Hurricane Irma Update

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Hurricane Irma has now thankfully passed and we’re happy to confirm that all OAT staff are safe and sound.

The parks take visitor safety very seriously and clean up has begun. Here’s the latest from the parks regarding operational times.

Disney 

Walt Disney World’s Theme Parks and Disney Springs will reopen Tuesday, September 12 with normal, advertised operating hours. Special events, such as Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, will also take place. Water Parks will remain closed tomorrow and will reopen later this week.
HOURS OF OPERATION FOR TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

Magic Kingdom Park – 9:00am-7:00pm, with an added Extra Magic Hour beginning at 8:00am for Disney Resort Guests who weathered the storm with us
Epcot – 9:00am-9:00pm, with previously scheduled Extra Magic Hours from 9:00-11:00 pm for Resort Guests
Disney’s Animal Kingdom – 9:00am-9:00pm; Kilimanjaro Safaris will open at 1:00pm due to continued clean-up following the storm
Disney’s Hollywood Studios – 9:00am-9:00pm
Disney Springs – 10:00am-12:00am
Blizzard Beach – Closed
Typhoon Lagoon – Closed
*There may be modifications to some attractions and entertainment offerings.

Universal

Tuesday, September 12 at 9:00 AM for Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay.
In addition, we can confirm that our Halloween Horror Nights event will begin as scheduled this Friday, September 15.

SeaWorld Parks

SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando and Discovery Cove will remain closed today Tuesday, September 12 to allow for additional debris clean-up from Hurricane Irma.

We expect SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica Orlando to reopen on Wednesday, September 13. Discovery Cove will determine a reopening date as the week progresses.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will remain closed today Tuesday, September 12 to allow for debris clean-up from Hurricane Irma. We expect the park to reopen on Wednesday, September 13.

These details are subject to change but we expect things to be back to normal very quickly.

Cancellations of tickets

We are awaiting full confirmation from the parks regarding cancellations for customers who were unable to fly due to Hurricane Irma, we expect to have that information over night and appreciate our customers patients while operations get back to normal.

Kind regards,

Jamie

OAT Live – All Girl Episode

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Its an episode that everyone was asking for so we gave it to you… Gavin was relegated to camera man and the girls took over.

Abby & Teresa took charge of this episode and covered Disney, Universal and an Aquatica rumour…

OAT Live is our bi-weekly show covering all things theme park related. You can watch the next episode on the 10th August and if you missed any episodes you can catch up here – OAT Live

Smiles included…

Jamie

Theme Parks Announce In-Coaster Dining Plans!

Hey Thrill Seekers,

According to recent reports, one theme park in Orlando is planning to offer their visitors ‘In-Coaster’ dining options!

The Park has stated that more and more people that come to Orlando are not getting enough quality time at the parks due to the inconvenience of having to take a break to eat breakfast, lunch or a snack. They have stated that according to research carried out on one of their most popular roller coasters, visitors can save an additional 22 minutes per day by choosing to eat their meals during their ride on a roller coaster.

Some of the dishes already planned for the menu include the following;

  • Soup of the day
  • Rahmen Noodles
  • Curry and Rice
  • Nachos with Cheese
  • Fish and Chips
  • Burgers
  • Ice Cream
  • Custard

The park in question [currently choosing to remain anonymous for commercial reasons] say that although some people may find it difficult to eat a full meal while riding a coaster we hope in time that this will become part and parcel of visiting a theme park.

When asked what they planned to do for riders that exited the ride covered in food the park official stated “We already have a post dinner schedule for clean up, customer can pay an additional $20 to be hosed down after”

Although this does seem a radical idea and many are sceptical of its success, some have even speculated that their is a 1 in 3 chance of people ‘chundering’ during and after the ride, this aside, we are keen to see this food related freak show in operation.

Official opening is planned for 1st April 2018 – so we will be able to provide more information closer to the time. In the meantime if any of our readers have any idea which park this may happen in please leave a comment below.

