48 Days And Counting Louise Tells Us What She’s Looking Forward To For Her Theme Park Holiday

Hey Thrill Seekers,

I haven’t left you all, I am still here and back for another blog post for you. In case you didn’t already know, or you had forgotten, I am off to Orlando in September! This holiday has been booked for 2 years so it has taken ages to get here, hence why I am so excited!!

Every time I have been to Orlando, it’s been in January however this time round we get to sample Halloween Horror Nights. I am in two minds about this. I can’t stand horror films, I’m such a baby, but there is no way I am going all that way and not doing it. (Plus I don’t think the office would let me live it down)

Universal are slowly releasing more and more snippets about what sort of houses we can expect this year. Some of which have been about before, and some of which are brand new! It has been confirmed that Freddy vs Jason and Jack the Clown will definitely be making a return plus the newest houses to have been confirmed this month are Insidious and Walking Dead!

walking dead house

Falcon’s Fury at Busch Gardens is one of the top attractions on my list of things that I am excited about as I will be the first person from Orlando Attraction Tickets to have been on it and I cannot wait to come back and brag about it (In case readers have forgotten Kelly from OAT bottled it). For any of you that don’t know what Falcon’s Fury is, it’s the newest attraction at Busch Gardens Tampa, standing at 335ft tall it’s not for the faint hearted. Riders are taken up to the top, tilted forwards to face the ground and left hanging for a few seconds before being dropped back down to earth!!! I am definitely a thrill seeker so I for one cannot wait to try this out. I have continuously watched clips of this ride and showed them to my family to encourage them to try it too!

Another attraction I can’t wait to experience is swimming with the dolphins. I have never been to Discovery Cove before so this is a big deal for me. Just being able to see what the dolphins are capable of doing when watching shows such as Blue Horizons at SeaWorld is breathtaking but knowing that I’ll actually be able to get in the water and swim with them is a once in a lifetime opportunity! I am the only person from Orlando Attraction Tickets that has not had this opportunity before so I’m a little behind, although I’m sure when I return I’ll tell them all about it as if they have no idea! I’m so excited that I can hardly contain myself. The countdown has well and truly begun.

discovery cove trip

If had to choose the top 5 roller coasters that I’m looking forward to the most, it would be tough as I love them all but the first on my list would be The Incredible Hulk Coaster at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. This is my favourite ride and my family and I make sure this is one of the first parks we visit just so we can ride this coaster.

Second on my list would be Falcon’s Fury at Busch Gardens just because it’s new and if I hadn’t already told you, I’m going to be the first person from Orlando Attraction Tickets to ride it! I love trying new things and when it comes down to roller coaster, I get overly excited.

Next would be SheiKra also at Busch Gardens. SheiKra is another coaster that we ride every year as it is definitely a ride for the thrill seekers (which most of us are)

Manta at SeaWorld would be number 4 on my list as it’s just slightly different to the other coasters. Manta holds you head first, face down instead of sitting up right (imagine flying like Superman) and is known for having one of the smoothest coaster tracks ever!

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Finally I would have to choose Rip Ride Rock It at Universal Studios. Being able to choose your own individual track to listen to as your gliding around the tracks makes it that little bit more exciting.

I love going to SeaWorld to watch the shows that they put on for the guests. They never fail to amaze me at how they can teach the animals to do the tricks that they can. My favourite show is One Ocean with the whales jumping in and out of the water. Watching the relationship that the whales have with the trainers is absolutely mesmerising!

One show at SeaWorld I can’t wait to watch is Clyde and Seamore Sea Lion High! I have seen clips of sea lions doing shows in different countries and have found them so funny so I will be making sure that my family and I go and watch that this year!

I can’t wait to get back just to tell you all about my experiences.

Smiles included…

Louise

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Which Florida Theme Park Is Best For My Teenager?

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Its hard to believe but yes, once, many moons ago I was a teenager. You know teenages they’re the moody, hoody, phones attached to their hands creatures that skulk around the house eating all the food. Well today I was chatting to a customer who asked my opinion on which parks best suited teenagers.

Here are the parks I picked;

Universal Studios

Universal Studios is perfect for teenagers, it has an uncanny knack of producing products that are on trend. Don’t let the exciting addition of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley distract you this park is much more than Potter.

For the Thrill Riding Teenager Universal Studios offers the brilliant Rip Ride Rockit a ferocious mix of music and adrenaline. Hugely popular this ride allows you to pick a music track to accompany you on the 167 feet high, 3,800 feet long , 65 miles per hour beast.

For the child in us all, Universal Studios is home the the widely popular Minions from Despicable me! I defy any teenager not to enjoy Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride, at the moment its rated our most popular ride at Universal Studios.

Plus you’ve got  TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D, The Simpsons Ride™ and the Revenge of the Mummy® ride! Whats not to like!

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Busch Gardens

Probably my favourite of all the Florida theme parks, Busch Gardens Tampa blends big Thrill Rides with the grace and beauty of some of the worlds most fascinating animals.

Thrill Rides such as Montu, SheiKra, Kumba and Cheetah Hunt make this park a rival for any park in the World and the addition of Falcon’s Fury the 335ft face first drop ride should make any teenager put down their phone and take note!

For those teenagers who aren’t particularly into Thrills and Spills Busch Gardens offers the chance to view animals up close, lions, rhinos and the very popular giraffes are fantastic to see and photo. The Serengeti Safari tour gives guests the perfect up close encounter including the chance to feed the giraffes.

busch animalsUniversal’s Islands of Adventure

Universal’s Islands of Adventure is the original home of Harry Potter. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogsmeade opened in 2010 and has been so popular that they’ve not only decided to expand the Orlando one but also to build them at all their parks. The attention to detail plus the flagship ride Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey makes Islands of Adventure a must do park.

