Stranger Things returns to HHN!

Hey Thrill Seekers,

We’ve been waiting for news about HHN29 for ages now and have even offered some pretty pleases with sugar on top (which didn’t go down very well)

FINALLY we’ve got our first announcement and it’s the first house…

Returning for its second season is Mike Aiello’s favourite and Netflix stalwart Stranger Things !!

This year, you’ll experience an all-new haunted house where you will travel back to the small town of Hawkins, Indiana and walk-through some of the most terrifying scenes from Stranger Things 2 and 3.

‘Not only will you come face-to-face with snarling Demodogs, but you will also make your way through iconic scenes and locations, from Chief Hopper’s cabin to the Starcourt Mall.’

May I just add that i’m full marks on my predictions so far.. 😉

This is just the beginning, we’ve got 9 more haunted houses, five scare zones, and live entertainment still to be revealed.

Who’s excited to go back to the upside down?!

Screams included.

Abby

Abby’s Annual Halloween Horror Nights Predictions

Hey Thrill Seekers,

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!

Probability: 8/10

The Thing

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.

Probability: 3/10

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!)

Probability: 7/10

Pet Sematary

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!

Probability: 7/10

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.

Probability: 6/10

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.

Probability: 8/10

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!

Screams Included,

Abby

Disney have bought Fox… How will this affect the parks?

Hey Thrill Seekers,

So I started this blog in December 2017 but never got around to publishing it however with Disney sealing the deal and finally purchasing 20th Century Fox I think its time to share, don’t you..

It has been announced that the Walt Disney Company have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire and Twenty-First Century Fox which will also include Twentieth Century Fox Film and Television studios, cable and international TV businesses for a HUGE.. get this… $52.4 BILLION in stock.

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This deal is the latest in a list of big assets in which Disney have gained in the last 12 years since Bob Iger has been CEO and Chariman. First came Pixar in 2006, Marvel in 2009 and Lucasfilm in 2012. These have led to ownership of IP such as Toy Story, Avengers and Star Wars. As part of this deal Bob Iger will stay in his role as chairman and CEO until the end of 2021.

Disney have relied on their recent IP gains as they prepare for the 50th Anniversary in 2021 with the likes of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Toy Story Land and a rumoured Indiana Jones Land. And they now own a large chunk of Fox’s film and TV properties such as X-Men, Alien, Deadpool, Fantastic Four, Planet of the Apes, The X – Files, 24 and channels such as FX and National Geographic. The vast amount of material this will give Disney for future park ideas could include the likes of Planet of the Apes, Night at the Museum, Ice Age, Home Alone or any National Geographic ideas. Imagine the Home Alone house sitting in a park or a ‘come to life’ Museum walk through. The possibility for Disney in their parks is now endless. Fox also own Avatar so this could mean a possible expansion if any of the 4 Avatar sequels prove just as popular as the first.

Now we know that a few of Fox’s properties are already featured in various other theme parks, especially Universal Orlando Resort. Universal have Springfield USA / The Simpsons and are still  the sole home of Spiderman, Captain America and the likes despite the Mouse buying Marvel Entertainment. The Walt Disney Company have said it will give them ‘the opportunity to reunite the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool with the Marvel family under one roof‘ (although i’m not sure how family friendly Deadpool is 😉 )however there are so many restrictions for Disney due to many already being present at Universal which leads me on to some detective work I’ve been carrying out.. Fox (FX in particular) is the home of American Horror Story so would this mean any changes to Universals Halloween Horror Nights once the deal is sealed.. which could take up to 12-18 months.

 

UPDATES

“This is an extraordinary and historic moment for us—one that will create significant long-term value for our company and our shareholders,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “Combining Disney’s and 21st Century Fox’s wealth of creative content and proven talent creates the preeminent global entertainment company, well positioned to lead in an incredibly dynamic and transformative era.”

It is said that the merger doesn’t change anything concerning the right for The Simpsons currently at UOR however we now know that AHS will not be featured at any HHN’s in the foreseeable future due to this merger.

There is also no word just yet on how Marvel properties will be integrated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When asked about the effects of this merger on MCU studio head Kevin Feige told Vulture “We’re not thinking about it. We’re focusing on everything we’ve already announced […] [Adding Fox’s Marvel characters] would be years away.”

