Interview with Teresa from OAT

Hey Thrill Seekers!

I know it’s late but apparently finding out if Goofy is a dog or a cow is more important than Tuesday Talk with our very own Teresa!.. go figure! 😉

Lets Get down to business.. but first here’s Teresa on Mako, reckon she’s loving it or hating it? We can’t tell..
Also here’s a fun game for you on hump day.. pause at random times during this video for a afternoon full of laughs 😉 (love ya Teresa!)

Name: Teresa

Company: Orlando Attraction Tickets

Position: Reservation’s Manager

Getting to know you..

How would you describe your job to a child?

We sell tickets to mummies and daddies who are surprising their kids and going to see Mickey & Minnie, and it’s the most “Magical” job in the world (see what I did there) 😊

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

The Punisher on Netflix – cos there’s a little bit of eye candy!!

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

Reese Witherspoon, she is also mum with a very busy life style and some of her quotes are ones I would also use, such as…… “Being a Southern person and a blonde, it’s not a good combination. Immediately, when people meet you, they think of you as not being smart”.

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?

MC Hammer – Can’t touch this…. Do do do do, do do, do do.

Work..

Favourite theme park / attraction of 2018?

My Favourite theme park, has to be SeaWorld and my favourite ride has to also be one of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainments as well and this is Mako – however the Teresa VS Mako video on our Facebook page tells a completely different story.

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

I’m not entirely sure we can get any better 😉 but watch this space.

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

Watching Happily Ever After at Magic Kingdom is a must for everyone in the family.

Thank’s Teresa! We know you’re super busy so appreciate you taking the time to do this 🙂

You can see all of the other interviews so far here:
Suzie – LEGOLAND
Philip – Kennedy
Paul – Boggy Creek
Renee – Fun Spot

Don’t forget to catch us & Gavin on OAT Live tomorrow!

Smiles Included,

Abby

Quick Guide to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party & tickets!

Hey Thrill Seekers,

This year we’re happy to announce that we are offering Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) tickets (at real competitive pricing may i add)

As it’s a new product I thought I would give you all the information you need about the event and your tickets!

What is MNSSHP?

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is Disney’s yearly Halloween event with frightfully delightful treats, grim grinning ghosts, eerie entertainment and Disney Characters that go bump in the night. so get your favourite costume ready for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. On select nights and as the seasons change, new experiences come to life across the parks. Take in all the special lighting, music, theming effects and magical decorations as you look for many of your favourite Disney Characters and Disney Villains dressed up for the occasion. Discover world-class theatrical entertainment, enjoy special goodies and experience all the excitement of villainous entertainment!



Where is MNSSHP?

Magic Kingdom






When is MNSSHP?

It is running on the following select evenings from 7pm until midnight.

16, 20, 23, 27 and 30 August

2, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27 and 29 September

1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 29 and 31 October

1 November

How do I purchase MNSSHP tickets?

Easy peasy! Simply visit our website and select your preferred date from the calendar and then all you need to so is go through the easy booking process and viola!

How do I use my MNSSHP tickets?

So, once you have paid in full for your tickets we will make them available inside your customer account online (which you will make during the booking process) and send you an email to advise when they are ready.
If you are booking the party tickets alongside, say, 14 day Disney tickets we will post the tickets to you with your Disney tickets as well as putting them in your online account.

Once you receive your email to advise that they are ready all you need to do is print them out and keep them in a safe place as the next time you will need them will be when you’re having them scanned at the turnstiles! No need to queue at Will Call or wait in ticket purchase queues!

Then all you need to do is have fun and collect as much candy as possible (that will fit in your suitcase on the way home!)

Smiles Included,

Abby

Interview with Suzie from LEGOLAND

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Please take a seat and get comfortable for this weeks Tuesday Talk! This week we chatted with Suzie who works for Merlin Entertainments and found out some more about both her and LEGOLAND Florida!


Name: Suzie Gildon

Company: Merlin Entertainments (LEGOLAND Florida)

Position: Senior Account Manager


Getting to know you..

How would you describe your job to a child?

