Day 4 – Abby’s Orlando Vlog

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Day 4 and Abby’s been a busy girl not only has she visited SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica but she’s also moved hotels…

Today she starts her Disney adventure, tune in tomorrow to find out how she got on.

Smiles included…

Jamie

Day 3 – Abby’s Vlog

Hey Thrill Seekers,

It was day 3 for Abby yesterday and she got to complete a personal dream. Ever since she was a little girl she’s wanted to swim with a dolphin so her visit to Discovery Cove meant so much.

She also visited Busch Gardens Tampa… did she concur Falcons Fury?

 Tune in tomorrow when Abby visits SeaWorld & Aquatica.

Smiles included…

Jamie

Day 2 – Abby’s Orlando Vlog

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Today Abby visited Volcano Bay and Universal Islands of Adventure. She was also lucky enough to be invited back to Volcano Bay for a night time tour (and drink).

You can follow her adventure on our Instagram account. For now here’s the second of her Vlog’s.

Come back tomorrow to check out day 3…. Discovery Cove.

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

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Universal Confirm Wet N’ Wild Site To Become A Hotel

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Now you know me, I’m not one to say I told you so but…back in 2015 I totally told you!

Here’s the article I’m referring to  scroll done to the bottom of the page and you’ll note my prediction in bold!

Yep its official Universal have filed documents with Orlando City confirming that they are looking to add 4000 rooms to the site formally known as Wet n’ Wild.

The Orlando Sentinel which makes a habit of breaking these types of stories has confirmed that within the filing Universal entered a master-plan framework for the area however Universal have revealed little else, no name, not theming. As reported widely a sketch was also provided with the filing which shows three parking structures and shows that Universal require a part of a street, Precision Drive, vacated.

Two things that immediately spring to mind upon looking at these plans, firstly are Universal actually building two hotels? Secondly, how will Universal get visitors from the new hotel(s) to the parks?

We’ll continue to update.

Smiles included…

Jamie

 

Skyplex Orlando Announces Another Attraction Sky Jump

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Serendipity means a “fortunate happenstance” and I think this perfectly sums up our discussion yesterday on our Facebook live chat, I can’t remember the last time we’d mentioned Skyplex before yesterdays chat and then coincidently we get some fresh news in.

The Skyplex developers have announced that on top of their already impressive plethora of attractions (Skyscraper, SkyFall & SkyLedge) they going to add another… SKY JUMP!

Sky Jump, will allow serious adrenaline junkies to “jump” from a small platform and free-fall 500 ft on a controlled line from the top of the Skyplex to the ground. Imagine bungee jumping but with out the return to the top!!!

Josh Wallack Developer of Skyplex said;

The attractions for Skyplex are some of the most innovating in the world, The world’s tallest roller coaster, the world’s tallest drop ride and now we’re launching an experience that feels like you are flying

Wondering what it might look like? Check out this video of Sky Jump in Las Vegas;

It looks amazing, I can’t wait to try it.

Skyplex is due to open in 2019!

Smiles included…

Jamie

Top Secrets at SeaWorld Orlando

Hey Thrill Seekers,

We’ve looked at Universal, we’ve looked at Disney and now we’re gonna have a look at SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. I’m looking forward to this one because so many people don’t know about all the great things that SeaWorld get up to and how good they really are!

What you may not know, is SeaWorld actually rescue hundreds of animals, treat them and then release them back into the sea when they are ready!

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SeaWorld have a talent for providing attractions for everyone and by that I mean if you’re a thrill seeker you’ve got Kraken, Manta and Mako. If you’re not so much of a thrill seeker you have Journey to Atlantis and Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin which are smaller, fun rides. If you don’t like rides at all, SeaWorld cater for you too with all of the animal exhibits! There really is something for everyone at the SeaWorld parks.

For those of you that aren’t thrill seekers at all and prefer to visit the animal habitats, while your party are on their way to Manta, you can pop into the Manta Aquarium just opposite. Holding more than 3000 marine animals, including a Pacific octopus, you will be amazed by the 360-degree aquarium.

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Similarly, Journey to Atlantis has the Jewel of the Sea Aquarium inside the rides gift shop. The colour and luminescence is waiting to be explored. This aquarium also has an interactive back-light to keep the kids entertained for ages!

If you haven’t had enough of aquariums yet, there is another one. My favourite one. The Shark Encounter is alongside the Sharks Underwater Grill. You don’t have to be eating in here to visit but it is one of the worlds largest underwater viewing tunnels filled with sharks!

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Most people that visit SeaWorld will walk straight past Sea Garden not realising what it actually is. Here you can experience close-up encounters with some beautiful animals and learn about how SeaWorld care for the natural world. Here is where you can learn more about the rescuing of animals that SeaWorld takes part in too.

When the park opens, SeaWorld employees get the pleasure of walking the flamingos through the park from their home behind the scenes to their in-park exhibit. If you’re there early enough you might get to see them on their walkies!

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When someone says there’s a show on at SeaWorld, most people think about One Ocean or Blue Horizons etc but I bet you didn’t know that they also have street shows on throughout the day?! You can catch these around the waterfront area near the gift shops!

