What Will Happen In 2050?

Afternoon Thrill Seekers,

Universal’s Islands of Adventure is home to the very popular Marvel marvel-heroesSuper Hero Land. It houses great rides like the Incredible Hulk Coaster and the Spider-Man 3D ride, Marvel has been big business for Universal and continues to be a real feather in its bow.

So the irony that Marvel is actually owned by Universal’s biggest competitor Disney, isn’t lost on anyone. When Disney bought Marvel Entertainment in 2009 for $4 Billion they agreed to honour all existing contracts, this included film rights and the use of characters.

Universal’s Marvel contract only applies for to the U.S. and we have recently seen speculation that Disney will be stretching their super hero muscles in their Hong Kong park. Universals deal allegedly prevents them from adding any new rides to the area, they are able to update existing rides which we have seen them do with the revamp of Spider-Man but anyone hoping to see an Iron Man ride will be disappointed.

I have read in a various publications that the contract runs out in 2050 (which would leave me close to 80!) so this leads me to a few questions.

Can Universal afford to have a land at their disposal that they can’t add to for 37 years?

Do Universal want to be marketing a product owned by a competitor?

What could they do?

Well the first 2 questions are definitely the basis of another post, probably a very long post!

However the 3rd question “what could they do?” is interesting; Marvel are not the only comic book character owners out there, DC own quite a few popular characters of their own, none bigger than the Dark Knight himself Batman. At present DC theme park rights belong to Six Flags in Maryland but surely Universal could come to an agreement assuming Six Flags aren’t looking to expand to Florida.

I recently posted about Universal being in talks to purchase the rights to Middle Earth (Lord of the Rings, Hobbit etc) could this be an option?

Whatever happens I’ll be 80 so I probably wont care… but I’ll keep you updated as much as I can.



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How Much Does It Cost To Park At The Orlando Theme Parks

Morning Thrill Seekers,

Orlando is huge, so to get around we suggest Florida car hire, we car parking theme parkbelieve that the freedom a car offers is the best way to get the most out of you Orlando Attraction Tickets. Not having to wait for shuttle buses or plan your day around their time tables leads to a much more relaxing holiday… and relaxing is the point, right?

When you drive to a theme park you will be expected to pay for parking, your tickets do not offer free parking.

How much does it cost to park at Disney World?

To park at Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom the following charges will apply. (please note these prices were correct at the time of publication)

  • Car or Motorcycle – $25
  • Shuttle, Limo, Camper, Trailer, RV or Bus – $30
  • Preferred Parking Car or Motorcycle – $50

The parking fee only applies once per day, so therefore you can visit multiple parks on one car parking ticket.

Note: amend parking prices 16/10/18

Parking at other Disney areas

Parking is free at the following Disney locations;

  • Blizzard Beach
  • Typhoon Lagoon
  • Winter-Summerland Mini-Golf
  • Fantasia Gardens Mini-Golf
  • Fort Wilderness,
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports
  • Self-parking at Downtown Disney

How much does it cost to park at Universal Orlando?

The cost to park at Universal Orlando to gain access to Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and Universal CityWalk are;

  • Regular Parking $26.00
  • Prime Parking $40.00
  • RV/Bus Parking $32.00
  • After 6 pm  Free *Does not apply to HHN

Note: amend parking prices 16/07/19.

How much does it cost to park at SeaWorld?

The costs to park at SeaWorld Orlando are;

  • Spaces are available to cars and motorcycles for $18.00
  • recreational vehicles for $21.00.
  • Preferred parking available for $21.00

Note: amended parking prices 06/11/15.

How much does it cost to park at LEGOLAND Florida? 

The costs to park at LEGOLAND Florida are;

  • Cars: $17 ($15 if pre-booked online)
  • Campers/RVs: $18
  • Motorcycles: $10
  • Preferred Parking: $22

Note: amended parking prices 01/11/16

Re-entry available with valid parking stub during same day of visit.

So there we have it a complete breakdown of all the car parking prices for the Orlando Theme Parks. Always good to have a little information before you get to Florida.



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Disney File Patents And Trademark For Omnimover Boat Ride

Morning Thrill Seekers,

I’m a little disappointed with myself that Disney file a patent for an Omnimover Boat ride last month and I’m only picking up on it now! Poor show from me, apologies people but I’m on it now.

What is a Omnimover Boat Ride I hear you cry!? 

