Aquatica Orlando’s “Cool” Summer Party Returns

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Beat the Central Florida heat this summer at Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark. Beginning this Friday, Aquatica will offer another way to cool off with Island Nights presented by Coca-Colaseaworld aquatica summer nights

Taking place every Friday and Saturday night until August 6, guests can enjoy an evening celebration of summer with a special Island Nights soundtrack, extended park hours, a daily happy hour from 5 p.m. to park close, an evening menu sizzlin’ with flavor at Waterstone Grill and an evening kick-off party with a DJ and dancers. Event included with park admission to Aquatica.

Summer Festivities Include: 

  • Evening Party- As the temperature cools down, the fun kicks off.  At 5 p.m., the DJ drops the first beat with a burst of water over the crowd marking the start of Island Nights. Park goers can enjoy the atmosphere all evening long with the Island Night’s dancers or enjoy the tunes broadcasted throughout the park while hitting the slides.
  • Extended Hours- As part of Island Nights, park guests can enjoy extended hours every Friday and Saturday night with the park closing at 8 p.m.
  • Happy Hour and Special Offers- After 5 p.m., select food locations in the park will offer $2 off beer and wine; and half-price Refillable Souvenir Cups. 
  • Sizzlin’ Island Flavors- Waterstone Grill features an Island Nights exclusive menu featuring a mojo pork sandwich and pineapple burger. Banana Beach will offer Hawaiian pizza, curry meatballs and pigeon pea rice.
  • Ihu’s Breakaway Falls- Experience Orlando’s tallest, steepest, and only multi-drop tower slide of its kind as the sun sets across the Orlando skyline. After climbing 80 feet into the air, guests step into one of three breakaway boxes anxiously waiting to see who will drop next as part of this wild ride.

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Guests using a ticket from Orlando Attraction Tickets that includes entry to Aquatica can take advantage of this great event. Remember you can purchase a 3 park SeaWorld, Aquatica and Busch Gardens ticket from as little as £93.00* for an adult.

Smiles included…

Jamie

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How To Use A SeaWorld EZ Ticket

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Here at Orlando Attraction Tickets we offer real, gate ready tickets for the major parks. You don’t have to head to guest services and exchange a voucher for your tickets, you head straight to the turnstiles, scan your tickets and in your go.

You can see what your tickets will look like here – What my Orlando Attraction Tickets look like?

Each park offers different ticket styles, Disney for example offer a plastic RDIF ticket which is the size of a credit card, Universal offer a similar sized ticket which is made out of cardboard if you lose either of these tickets its pretty much hard luck and you’ll have to purchase your tickets again. SeaWorld on the other hand have been busy building an system they call EZ tickets, which allows them to create a .PDF file which contain barcodes that can be emailed and printed off by the customer and used directly at the turnstile! Its the safest way to receive tickets as if they are lost you can just print off another copy.

Here’s how to use our SeaWorld tickets.

1) Print off your SeaWorld Tickets if we haven’t done this for you already.

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Your tickets will look like the image above, each ticket holder will have their own ticket with their name printed upon it.

2) When you get to the parks head straight to the turnstile and scan your ticket.

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3) Hey presto, you’re in the parks.

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The tickets can be folded and stored in the same way you would any other ticket type but with the added bonus that if you lose it you can easily replace it. I believe that we’ll see more companies copying this technology in the future with the ultimate goal of tickets being scanned from your mobile phone.

Smiles included…

Jamie

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Interview With Nichola Parr SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Today’s interview is with one of the originals. Nichola Parr, she along with our LEGOLAND friend Nigel (interview coming soon) are the only two to have participated in every interview request we’ve sent. So for me she’s a superstar.

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A tiny bit of background on Miss Parr, she’s looked after our account ever since we started and is a good friend of Orlando Attraction Tickets. Last year she lead the familiarisation trip that saw our own Kelly visit Florida and get to live out her childhood dream to swim with dolphins. She was also the unfortuanbte one who had to calm Kelly down when she bottled Falcon’s Fury! Poor Nichola… Anyway enjoy.

