Universal Studios Hollywood To Add Fast & Furious Supercharged Ride

Hey Thrill Seekers,

One of the major advantages of our new brand Theme Park Tickets Direct is being able to write about other parks around the World. For todays post we don’t actually have to travel that far, its a simple trip to the west coast of America to visit Universal Studios Hollywood where hot on the official release of their Despicable Me Minion Mayhem attraction they confirmed the addition of a new attraction.

Fast & Furious Supercharged is being described as a 3D-HD thrill ride, based around the hugely popular movie franchise The Fast and the Furious, visitors will go undercover in to the underground world of street racing where their identity will be revealed which leads to a daring escape.


The attraction itself will be hydraulic motion-based and will include special effects, state-of-the-art 3D audio system, and 3D imagery projected onto a 400 foot long 360-degree screen which will encircle Studio Tour guests in a newly-constructed 50,000-square-foot structure on the backlot. The screen will feature 18 4K projectors.

Mark Woodbury, President of Universal Creative said;

We’ve embarked on a new medium of immersive entertainment that brings to life the characters, hyper-realistic action adventure and custom-made effects to transport guests into the exciting world of Fast & Furious,

Our collaboration with Universal Pictures to bring this franchise to life through epic storytelling and technological breakthroughs continues to be a hallmark of Universal Studios Hollywood.

The new attraction isn’t a stand alone ride but rather an addition to the backlot tram tour. The main draw of this ride apart from the link to the movie franchise is the final sequences which are said to involve a street race where guests will feel like they are hitting speeds of 120mph!

Here at Theme Park Tickets Direct we’re currently in talks to add Universal Studios Hollywood to our portfolio of tickets. Once we’ve completed these negotiations we’ll let you know 🙂

Tickets with a twist…


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We’ve Just Hit 500 Posts On The Attraction Tickets Blog

Morning Thrill Seekers,

We’ve just hit another major milestone here on the blog! On Friday 500 we posted our 500th unique theme park article. Today’s offering will document the top 10 most read this year based purely on views. When we hit 400 posts I documented the all time top 10 so felt there was no need to go over that again.

The blog was started in 2010 and on initial launch covered theme parks across the globe. When we became part of Orlando Attraction Tickets and Theme Park Tickets Direct we switched our focus to Florida and mainly the Orlando parks. At present we’ve had 6 different writers producing work, of that myself, Rachel and Karl have turned over the most articles. Not to blow my own trumpet, but I’m going too…. I have posted over 400 of them. 😉 #justsayin

Top 10 post of 2014

  1. How to use the FREE shuttle bus service to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
  2. What Is Disney’s My Magic Plus And How Does It Work?
  3. How Much Does It Cost To Park At The Orlando Theme Parks
  4. How Do E-Tickets Work At SeaWorld Parks
  5. Here’s My 14 Day Orlando Theme Park Plan
  6. Checking Out The New RFID Disney Theme Park Tickets
  7. What Is Disney’s FASTPASS & Can I Use It?
  8. Discovery Cove 2014 Prices Are Now Available To Book
  9. 2012 Theme Park Attendance Results
  10. Universal Orlando Announce Details Of 2014 Mardi Gras Celebration

Not a Harry Potter or Furious Falcon insight, our most read articles tend to be the more practical posts. We recently recorded our busiest day ever, on April 1st (no joke) and we’ve got plans to expand the content size of the website and how its used.

Smiles included…


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March At Orlando Attraction Tickets & Theme Park Tickets Direct

Hi Thrill Seekers,

March seems to have flown by and we’re nose diving into April, 1-weasleytraditionally a very busy month in the World of attraction tickets. This is my third post in my monthly series (is it a series?) where I take a retrospective look at how the previous month went, what we got up too and what has happened within the industry.

For us March was pretty busy, as we’ve now revealed we’d been working behind the scene’s to breathe some new life into an old brand, Theme Park Tickets Direct. TPTD is bit of a pet project of mine, it has connections to a very rich history which I explain more about in this post – Why we decided to buy theme park tickets direct

TPTD took up a lot of my time in March as we looked to re-launch  a brand with a different focus than Orlando Attraction Tickets, this site also represents our first attempt at a responsive design (works on all devices), I’m pretty proud of what the team has achieved and I’m looking forward to being able to offer more product to different destinations.

Orlando Attraction Tickets had a good steady March, no records broken this time but with a later April we always thought it was going to be difficult to outdo March 2013. We matched last year and as I’ve told the team I think thats a massive achievement. In the first quarter of 2014 we’re up in sales and revenue compared to the same time last year.

