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

SeaWorld Announce Sesame Street opening date!

Hey Thrill Seekers,

So SeaWorld have just announced that Sesame Street will be opening on the 27th March!! Only 3 weeks away!!

We’ve been discussing what to expect from Sesame Street for a while now however we now know when we can really walk down one of the most famous ‘streets’ in the world. 😉

This new interactive neighbourhood will have 30+ places to play, food trucks to fill up at, a water splash zone and AWARD WINNING parade plus loads more!
Guests will of course also be able to meet their favourite Sesame Street characters like Elmo, Cookie Monster and Abby Cadabby.


Take a stroll down Sesame Street and stop by the famous stoop at 123. Explore the inside of Hooper’s Store, then head for big fun at Big Bird’s Nest. Sesame Street is exactly as you imagined, and with an award-winning parade and attractions, it’s more fun than you could ever dream. Come and play with Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby and all the gang. Walk down Sesame Street for the very first time at SeaWorld Orlando.

SeaWorld Orlando

You can even visit Elmo’s Window as just one of the many interactive Plays around Sesame Street. Here are some more:
Bike Shop Tricycle Challenge – Make your way to the Bike Shop to get acquainted with all of the fun to be had at Sesame Street at SeaWorld in this motion-sensing digital game. Use your body to control a virtual tricycle as you collect numbers before time runs out.
Two-Headed Monster Pipe Telephone – The Two-Headed Monster eagerly awaits to hear from you at the Ivy Building door! Speak into one end of the pipe telephone, then hear your voice transform into a friendly monster voice.
Elmo’s Window – Elmo’s bedroom window comes to life with special moments that allow you to play, dance, and sing with Elmo and friends!
Bert and Ernie’s Doorbell – Ring the doorbell at Bert and Ernie’s apartment to hear fun responses from them!
Yip Yip’s Mail slot – Lift the handle of the mail slot to see the Yip Yip Martians on the beach, at a disco, and more.
Sesame Street Apartment Intercom – Press the apartment number buttons in the correct order to hear a response from Grover, Rosita, Abby Cadabby, and more.
Cookie Monster’s Foodie Truck Challenge – Whip up some delicious meals with Cookie Monster and Gonger by following along with video instructions and pressing the correct buttons containing the recipe ingredients.
Laundromat – Use touchscreens on the washing machines to pop digital bubbles and figure out what kind of items are washing inside. 
Oscar’s Trash Can – Don’t knock on Oscar’s Trash Can… but if you do, you might receive a grouchy response!
Backstage Queue Warm-up – While you are waiting in line to meet and greet your favorite Sesame Street friends, keep busy by interacting with six non-digital activities inspired by theatrical performer warm-ups.
Create – A – Monster – Create your own digital monster by choosing eyes, noses, mouths, hair, clothes, and more! When you’re finished, you can find your special monster on the Community Center windows.


As well as all of those fun interactive experience, there’s loads of rides coming to Sesame Street too!

Are you excited to walk down Sesame Street this summer? I am!!

Smiles Included,

Abby

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SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival 2019

Hey Thrill Seekers,

The popular Seven Seas Food Festival is returning to SeaWorld in February! As guests sip and sample their way through the park, they will discover globally-inspired flavors while enjoying local craft beers and beverages from around the world. The fun goes beyond the food with live performances at Bayside Stadium featuring top artists.

The festival will run every weekend between the 9th February and 5th of May. Plus new for 2019 from 15th Feb guests will be able to enjoy the festival on Friday evenings from 4pm – 9pm.

You will be able to try loads of different cuisines and of course local craft beers. Here are some examples of the food you will be able to feast on from the various stalls. The full menu which can be found on SeaWorlds Website:

Buffalo Meatloaf Slider


All American Market – Buffalo meatloaf slider
Topped with Arugula, Smoked Bacon, and Pimento Cheese

Char Siu Bao


Asian Market Char Siu Bao
Steamed Pork Buns with Gingered Grilled Pineapple & Hoisin Sauce

Picanha Steak


Brazilian Market – Brazilian Picanha Steak
Served with Oven Roasted Potatoes and Tomato Chimichurri

Turkey Pretzel Slider

Coca-Cola Market – Turkey Pretzel Slider
Turkey Breast, Aged White Cheddar, and Cranberry Chutney infused with Coca-Cola on a Pretzel Roll

Sea Scallops Provençal

Mediterranean Market – Sea Scallops Provençal
With wild mushroom risotto

Donut Ice Cream Sandwiches

Sweets Market – Donut Ice Cream Sandwich
Cinnamon Dusted Donut Stuffed with Vanilla Ice Cream and Rolled in your Favorite Topping

There’s so many tempting cocktails and non alcoholic beverages on offer too to quench your thirst.

