Is a How to Train Your Dragon land coming to Universal’s Epic Universe?

Hey Thrill Seekers,

I’m excited to tell you that some more information has come to light about what we can expect from Universals new theme park! Orlando Park Stop have recently obtained a site plan and some other patents through a records request which appear to show what one of the IP’s will be coming to Universal’s 4th Gate – Universal’s Epic Universe.
Epic Universe looks as though it is going to be made up of around 4/5 themed lands. One of which appears to be a How to Train Your Dragon land (HTTYD) based on the popular Dreamworks film series.

Image from Orlando Park Stop

Above is the site plan that Orlando Park Stop have obtained. This site plan looks like it shows what the layout will be for the HTTYD land.
The first thing we noticed on this is of course, being ultimate thrill seekers, is the Roller Coaster. 😉 Highlighted in green we can see that the coaster seems to cover quite a large section at the top and looks as though it will take riders through various sections of the land. There is also 3 buildings that the coaster seems to pass through, these may possibly be show buildings with props inside to help tell a story throughout the ride.
It also looks like the coaster will have a dual track load and unload area as the track splits into 2 on both sides of the loading area.

The bit circled in red is where the HTTYD land is rumoured to be
A closer look

In these snippets which have been taken from the official concept art you can see that it looks like there are 2 coasters – one looks like a duelling coaster and the other a single track coaster that appears to go through the lagoon. The one we think will be part of HTTYD is the single track coaster as this section is rumoured to be the most ‘kid friendly’ part of the Universe (The duelling style one is slightly out of the boundaries of the HTTYD land so we’re excited to see what that could be!)

Also within this land it appears that there is 2 Gerstlauer Sky Fly rides next to eachother on the plans, want to know what one of those is? Check the picture above and the description from the company that makes them here: Want to feel like a pilot mastering flight? Gerstlauer Amusement Rides’ Sky Fly, a world’s first, makes it possible. The ride is based on the ‘Sky Roller’ and features an interactive experience for every rider.
Once the 12 comfortable single-rider gondolas are carried aloft, there is no stopping. The gondola brakes are released and thanks to control wings every rider is able to roll over. Everyone decides whether the ride turns into a hair-raising flight-adventure or ends up to be ‘just’ a scenic flight. Sky Fly is for everyone! Since the boom is tilted, the riders go up 72 ft (22 m) and come down each revolution.


In the part of the land with a lagoon there are rumours of a ‘boat’ ride – likely an interactive attraction where riders can shoot targets (and people) using water cannons.

In the middle of the site plans, the building which I have circled in red is rumoured to house a flying simulator ride. It is what everyone has been expecting since rumours first started for a HTTYD land!
At first we thought a ‘Flight of Passage’ style ride would be perfect however Universal have filed some patents which suggest otherwise..

Patent obtained by Orlando Park Stop

In the above patented technology for a flying theatre style ride you can see that there appears to be screens below and in-front of riders who will be hanging – in an almost paragliding position.
Now obviously this is still rumoured as nothing has been confirmed by Universal yet but in my opinion it would be a cool dragon ride, don’t you agree?

I’m excited to learn more about this land as well as other area’s of Universal’s Epic Universe as they’re released! 🙂

Smiles Included,

Abby

New Information on Super Nintendo World – Japan

Hey Thrill Seekers,

So Universal Studios Japan have released information on Super Nintendo World. It is set to open in summer before the Olympics in Tokyo, there is no official opening date as of yet.
Super Nintendo World will be the first area based on Nintendo characters. Universal have said that the lands interactive environments will connect using ‘state of the art’ tech to create an immersive experience and to allow guests and fans alike to discover the excitement of their favourite games.

Universal have released this music video for Super Nintendo World which shows a bit more of what we can expect from this new world.

Power Up Bands

Before we talk about the two attractions I wanted to talk about the ‘Power Up Bands’ according to a reporter Kurumi Mori who attended a press event the Power Up bands will sync with a smartphone app and track digital activities. According to Mori, the Power Up bands will allow guests to collect digital coins and compete against other attendees of the park. She also posted a few photos on twitter from the event which show what the bands and app will look like.
The mobile app looks as though it will feature a map for finding where the interactive points are plus where the attractions etc are. You’ll be able to create a profile and unlock achievements.