I help arrange amazing and fun visits to LEGOLAND Florida

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

I’m a Celebrity, Get me out of here and I watched it as I love all the different personalities working together as one.

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

Wonder Woman – I would play wonder woman as she is the epitome of Girl Power

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?

The Greatest Showman – A million Dreams

 

Work..

Describe your theme park / attraction using only 3 words.

Awesome / LEGO / Fun

Favourite theme park / attraction of 2018?

Coastersaurus – an amazing wooden coaster

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

A brand new area “The LEGO Movie World”

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

It is on the site of Cypress Gardens, Florida’s first theme park. Today, the gardens are preserved and can be visited as part of your day at LEGOLAND.

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

Include a stay at Beach Retreat when you visit LEGOLAND Florida

We can’t wait for LEGO Movie World to open either!

Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions Suzie! You can see other instalments from Tuesday Talk here:
Paul – Boggy Creek
Renee – Fun Spot
Philip – Kennedy Space Center

Smiles Included,

Abby

Busch Gardens 60th Anniversary celebrations

Hey Thrill Seekers!

This year marks 60 years of one of our favourite parks here at OAT and they’re welcoming YOU to Celebrate Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s 60th Anniversary with #YearOfBeer and 52 weeks of events in 2019!

Lets see what they have in store..

7th January – 16th March – Real Music Real Masters
Watch and listen to incredible music spanning from the 1950s to today, plus all-new entertainment like “Ballroom with a Twist”! Grab a seat in the climate-controlled Stanleyville Theater and see these memorable acts live..

7th-12th Jan – Cirque Vertigo featuring the Wallenda duo
14th – 19th Jan – Arrival from Sweden: The Music of ABBA
21st – 26th Jan – Thomas Mcclary: The Commodores Experience
28th – 2nd Feb – Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
4th – 9th Feb – The Diamonds
11th – 16th Feb – Ballroom with a twist
18th – 23rd Feb – The 5th Dimension
25th Feb – 2nd March – Eaglemania: The worlds greatest eagles tribute band
4th – 9th March – Lorrie Morgan
11th – 16th March – Cirque Vertigo featuring the wallenda duo
Show times are at 11:30am and 1:30pm

29th January – conservation connections
If your visiting Busch Gardens next Tues then make sure you head on over to the Gwazi Pavilion at 2pm to see the presentation on Polar Bear Conservation carried out by Dr. Maria Spriggs.

2nd – 10th February – Sesame Street Pirate Party Weekends
During weekends between the 2nd and 10th of Feb at 11:30am – 4pm guests can join Elmo and friends for a fun pirate celebration! The celebrations will feature:

  • Pirate character dance parties with your favorite Sesame Street friends
  • Themed story times
  • A treasure scavenger hunt with beads
  • Exclusive photo opportunities
  • Color your own pirate bandana and more!

16th March – 28th April – Food and Wine Festival
This year marks the 5th annual Food and Wine festival, featuring signature dishes along with exciting new cuisine, including all-new dishes plus a large selection of wines, craft brews and cocktails. No further information such as performers has been released yet but we will keep you updated!

4th – 19th May – Sesame Street Kids Weekends
Join Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird and all of your favourite Sesame Street friends for fun-filled weekends May 5- May 20.

You’re invited to a celebration of friendship and fun during Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends at Busch Gardens. With hands-on activities and a chance to be up close with Busch Gardens’ animal ambassadors, families can enjoy character parades and dance parties included in their daily admission.

11th – 12th May – Guy Harvey Weekend
Join Guy Harvey in person May 11 & 12, at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay for meet-and-greets, autographs & more at select times in Xcursions.

18th – 19th May – Jack Hanna Weekend
Join “Jungle Jack” Hanna for a weekend of wild animal shows, autograph signings and special meet-and-greets when he visits Busch Gardens. The internationally-known animal expert will share animal facts and his travel tales during animal shows.

31st May – 11th Aug – Summer Nights
Experience endless energy and thrilling rides from day into night at Summer Nights.
As the sun goes down, the party heats up at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay during Summer Nights. Explore the park after dark with extended park hours every night. Dance the night away at themed party zones throughout the park and take on Florida’s top thrill rides in the dark.  

