Universal Orlando Confirm Orlando Wizarding World of Harry Potter Extension

Yesterday Universal Studios confirmed that they would be taking the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to Hollywood which of course was a major announcement however within the press conference Universal also confirmed that they would be extending the original Wizarding World in Orlando.

A couple of days ago we reported that Universal  Studio’s was closing its iconic attraction, Jaws. and rumours sprung up about what would replace the water based ride.

Although nothing has been officially confirmed it does appear that the new extension to the Harry Potter Theme Park will replace Jaws.

Now as I’m sure you know, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is situated in Universal’s Islands of Adventure and the Jaws attraction sits proudly in Universal Studios…

One rumour that keeps popping up is a Hogwarts express style transfer to a London based/Diagon alley/Gringott’s bank area! Which sounds amazing.

Universals’ revenues climbed by 9.1% in 2011’s third quarter, to $531 million. Profits rose to $285 million from $252 million in the same period last year. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is one of the main reason’s for this rise, and the interest doesn’t seem to be diminishing.

You can buy tickets to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter by visiting Orlando Attraction Tickets

Universal Studios Confirms Wizarding World Of Harry Potter For Los Angeles

So we all knew it was going to happen, but yesterday Universal Studios confirmed that the next Wizarding World of Harry Potter will open in Los Angeles at Universal Hollywood.

No actual opening date was touted but insiders believe 2015 is a realistic time scale.

Universal Studios Hollywood’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter will mirror the Orlando version and will include the flagship ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey dark ride, and will be housed in a large-scale recreation of Hogwarts Castle. At present its has not been confirmed if other parts of the Florida version , such as its Hogsmeade Village and Olivanders, will be included.

Where the Wizarding World will be situated within Universal Studios Hollywood is also yet to be confirmed. The company will need to find room for the new land on the site, either by removing existing attractions or by expanding into the studio’s backlot area.

Harry Potter’s creator J.K. Rowling, who has  final approval of the designs for the new land and anything Potter related, said of the deal:

“I am delighted that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter has been so popular with fans since the opening in Orlando last year and I am sure that the teams at Universal and Warner Bros. will bring their expertise and attention to detail to Hollywood to make this new experience equally as exciting.”

Ron Meyer, Universal Studios’ President, said:

“This is an incredible moment for Universal Studios and the millions of guests who visit our theme parks. The Harry Potter stories are some of the most powerful of our time and we are honored to expand our Orlando experience and bring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to Hollywood, forever changing family tourism in Los Angeles.”

For more information on visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter visit Orlando Attraction Tickets

Jaws ride closing forever at Universal Orlando

Posted on their facebook page, Universal Orlando confirmed on the 2nd December that their icon attraction “Jaws” would be shutting down after 20 years of loyal service.

Hey fans, we want you to be the first to know… JAWS! and the Amity area will officially close on January 2 to make room for an exciting, NEW, experience we’re planning for you.
We know you love JAWS! and we do too. It has been an amazing attraction and after terrorizing the waters of Amity here at Universal Orlando for 20 years, it’s a VERY important part of our history. So, we’ve got a couple things planned to ensure we always remember and honor it. We know it’s hard to say goodbye, but we can’t express how EXCITED we are about the new, innovative & amazing experience we’re going to be bringing you.
To say this announcement was met with some anger is an understatement, as Universal’s own facebook page shows.
Universal received 977 comments regarding the closure with the majority being unhappy with the decision.
Looks like Universal will have to come up with something pretty special to replace this well loved classic.
You can still catch Jaws at Universal Studios until January 2nd, orlando attraction tickets offers the universal 2 park bonus ticket and the Orlando Flex Ticket which offers unlimited 14 day entry.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Expands To Universal Hollywood

We all thought it would happen but its finally been confirmed that the Harry Potter Theme Park, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be duplicated for the Universal Studios in Los Angeles.

The Harry Potter attraction which opened in Orlando in 2010, has helped attendance at Universal Orlando’s Islands of adventure jump by 40%, Comcast executive vice president Steve Burke said in September.

Rumours are still circulating stating that Los Angeles wont be the last Wizarding World of Harry Potter land to open and further Harry Potter Theme Parks could open in Japan and Singapore.

LEGOLAND Florida Confirm New Water Park

Just a couple of days after we wrote about it and only six weeks after its official grand opening, LEGOLAND® Florida today released details of its first expansion – LEGOLAND Water Park.

Scheduled to open in time for summer 2012, the water park will feature a wave pool, Build-A-Raft lazy river, tube slides, body slides and an interactive water-play structure – DUPLO® Safari.