We see during the music video the main lady who is wearing a band reaches her hand up to a ‘?’ box, just like the third image below. This is an example of how the bands will be able to be used around the area. The easiest thing to compare it to is Tapu Tapu’s at Volcano Bay… you know, where you tap it to drench unsuspecting people floating down the lazy river with water. 😉
The Power Up bands will need to be purchased, like the interactive wands in the Wizarding World.

Mario Kart ride

We now know that the Mario Kart ride will be the Flagship ride in all of the Nintendo Worlds – Japan (2020) Hollywood (2021) Orlando (2023) and Singapore (2025)
Since it first came about in August 1992, a staggering 27 years ago it has continued to be a game that is loved and still played worldwide. Bringing it to life in its own world is a great move in my opinion. Finally, fans will be able to immerse themselves into the world of Mario Kart and race just like Mario and his friends do!
In the video we see a little clip of what looks like will be the Mario Kart ride:

I know it’s bad quality but it looks as though each kart will consist of 4 passengers – two at the front and two at the back.
From a video released by Theme Park Stop i’ve been able to see that there will be 2 tracks that will run side by side so it really feels like you’re racing the kart next to you. It will be a dark ride that uses a busbar system meaning that vehicles will get power from the track itself.
Riders will pass through scenes from famous tracks like Rainbow Road and Nintendo characters will ride up alongside you.. It has also been said that there will be less 3d screens than expected and more real size characters and props. – These are still just rumours as they have not yet been confirmed by Universal.
The details on this ride are still pretty shady but we’ll keep you updated when we find out any more information.

Yoshi’s Adventure

The Yoshi ride has been described as a family-friendly attraction where you get to ‘ride on the back’ (technically in) of the most beloved dinosaur in the world. The section I have circled below is where the Yoshi ride is rumoured to be. Guests will enter the ride through the Gold pipe at the bottom of the circle by the looks of things and it has also been said that the carts will come outside where riders will get spectacular views of Super Nintendo World!

It looks as though guests will enter Super Nintendo World through Peaches Castle which can be seen in the bottom left corner of the above image,
We’ve also spotted Bowsers Castle which looks like it will be another statement building in this world.

Now from all the information i’ve been able to gather, Super Nintendo World looks a bit more like ‘Super Mario World’ with only Mario and his friends making appearances.
Although we agree that Mario is Nintendo’s most famous franchise we are hoping to see the likes of Pokemon, Donkey Kong and Zelda in Orlando’s version.

What do you think of the power up bands and attractions set to be at Super Nintendo World?

Smiles Included

Abby

What’s coming to Orlando this year

Hey Thrill Seekers,

So 2019 was a good year for our beloved theme parks in Florida but in my opinion 2020 is going to be even bigger and better!

2019 bought us Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Hollywood Studios containing 2 great attractions – Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. It also bought us the amazing Hagrids Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure at Islands of Adventure. SeaWorld bought us Sesame Street Land which is tonnes of fun (and i got to meet Abby Cadabby!) and we also got Lego Movie World at Legoland Florida!

Let’s take a look at what 2020 has in store for us… (this is in no way in order of favourtism… or is it.. 😉 )

Iron Gwazi – Busch Gardens – opening Spring 2020

Eeeeeeeeekkkk i CANNOT WAIT for this to open in spring!! Gwazi was a brilliant ride but Iron Gwazi sounds even better. Iron Gwazi is “going to be the best roller coaster in Florida,” says Jonathan Smith – director of rides and engineering. “We’re building what could be one of the best coasters in the entire world.”
Iron Gwazi will have a tallest point of 206 feet, a 91 degree drop and a top speed of a whopping 76 mph!! Which is faster than Mako may i add! It will be the tallest and fastest coaster in the Sunshine State.
Iron Gwazi is being converted from an old twin-track to a single-track design – by Rocky Mountain Construction who also made Steel Vengeance (which Iron Gwazi will now overtake, by 1 foot, to be the tallest hybrid) are a hugely popular and many fan favourite lists include Rocky Mountain coasters.