But its not all about Mr Potter, Islands of Adventure also boasts 4 other separate lands including their dedicated Marvel Super Hero Islands which includes the crazy Incredible Hulk Coaster® and the stomach turning drop ride Doctor Doom’s Fearfall®. Islands of Adventure has 4 coasters and 3 water rides.

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So there we have it, my top picks for the best Orlando theme parks for teenagers… If you have teenagers and have visited any of these parks let me know if they enjoyed them.

Smiles included…

Jamie

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5 Marvel Characters I’d Like To See Feature At Theme Parks

Morning Thrill Seekers,

Ever since Disney got its huge wallet out and purchased Marvel, the1972359_10153924287435643_1118761610_n internet has been awash with thoughts on how Disney will use Marvels almost endless list of popular IP’s.

The major stumbling block of course is that Universal have the rights to quite a few of the major IP’s for use in Florida including Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Wolverine and Storm. Not surprisingly Disney would love these rights back… again not surprisingly Universal aren’t really keen to give them back. So what we’re left with is a bit of a Mexican standoff. Universal are unable to add or make any changes to their Marvel Super Hero Land at Islands of Adventure without permission from Marvel, who of course owned by Disney are really going to oblige and Disney can’t take full advantage of a niche area that, at the moment, is very popular.

However that doesn’t stop me from think about a few characters from Marvel’s library that I’d love to see brought to life and featured at an Orlando Theme Park.

Daredevil

Forget that terrible Daredevil film, this character is one of Marvels gems. Matt Murdock was Marvel’s very first blind superhero, using his heightened other senses, he looks after New Yorks, Hell’s Kitchen area.

As an attraction I’m thinking an indoor dark roller coaster would be best suited for the Man without Fear.

Ghostrider

Again, forget the films… Ghost Rider when done properly is one of Marvel’s coolest anti-heros. A real Jekyll and Hyde character, the first Ghost Rider is a demon that inhabits Johnny Blaze (a stunt motorbike rider) and appears as a hell’s angel type biker but with a flaming skull for a head.

I’m imagining a ride similar to Stealth at Thorpe Park in the UK, a very fast 0-60 mph take off (like the Hulk) then a sharp rise simulating the a motorbike jumping over some cars. A fast, intense ride for the Demon Motorcyclist.

Ant Man

This character is not the best known in the Marvel Universe but he soon will be, as Marvel are planning to release a stand alone film telling his origins.

Ant Man is the story of brilliant Scientist Henry Pym, who finds a way to alter his size after discovering “Pym Particles”, he also has a helmet that lets him talk to ants (as you do). In the comic’s he is one of the founding members of the Avengers.

For me an Ant Man attraction is perfect for the wave of 3d rides we’ve been seeing. Telling the story of one of Pym’s adventures you could easily imagine the attraction giving you the sense of shrinking and growing…. plus riding on a flying ant.

Captain America

I’m surprised there isn’t a Captain America ride in Florida already. The most patriotic of all the Marvel Super Heroes, Captain America is hugely popular and recognisable not only that but he’s in films that actually don’t suck, which is a massive advantage he has over Daredevil and Ghost Rider.

I see the Captain America ride as something for the kids, perhaps just a very simply waltzer style ride where riders sit in or on a larger version of Captain America’s shield.

Thor

A massive part of the Avengers film and two of his own, Thor is very popular, based on the Norse God of Thunder he lends himself perfectly to a high speed coaster.

There we have it, 5  Marvel Characters I’d like to see given attractions and amazingly I didn’t even include Iron Man or Guardians of the Galaxy, I can see Rocket Racoon selling merchandise by the millions!

Are there any Marvel Characters I’ve missed off that you’d like to see given the Disney theme park treatment?

Smiles included…

Jamie

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Friday Florida Theme Park Round Up

Hey Thrill Seekers,

As weeks go this one has been pretty light on theme park news, there have been a couple of things going on that although news worth they weren’t enough to fill an entire post, so I thought what I’d do is offer this post as a roundup of what’s happening, happened or rumoured.

First up is LEGOLAND Florida, who this week re-opened Cypress Gardens renowned Florida shaped swimming pool and Oriental Gardens.

The pool was constructed in the 50’s for the film “Easy to Love” but had been closed to the public for a number of years, that was until LEGOLAND moved in and began its restoration plan.

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The Oriental Gardens is a place for reflection and contemplation, as per the name it has an Oriental flavour including Buddhas and bamboo elements. LEGOLAND are expected to add additional LEGO characters to the gardens to entertain the children.

oriental gardens

A rumour that just won’t go away is that Universal Orlando are looking to add a version of the King Kong ride possibly to Islands of Adventure. Fuel was further added by Parkscope who got this anonymous tip off showing Universal have submitted a permit for sitework to begin on project 340 which has been bandied around as the working name of a new King Kong ride.

king kong

We mentioned the Polercoaster back in November but since then talk has been pretty quiet. That changed this week when reports came out that the Polercoaster is going for the record.. yup it wants to be the Worlds tallest Roller Coaster at a staggering, 570 feet high. For perspective that would make it almost 3 times taller than Busch Gardens SheiKra…

Where the Polercoaster is going to be is still to be revealed, but theme park insiders are stating that the cost to build and maintain such a beast is so much that only one of the major parks could include it and still make money.

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So there we have it, LEGOLAND, Universal and a Polercoaster make this weeks Friday Florida Theme Park round up.

Smiles included…

Jamie

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