Universal Orlando’s Big Reveal Will Happen On The 1st November


Hi Thrill Seekers,

A lot of building work has been going on at Universal Orlando this year with not a lot of explanation… obviously the internet has been a wash with rumours regarding what’s actually been going on  but Universal have finally sent out media invites for a press conference due to happen on the 1st November at 19:30.

So what do we think will be announced….

Well here at Orlando Attraction Tickets we don’t like to get involved in ideal chitter chatter…… Pah! of course we do!!!

Back in 2011 we reported on the percieved extension of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and from what we’ve seen and heard we think this is pretty much a no brainer… The closure of Jaws pretty much sealed this exciting deal.

The second announcement that we believe Universal Orlando will make is the introduction of Universal Studios Hollywood’s flagship ride; Transformers The Ride 3D.

The Transformer themed thrill ride has been getting rave reviews in California, and with Universal keen to encourage footfall not just at Islands of Adventure but at Universal Studios as well, the Transformers ride could definitely provide that spark.

Here’s a look at the video for Transformers the Ride 3d at Universal Studio’s Hollywood to wet your appetite.

You can gain access to Universal Orlando with the following tickets.

So stay tuned on the 1st November to see which rumours Universal announce.



Things to do at Universal City Walk – FREE with Universal tickets

One of the things that I find most people overlook when they buy their Universal Orlando attraction tickets is that their ticket actually includes access to universal’s City Walk. Universal CityWalk is a 30 acre entertainment complex that offers spectacular night life weather you are looking for a relaxing dinner or to socialise over a few cocktails, or see one of the amazing open air concerts or even catch a movie! You can do all this and more at Universal CityWalk®

The first thing that hits you when you enter CityWalk is the amazing buzz that seems to radiate. Everyone is here for exactly the same reason; to have a good time! The streets are lined with snack joints, restaurants, bars and clubs which all seem to compete to catch your eye with amazing neon signs.

Most people don’t know that the clubs along City Walk will charge a cover fee of between $6-$8 USD to get in. However, with your Universal Bonus Tickets and FlexTickets you will be able to enter the clubs and bars for free. During your stay in Orlando you should, at least once, come down to CityWalk and experience the buzz for yourself!

Here is just a couple of my faverite bars, clubs and eats;

Places to Eat at CityWalk:

Bubba Gumps Shrimp Co

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. is a great family/friends dining experience right at the entrance of CityWalk. You cant fail to miss this place with its red neon sign! The restaurant is as you could probably guess, based on Forest Gump. The engaging staff will entertain you and make you feel at home with their Southern hospitality. While we were there our waiter kept us occupied with a Forest Gump quiz and gave out some small Gump prizes like badgers that say ‘Stupid is as stupid does’ The whole restaurants decked out with Gump related items like a plaster casts of Forrest’s running shoes or grab a memorable photo at the famed bus bench in front of the restaurant. My favorite was the signs pointing to the toilets which say…I gotta Pee!

The food is simple, mostly shrimp and burgers but none the less very tasty. If you order a cocktail you are allowed to keep the glass, they will box it up for you to make sure it doesn’t get damed – nice touch.

Big Kahuna Pizza

If you are looking for a quick bite to eat and you’re into your Pizza then you cant really go wrong with Big Kahuna Pizza.

With the usual suspects  to choose from, walk up counter service with outside tables for you to enjoy the live music while you munch on a slice of Hawaiian or Pepperoni, this places offers an ideal place to grab a quick bite to eat.

Prices are not exactly the cheapest, a cold drink and a slice will probably set you back $5-$6 but remember where you are (CityWalk) the location alone will add extra zest!


Bars / Clubs

Pat O’Brians

Party it up like it’s Mardi Gras at Pat O’Brien’s! Pat O’Brien’s Bar is an authentic reproduction of the New Orleans’ famous hot spot. Opened in February 1999, this reproduction of New Orleans’ favorite watering hole, Pat O’Brien’s is the original home of dueling pianos, the “flaming fountain” patio, and the world-famous “Hurricane®” specialty drink. I was lucky enough or should I say unlucky enough (still undecided) to sample a Hurricane while at Pat O’Brians…im still having trouble remembering the exact details of that night 🙂 but I’m assuming I had a good one!


