NEW DETAILS REVEALED FOR FAST & FURIOUS – SUPERCHARGED

Hey Thrill Seekers,

I am SUPER buzzing about Fast & Furious – Supercharged which is coming to Universal Studios Florida next spring and Universal have just revealed some new details. Woohooo!

When I was in Orlando back in September I could see this new attraction starting to take shape.. at least I know where to head first now when it’s open! The ride is going to be very immersive and will throw guests straight in to the story where you will become part of the Fast family. If you’re as much of a fan of the Fast and Furious films like myself or if you’ve seen the films you will know how action packed and adrenaline filled they are which is being bought to life in this spectacular ride. Universal have said that ‘there are four specific details exclusive to Universal Orlando’s Fast & Furious – Supercharged that make it the ultimate Fast & Furious experience:’  These are:

  • Supercharged Cars        (duhhhhhh)
  • New Characters
  • New Story
  • Virtual Line

Check out this Video:

Universal have also revealed a ‘front row look inside the high-energy adventure’

The Family’s All Here

‘You’ll encounter Dom (Vin Diesel), Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), Roman (Tyrese Gibson) and more of your favoirite Fast & Furious characters during your action-packed experience. But it’s not all good guys that you’ll come face-to-face with either. Luke Evans (Owen Shaw) and his criminal cartel are back with a vengeance.

Ludacris (Tej Parker) and Jordana Brewster (Mia Toretto) will join the all-star cast of this attraction.’

Cars from the Fast & Furious Film Franchise

Universal have stated that they worked very closely with Dennis McCarthy who is the man behind the cars in the films to create 15 authentic cars which are one of a kind for the attraction – pretty cool ay!!

Fast & Furious - Supercharged Turbo Truck Queue Rendering

An Original Fast & Furious Story

Before you even step inside the attraction, you’re immersed in the story. You’ll first encounter Dom’s iconic car parked outside.

The Fast & Furious – Supercharged building has become the all-new home base of operations. You’ll get to explore familiar scenes inspired by the films, including Tej’s high-tech War Room and the Family Room—complete with photos of the Fast family.

Dom invites you to attend a race after-party that you won’t want to miss. The best part is Tej hooks you up with customized party busses to get you there.

As you make your way to the party, Dom calls with an urgent message: Criminal mastermind Owen Shaw has tracked you down. Now, a high-speed chase is on as the Fast& Furious crew strives to keep you safe from the clutches of Shaw. But will you make it?

Virtual Line

Fast & Furious – Supercharged is the second attraction (after Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon) to use a Virtual Line system. Again, like Jimmy Fallon there will be tonnes to do while you ‘queue’ such as memorabilia, songs from the soundtracks, photo opportunities and more. Also, when you exit the ride you’ll be able to take as many photos as you like of cars from this years The Fate of the Furious. No attraction is complete without a gift shop and of course there will be plenty of opportunity to grab as much merchandise as you want from the Fast & Furious gift shop.

I am SOOOO excited! Are you?!

Smiles Included

Abby

 

Disney are Celebrating Mickey Mouse’s Birthday on November 18

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Now here’s one for your diaries.. The Big Cheese, Mickey Mouse will be celebrating his 89th birthday on Saturday the 18th November (doesn’t seem to age does he, wonder what skincare regime he uses) and wants as many people as possible to celebrate with him. You will be able to join in on the fun at all of the Disney parks around the world!

Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando will be celebrating with very special  “Happy Birthday, Mickey!” buttons, a Sorcerer Mickey Cake and lots more merchandise. Guests will also be able to sing and dance along with “Happy Birthday” during Move It! Shake It! Dance & Play It!, Cosmic Dance Party in Tomorrowland and performances by the Dapper Dans. Also, no birthday party would be complete without photo props. These props will be available at all four of the parks for guests to capture this special occasion. Another birthday surprise is that everyone who collects their photos at the parks will receive a folder with a commemorative sticker, how lovely. 😀

Disneyland Resort will host a celebration procession for Mickey Mouse, featuring some of his special friends and the Disneyland Band. It will start at “it’s a small world” pausing for a special moment at Sleeping Beauty Castle before continuing down Main Street, U.S.A., to Town Square. There will be plenty of chances to sing “Happy Birthday” along the way.

Disneyland Paris will also hold celebrations in Main Street, U.S.A. Be prepared to celebrate Mickey’s birthday just before “Disney Magic on Parade,” as well as during the Lucky Nugget Saloon show at Disneyland park and in “Mickey and the Magician” at Walt Disney Studios park.

