Could Universal Orlando Be Set To Re-Energise Jurassic Park

Morning Thrill Seekers,

Universal Studio’s are on a bit of a roll at the moment, the Wizardingjurassic park 4 World of Harry Potter has been a huge success and rumours about its expansion have Muggles everywhere scouring the internet for information, (we get our info from here – wizarding) they have already announced that their popular Transformers 3D ride will be opening in Orlando this year and speculation has them in talks to purchase the rights for a Middle Earth Land but could an existing section of Islands of Adventure be their secret jewel.

On my last visit to the Islands of Adventure I commented to a colleague that I thought Jurassic Park was on its last legs and would inevitably be replaced with an extension to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, in my opinion the Land had begun to look a little old when compared to its neighbour (WWHOP) and with the movie franchise all but a distant memory perhaps time had caught up on it…

However…. I came across a BBC article confirming that Jurassic Park 4 was in the works and is set to be released on the 13th June 2014! I remember watching the original and being amazed at the effects and that was over 10 years ago, imagine what they could do now! Obviously it will be in 3D.

As Universal own the rights to Jurassic Park (unlike Marvel and Harry Potter) it would make sense to relaunch this part of the park with new rides and new technology; remember the 3 Jurassic Park films grossed well over a Billion Dollars Worldwide making it one of the most successful trilogy’s of all time… there is definitely money to be made…

What do you think?

regards,

Jamie

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Universal Orlando Reveal Mardi Gras Line Up For 2013

Afternoon Thrill Seekers,

Universal Orlando revealed its 2013 Mardi Gras concert line up mardi grasyesterday to the usual mixed response, will such diverse acts as Pitball to Philip Phillips some fans find the mix hard to compute… Personally I love the diversity, it gives you the opportunity to see artists you generally wouldn’t go to see.

Mardi Gras is the annual event in Universal Studios Florida® that recreates the feel of the famed New Orleans street party it includes a dazzling parade, colorful street performers, authentic Cajun food* and concerts from top recording acts.

Great music is a must for any party,

according to Universal Orlando;

and during Mardi Gras you’ll have the chance to see not one, but 14 top names from the worlds of pop, rock, country, hip hop and more live in concert at the Music Plaza stage Saturdays and select nights from February 9 – April 20.

FEB 9 LIFEHOUSE
FEB 16 STEVE MILLER BAND
FEB 17 BOYS LIKE GIRLS
FEB 23 TREY SONGZ
MAR 2 DEMI LOVATO
MAR 9 MONTGOMERY GENTRY
MAR 15 SEAN KINGSTON
MAR 16 MATCHBOX TWENTY
MAR 22 AUSTIN MAHONE
MAR 23 PHILLIP PHILLIPS
MAR 30 PAT BENATAR
& NEIL GIRALDO
APR 6 TO BE ANNOUNCED
APR 13 PITBULL
APR 20 TO BE ANNOUNCED

Entry in to the concert is included with any paid admission ticket.

What do you think of Universal’s line up?

regards,

Jamie

 

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Is Middle Earth Moving To Orlando?

Hi Thrill Seekers,

Today the theme park community is a wash with rumour which in turn is fuelling excitement…

As reported on a number of sites, it is said, depending on which you read, that either Universal Studios has purchased or is in the process of securing the rights to Tolkien’s works based around the fantasy World of Middle Earth, you may have heard of his books… The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit 😉

Now the Tolkien estate in previous years has been very negative towards the idea of a Lord of the Rings style theme park and was even critical of the films directed by Peter Jackson. However insiders are stating that they may well have been impressed by how true to the books Universal stuck with the Harry Potter series.

Remember this is just rumour and has nothing concrete supporting it, personally I’m thinking does it make sense for Universal to open another Fantasy “land” so similar to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, would the similarities cause cross over problems?

Its pretty much confirmed without actually being confirmed that Universal Orlando are looking to extend the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in to Universal Studios, where would a Middle Earth “land” sit?

The reasons it might happen are obvious, Tolkien’s books are legendary and have and will continue to live on. There is definitely money to be made by Universal with such a product which they would of course feature in all their major parks, starting with Orlando.

It would be interesting to see what rides the Universal creative team could come up with here’s our guesses…

Gandalf’s Drop 

A roller coaster culminating in a massive drop, similar to SheiKra, representing Gandalf’s fight and fall in Lord of the Rings.

Dam Breaker

You know the big battle scene, where the dam is broken that helps wash away the armies, a water ride based on this would be great. Imagine all the great imagery you could include!

