Universal Studios is closing Terminator 2 3D

Hey Thrill Seekers!

Universal are always making every effort to upgrade and better their parks. Be it upgrading existing attractions or replacing them they’re always looking forward.

Terminator 2 3D: Battle across Time is the second oldest attraction (after E.T Adventure and various stage shows) at Universal Studios and appears to be the next attraction on Universals list of closures as they have confirmed today that the 8th October will be the last day that guests can experience the 21 year old show.

What will replace Terminator 2 3D do we think? Universal haven’t officially confirmed anything however there are various hints towards an “all-new live-action experience based on a high-energy Universal franchise,” which will open in 2019.

Terminator 2: 3-D at Universal Studios Florida will run its last shows on Sunday, October 8 to make way for an all-new live action experience based on a high-energy Universal franchise. It will open in 2019. This is one of many exciting new experiences coming to Universal Orlando Resort as we continue our epic growth. Stay tuned – more details will be released soon.

When Battle across Time first debuted in April 1996 (it’s the same age as me!!)  it  was instantly one of Universal’s biggest hits. It’s popularity has got to be down to the combination of live actors, audio animatronics, 3D film footage and practical effects there is also the infamous ‘seat drop’.

It will be sure to be a sad goodbye to a long standing ride but it’s always exciting knowing that there is going to be something new in its place!!

Terminator 2 3D: Battle across Time closes on October 8 2017.

Are you sad to hear of its closure or excited for what’s to come?!

Smiles Included

Abby

Universal Orlando Confirm Final 4 Houses For HHN27

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You wait for one Halloween Horror Nights house to be released and then four come along at once…

Yep Universal have today confirmed the final 4 houses for this years HHN27. Lets see what Universal have to say about them…

Scarecrow: The Reaping

Since the great dustbowl, an abandoned farmhouse stands in Nebraska. The bountiful fields ravaged by the farmers’ plows have spurred anger in the Land. Scarecrow guardians have risen from the blood soaked soil to seek revenge. The harvest that will be reaped this season is you.

HIVE

We’re huge fans of those little-known 1980s horror movies, and we wanted to make you feel as if you’re in those movies. The story takes everything that is sexy, beautiful or cool about vampires and flushes it down the toilet. These Nosferatu are nasty, animalistic, and vicious. It’s the type of house that will make you cling to your date all the way to the exit…if you make it that far.

Dead Waters

We have had houses that later became scare zones in the streets of Universal Studios Florida. This is one of the first times, in recent memory, that a scare zone has influenced a house. For Halloween Horror Nights 24, we had the Bayou of Blood scare zone. It was so strong in character and story that we had to revisit its story again.
We’re excited to have you explore the Dead Waters of the Voodoo Queen and her hellish realm. Trust me…you’ll freak out when you see the half sunken riverboat and the skeletal remains of her victims close in.

The Fallen

It’s the ancient battle between good and evil. The Fallen are flying, jumping, and crawling up from the kingdom of darkness and laying waste to all who cross their path of destruction. These creatures are awesome…and yes, I did say flying. This house is a mix between beauty and decay, high screech and deep roar, and delivers more surprises than I can fit in this paragraph.

You can purchase Halloween Horror Nights tickets at Orlando Attraction Tickets.

Smiles included…

Jamie

Universal Orlando Reveal What’s In Store For Christmas

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Our good buddy Mike Aiello revealed earlier this year that Universal had big plans for Christmas and today we’ve got a few more details.


Harry Potter

As we know this Christmas you’ll be able to celebrate at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. You’ll see Christmas decorations, garlands and lights as you walk through Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. There will even be special holiday-themed food and festive performances by the Frog Choir and Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees. At night, state-of-the-art projection mapping and lighting will illuminate the Hogwarts castle to bring Christmas moments inspired by the Harry Potter series to life.

What Else?

