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 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 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.
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.”
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
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 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
We also believe that SeaWorld owned Discovery Cove will announce the construction of a new coral or swimming area, to be positioned just to the right of where the dolphin swim takes place…
All of these announcements come on the back of some very interesting news from the Baker Leisure Group who have stated their intention to build a Orlando Thrill Park, the rumored park is billed as 78 acres of roller coasters — some so high an FAA waiver would be required for guests to ride them!! hmmm
“It’s official! Big baby whale born to Katina at SeaWorld Orlando.”
They also followed up with this great youtube video
The Whale in question is SeaWorlds oldest Killer Whale Katina. Vets working at SeaWorld said the sex and name of the baby orca, which is 7-foot long and 350 pounds, will be known later. The Whale is born straight in to controversy as its father is Tilikum, who became infamous as the Killer Whale that drowning its trainer in February this year.