Sneak Peak At Universal’s Volcano Bay

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Yesterday CNN got a behind the scene look inside Volcano Bay and it didn’t disappoint. Universal’s new water theme park which opens on the 25th May and covers 50 acres is set to be the most immersive experience Universal have every produced.

Getting Started

Universal’s commitment to this immersive experience starts at the turnstile… well when I say turnstile I mean no turnstiles. Yep that’s right replacing turnstiles are totem poles, a concierge area and greeters welcoming guests with a big “Kia Ora” and a TapuTapu.

Obviously the major attraction at Volcano Bay is none other than the Volcano, Krakatau stands at 200-feet  due to its slightly elevated position it dominates the skyline, so much so that it can be seen from Interstate 4.

Dale Mason, Vice President & Executive Art Director of Universal Creative told CNN;

The park is designed to go into the evening and that waterfall will do a show changing from waterfall to firefall to lava flow every night. Actually, the show may happen multiple times a night.

Rides

As cool as all the immersive features are you’ll ultimately be judged by your attractions and Universal have us covered.

  • The Ko’okiri Body Plunge. – Guests experience a 70-degree fall through a drop door and are sent 125 feet through the middle of Krakatau. Universal says it is the world’s first slide to travel through a pool filled with guests.
  • Nearby are the Kala and Ta Nui Serpentine Body Slides, which intertwine and have guests falling freely along 124 feet of twists and turns.
  • Punga Racer, a high-speed ride where guests race along on manta ray-shaped mats.
  • The park’s Krakatau Aqua Coaster propels guests upward with the use of magnetic propulsion and then shoots them downward. It’s all thanks to linear induction motor technology.

There are 4-passenger rafts in line that are pulled along by magnets There is a big steel plate in the bottom of the raft and we cycle magnets through the ride. Unlike all the other slides, which are gravity fed where you have to start at the top and make your way down, this allows you to be pulled up hills and down and around corners. It means you don’t have to climb a ride tower to get to it. It’s very fast and exhilarating

Where’s the Wave Pool?

You can’t have a water theme park without a wave pool and Volcano Bay being Volcano Bay its got one but with a twist. You didn’t know you wanted it but once you’ve tried it you’ll wonder why other parks don’t have a multi-directional wave pool. It pumps out nine different types of waves from traditional rolling waves to choppy waves to crisscross waves that slam into each other.

If Volcano’s, Slides and wave pools aren’t enough for you Volcano Bay also has blowhole geysers, water-drenching photo spots and the Burping Tiki, which when prompted by a TapuTapu band squirts water from its ears, nose and makes a belching sound. There’s also an area near the leisure pool where water turbulence created by spring vents below causes swimmers to get buoyed up and over to the grotto area. Here, guests can take a breather at the base of the volcano and sit beneath waterfalls.

Volcano Bay opens on the 25th May and entry is included when you purchase the 3 Park Explorer Ticket

Smiles included…

Jamie

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HHNUnofficial’s Top 3 Tips To Surviving Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights

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Sometimes its not what you know but who you know and when it comes to Halloween Horror Nights there’s no better people to know than HHNUnofficial and as a (trick or) treat they provided us with their Top 3 Tips for surviving HHN27.

Here at Orlando Attraction Tickets we offer some great deals for HHN27 check these out

What tips do you think we’ve missed?

Screams included…

Jamie

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Latest Halloween Horror Nights 27 Rumours…

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Now that we’ve got Halloween Horror Nights tickets on sale we can begin to focus on what we hope we’ll see this year. Universal have already announced that one of last years favourites will be making a return in the form of American Horror Stories this time it will feature 3 of the franchises most popular series Season 2’s: Asylum, Season 3’s: Coven and Season 6’s: Roanoke.

But what’s next…. Well according to this tweet we wont have to wait long…

Now its good to have mates… and we’ve gone one that’s particularly good to know when it comes to Halloween Horror Nights. The lads over at HHNunofficial (click on the link to check out their excellent blog) found some interesting info from an official Universal site that seems to suggest the next announcement may well be The Shinning!

Yup The Shining… even if you’re not a big fan of horror films you’ll know The Shining… Originally a book by Stephen King it became iconic when turned in to a film fronted by Jack Nicholson and Directed by Stanley Kubrick. Now Universal have not confirmed this yet and the afore mentioned information was taken down from the site almost immediately however HHNunofficial are hardly ever wrong!
Rumour rating – 10/10 (take it to the bank)

Also on the rumour train are an Evil Dead house, this rumour is based around this image which does bear a resemblance to one of the haunted trees in the film.

