Universal announce new Lagoon Show ‘Halloween Marathon of Mayhem’

Hey Thrill Seekers,

So just when we though we had ALLLLLL the Halloween Horror Nights news that we needed, Universal hit us with a brand new event that is heading to HHN this year!

A brand spanking new lagoon show is debuting at Studios just for HHN (6th September – 2nd November )…

HALLOWEEN MARATHON OF MAYHEM

New “Halloween Marathon of Mayhem” Lagoon Show Coming to Halloween Horror Nights

Watch as the lagoon transforms with a spectacle of neon and synth, featuring iconic scenes from top horror films, cult classics and TV shows in “Halloween Marathon of Mayhem”.

The Lagoon is going to light up with iconic scenes from the following:
Stranger Things
Ghostbusters
Universal Monsters
Killer Klowns from Outer Space

The show will feature a blend of fountain based media, state of the art tech and special effects in a ‘new way’.

This is one 80’s nightmare you won’t want to miss.

Show times each event night are 10PM, 11PM and 12AM.

This is a verrrryyyy cool addition to Halloween Horror Nights in my opinion!

What do you guys think of this?

Stay tuned for more information on Halloween Marathon of Mayhem!

Screams Included,

Abby

Universal Confirm HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES For Halloween Horror Nights 29

Hey Thrill Seekers,

With Halloween Horror Nights just around the corner the announcements are coming thick and fast! This year HHN29 is looking stacked with 10 houses, 5 scare zone and 2 shows all kicking off from 6th September until the 2nd November.

Today Universal confirm House of 1000 corpses, come face-to-face with the psychotic Firefly family and their collection of blood and gore. Watch “The Legend of Doctor Satan” come to life right before your eyes. Keep a lookout for the latest addition to Captain Spaulding’s Museum of Monsters and Madmen, Fish Boy! And if you’re lucky, you’ll escape the house as fast as a rabbit, minus the fluffy bunny costume and tragic ending.

Already announced;

Houses

Stranger Things, Ghostbusters, Nightingales: Blood Pit, Universal Monsters, Depths of Fear, Yeti: Terror on the Yukon, Us and Graveyard Games.

Scare Zones

Zombieland Double Tap, Rob Zombie Hellbilly Deluxe, Anarch-ade, Vanity Ball and Vikings undead.

Shows

Academy of Villains: Altered States

Smiles included…

Jamie

Universal Confirm Halloween Horror Nights Scarezones

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Halloween Horror Nights this year looks like it’s going to be an absolute cracker. Houses already confirmed are Stranger Things, Nightingales, Universal Monsters, Depths of Fear, Yeti Terror of the Yukon, Ghostbusters, Us and Graveyard games but what about scare zones I hear you call… Well Universal confirmed them today.

Zombieland Double Tap

It’s time to brush up on those rules of survival. Based on the hit film and its upcoming sequel, this scare zone puts you in the middle of the United States of Zombieland. The infection has spread and bloodthirsty zombies are everywhere. The most important rule to remember: Always double tap.

Rob Zombie Hellbilly Deluxe

You know his music, now it’s time to live it. Step into the heavy metal horror of Rob Zombie’s music and imagery in this pulse-pounding scare zone. From otherworldly beings to brutal maniacs, you’ll come face-to-face with his twisted creations as the music cranks to a frenzy.

Anarch-cade

An 80s-inspired arcade has taken over Avenue of the Stars. At first glance, you may think it’s a party. However, you quickly learn that “Game Over” means a permanent end for you. A gang of neon slashers are out to play and this is one game you won’t want to lose.

Vanity Ball

Beauty is pain. Literally. In the streets of Hollywood, your flesh becomes the canvas as blade-wielding artists slice up willing participants into horrific living works of art. Here, going under the knife takes on a whole other meaning.

Vikings Undead

We’re all familiar with the brutal Viking warriors. It’s terrifying enough thinking about facing them alive. Now picture facing them as the undead. They have risen and laid siege to Central Park with an onslaught of gore. Bloodlust never dies.

Universal also confirmed that Academy of Villains will be returning this year – Academy of Villains returns in an epic experiment of mind and body. Man’s true nature is dragged out into the dark, gothic streets of anarchy. This wickedly talented group of artists is back for an all-new performance featuring a killer mix of visionary dance and extraordinary theatrics.

I can’t wait to visit HHN29… can you?

Smiles included…

Jamie

OAT Live Episode 48

Hey Thrill Seekers

If you didn’t watch the show live here’s your chance to catch up on the replay. In this episode Abby and Gavin chat about Universal’s epic announcement about their 4th park, tiny bit about Disney and then some positive SeaWorld news.

They also give away 5 goodies bags packed full of theme park goodness. Check it out here;

OAT live is a bi-weekly theme park news, review and chat show which has been running since September 2017. All episodes are available on our facebook page.