Every Saturday and Sunday during the festival there will be concerts at Bayside Stadium (included with your admission) SeaWorld have only announced the first 6 weeks of performers and we will update you as soon as we know any more!!

Check out the confirmed acts below:
9th Feb – The Fray
10th Feb – Sugar Ray
16th Feb – Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
17th Feb – Little River Band
23rd Feb – Flo Rida
24th Feb – 98 Degrees
2nd March – Lifehouse
3rd March – Cole Swindell
9th March – Lee Brice with LOCASH
10th March – I Love the 90’s ft En Vogue, Kid n Play, Coolio, Tone Loc, Rob Base and Young MC
16th March – Bret Michaels
17th March – Gente De Zona

Stay tuned for more updated and performance announcements!

Smiles included,

Abby

52 weeks of events at SeaWorld Orlando in 2019!

Hey Thrill Seekers,

2019 is set to be BIG for SeaWorld parks and entertainment, with Sesame Street due to open at SeaWorld, Tigris to open at Busch Gardens, KareKareKurl to open at Aquatica plus much more and now SeaWorld have revealed 9 events that will cover the whole of 2019! There wont be a week next year that an event won’t be happening in SeaWorld!

Oh yeah and it’s ALL included with admission!! Check it out..

What? Three Kings Day Celebration When? Daily, 1 – 6 January

Families are invited to help commemorate the arrival of the Three Wise Men during SeaWorld’s Three Kings Day celebration. This festive event brings SeaWorld’s Christmas season to an incredible close with speciality cuisine and celebratory experiences that honour the cherished traditions of Latin cultures.

What? NEW – Inside Look  When? Weekends, 12 – 27 January and weekends, 11-19 May

Taking place twice in 2019, guests can go behind the scenes and visit areas never opened to the public during this new event. SeaWorld’s renowned veterinarians and animal experts will offer an intimate look at the day-to-day care they provide for animals large and small. Visitors will also get to meet the SeaWorld Rescue Team and learn more about their life-saving work.

What? NEW – Elmo’s Birthday Weekend When? 2-3 February

SeaWorld is the place to be for Elmo’s Birthday Celebration, featuring an interactive DJ dance party, fun party games and surprise visitors. Don’t miss this weekend-long party for Elmo as we prepare to welcome the brand-new Sesame Street at SeaWorld in spring 2019!

What? Seven Seas Food Festival When? Weekends, 9 February to 5 May

The popular Seven Seas Food Festival is returning to SeaWorld in the spring with more to love. As guests sip and sample their way through the park, they will discover globally-inspired flavors while enjoying local craft beers and beverages from around the world. The fun goes beyond the food with live performances at Bayside Stadium featuring top artists.

What? Electric Ocean When? Select evenings, 24 May – 1 September

As the sun goes down, the park comes alive with the glow of Electric Ocean at SeaWorld, returning next year for another summer of fun. With exciting nighttime shows and electrifying music, guests are immersed in a sea of wonder that ends in “Ignite”, a spectacular finale with fireworks, lasers and fountains.

What? Craft Beer Festival When? Weekends, 7-29 September

The SeaWorld Craft Beer Festival extends to four weekends in 2019, featuring 100+ brews on draft at locations around the park. Guests will enjoy unique food items designed to perfectly pair with the festival’s brew selection.

What? SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular When? Weekends, 21 September to 27 October

New surprises await at Orlando’s biggest family-friendly Halloween event. Guests of all ages can celebrate with the all-new Sesame Street Halloween Parade, featuring fantastic floats, crowd-pleasing performances and everyone’s favourite furry friends. Families will also enjoy a Halloween Dance Party, trick-or-treating around the park and the opportunity to meet whimsical characters inspired by the sea.

What? Praise Wave When? Weekends, 2-17 November

With the return of Praise Wave, guests can enjoy live concerts from the hottest names in Christian music, lighting up the stage at SeaWorld.

What? SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration When? 23 November to 31 December

The joys of the holiday season come to life at SeaWorld. More than 3 million lights blanket the park in holiday cheer as guests immerse themselves in the sight, sounds and tastes of the season. The event features stunning live shows, scrumptious festive treats and opportunities to visit Santa Claus and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration Returns With More Lights Than Ever Before

I think it’s fair to say that no matter what time of year you’re visiting SeaWorld in 2019, you’ll have a blast!!

Smiles Included,

Abby

 

Christmas at SeaWorld Orlando

Hey Thrill Seekers,

I think it’s fair to say that we are allowed to start being excited about Christmas now, right?

Well anyway, we are and to add to our excitement, SeaWorld have just released information on their Christmas Celebrations and this year there’s going to be more lights than ever before and by more we mean over 3 million!

Running from the 17th November through to the 31st December make sure you don’t miss out on all of the festivities SeaWorld have to offer. Get ready to enjoy scrumptious food, stunning live shows, and joyful entertainment.

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration Event Days: 17-25, 30 November, 1-2, 7-9, 14-31 December

  • New for 2018: Dine with Santa at Shamu Stadium – Enjoy a warm-hearted Christmas experience and meet Santa Claus as family memories are made at this all-new dining experience. The buffet-style dinner features a taste-tempting menu of traditional festive favourites and delicious desserts. Guests will also receive reserved seating to Winter Wonderland on Ice.
  • Winter Wonderland on Ice – Christmas comes to life on a stage of ice, jewels, and lights as skaters dazzle and delight in this show-stopping ice-skating extravaganza. A sea of sparkling trees and towering fountains dancing in the background come together to create a don’t-miss experience the entire family will enjoy.

  • Sesame Street’s Elmo’s Christmas Wish The festive period arrived and everyone’s Sesame Street friends have come to SeaWorld Orlando for a festive and fun musical celebration. Elmo’s Christmas Wish will soon become every child’s favourite show. Join Cookie Monster, Grover, Zoe and Rosita as they work together to help Elmo find his Christmas wish.
  • Shamu Christmas Miracles – Celebrate yuletide alongside majestic orcas as Shamu Stadium is illuminated with dazzling lights and glowing candles while Christmas carols abound.
  • Meet Santa Claus – Guests of all ages can share Christmas wishes and take pictures with Santa Claus during this special adventure, presented by Coca-Cola.
  • Rudolph’s ChristmasTown – Returning for another year of festive fun, guests can immerse themselves into the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer at Rudolph’s ChristmasTown. As guests stroll past life-size storybook vignettes featuring the classic tale, they’ll have the opportunity to meet their favourite characters: Rudolph, Clarice, Bumble and Yukon Cornelius.
  • O Wondrous Night – Experience a live nativity only SeaWorld can bring to life, complete with more than 30 carols, life-sized puppets, and animals in a spectacular Christmas favourite based on The Christmas Story. Told through the eyes of the animals that were there, O Wondrous Night is a touching, light-hearted, and glorious musical with a host of angels, animals, and the shine of Christmas.
  • The Christmas Market – Nestled along the park’s Bayside Pathway, The Christmas Market features festive entertainment and delicious culinary delights. Complete with playful elves, a charming model train village, and seasonal entertainment, the market is the centrepiece of SeaWorld’s Christmas event. Guests can also relax near the warm glow of the fire pit with a holiday cocktail while experiencing a wonderful view of the vibrant Sea of Trees.

 

Daily Holiday Favourites: Offered 17 November – 31 December

  • Clyde & Seamore’s Countdown to Christmas – A returning classic, Sea Lion & Otter Stadium celebrates the season with a hilarious Christmas comedy show. Clyde and Seamore, along with a few mischievous otters, a comical elf, and even a jolly walrus, invite guests to their fun-filled celebration.
  • Pets Ahoy Christmas – Enjoy a special Christmas version of this side-splitting show with surprise twists and a cast of unlikely characters that will have the whole family laughing from beginning to end.
  • Rudolph’s Movie Experience – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer comes to life at SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration this season like never before in an immersive movie experience.
  • Sea of Trees – Take a stroll through a wintery, watery wonderland and be immersed in a sea of glistening holiday trees that sparkle to music as they light up the water. Dazzling images come to life on over 100 trees, including a giant glistening centrepiece that towers 70-feet above the water.
  • Snow Flurries at Waterfront – Guests can walk along the water’s edge for some holiday shopping at the Shoppes at Waterfront as a magical flurry of snow falls over SeaWorld Orlando while holiday sounds and smells fill the air.

