Today We Will Find Out When The Transformers Ride Will Open At Universal

Morning Thrill Seekers,

Today is the day that Universal will finally officially confirm the opening date for the highly anticipated, Transformers the ride 3D!

Universal in the past have dropped hints about the Transformers ride via a host of photo clues and yesterday they released two further multi media teasers. The first a picture of Megatron was displayed on a building in downtown Orlando.

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The second, a Cloverfields type video, depicting the arrival of Megatron.

For me I’m thinking the release date will be the 20th June 2013… Anyone else have any predictions?

regards,

Jamie,

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Senate Approves Bill To Increase Penalty For Fraudulent Theme Park Ticket Sales

Morning Thrill Seekers,

Representatives of Disney, Universal and SeaWorld were present on resellerMonday to see the U.S. senate approve a bill to further penalise the selling of fraudulent Orlando Attraction Tickets.

Under the new bill (SB 394), people or vendors who are caught selling multipark or multi-day tickets after they have already been used (regardless of the amount of time), will face a fine ranging from no more than $500 to a maximum of $10,000.

The bill also altered the law so that repeated violations will be treated as a felony instead of a misdemeanor.

All the major theme park owners have been very vocal when it comes to illegal re-sellers and have consistently stated that penalties have not been severe enough to deter fraud.

The new bill also extends the term “theme park tickets” to include new technologies such as Disney’s MyMagic+ project.

Alan Hays,  Umatilla Republican Senator said

Right now, it’s protecting the consumers, those unsuspecting visitors who think they’re buying a legitimate ticket only to find when they get to the gate that the ticket is expired or is non transferrable or some other horrible thing

Possibly the most interesting part of the bill was the amendment to the ownership of a theme park ticket which has altered from “personal property” to being “licenses” restricted by the original seller.

Remember pre-purchasing your Orlando Attraction Tickets before you go can not only save you money but is also the safest way.

regards,

Jamie

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What Will Happen In 2050?

Afternoon Thrill Seekers,

Universal’s Islands of Adventure is home to the very popular Marvel marvel-heroesSuper Hero Land. It houses great rides like the Incredible Hulk Coaster and the Spider-Man 3D ride, Marvel has been big business for Universal and continues to be a real feather in its bow.

So the irony that Marvel is actually owned by Universal’s biggest competitor Disney, isn’t lost on anyone. When Disney bought Marvel Entertainment in 2009 for $4 Billion they agreed to honour all existing contracts, this included film rights and the use of characters.

Universal’s Marvel contract only applies for to the U.S. and we have recently seen speculation that Disney will be stretching their super hero muscles in their Hong Kong park. Universals deal allegedly prevents them from adding any new rides to the area, they are able to update existing rides which we have seen them do with the revamp of Spider-Man but anyone hoping to see an Iron Man ride will be disappointed.

I have read in a various publications that the contract runs out in 2050 (which would leave me close to 80!) so this leads me to a few questions.

Can Universal afford to have a land at their disposal that they can’t add to for 37 years?

Do Universal want to be marketing a product owned by a competitor?

What could they do?

Well the first 2 questions are definitely the basis of another post, probably a very long post!

However the 3rd question “what could they do?” is interesting; Marvel are not the only comic book character owners out there, DC own quite a few popular characters of their own, none bigger than the Dark Knight himself Batman. At present DC theme park rights belong to Six Flags in Maryland but surely Universal could come to an agreement assuming Six Flags aren’t looking to expand to Florida.

I recently posted about Universal being in talks to purchase the rights to Middle Earth (Lord of the Rings, Hobbit etc) could this be an option?

Whatever happens I’ll be 80 so I probably wont care… but I’ll keep you updated as much as I can.

regards,

Jamie

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According To The Mayor Of Orlando, Wizarding World Of Harry Potter Expansion To Open In 2014

Afternoon Thrill Seekers,

If your state had “accidently” introduced a law that had annoyed wwhp expansionevery English speaking Country that provides you with tourism what’s the best way to get them back on side?

How about letting it slip that Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter expansion is due to open in 2014! Well that’s exactly what Orlando City Major, Buddy Dyer, did during his state of address on Wednesday.

Buddy said;

This summer [Universal Orlando Resort] will open the new Transformers 3-D ride, followed by the opening next year of a new resort hotel and the expansion of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Well as you can imagine this was quite a statement and soon his words spread around the theme park industry like Harry chasing a snitch (insert better Harry Potter reference if required).

So what did Universal have to say about this breaking news? Orlando based media outlet WESH contacted Universal and a spokesman said;

I don’t read the Mayor’s words the same as you. All we have announced is that there will be a significant expansion of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Anything else is your own speculation.

Hmm not the best comeback I’ve ever heard, but with the release of The Transformers Ride 3d this year I’m sure Universal wont be happy with this distraction .

Seem’s pretty strong evidence that perhaps Universal may be gearing up to a mammoth 2014!!!

regards,

Jamie

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Universal Orlando 2012 Financials Solid

Morning Thrill Seekers,

Yesterday I reported on Comcast’s purchase of NBCUniversal transformers 3dincluded in the deal was Harry Potter’s favourite park, Islands of Adventure and the soon to be home of the Transformers, Universal Studios.

One of the more interesting parts of the press release was Comcast’s financials for 2012 in relation to it Theme Park revenue, here’s the breakdown;

  • Theme park revenue was up 4.8% for 2012 to nearly $2.1 billion from $1.98 billion in 2011.
  • Fourth quarter 2012 revenues were $520 million, up 4.5% from $498 million reported the year prior.
  • Operating cash flow at Universal finished the year strong with $953 million, up 9.9% from $867 million in 2011.
  • The quarter’s ending cash flow was $245 million, a 9.7% jump from $223 million in 2011.

Comcast must believe (as do I) that the future of Universal Orlando to attract footfall is strong. The addition of the Transformers Ride 3D this year should continue Universal’s impressive additions and if the rumours regarding the extension to the Wizarding World are true (and they are) 2014/2015 could be very strong.

regards,

Jamie

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Universal Orlando Now Fully Owned By Comcast

Morning Thrill Seekers,

Last night Comcast announced it had reached a deal with long term comcast logoventure partner, General Electric (GE) to become the soul owner of NBCUniversal raising its stake from 51% to the full 100%.

The 16.7 Million deal not only includes Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure in Orlando but also NBCUniversal’s TV interests including a 32% stake in Hulu with the remaining shares held by Fox Broadcasting Company (31%), Disney-ABC Television Group (27%) and Providence Equity Partners (10%).

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said;

This is an exciting day for Comcast as we have agreed to accelerate the purchase of NBCUniversal, The management team at GE has been a wonderful partner during the past two years and their support has been very valuable. Our decision to acquire GE’s ownership is driven by our sense of optimism for the future prospects of NBCUniversal and our desire to capture future value that we hope to create for our shareholders.

Comcast hadn’t quite finished splashing the cash as it also bought from GE the properties it owns at 30 Rockefeller Center in Manhattan, and CNBC’s headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, for $1.4 billion.

Regards,

Jamie

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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