Hi Thrill Seekers,
March seems to have flown by and we’re nose diving into April, traditionally a very busy month in the World of attraction tickets. This is my third post in my monthly series (is it a series?) where I take a retrospective look at how the previous month went, what we got up too and what has happened within the industry.
For us March was pretty busy, as we’ve now revealed we’d been working behind the scene’s to breathe some new life into an old brand, Theme Park Tickets Direct. TPTD is bit of a pet project of mine, it has connections to a very rich history which I explain more about in this post – Why we decided to buy theme park tickets direct
TPTD took up a lot of my time in March as we looked to re-launch a brand with a different focus than Orlando Attraction Tickets, this site also represents our first attempt at a responsive design (works on all devices), I’m pretty proud of what the team has achieved and I’m looking forward to being able to offer more product to different destinations.
Orlando Attraction Tickets had a good steady March, no records broken this time but with a later April we always thought it was going to be difficult to outdo March 2013. We matched last year and as I’ve told the team I think thats a massive achievement. In the first quarter of 2014 we’re up in sales and revenue compared to the same time last year.
Reviews of our service continue to be strong and we’ve maintained our excellent 9.6 out of 10 based on 452 reviews. The reviews are collected independently by trustpilot and can be viewed online here. Delivery times remained slightly quicker than are published shipment rate at an impressive average of 5-7 days.
At the Theme Parks
March was all about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a couple of the guys here were lucky enough to be invited to Universal’s media evening where additional details including the length of the journey were revealed. I’m slightly bias of course, but I think our post about the event is pretty good, read it here and I defy you not to get excited about the prospect.
SeaWorld and Universal both released 2015 rates, which are live to book on Orlando Attraction Tickets.
Around the same time Universal confirmed Halloween Horror Nights will take place this year and confirmed dates and pricing. SeaWorld also put Dine with Shamu back on sale and this has been selling really well.
Disney confirmed that My Magic Plus was now available to guests staying off site and I’m really excited about hearing feedback from our customers about the whole experience. Just to note, all out Disney tickets are My Magic Plus enabled.
Busch Gardens confirmed some details about Pantopia mostly centered around a Bacon Pretzel Fury! Falcon’s Fury one of the most anticipated rides of 2014 is set to open on May 1st… I’ve been subtly begging Busch Gardens to be one of the first to ride it… they aren’t getting the hint 🙁
What about April
Well we’re only 4 days in but it feels like its going to be a busy one with a lot of last minute bookings. I think we’ve managed our stock well enough to be ready and willing to get our customers their tickets in time.
We’re working on a few things behind the scenes including some new product which I’m sure Jamie for OAT and Thomas for TPTD will keep you informed about.
Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next month,