A new restaurant is coming to Universals City Walk. Bigfire will take open-fire cooking to the next level, as each dish will be expertly paired with the perfect type of wood, to bring out the smoky taste in each bite.
It will be located between VIVO Italian Kitchen and Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville on the edge of the lagoon – offering incredible views of Universal CityWalk.
You’ll be able to dine on classic American dishes like the Bigfire bison burger, chili and cocoa rubbed steak, delectable freshwater cuisine and mouth-watering smoked salads. At the heart of the venue will be a custom built wood fire grill that will allow you to see your meal being made right before your eyes. Make sure you save room for the best part of any meal – dessert! We guarantee one of the most popular desserts will be the Baked Alaska.
This summer, we’ve got you covered for a relaxing night out with delicious open-fire cooking. Bigfire – the newest, full-service restaurant that draws inspiration from the nostalgia of cooking over open flames during memorable family vacations – will leave you feeling as though you have stepped into a lakeside summer house, creating an atmosphere reminiscent of summer evenings spent by the water, surrounded by family and friends.
This two-story venue will feature natural design elements of mix and matched fabrics and seating, cast iron, twinkling lights, camp lanterns – and even a canoe suspended from the overhead rafters – to complete the outdoor ambience inside the restaurant. We can’t think of a better way to unwind after a fun-filled day in the parks.
At the heart of the venue will be a custom wood fire grill where chefs will prepare signature dishes inspired by the style of open-fire cooking – but with a significant and modern twist.
Inspired by the way food would be prepared on an open campfire, chefs will carefully match each food with wood species that have been carefully chosen based on the flavor they exude, resulting in delectable dishes, sides, desserts – and even cocktails – that all infuse the smoky spirits. The pairings will add bold flavors to create elevated American fare, including a signature bison burger, coffee, chili and cocoa rubbed top sirloin, delectable freshwater trout, mouth-watering smoked salads and more.
Check out some of the dishes that will be on offer..
After a 20-year run, Disney bid a fond farewell to “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” at Epcot on September 30, 2019, for the last time guests can gather around World Showcase Lagoon to enjoy the breathtaking display of lasers, lights and fireworks, as they get ready to launch two new nighttime spectaculars as part of the park’s unprecedented, multi-year transformation.
Debuting October 1, 2019, Epcot Forever will be an all-new, limited-time spectacle of fireworks, music, lighting, lasers and choreographed, special effects kites. The show will take you on a journey through the past, present and future of Epcot. Featuring a stirring collection of songs that paint a colorful picture of the park, this nighttime extravaganza will offer both a trip down memory lane and a look towards the future and all the magical possibilities still to come.
Disney Parks Live Entertainment is busy getting “Epcot Forever” ready for its opening day. Show Director Alan Bruun recently shared some details about the concept behind the show and the team’s collaboration with noted conductor and composer Don Harper, who is producing new arrangements of classic Epcot tunes to weave into the soundtrack of “Epcot Forever.” Check out this video for all the info!!
Epcot Forever will continue into 2020 which when the next epic nighttime extravaganza makes its debut… No details have been released on this yet but stay tuned!
Who’s excited to see Epcot Forever and to see the new spectacular in 2020?!
So we now have an opening date for Tigris – the newest coaster opening at Busch Gardens Tampa…
That’s right, Tigris is opening in two weeks time!! If you’ve been living under a rock here’s everything you need to know about Busch Gardens new triple launch coaster..
Tigris is Florida’s tallest launch coaster and will catapult riders through an exhilarating array of looping twists with forward and backward motion, breath-taking drops, a 150-foot skyward surge, and an inverted heartline roll, reaching a top speed of more than 60 miles per hour. Tigris will race riders along more than 1,800 feet of steel track designed to mimic the awe-inspiring agility of the world’s largest and most powerful cat –the tiger.
Tigris joins a top-rated list of favourites for coaster enthusiasts, including Cheetah Hunt, the park’s longest coaster, SheiKra, a 200-foot tall floorless dive coaster, Falcon’s Fury, a 335-foot freestanding drop tower, Montu, an inverted coaster, Kumba, and Cobra’s Curse, to name a few.
Who can’t wait to ride this beast?! (hint.. MEEE!!)