Rising Star Kareoke

For everyone with dreams of taking the stage and belting out a song as lead singer of a band, get ready for your moment in the spotlight. CityWalk’s Rising Star is not your typical karaoke club. Here when you grab the mic you’re performing with a live band complete with real backup singers on stage. Choose from an impressive number of song titles and rock out like a superstar, or croon your favorite country ballad, as you perform in front of a live audience.

This club is pretty amazing – its a karaoke bar on a monster scale, live stage, backing singers and musicians will give you the feeling that you’re a real pop star – especially if you have had a few drinks 😉 this club is also pretty huge. Based on multi levels with everyone looking down onto the stage its such a fun place to hang out and get involved.


Bob Marley – A tribute to Freedom


Share in a one-of-a-kind celebration of music and culture as Bob Marley–A Tribute to Freedom takes you on a musical journey through the life of the “King of Reggae.” Bob Marley’s songs of faith, hope, rebellion, and determination have brought inspiration and joy to audiences everywhere. Working closely with Rita Marley and the Bob Marley Foundation, they have created a replica of Bob’s home on 56 Hope Road in Kingston, Jamaica. Inside, artifacts, photos, and video clips from his legendary career surround visitors in the open-air veranda and courtyard.

This is probably one of the most popular clubs on CityWalk and by popular I mean packed. Its a great place to dance and sink a few cold ones, its hot and sweaty and the atmosphere is amazing. Its one that you need to put on your list of ‘must do’s’
This is just a snippet of whats on offer on CityWalk, I haven’t even mentioned the live shows! tones of other bars and clubs and numerous places to eat. As a free add on to tickets you have already purchased this really is a hidden gem that is truly something that should be experienced.

Check out a few pics of CityWalk Orlando below


Directions on how to get to  Universal Orlando CityWalk

Although Orlando has great public transport facilities; Probably the best way to get around Orlando is via car hire. For the latest rates and availability on Florida car hire visit our friends over at www.usrentacar.co.uk

Address: City Walk is located at 6000 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32819

Please insert this Geo-code into your GPS navigation system for directions to our parking garage.

Latitude: 28.47399
Longitude: -81.46228

Here are Directions to Universal City Walk Orlando

From Orlando International Airport:

1) Take SR-528 West 11 miles to I-4 East
2) Take I-4 East 2 miles to exit 75A
3) Follow the signs to Universal Orlando’s main parking garage or to one of the three (3) resort hotels

From I-4 Eastbound (Disney/Lake Buena Vista/Kissimmee):

1) Take I-4 East to exit 75A
2) Follow the signs to Universal Orlando’s main parking garage or to one of the three (3) resort hotels

From I-4 Westbound (Downtown Orlando):

1) Take I-4 West to exit 74B
2) Follow the signs to Universal Orlando’s main parking garage or to one of the three (3) resort hotels


Which tickets include Free Access to Universal CityWalk

Universal 2 Park Bonus Ticket
Universal 3 Park Bonus Ticket
Orlando FlexTicket
Orlando FlextTicket Plus

If anyone has any Favourite bars, clubs and places to eat on Universal CityWalk please feel free to let us know!



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Visitors spend, spend, spend at Universal theme parks

This is not really going to surprise anyone but it seems that the popularity of Universals theme parks isn’t going to die down anytime soon. Over the last couple of years all the buzz and hype surrounding Orlando has largely been focused on The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. But its not just potter mania that is getting the crowds through the turn styles. Universal have also seen year on year growth in California thanks largely to the King Kong attraction which opened midway through 2010.

Philadelphia-based Comcast acquired a majority stake in NBCUniversal from General Electric a little more than a year ago said Wednesday that sales at NBUniversal theme parks rose 4 percent during the final three months of 2011, propelled by higher per-guest spending at Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood.