Ryan Reynolds has posted a tweet showing his feels on this merger though.. 😉

Deadpool at Disney could really be a sight to see! 😉

This could be the start of some big big things for Disney and us as guests to the parks. We’ll be sure to keep you updated!

What Fox IP would you like to see at Disney after this merger?

Smiles Included,

Abby

Interview with Margaret from Kids Eat Free Card Orlando

Hey Thrill Seekers!

Lets get to know the lovely Margaret from Kids Eat Free Card Orlando! I had the pleasure of spending a week in Orlando with Margaret in November as she ran the FAM trip. We had a blast and I can definitely say she is extremely knowledgeable on not just the Kids Eat Free card but also attractions like Gatorland, Boggy Creek, ICON, Fun Spot and WonderWorks!!

Margaret and the lovely Sarah on a Boggy Creek Airboat!

Name: Margaret

Company: Kids Eat Free Card Orlando

Position: PR Director

Getting to know you..

How would you describe your job to a child?

Hmm that’s a good question! That I explain to journalists all about the attractions and the Kids Eat FREE Card in Orlando that we represent in the UK. I would also tell them that I “have to” go to Orlando “for work” sometimes and have FUN – it is hard work honest! H

What was the last thing you watched on TV and why did you watch it?

The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel – set in 1958, it is an American comedy-drama – I was hooked from the start, very funny and would definitely recommend it.

If there was a movie produced about your life, who would play you and why?

My mother and sister think my brand of humour and general silliness reminds them of Dawn French in Absolutely Fabulous! “I” don’t think I’m that hilarious, but I would ask Dawn to play me.

If you could choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be?

I like to sing and dance so it would have to be ABBA’s ‘Thank You For The Music’

Work..

Describe your theme park / attraction using only 3 words.

Dining SAVINGS Card

Favourite theme park / attraction of 2019?

Can I name two? Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year and Gatorland celebrating its 70th Anniversary this year.  Both great ways to see the other side of Orlando and both are on the Kids Eat Free Card. Gatorland offers Free Kids Assorted Ice Cream with adult purchase at Pearl’s Smokehouse and the Snack Bar.  Over at Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures, Kids eat free off the children’s menu at Boggy Bottom BBQ.

What is going to be BIG for your company in 2019?

We will continue to add new restaurants to this great savings card. Subway and The Golden Coral have recently joined the programme. Check out www.kidseatfreecard.com for a full list of all the venues.

Tell us a fact about your theme park / attraction that most people don’t know.

At just £10.00 per card, the Kids Eat Free Card is one of the most talked about deals in Orlando. Children up to age 11 can now not only eat for FREE at nearly 150 different restaurants saving up to $200 per child per week on spending money, but they also now enjoy many added extras at some of Orlando’s favourite attractions.   

Orlando Attraction Tickets are currently giving away a FREE Kids Eat Card with every booking over £500.00.

What is a must do for first time visitors to Orlando?

ICON Orlando – The Wheel on International Drive. At 400 feet tall it’s the largest observation wheel on the East Coast of the United States. Towering on the horizon and visible from miles away, it’s a great way to see all the entertainment Orlando has to offer literally at your feet. ICON Orlando 360 is home to attractions, shopping and dining and with the Kids Eat Free Card each family gets a FREE photo to remember this ICONic experience.

Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions Margaret.. there is some great information in those answers!!

Check out the rest of the interviews here:
Nohemi – WonderWorks
Sandy – Gatorland
Larry – Eat & Play
Teresa – OAT 
Paul – Boggy Creek
Suzie – LEGOLAND
Renee – Fun Spot
Philip – Kennedy

Smiles Included,

Abby

Busch Gardens announces a 10th Roller Coaster!!

Hey Thrill Seekers,

So Busch Gardens have announced what we can expect from the re-vamp on what used to be the beloved Gwazi.

It’s going to be a Hybrid coaster which means it will be made from a mix of both wood and steel.

This new coaster opening in 2020 is going to be North America’s tallest hybrid, and the fastest, steepest hybrid coaster in the world!

Stewart Clark who is president of Budch Gardens Tampa Bay said “We’re moving quickly to open our ninth rollercoaster, Tigris, with a tenth coaster already underway for next year, This cadence of back-to-back new attractions is unprecedented for our park, and continues our legacy as Florida’s thrill ride leader.”

