Merlin confirm they would be interested in purchasing Busch Gardens Tampa

Hey Thrill Seekers,

We discussed recently the rumour that SeaWorld were looking to bring in outside financial advisors to help with either a sale or a reorganisation of its assets.

Well one such asset which might be available is Busch Gardens. Busch Gardens Tampa situated approx. an hour away from the thrills of Orlando is extremely popular with UK visitors and blends a mixture of animal attractions plus massive thrill rides. Its also one of our personal favourite parks.

If the park was to be made available for purchase one of the first companies to be interest would be Merlin, owners of LEGOLAND Florida.

First reported on the excellent Skift  travel news website and speaking after the company’s first-half results, Merlin chief financial officer Anne-Francoise Nesmes said;

It takes two parties to do a deal so we do not know what SeaWorld’s intentions are but we do believe that those assets [Busch Gardens] are interesting and we could certainly do a lot with them particularly around accommodation, so to us it’s about having the right discussion with a willing partner and making sure we have the right financial return

Obviously this is purely speculation and of course Merlin would be interested in picking up Busch Gardens, I’m sure they wont be the only ones. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment are due to release their second quarter results next week and they could perhaps hold the key to what the future holds for Busch Gardens. At the moment we hear they’re interested in opening an on-site hotel and altering an existing ride into an indoors dark ride.

We’ll keep you updated.

Smiles included…

Jamie

LEGOLAND Ninjago World – Officially open today

Hey Thrill Seekers,

LEGOLAND Florida has been busy adding new attractions for the last few years and is slowly becoming bigger and bigger.

I have been practising my ninja moves, have you? I hope so as today is the day that LEGOLAND have officially opened their all new Ninjago World. I’m guessing this is going to be a big hit.

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Ninjago World will hold various childrens games including Ninjago the Ride 4D, Zane’s Temple Build, Kai’s Spinners, Cole’s Rock Climb and Jay’s Lightning Drill. Ninjago the Ride 4D is an interactive ride allowing riders to become ninjas themselves. The screens in front of you will interact with your body movements making it feel like you’re right there in the middle of the action being a ninja! Every kid’s dream right?! Most interactive rides with have devices that you’ll use but Ninjago the Ride 4D just lets you use your hands!

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Don’t miss out, you can purchase your LEGOLAND tickets from Orlando Attraction Tickets within some of our fantastic bundles, or simply on their own.

So whilst you’re in Orlando be sure to visit LEGOLAND Ninjago World to show off your Ninja moves, I will definitely be going to show off mine 😉

Smiles Included…

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Do You Really Mean All The Parks?

Hey Thrill Seekers,

A lot of our customers ask for a ticket that includes ‘all of the parks’ without realising how many parks there actually are. Ticket purchasing can become quite complicated when you aren’t aware of all the parks and attractions, especially if you’re a first timer. We have ‘The Big Three’, Disney, Universal and SeaWorld but there is so much more!

Let’s take a look at the big three first.

Walt Disney World actually consists of 6 parks in total, 4 theme parks, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and 2 water parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. All of our Disney tickets include all 6 of these parks, we do not offer single day or single park tickets.

Disney’s Magic Kingdom is the park to explore lands of endless enchantment, where your fantasy becomes a reality. 

Disney’s Epcot allows you to travel around the globe, under the sea, into outer space…and beyond!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom will amaze you, behold the magic of nature with rare animals and world-class entertainment.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios puts you smack bang in the middle of the action, take center stage in the world of movies, television, music and theater.

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon is a storm ravaged tropical bay while Disney’s Blizzard Beach is a melting ski resort.

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Moving onto Universal now with their 2 theme parks, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. These 2 parks are joint together using The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the Hogwarts Express. You must have a hopper ticket to ride the Hogwarts Express, which is of course, what we offer! 🙂

Tip: Ride the Hogwarts Express both ways to encounter two completely different experiences. 😉

Universal Studios is where you can jump into the action of your favourite movies and TV shows’. At the back of the park you will find yourself in Diagon Alley.

Universal’s Islands of Adventure is where you can live the adventure. Towards the back of this park you will be in Hogsmeade.

Universal’s Volcano Bay is the newest park which is due to open on the 1st June 2017. Water is life. Life is joy. 

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SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment have a total of 4 parks including SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Discovery Cove.