Visitors to Hong Kong Disneyland will be able to pick up a special Mickey Birthday pin and a special edition Times Guide in honour of everyone’s favourite mouse. At Shanghai Disney Resort  and Tokyo Disney Resort, guests will have the chance to sing “Happy Birthday” and join in lots of special photo opportunities.

Leading up to his big day, Mickey Mouse will take off to exciting destinations such as Japan, Canada, China, England, Chile and the United States. He will share magical moments along the way.  He will then bring a few more surprises when he visits the Good Morning America studios in New York City on November 15.

We’d love you see all of your favourite Mickey Mouse moments, photos and memories. Here’s my personal favourite when Mickey and Minnie surprised us at breakfast on my recent SuperFAM trip to Orlando!

Smiles Included

Abby

Universal Purchase MORE Land

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Sooo Universal have just bought a further 101 acres of land on Sand Lake Road which makes the new total amount of land they now have a whopping 575 acres!

This would be more than enough room for a fourth theme park AND a new hotel. There is no word yet on what Universal are going to fill this space with.

Universal have already got 3 new hotels on the go – Aventura hotel and at least 2 more planned for the site of Wet ‘n Wild and I do think they will be planning to build another hotel on this land also.. they have enough room, so why not?!

We will be seeing a new park for sure and with more hotels comes more guests so maybe even a second City Walk. I’d love to see a new park or two, the amount of land they have is more than the other 3 Universal parks put together so the possibilities are pretty endless.  Of course the biggest speculation is around a whole Wizarding World of Harry Potter park and i’m totally all for that. I’ve been chatting to the other guys here at OAT towers to see what their ideas for new parks / attractions would be and i’ve created a list:

  • The Walking Dead
  • Nintendo Park
  • New Theatre
  • Jurassic Park / World
  • How to train your Dragon
  • Madagascar
  • Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them
  • Convention Center

  • Although very unlikely I would LOVE to see a whole land dedicated to horror, perhaps a year round horror themed land.. Now that would be unlike any other park! (Maybe I just love Halloween Horror Nights too much)

The locations of the newly purchased land and current resort location has left us wondering how Universal plan to move guests to and from parks to hotels. There’s been a few rumours surrounding monorails or buses with dedicated lanes.

The above is purely rumours and speculation as there has been no word or confirmation from Universal surrounding it. What would you like to see built on the newly purchased land?!

Smiles Included

Abby

SeaWorld’s 2018 Calendar of Events

Hey Thrill Seekers!

Today, SeaWorld have released their Event Calendar for 2018 and it includes lots of experiences, festivals and concerts to create more year-round fun

NEW Three Kings Day:  Daily            1 – 6 January

During the all-new Three Kings Day celebration, families are invited to help commemorate the arrival of the Three Wise Men. The new event brings SeaWorld’s holiday season to an incredible close with festive cuisine and celebratory experiences that honour the cherished traditions of Latin cultures.

Praise Wave: Saturdays            20 Jan – 10 Feb

With the return of Praise Wave, guests can celebrate Christian fellowship and fun at SeaWorld Orlando. Uplifting, live concerts from the hottest names in Christian music will light up the stage at Nautilus Theatre.

Seven Seas Food Festival: Weekends             17 Feb – 15 April

After a delicious debut last year, the Seven Seas Food Festival is returning to SeaWorld this spring for a second course. As guests sip and sample their way through the park, they will discover globally-inspired flavours while enjoying local craft beers and culinary marketplaces. The fun goes beyond the food with live performances from top country, rock and Latin music artists each weekend.

NEW Just For Kids: Weekends              21 April – 13 May

Families will enjoy dancing to the beat and learning together along with everybody’s favourite furry, finned and flippered friends during these special weekends crafted with young guests in mind.

Electric Ocean: Select nights            26 May – 3 September

As the sun goes down, the park comes alive with the glow of Electric Ocean at SeaWorld, returning next year for another summer of fun. With exciting night time shows and electrifying music, guests are immersed in a sea of wonder that ends in “ignite,” a spectacular fireworks finale.

SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular:     29 September – 28 October

During Orlando’s premier daytime Halloween event, guests of all ages can join everyone’s favourite furry friends from Sesame Street as The Count, Elmo, Abby and others take the stage in Sesame Street’s Countdown to Halloween. Families will also enjoy a Halloween Dance Party, trick-or-treating around the park, and the opportunity to meet whimsical characters inspired by the sea.

  • SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration: Select Dates           23 November – 31 December

At SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration, guests experience the joys of the holiday season complete with Rudolph’s Christmas Town and returning favourites sure to inspire traditions for years to come. During SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration guests of all ages can delight over scrumptious food, stunning live shows, joyful entertainment inspired by the natural world and much more.

