OAT Live – The Review Of Volcano Bay

Hey Thrill Seekers,

With Gavin just back from Orlando Abby took the opportunity to sit down with him and pick his brains over the Universal’s new water theme park, Volcano Bay.

Gavin visited Volcano Bay 5 times so his review is brutally honest at times. If you’re heading to Orlando this year its  a must watch.

The Universal 3 Park Explorer ticket offers 14 days unlimited access to Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and Volcano Bay and can be pre-purchased directly from Orlando Attraction Tickets.

Smiles included…

Jamie

Disney Water Parks To Introduce Virtual Queues

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Virtual queuing… haven’t we written about this already!? Yup hot on the heels of Universal confirming virtual queuing at Volcano Bay and Race Through New York starring Jimmy Fallon, Disney will also be using the system at Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach.

What?

Virtual queuing is an in park system that selects a time for you to ride an attraction, so instead of standing and queuing you return to the attraction at agreed time. This allows you to enjoy the rest of the park while you wait.

Virtual queuing  is different to Disney’s FastPass+ system as you can’t pre-book virtual queues.

Where?

We are lead to believe that testing for the virtual system has already begun at both Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard beach with Typhoons newest attraction Miss Adventure Falls being one of the rides being used along with Summit Plummet, Slush Gusher and Double Dipper at Blizzard Beach.

Anything that cuts down physical queuing is well received by us. It looks like virtual queuing could be the new buzz item at parks.

Smiles included…

Jamie

 

Universal Confirm Wet N’ Wild Site To Become A Hotel

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Now you know me, I’m not one to say I told you so but…back in 2015 I totally told you!

Here’s the article I’m referring to  scroll done to the bottom of the page and you’ll note my prediction in bold!

Yep its official Universal have filed documents with Orlando City confirming that they are looking to add 4000 rooms to the site formally known as Wet n’ Wild.

The Orlando Sentinel which makes a habit of breaking these types of stories has confirmed that within the filing Universal entered a master-plan framework for the area however Universal have revealed little else, no name, not theming. As reported widely a sketch was also provided with the filing which shows three parking structures and shows that Universal require a part of a street, Precision Drive, vacated.

Two things that immediately spring to mind upon looking at these plans, firstly are Universal actually building two hotels? Secondly, how will Universal get visitors from the new hotel(s) to the parks?

We’ll continue to update.

Smiles included…

Jamie

 

Miss Adventure Falls Has Opened And The Reviews Are In

Hey Thrill Seekers,

So as you may or may not know, Miss Adventure Falls finally opened at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon on the 12th March 2017, the first new attraction since Crush n’ Gusher in 2005,  but what are people’s thoughts on it so far?

We all know that a new attraction is like THE best thing to ever happen in the theme park world, but are we ever disappointed in them? By the sounds of things, Miss Adventure Falls is a massive hit!

Like no other ride at Typhoon Lagoon, Miss Adventure Falls is 2 minute’s long with a conveyor belt that takes you in your raft up to the top. Everyone has got to be happy about this, surely?! Not trecking up all the steps, raft in arm, in the scorching sun.

As it’s a 4 person raft, it is definitely a family ride and with no height limit it’s not going to be as thrilling as Crush ‘n’ Gusher.

From reviews we’ve been receiving although you could fit 4 people in, some people have said 3 was rather ‘snug’. Everyone is different shapes and sizes so who knows how many people you could squeeze in!

Disney always have a story behind every attraction and this one is so interesting! It brings to life, the story of Captain Mary Oceaneer who’s a treasure hunting heroine that got stranded at Typhoon Lagoon with her pet parrot, Duncan in a rogue storm years and years ago.

The raft you ride in, is your treasure raft that takes you on their adventure. You’ll go up past the Captains wrecked ship where she will be sitting with her parrot. This is the first of its kind at a Disney water park as the parrot is an animatronic animal so he will talk to you about how he is still hunting for treasure to this day!

Going through the queue and you will see the story briefly written on signs letting you know what you’re about to venture into! The conveyor belt is a high capacity system aiming to keep queue times shorter. So far the longest it’s been recorded at is 5 minutes!

Steven from Glasgow said;

It’s great fun, longer than expected, I loved the theming and although billed as a family ride, was still quite thrilling.

Scott from London said;

the ride was effortless – pure laziness is all that is required and what more could you ask for at a water park.

Janet from Cornwall said;

my daughter doesn’t usually like water parks as she’s not a strong swimmer so is always too scared to go on any of the rides but Miss Adventure Falls is perfect for her and now she wants to go on all of them!

Through the first couple of days, there were a few delays due to some of the rafts being abandoned at the bottom but this is all part of opening new attractions! You can see what works and what doesn’t and if it doesn’t, change it. I’m sure it won’t be long before Disney are up to full speed with this attraction and making sure everything runs smoothly.