Busch Gardens is one of my favourite parks as well as the AMAZING coasters Busch Gardens offers 300 acres of fascinating attractions based on exotic explorations around the world. Busch Gardens is a unique blend of thrilling rides, one of the country’s premier zoos with thousands of animals representing more than 200 species, and live shows and events. If you’re thinking about visiting this ultimate thrill seeker park you’d be best of with either a 3 park SeaWorld ticket or Discovery Cove Ultimate package both include free parking and if you don’t have a car then no need to worry they also include a free shuttle to and from Busch Gardens!
The LEGO Movie World opened last week, lets take a look at this awesome new world which is the largest expansion in LEGOLAND Florida’s history.
It was definitely a grand opening with performances, entertainers, characters and loads of colourful confetti!
Created in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and LEGO®, the newest expansion features three new rides and numerous attractions, all inspired by the characters and themes of the worldwide blockbuster THE LEGO® MOVIE™ and the exciting big-screen animated adventure sequel THE LEGO® MOVIE™ 2: The Second Part.
“We couldn’t be more excited to officially open THE LEGO MOVIE WORLD,” said Rex Jackson, general manager of LEGOLAND Florida Resort. “THE LEGO MOVIE WORLD is a key piece to our expansion and growth as we further cement ourselves as a multi-day destination.”
Not only will guests feel like life-size LEGO minifigures in the heavily-immersive land, but they’ll also be able to enjoy some of the world’s most-advanced ride technology.
“THE LEGO MOVIE WORLD is a game changer for LEGOLAND Florida Resort,” said Keith Carr, project director of Merlin Magic Making. “The immersion and theming that we’ve incorporated into the area is unlike anything we’ve ever done. Our guests will have so much fun on all three rides, but the land’s marquee ride, THE LEGO MOVIE Masters of Flight encompasses the only 180-degree turn on a flying theater in the world.”
THE LEGO MOVIE Masters of Flight takes guests on a suspended ride aboard Emmet’s Triple Decker Couch surrounded by a full-dome virtual screen, giving the sensational feeling of flying through a world created completely from LEGO® bricks.
Unikitty’s Disco Drop takes guests through a rainbow-filled journey based on Unikitty and her many moods. Once on the ride, guests will swoop to the tiptop of Cloud Cuckoo Land, then drop, spin and bounce back down to earth in sync with Unikitty’s wide range of emotions, creating a thrilling and frenzied experience.
At Battle of Bricksburg, the only water ride at LEGOLAND Florida Resort, riders are challenged to stop DUPLO aliens from invading and stealing LEGO bricks by spraying water at targets from their boats. The riders aren’t the only ones who can enjoy playing in the water, outside of the ride will be water cannons for guests to spray and help the riders save the day.
“Our goal is to put a smile on every child who walks into LEGOLAND Florida Resort. By the looks of excitement on the faces of our guests, I know we accomplished that today,” said Jackson.
Who’s visiting LEGOLAND soon?! This new world looks soo immersive and the perfect hang out place for kids!
So after all the excitement of the Stranger Things announcement @HorrorNights (the official HHN account for Hollywood) decided to do an impromptu Q&A session on twitter about the house.. As both Orlando and Hollywood are getting a Stranger Things house I thought it would be worth looking in to..
So lets take a look at some of the questions and answers..
So the house is going to be mainly based on season 2 with a ‘bonus’ section for season 3.. unusual as the majority of people would have finished watching season 3 by the time HHN starts as it airs in July (and if you’re like me you’ll have watched the whole season in the first day!) so I wonder what they mean by ‘bonus’ …
Different 80’s playlist confirmed, I wonder what songs are included?
This is an interesting one but at least we know it’s not going to be too similar to the last Stranger Things house!
So not LOADS of gore then? 😉
Interesting… Not a definite no on that one!
I love scare zones and knowing that they’re all new concepts is even better! I wonder what it is they’re working on in regard to new elements…
YES!! that’s what we like to hear
Monsterpalooza is on between the 12th – 14th April so lets hope Orlando get an announcement then too!!
The best bit of that Q&A in my opinion is the fact that they realise that a Stranger Things house should be scarier…
Also, don’t forget that we know some scenes that are confirmed.. – Chief Hopper’s cabin – Starcourt Mall – The Upside Down
This year, you’ll experience an all-new haunted house where you will travel back to the small town of Hawkins, Indiana and walk-through some of the most terrifying scenes from Stranger Things 2 and 3.
‘Not only will you come face-to-face with snarling Demodogs, but you will also make your way through iconic scenes and locations, from Chief Hopper’s cabin to the Starcourt Mall.’
Anyone got any questions that they want us to ask HHN Orlando??