Crimbo isn’t just about Potter though. You’ll also be able to:

Listen to Mannheim Steamroller as they take center stage on the Music Plaza Stage at Universal Studios on Nov. 18, 19, 25, 26 and Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17.
Watch the Grinch’s heart grow three sizes during a live musical retelling of Dr. Seuss’s holiday classic in “Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular.”
Make a reservation for a festive Character Breakfast with the Grinch and his friends on select days. (separate purchase required)

New Year’s Eve

Celebrate the New Year at Universal CityWalk’s EVE. As you countdown to midnight, you can dance on Orlando’s largest dance floor, enjoy live entertainment and savour endless dishes and signature drinks.

Christmas is awesome anyway but now it just got Epic…

Smiles included…

Jamie
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Halloween Horror Nights 27 Confirms The Horrors Of Blumhouse

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As predicted by Abby & Gavin Universal have today confirm that their 5th reveal is indeed a house based on Blumhouse productions films. If you don’t know Blumhouse they are responsible for such behind the couch films as Sinister, Insidious, and The Purge all of which will be brought to life at Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights.

Here’s what Universal had to say;

Blumhouse Productions is responsible for producing some of the creepiest movies over the last two decades. There is a wealth of content to use and we’re packing every inch of the house with something invasive, something wicked, and something that wants our souls…something altogether Blumhouse.

The advantage to creating a house with multiple properties living inside its decaying walls is each scene is a completely different world. What tie the scenes together are the otherworldly themes that run in all of the films. The characters that roam the house are terrifying yet gorgeous in design. From Bughuul (Mr. Boogie) and to the Red Faced Demon, you’ll get the chance to see them face-to-face.

We’re ripping the most terrifying scenes out the creepiest movies from the Blumhouse vault and dropping you into the middle of the action.

What excites me most about this house is the access we were granted to use and recreate elements of Insidious: Chapter 4. That’s right, you’ll be walking through a living trailer of the upcoming film. Insidious: Chapter 4 doesn’t hit theaters until 2018, so this is a big deal for us and the guests who will meet the newest villain of the franchise. I can’t give anything away yet, but I will say that we dive into the Further and see some very horrific…imagery.


Halloween Horror Nights 27 has now confirmed the following houses;

You can purchase tickets for HHN27 directly from Orlando Attraction Tickets.

Smiles included…

Jamie

 

Disney Hollywood Studios To Get A New Name?

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A couple of years ago now we reported that Bob Iger, Disney’s CEO had told share holders that a name change for Disney’s Hollywood Studios was on the way.

Since then all has been pretty quiet…. until last weekend when Disney sent out a survey to select people. Now the survey hand a few interesting bits in it including suggested names changes for Disney’s Hollywood Studios;

When Hollywood Studios opened in 1989 Michael Eisner stated;

The World you have entered was created by The Walt Disney Company and is dedicated to Hollywood not a place on a map, but a state of mind that exists wherever people dream and wonder and imagine, a place where illusion and reality are fused by technological magic. We welcome you to a Hollywood that never was and always will be.

Many people believe that this ethos has gone slightly array and that a new name is needed to represent how the park has evolved…

Which of these names do you think is the best?

Disney Kaleidoscope Park
Disney Storyverse Park
Disney Hyperia Park
Disney Beyond Park
Disney Cinemagic Park
Disney Legends Park
Disney XL Park
Disney Cinemagine Park

I know which one I think is the best worst…. Disney XL Park…

Smiles included…

Jamie

Dollar Off Drinks Card Sign New Location

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If you don’t know, you should know… When you spend over £500.00 on a ticket order you can choose from one of our free smile alert cards to add on to your booking. One of these smile alert cards is the Dollar Off Drinks card.

Save $1 every time you order your favourite drink in over 60 Orlando locations.  Soda…coffee…adult beverage…it doesn’t matter – the card covers them all! 

Whether it’s the infamous “Just One” or making an evening of it with family and friends, it’s always great to pay less for your drink than the person next to you! Savings from the Dollar Off Drink Card makes your bank account a little happier.

We have recently been informed that Dollar off Drinks have signed a new bar Downtown that shows ever Premier League games live.  It’s called The Harp & Celt Irish Pub. What’s better is that they even open up for the early games which can start as early as 7:30am. Beer and footy at 7am? Sounds great to me!