Rumour rating – 7/10 (smells like a possibility)

One rumour that has been doing the rounds but feels less likely is something to do with Death Eaters at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

I believe this has come about due to the technology used in Japan to replicate an attack on Hogwarts…

Rumour rating – 4/10 (doesn’t feel particularly HHN)

We’ll keep you posted when know more.

Smiles included…

Jamie

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OAT Live Episode 7 From Universal’s HQ In London

Hey Thrill Seekers,

This was the episode Abby & Gavin were looking forward to the most, a sit down chat with Universal’s own Liz Introno but as with all things in live be careful what you wish for.

Liz was an absolute delight not only was she fun and engaging she also went out of her way to answer as many of your questions as she could. The disappointing part for us was the sound quality which to put it bluntly is terrible.

So we apologise for that, if you get past the enjoying echo, echo, echo there are some amazing insights including the first look a TapuTapu.

The gang also discuss Halloween Horror Nights, Jimmy Fallon and what to do if its your birthday!

Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Smiles included…

Jamie

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OAT Live Episode 6 – We Talk Disney, Universal And SeaWorld

Hey Thrill Seekers,

OAT Live is taking the internet by storm, if the storm was very tiny. Abby and Gavin are doing a great job creating their show and this weeks episode is actually the most watched one to date.

In this episode we A & G talk about Disney’s Star Wars land, Universal’s Potter Christmas and SeaWorld new 2018 ride plus the official opening date of Kraken Unleashed.

Is there anything you’d like us to cover on OAT live, we’re open to suggestions 🙂

Smiles included…

Jamie
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With No Queuing At Volcano Bay What Do You Do With All That Free Time?

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Its a good point! With Universal abolishing queuing at Volcano Bay with the introduction of their TapuTapu technology what will visitors do with all that spare time?

For those not in the know TapuTapu are the new watch devices that virtually queue for you at rides. Here’s basically what you do;

Look for totems marked with the Volcano Bay logo at the entrance to each attraction. Upon touching your TapuTapu to the totems, you’ll be able to hold your place in line with Virtual Line. Explore the park, take a spin in one of two rivers or grab a bit to eat. Your TapuTapu will alert you when it’s time to ride.

Today Universal have given us a glimpse at some of things you might want to consider.

1. Sandy Beaches

Imagine warm sand sinking between your toes while you gaze out at crystal clear waters. This vacation dream becomes a reality at Waturi Beach, where you can relax by the waves of a sparkling lagoon that sits at the base of the mighty Krakatau. You can find Waturi Beach in Wave Village, the first of three villages you’ll encounter at Volcano Bay.

2. Tropical Beverages

Unwind with refreshing tropical cocktails and frozen drinks inspired by fruity island flavors. Try one of our favorites, POG, a non-alcoholic blend of passion fruit, orange and guava juices. Adults can sip on our Toasted Coconut Pineapple beverage, a delicious mix of toasted coconut rum and fresh pineapple juice.

3. Premium Seating

Leave your beach chairs at home and reserve one of our padded loungers instead.* With premium seating around the park, just pick the location of your seat, sit back and soak in your vacation.

This private space includes two padded loungers, an adjustable umbrella and built-in locker storage – which makes it a perfect place to keep your things when you want to take a dip in the crystal waters of Waturi Beach.

*Additional costs apply

4. Private Cabanas

Escape to your own private paradise and rent a cabana for the day.* With options like single units with seating for up to six, or family units, with seating for up to sixteen, there are plenty of options.

Cabanas come with concierge service with exclusive menu options, a fruit and snack basket, a small refrigerator pre-stocked with bottled water, complimentary locker and towel service and more.

*Additional costs apply

5. Island Cuisine

Take a break from the slides to enjoy our unique island-inspired food. There are over 60 options to choose from, including our Pulled Chicken Mole Taco, Poke Poke Bowl or Jerked Mahi Sandwich. Treat yourself to dessert with Chocolate Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Chocolate Lava Cake or Guava Tapioca Pudding.

6. Winding Rivers

At Volcano Bay, it’s okay to be lazy – and at the Kopiko Wai Winding River, you can do just that. Take a slow ride through the tropical landscape, journey beneath the lava rocks and venture to Stargazer’s Cavern to reveal the magical night sky above. Located at the River Village, this is something fun for Waturi of all ages.