“We’re very excited to share plans for this amazing new attraction,”

said LEGOLAND Florida General Manager Adrian Jones.

“True to our mission, the water park attraction has been designed for families with children ages 2 to 12 and will add hours of water play to an already full day and move LEGOLAND Florida into a multi-day experience for vacationers.  The additional also adds another great value proposition for our Annual Pass members.”

Key areas of LEGOLAND Water Park attraction include:

  • LEGO Wave Pool – Families can catch a gentle wave or simply cool off in this perfectly sized wave pool where the waves are just big enough for all ages to enjoy
  • Twin Chasers – Friends ride tubes 375 feet down an intertwining pair of enclosed water slides before plunging into a refreshing pool below
  • Splash Out – The thrill seekers of the family can ascend to the tallest point of the water park attraction and choose from one of three unique slides, then speed down a 60-foot drop and “splash out” into the water below
  • Joker Soaker – A fun, interactive playground with various lengths, heights and types of slides that offer something different for every member of the family.  Guests can wade in the surrounding pool and be surprised with a torrential spill from a 300-gallon bucket
  • Build-A-Raft River – Families can imagine, design and build a unique LEGO vessel and set afloat on a maiden voyage around the 1000-foot-long lazy river, set amongst  playful LEGO Friends, flowering vegetation and palm tree
  • DUPLO® Splash Safari – Toddlers will rule at this  water play area with shorter slides and interactive, larger-than-life DUPLO creatures

“This newest attraction is just one of many ways we will continue to evolve LEGOLAND Florida over the next several years,”

said Jones.

“Creating a multi-visit proposition for families adds another dimension to the LEGOLAND Florida offering.  Adding the water park attraction will fulfill this criteria as well as offering a unique attraction in Central Florida.”

Its not clear how the water park will be incorporated in to the current LEGOLAND Florida Tickets but as soon as we find out we’ll let you know.

How Do Disney’s eTickets Work?

eTickets are the future of Theme Park admission and according to sources within the company, soon Disney will only be issuing these attraction vouchers.

Here is the attraction-ticket.info guide to Disney eTickets

  • Once the customer completes the purchase of their required Disney Tickets, they will receive an email containing a Disney voucher.
  • Simply print this off and take it with you.
  • Upon arrival you can pick up your ticket order by presenting the eTicket along with a valid
    Photo ID at one of the Guest Relations or Vacation Planning windows at any of the following parks:
    Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park or the Ticket &
    Transportation Center at the Magic Kingdom Park.
  • The whole process takes literally minutes.

Upon arrival you can pick up your ticket order by presenting the eTicket along with a validPhoto ID at one of the Guest Relations or Vacation Planning windows at any of the following parks:Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park or the Ticket &Transportation Centre at the Magic Kingdom Park.

eTickets are available for the following Orlando Attraction Tickets *subject to change.

Florida Theme Parks At Christmas

Christmas at the Theme Parks is a big deal and the likes of Disney, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld go all out to provide a visual spectacular.

Here is a brief summary of what’s happening at the Theme Park’s over Christmas.

Walt Disney World: Disney offer an amazing array of theme’s and show from Christmas Around the World and the Candlelight Processional at Epcot to the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom, Disney World is generally the king of Christmas shows.

Universal/Islands of Adventure: Islands of Adventure, home to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter has it’s own unique Christmas tale, told in the form of a live presentation of the classic Dr. Seuss tale “The Grinch“.

Next door at Universal Studios, there’s the Macy’s Holiday Parade, complete with authentic balloons, and live performances by Mannheim Steamroller on select nights. The festivities start on December 3.

SeaWorld: If you like your Christmas displays on water then SeaWorld’s Sea of Trees is for you, other popular Christmas shows include Shamu’s Christmas Miracles and the brand-new O Wondrous Night are all provided to get you and your family into the Christmas spirit. You can even ride the Polar Express Experience, which puts you in the classic Tom Hanks movie.

Each night of the Christmas celebration is capped off with a stunning fireworks show. The event runs weekends through December 11, then shifts to every night starting December 17.

Busch Gardens: Outside of Florida,  Busch Gardens in Tampa celebrates the holiday season with a special musical and Christmas ice show. You can even book breakfast with Santa, which includes a family photo as a momento.

Leogland Florida: As we have already reported Legoland Florida which opened in October, will be celebrating the holiday season with its first ever Christmas Bricktacular. One of the highlights is, of course, a giant Lego tree made from green and red bricks. The event starts on December 8.