4th July – Independence day fireworks
Families can celebrate the red, white and blue with a night of thrill rides, live entertainment, and incredible extended fireworks show at Busch Gardens. The whole family can experience Florida’s top thrill rides or by dancing into the night at one of the DJ party zones. Finish the day with an electrifying, extended fireworks show that will illuminate the sky with an all-new patriotic medley in honour of Independence Day!

17th August – 8th September – Bier Fest
On weekends from Aug. 17 – Sept. 8, explore beers from around the world at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s Bier Fest.
This festival blends the local Tampa bay craft scene with time-honoured traditions to create a unique food and beer celebration. Enjoy live entertainment and contemporary fare that pays homage to a traditional Oktoberfest with a modern spin.

Fall 2019 – Howl ‘o’ Scream
Take on terrifying haunted houses & roaming hordes.
For select nights in the fall, there is nowhere to hide at Howl-O-Scream. Designed to terrify, Busch Gardens’ haunted houses will return with a vengeance, but the scares don’t stop there. Unspeakable horror lives in every dark corner, including on Busch Gardens’ pulse-pounding thrill rides. Howl-O-Scream is bringing fear to the next level and once you’re in there’s nothing to fear but everything.
Howl-O-Scream is a separately ticketed event.

5th – 27th October – Sesame Street Kids Weekends
On Saturdays & Sundays celebrate Halloween with Elmo, Abby, Grover and all your favourite Sesame Street friends every Saturday and Sunday in October during Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekends. Show off your family costumes during each themed weekend while you trick-or-treat, enjoy exclusive crafts, explore through a hay bale maze and play fall-inspired activities and games in our festival field area. Then, join your favourite Sesame Street friends during a character dance party!

So there we have it.. If you’re visiting Busch Gardens this year you’re almost guaranteed to be able to take part in one of the above!!

Smile included,

Abby

Interview with Paul from Boggy Creek

Hey Thrill Seekers!

It’s Tuesday again which can only mean one thing.. Tuesday Talk time!! This week we’re getting to know the lovely Paul from Boggy Creek which is one of my personal favourite things to do in Orlando! Especially as the sun sets as you get views like this…

Name:             Paul Proly

Company:       Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures

Position:         Director of Sales

Getting to know you..

How would you describe your job to a child?

Fun!!!

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

 NCIS – I like the detective work needed to solve the crimes.

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

Kevin Costner.  Because he seems like a nice normal guy.

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? 

Growing Older But Not Up

Work..

Describe your theme park / attraction using only 3 words. 

Exciting, Educational, Memorable

Favourite theme park / attraction of 2018? 

Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures of course

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

Twenty fifth anniversary & Educational / student programs

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

Oldest and biggest airboat company in Central Florida – 25 years old.

What is a must do for first time visitors to Orlando?  See natural Florida, what was here long before Disney, Universal & SeaWorld

I LOVE Boggy Creek, the Indian village is an awesome addition too and you will learn so much from the native Indian who lives there.. You can also make smores, mine for gems and see baby alligators!

Smiles Included,

Abby

Interview with Renee from Fun Spot

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Today is an important day.. ‘why? i hear you ask.. well its the second Tuesday Talk of course!

This week we get to know the lovely and bubbly Renee from Fun Spot!

Funspot Kissimmee

Name: Renee Ambos

Company: Fun Spot America Theme Parks

Position: Director of Sales

Getting to know you..

How would you describe your job to a child?  

My job, here at Fun Spot is about bringing families together to celebrate each other, create fun and make memories.  Plus you get to go on Roller Coasters and drive go-karts  every day!

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

Family Feud, I also watched it with my dad and sisters when I was little.  I think we would have dominated that game!

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?

Bruno Mars – 24K Magic

Work..

Describe your theme park / attraction using only 3 words.

Surprising, relaxing, and understated

Favourite theme park / attraction of 2018?

Mine Blower at our Kissimmee Park – only Wooden Roller  going completely upside-down in Florida!