Just Around the Corner

  • New Year’s Eve at SeaWorld Orlando Park guests can ring in the New Year at SeaWorld Orlando on 31 December as vibrant fireworks fill the night sky at midnight.
  • Returning in 2019: Three Kings Celebration – After experiencing the wonder of SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, guests can keep the spirit of the season burning bright at SeaWorld’s Three Kings Celebration from 1-6 January, 2019. Families are invited to help commemorate the arrival of the Three Wise Men with authentic festive cuisine and celebratory experiences held in honour of the cherished tradition of Latin cultures.

Can’t wait for this! Especially Snow Flurries at Waterfront and to meet Rudolph!

Smiles Included,

Abby

Teresa’s day at SeaWorld

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Check out what our very own Teresa got up to on her recent visit to SeaWorld Orlando!

Find out why you should sit at the back on Manta, what front row on Mako is like with a full belly and get the inside goss on Infinity falls as she was one of the first to ride it!

So guys, don’t forget your comfy shoes when visiting SeaWorld!

Smiles Included,

Jess

What Can We Expect From Sesame Street?

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Earlier this year, SeaWorld announced the news that Sesame Street at SeaWorld Orlando is coming in spring 2019.

Guests will be able to take a walk down Sesame Street for the very first time, connecting families to all of the fun, laughter and learning of the world-famous street. In addition to a daily parade, play areas and opportunities to mingle with Sesame Street characters, SeaWorld announced today that this area will feature SIX colourful, themed rides, including Elmo’s Choo Choo Train, Cookie Drop, Abby’s Flower Tower, Super Grover’s Box Car Derby, Big Bird’s Twirl ‘n’ Whirl and Slimey’s Slider.

ABBY’S FLOWER TOWER – Pick a flower pot and up, up, up you go! Spin around high above the ground while you get a magical view of Sesame Street at SeaWorld.

SLIMEY’S SLIDER – Slide and glide as you rock and whirl through Oscar’s treasured compost collection for a grouchy good time.

SUPER GROVER’S BOX CAR DERBY – Get ready… get set… Super Grover’s great box car race is about to begin! This family-friendly coaster is full of fun hills, big turns and mini-dives. It’s the perfect first steel rollercoaster for kids and adults.

COOKIE DROP – Cookie Monster dropped his cookies! Laugh your way up and down on this crumbly, crazy, family-friendly vertical drop ride.

ELMO’S CHOO CHOO TRAIN – All Aboard! Help Elmo find some of his favourite things in nature during this bell-ringing, horn-honking train ride.

BIG BIRD’S TWIRL ‘N’ WHIRL – There’s no napping in these nests. Get ready to twirl and whirl in your very own nest on this family favourite tea cup ride with Big Bird.

SeaWorld are going all out for 2019. Today they officially launched Infinity Falls, their new raft ride with a massive 40ft drop while at the same time confirming a new ride for Aquatica for next year.

2019 is going to be amazing.

Smiles included…

Jamie

 

What can we expect from the SeaWorld parks in the next couple of years?

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Lets take a look at all of the confirmed and rumoured attractions coming to the SeaWorld parks (SeaWorld, Aquatica and Busch Gardens) in the next few years!

What? Infinity Falls Where? SeaWorld When? 2018

This was supposed to open in summer this year however we are still patiently awaiting the chance to be able to ride this awesome raft attraction! It’s going to feature the worlds tallest river rapid drop of 40ft!

What? Tigris Where? Busch Gardens Tampa When? 2019

We cannot wait for this new coaster!  It’s going to be Florida’s tallest launch coaster and will feature a TRIPLE LAUNCH with both forward and backward motions.

What? Sesame Street Land Where? SeaWorld When? 2019

Sesame Street is set to transport  guests into the colourful and creative world of Sesame Street through immersive theming, character interactions and interactive play.

What? new coaster Where? SeaWorld When? 2020 (rumour)

There are lots of rumours flying around that SeaWorld’s next big attraction is going to be a coaster (first once since Mako which opened in 2016) the coaster is rumoured to be similar to Wave Breaker Coaster at San Antonios SeaWorld! If this one is true then i’m all for it!

What? Gwazi revamp Where? Busch Gardens Tampa When? 2020

When Busch Gardens announced Tigris the other day they also let slip a little secret which is that Gwazi is going to be revamped into a ride that will make you want to ‘hold on to your seats’ Yippeeee!