Happy munching and Smiles included…

Jamie

Orlando Attraction Tickets

Interview With Karl Hendrie From Orlando Attraction Tickets

Hey Thrill Seekers,

It may have appeared that last week I forgot to post an interview Tuesday blog… but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I was simply really busy or something..

Anyway todays interview is with top bloke and gaffer here at Orlando Attraction Tickets, Karl Hendrie. Karl has been with OAT from the very start and at the moment is responsible for anything technical for example the website, this blog platform and the app.

Let’s get to know him…

Name: Karl Hendrie
Company: Orlando Attraction Tickets
Position: CTO

GETTING TO KNOW YOU

If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get? Olive Oil, I frickin love it!

If you were an animal, what would you be and why? Silverback gorilla 

If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction? A science fiction based comedy.

Complete the sentence; I was once mistaken for . . .  that fat bloke from the Go Compare adverts.

If you had your own talk show, who would your first three guests be? Elon Musk, Bill Bailey, Alicia Keys

WORK

What was the highlight of 2016 for your company?:  In 2016 we broke all company trading records. It was an epic year and being part of an epic team that made it happen was really amazing.

What can we expect from your company in 2017?:  Product innovation! At the end of last year we decided to give our customers even more. Throughout this year you will see some fantastic added value offers exclusive to OAT.

Make a 2017 prediction…:  The rise of the half day excursions! This year we have really highlighted how incredible some of the half day excursions are. I would really recommend taking time to visit places like WonderWorks, Gatorland, Fun Spot and Boggy Creek. If you’re lucky enough to catch one of our promos you can get these for free with certain ticket bundles.

Best Theme Park ride/attraction of 2016?:  Mako at SeaWorld Orlando. I know other have said this too….but its just so awesome!

Best Theme Park/attraction food of 2016?:  Duff beer at Springfield USA, Universal Studios – that’s a food right?

Best Theme Park/attraction tip?:  Where possible, get yourself a Fast Pass.

Best kept secret in Florida?:  Information is power – the more you know about the parks the better you can plan in advance. Have a look at our Facebook live series (OAT Live) which broadcasts live from our offices every other Thursday – its packed full of information, news and cracking tips to help you plan your amazing Orlando holiday.

Thanks Karl for taking the time to get involved with our interview series. You can see more of our interview series here;

Smiles included…

Jamie

Interview With Abby From Orlando Attraction Tickets

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Interview Tuesday is upon us once again and today we’ve turned the tables on one of our own.

Star of the hit Facebook live show, OAT Live, Abby has been chatting about Disney, Universal, SeaWorld and all things Orlando for a while now. If you haven’t watched her you’ve probably read one of her blog posts.

Lets get to know her…

Name: Abby
Company: Orlando Attraction Tickets
Position: Social Media Team

GETTING TO KNOW YOU

If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get? Cheese, cheese and more cheese!
If you were an animal, what would you be and why? A Dolphin because they’re clever, entertaining and the best animal ever. 😉
If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction? Definitely a romance mixed with a horror.
Complete the sentence; I was once mistaken for . . . Chewbacca. 🙁
If you had your own talk show, who would your first three guests be? Jennifer Lawrence, Conor McGregor and Margot Robbie.

WORK

What was the highlight of 2016 for your company?: For me – Joining a great, successful team at Orlando Attraction Tickets.
What can we expect from your company in 2017?: Lots of new attractions and deals to be offered. We’re also looking to extend our social reach by taking advantage of live broadcasting.
Make a 2017 prediction…: I think that lots more rides will begin to have VR added to them.
Best Theme Park ride/attraction of 2016?: Mako at SeaWorld Orlando.
Best Theme Park/attraction food of 2016?: Mac and Cheese in Hard Rock Cafe.
Best Theme Park/attraction tip?: Take a bottle to fill up at water fountains around the park (you don’t need to do this at Discovery Cove as all food and drinks are included.)
Best kept secret in Florida?: Throw some coins into a fishes mouth in McElligot’s Pool at Islands of Adventure and then thank me later. 😉

Yey! Thanks Abby for taking the time to get involved with our interview series. You can catch Abby with her on screen husband Gavin, every other Thursday 4pm when OAT goes live. Make sure you visit our facebook page for all the latest news, tips and competitions.