Ice Breaker – SeaWorld – opening Spring 2020

Ice Breaker is coming to SeaWorld this spring, it’s going to be one hell of a thrilling coaster judging by the info we have…

Using linear synchronous motors, the unique coaster will feature a quadruple launch. After leaving the station, the trains will enter a track switch that will move them laterally into the launch section. They will first magnetically launch backwards, then forward, then backward, and finally forward with enough momentum to hit the ride’s top speed of 52 mph and make it out of the launch area. – USA Today

“Passengers will experience airtime (both forward and backward) while they are launching” on SeaWorld Orlando’s new Ice Breaker roller coaster, ride director Jonathan Smith says. “Airtime going backwards is unique.” -SeaWorld Parks.
Ice Breaker’s riders will navigate a 93-foot spike at 100 degrees, a full 10 degrees beyond vertical. They will also encounter an 80-foot top hat-shaped element that Smith says will be loaded with airtime. The coaster will be an “unusual, crazy, fun and thrilling experience,” he adds.

Riptide Race – Aquatica – opening TBC


Experience Florida’s first dueling racer, Riptide Race. Grab a friend and race through high speed tunnels as you see your opponents side by side and face to face. Who will reach the finish line first?Starting from the top of the 68’ tower, riders will grab their rafts as they enter side-by-side racing lanes. Each racing lane can hold two riders per raft and feature low walls, ensuring you will always have eyes and ears on your competition. Dueling face-to-face, racers will navigate through tight loops and accelerations through indoor and outdoor sections. It’s a race to the finish through nearly 650’ of slide.

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway – Hollywood Studios – opening 4th March 2020

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is a brand-new attraction unique to Walt Disney World Resort and Disney’s Hollywood Studios—and the first ride at any Disney park that stars Mickey Mouse and friends.

he darling duo are taking a leisurely drive to a picnic in their sporty roadster—with Engineer Goofy’s train following merrily along. Plot twist—you get to go, too! Climb aboard a runaway railway and embark on a whirlwind ride through a world where the rules of physics don’t apply. Prepare for unexpected twists, slapstick gags and mind-boggling transformations at every turn, as Mickey and Minnie try to save the day.

There’s no telling where this train is heading! This is an adventure for Mickey and Minnie fans of all ages

The Bourne Stuntacular – Universal Studios – opening spring 2020

The Bourne Stuntacular, an all-new live-action stunt show, will debut at Universal Studios Florida. Based on Universal Pictures’ blockbuster Bourne film franchise, this cutting-edge, edge-of-your-seat live show will blur the lines between stage and cinema in a hybrid form of entertainment that has never been seen before.
The Bourne Stuntacular will follow Jason Bourne around the globe as sinister characters pursue him. This action-packed show will feature thrilling chase scenes, punishing fistfights, death-defying leaps and danger at every turn.
And it will all happen right in front of you with live performers, interactive props and an immense LED screen – making it impossible to determine where the live-action ends and the screen begins.

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure – Epcot – opening summer 2020

Walt Disney Imagineering is hard at work developing a new attraction for the park’s France pavilion, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, planned to open in summer 2020. Based on Disney and Pixar’s hit film, “Ratatouille,” this family-friendly attraction will invite you to shrink down to the scale of a rat for a culinary adventure with Chef Remy.
You’ll race across Gusteau’s kitchen floor aboard special trackless ride vehicles, which you can see in the image at the top of this post – just released today – as Disney Imagineers work on bringing this attraction to life. 

Beauty and the Beast sing along- Epcot – opening January 17th 2020

“Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along” in the France pavilion is directed and produced by Don Hahn, producer of the animated and live-action “Beauty and the Beast” films, and invites guests to participate in a twist on a tale as old as time. It also features narration from Angela Lansbury, who played Mrs. Potts in the original film. The new sing-along will run in rotation with “Impressions de France,” which will receive an upgrade to 4K projection.

Cirque du Soleil Drawn to Life – Disney Springs – 17th April 2020

This new show follows the story of Julie, a courageous and determined girl who discovers an unexpected gift left by her late father: an unfinished animation piece. Guided by a surprising pencil, she embarks on an inspiring quest sprinkled with her Disney childhood memories. Through this journey, she will learn to imagine new possibilities and animate the story of her future.
Cirque du Soleil Drawn to Life will transport guests into the world of Disney animation in Cirque du Soleil’s signature style. This entirely new experience will wow Walt Disney World guests and Cirque du Soleil fans, both young and old, while bringing timeless Disney stories to life in an unforgettable new way.

It will open for previews on March 20, 2020, and officially premiere on April 17, 2020

Which one are you looking forward to the most??

