Day 5 – Teresa’s Vlog

Hey Thrill Seeker,

Its the last in the series of Teresa does Orlando.. for the final day she’s off to Kennedy Space Center and returning to Fun Spot to try and conquer her fears…

Lets see what happened;

I just want to take the chance to thank Teresa for al her vlogs I’m going to miss waking up to tales of her adventures.

Until next time…

Smiles included…

Jamie

Day 3 – Teresa’s Vlog

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Day 3 for Teresa and this is one she absolutely loved…

Revolution Off Road in the morning and WonderWorks in the afternoon. Check out her latest blog… please note my awesome editing.

Tomorrow she’s off to SeaWorld and to watch her first basketball game.

Smiles included…

Jamie

Day 2 – Teresa’s Vlog

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Its day 2 and Teresa’s been a busy beaver, today she visited the Orlando Eye, Madam Tussaud’s, SeaLife, Fun Spot and Boddy Creek.

Lets see what she thought of it…

Come back tomorrow and see what she thought of WonderWorks…

Smiles included…

Jamie

Day 1 – Teresa’s Vlog

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Our very own Teresa is out in Orlando at the moment being shown around some of the attractions that sometimes get over looked.

All this week she’ll be checking in with us via her personal video blog and she’ll be telling us about her day and reviewing the attractions she visited. Lets check out day 1.

Check back with us tomorrow for another Teresa Vlog.

Smiles included…

Jamie

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