You can read other interviews in the series here;

Here’s episode 3 of OAT Live;

Smiles included…

Jamie

Interview With James Zachary From Florida Dolphin Tours

Hey Thrill Seekers,

It’s interview Tuesday…. definitely a thing now! Today we’re meeting the new face of Florida Dolphin Tours, James Zachary. James hasn’t been with FDT for very long but has already made a huge impact there.

Lets get to know him!

Name: James Zachary
Company: Florida Dolphin Tours
Position: Global Sales Director

GETTING TO KNOW YOU

If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get? Ambrosia of Greek mythology and is sometimes the food or drink of the Greek Gods. It is food that changes in the form of whatever you desire to eat at that moment.

If you were an animal, what would you be and why? A dog, they offer support to anyone who needs it and they are extremely loyal.

If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction? Definitely a romantic-comedy

Complete the sentence; I was once mistaken for . . . . a girl……..

If you had your own talk show, who would your first three guests be? Robin Williams (if he was still alive), Will Smith (everyone loves Fresh Prince) and Donald Trump because I would have the most views that night out of any other show, most likely make the CNN national news and who wouldn’t like a good laugh?

WORK

What was the highlight of 2016 for your company?: Taking our guest service for our guests and tour operators to a level that Florida Dolphin Tours hasn’t been at before.

What can we expect from your company in 2017?: Hop on Hop off City Sightseeing Tours and Excursions Starting April 1st.

Make a 2017 prediction…: Florida Dolphin Tours will move over 100,000 guests this year!

Best Theme Park ride/attraction of 2016?: Kennedy Space Center

Best Theme Park/attraction food of 2016?: Boggy Bottom BBQ

Best Theme Park/attraction tip?: Book with Florida Dolphin Tours to see the real side of Florida.

Best kept secret in Florida? The springs located all throughout Florida. More specifically, Crystal River where you can swim with the Manatees on our Florida Adventure Tour.

Thanks to James for taking time out of his busy schedule to get involved, we really appreciate it. We’re all surprised he hasn’t been mistaken for Owen Wilson who he’s a dead ringer for…

You can read other interviews in the series here;

Smiles included…

Jamie

 

 

Interview With Sandy Sweatt From Gatorland

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Its interview Tuesday (still not a thing) and today’s interview happens to coincide with our fabulous February offering! Sandy represents Gatorland who for the whole of this month is part of our added value program.

Lets get to know Sandy a little better…

Name: Sandy Sweatt
Company: Gatorland
Position: Senior Sales Manager

GETTING TO KNOW YOU
If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get? Pasta, Pasta, Pasta!
If you were an animal, what would you be and why? A Gator of course … so I can just watch people all day long and not have to say a word! If they make me mad, I would snap at them!
If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction? A comedy, I am a native Floridian, but hate to be hot, my degree is in Fashion Merchandising and I promote a 110-acre park with lots of Alligators!
If you had your own talk show, who would your first three guests be? My Grandfather – to share past family history with me! Jackie Kennedy Onassis – would really like to meet her! Julia Roberts —- Love her!

