2014’s Most Genius Orlando Theme Park Introductions

Hey Thrill Seekers,

To make yourself stand out in the world of theme parks you’ve got to try and not only get onboard with the next big IP but also think outside the block. In 2014 we were spoilt with the amount of new and innovative attractions that the major theme parks dropped on us. Here are just a few of my favourites.

Hogwarts Express

Whoever it was that sat in the Universal boardroom and said “ummm how about we link the two Wizarding Worlds with a train” is an absolute genius.  Not only is it totally unique but it fits in to the whole look and feel of Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade.

If I had a pound every time we were asked if our tickets include the use of the Hogwarts Express I’d be a very rich man. Actually I could probably buy my own Hogwarts Express! (Just so you know our tickets do include use of the Hogwarts Express)

You’d be forgiven for thinking that the train is just to move people around the park but no, its also a theme park ride in itself. Depending upon which way you travel you’ll experience an adventure that pops you right in the middle of your own JK Rowling story.

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Falcons Fury

I’ve been in conversations about this ride at Busch Gardens Tampa where the phrase “its a bit of a one trick pony” has been bandied around… To a certain point this is probably true, but what a trick it is!

Drop rides have been around for a long time, so to make them standout you have to come up with something pretty special. Yeah you can build it taller than anything else in the skyline, and Busch Gardens has done this but you need something else to make it stand out.

How about we drop you at a 90 degree angle so you’re facing the floor!? Yep that will do it!

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Interactive Wands

Yep its back to Universal and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. When it was first revealed that Universal would be building Diagon Alley one of the things we took a stab in the dark predicting was interactive wands. Sometimes you chuck something out there and it comes true.

Through out Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade you’ll notice little symbols on the floor, these symbols tell the visitor that they can use their interactive wand here. The young Wizard follows the instructions on the symbol to cast the spell. More information can be found in our post – Yes interactive Wands at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter are cool

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Disney’s My Magic+

When you spend a few billion dollars implementing something totally unique within the theme park world you pretty much deserve to be on this list.

Disney’s My Magic+, My Disney Experience or Disney’s FastPass Plus whichever you prefer allows customer to pre-reserve fastpass slots on their favourite rides and attraction even before they step in to the park. Not only this but in a genius piece of adding value customers can also attach their credit/debit card details to their account which is connected to their ticket so they can purchase additional bits within the parks.

The system has been mostly received as a positive and although its cost Disney a huge chunk of its profits this long term investment is sound. It also puts pressure on the other parks to come up with an alternative to the antiquated express pass system.

You can find out more about Disney’s My Magic Plus here.

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I wonder what 2015 will bring. Hopefully some more exciting and innovative creations…we can only wait.

Smiles Included…

Jamie

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Disney Increase My Magic Plus Testing To Include Magic Kingdom

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Yesterday Disney’s Magic Kingdom has become the second park to startMy Magic+ what they are calling the “test” period for their new system My Magic Plus which is replacing the old Fastpass system. This testing period is likely to continue right up until the end of March.

Testing for the My Magic Plus system is already in full swing at Animal Kingdom where the park has completely removed the old style fastPass machines. Although Disney have not confirmed that the testing period has finished at Animal Kingdom it is widely thought that the old machines will not return.

Key Details

  • My Magic+ enabled tickets allow visitors to reserve rides, attractions, positions in viewing areas for the parades and fireworks up to 60 days in advance.
  • My Magic+ enabled tickets also allow you to reserve tables at your favourite Disney restaurants up to 180 days in advance.
  • All Disney’s most popular Orlando theme parks include free WiFi this allows My Magic+ enabled ticket holders to amend their itinerary by using their smartphone while  in the park.
  • You can tell a My Magic+ enabled ticket by the Mickey Mouse logo – click here to view a Disney enabled My Magic+ Ticket
  • Please note that although My Magic+ has been enabled for a section of users a full roll out isn’t expected until March 2014.

More details can be found on our post What is Disney’s My Magic+ and how does it work?

We’ll continue to update you when we hear more…

Smiles included…

Jamie

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What Do The Disney My Magic+ Enabled Tickets Look Like?

Hi Thrill Seekers,

Disney are fully rolling out My Magic+ and replacing the old Fastpass system at all their theme parks. So its important to make sure that you’re purchasing tickets that are RFID and My Magic+ enabled.

Here’s what you need to be looking out for;

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Back

The most important part to note is the Mickey Mouse logo on the back of the ticket usually found either at the bottom of the ticket or at the top, this confirms that the ticket is indeed My Magic+ ready.

So there you go, that’s what your new Disney tickets should look like. All Disney tickets sold by Orlando Attraction Tickets for 2014 are My Magic+ enabled.

Click here if you’re asking yourself “What is Disney My Magic Plus“?

Smiles included…

Jamie

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