SeaWorld Orlando has a mixture of thrill rides, family rides and animal interactions. SeaWorld rescue a lot of animals from the wild to treat them and then release them back into the wild.

Aquatica is SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment’s water park which is themed to the Southern Pacific and features Australian and New Zealand mascots that you can spot relating to each attraction.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is about an hour out of Orlando but so worth the journey! The 19th century African themed park is also, like SeaWorld, a mixture of the thrill and family rides as well as the animal encounters. All of the SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is suitable for all the family.

Tip: We offer these parks at an amazing 3 parks for the price of 2 offer which entails free parking!

Discovery Cove is an amusement park where guests can completely relax with an all inclusive day and have the choice to ‘talk, touch, play and swim with bottlenose dolphins’.

There are 2 Discovery Cove packages available, 1 including 14 days into SeaWorld and Aquatica and our Ultimate package including 14 days into SeaWorld, Aquatica and Busch Gardens.

Tip: You can make the most of the free parking with our Ultimate Package as well. 😉

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LEGOLAND Florida & Merlin Attractions is next up. LEGOLAND Florida has their theme park and their water park – great fun for all the family. As well as Legoland, Merlin also have I-Drive 360 which is made up of The Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds and SEALIFE Orlando.

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We offer a number of different ticket options for these attractions, so if you don’t necessarily want to visit all of them, you can take your pick!

If you’re looking to visit some of Florida’s more alternative attractions, you won’t be at a loose end as there are so many options!

Kennedy Space Center

Fun Spot

Gatorland

Boggy Creek – 30 minute

Boggy Creek – 1 hour

WonderWorks

Orlando Magic

So if you were stuck for ideas, I hope you’re not anymore! All of these attractions are available on our website and any questions you have, you can contact us to find out more!

Smiles Included…

Louise

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LEGOLAND Florida to open all new Ninjago World

Hey Thrill Seekers,

LEGOLAND Florida are opening an immersive 4-D Ninjago World January 12, 2017 which will allow children to let themselves go, in their own little adventure. Ninjago World will spread across 3 acres of the park. As they’ve called it a ‘world’ you can probably tell that it’s not just going to be a ride; there’s going to be several outdoor activities as well.

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The activities are to enhance your ‘ninja skills’ before you get to LEGO Ninjago The Ride to make sure you’re ready to take it on!

Zane’s Temple Build is a giant LEGO building experience which allows children to contribute to a mountaintop of Ninjago monastery.

Kai’s Spinners lets you master the the ancient art of Spinjitzu on the spinning platforms so be prepared to get spinning!

Cole’s Rock Climb is an outdoor climbing wall that will test children’s balance,endurance and patience skills.

Jay’s Lightning Drill measures your reflexes with super-fast light up targets.

LEGO Ninjago the Ride will use high-tech sensors so that riders can use hand movements in a striking movements to act as ninjas and score points. Slightly different to your average interactive ride where you would have a lever or gun etc. It makes you feel more in the game!

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Ninjago World will also have regular meet and greet opportunities throughout the day with Kai and Nya the siblings.

Sounds pretty awesome to me!

Smiles included…

Louise

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LEGOLAND Florida Water Park Schedule 2016

Hey Thrill Seekers,

LEGOLAND Florida have recently released their operating schedule for 2016. So we’ve included it here in this handy post.

  • Grey days mean’s the park is closed
  • Pink days mean’s the park is open from 10:30am until 6pm
  • Blue days mean’s the park is open 10:30am until 5pm
  • Yellow mean’s the park is open 10am until 6pm

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You can purchase LEGOLAND tickets directly from Orlando Attraction Tickets.

Smiles included…

Jamie

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Orlando Attraction Tickets Introduces The Merlin Orlando Combo Ticket

Hey Thrill Seekers,

We’ve been excited about the introduction of Merlin at I-Drive360 for what seems like an eternity, Merlin Entertainments, owners of LEGOLAND Florida are bringing some of their World renowned attractions to Orlando.

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Live it up with the “stars” at Madame Tussauds, check out the amazing aquarium at SEA LIFE Orlando and reach for the skies on the amazing Orlando Eye. Set for its grand opening on May 4th 2015 we literally cannot wait!

So we’re delighted to announce that we are the first UK ticket reseller to officially begin selling a mixture of tickets for these awesome attractions. At present we are offering 4 separate type of ticket;

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Madame Tussauds Orlando is rolling out the red carpet to become Florida’s latest celebrity hotspot!

