LEGOLAND Florida Offers Sneak Preview

LEGOLAND Florida gave us media types a sneak preview of Florida’s newest theme park, built in Winter Haven it replaces the now defunct Cypress Gardens.

Rumours state the theme park will have 50 rides, on top of shows, lego made models and other interactive attractions .

The press conference took place in the largest of the 3d cinemas which will show 4 films including Bob the Builder. The wooden coaster previously at Cypress Gardens will be rethemed as Coastersaurus.

.LEGOLAND confirmed that the new park will open in October 2011 and a standard annual pass to Legoland will be $99 in the pre-sale, available now. Lifetime pass for $2500.

Flight of the Hippogriff at Islands of Adventure Orlando

The Flight of Hippogriff is a roller coaster at the Islands of Adventure theme park in Orlando, Florida. The ride is located in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter section of the park and is a mild alternative to the lands more extreme rides including Dragon Challenge and Harry Potters Forbidden Journey.

Pass by Hagrid’s hut and follow his instructions as you learn the proper way to approach a Hippogriff, which has the head of a giant eagle and the body of a horse.

Then it’s time to take a “training flight” aboard the Flight of the Hippogriff™, an enchanting family coaster woven from wicker and decorated with fluttering leaves representing feathers. Bow as you approach the ‘real’ Hippogriff, and then you’re spiraling and diving around the pumpkin patch, and swooping past Hagrid’s hut.

Height to ride – At least 3″6

Family friendly coaster

Attraction ticket review – This ride is ok, more for the children really but it was great to see my little boys face when he was riding this.

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey at Islands of Adventure Orlando

Harry Potter and the forbidden journey is an attraction at Islands of Adventure theme park in Orlando, Florida. It is the signature ride at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter area of the theme park, and takes riders through scenes and environments in and around Hogwarts Castle from the various books and films of the Harry Potter series.

Make your way through the familiar classrooms and corridors of Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Then soar above the castle grounds as you join Harry Potter™ and his friends on an unforgettably thrilling adventure, coming face-to-face with magical creatures! This amazing new attraction uses groundbreaking technology (and a little magic) to create a one-of-a-kind ride experience.

Height to ride – At least 4″8

Ride duration – Approx 5:02

Best for – The family

Attraction tickets review – This is just amazing for any Harry Potter fan’s out there this will blow you away. I don’t know how its done but its so real.

Shrek 4-D Universal Studios Orlando

Shrek 4-D (also known as Shrek 3-D, Shrek 4D adventure and Shrek’s never before seen adventure) is a 4D film based at Universal Studio’s Orlando.

Join the world’s favorite big green ogre and his wise-cracking, four-legged sidekick as they take off in hot pursuit. You’ll gallop through a haunted forest, ride on the back of a fire-breathing dragon, and plunge over a churning waterfall in order to save the day.

Height to ride – No height restriction

Ride type – 3D (4D) show, best for the family

Attraction tickets review – This was a really fun experience and the animation was awesome.

Men in Black – Alien attack Universal Studios Orlando

Men in Black: Alien Attack is a spinning, laser shooting dark ride located at Universal Studios Florida themed to the 1997 film, Men in Black.

Wind your way through Men In Black’s top secret underground headquarters, including the break room, the control center, the agents’ locker area and weapons armory. Then board your training vehicle and ride through the streets, taking aim at “the scum of the universe” who have escaped from their intergalactic prison transport.

Height to ride – At least 4″2

Ride Duration – Approx 7:15

Attraction tickets review – This ride is great for people who want a bit of action in their life, you can ride it over and over again and it never get’s old.

E.T the adventure at Universal Studios

E.T Adventure is a dark ride featured at Universal Studios Florida.

Board your flying bicycle and sneak him through the woods – past the police and scientists searching for him. Then take off and fly over the city, past the moon and soar across the stars together. At the end of your journey awaits his magical planet, filled with unforgettable creatures who greet you in song… with E.T. himself there to thank you personally.

Height to ride – 3″4

Ride Duration –  Approx 4:46

Attraction ticket review – This ride is best for kid’s not so exciting for the parents but its great to see your kid’s face light up when they think your actually flying  🙂

How Much Money Does Harry Potter Make Universal Orlando?

Q: How much money does Harry Potter make Universal Orlando?

A: Well some of this question was answered on Friday when Universal Orlando released its quarter 3 results, and what cracking results they are as well, showing that the popularity of Mr Potter was well worth the Universal outlay.

Attendance increased by 36% for the three months ending Sept. 26 to 3.7 million people over the same period last year! and even more importantly visitors to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter couldn’t get enough of wands, broomsticks and butterbeer, as the company stated revenue was up 62% to $364 million. Operating profit more than doubled to $127 million and net profit rocketed to $97 million, a 162% increase.

Plus on Oprah recently JK Rowling spoke the words that Harry Potter fans and Universal Orlando alike had been waiting for… she might not be quite done with the series!!!…. $$$$$

The Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios Orlando

The Simpsons ride is a stimulation ride featured at Universal Studios Orlando.

Ride along with The Simpsons as they visit Krustyland, the low-budget theme park created by famed TV personality and shameless product huckster Krusty the Clown. Is somebody out to sabotage the park? You’ll find out as you join Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie and enter through the carnival-like midway.

Height to ride – 4″0

Ride type – Motion ride

Attraction ticket review – This ride is great for all the family, The Simpsons is so huge now and everyone love’s them, definately worth a go on this ride.

Jaws the ride at Universal Orlando

Jaws is a theme park attraction featured at Universal Studios Florida. The attraction places guests aboard tour boats for what should be a leisurely tour of Amity Harbor, but instead becomes a harrowing chase between the craft and a very determined great white shark.

A giant fin slices through the waves. Your boat begins rocking back and forth. Suddenly he lunges out of the water… row upon row of razor sharp teeth. Everyone thought he’d been destroyed, but now he’s back. And this time, you’re in the water WITH him!

Height to ride at least 4″8

Ride Duration – approx 7:15

Attraction ticket review – This is a very intense jumpy ride, do not take young children on if they won’t like it as I saw a few children crying.

Orlando Thrill Park To Hit International Drive?

As we mentioned briefly in our Theme Parks To Make Major Announcements piece, developers are looking to open a major new Theme park on International Drive.

According to details submitted to the city of Orlando, the new park could have up to 15 high spec rides. One of the more interesting submissions was the designs of a huge, extreme roller coaster with interlocking loops and vertical, “top-hat” drops.

One ride is described as being 425 feet high! The application would require official FAA approval!

The site for the park is thought to be at 5001 Vanguard St. and would cover roughly 77 acres, which will obviously effect the local community, representatives of I-Drive Investors LLC. OTP Group LLC who own the land and have links to the hospitality company Baker Leisure Group said.

“Although we are in the early stages of development, we will eventually generate several thousand jobs during construction and operations,” Jorge Ortega, manager of I-Drive Investors, said in a written statement. “We are reaching out to the community to assure that we have taken all of their concerns into consideration.”