Smiles included,

Abby

Busch Gardens announce their 2020 event line up

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Happy New Year and all that jazz!

To kick off 2020 (which is gunna be a big year in the theme park world may i add) Busch Gardens have released their 2020 event line up.

Kick off the New Year with unforgettable performances at Real Music, Real Masters
and come back in 2020 to enjoy Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekends,
the return of the Food & Wine Festival and much more!

All of the below seasonal events are included with your park admission. 🙂New Year’s Celebrations

Three Kings Day – Monday 6th JanuaryMonday 6 January

The festivities don’t stop once the ball drops – park guests can enjoy Christmas Town cheer until 6 January 2020, including the celebration of Three Kings Day. Visit the three wise men in person for song-filled storytelling and indulge in the park’s spin on delicious traditional dishes, from decadent tres leches cake to flavourful pulled pork hash.

Real Music, Real Masters – 7 January – 15 March (weekly, Tuesday – Saturday)

Busch Gardens’ longest running concert series is back with returning favourites and NEW acts! At the climate-controlled Stanleyville Theater, guests can enjoy incredible live performances spanning from the 1950s to today, including the following acts:

7-12 January – Leonard, Coleman, and Blunt: Former Lead Singers of the Temptations, Platters and Drifters

14-19 January – The Diamonds

21-26 January – BJ Thomas

18 Jan-2 FebNEW! Piano Men: Sir Elton John and Billy Joel Tribute

4-9 FebruaryNEW! Classic Stones Live: The World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Tribute Show

11-16 February – NEW! Simply Queen: The Most Incredible Live Tribute to Queen

18-23 February – NEW! Let’s Hang On™: America’s No. 1 Frankie Valli Tribute Show

25 Feb-1 March – Eaglemania: The World’s Greatest Eagles Tribute Band

3-8 March –Cirque Vertigo Featuring the Wallenda Duo

10-15 MarchNEW! ONES: Beatles’ #1 Hits

Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekends – 1-16 February (Saturdays and Sundays)

Join the Sesame Street krewe for a pirate filled paRrrr-ty! Families can enjoy special character interaction, themed story time, treasure scavenger hunts, and dance parties for pirate-inspired frivolity. NEW this year – on 1 and 2 February, families can meet Aloysius Snuffleupagus, affectionately known as Snuffy, during the first ever Snuffy Weekend. The fun begins each Saturday and Sunday at 11.30am in the Sesame Street Safari of Fun area of the park.

NEW! Mardi Gras Weekend – 22-23 February (Saturdays and Sundays)

This year, guests can let the good times roll with limited-time food, cocktails, entertainment and live music – Mardi Gras style! Follow the fun to the Moroccan Palace Plaza.

Food & Wine Festival – 29 February – 26 April (weekly; Saturdays and Sundays)

A world of taste awaits at the sixth annual Food & Wine Festival each weekend from 29 February – 26 April. The festival features new and exciting dishes, plus a large selection of wines, craft brews and cocktails. While enjoying delicious eats, fans can see some of the biggest names in music as they take the stage the Festival Field. All concerts are included with daily ticketed admission to the park.

On top of all of that we still have Iron Gwazi to look forward to this year! Who else is super excited for this one?!

Smiles Included,

Jess

Orlando Attraction Tickets Festive Opening House

Ho ho ho Thrill Seekers,

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

It’s that time of year again when OAT staff hibernate and recharge their theme park batteries. With that in mind check out our festive opening times

Tuesday 24th December  – 9am – 2pm (will have Facebook support though)

Wednesday 25th December – Closed

Thursday 26th December – Closed (we will have Facebook support though)

Friday 27th December – We’re baaaacccckkkkk

Facebook support – If you need to contact us please feel free to message Jamie using FB messenger via our Facebook page

Have a Merry Christmas from every one here at Orlando Attraction Tickets.

Smiles included….

Jamie

Discovery Cove Black Friday Deal!

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Who loves a bargain?! That’s right… YOU! So look no further, check out these amazing Black Friday prices for the Discovery Cove packages and the Discovery Cove Ultimate packages!

Never been to Discovery Cove before? Then if I were you i’d definitely take this opportunity to snap up a great deal and visit the most relaxing park in Orlando!