How to book

Disney attraction tickets are available from Orlando Attraction Tickets from only £223 per adult.*

Universal attraction tickets including the Harry Potter Theme Park are available from OrlandoAttractionTickets.co.uk from only £87 per adult.*

SeaWorld attraction tickets are available from www.orlandoattractiontickets.co.uk from only £73 per adult.*

Busch Garden attraction tickets are available from Orlando Attraction Tickets from only £73 per adult.*

LEGOLAND Florida tickets are available from Orlando Attractions from only £38 per adult.*

*prices are subject to change without notice.

5 Reasons Why You Must Visit LEGOLAND Florida

LEGOLAND Florida opened it’s gates to the public on the 15th October 2011 on the old Cypress Grove resort about 30 mins outside of Orlando.

Florida is known worldwide as the home of Theme Parks and houses some of the most famous attractions in the World including The Harry Potter Theme Park (The Wizarding World of Harry Potter) and Walt Disney‘s numerous theme parks, so why should holiday makers bother with Florida’s latest arrival.

5 Reasons Why You Must Visit LEGOLAND Florida

  1. The Dragon Roller Coaster – all theme parks need a coaster, and LEGOLAND’s coaster offers fun, thrill’s and entertainment.
  2. Driving School – Your kids will love “learning” to drive! Shame us Adults can’t give it a whirl…. hint, hint…
  3. Granny’s Applefries – LEGOLAND Florida’s signiture dish is slices of granny smith apple’s coated in a flour mixture before being deep fried and dusted with cinnamon sugar and served with whipped cream. Yummy!!!!
  4. LEGOLAND Model’s – These mini bits of art are a snap happy persons dream. Unique to LEGOLAND Florida are LEGO brick models of various home-state cities and sites like Miami Beach, the Kennedy Space Station, the Daytona International Speedway, and Key West.
  5. The Battle for Brickbeard’s Bounty – LEGOLAND’s live ski show. Water-Skiing lego figures battle in spectacular and amazing show which will get you wet and will have you laughing in your seats. A must see…

Oh and a 6th reason will be added soon when LEGOLAND Florida open their own water park….

How to book

LEGOLAND Florida offer’s 2 ticket types, a 1 day admission ticket and a 2 day admission ticket.