Pop all of these in your calendar now or even print it out to help plan your 2018 Orlando holiday!

Smiles included

Jess

Universal Confirm More Celebration of Harry Potter Details

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Are you in Orlando from the 26th January to the 28th January?

Have you purchased a 3 park Explorer ticket from us?

Do you love Harry Potter?

If you can answer yes to all these questions then WOOOHOOO because the much loved “A Celebration of Harry Potter” will be taking place at Universal Orlando Resort on those exact dates.

What can we expect I hear you cry?

Harry Potter Chalk Art Walk

Prepare to be blown away by some of the most talented chalk artists who will draw your favourite characters and scenes from Harry Potter, as well as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

You can also let your creativity shine and show off your skills in the fan chalk art gallery that will be on display throughout the entire event.

Film Screenings

Time to grab a Butterbeer and watch the Harry Potter films we all love on the Music Plaza big screen. Relive your favorite moments from the movies with people who adore them just as much as you.

Harry Potter Knowledge Challenge

It’s time to finally put those trivia skills to the test. This audience-participation game will have fans of all ages showing off how well they really know the Harry Potter films.

Dance like a Beauxbatons and Battle like a Durmstrang

Raise your hand if you wish you had been in the Great Hall when Beauxbattons and Durmstrang made their grand entrance.

At this demonstration, you’ll learn the movements and techniques from a Universal Orlando choreographer that works with the Beauxbatons and Durmstrang students who perform at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Learn Wand Combat Skills with Paul Harris

Some of the best scenes from the Harry Potter films have included epic wand duels that left us glued to the screen.

You’ll be able to take part in the action by learning how to duel with the world’s only Wand Combat Choreographer, Paul Harris. A kids panel will also be offered for guests ages 12 and under.

Smiles included…

Jamie

Disney Release First Look at Woodys Lunchbox in Toy Story Land

Hey Thrill Seekers!

We are all understandably, super excited about the opening of Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios in the summer of 2018 and Disney have just released a look in to a new area planned for Toy Story Land called Woody’s Lunchbox.

We’ve already seen some cool imagery and videos for 2 of the attractions coming to Toy Story Land – Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers and now we’re getting a closer look at one of the food stops. Toy Story Land will see visitors shrink to the size of a toy to explore the land that has been made by Andy in his backyard. Within the backyard you will find Woody’s Lunchbox where Andy has used his own lunch box and flask to build a walk-up quick service window to serve yummy food and drink.

From the picture above you’ll be able to spot lots of Andy’s favourite toys and items from his lunch. If you look close enough you will be able to see a green army man keeping a look out for Andy’s return. I love how from the images that they have been releasing that you can really see how immersive it is going to be and how guests are going to feel like little toys within the land.

Disney have hinted that a menu of the items Woody’s Lunchbox will be serving is going to be released in the next few months so stay tuned.

Smiles Included..

Abby

Orlando Attraction Tickets Nominated For A TravelMole Award

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Another day, another award nomination… I say that, but we’ve actually only been nominated for 2 awards this year! MUST TRY HARDER!!!

Anyway yesterday afternoon we got the news from TravelMole that we’d been shortlisted (only 3 got through) for a prestigious TravelMole award in the category of best holiday miscellaneous website covering websites that basically don’t do flights or hotels.

So obviously we’re thrilled to have been nominated as entrants were judged on its website’s content, layout, ease of navigation and innovation… however now its over to you…

We need your vote to win. To vote for us all you have to do is follow this link – http://www.travelmole.com/voting_uk.php?c=setreg&region=2&awardcat=15 and click on the VOTE HERE BUTTON found directly under our logo….

Thanks very much for all your support.

Smiles included…

Jamie

Day 5 – Teresa’s Vlog

Hey Thrill Seeker,

Its the last in the series of Teresa does Orlando.. for the final day she’s off to Kennedy Space Center and returning to Fun Spot to try and conquer her fears…

Lets see what happened;

I just want to take the chance to thank Teresa for al her vlogs I’m going to miss waking up to tales of her adventures.

Until next time…

Smiles included…

Jamie

Day 4 – Teresa’s Vlog

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Day 4 of Teresa’s vlog, yesterday she visited SeaWorld in the morning and then popped off to watch the Orlando Magic in a limo in the evening (like you do)

Check out what she thought of it here;

Tomorrow its Kennedy Space Center…

Smiles included…

Jamie

Day 3 – Teresa’s Vlog

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Day 3 for Teresa and this is one she absolutely loved…

Revolution Off Road in the morning and WonderWorks in the afternoon. Check out her latest blog… please note my awesome editing.

Tomorrow she’s off to SeaWorld and to watch her first basketball game.

Smiles included…

Jamie