Plans for the first-ever Harry Potter-themed Roller Coaster at Universal Orlando to arrive at Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida, was announced by Universal Orlando recently.
Dragon Challenge will close on September 5, with the last day of operation September 4., to make room for the new attraction. The Harry Potter-themed Roller Coaster promises an adventure that combines all of the incredible characters, creatures and journeys of the extraordinarily successful Harry Potter book and movie series. It is slated to open sometime in 2019.
In its announcement, Universal sited the Harry Potter-themed Roller Coaster at Universal Orlando, as one of the most “highly-themed coaster experiences” they’ve ever created. Considering The Wizarding World of Harry Potter than spans both Universal Studios with Diagon Alley, and Islands of Adventure, is already known for realistic and immersive attractions that utilizes images and technology in ways rarely seen at other theme parks.
The Dragon Challenge’s successor is being described as a ‘new generation of thrill ride’ and will feature ‘a new level of storytelling’ during the experience. This is major, considering, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.” that spans both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, is already known for realistic and immersive attractions that utilizes images and technology in ways rarely seen at other theme parks. According to Universal Orlando’s Blog, the details are as follows:
• This all-new thrill ride will take you deeper into J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, where you will encounter some of your “favorite characters and creatures.” • The ride will be “unlike anything we’ve ever done before” and it will accessible to “the entire family,” which implies a lower height restriction than the ride it replaces • The new attraction will be “one of the most highly-themed coaster experiences” Universal has created and will “combine a new level of storytelling with an action-packed adventure…and a few surprises along the way.” • The award-winning Universal Creative team is once again collaborating with Warner Bros. and the production design team from the Harry Potter films on the new coaster attraction. • This ride “is going to redefine the category” and be “the perfect addition to Hogsmeade.”
We are not sure of the type of coaster it will be, but Orlando Ticket Connection will keep you informed as soon as more information is available. For some of the best prices on Universal Orlando Tickets shop here!
SeaWorld has the best dining plan out of any park! One full meal every hour, including dessert, all day long! If you eat just twice, you’ll get your money’s worth. You can do so much more with the SeaWorld Parks CHOOSE 2 Parks with Dining Ticket.
Guest can not only enjoy an exciting day full of great food and fun at SeaWorld Orlando but at Aquatica and Busch Gardens also. Pay once and dine up to once per hour all day until the published restaurant closing times. Orlando Ticket Connection is offering an incredible deal that can’t be bought at the gate! Enjoy the best dining value during your day of fun in the sun at SeaWorld, & Aquatica or Busch Gardens with the SeaWorld Parks CHOOSE 2 Parks with Dining Ticket.All-Day Dining Deal at SeaWorld Orlando
Adults can redeem 1 entree, 1 side OR 1 dessert & 1 regular sized non-alcoholic beverage & Children (Ages 3-9) can redeem Kids meals once per hour in the park. Some food and beverage exclusions apply. No refunds on day of use. Park admission is required, but not included. Purchase the SeaWorld Parks CHOOSE 2 Parks with Dining Ticket which allows you entrance to 2 parks of your choosing and unlimited visits to each participating restaurant until published restaurant once per hour. The wristband is valid for 1 entrée platter, 1 additional side item and 1 soft beverage or iced tea. Wristbands MUST be worn at all times and shown at each redemption. The All-Day Dining Deal does not include equity dines such as Character Dining, Dine with Shamu, or Sharks Underwater Grill. Not valid with any souvenir products with the exception of Kids’ Meals. Sharing and take out is prohibited. Menu and prices are subject to change without notice. This convenient dining deal allows you to eat around SeaWorld® at participating restaurant locations as often as once every hour until the published closing time. Valid locations include Voyager’s Smokehouse, Expedition Café, Seaport Pizza, Captain Pete’s Island Treats, The Spice Mill, Seafire Grill, and Mango Joe’s®.All-Day Dining Deal at Aquatica
A 2-course meal every hour – 1 entree, 1 side OR 1 dessert & 1 regular non-alcoholic drink every 60 minutes. Kids meals for children (ages 3-9) once per hour. Visit your favorite Aquatica restaurant over and over again or try different places every time you feel hungry – it’s up to you. All the restaurants in the park are included in the deal! Aquatica has 3 restaurants with all kinds of mouth-watering dishes, from pizzas to pulled pork, baked chicken to hot dogs, and plenty of delicious sides and drinks to choose from too, Banana Beach Cookout, Mango Market, & Waterstone Grill.All-Day Dining Deal at Busch Gardens
Pay once and enjoy delicious meals and exclusive benefits throughout the day with the purchase of the All-Day Dine Deal. Up to one entrée, one side item or dessert and one beverage each time through the line. Exclusive Buy One, Get One Free offers on all snacks, bottled soda, beer and wine all-day long. at any of the following locations: Zagora Café, Serengeti Overlook Café, Kenya Kanteen, Sheikra Eats, Bengal Bistro, Dragon Fire Grill and Zambia Smokehouse. Child’s price includes kid’s meal entrees only.