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It is going to be manufactured by Rocky Mountain Construction and will be a wood and steel hybrid coaster design, featuring a maximum height of more than 200 feet tall. The ride will feature all-new thrill elements, as well as restored elements of Gwazi. Coaster enthusiasts can follow the progress of Tigris and the new 2020 attraction through the park’s social media channels.

The above image isn’t from Busch Gardens, it is an image of what is thought the new coaster will look like. However taking into consideration that Busch Gardens have said there will be restored elements of Gwazi and a 200ft max height it could be accurate (depending on how many elements of Gwazi they’re keeping!)

Either way this coaster looks like a thrill seekers DREAM! I for one cannot wait to ride it next year!!

The coaster is yet to be named and of course it’s still a little early to know an opening date but as soon as we find out anymore information we’ll update you!

Abby

in-park images, Food and Merch coming to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!

Hey Thrill Seekers,

So we said yesterday that Disney were going to be releasing more information on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and we’ve got a hell of a lot to show you!

New ‘in park’ imaged as some concept art have been released which show different locations, shops, dining and more. Let’s take a look..

new village illustration!

This is a multi-purpose transport shuttle which looks as though it is docked on top of a large hangar

This location will be called Dok Ondar’s Den of Antiquities and will feature rare items from across the galaxy. Guests will be able to get their hands on holocrons, ancient Jedi and Sith artifacts, lightsabers and more.
Guests will also be able to walk through the corridors of a Star Destroyer on their way to the Rise of the Resistance attraction

We’ve also got some images and descriptions of the food you will be able to re-charge on when visiting Batuu!

These ‘out of this world’ looking food and beverages can be found at
Oga’s Cantina and the Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo Beverages.

Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo Beverages.


For dessert guests will be able to choose between a raspberry créme puff with passion fruit mousse (left) or chocolate cake with white chocolate mousse and coffee custard (right).

The Phattro and Moof Juice (Non-Alcoholic)

Oga’s Cantina

Here are some drinks that can be found at Oga’s Cantina


Carbon Freeze, Oga’s Obsession, and Cliff Dweller (Non-Alcoholic)

The Outer Rim, Bespin Fizz, Yup Nub, and Fuzzy Tauntaun (Alcoholic)
These are breakfast beverages.
From left to right: Moogan Tea, Blue Bantha, Bloody Rancor (contains alcohol), and the Black Spire Brew.

Other food and drink that you’ll be able to find in Black Spire Outpost

Merchandise

Just like at WWOHP at Universal Orlando you’ll be able to get your hands on loads of immersive merchandise and apparel. Here’s a first look at some of the merch up for grabs.

Apparel

Jedi outfits for the whole family

Personally, I think these are THE coolest ^^

Merch

At Dok Ondar’s Den of Antiquities guests can find loads of rare and unique items, including these Jedi artifacts.
You will be able to find Holocrons, relics left behind by the Sith and Kyber crystals can unlock even more content in both the Jedi and Sith Holocrons. These look expensive!

The Toydarian Toymaker stall in Black Spire Outpost will offer a line of artisan-style plush characters, wood and tin toys, as well as musical instruments and the Creature Stall will offer creatures from all over the galaxy, including porgs, tauntauns, and more.

Savi’s Workshop is where guests can craft their very own lightsaber – guided by ancient wisdom, but crafted based upon the decisions they make on their adventure. Each build will start with a personal connection to a cyber crystal that will ignite the lightsaber. – How cool!
Guests can also stop by the Droid Depot to build their own R-series or BB-series droids that will be their friend throughout the village of Black Spire Outpost.

Now we have more information on what to expect from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge which is opening at Hollywood Studios this Fall (with the California one opening in summer) i’m more excited than ever to step into the world of Star Wars!

Smiles Included,

Abby

Disney Release New Details About Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Hey Thrill Seekers,

For anyone who lives in a bubble, Disney will be opening their largest ever single land development in the fall of this year at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be set on the planet of Batuu, visitors will be exploring the community of the Black Spire Outpost, home to some of the most notorious characters in the galaxy.

