Have you survived THE TRILOGY!!!

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Have you survived THE TRILOGY…

The Trilogy as named by Gavin, is the 3 water rides at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. To survive the Trilogy you simply have to ride, Jurassic Park River Adventure, Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls® and Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges®.

Check out Gavin & Liz demonstrating it here;

Have you taken on the Trilogy and won?

Smiles included…

Jamie

Top Secrets at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Hey Thrill Seekers,

We’re coming to the end of my secret stories on the parks but before we go, we’ll take a look at Busch Gardens. Just like at SeaWorld, Busch Gardens cater for everyone! It’s probably the best park for thrill seekers and animal lovers! Although it’s about an hours drive from the other parks, it’s so worth it!

The thrill seekers have so many coasters at Busch Gardens including Falcon’s Fury, Cheetah Hunt, SheiKra, Montu, Kumba, Scorpion an the new Cobra’s Curse! Could you want anymore coasters in one park?! You’ve also got Congo River Rapids and Stanley Falls to cool you down with a bit of a splash too.

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For all you animal lovers, Busch Gardens give you the chance to get up close and personal with some of the most beautiful animals in some once in a lifetime opportunities. Walkabout Way is just like being in Australia with all of the kookaburras, kangaroos and wallabies. Not only that but you can also hand feed the kangaroos and wallabies! Be sure to check out the feeding times in the morning when you enter the parks.

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Serengeti Safari is a well known attraction at Busch Gardens but a lot of people still don’t know that there is an amazing feature on this safari where you can hand feed giraffes! That’s right..they will come over to you on your safari truck and eat right out of your hands!

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Over at Jungala you can see some the most breathtaking endangered animals such as Bengal tigers and orangutans. You can even soar through the trees on Jungle Flyer. If you enter Jungala from the bridge and look closely at the water rocks you’ll see the word ‘Jungala’! 😉

Just to show you even more of the care that they take over their animals, their Animal Care Centre is right inside the action in the park. You can go into the centre at any time of day (inside park opening hours of course) and if you’re there at the right time, you might even be able to watch the treatment. This could be anything from an x-ray to surgery!

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Busch Gardens really is an incredible park that you will never forget!

Sadly, we have come to the end of our secrets but be sure to let us know of anything else that you find on your holidays!

Smiles Included…

Louise

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Typhoon Lagoon’s Top Attractions 2016

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Typhoon Lagoon is a fabulous water park and your favourite attraction?

Crush ‘n’ Gusher

This 400 foot long wild raft ride will see you visit an abandoned fruit-processing plant where fruit used to be washed before the huge typhoon. Powerful jets will launch you up hills and lead you into sudden dips and hairpins.

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There’s 3 “fruit chutes” to choose from and you can go in pairs or brave it alone, there’s the Pineapple Plunger, Coconut Crusher or Banana Blaster.

This is a thrilling water slide with loads of surprises along the way and my tip is to try and keep your balance at the end to see how far you can ‘skim’ across Hideaway Bay! Definitely a good choice for first place.

Second Place: Surf Pool – Who doesn’t love a wave pool? Typhoon Lagoon have gone one up with their waves which reach up to 6 foot!

Third Place: Castaway Creek – Lazy rivers are pretty popular and Castaway Creek does not disappoint. This is a pretty serene experience as you let the current lead you through the mystical river, you can choose to float along using a inner tube or paddle! There’s cool mists, waterfalls and amazing rainforest landscapes throughout the journey.

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Fourth Place: Shark Reef – This attraction allows guests the once in a lifetime chance to swim amongst some cool sea-life such as sharks and rays! Sadly this attraction closed in October this year.

Fifth Place: Storm Slides – Choose from one of 3 slides, each one will take you on a different adventure so I would recommend doing all 3 if you get the chance!

Smiles Included,

Jess

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Best Seats On The Rides

Hey Thrill Seekers,

It’s a worldwide assumption that the best seats on any ride are the ones right at the front. There’s always a longer queue and the lucky ones who get to ride at the front always have an annoyingly smug look on their face.. almost as if they’ve been allowed to sit on a throne.