Combined revenue at NBCUniversal’s theme-parks business, which includes licensing fees from overseas parks inJapanandSingapore, totaled $498 million for the quarter, up from $478 million during the same period a year ago. That capped a year in which theme-park revenue surged 24 percent to $2 billion.

“This segment had a terrific year,” Comcast Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer Michael Angelakis said during a conference call with analysts.

NBCUniversal earlier this year announced plans to build a second Harry Potter attraction in California and expand The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Orlando Resort, though details remain vague.

For more information on the latest Universal tickets available in Orlando visit Orlando Attraction Tickets.




7th February – Last chance to catch ‘old’ Spider-Man ride

For all you old school’ers out there that still get dizzy on the nostalgia when you think about that awesome time when you rode The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man ride at Universals Island’s of Adventure, I have some sad news…it’s closing! But dont panic, no need to do anything silly…relax…it will be opening up again in March! and the good news is it will be even more awesome – Hurrah!

According to Universal, Tuesday the 7th of February will be the last day of the current edition of the ride which has been thrilling visitors to Marvels Super Hero Island since 1999.

The new version of the ride will of course maintain its original story line where Spidey battles with a variety of super-villains, however its the technology that is getting a re-boot. The new version will add fresh details right down to the threads of Spidey’s costume to greatly enhance the visual experience. Plus the new version will also feature a cameo from Marvel comics legend and Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee.

Among the incoming additions are a new projection system, 4K digital high-def animated picture, new optical glass 3-D glasses and improved lighting.

Some work to the real-life sets that the ride travels through and the queue also will be updated or enhanced, Mark Woodbury, president of Universal Creative, said last week.

“Because it’s a very seamless experience between the film and the surrounding sets, a lot of the surrounding sets had to be redone in order to match the new light qualities of the picture,” he said.

So, Spider-Man fans there is no need to freak out…its all going to be OK! in fact its going to be more than OK, its going to be better with even more Spideyness! Oh and before you say anything…I know,  ‘Spideyness’ isn’t really a word 🙂

For more details of other updates at Universal see our recent post: Universal Updates for 2012

For those of you lucky enough to be travelling when the upgrade has been opened please get in touch and let us know what you thought!




Universal Orlando The Year To Be Here?

As we mentioned on the 19th, today Universal Orlando hosted a webcast detailing why 2012 was “the year to be here”, here being Universal.

Universal didn’t reveal anything we didn’t already know, how they did provide more information on specifics. Here’s the break down

February 2012 – Will see the Blue Man Group launch its new show at Universal, we will also see the mini golf areas open up to the public.

March 2012 – Will see the Amazing Spider-Man ride release its enhanced look and feel, see this video for a glimpse.

Spring 2012 – Will see two new parades at universal called Universal Studios Superstars this parade will feature Spongebob, Dora, Despicable Me and Hop themes plus Lagoon Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular – 100 Years of Movie Memories.


Summer 2012 – Will see the launch of the 3D stimulator, Despicable Me! Minion Mayhem…

 and Wet & wild’s new play area rumoured to have 15 slides & 100 “soakers”.

Universal Orlando Gear Up For New Spider-Man 3D Upgrade

As we reported yesterday Universal Orlando are set to reveal some 2012 announcements at a press conference next week.

Most of the industry believe it will involve more information regarding the upgrade of The Amazing Spider-Man 3D experience at Islands of Adventure and these rumours look to be true going by the pic Universal just posted on their twitter account of a modified Hobgoblin (shown above).

I hope you’ll agree the make over looks really impressive.

Big Announcements Coming From Universal Orlando Next Week But It Wont Be About Jaws

Universal Orlando are set to make some big announcements next week regarding 2012 but it wont include Jaws.

Straight from their facebook page Universal Orlando posted the following

Universal’s facebook followers listed off their hopes and dreams plus any speculation they had heard including a new lagoon show, a parade, a Transformers attraction, a Titanic attraction, and even a JAw’s remake!

We’ll keep you updated as soon as we know more.

Jaws ride closing forever at Universal Orlando

Posted on their facebook page, Universal Orlando confirmed on the 2nd December that their icon attraction “Jaws” would be shutting down after 20 years of loyal service.