Smiles included…

Jamie

Universal Announce Graveyard Games Haunted House Awakens For Halloween Horror Nights 29

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You wait around all month for a HHN29 and then two come along. Hot of the release of Us Universal have today announced Graveyard Games Haunted House Awakens.

Here’s what you can expect;

In the Ascension Parish Cemetery, it’s normal to find teens playing amongst the tombstones. You’ll find yourself witnessing the repercussions of the disrespectful antics of two teens who have awakened the spirits of the dead. As you roam through the cemetery, you’ll wind through dark mausoleums and decaying piles of coffins.

Ghosts of every shape and form will rise from the tombstones to exact their revenge as you try to escape the maze of crumbling tombstones and mausoleums. Skeletal beings, ghastly apparitions and vengeful spirits will try to drag you to the grave. And in the end, you’ll find out what happened to those who set out to deface the cemetery.

Before you enter the haunted house, take the opportunity to chat with a few of the local teens and storytellers of the town. All you need is your phone and open Facebook Messenger to the Halloween Horror Nights page. Here you’ll learn the history and spooky legends the cemetery keeps. Better to be prepared for what awaits than finding yourself coming to a “dead” end.

The interactive element sounds amazing and I can’t wait to visit. You can buy Halloween Horror Night Tickets from Orlando Attraction Tickets where you’ll be able to visit haunted houses such as Stranger Things, Us, Ghostbusters and Killer Klowns from Outta Space.

Smiles included…

Jamie

‘US’ announced for HHN!

Hey thrill seekers,

We were beginning to think Universal had completely forgotten about HHN29 with all of their new park news! But luckily they haven’t and today they have announced a new house to add to the already terrifying line up..

JORDAN PEELE’S BLOCKBUSTER HIT ‘US’ COMES TO LIFE IN TERRIFYING NEW HAUNTED HOUSE AT HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS

Here’s what Universal had to say about the house..

‘Are you ready to enter the shocking reality of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Jordan Peele and Universal Pictures’ global horror hit Us?

In this new haunted house, you will walk through the Wilson family beach house and Santa Cruz Pier, where you might spot a familiar character outside of the Fun House. You’ll also venture through the unnerving tunnels that stretch for miles deep below America and come face-to-face with “The Tethered” – a group of terrifying doppelgängers of every living man, woman and child in the country. You’ll quickly discover that you are your own worst enemy.

Doesn’t sound like much of a ‘fun house’ to me.. :/

Jordan Peele’s Blockbuster Hit ‘Us’ Comes to Life in Terrifying New Haunted House at Halloween Horror Nights

Follow in the footsteps of Adelaide Wilson as she experiences a horrifying and traumatic encounter with her tethered double, Red. Watch her face off with her menacing mirror image in a deadly dance with a fatal ending.

As you venture deeper through the haunted house, you will be transported to modern-day, and witness “The Tethered” rise-up from their underground labyrinth, ready to take on their privileged upperworld counterparts – determined to enact their plan of murder and revenge.

Prepare to run for your life, as there is no escaping yourself.’

This sounds, in a few words.. Utterly bloody terrifying!!! :O Saying that, this sounds like the type of house that will have me screaming, jumping, laughing and crying all in one!

check out the video.. beware it’s not for the faint hearted!

Don’t forget this year is bigger than ever with 10 houses, 5 scare zones and 2 live shows!

If you’ve forgotten all of the houses that have been announced so far, here is a re-cap:

Stranger Things
Nightingales: Blood Pit
Universal Monsters
Depths of Fear
Yeti – Terror of the Yukon
Ghostbusters
Killer Klowns from Outer Space

What do you think the last 2 houses will be???

Screams Included,

Abby

OAT Nominated For Travolution Award

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Great news at OAT Towers today we finally completed that pesky crossword we’ve been working on!! Oh and we’ve been nominated for a Travolution Award… Yey!!!

Yep we’ve been nominated under the best for experiences category which covers tours and attractions. This latest nomination represents our 7th nomination in the these awards but we’re yet to hit the giddy heights of actually winning. 7th time lucky? Hey its the taking part that counts.

About Travolution Awards

The Travolution Awards recognise most innovative and exciting work in digital travel. Unique in focusing on the brands in online, digital and tech, the Awards present an accolade and an evening like no other in the industry.

Fingers crossed we’ll be lifting the trophy in November.

Smiles included…

Jamie

Check Out These Universal Patents

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We love a good patent here at OAT towers and blooloop.com have found a really good one.

So both these patents appear to be tower rides, one an interactive ride and one with a rotating lift system. Lets take a look…

Interactive Tower Ride

The interactive tower appears to be made up of 4 towers each with one ride vehicle, according to the images it looks like they would seat up to 16 people at a time.

From the details it looks like it will also have interactive features
with passengers having some control over the vehicles motion and what they see. The patent mentions AR, VR, projection and SFX, the patent goes on to state it will be an “immersive environment with which the riders may interact”.