Every year I put on my thinking cap, enter a darkened room, pop on some soothing music and make predictions on what I think Universal will do for Halloween Horror Nights. 2 years ago i got 3/6 correct and last year i got 2/6 correct so let’s hope this year is a bit better!
Universal have confirmed that HHN29 will have 10 all-new elaborately themed haunted houses and five scare zones. So here are my guesses at what might be awaiting around a Universal corner waiting to scare the bejesus out of us.
Last year half of the houses were original IP and the other half were based on films/series. I’m 99.9% sure that it’s going to be the same again this year and obviously it will be mega hard to try and guess original IP but here we go..
Stranger Things 2
A massive hit last year, I think that people are pretty much assuming we’ll see a house based around Season 2. Season 2 of Stranger Things was applauded for being more horror based than the first series but I have a few reasons why I think we may not see a Stranger Things series 2 house.. It doesn’t hold the title of the worlds scariest concept and HHN is renowned for being TERRIFYING, although Universal do throw out a couple of surprises now and again and Stranger Things was pretty much an anomaly house. As the series has such a huge fan base of course it was going to be a big hit but in my opinion it’s the sort of concept for a house that once you’ve done it once you don’t need to do it again?
With that being said, anyone who didn’t get the opportunity to do it last year would likely jump at the chance to be able to get another opportunity to enter the upside down (me included!) but how much different could they really make it.. it’s the same characters, same demogorgans etc but all in all I do think it is a strong contender. Especially due to the fact they extended the house to run past last years HHN!
This one is a bit of a long shot, it was a house in 2007 in Orlando and 2011 in Hollywood and the fact I had to google that must mean that they weren’t very memorable houses, right? I do however actually think it would work really well as a house with all the technology Universal now have compared to 8 and 12 years ago! A loud, dark, blizzard like climate with The Thing chasing you around becoming its latest victim through each scene is pretty cool I think? There isn’t any plans for another re-make as far as I know so in my opinion Universal would need to be a bit desperate to go with this house seeing as there are strong rumours of it being 50% their own IP this year.
The Haunting of Hill House
This series is destined to be a HHN house! For one, it’s set in a house anyway so accurate surroundings will be easier than say, Stranger Things where the creative team had to make visitors feel like they were walking through different locations from the series. The interior of the house is perfect too.. with a beautiful two-story entrance hall, a basement, and a labyrinth of rooms. When this series came out on Netflix it was all anyone really talked about and if you haven’t watched it already then what are you doing reading this?! Get watching! We know how well Universal working with Netflix went last year so this is a massive possibility (and I really hope it happens!)
There is a remake of Pet Sematary coming out this April (based on the novel by Stephen King) and the trailer is absolutely terrifying and what does that mean? It would make a fabulous HHN house! If you’re not familiar, the Creed family discover a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home. A perilous chain reaction of events unleashes an unspeakable evil with horrific consequences. In my opinion this would be a super scary house and Universal have worked with Paramount in the past so is a possibility!
Blumhouse or Halloween
Okay I understand this is kind of a cheat one but i’m so stuck so i’ve bundled them together. Blumhouse is a fan favourite (apart from last year where it sort of got swamped by all of the other massive IP’s) In HHN28 we got Happy Death Day & Purge and i’m thinking this year we might get a Blumhouse house featuring Halloween or just a Halloween house on it’s own. I’ve previously spoken about why I think we’ll see another Halloween house. Basically, the new Halloween movie wasn’t featured in last years house and that is likely to be because they didn’t want to show spoilers. HHN28 began on the 14th September and the movie was released on the 19th October meaning Universal would have either spoiled main parts of the movie or not have been able to include them.. neither are in Universals nature. Also, right at the end and I mean RIGHT at the end of the movie you can hear Michael breathing and then the ‘Universal parks and resorts’ logo appears which could possibly mean the film will feature.
Killer Klowns From Outer Space
This has been really strongly rumoured for a house this year and I think that’s down to the popularity of the Scare Zone last year (and how director Mike Aiello is a HUGE fan of KKFOS) this isn’t really a thing that tickles my fancy but I did see the huge impact it had on HHN28 and the nostalgia it bought fans so I think it would be a real smart move.
