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?
The closer we get to the 13th June the more information Universal are going to be revealing about their new attraction! Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure will be found at Islands of Adventure in the Hogsmeade section of the park and is the replacement for the much loved coaster, Dragon’s Challenge.
Today Universal gave us an up close look at Hagrid’s favourite canine Fluffy.
Fluffy is a giant three-headed dog that’s known for being the trusted guard dog of the Sorcerer’s Stone. And, as many of you know, Fluffy has a weakness – he falls asleep to the sound of music.
In Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, you’ll confront this gigantic, beloved creature deep in the Forbidden Forest. Proceed with caution – he’s a guard dog first and foremost. And in this new adventure, Fluffy weighs 8,000 Ibs., which is roughly as big as two standard Muggle cars.
In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Fluffy belongs to Hagrid, who adopted him from a “Greek chappie” he met in a pub
Experts on Pottermore say Fluffy was inspired by Cerberus – the dog that in Greek mythology guarded the gates of the Underworld – and, just like Fluffy, he fell asleep to the sound of music
Fluffy made his first and only appearance in the film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
We’re expecting more creatures to be revealed all this, our guess is Cornish Pixies tomorrow…
We thought we’d be getting Halloween Horror Nights news yesterday and when it didn’t come we were all a little glum… so when we got this confirmation today we did a little spooky dance in celebration.
Here’s what Universal had to say about Nightingales: Blood Pit;
Imagine yourself transported back to Ancient Rome where a ruthless emperor reigns and gladiatorial games are put on for bloody entertainment. Add in bloodthirsty creatures and you’ll find yourself in the middle of Nightingales: Blood Pit – an all-new haunted house at this year’s Halloween Horror Nights.
Here’s what you need to know about the next chapter in this fan-favorite original storyline of the nightingales.
Ancient Rome is suffering its worst drought in centuries. The ruthless emperor has declared the gladiatorial games to continue nonstop until the rains return. The gruesome bloodshed of the games is horrifying enough, but then come the creatures.
As the blood soaks into the earth, the nightingales feed on the dead and dying. The nightingales are a grisly race of creatures that have been here since the dawn of time. You may think you’re familiar with their past feeding frenzies, but you haven’t seen them like this. You’ll try to survive alongside the gladiators as the ravenous nightingales tear into their victims and notice that fresh blood has come into their midst…
Nightingales: Blood Pit joins Stranger Things for this year Halloween Horror Nights which will offer 10 haunted houses, 5 scare zones, live entertainment and more. You can grab your tickets for this award winning event at Orlando Attraction Tickets.
Every year I put on my thinking cap, enter a darkened room, pop on some soothing music and make predictions on what I think Universal will do for Halloween Horror Nights. 2 years ago i got 3/6 correct and last year i got 2/6 correct so let’s hope this year is a bit better!
Universal have confirmed that HHN29 will have 10 all-new elaborately themed haunted houses and five scare zones. So here are my guesses at what might be awaiting around a Universal corner waiting to scare the bejesus out of us.
Last year half of the houses were original IP and the other half were based on films/series. I’m 99.9% sure that it’s going to be the same again this year and obviously it will be mega hard to try and guess original IP but here we go..
Stranger Things 2
A massive hit last year, I think that people are pretty much assuming we’ll see a house based around Season 2. Season 2 of Stranger Things was applauded for being more horror based than the first series but I have a few reasons why I think we may not see a Stranger Things series 2 house.. It doesn’t hold the title of the worlds scariest concept and HHN is renowned for being TERRIFYING, although Universal do throw out a couple of surprises now and again and Stranger Things was pretty much an anomaly house. As the series has such a huge fan base of course it was going to be a big hit but in my opinion it’s the sort of concept for a house that once you’ve done it once you don’t need to do it again?
With that being said, anyone who didn’t get the opportunity to do it last year would likely jump at the chance to be able to get another opportunity to enter the upside down (me included!) but how much different could they really make it.. it’s the same characters, same demogorgans etc but all in all I do think it is a strong contender. Especially due to the fact they extended the house to run past last years HHN!
This one is a bit of a long shot, it was a house in 2007 in Orlando and 2011 in Hollywood and the fact I had to google that must mean that they weren’t very memorable houses, right? I do however actually think it would work really well as a house with all the technology Universal now have compared to 8 and 12 years ago! A loud, dark, blizzard like climate with The Thing chasing you around becoming its latest victim through each scene is pretty cool I think? There isn’t any plans for another re-make as far as I know so in my opinion Universal would need to be a bit desperate to go with this house seeing as there are strong rumours of it being 50% their own IP this year.
The Haunting of Hill House
This series is destined to be a HHN house! For one, it’s set in a house anyway so accurate surroundings will be easier than say, Stranger Things where the creative team had to make visitors feel like they were walking through different locations from the series. The interior of the house is perfect too.. with a beautiful two-story entrance hall, a basement, and a labyrinth of rooms. When this series came out on Netflix it was all anyone really talked about and if you haven’t watched it already then what are you doing reading this?! Get watching! We know how well Universal working with Netflix went last year so this is a massive possibility (and I really hope it happens!)