Discovery Cove, an exquisite tropical island paradise. Restricted to a capacity of about 1300 guests a day, it’s a rare opportunity to set your own pace and relax away from the hustle and bustle of traditional attractions. Swim with a dolphin (Swim option only, non swim tickets will not include Dolphin encounter), snorkel amongst tropical fish, glide with rays and relax on white sand beaches. Hand feed exotic birds in the colourful aviary, paddle along the crystal clear tropical river and soak up every moment of this blissful day. Put away your watch, kick off your shoes, and enjoy an indulgent experience to the full. Life is good! It’s all about a day of wonderful discovery and a lifetime of memories. 

Here are some recent reviews from our customers about Discovery Cove:

Mr Daniel Hughes:
Amazing! Great day at Discovery Cove and didn”t want it to end! Loved the all inclusive alcohol!

Mr Stephen West:
Amazing day – my favourite place to visit in Orlando. Very peaceful, with loads to do and now includes free food and drink all day. Ticket so includes entry to sea world, which has probably got the best roller coasters in Orlando.

Miss Georgia Cunnington:
Most incredible day, took my friend as a surprise for her 21st birthday and it was such a magical day!!!

Discovery Cove is an all-inclusive experience includes unlimited access to:  

  • Grand Reef
  • Ray Lagoon 
  • Free-Flight Aviary 
  • Freshwater Oasis

Along with use of a mask, snorkel, wetsuit/vest, towels, lockers, beach umbrellas, sun loungers and hammocks, all day self parking, a continental breakfast, sumptuos buffet lunch and all drinks and snacks are included throughout the day.  You’ll also receive a pass to SeaWorld, Aquatica and Busch Gardens.  (Busch Gardens only included with the Ultimate package) which is valid for 14 consecutive days admission before or after your visit to Discovery Cove. 
The Ultimate Package will also include free parking!!

As Discovery Cove only allow 1300 guests per day this deal is likely to sell out quickly!! Book your tickets here.

Smiles Included,

Abby

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What does Universal Beijing tell us about Epic Universe?

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Back in September 2018 I came across some leaked documents that led me to look into how Similar Universal Beijing Resort (UBR) is going to be to Universal Orlando Resort (UOR). However, now that Universal have released tonnes of information on UBR it leads us to believe that there are lot of hints to be explored that could link to Orlando’s Universal Epic Universe.

Here’s the video Universal have released for the Beijing resort – how much can you see that reminds you of Universal Orlando Resort and what new things do you think could be coming to Epic Universe?

By having a quick glance at what is coming to UBR it is clear to see that China is going to get a lot of the same attractions / areas but what i’m most interested in is the new stuff.. why? Because this new stuff could also be coming to Universals Epic Universe which, if you didn’t already know, is going to be Universals 4th park in Orlando.
UBR is going to feature a whopping 7 themed lands that will immerse guests in extraordinary and thrilling adventures. Lets take a look at these lands:

Kung Fu Panda Land of Awesomeness
Universal are bringing Po to life in a whole land dedicated to Kung Fu Panda. It is going to be a completely indoor experience set in ‘legendary China’. Visitors will get to see the Jade Palace, the Panda Village and the Peach Tree of Heavenly Wisdom. Now with Universal Hollywood getting a Kung Fu Panda attraction last year and UBR getting a whole land in 2021 I think it’s fair to say that we might possible get a land or at least an attraction in Epic Universe, don’t you?

Transformers: Metrobase
This land is going to be the first theme park land in the world dedicated to Transformers. An expanded story was developed for the character Metrobase who is a robot the size of a city!
In conjunction with top Chinese scientists, Metrobase selected this Energon rich site just outside the city of Beijing to serve as the N.E.S.T. Beijing headquarters – a top-secret, technologically-advanced zone where an alliance between humans and Autobots developed to protect the Earth.
Now this is a tricky one to picture at Epic Universe for me. Firstly because we already have the attraction in Studios and secondly because the story that has been developed for UBR is based in China. If we have got a Transformers land coming to Epic Universe then maybe another new story will be developed?!

Minion Land
Minion Land is going to be an exciting, fun-filled world that is alive with characters and scenes from the films. It is a place where children and adults can see exciting new shows, meet their favourite characters, and enjoy interaction with the mischievous Minions everywhere they go! Scenes from the films come to life, inviting visitors to play along in an immersive land that is fun for the whole family.
A Minion Land has been rumoured quite a few times for Universal Orlando but nothing ever really came to light, could this mean that Epic Universe is getting a Minion Land to match Beijing?

