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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Theme Park Fatigue? Take A Break From The Parks With These Great Tickets

Hey Thrill Seekers,

Theme Park Fatigue can happen to the best of us! A whole day at an Orlando park can be very tiring, there’s tons of walking involved and lots of standing on your feet. We actually calculated the amount of calories you can lose when visiting SeaWorld and Busch Gardens last year and it turned out to be the equivalent of a good 10k run!

So taking a break from the parks to recharge your batteries is a must, here’s our top tickets and attractions to help combat theme park fatigue.

Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center is constantly ranked as one of the best attractions in Florida. The still working space station is a great way to recharge your theme park batteries while at the same time visiting a truly icon attraction.

KSC recently added the Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit to their collection, raised 30 feet off the ground and rotated 43 degrees visitors will experience Atlantis as if it were in space. It also features more than 60 interactive, immersive exhibits and simulators which will provide guests a never-before experienced perspective on the shuttle’s complex systems, components and capabilities.

Kennedy Space Center Tickets can be purchased from as little as £29.00 per adult and £24.00 per child.

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The most eye-catching feature of WonderWorks is the attraction’s dramatic exterior; a three-story tall, classically designed building that appears to have landed upside down, atop a 1930s era brick warehouse.

WonderWorks is an amusement park for the mind with over 100 interactive exhibits for visitors of all ages to explore.

You can visit WonderWorks from as little as £15.00 per adult and £12.00 per child.


Water Parks

Yep granted it has the word Park in the title but Orlando water parks are nothing like their theme park brethren. Relax and soak up the rays or go for a paddle in the lazy river. Orlando’s waterparks have something for everyone.

Universal have Wet N’ Wild, which offers the most multi person rides in a single park in Florida. There are also tons of places to sunbathe.

SeaWorld’s water park is called Aquatica and has an Australian and New Zealand theme. They’re set to open their new ride Ihu’s Breakaway Falls this year, which has been billed as the tallest, multi person drop ride in southern America. Aquatica also has an 80,000 square foot man made beach for you to relax on.

Disney have two water parks, Blizzard Beach with its winter theme and Typhoon Lagoon with its story of a typhoon wreaking havoc on a tropical island. Both have plenty of places to relax.

Prices can vary, the most popular ticket to include water parks is the Orlando PassPort.


Discovery Cove

Of all the attractions I’ve visited in Orlando Discovery Cove is easily the most relaxing, it could be the tranquil waters, the beautiful dolphins or the free booze on tap, we’ll never truly know 😉 but what I do know is that Discovery Cove is one of the most enjoyable days out I’ve ever had…. actually its so enjoyable I’ve been there 3 times now.

Featuring a dolphin interaction, a beautiful aviary, serenity bay and a freshwater oasis, Discovery Cove is fully equipped to deal with your theme park fatigue .

Discovery Cove is limited to 1300 people per day and prices depend upon the time of year you attend. You can check availability and pricing here.

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So there we have it our top tickets for fighting theme park fatigue… I guess you could try one of these or if you’re tough enough push on through and visit a theme park everyday 🙂

Smiles included…



Our Goals For 2014

Happy New Year Thrill Seekers,

2013 has been a massive year for Orlando Attraction Tickets we’ve happy new yearsmashed all our previous years sales, we launched a new website, we picked up a bronze in the British Travel Awards and we’ve innovated within an industry that hasn’t been disrupted in a long time (see Wish Lists, Ticket Rush, Ticket Time, ShareTheLove)…. but we’re not sitting on our laurels.

For 2014 we hope to offer even more, here’s our list of new year resolutions.

Faster Delivery

Our free standard delivery time is quoted as 7-10 working days. In 2013 thanks to some sterling work from our ticket dispatch team our average time was actually 5 days.

We’re pretty happy with this but we’re confident we can get it even quicker by using the data from 2013 to stock correctly for the peaks and troughs. We’re also looking at a slightly different way of fulfillment within OAT HQ which we hope can take at least day off.

New Product

We’ve been in talks with a few of the parks to increase the amount of product we have on the site. We’re happy to have recently added some meal deals and tours for SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment including the very popular Serengeti Safari and Beluga Interaction Programme but we’re also on the look out to offer some more off the wall experiences.

More Social

Last year we grew our facebook page from 1 like (me) to 1285 (today) although we’re happy with this we want to create more interaction on the page. We’ve got a new competition ready to go on the first of Jan 2014 and have 5 others in the bag.


We’re never happy to sit still and let the market develope around us. The company has a culture of innovating and we intend to continue with this in 2014. We have a few things in the pipeline that we hope will be mature in the first quarter, one of which may prove to be very controversial!

So there we have it, Faster, More, Social and Innovate are our buzzwords for 2014. See you on the other side….

Happy New Year and Smiles included…