SeaWorld Parks CHOOSE 2 Parks with Dining Ticket Details: Price does not include parking, taxes or service fees. Valid for a total of two (2) visits at any of the following parks: SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, and Adventure Island Tampa Bay. Plus, two (2) All-Day Dining Deals. First visit must be used within 365 days of purchase during regularly scheduled operating hours. Second visit and All-Day Dining Deal (if purchased) must be redeemed within 14 days of first visit. Online price not available at park.
Revenge of Chucky & Killer Klowns from Outer Space announced Universal Orlando HHN 2018, as the last two scare zones coming to Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 2018.Revenge of Chucky & Killer Klowns from Outer Space
The Revenge of Chucky, one of the most frightening icons in horror history, scare zone will feature a toy fair that’s turned deadly. Guests will enter a toy fair turned deadly, filled with diabolical twists on childhood toys from the past. They will be haunted by possessed toys – such as homicidal monkeys, a board game turned deadly and more. And finally, guests will come face-to-face with the world’s deadliest doll.Revenge of Chucky
In the Killer Klowns from Outer Space scare zone, an interplanetary circus tent, filled with the unearthly killer klowns. The sweet smell of cotton candy will tempt guests inside, but they will soon realize that the treats are made from humans. Guests must escape the killer klowns or face the madness of their ray guns, which will turn them into grotesque cotton candy snacks.Killer Klowns from Outer Space
Revenge of Chucky & Killer Klowns from Outer Space announced Universal Orlando HHN 2018 and will complete the scare zone line up for this year’s event. Then there are, of course, other iconic haunts, and this year for the first-time ever a Stranger Things area will make its debut. Fans of this series will get the chance to brave the parallel universe, referred to as the Upside Down, that terrorized the small town of Hawkins, Indiana in Netflix’s mega-hit “Stranger Things,” will bring the chittering, destructive Demogorgon to “Halloween Horror Nights” to stalk unwitting guests as they encounter iconic sights, characters and environments from the mesmerizing series.
These three alongside a house dedicated to the horror classic Trick ‘r Treat will haunt the streets – including Vamp 85: New Year’s Eve, Twisted Tradition and The Harvest.
For 34 select nights from September 14 – November 3, the most intense Halloween Horror Nights will be unleashed at Universal Orlando Resort. Guests will encounter more scares than ever before as they face 10 haunted houses – the most houses in event history – five scare zones and one powerhouse live show.
Ready, set, play! The all-new Toy Story Land Disney’s Hollywood Studios is coming this summer. It will give guests the sensation of shrinking to the size of a toy as they explore Andy’s backyard and see their favorite Toy Story characters larger than life.All-New Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Whether it’s an exciting ride on a family-friendly coaster, a spin on a toy rocket or a 3D adventure through carnival midway games, guests will be immersed in the playful world of toys.
And along the way, enough fun facts and “didn’t-know-that’s” to fill a toy chest:
• More than 400 toy blocks fill Andy’s backyard. • In Toy Story Land, Andy’s footprint is about 25 feet long or the equivalent of a size 240 shoe. • It would take a Green Army Man roughly 12 steps just to travel the length of one of Andy’s shoeprints. • You would need a backpack the size of a school bus to carry the Buzz and Woody figures that tower over Toy Story Land. • The weight of the Slinky Dog Dash track and support columns weighs almost as much as 125,000 gallons of milk. • Together Rex and the Jenga Tower are as tall as 7½ Green Army Men standing on top of one another.
Your Toy Story pals can’t wait to have you join them. So come on, step into the All-New Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios where kids and grown-ups alike can experience all-new adventures. The kind you’ll only find at Walt Disney World beginning June 30, 2018. In the so-much-larger-than-life setting of Andy’s backyard, Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie and the rest of the Toy Story gang invite you to take part in the adventure together.ATTRACTIONS
NEW! Slinky Dog Dash
Andy’s assembled his awesome coaster kit and Slinky Dog is poised to take you on a wild journey. On the new Slinky Dog Dash, you’ll whoosh throughout the land. Hold on for an exhilarating ride that twists Slinky Dog’s coils around curves, hills, bridges and drops. It’s a crazy ride the whole family can enjoy together.
NEW! Alien Swirling Saucers
On the new Alien Swirling Saucers, the aliens have powered up their flying saucers to take you on a spin through space. Climb into a toy rocket and hang on as aliens lead the way on an interstellar romp set to an out-of-this-world beat. If you’re really lucky, youjust might get “chosen” by the claw.
Fan Favorite – TOY STORY MANIA!®
Take aim. Head over to Andy’s room to ride on a carnival play set the toys have set up. On the fan-favorite Toy Story Mania!®, your Toy Story pals help you blast your way through a 4D arcade. Fire at targets with everything from baseballs to cream pies. But you better practice your aim, because high-score bragging rights are on the line for friends and families.
Woody’s Lunch Box
Woody’s Lunch Box – actually, Andy’s lunch box that he’s set on its side – will serve up tasty meals and old-fashioned soda floats from a walk-up window setting. The entire land will serve as a visual celebration of toys, with Crayons, Cooties, Green Army Men, Rubik’s Cubes, Tinkertoys, and other familiar toys and game pieces incorporated into the land’s design.