Well if we take a look at the description for patent US20130025491 Disney describe it as;

A floating omnimover ride with high capacity throughput and enhanced control over speeds of passenger boats. The ride includes a water containment structure with spaced apart sidewalls defining an elongated guide channel that defines a loop-shaped ride path or circuit. The ride includes a volume of liquid contained in the guide channel to a desired depth. The ride also includes a chain of passenger boats floating in the liquid contained in the guide channel. Each of the boats is linked to the two adjacent boats with a connecting link such that the chain of boats is a continuous loop. The chain of boats has a length that is approximately equal to a length of the ride path, and during operation of the ride, the boats in the chain are moved along the loop-shaped ride path at a predefined rate by a pump station moving the liquid in the guide channel.

Well that explains it!…. here’s a pic to help

Disney Omnimover Boat Ride

So layman’s terms it some boats chained together to make sure slower boats don’t slow down the ride…

What this new ride is for or where it will appear is anyone’s guess, but obviously by filing for patent in the U.S. it prevents other Orlando Theme Parks from developing their own and kind of hints it will appear in Orlando at some point.

What do you think?



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Disney Confirm Their Imagineers Are Working On Avatar

Afternoon Thrill Seekers,

While everyone is losing their minds over Florida’s ill thought out Avataramendment to their Driving Licence Laws I happened across one of Disney’s blog posts entitled “Experience the magic”…

The post described what Disney has to offer including;

  • Four theme parks
  • Two water parks
  • Twenty-five resort hotels, including seven Disney Vacation Club properties
  • Five golf courses
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
  • Downtown Disney

and went on to describe what Disney are up to at the moment. The piece that most interested me was this.

AVATAR -Walt Disney Imagineers are currently in the design stage for AVATAR at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Worldwide is joining forces with visionary filmmaker James Cameron and Fox Filmed Entertainment to bring the world of AVATAR to life creating themed lands that will give Guests the opportunity to explore the mysterious universe of AVATAR first hand. With its emphasis on living in harmony with nature, Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a natural fit for the AVATAR stories, which share the same philosophy. Construction is expected begin in 2013 and project of this size typically takes approximately five years to design and build.

So construction is set to start at Animal Kingdom in 2013 and should take 5 years to complete… Exciting stuff…



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Walt Disney Release Quarter One Results

Morning Thrill Seekers,

Last night I was mostly listening to Disney’s quarter one call!disney world Not the most thrilling way to spend an evening at the best of times, it didn’t help that yesterday’s was probably one of the most boring but we did get some information here’s a quick breakdown.

First-quarter results for Disney’s Parks and Resorts for 2013 saw revenue climb by 7% to $3.4 billion year-over-year. Operating income for the parks grew 4% to $577 million.

Growth was spearheaded by California’s Disneyland which drew crowds with its new Cars Themed Land. Joint attendance for Walt Disney World and Disneyland rose 4%.

Disney said visitor spending grew 6% for both Florida and California (combined) based mostly on higher ticket prices.

Other bits of info

  • Although attendance has been largely stagnant at Disney World in recent months, the company said it has improved during the current quarter. Iger said the first phases of its Fantasyland expansion have been “extremely well received” by travellers and has helped the company push more-aggressive price increases.
  • Disney so far has spent $1 Billion on its MyMagic + product.
  • While MyMagic + remains in a “test phase,” Disney says many of the main components will roll out to visitors during the next few months.
  • Disney have launched an over branded Mobile Phone in Japan that has been very successful.
  • Overall DVD sales were down 43%, exec’s believe the purchase of Lucas Films for $4 Billion will help turn this around.
  • Disney’s consumer-products business rose 11% to $346 million, driven by sales of Marvel Entertainment-related merchandise.



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Take A Virtual Ride On Disney’s New Seven Dwarves Mine Train Roller Coaster

Hi Thrill Seekers,

Nothing like getting in there early, Disney have released a Virtual Ride for their forth coming new attraction “Seven Dwarves Mine Train Roller Coaster” which we’ve embedded below.

Now I say forth coming….. you actually wont be able to ride it until the 2nd phase of Disney’s Fantasyland is complete, so we’re talking 2014 but this little teaser may well be enough to wet the appetite.

What are your first impressions of Disney’s new ride?

Remember Orlando Attraction Tickets offers low cost cheap Disney Tickets for all your holiday needs.