There’s also so much to do Downtown after the games such as  Lake Eola, Farmers Market, special events and so on.  The best way to get downtown is an Uber and it will roughly cost $15.00 from I-Drive.  There also have around 5 more bars/restaurants where you can use your Dollar Off Drinks card.

Smiles included,

Abby

Halloween Horror Nights 27 Confirm Scare Zones

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Seems like every time I post something in the morning about HHN27 they announce something new in the afternoon…

With the lack of information up until now I’m definitely not complaining.  This afternoon Universal have confirmed the scare zone.

What is a Scare Zone?

Scare Zones are the part of Halloween Horror Nights that nobody can escape. In certain parts of Universal Studios creatures roam the streets looking for victims.

This year Universal are inviting visitors to The Festival of the Deadliest – an ancient tradition from the depths of where nightmares are born. Remember to pack those spare pants cos here’s what awaits you.

Trick ‘r Treat

Get a proper Halloween education in Universal’s Central Park scare zone inspired by the film Trick ‘r Treat. HHN27 are excited to have Sam visit and make sure we follow the rules of Halloween.

In this zone, you’ll have the opportunity to come face-to-face with several characters from the film, and learn for yourself what happens when you don’t follow the rules.

The Purge

The Purge returns to the streets of New York but this time Universal’s approach is to create a zone that showed how they think the events of a Purge night might play out in on the streets.
There are some fan favourites returning such as the open auction and a very polite gentleman. There are also some new surprises in store.

Altars of Horror

Near the front gate, on Avenue of the Stars, you’ll find the Altars of Horror.
In this zone, Universal are introducing some of the larger than life characters featured in this year’s houses and letting them have their own scare zone.

Invasion!

Set in a time decades ago, the docks in San Francisco find themselves the victim of an INVASION! Visitors from far beyond have crashed their vessel, and are now wreaking havoc on the streets of San Francisco.
They aren’t just here to destroy; these invaders are also on a mission to learn everything they can about us humans. Careful, or you may find yourself on the experiment table at the mercy of an alien scientist.

Roaming Hordes

Finally, no Halloween Horror Nights would be complete without roaming hordes. This time, it’s the smell of the greasepaint, the roar of the chainsaw. Unhappy with how popular culture has made clowns scary, this grotesque gang of gigglers has risen from the grave determined to show the world that if you want scary clowns, they’re going to make sure you get your worst nightmare.

ACADEMY OF VILLAINS: AFTERLIFE (Show)

The ACADEMY OF VILLAINS: AFTERLIFE will be returning to put on an all-new killer performance. This group of powerhouse artists will make you bear witness to what happens after we leave this life. They’re going to give you one mind-blowing and shocking dance performance that will escort you from this world to the great beyond.

Screams Included…

Jamie

Grand Avenue – The Third New Land Coming to Hollywood Studios this Autumn!

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There is so much going on in regards to new Disney attractions and lands that I can’t keep up! Today i’m focused on Hollywood Studios. Two of the main additions heading to Hollywood Studios are going to be Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Toy Story Land but today Disney have announced some information on another part of the park which is going to be transformed.

Muppets Courtyard and part of the former Streets of America, is being re-imagined by the Walt Disney Imagineers to become a new area called Grand Avenue.

Grand Avenue will be inspired by the unique culture of downtown Los Angeles,  where vintage office buildings and warehouses are being converted to exciting new uses. Guests will get to see “merchants” appear in the area, such as music shops, loft apartments, a tailor and more. Disney say that each window on the street will feature ‘charming displays’. It seems as though these will be fake storefronts that guests won’t be able to enter but will add loads of atmosphere and ‘feels’ to the area.

The current Muppets Courtyard is set to become Grand Park ‘an urban square off Grand Avenue surrounded by shops and restaurants like PizzeRizzo and Mana Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano.’  If you are visiting Hollywood Studios in the near future you will already be able to see some changes such as the Muppets Theatre being renamed to the ‘Grand Arts Theatre.’  Don’t worry though – All the favourites such as Kermit and Miss Piggy continue to be stars in the Muppet*Vision 3D show!