WORK
What was the highlight of 2016 for your company?: Gatorland has so much to brag about. We have the most incredible team that is so dedicated to making Gatorland the best it can be for our guests! Our entertainment and animal care departments love what they do and the animals they care for and work with daily. They ensure our guests visit to Gatorland is filled with Fun, Smiles and Special Memories!
What can we expect from your company in 2017?: Gatorland will be 68 years old and we will continue to entertain guest for all over the world with our amazing animal show and exhibits! Look for a “New” Attraction at Gatorland in Fall 2016!
Make a 2017 prediction…: I really cannot predict what will happen in 2017. But, I do believe Orlando will continue to be the top tourist destination and Gatorland will continue to be that special place to visit, to see and touch those amazing gators that they cannot see everywhere! Orlando has a lot of amazing attractions small and large!
Best Theme Park ride/attraction of 2016?: Diagon Alley at Universal Studios
Best Theme Park/attraction food of 2016?: Butterbeer
Best Theme Park/attraction tip?: If it is raining in Orlando, still go to the parks. It may be raining where you are, but not necessarily a mile away! And the rain normally last a short time.
Best kept secret in Florida?: Boggy Creek Airboat Rides! An amazing adventure and so beautiful to see a bit of the real Florida!

Ooo a new attraction opening in the Fall… wonder what that will be! Thanks very much to Sandy for taking her time to answer our questions. Gatorland is an amazing attraction to visit and one that you wont regret. Gatorland is included for free in February with some of our most popular tickets.

You can read more interviews in the series here;

Kids Eat Free Card

WonderWorks

Fun Spot

Eat & Play Card

Smiles included…

Jamie

Return Of The Orlando Passport Plus

Hey Thrill Seekers,

With the closure of Universal’s Wet N’ Wild and the introduction of the Explorer ticket it looked like our popular Passport Plus ticket was sadly not going to make an appearance in 2017…

However never fear our amazing product guys have waved their magic wands and produced a new look ticket that will definitely appeal to the adventurous among you.

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What’s included…

The Orlando Passport Plus Ticket offers 14 days unlimited access* to:
Magic Kingdom
Epcot
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park*
Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park*
Universal Studios® Florida
Universal’s Islands of Adventure®
includes Universal’s Volcano Bay™  for visits from 1 June 2017
SeaWorld® Orlando
Aquatica™
Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay
LEGOLAND Florida

and new for 2017

Kennedy Space Center* (Kennedy admission is for 1 visit only)

All the best theme parks squeezed into one offer plus an out of this World addition (sorry for the terrible pun).

Kennedy is an awesome day out, check out this video below;

 

Smiles included…

Jamie

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THE TWISTED TALES OF AN AMERICAN HORROR STORY WILL BECOME YOUR NIGHTMARE AT HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS 26!

Earlier today, Michael Aiello (Director of Creative Development for Entertainment at UOR) revealed the latest house for Halloween Horror Nights 26!

FX’s American Horror Story!

This all-new house will feature Season 1: Murder House, Season 4: Freak Show and Season 5: Hotel.

Here’s what Michael had to say;

Since this fantastic series began we’ve been watching and calculating how – if ever given the chance – we would translate it into a haunted experience. The most engaging aspect of American Horror Story is the fact that every season is a completely new storyline, with brand new environments and characters, not unlike Halloween Horror Nights.

First, we needed to decide how to capture all that content into a single house. The uber-maze or larger template we’ve adopted, most recently with our popular 25th Anniversary maze last year, was the most ideal format.

You’ll be confronted by the horrors that reside within the walls of the newly bought Harmon residence and evade the abominations that call it’s basement home.

You’ll witness the atrocities that befell many of the unfortunate souls of a roadside Freak Show and encounter Twisty, a maniacal and deformed clown performer.

Lastly, you will check into the Hotel Cortez and unlock the domain of The Countess, as she ensures your stay is anything but pleasant.

We’ve worked extremely close with the series creator, Ryan Murphy and 20th Century Fox, to insure it captures the series in every way possible.

As usual the amazing attention to detail will make this a must see at HHN 26!  if you are feeling brave you still have time to bag yourself some tickets to this ‘must visit’ event. Check the link below for details on Universal 2-Park Bonus tickets with HHN or the Frequent Fear pass!

Universal Orlando Resort Tickets

Smile Included…

Karl

 

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