7. Leisure Pools

Make sure to check out the Puka Uli Lagoon in the Rainforest Village. In this leisure pool, you can relax while your little ones enjoy fun features like bongo drums and spraying water.

Watch the bravest Waturi take on the Ko’okiri Body Plunge from the comfort of The Reef, a peaceful leisure pool in the Wave Village. A clear plexi tube shoots straight through this 5.5-foot-deep pool, which features its own private waterfall perfect for frolicking.

Volcano Bay opens on the 25th May 2017. Orlando Attraction Tickets offers the 3 Park Explorer Ticket which grants 14 days unlimited access.

Smiles included…

Jamie

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Disney Reveal More Star Wars Land Details

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So just before the Easter break Universal and SeaWorld both revealed massive news regarding their parks. SeaWorld Orlando announced a new ride and confirmed the opening date of Kraken Unleashed not to be outdone Universal gave us an early Christmas present in the form of Harry Potter and hinted at more Potter news to come! But all was quiet on the Disney front… until now.

Disney Imagineers got together at this weekends Celebration of Star Wars event to tell us a little more about the land set to open in 2019.

They confirmed that the Planet the land will be based does not feature in any of the movies but can be found on the edge of the Unknown Regions. They also gave us a little back story confirming that the remote village was once a busy crossroads along the old sub-lightspeed trade routes, but the prominence of the outpost has been bypassed with the rise of hyperspace travel. Now home to those who prefer less attention, it has become a thriving port for smugglers, rogue traders and adventurers traveling between the frontier and uncharted space. It’s also a convenient safe-haven for others intent on avoiding the expanding reach of the First Order.

Disney weren’t finished with a video and a back story they had more to share. Scott Trowbridge, Creative Director stated that visitors would be able to take control of the Millennium Falcon and interestingly the choices they make during this could effect the way characters in the Land react to them, almost like the old pick your adventure style books.

It sounds like we’re going to get an immersive story unique to guests that follows them around the Land, you’ll be part of the Star Wars Universe and each attraction will just add to your overall continuous experience.

Disney Imagineer Asa Kalama added;

There are going to be a ton of opportunities to help out and support the Resistance, lots of smugglers and bounty hunters who are looking for a little bit of help and might be willing to offer you up a side job, and for those of you who are interested in supporting The First Order, that will absolutely be an opportunity as well

Its was also mentioned that the Land would have its own unique sensory experience including smells and tastes including “Blue Milk”  (Bantha Milk).

We’re so excited for more information and we’re expecting more this July at Disney’s D23 Expo.

Smiles included…

Jamie

 

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SeaWorld Confirm Kraken Unleashed VR Opening Date

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SeaWorld are really spoiling us today!

Another big thing for SeaWorld is the re-naming of their roller coaster ‘Kraken‘ to ‘Kraken Unleashed‘ which will debut on June 16th 2017 we already know that the new addition to the ride will include virtual reality headseats or in this case helmets. For those of you who don’t know much about virtual reality on coasters (really, where have you been?!) then here’s a fun fact for ya! The VR helmets will synchronize a video with the twists, turns and loops of the ride to enhance the experience.

Kraken originally opened on June 1st 2000 and whopping 17 years later (thank you, thank you I know my maths is great) guests will finally get to see the mighty Kraken.

These images show what kind of sea creatures and surroundings riders will find when they are immersed in the lost City of Atlantis during the ride. One of the creatures is called a Liopluredon. SeaWorld say that the unique creature was “an apex predator of the Middle to Late Jurassic seas.”

Born from tales that struck terror in sailors for centuries, SeaWorld Orlando’s mighty Kraken is a monster coaster like no other.

With the element of virtual reality, creatures such as the 21-foot Liopluredon will come to life. The already brilliant Kraken roller coaster includes a 149 foot dive, top speeds of 65 mph and 7 different times that see riders upside down. I think that the use of VR will completely change the whole experience of Kraken for the better and guests will really feel as though they are in the moment.

Kraken is a floorless coaster that see’s riders feet dangle as they are seated in open sided seats on a pedestal above the track. I think a spray of water during the ride would enhance the experience of being underwater even more. 😉

Kraken will feature custom digital overlay with uniquely designed virtual reality headsets, fully integrated both mechanically and electronically into the coaster train delivers a new one-of-a-kind adventure.’

I cannot wait for this to debut on the 16th June!

Smiles Included,

Abby

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Universal Confirm Wizarding World Of Harry Potter Christmas Show

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Just when you think there can’t possibly anymore news to cram in to one day Universal bring out the big guns.