Reviews of our service continue to be strong and we’ve maintained our excellent 9.6 out of 10 based on 452 reviews. The reviews are collected independently by trustpilot and can be viewed online here. Delivery times remained slightly quicker than are published shipment rate at an impressive average of 5-7 days.

At the Theme Parks

March was all about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a couple of the guys here were lucky enough to be invited to Universal’s media evening where additional details including the length of the journey were revealed. I’m slightly bias of course, but I think our post about the event is pretty good, read it here and I defy you not to get excited about the prospect.

SeaWorld and Universal both released 2015 rates, which are live to book on Orlando Attraction Tickets.

Around the same time Universal confirmed Halloween Horror Nights will take place this year and confirmed dates and pricing. SeaWorld also put Dine with Shamu back on sale and this has been selling really well.

Disney confirmed that My Magic Plus was now available to guests staying off site and I’m really excited about hearing feedback from our customers about the whole experience. Just to note, all out Disney tickets are My Magic Plus enabled.

Busch Gardens confirmed some details about Pantopia mostly centered around a Bacon Pretzel Fury! Falcon’s Fury one of the most anticipated rides of 2014 is set to open on May 1st… I’ve been subtly begging Busch Gardens to be one of the first to ride it… they aren’t getting the hint 🙁

What about April

Well we’re only 4 days in but it feels like its going to be a busy one with a lot of last minute bookings. I think we’ve managed our stock well enough to be ready and willing to get our customers their tickets in time.

We’re working on a few things behind the scenes including some new product which I’m sure Jamie for OAT and Thomas for TPTD will keep you informed about.

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next month,


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The New Look Theme Park Tickets Direct

Hey Thrill Seekers,

On the 2nd April we launched the new look Theme Park Tickets Direct the idea behind the brand is to offer attraction tickets with a twist. The twist generally being some kind of added value. For example if you purchased the Orlando PassPort today it would include a free Kennedy Space Center ticket worth £30!

Our CEO Gavin Boswell posted an illuminating blog about why we decided to launch a new brand and why we picked Theme Park Tickets Direct. Today I thought I’d officially introduce the new brand and walk you through some of the unique parts of TPTD.

We wanted the site to be responsive on all devices, we believe the future of attraction tickets lies in mobile development and the new site has been design with this in mind.

tptdhomeOur designers always try to stay in touch with the trends of the day and a responsive flat design in very much in vogue hence why we’ve abandoned the old style curved images and included apple inspired flat imagery.

The homepage details our most popular tickets and we’ve added a handy pop up overlay that will help point out an additional extras included with the ticket.



The ticket pages themselves are now a lot more image rich with a large central image showing key features of the ticket. We believe theme parks offer a rich tapestry of excitement that pictures capture superbly.


ThemeParkTicketsDirect.com also offers a £10 p/p deposit scheme that allows our customer to secure great deals now but pay for them later, you can even pay via installments online!

We also offer a very strong price promise, find a like for like deal on any other independant UK theme park ticket suppliers site, that can be verified, and at the very least we’ll match it.

So there we are, Theme Park Tickets Direct reborn and ready for business…. with a twist!

Kind regards,


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Why We Decided To Buy Theme Park Tickets Direct

Hi all,

My Dad is quite in to history, he’d use his knowledge of the monarchy tptd logofor example, to answer numerous questions on TV quiz shows. My two favourite teachers from school were both History teachers, one was a motorbike riding hippy, the other oozed sarcasm with every telling off, reducing many a bully to a spluttering wreck. So I think its safe to say I like history too.

When I started my first company over 10 years ago now, history wasn’t really on my mind but the more I learnt about building and maintaining a business the more I began to admire company’s who had been doing it for a long time. Companies like The Coca-Cola Company (1886) and Macy’s (1820) are both rich in History spanning over a hundred years, I always thought having this type of dynasty was pretty cool.

So a few months ago I was approached by a company that sells domain names, usually I automatically ignore them, they never really have anything I’m interested in and more importantly their prices are generally astronomical. A cracking example of this was when we looked to purchase www.orlandoattractiontickets.com the starting price was 5 digits long! Anyway this company had two domain names that caught my eye… the domain names themselves aren’t instant classic’s, they aren’t single word domains or amazingly popular phrases but what they did have (which the seller didn’t know) was a connection to a history that dates back to the late 18th century.