To book visit www.orlandoattractiontickets.co.uk

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Review

A review of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
My family and I recently visited Central Florida for the 10th time. We own a villa on Westhaven. This time my husband, eldest daughter Lindsey, her boyfriend James and myself were joined for a few days by our American friends from Pennsylvania Rick, Kelly and their 14 year old son Alex. Alex and I had a play date of long standing – to go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure. We were all looking forward to going as both Lindsey and I have read all the books and everyone has seen the films – Rick and Alex had had a Harry Potter film marathon in preparation for the visit to get Rick up to speed and we’d looked at info on the web. Plus we’d see the castle under construction on our last visit 18 months previously.
People said we should get there early and not go on a weekend as locals with Annual Passes tend to go then and it makes Islands of Adventure extra busy. So we decided to go on a Monday while American children were still in school. We were a little dismayed to learn that the park was opening at 8.00am as we have a 30 minute drive from the villa and you need to allow time to walk through City Walk to the park. So we decided that we had to be on the road by 6.45am. It wasn’t too bad as we were still waking early having not fully adjusted to American time and it was nice and cool.
We arrived at the rope at 7.40am and were quite surprised that people were going in – we found out that Universal hotel guests can enter the park at 7.00am. However, the crowd was not very big and we were walked around the park by staff at about 7.50 to the entrance to the HP section. We were told not to run but we have to confess to speed walking along with everyone else!!
We joined the queue for The Forbidden Journey. All bags etc need to be placed in a locker prior to joining the queue. Be advised to do this ride first as it gets really really busy – also if you buy a wand ($30) this will not fit in the locker and you can’t take it on the ride. The queue winds around the greenhouse and then into the castle. There was no queue once we were inside which meant that we walked through quite fast which was a pity as there was was so much to see – the attention to detail is brilliant. I wanted to stop and look at the portraits and there’s a hologram presentation with HarryRon and Hermione which is really good plus Dumbledore who tells you what’s happening too.  The ride itself is a very clever simulator. You sit on a bench type seat with overhead restraints which divide you from the 3 others on your bench so you can’t see each other. It’s not a typical simulator pod thing like The Simpsons or Star Tours or even Spiderman. The bench is attached to an arm so it can swing and tilt as you fly after Harry and the others on your adventure. If you really don’t like queueing, you could do the ride by joining the single rider line as you don’t see your friends when riding anyway and the single rider line moves very fast. You meet many characters from the film on the journey including Malfoy, Hagrid, the dragon, the dementors and the spiders!! We all really enjoyed it and thought it was very clever. I am prone to motion  sickness and it did make me feel a little dizzy but definitely worth it!
We then queued for Olivanders Wand Shop – this was another 45 minute wait. We sent Nigel, Rick and Kelly off to get butter beer from the carts – this took about 30 minutes and we fund out from the people behind us in the queue that it’s a lot quicker to get it in The Hogs Head Pub. Butter beer comes in 2 varieties – soda and slush. The soda is very very sweet and clear with a head on it. The slush is more creamy with a head on it. It’s kind of butterscotchy. We all preferred the slush and really enjoyed it. If you buy a souvenir cup then you can use this later for any soda for 79c – you can also take it to Universal (as we did the next day) with the same deal which we thought was good value.
There is a 5 minute presentation in Olivanders which is fun. Lindsey was picked to be the young wizard shopping for a wand – much to her surprise as she’s 23!! Won’t tell you any more as it will spoil it. You then go into the shop which is fun as they have an owl post section. There’s a marauder map and a very vicious book that bites! From here we went across the street to the sweet shop. The chocolate frogs are enormous and very good. There are the different flavoured beans and lots of other goodies. The queue to pay at the till was enormous but we found another till at the back to the shop (end furthest away from the castle) with no queue.  The joke shop is also fun with the sneakascope and the extending ear!!  We then left the shops and headed over to the Howarts Express for a photo with the very friendly guard. It was about 10.15am at this point and we caught the clock tower chiming the quarter hour which is fun to see.
Then it was off to do Dragon Challenge. This was formerly Duelling Dragons which has a new name and has had a slight makeover. Short queue. It does a couple of 360o turns, corkscrews etc and 2 coasters race each other – good fun. It’s worth having a look at the Ford Anglia and Hagrid’s cottage at the end of the ride.
Can’t report on the Hypogriff coaster as it’s more for weenies which we are not. Again it’s a remake of a coaster that was there already with a new  hypogriffe front put on it.
As we were leaving through Jurassic Park – the only way into the HP section – we were told that if we wished to return we would need a card with a time slot on it.  The queue to go into the section was huge, the queue for The Forbidden Journey was over 2 hours and over an hour for Olivanders. Would I queue 2 hours for Forbidden Journey –  guess I would have because that was the purpose of us going to I of A but would I have been pleased – no, would it have been worth it – personally I don’t think any ride is worth a 2 hour wait.
So to sum up here are my tips:

1. Arrive at park before opening time (currently opening at 8.00am) Allow time to park car and walk through City Walk to park.
2. Ride the Forbidden Journey first – don’t forget you have to put all bags etc into a locker.
3. Queue for Ollivanders Wand Shop next. Send someone to get Butter beer -it’s quicker to get it from the Hogshead Pub than from the carts.If you buy a souvenir cup you can have this refilled as many times as you wish with regular sodas both in I of A and in Universal on any day you are there.
4. In sweet shop don’t pay at front till (nearest castle entrance) in a huge queue – there are 2 more tills at the rear of the shop.
5. Have photo in front of Hogwarts Express with friendly guard.
6. Watch clock tower on quarters past and to the hour!!
7. Go to Dragons and Hyppogrif (Latter is for children and young at heart)
8. Look at queue for Forbidden Journey which will probably be around 2 hours and breathe a sigh of relief that you are not in it.
9. Leave HP section of park, resist any urge to return later unless in the evening!!!

Disney’s 14 Days For The Price of 7 2012 Ends Soon

Disney’s year old promotion “14 days for the price of 7” for 2012 runs out on the 30th November 2011.

This great offer that has seen Disney remain the dominant Theme Park in the U.S. has proved to be a fan favourite and we urge all readers looking to visit Disney in 2012 to book now to avoid disappointment.

What’s Included?

Disney’s Ultimate Ticket, perfect for a 2-week holiday.

14 days of unlimited admission with the freedom to visit more than one theme park or attraction on the same day.

For ALL of the following:

  • Magic Kingdom Park
  • Epcot
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park*
  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park*
  • Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course
  • Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex**
  • DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park

Disney’s Ultimate Ticket expires 14 days from first day of use.
Gives you the freedom to visit more than one Theme Park or attraction on the same day.

2012 tickets may not be used at all after January 13, 2013.

Parking is not included.

How to book

To take advantage of this great offer and to secure with just a 25% deposit visit www.orlandoattractiontickets.co.uk