Twin Towers

2 “towers” facing each other one starts at the top, the other at the bottom, you are then shot up or down depending on your ride, similar to Dr Doom at Islands of Adventure however at certain parts the ride stops so you are looking at the tower opposite… you’ll see some cracking facial expressions 🙂

What would you like to see?

regards

Jamie

 

SPECIAL OFFER: $10 Universal Orlando Gift Card With Every PassPort And Disney Universal Switch Ticket

Good Morning Thrill Seekers,

Welcome to 2013, here at Orlando Attraction Tickets we are super
excited for the year ahead! The theme parks  have new additions to their attractions and we have begun implementation of our new ticketing system and website upgrade.

With the New Year comes a new special offer which we hope you’ll agree will offer further value to our already great low prices.

Our top selling ticket of 2012 The Orlando PassPort and the Disney Universal Switch Ticket now include with every purchase…

1 FREE UNIVERSAL ORLANDO GIFT CARD PER TICKET PRELOADED WITH $10 TO SPEND

Where can I use a gift card? What can I purchase with a gift card?

Universal Orlando Gift Cards may be used to purchase goods and services at participating retail, dining, hotel and other locations throughout Universal Orlando Resort.

Do the gift cards expire?

No, Universal Orlando Resort Gift Cards do not expire. So if you find you’d don’t use them for this holiday you can always use them next time or pass them on to a friend.

This is a limited time offer and once our stock of Gift Cards has depleted then the offer will expire without notice. (offer has ended)

So what are you waiting for… don’t delay book today. Remember we offer a deposit scheme for early birds.

regards,

Jamie

Universal’s Wizarding World Of Harry Potter Serves It’s 5 Millionth Butterbeer

It’s almost bedtime Thrill Seekers but I just heard the news that Universal Orlando has confirmed they have just served their 5 Millionth Butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

Butterbeer for all you muggles out there, is the popular non alcholic drink favoured by Wizards in J.K. Rowlings Harry Potter series. When Universal Orlando first got cracking on building the Wizarding World of Harry Potter they put together a creative team purely to design and replicate Butterbeer, J.K. Rowling herself had final say on the taste which is reminiscent of shortbread and sweet butterscotch.

The recipe is a closely guarded secret although some of us have had a go at replicating it and has proved so successful that recently Universal Orlando had to open a 4th Butterbeer serving location to meet demand!

To mark this special occasion Universal treated a 1000 guests to the wizards drink while at the same time perhaps setting a new Guinness World record for “Butterbeer moustaches”. 🙂

Rick Florell, senior vice president of revenue sales and the man who oversaw the making of Butterbeer said

We created an authentic taste experience for our guests to complement all of the immersive experiences The Wizarding World of Harry Potter would offer them. We new we had created something that tasted great and would be popular but have been surprised by just how popular.

Mmmm I can almost taste one now…

good night,

Jamie

Here’s My 14 Day Orlando Theme Park Plan

Afternoon Thrill Seekers,

Making the most of your Orlando Attraction Tickets is the key to any good Florida holiday. Today’s post is my personal guide on how to get the most out of your 14 days Florida tickets.

The guide below is based on our top selling ticket, the Orlando PassPort.

Day 1 – SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld is the first park I visited on my holiday and it set me up for the week, it offers a great balance of shows, roller coasters and animals.

Top Tip: You’ve got to give sitting in the “wet zones” at the SeaWorld shows a go, I haven’t laugh some much in ages… remember though they are called “wet zones” for a reason!

You will need at least a day to see the whole of SeaWorld, Orlando.

Day 2 – Universal’s Islands of Adventures

Personally one of my favourite parks, its home to both Marvel and Harry Potter so it will be busy.

Top Tip – Try to do Marvel in the morning and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in the afternoon. People tend to rush straight to WWHP which leaves popular rides like Hulk and Spider-Man with shorter queues.

Islands of Adventure will take more than a day to fully explore it but its well worth returning later on in your holiday.

Day 3 – Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Your poor feet may have taken a bit of a pounding after 2 days of Thrill Rides so perhaps take a relaxing break by sepnding the morning by the pool.

When you feel up to it get yourself down to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, for the brave of heart get yourself on the Twilight Zone of Terror…

Top Tip – Take advantage of the Disney Fast Pass option that comes with the Orlando PassPort.

Day 4 – Busch Gardens, Tampa

There are two ways of getting to Busch Gardens in Tampa, firstly your Orlando PassPort includes free transportation to Busch Gardens via a shuttle bus alternatively you can drive there; usrentacar.co.uk offers cheap Florida Car Hire from as little as £17 per day fully insured which offer more flexibility than the bus.

Busch Gardens, in my opinion is the complete park; it has Thrill Rides like SheiKra and the newly opened Cheetah Hunt on the back drop of an animal fuelled safari, including Lions, Giraffes and Rhinos.

Top Tip: Check the animals out in the morning as the coasters are generally quieter in the afternoon.