Finally, there has been a lot of talk about Miss Adventure Falls replacing Shark Reef. This is not true guys!! Miss Adventure Falls is in a different spot to Shark Reef however Shark Reef has sadly closed! 🙁

If you haven’t already, take a look at Miss Adventure Falls here:

Have you experienced Miss Adventure Falls yet? What did you think?

Smiles Included…

Louise

 

Universal drop parking prices after 6.00pm

Hey Thrill Seekers,

We know as well as you do that parking at the theme parks can be a nightmare sometimes. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment realised that offering free parking with selected tickets would help them out and it seems Universal are doing their best to keep up now.

They have announced that if you arrive after 6.00pm you will no longer need to pay any parking charges. If you arrive before 6.00pm, you will still have to pay for your days parking i’m afraid  🙁

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With Universal CityWalk growing immensely, free parking after 6.00pm will make accessing CityWalk so much easier for guests. Universal CityWalk has a large variety of entertainment and restaurants making it a great place to spend your evening!

Parking at Universal covers access for guests visiting Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, CityWalk and soon to be Volcano Bay so this is going to make a lot of guests extremely happy!

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One event that won’t be included within this free, evening parking is going to be Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights 🙁

Disney Springs has free parking so maybe this is why Universal have made these changes? Disney Springs is one of their largest competitors when it comes to evening entertainment, especially for tourists. Hopefully we will see some further changes across the board when it comes to parking!

Smiles Included…

Louise

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Do You Really Mean All The Parks?

Hey Thrill Seekers,

A lot of our customers ask for a ticket that includes ‘all of the parks’ without realising how many parks there actually are. Ticket purchasing can become quite complicated when you aren’t aware of all the parks and attractions, especially if you’re a first timer. We have ‘The Big Three’, Disney, Universal and SeaWorld but there is so much more!

Let’s take a look at the big three first.

Walt Disney World actually consists of 6 parks in total, 4 theme parks, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and 2 water parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. All of our Disney tickets include all 6 of these parks, we do not offer single day or single park tickets.

Disney’s Magic Kingdom is the park to explore lands of endless enchantment, where your fantasy becomes a reality. 

Disney’s Epcot allows you to travel around the globe, under the sea, into outer space…and beyond!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom will amaze you, behold the magic of nature with rare animals and world-class entertainment.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios puts you smack bang in the middle of the action, take center stage in the world of movies, television, music and theater.

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon is a storm ravaged tropical bay while Disney’s Blizzard Beach is a melting ski resort.

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Moving onto Universal now with their 2 theme parks, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. These 2 parks are joint together using The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the Hogwarts Express. You must have a hopper ticket to ride the Hogwarts Express, which is of course, what we offer! 🙂

Tip: Ride the Hogwarts Express both ways to encounter two completely different experiences. 😉

Universal Studios is where you can jump into the action of your favourite movies and TV shows’. At the back of the park you will find yourself in Diagon Alley.

Universal’s Islands of Adventure is where you can live the adventure. Towards the back of this park you will be in Hogsmeade.

Universal’s Volcano Bay is the newest park which is due to open on the 1st June 2017. Water is life. Life is joy. 

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SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment have a total of 4 parks including SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Discovery Cove.

SeaWorld Orlando has a mixture of thrill rides, family rides and animal interactions. SeaWorld rescue a lot of animals from the wild to treat them and then release them back into the wild.

Aquatica is SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment’s water park which is themed to the Southern Pacific and features Australian and New Zealand mascots that you can spot relating to each attraction.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is about an hour out of Orlando but so worth the journey! The 19th century African themed park is also, like SeaWorld, a mixture of the thrill and family rides as well as the animal encounters. All of the SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is suitable for all the family.

Tip: We offer these parks at an amazing 3 parks for the price of 2 offer which entails free parking!

Discovery Cove is an amusement park where guests can completely relax with an all inclusive day and have the choice to ‘talk, touch, play and swim with bottlenose dolphins’.

There are 2 Discovery Cove packages available, 1 including 14 days into SeaWorld and Aquatica and our Ultimate package including 14 days into SeaWorld, Aquatica and Busch Gardens.

Tip: You can make the most of the free parking with our Ultimate Package as well. 😉

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LEGOLAND Florida & Merlin Attractions is next up. LEGOLAND Florida has their theme park and their water park – great fun for all the family. As well as Legoland, Merlin also have I-Drive 360 which is made up of The Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds and SEALIFE Orlando.

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We offer a number of different ticket options for these attractions, so if you don’t necessarily want to visit all of them, you can take your pick!

If you’re looking to visit some of Florida’s more alternative attractions, you won’t be at a loose end as there are so many options!

Kennedy Space Center

Fun Spot

Gatorland

Boggy Creek – 30 minute

Boggy Creek – 1 hour

WonderWorks

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So if you were stuck for ideas, I hope you’re not anymore! All of these attractions are available on our website and any questions you have, you can contact us to find out more!

Smiles Included…

Louise

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Top 10 Orlando Attractions 2016

Hey Thrill Seekers,

We’ve seen the top 5 attractions in each park and now it’s the big one, the top 10 attractions in Orlando overall.

