Hey Thrill Seekers,
Explore, celebrate and play: SeaWorld Parks & entertainment have just released some more information on Sesame Street which is coming to SeaWorld in Spring 2019.
Where is Sesame Street going? I hear you ask.. well it IS ‘replacing’ Shamu’s Happy Harbour which is in the south end of the park – well more like an overhaul than a replacement to be honest. It was back on May 18th 2018 last year was when Sesame Street was announced and was said to open in 2022! In Feb this year we had info that it was going to be opening in 2020 and now we know its going to open next year.. The proof is on their website! Yippee
Jim Dean – President of SeaWorld Orlando said “We are excited to transport our guests into the colorful and creative world of Sesame Street through immersive theming, character interactions and interactive play”
Also, for the first time ever at SeaWorld there will be a daily parade that is set to feature, yep you guessed it.. Elmo and his friends. As well as the daily parade kids and big kids alike will be able to visit re-created sets from Sesame Street such as Big Birds nest, Mr Hoopers Store and 123 Stoop. There will also be rides and play areas too!
‘Explore the iconic neighbourhood as you walk through Abby Cadabby’s garden, visit Mr. Hooper’s Store, Stop by Big Bird’s nest, sit on the famous 123 Stoop and meet your favourite friends from Sesame Street including Elmo, Cookie Monster and Big Bird.’
‘Elmo and his furry friends, along with parade dancers will invite you and your family to join the party on Sesame Street daily during SeaWorld Orlando’s first ever parade.’
‘The immersive area will feature exciting rides, wet and dry play areas and interactive experiences designed to entertain your entire family.’
It is expected that the new rides will be announced in the forthcoming months. Taken from our post back in February this year: It has been speculated that there is going to be a dark ride added to this section of the park, as a few large building have been noticed on some building plans. There has been rumours that SeaWorld have been in talks with The Goddard Group who have worked on projects like Spider-Man and T2 so maybe this could be a hint toward a dark, Sesame Street ride which will be unique for SeaWorld Orlando as there is certainly not a lot of indoor ‘show scene’ rides since the animatronics on Journey to Atlantis stopped.
We’ll keep you updated!
Hey Thrill Seekers,
Star Wars – Galaxy’s Edge is one of the most anticipated new lands for a long time. Last Saturday fans attended Hollywood Studios to see some new images of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge which is coming in 2019.
Disney want Star Wars – Galaxy’s Edge to feel like a ‘real place’ in the Star Wars universe and they have also spoken about how they want to get the details ‘right’. Loads of details have been released already so we’re hoping that the stream of information will continue all the way up until it opens in 2019. We now also know that the planet is called Batuu.
The details include an image of the inside of the Millennium Falcon which is one of of the two rides coming to the MAHOOSIVE 14 acre expansion. You’ll be able to get behind the controls of the Millennium Falcon and fly it, the choices you make will have an impact on your Star Wars journey. Disney have released a image of what the inside of the Millennium Falcon will look like, you can see that they have recreated the hallway and the cockpit in which guests will be able to enter. It is said that this attraction is going to be built on multiple turntable rooms which may be a bit like Mission: Space at EPCOT. Each of the rooms is said to have Falcon interior and will increase the capacity of the ride.
Disney’s team have stated that the Millennium Falcon ride will have multiple missions for guests to complete meaning each ride will be different. Going back to what I said about how the choices you make will impact your journey, Scott Trowbridge has advised that visitors performances on the tasks will be tracked and may influence how characters throughout the land react to you. If you bring the ship back wrecked you may be on the list of a bounty hunter or even worse.. if you find yourself on Harkos’s list you may face some problems if you show up to the local Cantina. I’m guessing that this will be done through Magic Bands.
The other ride will see visitors in an attraction on a scale that has never been done before and they will feel as though they are on a Star Destroyer inside a Hangar Bay.
There is going to be more iconic spaceships in Galaxy’s Edge such as a fleet of full size X-wing fighters, see below.
Disney have also tested blue and green milk beverages which will be found in the Cantina with Rex as the DJ (you can see me attempt to make blue milk with Gavin here) and you will also be able to explore the exotic market places of Batuu to find in-universe toys and souvenirs which are said to be exclusive. Imagineers want this part to be ‘romantic and ancient’ and have visited various marketplaces in Instanbul and Morocco for inspiration! The stall in the image below is run by a “Toydarian”(who sells toys) which Trowbridge has said was introduces in Episode I: The Pantom Menace” on Tatooine.
The new land will see guests visit a remote trading port on the edge of space where characters such as BB-8, Chewbacca and members of the First Order come to life. Guests will find themselves in the middle of the action in a land so immersive you may just forget you’re in a theme park.
Who’s as excited as we are?
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
- 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?!