Mike Aiello, Universal legend (not his official title) just dropped this video… hold on to yor hats muggles cos they’re about to get blown off!!!

Starting in November 2017,  celebrate the magic of Christmas  at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

Yep that’s right Universal are stepping up to the plate and delivering a Christmas we’ve all wished for! Done in 4 parts Universal will transform both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley, here’s what they have planned..

Festive décor

That’s right, both parks will be decorated to match the season. Mike uses the would “textured”…. Could it be snow?

Hogwarts Castle

We’ve been speculating about this one for a while but today its confirmed, Universal will be opening up a night time  experience using state of the art map projection. Hogwarts Castle will come to life with Christmas displays, incredible lightening and images inspired by film. As Mike put it, its a “gift to the fans”.

Diagon Alley

It’s not just Hogsmeade that’s getting the make over Diagon Alley at Universal Studios will also feel the love including Christmas food taken directly from the stories and  live entertainment…

Macy’s Parade

Universal will also be teaming up with those parade specialists Macy’s to create their very own Holiday parade featuring Minions, characters from Madagascar and of course SANTA…

All of these holiday experiences will run daily starting Nov. 18, 2017 through Jan. 6, 2018

More to come in the future… but one last take was more Harry Potter news (not related to the above) will come out this year…. OMG

Smiles included…

Jamie

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NEW SeaWorld Orlando Ride To Open Summer 2018

Hey Thrill Seekers,

BREAKING news!! Who doesn’t love being the first to know things? SeaWorld have literally just released some huge news.

Yesterday, the company’s board of directors met and approved growth plans for the future with one of them being a new ride for 2018!! Woooooo I love a new ride announcement and this one looks like it is going to be right up my street!

Apparently survey markers have appeared in the corner of the park that is home to Mako and Shamu’s Happy Harbour. There is also loads of rumours flying around about the new ride including elements of a roller coaster and will see riders get soaked?!

Look at me pretending to be smart.. It is a river rapids ride with a twist.. Let me introduce to you.. dun dun dun.. Infinity Falls!

This attraction is going to be manufactured by ‎Intamin Amusement Rides, Switzerland and will take passengers on a chilled 4  minute + ride through a lost jungle river, weaving through fountains, waterfalls and the remains of ancient civilization. Don’t be fooled by the relaxing start though, your adrenaline will soon be pumping when the ride sends you flying through chutes on to a 40-foot plunge down the tallest drop of its kind. It wont be over just yet though as you will then land in the churning whitewater rapids below to begin your journey through Harmony Village (how chilled does that sound) to end the experience with a message of inspiration.

‘The adventure will immerse guests in a lush, freshwater rainforest while sharing the importance of water conservation.’

Riders will get to experience the excitement and thrills of category 4 white water rapids and use a ‘unique elevator lift’ which will create the worlds tallest drop on a river raft ride!

Anyone who knows me or who has watched our Facebook live videos knows that I love a story line for attractions and the one for Infinity Falls does not disappoint. (off i go to learn the story for our next video)

 “Not long ago, a drone sent to explore the jungles of South America discovered previously uncharted structures in a remote area along the banks of a freshwater river. A group of explorers and scientists were sent to investigate the discovery.  Upon arrival they set up base camp near an abandoned structure. They studied and explored the river, falling in love with its power and the nature living along its banks. Inspired by the river, they developed a sustainable camp for others to visit and explore so they too, could learn more about the jungle and how their connection to the waters of the world.”

FACTS ALERT! The track is going to be 1520 linear feet and the inclusion of the elevator lift is the first of its kind in North America with a drop height of 40 feet. The rafts are custom designed with a expedition theme and will hold 8 passengers for all the family to enjoy the ride together!

Designers for Infinity Falls were inspired by the rainforests and rivers of South America. It is going to be a fantastic addition to SeaWorlds growing ride portfolio and for me will definitely be a must do attraction once it opens!

Infinity Falls isn’t the only new thing coming to SeaWorld in 2018. With every new ride must come a newly themed surrounding area and this one sounds refreshing to say the least. Infinity Falls will feature as the centerpiece of a rainforest themed area. After your experience on the rapids the family will be able to explore the village and take part in interactive experiences which will combine play and education. You’ll even get to experience up close encounters with animals native to South America with SeaWorlds Animal Ambassadors

Check out this video:


What do you think?! (I personally love it)

Smiles included,

Abby

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