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

We are not quite making those announcements just yet!!!  However, I will say.  Summer 2019 at the Orlando park!

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

Our Season Passes for 2019 cost less than one Single Day at the big parks!

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

SkyCoaster at night for sure!

Great answers Renee and I totally agree with her first time visitor answer! The skycoaster is awesome! check out me doing it (not at night though) below!

Tune in next Tues where we meet another great partner! Check out our previous interview here:
Interview with Philip from Kennedy Space Center

Smiles Included,

Abby

Everything we know about Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Last week I wrote about all of the new details we have learned about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and yesterday some anonymous sources leaked information to Attractions Magazine, especially about Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and it’s sooooo cool!

I mentioned in my last post that it sounds as though there was going to be 2 parts to the attraction – a different ride vehicle for each part with a trackless section and this now appears to be true. Lets see what we have discovered from the leaked information..

Pleaseeee be aware that this hasn’t been confirmed by Disney so is still purely rumours and the below contains a hell of a lot of SPOILERS.

There is a blue transport ship currently on display at Hollywood Studios which has also previously been featured in other displays and art concepts. It is said that guests will be loaded on to this ship (first ride vehicle) which will then spin 180 degrees. Large screens and sound effects will make guests feel as though they are taking off from planet Batuu into space. During this journey the whole entire ship will be taken over by the First Order who will ensure the ship lands inside one of their Star Destroyer Hangars.

It sounds like guests will then be treated just like real rebels by The First Order as they exit into the hangar they will be told to ‘move along’ whilst trying to take in their surroundings – animatronic stormtroopers, TIE fighters and even a view of space. This will be one of the largest rooms in the attraction. The First Order will then instruct guests to enter individual load rooms (12 in each room is my guess from the image of the ride vehicles) which will be themed to prison cells. Once in the prison cells a droid will give the infamous safety talk whilst keeping you up to date with the story (i know i’d definitely be paying close attention to this so that i don’t end up asking my peers ‘whats going on now’ throughout the ride!)

The 12 in each loading room will then be split into 2 groups of 6 to board two different First Order vehicles (2nd ride vehicles) which will be accompanying each other throughout the rest of the attraction and will not be separated for more than a few seconds throughout. The vehicles are going to be trackless and will navigate through 4 showrooms. It is said that no room will have more than 2 vehicles in it at a time so this means there will be eight different ride vehicles navigating at a time meaning a continuous stream of guests going through the sequence (that is if they have more than just the 8 vehicles obviously).

The first room you enter will be a blue room where a ‘rogue droid’ will hack into the First Orders system and take over control of guests vehicles which will suddenly ‘take off’ to start the escape mission. The second room will be themed to the hallways inside a Star Destroyer and guests will come face to face with Kylo Ren (animatronic Kylo Ren might i add) who will scare off the rogue guests with his lightsaber and as the ride vehicles back up they’ll take a different route into the AT-AT room which is room number 3 of 4. The buddy vehicles will separate briefly at this point as they travel up individual lifts to more than 40feet high – the AT-AT walkers will be nearly to the size scale that they are in the films (Remember this land and its attractions are all about immersiveness!) each one of the AT-AT’s will have moveable heads which can breathe fire…

The two ride vehicles will then exit the lift and pair up again as they both go under an ‘elevated area’ which will feature both Kylo Ren and General Hux (animatronics) in deep discussion about how the Resistance have come to save the guests. It sounds as thought the pair will not hear that they have company so the guests will quickly sneak away into the 4th room ‘the gun room’ which is said to not actually feature the likes of stormtroopers wondering around like the promo video. 🙁 There will however be a row of the large guns shooting off and guests will get to feel the power on the shots and recoils. There will also be screens (windows to space) showing the resistance fleet getting blasted. Guests will then come face to face with Kylo Ren once again where he will nearly grab them but a huge blast will hit the Star Destroyer just in time causing Ren to get sucked between a broken piece of the ship and the guests :O