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Disney Marathon Title Reclaimed By Adriano Bastos

Morning Thrill Seekers,

This weekend saw Disney’s Magical Marathon take place, the 26.2 mile course that takes in much of Disney actually represented the 20th anniversary of the event.

winner disney marathon

The race capped a magical weekend of running events, parties and family entertainment to mark the milestone. The four-day event drew more than 65,000 runners, including celebrities and famous running legends.

The Marathon was won by Disney Marathon Legend Adriano Bastos (Brazil) in an impressive 2 hours 21 Mins, Adriano beat off stiff competition from fellow countryman and training partner Fredison Costa for his seventh Disney Marathon win in the past nine years and eighth overall!

To keep the Marathon fresh Disney’s “RunDisney” crew introduced a   new course, a new finisher’s medal, a post-race party at Downtown Disney and spectacular entertainment along Mile 20, where things really get tough.

Disney marathon

The 20th Disney Marathon also marked a first for the event where female entrants out numbered the men, with Disney reporting 57% of runners being Women, well done Ladies 🙂

Almost makes me want to run one myself…. almost 😉



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All Change At Disney

Morning Thrill Seekers,

Last night Disney took out their magic wand and used it to reshuffleGeorge_kalogridis its corporate management ranks. More than half a dozen executives were effected  including the introduction of a new president for Walt Disney World.

George A. Kalogridis, who has received major prop’s for his handling of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, will move to the east coast to take over as president of Disney World, the company’s biggest and most-profitable resort.

Current President Meg Crofton will focus exclusively on her duties as president of all operations for Disney theme parks in the United States and Europe — a new position created a year and a half ago amid another management restructuring.

Michael Colglazier vice president in charge of Disney’s Animal Kingdom will replace Kalogridis and run Disneyland.

Josh D’Amaro, who currently runs the company’s Adventures by Disney packaged-tour business will take over from Colglazier at Animal Kingom.

Confused yet?

The major move really is Kalogridis who is now at the helm of the companies jewel, all eyes will be on him and how he see’s the future of Disney. Kalogridis was not available to interview.



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What Is Disney’s FASTPASS & Can I Use It?

Good Evening Thrill Seekers,

I can’t think of many negative things about going to an Orlando Theme Park but one thing I would imagine is right up there is the queuing…

We all know its part and parcel of using Orlando Attraction Tickets and we all wish theme park owners could find some way of reducing wait times… well….

Did you know our Disney tickets include Disney FASTPASS?

Wouldn’t it be great if you could cut your wait time for some of your favourite attractions? Now you can!

How does it work?

Disney FASTPASS Service saves your place in line for an attraction while you enjoy the rest of the theme park.

To Use Disney FASTPASS Service:

  • Look for the “Disney FASTPASS® Distribution” sign near the entrance of an attraction.
  • Check the “Return Time” displayed on the sign.
    • The sign will indicate the time you would return to enjoy the attraction using a FASTPASS ticket.
    • For attractions, the return time is a one-hour window (e.g., 1:10 p.m. to 2:10 p.m.), so you don’t have to be there exactly at a given time. For shows, your return time will be for a specific performance.
  • If the return time is one that works for you, just insert your Orlando attraction ticket into the Disney FASTPASS Service machine.
  • A FASTPASS ticket will emerge with your return time printed on it. Now you’re free to go and enjoy the rest of the theme park!
  • Go back to the FASTPASS ticketholder entrance when your return time rolls around, show your ticket to the Cast Member and enjoy the attraction with a minimal wait.

Please keep in mind:

  • FASTPASS tickets are only valid on the day of issue.
  • Everyone in your party using the FASTPASS ticketholder entrance must have a FASTPASS ticket.
  • There’s a limit to the number of FASTPASS tickets you may have at one time. On your ticket will be printed the time at which you can get your next one. Disney FASTPASS Service machines won’t issue another ticket until the time stated on your current one.

Currently, the following attractions offer Disney FASTPASS Service:

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park:

  • Primeval Whirl
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Expedition Everest

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Theme Park:

  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
  • Toy Story Mania!
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Magic Kingdom Theme Park:

  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Jungle Cruise
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Dumbo The Flying Elephant
  • The Barnstormer
  • Town Square Theater

Epcot Theme Park:

  • Mission: SPACE Pavilion
  • Test Track
  • Captain EO
  • Maelstrom
  • Soarin’

Remember this option comes as standard with your Disney Tickets purchased from www.orlandoattractiontickets.co.uk so take advantage of it.