Today Disney have confirmed a few more details about where you rebels can grab a bite to eat and some of the places you can spend your hard earned credits.

Food

Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo – Chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs has traveled throughout the galaxy following his longtime gig as the chef at Maz Kanata’s castle on Takodana and brings exotic flavors and unusual dishes to his traveling diner “Tuggs’ Grub.”

Ronto Roasters – A recycled podracing engine fires up a spit of exotic meats, meticulously turned by a former smelter droid, 8D-J8. Guests can even sample some of the tasty Ronto fare.

Milk Stand – The place to go to get your farm-fresh blue milk or green milk, direct from Bubo Wamba Family Farms.

Kat Saka’s Kettle – One of the many street market stalls, this grain vendor sells the ever-popular Outpost Mix (blend of sweet, savory and spicy popcorn).

Stores/Market Places

Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities – For those in the know, Dok-Ondar is the Ithorian you seek for selling and buying rare and uniquely-valued items from across the galaxy and spanning all eras.

Savi’s Workshop – Handbuilt Lightsabers – Guests come to the workshop to meet with the Gatherers – a secretive group of people who have dedicated their lives to restoring balance in the galaxy by passing on their knowledge of Jedi lore and the Force. The workshop Master guides guests to customize and build their own unique lightsabers, and instructs them on the ways of the Jedi.

Droid Depot – Visitors to Mubo’s workshop can choose parts and construct their own individual astromech droids to accompany them on their journey, and then take them home with them.

First Order Cargo – A spaceport hangar bay serves as the temporary base and landing spot for the First Order. First Order officers have brought in crates of gear, uniforms and other supplies to win the hearts and minds of locals and visitors to Black Spire Outpost.

Resistance Supply – Resistance members and local sympathizers oversee a makeshift stall that supplies Resistance uniforms, pins, badges, hats, helmets, jackets, maps, tools, training supplies, food rations and other items.

There are also several market stalls which sell a variety of merchandise such as:

  • Toydarian Toymaker (toys)
  • Creature Stall (interesting critters that you can take home with you)
  • Black Spire Outfitters (clothing)
  • The Jewels of Bith (accessories and other trinkets to treasure)

We expect to hear more news today from Disney including some of the food and beverage offerings that will be served in Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo and how the Disney cast members’ costumes will play a big part in bringing the inhabitants of this outpost to life

Smiles included…

Jamie

OAT Live Episode 38

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Would you like to see a really annoyed Gavin? Well watch Episode 38 right up to the end when they realise that Universal have revealed the name of the new Potter ride while they’ve been on air.

Also on Ep. 38 Abby talks about Disney, Universal and SeaWorld Parks plus we launch a Fun Spot competition.

To enter, simply find this image on our facebook page and pop your answer in the comments section.

Next OAT live is the 7th March, we’d love you to watch live.

Smiles included…

Jamie

Interview with Sandy from Gatorland

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Welcome back to Tuesday Talk where this week we have been chatting to the lovely Sandy from Gatorland – which is a GREAT park by the way. 🙂

Here’s some photos of me having a blast at Gatorland (yes i know i’m vein)
There’s so much to do at Gatorland from feeding gators, zip lines and the Stompin’ Monster trucks it really is a great day out. 😀

Name: Sandy Sweatt

Company: Gatorland

Position: Senior Sales Manager

Getting to know you..

How would you describe your job to a child? 

I work with really cool animals. We have huge alligators and crocodiles that you can see up close! And have the chance to have your picture taken with them.  You get to learn about all kinds of animals at Gatorland!

What was the last thing you watched on TV and why did you watch it?

The Christmas Chronicles.  To get into the Holiday Spirit! 

If there was a movie produced about your life, who would play you and why? 

Julia Roberts, because she is well put together and a genuine person. Something I really try hard to do.   

If you could choose one song to play every time you walked into a room for the rest of your life, what would it be?  

Don’t worry be Happy! By Bobby McFerrin

Work..

Describe your theme park / attraction using only 3 words. 

Best half-day attraction

Favourite theme park / attraction of 2018?  

Disney World will always be my favourite!

What is going to be BIG for your company in 2019? 

We are going to concentrate on  the continued care of our animals and why it is important to tell our story about these amazing creatures! 

Tell us a fact about your theme park / attraction that most people don’t know.

