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

‘US’ announced for HHN!

Hey thrill seekers,

We were beginning to think Universal had completely forgotten about HHN29 with all of their new park news! But luckily they haven’t and today they have announced a new house to add to the already terrifying line up..

JORDAN PEELE’S BLOCKBUSTER HIT ‘US’ COMES TO LIFE IN TERRIFYING NEW HAUNTED HOUSE AT HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS

Here’s what Universal had to say about the house..

‘Are you ready to enter the shocking reality of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Jordan Peele and Universal Pictures’ global horror hit Us?

In this new haunted house, you will walk through the Wilson family beach house and Santa Cruz Pier, where you might spot a familiar character outside of the Fun House. You’ll also venture through the unnerving tunnels that stretch for miles deep below America and come face-to-face with “The Tethered” – a group of terrifying doppelgängers of every living man, woman and child in the country. You’ll quickly discover that you are your own worst enemy.

Doesn’t sound like much of a ‘fun house’ to me.. :/

Jordan Peele’s Blockbuster Hit ‘Us’ Comes to Life in Terrifying New Haunted House at Halloween Horror Nights

Follow in the footsteps of Adelaide Wilson as she experiences a horrifying and traumatic encounter with her tethered double, Red. Watch her face off with her menacing mirror image in a deadly dance with a fatal ending.

As you venture deeper through the haunted house, you will be transported to modern-day, and witness “The Tethered” rise-up from their underground labyrinth, ready to take on their privileged upperworld counterparts – determined to enact their plan of murder and revenge.

Prepare to run for your life, as there is no escaping yourself.’

This sounds, in a few words.. Utterly bloody terrifying!!! :O Saying that, this sounds like the type of house that will have me screaming, jumping, laughing and crying all in one!

check out the video.. beware it’s not for the faint hearted!

Don’t forget this year is bigger than ever with 10 houses, 5 scare zones and 2 live shows!

If you’ve forgotten all of the houses that have been announced so far, here is a re-cap:

Stranger Things
Nightingales: Blood Pit
Universal Monsters
Depths of Fear
Yeti – Terror of the Yukon
Ghostbusters
Killer Klowns from Outer Space

What do you think the last 2 houses will be???

Screams Included,

Abby

OAT Nominated For Travolution Award

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Great news at OAT Towers today we finally completed that pesky crossword we’ve been working on!! Oh and we’ve been nominated for a Travolution Award… Yey!!!

Yep we’ve been nominated under the best for experiences category which covers tours and attractions. This latest nomination represents our 7th nomination in the these awards but we’re yet to hit the giddy heights of actually winning. 7th time lucky? Hey its the taking part that counts.

About Travolution Awards

The Travolution Awards recognise most innovative and exciting work in digital travel. Unique in focusing on the brands in online, digital and tech, the Awards present an accolade and an evening like no other in the industry.

Fingers crossed we’ll be lifting the trophy in November.

Smiles included…

Jamie

Check Out These Universal Patents

Hey Thrill Seekers,

We love a good patent here at OAT towers and blooloop.com have found a really good one.

So both these patents appear to be tower rides, one an interactive ride and one with a rotating lift system. Lets take a look…

Interactive Tower Ride

The interactive tower appears to be made up of 4 towers each with one ride vehicle, according to the images it looks like they would seat up to 16 people at a time.

From the details it looks like it will also have interactive features
with passengers having some control over the vehicles motion and what they see. The patent mentions AR, VR, projection and SFX, the patent goes on to state it will be an “immersive environment with which the riders may interact”.

There is also the suggestion that the ride will have gaming elements, the pic above seems to show targets above each ride vehicle. Will the ride move based on if the target is struck?

Rotating lift and stacked room

The second patent discovered by blooloop.com shows a “a plurality of rooms stacked atop one another”. The ride vehicle are able to enter these rooms, rotate, twist and ascend/descend the tower.

Interactive elements are all the rage at the moment and this patent seems to suggest that the ride vehicle can take different courses that could make every ride and experience unique.

What IP could this be for?

Well it could just be Universal collecting patents, but with a new park just announced every patent will obviously come under a bit of scrutiny. So with that in mind I’ll take a wild guess at what they could be for

Interactive Tower – Could this be Nintendo based? The gaming element definitely points towards that but I’m finding it hard to match a specific IP. Could this be the Mario cart ride? With the tower giving the impression of big jumps and drops while driving on multiple levels?

Rotating lift and stacked rooms – This feels like a ride that will tell a story, for years there have been rumours that Universal want to include their Monsters IP in a land. Could this be the main attraction for it? Moving into multiple rooms that each has its own Universal Monster, maybe a Dracula room, or a Wolfman room…

What do you think these could be?

Smiles included…

Jamie

OAT Live Episode 47

Hey Thrill Seekers,

OAT Live Episode 47 hit your screens yesterday on a very hot and sweaty day not that they mention it!!!

Abby and Gavin chat about Halloween Horror Nights, Gwazi, Gatorland and a bit of Disney.

Watch it here

The next OAT Live takes place on the 8th August on our facebook page

Smiles included…

Jamie

Interview With Patrick Braillard About Halloween Horror Nights 29

Hey Thrill Seekers,

On Monday Abby and Gavin were invited to a secret event in London to discuss all things Halloween Horror Nights with Patrick Braillard, Creative Development Show Director and Writer at Universal Orlando.

Here’s what happened;

We’d like to thank Patrick for the opportunity to interview him and the energy he brought even though he was horribly jet lagged.

Smiles included…

Jamie

Orlando Attraction Tickets Nominated For British Travel Award 2019

Hey Thrill Seekers,

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.

Smiles included…

Jamie

Universal Confirm Yeti: Terror of the Yukon For HHN29

Hey Thrill Seekers,

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.

Yeti: Terror of the Yukon joins the following houses in this years already terrifying line up:
Stranger Things
Nightingales: Blood Pit
Universal Monsters
Depths of Fear

Don’t forget Halloween Horror Nights is running from the 6th September to the 2nd November for you to experience 10 haunted houses, 5 scare zones, live entertainment and more!

You can get a 2 night ticket or a Frequent Fear Pass on our website 🙂 you’ll definitely not want to miss HHN29 that’s for sure!

Screams included,

Abby