What? water coaster Where? Aquatica When? 2020

Water Country USA Williamsburg is building a brand new water coaster for 2019 called Cutback. Behind The Thrills have said that the slide is said to be making it’s way to Orlando, with a much tighter and quicker footprint. Instead of huge sprawling track, it will double on itself and be located in between the two wave pools. :O

SeaWorld really know how to bounce back don’t they! I hope the rumours are true too!

Smiles Included,

Abby

Sesame Street Halloween Fun at SeaWorld and Busch Gardens

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Sesame Street is coming to SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa for a Halloween season of not-too-spooky fun for families this autumn.

Guests of all ages can join everyone’s favourite furry friends from Sesame Street as Count von Count, Elmo, Abby Cadabby and others take to the stage in ‘Sesame Street’s Countdown to Halloween’ show, where the Count is feeling lonely and it’s up to the audience and the loveable monsters from Sesame Street to get him into the Halloween spirit. Batty bats and spooky skeletons join the fun in a song-filled stage show that invites families to dance, play and sing along.

Pets Ahoy is getting its own seasonal twist and you will even have the chance to meet a mermaid in the mermaid grotto. It starts on the 22 September and children can dress in Halloween costumes and take part in fun-filled trick-or-treating in the park.

At Busch Gardens, Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends are also returning every weekend in October, including half term. Children are again welcome to dress in Halloween costumes and dance along as Count von Count serves as master of scare-emonies to lead his Sesame Street pals through his favourite tunes in the new stage show.  There will also be autumn-inspired activities at Gwazi Field in Busch Gardens, including a hay maze, pumpkin ring toss and much more.

Dining with Characters 

Families can even opt to dine with Sesame Street characters at both theme parks. At Busch Gardens, the ‘Lunch with Elmo and Friends’ buffet every Saturday and Sunday during the Halloween season will let children enjoy hugs and high fives with sing-a-longs, dance parties, and special photo opportunities.

At SeaWorld, ‘Count von Count’s Spooktacular Breakfast’ features a delicious buffet enjoyed with the furriest characters in town. The breakfast is a fun-filled experience sure to delight kids and parents alike.

Character dining requires an additional reservation.

Smiles Included,

Abby

 

 

‘Meet your new Neighbours’ more on Sesame Street coming to SeaWorld

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Explore, celebrate and play: SeaWorld Parks & entertainment  have just released some more information on Sesame Street which is coming to SeaWorld in  Spring 2019.

Where is Sesame Street going? I hear you ask.. well it IS ‘replacing’ Shamu’s Happy Harbour which is in the south end of the park – well more like an overhaul than a replacement to be honest. It was back on May 18th 2018 last year was when Sesame Street was announced and was said to open in 2022! In Feb this year we had info that it was going to be opening in 2020 and now we know its going to open next year.. The proof is on their website! Yippee

Jim Dean – President of SeaWorld Orlando said “We are excited to transport our guests into the colorful and creative world of Sesame Street through immersive theming, character interactions and interactive play”

Also, for the first time ever at SeaWorld there will be a daily parade that is set to feature, yep you guessed it.. Elmo and his friends. As well as the daily parade kids and big kids alike will be able to visit re-created sets from Sesame Street such as Big Birds nest, Mr Hoopers Store and 123 Stoop. There will also be rides and play areas too!

EXPLORE

‘Explore the iconic neighbourhood as you walk through Abby Cadabby’s garden, visit Mr. Hooper’s Store, Stop by Big Bird’s nest, sit on the famous 123 Stoop and meet your favourite friends from Sesame Street including Elmo, Cookie Monster and Big Bird.’

CELEBRATE

‘Elmo and his furry friends, along with parade dancers will invite you and your family to join the party on Sesame Street daily during SeaWorld Orlando’s first ever parade.’

PLAY

‘The immersive area will feature exciting rides, wet and dry play areas and interactive experiences designed to entertain your entire family.’

It is expected that the new rides will be announced in the forthcoming months. Taken from our post back in February this year: It has been speculated that there is going to be a dark ride added to this section of the park, as a few large building have been noticed on some building plans. There has been rumours that SeaWorld have been in talks with The Goddard Group who have worked on projects like Spider-Man and T2 so maybe this could be a hint toward a dark, Sesame Street ride which will be unique for SeaWorld Orlando as there is certainly not a lot of indoor ‘show scene’ rides since the animatronics on Journey to Atlantis stopped.

We’ll keep you updated!

Smiles Included,

Abby