Hey fans, we want you to be the first to know… JAWS! and the Amity area will officially close on January 2 to make room for an exciting, NEW, experience we’re planning for you.
We know you love JAWS! and we do too. It has been an amazing attraction and after terrorizing the waters of Amity here at Universal Orlando for 20 years, it’s a VERY important part of our history. So, we’ve got a couple things planned to ensure we always remember and honor it. We know it’s hard to say goodbye, but we can’t express how EXCITED we are about the new, innovative & amazing experience we’re going to be bringing you.
To say this announcement was met with some anger is an understatement, as Universal’s own facebook page shows.
Universal received 977 comments regarding the closure with the majority being unhappy with the decision.
Looks like Universal will have to come up with something pretty special to replace this well loved classic.
You can still catch Jaws at Universal Studios until January 2nd, orlando attraction tickets offers the universal 2 park bonus ticket and the Orlando Flex Ticket which offers unlimited 14 day entry.

Florida Theme Parks At Christmas

Christmas at the Theme Parks is a big deal and the likes of Disney, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld go all out to provide a visual spectacular.

Here is a brief summary of what’s happening at the Theme Park’s over Christmas.

Walt Disney World: Disney offer an amazing array of theme’s and show from Christmas Around the World and the Candlelight Processional at Epcot to the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom, Disney World is generally the king of Christmas shows.

Universal/Islands of Adventure: Islands of Adventure, home to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter has it’s own unique Christmas tale, told in the form of a live presentation of the classic Dr. Seuss tale “The Grinch“.

Next door at Universal Studios, there’s the Macy’s Holiday Parade, complete with authentic balloons, and live performances by Mannheim Steamroller on select nights. The festivities start on December 3.

SeaWorld: If you like your Christmas displays on water then SeaWorld’s Sea of Trees is for you, other popular Christmas shows include Shamu’s Christmas Miracles and the brand-new O Wondrous Night are all provided to get you and your family into the Christmas spirit. You can even ride the Polar Express Experience, which puts you in the classic Tom Hanks movie.

Each night of the Christmas celebration is capped off with a stunning fireworks show. The event runs weekends through December 11, then shifts to every night starting December 17.

Busch Gardens: Outside of Florida,  Busch Gardens in Tampa celebrates the holiday season with a special musical and Christmas ice show. You can even book breakfast with Santa, which includes a family photo as a momento.

Leogland Florida: As we have already reported Legoland Florida which opened in October, will be celebrating the holiday season with its first ever Christmas Bricktacular. One of the highlights is, of course, a giant Lego tree made from green and red bricks. The event starts on December 8.

How to book

Disney attraction tickets are available from Orlando Attraction Tickets from only £223 per adult.*

Universal attraction tickets including the Harry Potter Theme Park are available from OrlandoAttractionTickets.co.uk from only £87 per adult.*

SeaWorld attraction tickets are available from www.orlandoattractiontickets.co.uk from only £73 per adult.*

Busch Garden attraction tickets are available from Orlando Attraction Tickets from only £73 per adult.*

LEGOLAND Florida tickets are available from Orlando Attractions from only £38 per adult.*

*prices are subject to change without notice.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter To Go Worldwide?

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has been nothing short of a phenomenal success for Universal Orlando, not only has it helped close the gap on Disney but has helped revitalised the Theme Park industry with reports of Disney speaking to James Cameron regardin a possible Avatar tie up.

So it comes as no surprise that Universal are considering taking Potter global, and copying the Harry Potter Theme Park in their other parks.

Ron Meyer, Head of NBC’s Universal movie and theme park unit admitted other parks would indeed get the Harry Potter treatment but would not be drawn in to specifics.

For me the obvious choices are Universal Hollywood and Universal Japan.

You can purchase tickets for the Wizarding World of Harry Potterin Orlando by visiting www.orlandoattractiontickets.co.uk, tickets offering entry include Universal 2-Park Bonus Tickets, Universal 3-Park Bonus Ticket, Flex Ticket and Flex Ticket Plus.