These have been really hard predictions, and I just have to throw these cheeky suggestions in.. Halloween Horror Nights starts on a Friday the 13th and of course Friday the 13th, could mean that Jason may be an icon at this years event seeing as we have the perfect date for him or maybe even a a special event on that day dedicated to the man himself? The last time there was a house featuring Jason was in 2015 when we had Freddy vs Jason so I think it’s about time he re-visited! Also last year, even with a probability of 0/10 I mentioned death eaters attacking in the WWOHP and i’m going to keep saying it until the day I die or the day it happens, whichever comes first. But with this years announcement of the dark arts light projection show I’m wanting it more and more!
As Warner Bros are now hosting their own Halloween event and due to the fact Disney have bought 21st Century Fox this years was a LOT harder. There is a lot of IP that is now a no-go such as: American Horror Story – I had the privilege of doing an AHS house in 2017 but we will not be seeing another one any time soon. Exorcist – this one has been done in the past too and not likely to be coming back. Jeepers Creepers – this film terrifies me! It would have made for a great house too! 🙁 Paranormal Activity – I’m sure Universal creative team can and have made concepts similar to this without needing the rights! Poltergeist – PHEW at least we got this house last year! Wrong Turn – weirdly one of my favourite film series so i would have loved to have been able to walk through a house based on this! Rocky Horror Picture Show – It’s sad to think that we won’t see anymore of this at Universal for the foreseeable future.
Another one we wont be seeing is Hellraiser which is another house that the hardcore fans of HHN have wanted for years! Horror Nights which is a twitter account for Hollywood HHN has basically confirmed that they cannot do a Hellraiser house. Booo. 🙁
So there’s my 6 IP predictions.. I recently created some polls and asked some questions on our social media to get a feel for what the people really want. 😉 The first pic is a twitter poll that shows Halloween is a popular choice among the people but it was a really tight conclusion between the 4! I also asked the people of Instagram to send us their HHN house suggestions and here are some of the popular results: -Halloween -Insidious -IT -Haunting of Hill House -AHS Cult -‘More Stephen King’ -Us
Original House Ideas
Now thinking about what the original houses could be has nearly sent my brain into overload so I’ve had a brainstorm and here’s what I’ve come up with.. – A clown themed house, maybe even bring the chainsaw wielding clowns into their own house? – Scary Circus – a house featuring an asylum where all the deadbeat circus acts have gone to live out the rest of their lives.. Creepy huh?! – A Coven house.. a house full to the brim of witches who are out to seek justice from a wrong doing to one of their own. – A ‘Hollywood’ Themed house where you walk through some iconic scenes that have been twisted. Surely Universal could just slightly change the name and concept of each film scene and get away with this?? – A torture house, where every room forces the guest to walk through a different type of torture chamber and be a witness to some awful methods.
If those don’t make me seem messed up then I don’t know what will..
So there are this years predictions, what do you think we’re going to see at this years event?? The first house announcement was at the end of March last year and then we had announcements and info every month until Aug so hopefully we’ll be getting an announcement soon!
So I started this blog in December 2017 but never got around to publishing it however with Disney sealing the deal and finally purchasing 20th Century Fox I think its time to share, don’t you..
It has been announced that the Walt Disney Company have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire and Twenty-First Century Fox which will also include Twentieth Century Fox Film and Television studios, cable and international TV businesses for a HUGE.. get this… $52.4 BILLION in stock.
This deal is the latest in a list of big assets in which Disney have gained in the last 12 years since Bob Iger has been CEO and Chariman. First came Pixar in 2006, Marvel in 2009 and Lucasfilm in 2012. These have led to ownership of IP such as Toy Story, Avengers and Star Wars. As part of this deal Bob Iger will stay in his role as chairman and CEO until the end of 2021.
Disney have relied on their recent IP gains as they prepare for the 50th Anniversary in 2021 with the likes of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Toy Story Land and a rumoured Indiana Jones Land. And they now own a large chunk of Fox’s film and TV properties such as X-Men, Alien, Deadpool, Fantastic Four, Planet of the Apes, The X – Files, 24 and channels such as FX and National Geographic. The vast amount of material this will give Disney for future park ideas could include the likes of Planet of the Apes, Night at the Museum, Ice Age, Home Alone or any National Geographic ideas. Imagine the Home Alone house sitting in a park or a ‘come to life’ Museum walk through. The possibility for Disney in their parks is now endless. Fox also own Avatar so this could mean a possible expansion if any of the 4 Avatar sequels prove just as popular as the first.