1st Place: Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts – Universal Studios.

2nd Place: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey – Islands of Adventure.

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3rd Place: Expedition Everest – Animal Kingdom.

4th Place: Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster – Hollywood Studios.

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5th Place: Soarin’ – Epcot.

6th Place: Crush ‘n’ Gusher – Typhoon Lagoon.

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7th Place (joint): Summit Plummet – Blizzard Beach & Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – Magic Kingdom.

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8th Place: Hard Rock Cafe – Universal City Walk.

9th Place: Manta – SeaWorld

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10th Place: Falcons Fury – Busch Gardens

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So it is clear to see that the Harry Potter attractions are extremely popular amongst our thrill seekers and why wouldn’t they be, they really are incredible.

With the opening of Volcano Bay next year I wonder how different this list will look at the end of 2017?! If you’re heading out to visit the parks don’t forget to leave your feedback and vote for your fave attractions!!

Smiles Included,

Jess
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Typhoon Lagoon’s Top Attractions 2016

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Typhoon Lagoon is a fabulous water park and your favourite attraction?

Crush ‘n’ Gusher

This 400 foot long wild raft ride will see you visit an abandoned fruit-processing plant where fruit used to be washed before the huge typhoon. Powerful jets will launch you up hills and lead you into sudden dips and hairpins.

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There’s 3 “fruit chutes” to choose from and you can go in pairs or brave it alone, there’s the Pineapple Plunger, Coconut Crusher or Banana Blaster.

This is a thrilling water slide with loads of surprises along the way and my tip is to try and keep your balance at the end to see how far you can ‘skim’ across Hideaway Bay! Definitely a good choice for first place.

Second Place: Surf Pool – Who doesn’t love a wave pool? Typhoon Lagoon have gone one up with their waves which reach up to 6 foot!

Third Place: Castaway Creek – Lazy rivers are pretty popular and Castaway Creek does not disappoint. This is a pretty serene experience as you let the current lead you through the mystical river, you can choose to float along using a inner tube or paddle! There’s cool mists, waterfalls and amazing rainforest landscapes throughout the journey.

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Fourth Place: Shark Reef – This attraction allows guests the once in a lifetime chance to swim amongst some cool sea-life such as sharks and rays! Sadly this attraction closed in October this year.

Fifth Place: Storm Slides – Choose from one of 3 slides, each one will take you on a different adventure so I would recommend doing all 3 if you get the chance!

Smiles Included,

Jess

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Blizzard Beach Top Attractions 2016

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Topping the Blizzard Beach charts and coming in at the highest it’s the highly popular (if you haven’t guessed it already) Summit Plummet.

The 120 foot tall ride is one of Orlando’s most extreme attractions, as you fly down the almost vertical slope you’ll be able to see over the whole park – that’s if you’re brave enough to keep your eyes open!!

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Second Place: Teamboat Springs – This is a great family slide and fits up to 6 people. Its a fun packed 1,200 foot slide consisting of spins, twists and lots of splashes.

Third Place: Toboggan Racers – As you zoom head first from the top to the bottom of Mount Gushmore be prepared to catch some air as you lift off with every dip, will you be the winner?

Fourth Place: Runoff Rapids – There are three slides to choose from with each one being a totally different experience. One slide is a dark, fully enclosed trip to the bottom, the other two will see you hop in to a inner tube finding yourself weaving over and under the centre slide.

Fifth Place: Downhill Double Dipper – The perfect ride for any competitive person! You’ll almost be able to touch the tension as you and your opponent anticipate the start of the race. You’ll reach huge speeds before plunging into the water at the end. What’s cooler is that your time will be displayed on overhead digital stop clocks.

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Again all you thrill seekers have proved how hardcore you are by voting Summit Plummet as the top attraction in Blizzard Beach. The free-fall, ski jump slide is not one for the faint hearted as you reach mega speeds, zoom through a dark tunnel finally landing in a huge spray of whitewater.

This is a awesome slide and a worthy winner.

Smiles Included…

Jess
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Wet ‘n Wild’s Top Attraction 2016

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Wet ‘n Wild is sadly closing permanently on the 31st December 2016 so this will be the last time the top attractions at this park will be voted for. 🙁

Thrill seekers have voted Aqua Drag Racer as the top attraction for 2016.  This is the tallest and fastest ride of its kind in Florida! It is a four lane slide which really brings our your competitive side.

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You will take this slide on head first over 360 feet of twisting and turning track and standing at 65 feet tall you can only imagine the kind of speeds you will pick up along the way!

Second Place: Brain Wash“A mind-altering trip down a 53-foot vertical drop into a domed funnel.”

Third Place: Disco H2O – This is like a water slide inside a night club, a great, upbeat slide!

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Fourth Place: The Storm – There is no raft or mat needed on this one.. you’ll spin around countless times before shooting into the pool below.

Fifth Place: Bomb Bay – This is a scary but absolute must do drop slide!!

Smiles Included,

Jess

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