There is a remake of Pet Sematary coming out this April (based on the novel by Stephen King) and the trailer is absolutely terrifying and what does that mean? It would make a fabulous HHN house! If you’re not familiar, the Creed family discover a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home. A perilous chain reaction of events unleashes an unspeakable evil with horrific consequences. In my opinion this would be a super scary house and Universal have worked with Paramount in the past so is a possibility!
Blumhouse or Halloween
Okay I understand this is kind of a cheat one but i’m so stuck so i’ve bundled them together. Blumhouse is a fan favourite (apart from last year where it sort of got swamped by all of the other massive IP’s) In HHN28 we got Happy Death Day & Purge and i’m thinking this year we might get a Blumhouse house featuring Halloween or just a Halloween house on it’s own. I’ve previously spoken about why I think we’ll see another Halloween house. Basically, the new Halloween movie wasn’t featured in last years house and that is likely to be because they didn’t want to show spoilers. HHN28 began on the 14th September and the movie was released on the 19th October meaning Universal would have either spoiled main parts of the movie or not have been able to include them.. neither are in Universals nature. Also, right at the end and I mean RIGHT at the end of the movie you can hear Michael breathing and then the ‘Universal parks and resorts’ logo appears which could possibly mean the film will feature.
Killer Klowns From Outer Space
This has been really strongly rumoured for a house this year and I think that’s down to the popularity of the Scare Zone last year (and how director Mike Aiello is a HUGE fan of KKFOS) this isn’t really a thing that tickles my fancy but I did see the huge impact it had on HHN28 and the nostalgia it bought fans so I think it would be a real smart move.
These have been really hard predictions, and I just have to throw these cheeky suggestions in.. Halloween Horror Nights starts on a Friday the 13th and of course Friday the 13th, could mean that Jason may be an icon at this years event seeing as we have the perfect date for him or maybe even a a special event on that day dedicated to the man himself? The last time there was a house featuring Jason was in 2015 when we had Freddy vs Jason so I think it’s about time he re-visited! Also last year, even with a probability of 0/10 I mentioned death eaters attacking in the WWOHP and i’m going to keep saying it until the day I die or the day it happens, whichever comes first. But with this years announcement of the dark arts light projection show I’m wanting it more and more!
As Warner Bros are now hosting their own Halloween event and due to the fact Disney have bought 21st Century Fox this years was a LOT harder. There is a lot of IP that is now a no-go such as: American Horror Story – I had the privilege of doing an AHS house in 2017 but we will not be seeing another one any time soon. Exorcist – this one has been done in the past too and not likely to be coming back. Jeepers Creepers – this film terrifies me! It would have made for a great house too! 🙁 Paranormal Activity – I’m sure Universal creative team can and have made concepts similar to this without needing the rights! Poltergeist – PHEW at least we got this house last year! Wrong Turn – weirdly one of my favourite film series so i would have loved to have been able to walk through a house based on this! Rocky Horror Picture Show – It’s sad to think that we won’t see anymore of this at Universal for the foreseeable future.
Another one we wont be seeing is Hellraiser which is another house that the hardcore fans of HHN have wanted for years! Horror Nights which is a twitter account for Hollywood HHN has basically confirmed that they cannot do a Hellraiser house. Booo. 🙁
So there’s my 6 IP predictions.. I recently created some polls and asked some questions on our social media to get a feel for what the people really want. 😉 The first pic is a twitter poll that shows Halloween is a popular choice among the people but it was a really tight conclusion between the 4! I also asked the people of Instagram to send us their HHN house suggestions and here are some of the popular results: -Halloween -Insidious -IT -Haunting of Hill House -AHS Cult -‘More Stephen King’ -Us
Original House Ideas
Now thinking about what the original houses could be has nearly sent my brain into overload so I’ve had a brainstorm and here’s what I’ve come up with.. – A clown themed house, maybe even bring the chainsaw wielding clowns into their own house? – Scary Circus – a house featuring an asylum where all the deadbeat circus acts have gone to live out the rest of their lives.. Creepy huh?! – A Coven house.. a house full to the brim of witches who are out to seek justice from a wrong doing to one of their own. – A ‘Hollywood’ Themed house where you walk through some iconic scenes that have been twisted. Surely Universal could just slightly change the name and concept of each film scene and get away with this?? – A torture house, where every room forces the guest to walk through a different type of torture chamber and be a witness to some awful methods.
If those don’t make me seem messed up then I don’t know what will..
So there are this years predictions, what do you think we’re going to see at this years event?? The first house announcement was at the end of March last year and then we had announcements and info every month until Aug so hopefully we’ll be getting an announcement soon!