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“California craft ales, lagers and cider are the stars of the drink menu. California wines on tap along with specialty cocktails are not to be missed either. A gourmet non-alcoholic lemonade and soda on tap round out the drink selection. If you’re feeling peckish, try one of the small bites, including a Bavarian pretzel with mustard and beer-cheese fondue, spiced almonds or a charcuterie board featuring California cheeses.”

BaseLine Tap House is something me and Teresa spoke about a few weeks ago on our all girl Facebook Live. The new corner pub will feature Californian beers and wines along with a selection of small bites (and lots of cheese!!) The pictures above are making me seriously hungry!

Grand Avenue will be opening to guests this Autumn, not too far away at all! I for one cannot wait as it sounds right up my street (or avenue should I say 😉 )

Smiles Included,

Abby

How Close To Halloween Horror Nights Offical Line Is This?

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We love a bit of speculation here at Orlando Attraction Tickets and today we got sent this fan made “map” based on current rumours of what we can expect at this years HHN27 (if you made this map, please let us know so we can credit you).

You’ll note it includes houses recently confirmed by Universal like SAW, The Shining and American Horror Story it also includes Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure which we’ve learnt will be its last appearance at Halloween Horror Nights.

 

It also takes a stab (yep I went there)at guessing what the other houses will be… and they’re pretty close to what we think too.

Outside IP

As we mentioned recently we think the last house made up of IP not created by Universal will be a Blumhouse maze. We believe the house will incorporate several Blumhouse films including Sinister, Ouija, and Insidious.

Original IP

The original ip’s this year seem to nod to previous years;

  • Bayou of Blood which made an appearance at HHN24
  • Vampire Hive perhaps similar to Vampire ’55 that appeared last year
  • Angels Vs Demons
  • Harvest of the souls which appeared at HHN16

Scarezones

  • The Purge appeared at HHN24
  • Sci-Fi Creatures
  • Trick n’ Treat
  • Festival
  • IP Zone

Shows

  • Bill & Teds Excellent Halloween Show
  • Academy of Villains

Assuming this is correct or at least very close to it HHN27 looks like it will be one HELL of a show (yep went there too).

Which house are you looking forward to most?

Screams included…

Jamie

Is Fear Factor Live Closing To Be Replaced By The Ministry of Magic?

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Today Universal confirmed that Bill & Teds Excellent Halloween Adventure would not be returning after this year and that HHN27 would be their farewell tour.

This has lead to a lot of speculation regarding the future of Fear Factor Live, the location where Bill & Teds is performed. Fear Factor Live has been continually rumoured to be on the Universal chopping blog and from what we’re hearing it could well be time for the axe to fall.

What could be replacing it?

The strongest rumour and a rumour that has been doing the rounds for a very long time now is the Ministry of Magic. As some of  you may already know, if you head inside the red telephone box outside Diagon Alley and dial MAGIC (62442) you’ll be answered with a message stating ‘the ministry of magic is not open’ which has always led to speculation that Universal maybe considering it.

Ministry of Magic

There has been loads and loads of rumours surrounding “phase 3” and the Ministry of Magic – the largest rumour has always been that Fear Factor Live is going to be demolished to make way for London.. and the centre of the British magical community’s government.

To place it here would mean it would be an expansion of Diagon Alley and not a third Wizarding World attraction. Universal don’t do things by halves though and I would still expect new rides, shops and food places if this were to happen.

I’ve had a little think about what sort of attraction could appear along with the Ministry of Magic and I think it would be something along the lines of battles within the Ministry of Magic, fighting off dementors , watching a duel between Professor Dumbledore and Lord Voldermort or as Jamie mentioned in his previous blog – more interactive wand opportunities and maybe even classes for young Wizard and Witches.

All of the talk and hype about this potentially happening will hopefully give Universal a push to maybe confirming the rumours to be true?

Smiles included…

Jess