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.”

Hate Cheetah Hunt Name, Prefer Cheetaka? Well Tell Busch Gardens

NB: Guest post from blogger James Thomas

Hi all,

Yesterday Busch Gardens announced their new 3 launch roller coaster Cheetah Hunt, the new ride due to open in Spring 2011,features 3, 0-60 mph seperate launches during the ride and initial videos and descriptions have got people salivating at the prospect.

The launch of this new ride was one of the worst kept secrets in launch history, it felt like we all new ever detail of this ride including  the name Cheetaka or did we….

In the end it appears Busch Gardens got one over on the internet and used Cheetaka as a spoof or working name while actually keeping the real name (Cheetah Hunt) safe for the official launch.

However the great PR has not stopped as an online petition has began to try and convince Busch Gardens to switch the name to Cheetaka. You can sign the petition here

I imagine the petition has sighted the recent success of the online petition that convince Gap to shelve plans to alter their logo.

Some cynics (well me) have come up with the crazy concept that perhaps this is a double bluff by Busch Gardens to drum up further PR for their new ride, if it is, I applaud your marketing team!

What do you think?

Is their much in a name?



NB: Guest post from blogger James Thomas

Discovery Cove Announces New Grand Reef

Discovery Cove have today announced the building of their Grand Reef expected to be opened in June 2011, the new reef will combine a white-sand beach, palm-lined island and underwater grottos filled with moray eels, reef sharks and schools of other tropical fish. Additions to the premium theme park will range from snorkeling with eagle rays to crossing a rope bridge over a shark-filled lagoon.

But the most significant addition will be an underwater walking tour that has been dubbed “SeaVenture,” in which guests will be able to walk along submerged paths while breathing through hoses that rise to the surface. The experience will include views of lion fish and sharks through panoramic windows.

Busch Gardens Unveils New Coaster Cheetah Hunt

Busch Gardens have finally announced the worst kept secret in theme park land, that they are indeed launching a new coaster due to open this spring.

Dubbed “Cheetah Hunt” it will represent the first ever launch coaster at Busch Gardens and will accelerate riders from 0-60 at breath taking speed three separate times during the ride. It will have three separate launch points throughout the ride and a 130-foot initial drop, and may pass over the linked animal encounter named “Cheetah run” it will also pass through a manmade canyon.

It appears that the initial name of Cheetaka has been shelved, which is a shame cos I believe its a lot catchier than Cheetah Hunt.

Launches: Launch 1: 30 mph, Launch 2: 60 mph, Launch 3: 40 mph
Track Length: 4,429 feet – more than three-quarters of a mile
Maximum Speed: 60 mph
Maximum Force: 4G
Height: 102 feet
Ride Duration: Three and a half minutes with loading and unloading, about one minute of ride time.
Vehicle: five trains, 16 passengers per train
Guest Capacity: 1,370 guests per hour
Height requirement: 48 inches