Day 4 – Abby’s Orlando Vlog

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Day 4 and Abby’s been a busy girl not only has she visited SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica but she’s also moved hotels…

Today she starts her Disney adventure, tune in tomorrow to find out how she got on.

Smiles included…

Jamie

Day 3 – Abby’s Vlog

Hey Thrill Seekers,

It was day 3 for Abby yesterday and she got to complete a personal dream. Ever since she was a little girl she’s wanted to swim with a dolphin so her visit to Discovery Cove meant so much.

She also visited Busch Gardens Tampa… did she concur Falcons Fury?

 Tune in tomorrow when Abby visits SeaWorld & Aquatica.

Smiles included…

Jamie

Day 2 – Abby’s Orlando Vlog

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Today Abby visited Volcano Bay and Universal Islands of Adventure. She was also lucky enough to be invited back to Volcano Bay for a night time tour (and drink).

You can follow her adventure on our Instagram account. For now here’s the second of her Vlog’s.

Come back tomorrow to check out day 3…. Discovery Cove.

Smiles included…

Jamie

Abby’s Pre-Orlando Adventure

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Its nearly time…….

If you watch our bi-weekly Facebook Lives you’re bound to know that i’m due to go on a ‘Super Fam’ trip and in particular, how excited I am about it! Well it’s time and i’m finally leaving tomorrow to embark on what is sure to be the best trip EVER.

If you follow our Facebook or Instagram accounts you’ll be seeing loads of videos and photos from yours truly over the next week including all things Disney, Universal and SeaWorld. Before I start packing (yes I know I’ve left it very last minute) I thought I would give you guys a run-down of what my trip is going to involve.

Soooo.. I arrive in Orlando at 5pm -ish on Sunday and by 9.30pm i’ll be at Universals Halloween Horror Nights!! Nothing like throwing us in at the deep end aye?! I’m absolutely terrified but also mega, mega excited for this (I do feel sorry for the people who are going to have to keep picking me up off the floor in the houses though) The house i’m most excited for is SAW: The Games of Jigsaw, SAW hasn’t featured at HHN for 8 years now and i’m pretty eager to see what’s going to be involved this time around.

For the first few days i’m going to be staying at Universals Cabana Bay Beach Resort which I’ve heard is very nice indeed. 😛 On my first full day i’ll be visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley, Hogsmede Village and Universal Studios. I’m absolutely buzzing to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – I’ve heard so many amazing things about it and I just can’t wait to see it all for myself and i’m especially excited for  Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts™.

On to the next day.. On this day I will be visiting Volcano Bay in the morning and Universals Islands of Adventure in the afternoon, woooo!!! I can’t wait to ride Krakatau™ Aqua Coaster and teeny bit scared to do Ko’okiri Body Plunge™ I feel like this is going to be a fantastic morning and I can’t wait to get loads of snaps of the Volcano! For Islands of Adventure I’ve been warned not to wear white tops or any denim and this is because i’m bound to get ABSOLUTELY SOAKED on the water rides.. Hopefully it’s a warm day (oh I forgot to mention, the weather forecast for next week is BEAUTIFUL.) Oh i’m also very eager to ride The Incredible Hulk Coaster We have a surprise evening with Universal on this day and i’m super excited to see what this is going to be, of course, i’ll keep you updated!

Day 4 is the day i’m most excited about… anyone who knows me will understand why. Ever since I can remember, I’ve wanted to swim with a dolphin and now i’m lucky enough to have the opportunity to do it YAY!!! If you haven’t guessed already, i’ll be visiting Discovery Cove in the morning. I’m not going to lie there will probably be some tears buy hey, who cares it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity! After Discovery Cove i’ll be travelling over to Busch Gardens where I cannot wait to ride all the big coasters and ALL of the pressure is on me to ride Falcons Fury.. i’ve got this!

On day 5 i’ll be visiting SeaWorld in the Morning , Aquatica in the afternoon and back to SeaWorld for the evening! 😉 Very excited to ride Manta and Mako at SeaWorld as everyone in the offices always raves about how good they are. Especially excited to be lucky enough to ride them in the dark also! Psyching myself up for Ihu’s breakaway falls at Aquatica!

I’ll be staying over night at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, ready for day 6.. On day 6 i’ll be visiting EPCOT in the morning and Animal Kingdom in the afternoon. Can’t wait to visit all of the different countries at EPCOT and i’m so buzzing for Pandora – The World of Avatar at Animal Kingdom, the reviews i’ve read about Avatar – Flight of Passage have all been great so I cannot wait to experience it for myself too.

On the 7th Day i’ll be off to Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom, I am really looking forward to seeing Cinderella’s Castle, meeting all of the characters and getting to experience the iconic rides and attractions such as The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. I also hope I get to watch Happily Ever After, could possibly shed a tear or two here as well!

On my last day I get to go SHOPPING at the Orlando International Premium Outlets and the Florida Mall, I’ve got all my pennies saved up for this I’m just hoping i’ll have enough room in my suitcase!! After that it’s home time 🙁 🙁

Only 1 more sleep to go and i’ll finally be off!! If you would like to follow my action packed week make sure you keep checking our Facebook and Instagram as i’ll be trying to post as much and as often as possible.