Name: Nichola Parr

Who do you work for?: SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

What’s been the highlight of the year (2014) for your company?: Definitely the opening of Falcons Fury at Busch Gardens in September and Ihu’s Breakaway Falls at Aquatica in May. Discovery Cove was also named as the world’s number one amusement park for the second year in a row in the TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice awards.

What’s been the highlight of the year (2014) for you?: Being able to experience both of our new attractions in November on our SeaWorld Parks fam. We took 18 agents out to experience our parks and we were lucky enough to be able to try them both out. They’re both AMAZING!

What can we expect from your company in 2015?: We’ve had a very successful couple of years with our In Park Experiences. Things like our Behind the Scenes Tour at SeaWorld and the Serengeti Safari at Busch Gardens to name a few. Because of this we’re looking to add more experiences to our existing products so that guests can see and do more at all of our parks and they will be able to pre book all of these through Orlando Attraction Tickets.

Make a 2015 prediction…: We believe we will see the in-park experiences grow in popularity as the Orlando bound customers look to make even more of their time in the parks. With us looking to increase our offering we believe we will have something for everyone.

Best Theme Park ride/attraction of 2014?: Falcons Fury – one of those rides you could do over and over.

Best Theme Park/attraction food of 2014?: Discovery Cove…..who doesn’t like All Inclusive??

Best Theme Park/attraction tip?: If you get the chance to ride Falcons Fury at Busch Gardens, when you reach the top let your whole body go loose. When you start to make the 60mph drop, you’ll have a whole zero gravity experience. You can also do the same on SheiKra when you reach the top of the first and 200ft drop

Best kept secret in Florida?: Shopping! I can’t stress enough how great Orlando is for this. I believe people still choose NYC for shopping when really, the deals in Orlando are far better. Especially at the Outlets. Also Christmas in the parks. The parks are all decked out with Christmas decorations, holiday music and shows and they just do it so well. If guests are out there around the holidays, it’s definitely worth checking out.

Trust Nic to pick shopping as her best kept secret! I’d like to thank Nichola for taking the time to answer our questions yet again. I’m sure you’ll all agree she offers some great insights in to SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment and Orlando as a whole.

You can read Nicholas’s previous interviews here – 2013 & 2014

Smiles included…

Jamie

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Kelly Reviews Aquatica

Hi Thrill Seekers,

Day 2 and today we were off to Aquatica and it couldn’t of fallen on a better day with highs of 28 degrees. Bikini was on and I was raring to go, Ihu’s Breakaway Fall’s I’m coming for you.

Aquatica was again literally a few minutes walk from our hotel and very easy to get to. When we got into the park it was straight to Aquatica’s handy lockers to safely put away any belongings which we didn’t want to get wet. We then headed to Cutback Cove & Big Surf Shores which are the man made white-sand beach area which are equipped with deck chairs, sun beds and umbrellas. It truly is paradise, but we’re not spending our day here we were ready to take on all the slides, rivers and waves pools the park had to offer.

So we thought we would be broken in gently and start off with something mild but no – it was straight to Ihu’s Breakaway Fall’s to wake us all up a bit from the drinks which were flowing the night before.

Ihu’s Breakaway Fall’s is the tallest, steepest and only multi-drop tower of its kind in Orlando and we were 5 minutes away from taking it on. After climbing a lot of stairs we finally got to the top and then it hits you “oh dear its actually quite high”. I was one of the last in line so watched some of the other’s as the floor dropped beneath them – some of the faces were very entertaining. One of the girls from our group had decided not to go on it and took the stairs back down.

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My turn eeekkkkk. I walked to the pod, I chose to ride the red flume as this one seemed to be milder than the others. Once you step inside the pod you begin to hear the sound effects of a heart beating which makes the attraction a whole lot more terrifying. The fear took over and I asked to be let out!

“NO” not again (read about Kelly bottling Falcon’s Fury here) I cannot go back to work and say I also bottled Ihu’s, but I just couldn’t do it so off I trudged back down the stairs passing all the people waiting all of them knowing I was a chicken!