Universal though, have dropped a bombshell and have stated that the front row isn’t always the best row to experience rides and attractions! Dun dun dun…

They have set out to prove this in a blog on their website giving insider information on the best places to sit on various Universal rides within different categories.

Simulators

Universal is well known for its simulator attractions such as TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D and Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem. Their tip is, the closer you actually are to the screen, the less effective the 3D effects become.  It has been said that the best seats are the ones nearer the back, i’ll bear that in mind!

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Water Rides

The best place to sit on any water ride is always going to depend on how wet you’re willing to get! If you’re a bit hot and sticky or even if you just love the thrill of getting soaked on a ride then the front seats are best and if you want to avoid walking around like a soggy mess then a few rows from the back is the place for you!

Although Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge Rat Barges will get you absolutely soaked wherever you sit!

Dark Rides

On rides such as Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey and MEN IN BLACK: ALIEN ATTACK it is said that the middle seats are the best as it will give you a good front and centre view of whatever’s going on around you. I’m not too sure on this one I still think the front row for rides like these would be the best.

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Roller Coasters

Roller Coasters are definitely the most popular when it comes to people wanting to sit at the front. This is understandable as you will get the best views and it will usually entail a smoother ride. On Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit the left side of the car is highly advised for a ‘truly rockin’ experience. Revenge of the Mummy is said to be best enjoyed at the back.

The Incredible Hulk Coasters most popular row is undoubtedly the last row – row 8. It is said that the back of this coaster is the most ‘extreme and exhilarating experience’.

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Don’t you worry, there is of course coasters where the front row is the best (why would there be a longer queue if it wasn’t). Being an inverted coaster, Dragon Challenges front rows are the best seats in the house.

My favourite seats are either right at the front or right at the back, i’m not really a fan of sitting in the middle, especially on roller coasters.

What’s your preference for different rides?

Smiles Included..

Jess

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6 Orlando Theme Parks Rides To Cool You Down

Afternoon Thrill Seekers,

We are bang in the middle of a UK heatwave, to say its Scorchio is an understatement. We’re not complaining, I promise, but it did get us thinking which rides in Florida would be the best to cool down in.

We’ve selected 2 rides from Disney, SeaWorld and Universal, have a look and see if you agree?

Disney’s Splash Mountain

This very popular flume ride can be found at Disney’s Magic Kingdom and is perfect for a bi of a cool down.

Based around the story of Brer Rabbit, this ride starts of gentle enough but has a few surprises to help you cool down. Expect to get wet!

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Disney’s Kali River Rapids

A river raft adventure guaranteed to get you wet! Found at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Kali River Rapids is an adventurous river raft ride for big kids, teens and adults that journeys through the rainforest on the churning Chakranadi River.

If you somehow managed to stay dry the 30 foot waterfall drop will soon see to that… Change of clothes required 🙂

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SeaWorld’s Journey To Atlantis 

Found at SeaWorld Orlando, Atlantic is a  one-of-a-kind water-coaster with two of the steepest, fastest, wettest drops anywhere. Prepare to get soaked. And prepare to want to go again!

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SeaWorld’s Manta

Although you don’t really get soaked on this one I did get sprayed and there’s nothing better to cool you down than the wind rushing through your hair as you stare at the floor, 140ft in the air, and travelling at speeds of up to 50mph.

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Universal’s Dudley Do-Rights Ripsaw Falls

Will Dudley Do-Right and his faithful horse, Horse, reach Nell in time to save the day? Will you be able to keep a straight face as you encounter the hilarious puns and visual jokes that mark your journey? Will you stay dry when you experience the incredibly steep plummet down Ripsaw Falls? Hop in your log for the watery conclusion of this sidesplitting flume ride to find out!

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Universal’s Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges

Located in Islands of Adventure, get ready to splash and churn your way through the waterways of Sweet Haven you’ll sail through a variety of amusing scenes and different ways to get you wet, including a fully-operational barge wash and an Octopus Grotto where you’ll encounter an 18-foot tall, 14-foot wide octopus with 10-foot long tentacles. Don’t be surprised if you’re completely soaked when it’s all over!

This ride still holds my person record for a complete soaking… you will get wet…

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So there we have it, 6 top ways to cool down in a heatwave, if you can think of a better way I’d love to hear it. 🙂

Smiles included…

Jamie

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