What else do you know about SeaWorld?

Smiles Included…

Louise

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Skyledge Confirmed To Be Added To The Skyplex Complex

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Just when you thought Skyplex couldn’t sound any better the guys behind it have just announced another sky-high attraction that is most definitely not for the faint hearted! Thrill seekers.. meet Skyledge and Skyledge.. meet thrill seekers. Sounds terrifying doesn’t it, well I will let you be the judge.

This attraction will allow visitors the opportunity to walk around the OUTSIDE of the Skyscraper tower a mere 600 feet above the ground ;). My initial thought was literally ‘why?!’ But then after I calmed down a bit I thought, imagine the breath taking views. You’ll not only be able to see the whole of International Drive but you’ll be able to gaze over Orlando for a whole 30 minutes. The Skyledge is the Americas first attraction of its kind with the nearest, similar one being in Canada.

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The developer of Skyplex Joshua Wallack said the following in a statement:

“The world’s tallest rollercoaster, the world’s tallest drop ride, and now we’re launching an experience that feels like you are flying.”

The best bit? No stairs! Florida’s highest glass elevator will whisk you straight up to the top where you will find yourself at the observation desk. You will then be tethered to a overhead railing ready to leave the observation desk and begin walking around the whole outside of the tower for 30 minutes, bearing in mind the only thing you have to hold on to is the side of the tower itself!! Don’t worry, it is sure to be extremely safe and you will be safety briefed beforehand.

So not only will SkyPlex house a 500 foot polercoaster, 450 foot Skyfall drop coaster, 600 foot zip line, a Skysurf park, go-kart tracks, a 450 room hotel and many many entertainment and retail centers but it will now boast the opportunity for guests to literally dance in the clouds.

Now, I know if I ever got the opportunity to do this I would grab it with both hands. As petrified as I would be, once I manage to move my trembling legs I reckon it will be one of the best experiences ever!! How many people do you know who can say they’ve stood 600 feet above International Drive?!

Smiles Included…

Jess
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Universal announce a new hotel

Hey Thrill Seekers,

As if Universal didn’t have enough hotels, right?!

The new Aventura Hotel is set to open in Summer 2018, 16 storeys high. With a glass design, the sunshine and clouds in the beautiful Florida sky will reflect off the stunning hotel.

Inspired by the loft/attic lobby style, the inside of this hotel will wow you so much that you won’t want to leave. Using the lobby bar to get yourself a beverage, you can check into your room which will keep you calm and relaxed with all of the natural colours that it’s decorated with.

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Where is Aventura hotel going to be located I hear you ask. Aventura will be just next door to Universal’s Loews Sapphire Falls resort which is also walking distance to Universal Studios, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay (opening June 2017).

If you’re looking to have your dinner in your resort, you will have plenty of choices with the food hall on the lobby level to have a family meal or you can even take your pick and take it up to your room.

In the evening if you’re looking for a chilled evening, set yourself up in the hotel’s pool or poolside hot tub and enjoy the pool bar while the kids are enjoying themselves in the nearby splash pad. Fun for all the family, of course!

So we’ve covered the outside, the inside and nearby, but we can’t be forgetting the roof top bar! That’s right, who doesn’t get excited about a roof top bar?! You can sip on your tasty cocktails while looking out across Florida and even be able to see the tip of Krakatau (Volcano Bay’s centerpiece).

With the busy days that you will be enduring at the parks, what better way to start your day than with a Starbucks Coffee on your way out of the lobby!

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Don’t forget that staying in any Universal resort means you will receive early park admission as well as complimentary on-site transportation to the Universal parks.

Rumour has it that Universal will be taking some early bookings in just a few months, so keep your eyes and ears peeled!

Smiles Included…

Louise

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Kraken Set To Be The First VR Coaster In Florida

Hey Thrill Seekers,

We’re not one’s for burying the lead, so the headline pretty much says it all! Today SeaWorld Orlando will announce that their awesome coaster Kraken will become the first coaster in Florida to have a permanent virtual reality experience.

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Scheduled for the summer of 2017 Kraken will be fitted with headsets that will plunge the rider into the depths of the sea where they will encounter mythical (obviously a Kraken) and prehistoric beasts.

Brian Morrow, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment Vice President of theme park experience design told the Orlando Sentinel;

We’re developing sort of our own technology on how we’re going to pull this off, It’s nothing that you’ve seen from other parks.

Riders will be given the option of using the headset or not, which will cover not only the visitors eyes but also their ears.  Music specially composed for the ride will accompany riders and SeaWorld hope this along with the VR experience will offer a new ride perspective. SeaWorld wouldn’t comment yet on whether the images will be 3-D.

SeaWorld will also be revealing a new night time show called Electric Ocean, which will play at the Bayside Theatre. The show will feature music, fountains, bioluminescent lighting and fireworks. They will also confirm that their Dolphin Nursery will also receive a makeover. All these changes are expected for the summer of 2107.

We’ll keep you updated if SeaWorld release anything further.

Smiles included…

Jamie

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