr. Seuss’s classic holiday tale starring The Grinch in The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular.
Check out this video for allllll the info (that we have so far) 😉
Everything in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has been carefully crafted to ensure that everyone who visits experience has an immersive experience that has never been seen before. Disney have released lots of food and drink options that will be available to get in Galaxy’s Edge and yesterday they revealed speciality Coca-Cola bottles that travellers will only be able to find in Batuu.
As we were developing the incredible experiences that guests will explore when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens we knew that we wanted to create something truly special – something that will bring your own Star Wars adventure to life in a whole new way. We reached out to our friends at Coca-Cola, and along with Lucasfilm Ltd. came up with specially designed Coca-Cola bottles that are designed to fit authentically within the Star Wars universe.
The unique Coca-Cola products were created with storytelling in mind and are unlike anything Disney have done before.
These are sure to be in high demand throughout the galaxy and will make a great memento that you can use time and time again. Mine will definitely be used as a water bottle for my desk when I get my hands on one!
Are you going to be grabbing one of these on your visit to Galaxy’s Edge?