We have over 2000 gators and crocodiles from hatchlings to 70 years old!

What is a must do for first time visitors to Orlando?

You got to visit one of the major theme parks and then come see our gators at Gatorland!

Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions Sandy!
You can see our other interviews here:
Larry – Eat & Play
Teresa – OAT
Paul – Boggy Creek
Suzie – LEGOLAND
Renee – Fun Spot
Philip – Kennedy

Tune in next Tuesday for more Tuesday Talk!

Smiles Included,

Abby

Is This The New Harry Potter Ride?

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Yeah Star Wars Land is a cool idea and everything but for me the new attraction I’m most excited about is the new Potter ride. Due to open this year at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, we’ve had little to no formal information about what we can expect from the new attraction not even a name.

Name Rumour

So we’re hearing that the icon for this new ride will be Hagrid and therefore the name will be based around the character played by Robbie Coltrane. Last week the strongest rumour was Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure which yep I agree is a bit of a mouthful but does tick boxes in terms of IP. We’ve already seen what we believe are the ride vehicles which look remarkably like Hagrid’s motorbike and side car (pictured below).

This week several sources on the internet have been suggesting that the name maybe shortened to Hagrid’s Magical Creatures which is perhaps catchier but doesn’t really tell a newbie anything about the attraction.

I’m not 100% in love with either of these suggestions to be honest and to remind you all these are just rumours.

What will it look like?

Well we might have more information on that, orlandoparkstop.com yesterday received what they claim is an artistic rendering of how the area will look.

From this leaked image I think it’s fair to say that this is going to be an extremely detailed and beautifully designed ride.

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Blast Ended Skrewt

Hagrid’s hut instantly stands out as to me it is the most recognisable part of this concept art (and is the main link between the ride theme and the name). Images taken by OrlandoParkStop show how the hut is coming along in real time. It looks as though in the Scene involving Hagrid’s Hut that riders will shoot out of a hole that has been burned in the ceiling of the hut – possibly caused by a mis-hap when Hagrid was showing off his Blast Ended Skrewt (which is said to be one of the scenes we will see)

Another cool part of the ride experience is the below ruins and the way the coaster will shoot through them. If you look closely at the photo on the left side of the rendering you can see how the track takes a sharp left turn as it travels down and out of the ruins.

The cave is an interesting one, as we are not too sure what this part of the ride could entail. However from the rendering and ariel view you can see that the track goes directly into the cave which looks as though is going to be a very dark section of the track.
There was also a rumour surrounding a ‘spike’ element, which if the rumours are true, could be part of the cave section. As you can see, the back of the cave is surrounded by dense foliage which could be covering the high point of the spike which was also rumoured to have a ‘fall back’ feature. This means riders will climb up several stories and then immediately fall back down. There are however no clear pointers to this element in the concept image which is the newest piece of information that we have.

There has also been some speculation regarding ‘Fluffy’ – Hagrid’s famous three-headed dog and we think he is going to feature during the ride, maybe in a hidden rocky building (circled in red is where we think Fluffy may be hiding)

Something else we have had a long chat about here at OAT today is what we think the queuing experience is going to involve.
Here’s an idea that we think would work best with the theme.. (remember we aren’t qualified coaster designers even if we like to think we are) ..a pre-show experience involving a lesson on magical creatures, maybe even being taught by the big hairy man himself. This would fit in so well with the rumoured name ‘Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure’ and i’d love to see Hagrid be the star of the show as he’s one of my favourite characters.
Another thing to think about is that when you’re queuing for Gringotts you know you’re in the bank and when you’re queuing for Forbidden Journey you know you’re in Hogwarts.. so surely when you’re queuing for this ride you should know and feel exactly where you are. And to us this would be the forbidden forest.. could we see the Weasleys car, unicorns, centaurs, pixies, Hippogriffs and spiders?.. there is so much that can be featured in the forbidden forest!!

What do you think the queuing experience will involve?
What bit of the ride that you can see from the leaked image are you most looking forward to?

I didn’t think it was possible but i’m more excited than ever about the new potter ride!
Remember the above is still just rumour as Universal haven’t confirmed (nor denied) and of the information or the name of the coaster but we will of course let you know as soon as they do!

Smiles Included,

Abby