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
With the opening of Universal Beijing Resort, Chinese fans will have the opportunity to celebrate the magic of the Wizarding World when they step inside “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Hogsmeade,” an award-winning experience that features multiple groundbreaking attractions, shops, restaurants, entertainment and more. From its snow-capped roofs and cobblestone streets to all the special touches that characterize the whimsical look and feel of the land, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” will transport guests of all ages to the very places they read about in the stories or watched on the silver screen.
Now I think it’s fair to say that Epic Universe is definitely NOT getting a Hogsmeade but we are hoping for a Fantastic Beasts themed area.. 😉

Jurassic World Isla Nublar
Guests can explore Isla Nublar, an island of wonder and thrills where Dinosaurs roam the Earth again. Universal Beijing Resort has taken the essence of this legendary film franchise and created a larger-than-life destination for audiences to experience attractions and adventures never seen before. Feel the power of the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Velociraptors, Ankylosaurs, and the fearsome Indominus Rex at Jurassic World: Isla Nublar. Now to me, if UBR are getting new rides (like Hollywood) and attractions it could work as a great expansion to Jurassic Park at Islands of Adventure where I think a coaster would be a fab addition. 😉

Hollywood
Universal Studios Beijing will also get Hollywood Boulevard. In the video you can see a complete replica of Mel’s Drive-in and Universal have said that you can encounter celebs at any minute. Hollywood will feature the “Lights, Camera, Action!” attraction, featuring world-renowned directors, Zhang Yimou and Steven Spielberg. The experience will merge both Western and Eastern popular culture, and will lead visitors into the behind-the-scenes glitz and glamour of Hollywood special effects.
Now I think another certainty is that Hollywood is not coming to Epic Universe as it already exists at Studios.

WaterWorld
Universal Studios Beijing will also offer WaterWorld, Universal theme parks’ popular stunt show that allows visitors to experience a one-of-a-kind “battle on water.” The adventure surges to life with thrilling performances and daring stunts, giving visitors an experience beyond their wildest imaginations. Only in Beijing, the experience will expand into a land including dining and other entertainment offerings.
Japan, Hollywood, Singapore and now Beijing all have WaterWorld shows so maybe Orlando is going to get its WaterWorld fix with the addition of Epic Universe?

Now when we got the artists rendering of Epic Universe, none of the above were predicted. Instead we had predicted Nintendo, Universal Classic Monsters, How to Train Your Dragon, Star Trek, Fantastic Beasts and so on as lands for Epic Universe but seeing as Beijing are getting a few lands that we already have in Orlando could it mean that Epic Universe will be getting some of the new lands that Beijing are getting..

The above are artist renderings for Universal Beijing and Orlando’s Universal Epic Universe. Do you think there is going to be a lot of similarities between the two parks? Here’s a closer look at the two renderings..

Epic Universe Orlando

Smiles Included,

Abby

SeaWorld and Busch Gardens new Coaster names announced!

Hey Thrill Seekers,

So today, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment have announced the names of their 2 latest roller coasters…

Meet Busch Gardens 10th Coaster… Iron Gwazi and SeaWorld Orlando’s 6th Coaster… Ice Breaker.

Lets start with the Gwazi ‘re-vamp’ now named Iron Gwazi.
Iron Gwazi is “going to be the best roller coaster in Florida,” says Jonathan Smith – director of rides and engineering. “We’re building what could be one of the best coasters in the entire world.”

Iron Gwazi will have a tallest point of 206 feet, a 91 degree drop and a top speed of a whopping 76 mph!! Which is faster than Mako may i add! It will be the tallest and fastest coaster in the Sunshine State.

Iron Gwazi is being converted from an old twin-track to a single-track design – by Rocky Mountain Construction who also made Steel Vengeance (which Iron Gwazi will now overtake, by 1 foot, to be the tallest hybrid) are a hugely popular and many fan favourite lists include many Rocky Mountain coasters.

birds eye view of Gwazi

Second up is SeaWorld’s newest coaster.. Ice Breaker which will be a family thrill coaster.

