Making its return….A celebration of Harry Potter 2017

Hey Thrill Seeking Muggles,

So for all you Potterheads, if you haven’t heard already the 4th annual “A celebration of Harry Potter” dates for 2017 have been confirmed. The 3 day magical event will be starting on the 27th January 2017 and ending on the 29th January 2017. So gather round wizards and witches.

This weekend-long experience is full of fantastic events including a film talent Q&A, demonstrations, exhibits and more.

Universal hasn’t released a schedule or confirmed which movie personalities will show, but it looks like a packed line-up. You may even need a Time Turner to do it all.

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Entry into this amazing event is included within your Universal tickets purchased directly with Orlando Attraction Tickets, but activites are often on a first come first served basis.

If this isn’t enough to get your Potter fix, you can upgrade to one of the event vacation packages. This way you can attend even more activities throughout A Celebration of Harry Potter. Universal offer a range of packages which will have you all Pottered out.

Spells included

Kelly

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Universal Orlando Launches Park Wide Free WiFi

Hey Thrill Seekers,

For us here at Orlando Attraction Tickets free WiFi in theme parks is a no brainer. So much so that we wrote this post back in December pushing the advantages of free WiFi.

We are delighted to hear that today Universal Orlando have announced that their parks now offer free XFINITY WiFi, so now you can post that picture straight to instagram of you messed up roller coaster hair or use a messaging service to rendezvous with a friend at both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure without impact your data plan!

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On top of this, although not available in the UK yet, Universal also announced they were launching their own app. Which they state will not only enhance guests visits but also offers first in the industry GPS leveraging allowing visitors to navigate around the park quickly and easily. It will also feature ride wait times which we believe is only available if you’re inside the park.

Here’s the video announcement;

Here’s what the app can do;

  • Check ride, show and attraction wait times when you’re inside the parks
  • Explore the parks using detailed maps and photo navigation with the “Guide Me” feature
  • Customize your park experience using filtered lists and the map to plan your day
  • Create your own favorites list
  • Stay up-to-date with in-park notifications
  • Discover hidden surprises throughout the parks

I would imagine that this is the first incarnation of the app and over the coming months we’ll see this evolve into a more innovative platform.

Smiles included…

Jamie

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Universal Studios Hollywood To Add Fast & Furious Supercharged Ride

Hey Thrill Seekers,

One of the major advantages of our new brand Theme Park Tickets Direct is being able to write about other parks around the World. For todays post we don’t actually have to travel that far, its a simple trip to the west coast of America to visit Universal Studios Hollywood where hot on the official release of their Despicable Me Minion Mayhem attraction they confirmed the addition of a new attraction.

Fast & Furious Supercharged is being described as a 3D-HD thrill ride, based around the hugely popular movie franchise The Fast and the Furious, visitors will go undercover in to the underground world of street racing where their identity will be revealed which leads to a daring escape.

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The attraction itself will be hydraulic motion-based and will include special effects, state-of-the-art 3D audio system, and 3D imagery projected onto a 400 foot long 360-degree screen which will encircle Studio Tour guests in a newly-constructed 50,000-square-foot structure on the backlot. The screen will feature 18 4K projectors.

Mark Woodbury, President of Universal Creative said;

We’ve embarked on a new medium of immersive entertainment that brings to life the characters, hyper-realistic action adventure and custom-made effects to transport guests into the exciting world of Fast & Furious,

Our collaboration with Universal Pictures to bring this franchise to life through epic storytelling and technological breakthroughs continues to be a hallmark of Universal Studios Hollywood.

The new attraction isn’t a stand alone ride but rather an addition to the backlot tram tour. The main draw of this ride apart from the link to the movie franchise is the final sequences which are said to involve a street race where guests will feel like they are hitting speeds of 120mph!

Here at Theme Park Tickets Direct we’re currently in talks to add Universal Studios Hollywood to our portfolio of tickets. Once we’ve completed these negotiations we’ll let you know 🙂

Tickets with a twist…

Thomas

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