Day 5 – Water Park

Trust me your feet will not be happy with you after your great day at Busch Gardens, so perhaps it best to visit one of the great Water Parks available with your Orlando PassPort. You can pick from either Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon or head to Orlando’s newest water park Aquatica!

The hardest part is deciding which to visit, perhaps this might help?

Day 6 – Epcot

Time for a bit of education, no not boring school type education but awesome Disney style education. Epcot is a massive 300 acre theme park dedicated to innovation and international culture.

Epcot is divided into two lands they are Future World and World Showcase, there are many highlights but their spectacular fireworks show is a must.

Top Tip – Try and visit Monday through to Thursday as generally its quieter than the busy weekends.

Day 7 – Universal Studios

Where movies meet the real world, Universal Studios is home to some of the most iconic images in film history including the terminator, men in black and the backwards roller coast The Mummy’s Revenge.

Top Tip – You must, must ride the Rip Ride Rockit…its awesome.

Day 8 – Water Park

Its time to rest your feet again, get yourself down to one of the water parks you haven’t visited yet, perhaps the two Disney water parks in one day!?

Day 9 – Animal Kingdom

Its off to see the animals again today at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, remember Orlando gets hot so get to the park early if you like your animals moving.They generally head for the shade during the day… they ain’t stupid… 🙂

Animal Kingdom is split in to seven lands they are Oasis, Discovery Island, Camp Minnie-Mickey, Africa, Rafiki’s Planet Watch, Asia and Dinoland USA. Walt Disney himself was a massive fan of animals and this park is really dedicated to that experience.

Top Tip – Make sure your camera is fully charged and has plenty of space left cos it will be full by the end of the day!

Day 10 – Get yourself down to your final Water Park

Its time to rest again, get yourself down to your final water park and relax…

The rest of your days I would advise revisiting the parks you either loved the most or didn’t get time to completely investigate….

There you have it… your complete 14 day holiday plan… all you need now is a holiday to get over your Theme Park holiday 🙂

regards,

Jamie

 

Universal’s Grinchmas Starts Tomorrow

Good Evening Thrill Seekers,

Universal Orlando‘s Grinchmas starts tomorrow December 1st, as part of the press launch the media were invited down to have a look behind the scene’s and view a make up demonstration but guess who turned up to try an spoil the proceedings… Yep you guessed it, the Grinch…

You can purchase Universal Tickets from Orlando Attraction Tickets for as little as £94 for 14 days unlimited entry in 2012, we offer the 2 Park Universal Ticket, 3 Park Universal Ticket, Flex Ticket and Flex Ticket Plus.

regards

Jamie

Recipe For Butterbeer Cookies Harry Potter Style

Hi Thrill Seekers,

Are you missing the Wizarding World? Are you suffering from Post-Potter Blues?

Well if the answer is yes, perhaps these Butterbeer cookies can help!

Butterbeer Sugar Cookies 

3 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar (packed)
2 sticks butter
1 egg
1 tsp butter flavoring
3/4 tsp pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350.

Whisk the flour, baking powder, set aside.

Cream the sugar and butter. Add the egg, butter flavoring, and vanilla; mix until well-blended.

Gradually add the flour mixture and beat just until combined, scraping down the bowl, especially the bottom. (The dough will be quite thick…you may need to knead in stray bits of flour from the bottom of the bowl by hand.)

Roll on a floured surface to about 1/4″ and cut into shapes. Place on parchment lined baking sheets and bake for 9-12 minutes, depending on the size of your cutter. Let sit a few minutes on the sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack.

Butterbeer Glaze
{This will cover 12 cookies…and I STRONGLY recommend doubling the recipe as you might want to put this in a shot glass and drink it straight.}

2/3 cup butterscotch chips (I used Guittard)
1/8 cup evaporated milk
1 TBSP light corn syrup
pinch coarse salt

Place all of the ingredients in a glass or metal bowl and heat over a pot of simmering water (or a double boiler).  Stir occasionally, until melted and smooth.

Put the cooled cookies on a wire rack on a baking sheet.  Pour the glaze over the cookies and spread with an offset spatula.  If using the fondant house crests, place these on the wet glaze to adhere.

How yummy do these look?

If you do make them, please feel free to share the results on the Orlando Attraction Tickets facebook page.

regards,

Jamie

Universal Studio’s Orlando Confirms Transformers Ride For Summer 2013

It’s just coming up to midnight Thrill Seekers and I’ve just finished listening to Universal Studio Orlando’s big announcement….

What was actually one of the worlds worse kept secrets was confirmed; Universal are building the Transformers Ride in Orlando for release in the summer of 2013… And we are guessing July!

Here’s Universals video announcement

So with despicable me!, the extension of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and now the arrival of Transformers the Ride, Universal Orlando are looking pretty healthy…

Regards

Jamie