There is also the suggestion that the ride will have gaming elements, the pic above seems to show targets above each ride vehicle. Will the ride move based on if the target is struck?

Rotating lift and stacked room

The second patent discovered by blooloop.com shows a “a plurality of rooms stacked atop one another”. The ride vehicle are able to enter these rooms, rotate, twist and ascend/descend the tower.

Interactive elements are all the rage at the moment and this patent seems to suggest that the ride vehicle can take different courses that could make every ride and experience unique.

What IP could this be for?

Well it could just be Universal collecting patents, but with a new park just announced every patent will obviously come under a bit of scrutiny. So with that in mind I’ll take a wild guess at what they could be for

Interactive Tower – Could this be Nintendo based? The gaming element definitely points towards that but I’m finding it hard to match a specific IP. Could this be the Mario cart ride? With the tower giving the impression of big jumps and drops while driving on multiple levels?

Rotating lift and stacked rooms – This feels like a ride that will tell a story, for years there have been rumours that Universal want to include their Monsters IP in a land. Could this be the main attraction for it? Moving into multiple rooms that each has its own Universal Monster, maybe a Dracula room, or a Wolfman room…

What do you think these could be?

Smiles included…

Jamie

What Does The Artists Rendering Tell Us About Epic Universe

Hey Thrill Seekers,

So Universal’s Epic press conference took place today and although they confirmed that the new park was happening and that it would be called Universal’s Epic Universe that’s all they really did say!

A bit disappointing but what they did do was leave us with this artists rendering of the new park.

So this gives us the chance to get guessing about the areas…

Entrance

The main entrance to the park feel’s very much like Studios but in a more modern and grander way. After passing through where I imagine the turnstiles would be the circled area look very similar to the actual Epic Universe logo.

Nintendo

The area to the left when you enter the park looks to me like the model we saw a few years ago of the proposed Nintendo land. The main part looks to me like Mushroom Kingdom and at the back of the land I would assume that its the rumoured Donkey Kong minecart ride. If this is the case then I’d suggest the closed building next to it might well be Mario Kart.

Universal Classic Monsters

A rumour that hasn’t gone away is the idea of Universal creating a Monsters land showing off all their great IP including Wolfman, Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster etc. I’m guessing that this gothic looking land may well be its home.

Fantastic Beasts 

There’s no getting away from the cash cow that is the Wizarding World and I’m thinking we will definitely have some JK presence in the new park. The pic above seems like the sort of area Universal have made in the past, narrow streets with an old timey feel to it. Either that or its just some shops.

Star Trek

The shape of this building automatically makes me think of the USS Enterprise and what better way to combat Star Wars than introduce its Science fiction nemesis.

How to Train Your Dragon

How to Train Your Dragon will definitely have a presence in the park and I think this area could fit the bill. Perhaps the duelling coaster will feature flying on a dragon.

Concert Area


Perhaps a concert area or even a daily show.

Water show

Similar to what they have at Universal Studios. We’re thinking a light mapping experience based around the Epic content. We’re assuming the raised parts can be used for seating.

What do you think? Is there anything we’ve missed?

Smiles included…

Jamie

Universal’s Epic Universe park Confirmed!

Hey Thrill Seekers,

The worst kept secret in the theme park industry is finally out!

Universal's Epic Universe Logo

Ever since Universal snapped up roughly 600 acres of land near Sand Lake Road the internet has been rife about what exactly they’d be doing with all this land.

Today Universal have confirmed that they are opening a 4th Gate.. ‘Universal’s Epic Universe’ and is Universal Orlando Resorts biggest investment to date. Word on the street is that Universal are claiming this to be more than ‘just another park’ and will promise a whole new resort with the layout concept being ‘all different’

Epic Universe will include hotels and shops and will be located on a large plot of land near the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

Here is a sneaky image of the concept art..

First Look at Universal’s Epic Universe – Universal Orlando Resort’s Fourth Theme Park

‘Universal’s Epic Universe will be the biggest and best ever’ – Tom Williams, CEO of Universal Parks and Resorts.

Here’s what Universal had to say..

Epic. It’s a word that gets tossed around a lot in today’s day and age, though not one we use loosely. When we label something as epic, we want that experience to live up to the promise that the word makes. Which is why today we are elated to announce the addition of our fourth theme park, Universal’s Epic Universe, an experience genuinely worthy of its bold moniker.

Universal’s Epic Universe will offer an entirely new level of experiences that will forever redefine theme park entertainment. Guests will venture beyond their wildest imagination, traveling into beloved stories and through vibrant lands on adventures where the journey is as astounding as the destination. The new location will feature a theme park, an entertainment center, hotels, shops, restaurants and more. Ultimately, this expansion will create more space and freedom to let loose and create lasting memories with the people you love.

Here is a proximity map that Universal have also released:

Universal's Epic Universe Map

Stay tuned for more updates as they come in!

Smiles included…

Abby