At the bottom of the stairs the girl who also decided not to do it was there, it was just us… everybody else had done it! I had to do it, I wanted to do it. Knowing someone would be just as scared as me made it easier, so I looked at her and said “If you do it, I will”. She agreed and it was back up the stairs we went (my legs got a good workout that day). So we got back to the top and this time no hanging around, she entered the green pod and I entered the red pod…

We faced each other in our positions listening to the heartbeat sound effect, ready to drop but who was going to go first…. She did “Yes”….relief came over me until I realised it was now my turn…. the floor went my arms flung in the air and I swallowed a lot of water as my mouth was wide open.

I had actually done it and I will admit I did fist pump the air when I got to the bottom. I was extremely proud of myself as I’m not really a flume fan, but I can honestly say it was the best flume ride I have ever done and I would do it over and over. I made my colleagues at Orlando Attraction Tickets very jealous talking about it and they cannot wait to go and take it on themselves, if any of you have done it please share your views as we would love to know how you handled the mighty Ihu’s Breakaway Falls.

Still buzzing from doing Ihu’s it was onto Roa’s Rapids, a faster, aggressive version of the lazy river with geysers, speed zones and centre islands. Do not underestimate its speed it is pretty fast so for any children or for those not-so-strong swimmers there are life jackets available as you enter the rapids. Even though I can swim, I find wearing a life jacket is actually more fun as you seem to sail along much quicker, keep your eyes open though as you will get a great view of the Aquarium as you are sailing round.

After fighting with the rapids to get out (you will struggle – so grab an arm to pull you out) we headed to Taumata Racer. This was my second biggest thrill in the park a high-speed, competitive mat ride, headfirst, down a seriously steep hill “300 feet” in fact. I’m not one for heights as you will all know if you have read my Kelly VS Falcon’s Fury blog, but Taumata Racer I could just about handle!! 6 of us headed up with our mats ready for battle, we all stood in front of our lanes ready and waiting for the countdown to say “GO” – and we were off, well all of them but me – my mat decided to get stuck but it did move after I ran and belly flopped onto it and I was off heading for the top of the hill (everyone waiting for me at the bottom) and there it was the 300 feet drop. I was travelling down head-first on a mat and oh my did it get my belly. What a fabulous water slide, but it was safe to say I came last thanks to my mat getting stuck, but I had a better run on the second attempt.

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Once we had enough of competing, it was onto something we could do together “HooRoo Run”. Three people can ride this at any one time, once you’ve reached the top of the tower you are seated in a large inflatable raft and nudged off the edge by the staff and its a straight run to the bottom with a few seat-lifting ridges as you drop, so hold on tight!

Time for one more before heading to get some lunch – it was back up the same tower as HooRoo Run to do Walhalla Wave. Like HooRoo Run three people can ride at anyone time so these are both great for families and groups. You get nudged off the edge again by the staff member then you are zooming through a 6-story maze of twists, turns and tunnels before you surge back out into daylight. I personally didn’t like being in pitch black not knowing what was coming next, but there was no surprise sudden drop so I was quite happy about that.

Walhalla Wave

Its was off for some lunch and we enjoyed a buffet style lunch at Banana Beach, they have a large variety of buffet style foods available which were very enjoyable so I would highly recommend it. After stuffing my face it was safer to let my food go down before taking on anymore rides so we headed back to Cutback Cove & Big Surf Shores to enjoy some sun and a few waves in the wave pools. The wave pool does go very deep the further you go so if you are not a great swimmer I would advise to stay in the shallow end as the waves do get very high and are very strong. I stayed in the shallow end as I would of sunk to the bottom of the deep end with the amount I had eaten!

After a little relaxation it was back to the fun stuff and get as many more rides in as we could before our day came to an end. On our way too Omaka Rocka we passed Walkabout Waters and all of us being big kids at heart we couldn’t resist going in and have a quick game of tag. Walkabout waters is more for the kids with lots of stairs, slides and tunnels just like an indoor play area but in the water its brilliant, well I thought so and I’m an adult so you can imagine the excitement on a childs face when heading to this. Enough of us all being children it was onto Omaka Rocka another rubber ring ride but this one has to be done alone you go speeding into massive flumes where you slide up one side and back down to travel up the other side.