See you all soon!!

Smiles Included,

Abby

 

Hurricane Irma Update

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Hurricane Irma has now thankfully passed and we’re happy to confirm that all OAT staff are safe and sound.

The parks take visitor safety very seriously and clean up has begun. Here’s the latest from the parks regarding operational times.

Disney 

Walt Disney World’s Theme Parks and Disney Springs will reopen Tuesday, September 12 with normal, advertised operating hours. Special events, such as Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, will also take place. Water Parks will remain closed tomorrow and will reopen later this week.
HOURS OF OPERATION FOR TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

Magic Kingdom Park – 9:00am-7:00pm, with an added Extra Magic Hour beginning at 8:00am for Disney Resort Guests who weathered the storm with us
Epcot – 9:00am-9:00pm, with previously scheduled Extra Magic Hours from 9:00-11:00 pm for Resort Guests
Disney’s Animal Kingdom – 9:00am-9:00pm; Kilimanjaro Safaris will open at 1:00pm due to continued clean-up following the storm
Disney’s Hollywood Studios – 9:00am-9:00pm
Disney Springs – 10:00am-12:00am
Blizzard Beach – Closed
Typhoon Lagoon – Closed
*There may be modifications to some attractions and entertainment offerings.

Universal

Tuesday, September 12 at 9:00 AM for Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay.
In addition, we can confirm that our Halloween Horror Nights event will begin as scheduled this Friday, September 15.

SeaWorld Parks

SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando and Discovery Cove will remain closed today Tuesday, September 12 to allow for additional debris clean-up from Hurricane Irma.

We expect SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica Orlando to reopen on Wednesday, September 13. Discovery Cove will determine a reopening date as the week progresses.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will remain closed today Tuesday, September 12 to allow for debris clean-up from Hurricane Irma. We expect the park to reopen on Wednesday, September 13.

These details are subject to change but we expect things to be back to normal very quickly.

Cancellations of tickets

We are awaiting full confirmation from the parks regarding cancellations for customers who were unable to fly due to Hurricane Irma, we expect to have that information over night and appreciate our customers patients while operations get back to normal.

Kind regards,

Jamie

Dollar Off Drinks Card Sign New Location

Hey Thrill Seekers,

If you don’t know, you should know… When you spend over £500.00 on a ticket order you can choose from one of our free smile alert cards to add on to your booking. One of these smile alert cards is the Dollar Off Drinks card.

Save $1 every time you order your favourite drink in over 60 Orlando locations.  Soda…coffee…adult beverage…it doesn’t matter – the card covers them all! 

Whether it’s the infamous “Just One” or making an evening of it with family and friends, it’s always great to pay less for your drink than the person next to you! Savings from the Dollar Off Drink Card makes your bank account a little happier.

We have recently been informed that Dollar off Drinks have signed a new bar Downtown that shows ever Premier League games live.  It’s called The Harp & Celt Irish Pub. What’s better is that they even open up for the early games which can start as early as 7:30am. Beer and footy at 7am? Sounds great to me!

There’s also so much to do Downtown after the games such as  Lake Eola, Farmers Market, special events and so on.  The best way to get downtown is an Uber and it will roughly cost $15.00 from I-Drive.  There also have around 5 more bars/restaurants where you can use your Dollar Off Drinks card.

Smiles included,

Abby

OAT Live – Episode 14 Abby Makes Blue Milk LIVE

Hey Thrill Seekers,

To say that Abby is no Gordon Ramsey is an understatement, in this episode you’ll see exactly why she should never be in charge of kitchen.

The guys also discuss Disney, Universal and Merlin plus play a game of hire or lower based on theme park attendances.

You can find out how to properly make Star Wars Blue Milk here;

About OAT Live

OAT Live is broadcast from Orlando Attraction Tickets HQ twice a month. Hosted by Abby & Gavin the show highlights theme park news, reviews and tips.

Smiles included…

Jamie

2016 Theme Park Attendances

Hey Thrill Seekers,

It’s that time of year again when we take a look at how the theme park market has done. These figures are always based on the previous year so we’ll be taking a look at 2016.

2015 theme park attendance results were offer the charts worldwide however 2016 bought mixed results with slow, steady growth in many markets along with some minor declines in others.

Walt Disney World continues to be the largest theme park group in the World welcoming 140,403,000 visitors increasing by 1.8% year on year. Merlin who have recently been linked with a move for Busch Gardens came in second and also increase their visitation year on year.

Top 10 Theme Park Groups Worldwide

Top 25 Theme Parks Worldwide

As you can see Disney dominate, with 11 of its parks appear in the top 25 in the World and from our interest, Orlando has 7 in the top 25 with Magic Kingdom proudly sat at the top.

Top 20 Theme Parks in North America

As per every other year, Magic Kingdom sits proudly at the top of the most visited parks in America however this year attendance has dropped but we are talking minimal amounts. The top 20 is pretty similar to 2015 however Universal’s Islands of Adventure has moved up a place to 7th and has seen the second biggest attendance rise at 6.5%.

Next years attendance figures will be interesting with the opening of Universal’s Volcano Bay and Pandora The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Vs Brexit!

Smiles included…

Jamie