Now we know that a few of Fox’s properties are already featured in various other theme parks, especially Universal Orlando Resort. Universal have Springfield USA / The Simpsons and are still the sole home of Spiderman, Captain America and the likes despite the Mouse buying Marvel Entertainment. The Walt Disney Company have said it will give them ‘the opportunity to reunite the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool with the Marvel family under one roof‘ (although i’m not sure how family friendly Deadpool is 😉 )however there are so many restrictions for Disney due to many already being present at Universal which leads me on to some detective work I’ve been carrying out.. Fox (FX in particular) is the home of American Horror Story so would this mean any changes to Universals Halloween Horror Nights once the deal is sealed.. which could take up to 12-18 months.
“This is an extraordinary and historic moment for us—one that will create significant long-term value for our company and our shareholders,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “Combining Disney’s and 21st Century Fox’s wealth of creative content and proven talent creates the preeminent global entertainment company, well positioned to lead in an incredibly dynamic and transformative era.”
It is said that the merger doesn’t change anything concerning the right for The Simpsons currently at UOR however we now know that AHS will not be featured at any HHN’s in the foreseeable future due to this merger.
There is also no word just yet on how Marvel properties will be integrated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When asked about the effects of this merger on MCU studio head Kevin Feige told Vulture “We’re not thinking about it. We’re focusing on everything we’ve already announced […] [Adding Fox’s Marvel characters] would be years away.”
Ryan Reynolds has posted a tweet showing his feels on this merger though.. 😉
Deadpool at Disney could really be a sight to see! 😉
This could be the start of some big big things for Disney and us as guests to the parks. We’ll be sure to keep you updated!
What Fox IP would you like to see at Disney after this merger?
Over the weekend our friends over at Fun Spot announced a new interactive water experience that will open this summer in their Orlando park.
The feature will have over 30 interactive features and is being designed by Aquatic Design & Engineering.
“We are excited to begin this next phase of our development plan and adding this amazing interactive water feature is the first step we have been working towards for some time now. We have had some very productive planning meetings working towards this new attraction and our fans have been very engaged with us along this journey. Orlando and central Florida is an amazing and beautiful area and we are very thankful to be a part of such a great community.”
John Arie Jr, CEO/Owner at Fun Spot America
“When we approached the design for the interactive water feature, we took Fun Spot’s motto of ‘Safe-Clean-Fun’ to heart,” said Josh Martin, President and Creative Director of Aquatic Design & Engineering. “Not only is this water feature a fun way to beat the heat for any member of the family, but it also exceeds the highest levels of safety and sanitation. The nearly 4,000-square-foot interactive water feature includes state-of-the-art slip-resistant soft flooring, and it uses environmentally-friendly, advanced UV Ray technology to disinfect the water without harsh chemicals.”
Fun Spot go on to say that ‘the new interactive water feature also conserves water using detection sensors that only run the features when guests are present.’ and ‘all of the water toys and spraying elements have been proven to encourage child development and stimulate the brain through toys that move, twist, or spin.’
With all that Florida heat you’ll definitely find me here cooling off this summer!
First of all, check this out (i’m sure you’d rather listen to Draco Malfoy and the Art Director of the Harry Potter films talk about this than me writing about it.. 😉 )
Opening on the 13th June this year I think it’s fair to say that it is going to be one hell of a coaster experience!!!
Here’s what Universal also had to say..
It begins when you join Hagrid’s Care of Magical Creatures class and board magical motorbikes specially designed to make you feel the freedom of flight. For your journey you can either ride the motorcycle or board the adjacent sidecar, providing two unique experiences. For the first time, you will soar through the Forbidden Forest and come face-to-face with some of the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures… but as often the case with Hagrid, things don’t go as planned.
This new experience combines a new level of storytelling and innovative coaster technology with rich environments and sets – including an actual forest with 1,200 live trees!
Experience a freewheeling coaster flight where you’ll twist, turn and rush forward – and backward – at speeds of up to 50 mph into the dark forest
Encounter some of the wizarding world’s rarest magical creatures, such as a majestic Centaur; a swarm of mischievous Cornish Pixies; Fluffy the three-headed dog; and even one that’s never been seen in the films
Hurl past challenging obstacles, drop into an endless pit of Devil’s Snare and so much more …while encountering a few surprises along the way
Some things Universal have still not revealed are the queue and the pre-show experience. Is this going to be a surprise or are we going to find out more soon?? I also wanna know what else we may encounter in the forbidden forest, what are the other ‘challenging obstacles and surprises’? I suppose an element of surprise can make it a lot more thrilling but i’m super intrigued!
Who’s excitement is building the more we get to know this coaster? Mine is!!