We had time for one last ride so we paired up and went onto Whanua Way – this was in my top 3. Two of you ride together one in front and one behind, you get pushed over the edge again by the staff and its straight it a dark tunnel and when exiting you face two dips before plunging into the pool below, again I would hold on tight as lots of people were flinging off the raft before it was hitting the water – it was very entertaining to watch and thankfully it didn’t happen to me.

So there you have it my day in Aquatica and Orlando Attraction Tickets first ever experience of Ihu’s Breakaway Falls, one which I can actually say I did!!

Look out for my next blog where I visited Discovery Cove and my dreams came true.

Smiles included…

Kelly

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Our Customers Top Attractions At SeaWorld Orlando Vs Louise’s

Hey Thrill Seekers,

I’m sure after the past couple of days you’ll know what’s coming  but for those just picking up on it I’ll explain a little. When an Orlando Attraction Tickets customer returns from their holiday we send them a quick email asking them to rate and review their experience, we display this via our dedicated discover pages.

This week I’ve been taking a look at the current ratings and reviews for each of our suppliers parks and then comparing them to my own experiences. Today is the turn of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.

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Manta is our customer’s favourite attraction at SeaWorld. Replicating a Stingray, you’re tilted head first, face down while you spin, glide, skim and fly around! Manta is known as one of the smoothest roller coaster tracks in the World which has been noticed by our customers. They have said ‘The Manta was fantastic!’, ‘what a great ride, very smooth’. It’s worth a go if you ask me!

Well, I couldn’t agree with our customers any more if I tried! Manta is definitely the best ride at SeaWorld! It’s just so different to your average coasters where you’re sitting down with the wind blowing through your hair. You’re actually facing the floor the whole way round! Everybody likes something with a TWIST every now and then!

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Aquatica

Roa’s Rapids race you down the river through the high tides and swirling whirlies at higher speeds than most of the river rapids you would have been on. Although it’s fairly quick, if you get a rubber dingy, you can just float around them for hours! As one customer has already said ‘Could sit in Roa’s rapids all day’! One of the best reviews we’ve received from a customer said ‘Lovely waterpark and the only one with plenty of sunbeds. A really good area with small slides for toddlers.’ which just goes to show how pleasant of a place this park is.

Dolphin Plunge is easily my favourite ride at Aquatica. It’s not every day you get to shoot down a water slide with dolphins swimming over your head! I don’t really think I need to say much more although I was quite shocked the customers didn’t agree with me on this one!

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Busch Gardens

Cheetah Hunt is Busch Garden’s longest coaster at a whopping 4,400 feet! Some would say it leaves you speechless! ‘Cheetah hunt is wow! Fabulous smooth roller coaster. Best there is!’ At 60mph its definitely up there with the fast coasters! There’s a huge drop of 130 feet!! It really doesn’t get much better than that.

Although I love Cheetah Hunt, you may have read in one my previous blogs, my favourite ride is SheiKra! I love the suspense of hanging at the top before getting whooshed down the 200 ft drop at a 90 degree angle! And with speeds of 70mph, it’s just all the more exciting! SheiKra is a must when visiting Busch Gardens!

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I love all the SeaWorld Parks and couldn’t recommend them enough. You can grab a 3 park ticket for 2015 for as little as £85.00 per adult.

I can wait to read more of your reviews in 2015 and perhaps when I visit Orlando in the summer I’ll leave my own reviews. 🙂

Smiles included…

Jamie

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Kelly’s Off To Orlando… She’s Pretty Excited

Hey Thrill Seekers,

So it is actually happening……It wasn’t a dream. I am extremely lucky to have been selected to go on an educational trip to Orlando in just 2 weeks time. I’m counting down the sleeps until the day (like a kid at Christmas).

This is my first visit to Orlando and I’m pretty sure it will be the first of many once I get the Florida bug.

This particular familiarisation trip is hosted by SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment giving me the opportunity to visit all of the amazing SeaWorld Parks in 4, Jam packed, fun-filled days.