Using linear synchronous motors, the unique coaster will feature a quadruple launch. After leaving the station, the trains will enter a track switch that will move them laterally into the launch section. They will first magnetically launch backwards, then forward, then backward, and finally forward with enough momentum to hit the ride’s top speed of 52 mph and make it out of the launch area. – USA Today

“Passengers will experience airtime (both forward and backward) while they are launching” on SeaWorld Orlando’s new Ice Breaker roller coaster, ride director Jonathan Smith says. “Airtime going backwards is unique.” -SeaWorld Parks

“What’s really cool about the launch experience is that there are camelbacks (airtime-generating hump-shaped hills) integrated into the track,” says SeaWorld’s Smith. “Passengers will experience airtime while they are launching. Airtime going backwards is very unique.”

Ice Breaker’s riders will navigate a 93-foot spike at 100 degrees, a full 10 degrees beyond vertical. They will also encounter an 80-foot top hat-shaped element that Smith says will be loaded with airtime. The coaster will be an “unusual, crazy, fun and thrilling experience,” he adds.

On top of both of those rides coming to the parks in 2020 SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment have announced a new attraction ‘Riptide Race’ is coming to Aquatica Orlando next year too!

Its going to be an exciting year for Roller Coasters isn’t it!! which one are you looking forward to the most? Me? Iron Gwazi!!

Smiles Included,

Abby

Universal Confirm HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES For Halloween Horror Nights 29

Hey Thrill Seekers,

With Halloween Horror Nights just around the corner the announcements are coming thick and fast! This year HHN29 is looking stacked with 10 houses, 5 scare zone and 2 shows all kicking off from 6th September until the 2nd November.

Today Universal confirm House of 1000 corpses, come face-to-face with the psychotic Firefly family and their collection of blood and gore. Watch “The Legend of Doctor Satan” come to life right before your eyes. Keep a lookout for the latest addition to Captain Spaulding’s Museum of Monsters and Madmen, Fish Boy! And if you’re lucky, you’ll escape the house as fast as a rabbit, minus the fluffy bunny costume and tragic ending.

Already announced;

Houses

Stranger Things, Ghostbusters, Nightingales: Blood Pit, Universal Monsters, Depths of Fear, Yeti: Terror on the Yukon, Us and Graveyard Games.

Scare Zones

Zombieland Double Tap, Rob Zombie Hellbilly Deluxe, Anarch-ade, Vanity Ball and Vikings undead.

Shows

Academy of Villains: Altered States

Smiles included…

Jamie

Universal Confirm Halloween Horror Nights Scarezones

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Halloween Horror Nights this year looks like it’s going to be an absolute cracker. Houses already confirmed are Stranger Things, Nightingales, Universal Monsters, Depths of Fear, Yeti Terror of the Yukon, Ghostbusters, Us and Graveyard games but what about scare zones I hear you call… Well Universal confirmed them today.

Zombieland Double Tap

It’s time to brush up on those rules of survival. Based on the hit film and its upcoming sequel, this scare zone puts you in the middle of the United States of Zombieland. The infection has spread and bloodthirsty zombies are everywhere. The most important rule to remember: Always double tap.

Rob Zombie Hellbilly Deluxe

You know his music, now it’s time to live it. Step into the heavy metal horror of Rob Zombie’s music and imagery in this pulse-pounding scare zone. From otherworldly beings to brutal maniacs, you’ll come face-to-face with his twisted creations as the music cranks to a frenzy.

Anarch-cade

An 80s-inspired arcade has taken over Avenue of the Stars. At first glance, you may think it’s a party. However, you quickly learn that “Game Over” means a permanent end for you. A gang of neon slashers are out to play and this is one game you won’t want to lose.

Vanity Ball

Beauty is pain. Literally. In the streets of Hollywood, your flesh becomes the canvas as blade-wielding artists slice up willing participants into horrific living works of art. Here, going under the knife takes on a whole other meaning.

Vikings Undead

We’re all familiar with the brutal Viking warriors. It’s terrifying enough thinking about facing them alive. Now picture facing them as the undead. They have risen and laid siege to Central Park with an onslaught of gore. Bloodlust never dies.

Universal also confirmed that Academy of Villains will be returning this year – Academy of Villains returns in an epic experiment of mind and body. Man’s true nature is dragged out into the dark, gothic streets of anarchy. This wickedly talented group of artists is back for an all-new performance featuring a killer mix of visionary dance and extraordinary theatrics.

I can’t wait to visit HHN29… can you?

Smiles included…

Jamie