Friday Florida Theme Park Round Up

Hey Thrill Seekers,

As weeks go this one has been pretty light on theme park news, there have been a couple of things going on that although news worth they weren’t enough to fill an entire post, so I thought what I’d do is offer this post as a roundup of what’s happening, happened or rumoured.

First up is LEGOLAND Florida, who this week re-opened Cypress Gardens renowned Florida shaped swimming pool and Oriental Gardens.

The pool was constructed in the 50’s for the film “Easy to Love” but had been closed to the public for a number of years, that was until LEGOLAND moved in and began its restoration plan.


The Oriental Gardens is a place for reflection and contemplation, as per the name it has an Oriental flavour including Buddhas and bamboo elements. LEGOLAND are expected to add additional LEGO characters to the gardens to entertain the children.

oriental gardens

A rumour that just won’t go away is that Universal Orlando are looking to add a version of the King Kong ride possibly to Islands of Adventure. Fuel was further added by Parkscope who got this anonymous tip off showing Universal have submitted a permit for sitework to begin on project 340 which has been bandied around as the working name of a new King Kong ride.

king kong

We mentioned the Polercoaster back in November but since then talk has been pretty quiet. That changed this week when reports came out that the Polercoaster is going for the record.. yup it wants to be the Worlds tallest Roller Coaster at a staggering, 570 feet high. For perspective that would make it almost 3 times taller than Busch Gardens SheiKra…

Where the Polercoaster is going to be is still to be revealed, but theme park insiders are stating that the cost to build and maintain such a beast is so much that only one of the major parks could include it and still make money.



So there we have it, LEGOLAND, Universal and a Polercoaster make this weeks Friday Florida Theme Park round up.

Smiles included…



Orlando Attraction Tickets Blog Hits 400 Unique Posts

Morning Thrill Seekers,

Its just like the title states, Friday was our 400th Unique post on smiles and we’re pretty proud of this. 2013 has been our most prolific writing year and the visits to the site support that content is king.

The rise of the blog has been pretty plain to see, since its inception in September 2010 before we became part of Orlando Attraction Tickets we were writing about anything theme park related, by the end of 2010 we had had only 1516 unique visits… In 2011 we began to refine our work to the U.S. and on a bad month we were hitting 1516 unique visitors, so by the end of the year we had blown the previous years visitors well out of the water.

2012 saw us double the traffic from 2011 and this was even though our output decreased. This year has again seen us double our visitors and this has definitely coincided with our increase in the amount of posts.

Although I have written the majority of the posts this year I’ve had help in the forms of Frank, Karl and Rachel. Its great to have a different perspective writing on the blog and some of my favourite posts have been from these guys.

Below is a list of our top 10 most visited posts of all time.

  1. How to use the FREE shuttle bus service to Busch Gardens
  2. SeaWorld San Diego To Launch Manta In 2012
  3. The Sorting Hat At Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  4. Shop Price’s At Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  5. Introducing The Orlando PassPort
  6. Orlando Thrill Theme Park Unveils 14 Ride Idea’s
  7. Here’s My 14 Day Orlando Theme Park Plan
  8. Ollivanders – In The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter 
  9. How Do E-Tickets Work At SeaWorld Parks
  10. What Is Disney’s FASTPASS & Can I Use It?

We’re looking forward to continuing to post in 2014 and hope we can break some more theme park stories in the future.

Smiles included…