From there the guests will get some intel from the resistance about some escape pods – the hacked vehicles will then input the coordinates supplied by the resistance and take off. Unfortunately they have one more encounter with Kylo Ren just before they can fully escape. He uses THE FORCE to keep guests still as he makes his way toward them but luckily a wall suddenly collapses which diverts his attention letting the guests escape, each vehicle will back up into its own escape pod. From there comes another twist as this ride becomes more thrilling than i ever imagined it to be since most peoples focus has been on the Millennium Falcon attraction! Apparently the escape pods are actually lift shafts that will drop guests from the highest point in the show building (remember guests are still 40feet up!), along with the addition of giant screens guests will feel like they have just blasted off into space!! It is said that there may also be windows in the escape pods which will show other ‘guests’ falling through space back to Batuu. Its still not over though as guests will take on a crash landing into an old warehouse before entering the unloading area.

How COOL does Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance sound? I know right! remember the ‘First Order vehicles’ are trackless which i think will work sooo much better than a track for the above ride concept!

Who else is now even more excited for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to open this Autumn?!

Smiles Included,

Abby

Universal Confirm Mardi Gras Line up

Hey Thrill Seekers,

As has become the norm as soon as we either start or finish an episode of OAT Live one of the parks inevitably releases some new information and yesterdays episode was no different.

Universal have confirmed the 2019 Mardi Gras line up and its a good one. Running from Feb. 9th until April 4th at Universal Studios Florida you can expect nightly parades, live concerts, Cajun cuisine and beads, soooo many beads!

Although Universal are rightly proud of the food and parades its the live music that guest generally go mad for, this year the line up currently includes;

Concert Lineup

  • February 9 – BUSH
  • February 16 – Gavin DeGraw
  • February 17 – Dan + Shay
  • February 23 – Macklemore
  • March 2 – To be announced
  • March 9 – Becky G
  • March 10 – Sean Paul
  • March 16 – Steve Miller Band
  • March 17 – Ziggy Marley
  • March 23 – NF
  • March 24 – Pitbull
  • March 30 – To be announced
  • March 31 – To be announced

I mean who doesn’t love a bit of Sean Paul.

New Nighttime Parade Theme

During Mardi Gras you can expect to see a parade like no other including 12 floats, colourful dancers, stilt performers, oh and de we mention beads!!! Soooo many beads! This year’s new theme is right up OAT’s street as its called Party Animals! You’ll see floats and performers dressed as their spirit animals from all over the world like the arctic, jungle, ocean, swamp and more. I think my spiritual animal is probably a Sloth… totally built for parties…

French Quarter Food and Drinks

Universal have also confirmed that The French Quarter Courtyard is getting a new culinary twist this year. All food and drinks will be served in tasting sizes. You’ll now be able to enjoy a variety of the New Orleans dishes during your visit.

To add to the excitement, the culinary team has whipped up new and returning fan-favorite food and drink options. We’re talking beignets, frog legs, crab etouffee, and crawfish! Plus, we’re going to have a signature Mardi Gras cocktail, craft beer flights and more.

French Quarter Entertainment Lineup

You can’t have the French Quarter Courtyard without the beats of the Big Easy. Catch these authentic New Orleans bands performing daily in the French Quarter.

  • February 9 – 17: Dirty Bourbon River Show
  • February 18 – 27: Naughty Professor Brass Band
  • February 28 – March 18: Free Agents Brass Band featuring Honey Bannister
  • March 19 – April 4: New Breed Brass Band

The best bit, if you’ve purchased a Universal 3 park explorer ticket from Orlando Attraction Tickets you’ll have access to this event for FREE….

Smiles included…

Jamie

OAT Live – Episode 36

Hey Thrill Seekers,

New Year, new OAT Live… and we’re at episode 36!

Abby, Gavin and Producer Teresa talk through all the latest Disney, Universal, SeaWorld and LEGOLAND news plus there’s a Kennedy Space Center competition you might want to enter.

To enter the competition simply share the video on facebook, tag a friend and type in the comments “You’re out of this World”. We’ll pick 5 winners randomly, all entries must be in by the 17th Jan.

Thanks for watching…

Smiles included…

Jamie