Today I received my itinerary which explained in detail which parks I will be visiting each day and the amazing experiences they have to offer. To say this got me a little more excited would be an understatement – get me on the plane now!

For our first day – We’re off to visit SeaWorld Orlando, the World’s favourite marine park with jaw dropping shows and even more jaw dropping rides, including Manta the face down roller coaster which I’m hoping to ride if I’m brave enough and lets not forget Kraken which will leave my head in a spin after going upside down 7 times.

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For the second day – Its off to a water park I go. Aquatica to be specific. I am ridiculously excited to visit this park as I love water rides and I get to ride their brand new attraction, the terrifying free-falling water slide (hold on to your bikini’s ladies), Ihu’s Breakaway Falls which features 4 different slides each boasting the steepest and tallest 360 degree spirals in Orlando.

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For the third day  – Its off to paradise itself, Discovery Cove. Where I will be able to do one of my life long dreams and swim with a Dolphin. I won’t believe that this is not a dream until I am there being pulled along the water by these beautiful creatures. I have been told that Discovery Cove is an unforgettable and peaceful place which will surely be needed before day 4.

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For the fourth day – Its off the Tampa I go, to the safari themed park, Busch Gardens….. Eeeekkkk (I might skip breakfast on this day as it may later re-appear). This will be the day I get to ride the new tallest free standing drop tower in North America, the very scary, Falcon’s Fury. I am not a fan of heights but I am not one to go all that way and not ride it (I will just keep my eyes closed). If I survive this I have been told there are many more coasters and rides to experience as well as all the close up encounters with the parks animals.

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My countdown to take off has started and I will be sure to post another blog on my return to let you all know if I survived Falcon’s Fury…

Smiles included…

Kelly

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Aquatica Orlando Adds Mobile Phone Chargers

Hey Thrill Seekers,

We truly are in the age of the mobile revolution and SeaWorld’s Aquatica isn’t going to be left behind. Today they announced via various social mediums that they have just added Mobile Phone Chargers at their water park.

Located at Banana Beach Cookout and Waterstone Grill the phone chargers that come with choice of cable for android and iPhone users will cost $2.99 per hour to use.

aquaticamobilephonechargerAs someone who is practically glued to their phone I love this idea. Plus it gives you an excuse to bottle going on Ihu’s Breakaway Falls!

Smiles included…

Jamie

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Aquatica’s Ihu’s Breakaway Falls Is Now Open

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Hey Thrill Seekers,

Face your fears at Aquatica this summer by riding their new multi drop attraction Ihu’s Breakaway Falls. Breakaway is 20 foot higher than anything else in the park and offers an adrenaline rush like nothing else.

Check out this new video posted just 20 mins ago,

Are you brave enough?

Thomas,

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One More Ihu’s Breakaway Falls Video That Might Make You Think Twice

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Hey Thrill Seekers,

Last night we posted about Aquatica’s soon to be opened multi person drop ride, Ihu’s Breakaway Falls. The post included a video that gave you a good idea of how the ride will work.

However… today while reading the excellent Orlando Sentinel we came across this video. Check out some of the faces these lucky riders are pulling!

What do you think?

Are you brave enough to ride Ihu’s Breakaway Falls?

Smiles included…

Thomas

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Ihu’s Breakaway Falls Opens In 3 Days…

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Hey thrill seekers,

Aquatica’s latest ride is set to open in just three days time and we can’t wait. The tallest multiple person drop ride in Florida has had us intrigued for over a year now.

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Here’s what we know, riders will step inside one of 3 tubes, when each tube opens guest will drop practically vertically approx. 40 foot and reach speeds of up to 16mph!!!

Aquatica have been wondering if we’re brave enough to ride this adrenaline filled beauty… Well take a look at this short video and you tell me?

For those of you not quite ready for the drop, Ihu’s Breakaway Falls will also include a further 4th slide without the drop part for those not quite as keen…

For me, I’ve got to ride the orange slide, I’ve heard it features a slightly longer drop!!!

Smiles included…

Jamie

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