Madame Tussauds provides visitors the opportunity to indulge in the ultimate fame experience and step onto the red carpet amongst their favourite celebrities.  Get ready to experience the essence of America with this brand new, immersive and interactive wax attraction, bursting with family fun and world class entertainment. Shake hands with the president, get on stage with your favourite pop star, or get up close and personal with an A-lister and take the ultimate selfie!

SEA LIFE Orlando

Dive deeper into an underwater world at SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium.Soak up incredible views from Orlando’s only 360° Underwater Tunnel and feel your heart race as majestic sharks and graceful rays swim overhead! Gaze in awe at breath taking creatures as you walk through incredible themed habitats then pop up in our bubbletanks for an astonishingly close view!

Discover an aquarium where you can explore beautiful tropical waters of the Indian Ocean, find out the secrets of the Atlantic, and be amazed by the wonders of the Pacific. Encounter stunning blooms of jellyfish, the Giant Pacific Octopus that lurks in the sunken shipwreck and come nose to nose with our Green Sea Turtle.

We love the oceans and the amazing creatures that live in them. By sharing their beauty with you we hope that you’ll join us in helping protect them for generations to come.

With fun talks, animal feeds, special events, a children’s play area and and our Dive Adventure Trail, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium.

To get any closer you’d have to get wet!

The Orlando Eye

Take a moment to escape and see the magic and wonder Orlando has to offer from above. The Orlando Eye offers a new and unique way to experience the beauty of Orlando,also known as the ‘City Beautiful’, and see it in a way you’ve never seen it before. Be effortlessly lifted upto 400 feet and experience breathtaking 360 degree views of surrounding Central Florida.

Located at I-Drive360, the heart of International Drive, the Orlando Eye is the tallest observation wheel on the east coast of the USA. The gradual rotation in one of the 30 hightech capsules gives you an everchanging perspective.Each capsule contains Apple iPad Air tablets which allow you to explore and learn more about the landmarks and surroundings in several languages and effectively see beyond what the eye can see.

A flight on the Orlando Eye will lift you high enough to see the sights of downtown Orlando’s skyline, nearby themeparks, beautiful lakes and lush landscapes, with views all the way to Cape Canaveral on Florida’s east coast.

You can purchase these tickets now, however please be aware that dispatch maybe delayed until Merlin have fully uploaded their systems, we estimate tickets to be dispatched within the next few weeks.

We can’t wait to hear what our customers have to say about what our friends at Merlin have to offer.

Smiles included…

Jamie

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Interview With Nigel McShine-Jones From LEGOLAND Florida

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Following on from last weeks interview with one of the original OAT legends, Nichola Parr. I thought we’d release the interview with the only other 100%’er when it comes to our interview series…

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Nigel has been promoting and supporting LEGOLAND Florida via Orlando Attraction Tickets even before the park opened and has been a big factor in its international success. Here’s his interview which took place in December 2014.

Name: Nigel McShine-Jones / sale manager uk & ireland Merlin Entertainments North America.

Who do you work for?: LEGOLAND Florida Resort / Merlin Entertainments.

What’s been the highlight of the year (2014) for your company?: The announcement of the new legoland hotel in Florida and the new cluster of attractions (Orlando eye, madame tussaud’s & sealife) in the i-drive 360 complex.

What’s been the highlight of the year (2014) for you?: Oh that’s a tough one! Looking forward to 2015 is the highlight! 😉

What can we expect from your company in 2015?: With the opening of our hotel and our attractions in 2015, Merlin Entertainments. we have increased our presence in the central Florida market. So expect to hear much more from us in 2015.

Make a 2015 prediction…: The UK to USA market will be more buoyant than it has been before, with many airlines increasing capacity both from the charter and scheduled side.

Best theme park ride/attraction of 2014? Our very own driving school at LEGOLAND Florida resort. Where else can kids get their very own (unofficial) driving license?

Best theme park/attraction food of 2014?: Still our granny apple fries. Like french fries but made with apple and coated in cinnamon. Yum!

Best theme park/attraction tip?: Try to visit the parks during the week when our american cousins are at work. Avoid spring break!

Best kept secret in Florida?: Just the sheer variety of things to do in addition to the theme parks. Oh and St Augustine. The oldest city in the usa with spectacular spanish architecture and some of the best ghost tours in the us of a!