Robert William Keith was a musical composer, he also made instruments and was an organist at the New Jerusalem Church in London, in the late 18th Century he opened a shop and by 1830’s he’d entered in to a partnership with another musician by the name of William Prowse, the new company was named Keith, Prowse & Co. The company entered the theatre ticketing business after acquiring “Theatre Ticket Messengers” a company which used messenger boys to go to theatres and either hold seats or collect seat tokens for favoured clients. They became one of the first ticketing agencies to have a phone installed and appeared in the very first telephone directory printed in 1880. This type of history is priceless to me.

Over the years the brand Keith Prowse has changed hands a few times most recently in 2010 covered here by the Travel Weekly, the ticketing side is currently owned by the Seatem Group however it was an off shoot of Keith Prowse that had now caught my eye, themeparkticketsdirect.com.


From 2006 to 2010 the Keith Prowse owned, themeparkticketsdirect.com were one of the leading ticket providers in the UK. Literally a day did not go by when I wasn’t reading about them or competing against them. In 2010 when Keith Prowse called in the administrators, themeparkticketdirect.com closed down over night and disappeared. It was this domain name that was now being offered to me in .com & .co.uk (the set).

You only have to google the name themeparkticketsdirect.com to see the issues people encountered when Keith Prowse went into administration, the frustrations and anger people experienced was righteous and this initially put me off, was the brand damaged beyond repair? We initially thought is was, but the connection to all that history kept my interest…

I spoke to my business partner Karl Hendrie, a man definitely not one to be caught up in the romance of history, we umm’d and aaah’d… and after a lot of chats we decided not to purchase the domains.

A few months later we were in a meeting with Universal, the meeting was to discuss marketing and social activity for 2014 but we really spent most of the time trying to weasel out an opening date for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter (we got nowhere). Half way through the meeting a lady entered the room, we were introduced to her and informed she looked after the Californian side of Universal…

She said,

What a shame your website is so Florida sentric!

And she was right, we needed a brand that could offer more than just Florida, as much as we love Orlando there is more to theme parks than just the Sunshine state. We left the meeting with the decision to expand our theme park business to cover the World.

The very next day we were approached again by the domain name seller for Theme Park Tickets Direct, he was offering us the domain names at a fraction of the original price…. we bought them.

Today we have officially launched Theme Park Tickets Direct with a new responsive web design, at the moment it still features Florida heavily but over the months we will add new product as we complete contracting. We’ve also decided to approach the ticket sales differently hence the tagline “tickets with a twist…”. If you visit the site today you’ll note the following twists, free kennedy space center tickets with our combo tickets, free $10.00 gift cards per ticket with our Disney Tickets and Free WonderWorks tickets with our Universal Tickets.

So there you go, thats the story of why we bought Theme Park Tickets Direct. Take a look around and tell me what you think.


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Introducing The Theme Park Tickets Direct £5 Price Beat

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Here at Theme Park Tickets Direct we love to offer “Tickets with a twist…” unlike other ticket resellers we like to add a little something to our packages to make them unique, for example at the moment we’re offering free Kennedy Space Center Tickets with every combo ticket purchased!

When we looked in to offering a price promise we knew we’d have offer something with a twist… and thats exactly what we’ve done.

Today I’m happy to introduce the themeparkticketsdirect.com Price Beat offer. We’ve decided to go that one step further and instead of looking to match competitors prices we promise to beat them by £5.00 🙂


Here’s the info;

Our Price Beat
If you find a “like for like” package from a UK reseller offering real gate ready tickets cheaper we will not only match the price we’ll beat it by £5.00!!!


  • To qualify for our price beat offer the total cost of the order must be over £500.00.
  • Price beating does not apply to special offers, bundles, holiday packages or offers that include ‘added value’ items
  • In order to price beat we must be able to verify the rate online.
  • Our Price Beat is only available before placing your order, once an order is placed the Price Beat offer will not be available.
  • The ticket being a real ticket, not a voucher or “e-ticket” (in cases where we supply real tickets).
  • We reserve the right to remove any added value products (twist) associated with our ticket offerings.
  • Price Beat is not available against other U.S. Rent A Car Ltd companies.

Contact us
To challenge us to beat a competitors rate you can contact us via these mediums;

Phone – 0845 226 8525
Email – info@themeparkticketsdirect.com
Live Chat – Click here to chat online

We’re excited to be the first attraction tickets company to offer a Price Beat… so don’t just sit there reading, challenge us 🙂

with a twist…


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