Thanks alot Nigel, really great interview, I’ve added St. Augustine to my bucket list. 2015 will definitely be a huge year for LEGOLAND Florida, the additional attractions including the Orlando Eye will be available to book on Orlando Attraction Tickets as soon possible.

Smiles included…

Jamie

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LEGOLAND Florida Run Their Imagination Zone Entirely On Renewable Energy

Hey Thrill Seekers,

LEGOLAND® Florida, near Orlando, is taking advantage of the Park’s year-round sunshine by running its popular Imagination Zone entirely on renewable energy.

To mark the initiative, a giant LEGO globe was unveiled, modelled from over a quarter of a million colourful bricks. The interactive globe rotates above mini communities illustrating the effects of solar power.
TECOGLOBEAdrian Jones, LEGOLAND Florida¹s General Manager, commented ;

We are thrilled about this initiative which we are running in partnership with Tampa Electric and have further exciting plans on renewable energy in the pipeline.

We also got our hands on this great time lapse video showing how LEGOLAND Florida went about making the globe.

You can purchase a 1 day LEGOLAND Florida ticket for as little as £36.00 at Orlando Attraction Tickets.

Smiles included…

Jamie

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The LEGO Movie Weekend Returns To LEGOLAND Florida

Hey Thrill Seekers,

With a record-breaking box office debut, an action-packed video game and a contagious song, everything is awesome with “The LEGO® Movie,” kids and parents alike just can’t get enough. So, it’s no surprise that these fans are looking to LEGOLAND Florida for more movie-themed fun in a fantastic LEGO inspired theme park setting. Back by popular demand, The LEGO Movie Weekend festivities will return to LEGOLAND Florida every weekend in March starting Mar. 8, bringing back scavenger hunts, photo opportunities as well as new family fun with a chance to help transform Miniland USA’s New York City into the famous Bricksburg.

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No instructions are needed here, The LEGO Movie Weekends in March will feature an all out takeover of Miniland USA’s New York City and model builders need the help of park guests to transform this city into Bricksburg, home of the movie’s hero, Emmet. While LEGOLAND Florida model builders add iconic LEGO models from “The LEGO Movie” each weekend, park guests will have the chance to build alongside them and use their imaginations to create their own model that will live on and be added to the city to be transformed into Bricksburg over the four week event.

“The LEGO Movie” Weekend at LEGOLAND Florida includes the following activities:

  • New! The LEGO Movie Take Over of Miniland’s New York City Miniland USA

Guests can use their imagination to build their own unique LEGO model to help LEGOLAND Florida Master Model Builders transform Miniland USA’s New York City into Emmet’s home town, Bricksburg.

Master Model Builders will add iconic LEGO Bricksburg Models each weekend such as:

  • The construction crane hoisting “The LEGO Movie” Logo over the city.
  • Lord Business’ Evil Lair
  • Batman’s Batwing Vehicle
  • Benny’s Spaceship…and more!
  • New! LEGO Batman Photo Opportunity Imagination Zone

Pose with the LEGO Batman, Wyldstyle’s boyfriend in “The LEGO Movie.”

  • Meet & Greet with Emmet & Wyldstyle Imagination Zone

Fans can walk the red carpet and meet the stars of “The LEGO Movie,” Emmet and Wyldstyle.

  •  “The LEGO Movie” Scavenger HuntMiniland USA

Emmet, Wyldstyle and Lord Business are lost in Miniland USA. Guests can help find them to save the day!

  • “The LEGO Movie” Video Game ChallengeWarner Bros. Games Zone

Gaming fans can test their skills and play the latest action-packed video game, “The LEGO Movie.”

  •  “The LEGO Movie” Mural Build – Imagination Zone

Families can build together and help create a giant LEGO poster of “The LEGO Movie.”

Currently in theaters nationwide, “The LEGO® Movie” is the first-ever, full-length theatrical LEGO® adventure. from Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and LEGO System A/S. \Directed by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller,  it stars Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman,Alison Brie and Charlie Day, with Liam Neeson and Morgan Freeman.

“The LEGO Movie” Weekend is included with park admission and guests will have complete access to a full day of theme park fun with more than 50 rides, shows and attractions all geared to families with children ages 2 to 12.

You can purchase LEGOLAND tickets from Orlando Attraction Tickets from as little as £36.00.

Smiles included…

Jamie

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