“With set pieces, staging, attractions and experiences Toy Story Land represents the best of Walt Disney Imagineering’s collaboration with our storytelling partners at Pixar Animation Studios,” said Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. “All-New Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will place guests inside the wondrous world of Woody, Buzz and their pals – and invite everyone to experience the joy of being a toy.” Orlando Ticket Connection has the lowest prices and cutomer service that can’t be beat so buy your Disney Tickets online and save!
Universal Orlando will take its nighttime lagoon show to the next level this summer, with “Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration” The all-new lagoon show will give guests a brand-new, awe-inspiring way to end their day in Universal Studios as they enjoy an epic cinema under the stars on select nights.Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration
“Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration” will seamlessly blend fountain-based media, a variety of state-of-the-art technologies and special effects in a whole new way. The show combines an all-new storyline with full panoramic water screens accented by additional multi-layer water screens, pyrotechnics and – for the first time ever – more than 120 dancing fountains and projection mapping to transform the entire waterfront and surrounding buildings into a vivid celebration of epic movie moments and beloved characters.
“It’s the biggest nighttime show we’ve ever done at Universal Orlando,” says Mike Aiello, director of entertainment creative for the resort. The presentation will be a total revamp of the park’s previous nighttime lagoon show, “Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular.” Introduced in 2012 during the 100th anniversary of the famed Hollywood movie studio, it was largely a clip-fest honoring Universal’s movie legacy. “We want the new show to be a cap to our guests’ day at Universal Orlando. It will feature many of the characters and brands at the parks,” adds Aiello.
And, guests will be able to enjoy “Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration” from an all-new, dedicated viewing area designed specifically for the show – giving them prime viewing of the experience.
Guests will witness moments from the Harry Potter series conjured by way of spells, ear-shattering roars from dinosaurs in Jurassic World, the adrenaline rush of speed from The Fast & the Furious, mischief by the Minions from Illumination’s Despicable Me and more come to life right before their very eyes – all in the heart of the Universal Studios Florida lagoon.
This summer, guests will now have two new spectacular nighttime shows to enjoy as part of their visit to Universal’s theme parks – Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration in Universal Studios Florida and “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle” in Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Orlando Ticket Connection is offering a 3 Day Park to Park Ticket & save over $59 off the gate price.
Star-Lord and Gamora from “Guardians of the Galaxy” will take guests on a musical journey through the cosmos. “Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live!” will be the stage at the America Gardens Theatre at Epcot.
“Guardians of the Galaxy – Awesome Mix Live!” will be seen five times a day from June 9 through August 19. It is included with theme park admission and is part of Walt Disney World’s lineup of “Incredible Summer” offerings.
While you’re here, stop into the American Adventure at Epcot where you’ll find the giant screen showing. These are inspired by the new Guardians of the Galaxy at Epcot Disney World.
At Liberty Inn, a counter service restaurant with lots of indoor seating you’ll find an adorable Groot Sipper Cup that comes with your choice of fountain or frozen beverage and a Rocket Fuel Slushy with frozen Coca-Cola and bourbon. Over at Fife & Drum Tavern, you can sip on an “I am Float” Root Beer with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream and mint leaves or the Awesome Mix Slushy with layers of frozen lemonade, blue raspberry, and strawberry. There’s also the chocolate Galaxy Cupcake with buttercream and a white chocolate piece featuring Groot!Guardians of the Galaxy Roller Coaster
At D23 Expo Japan, in February, Disney shared a first look at Epcot’s highly-anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster.
With the “Guardians of the Galaxy”-inspired coaster, Disney World is going big. This one-of-a-kind family attraction will be one of the world’s longest enclosed roller coasters when it’s added to Future World at Epcot. It’ll feature a unique story currently being created by Walt Disney Imagineering and include a new innovative ride system that’s guaranteed to “wow” guests.
This attraction is part of Disney’s ongoing work to renovate Epcot into a place that’s more family, more relevant and more timeless.
“As we build upon its core mission of optimism and hope to inspire the world, the real will become fantastic and the fantastic will become real—in whole new ways at Epcot,” Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, said.
The attraction will open in time for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort in 2021.
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Trick ‘r Treat Returns to Halloween Horror Nights as a Terrifying New House. The new house is inspired by the 2007 cult Halloween film Trick ‘r Treat and is coming to Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 28.
Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights Gets Even Creepier
Last year, the annual Halloween event featured characters from the film, including Sam, the villain and pumpkin-like creature, in some of the park’s scare zones. But this year, the cast will return to frighten guests who dare journey through the house, which is designed as a maze, thus Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights Gets Even Creepier.
According to Universal, the new addition to HHN is meant to “teach you the traditions of the holiday as you find out firsthand the consequences of breaking those rules.”
Universal is throwing you head first into the world of this cult Halloween film, and driving you smack dab into the center of the most gruesome scenes and demented characters. These protectors of Halloween will demonstrate the traditions of the holiday as you find out firsthand the consequences of breaking those rules. With monsters around every turn, you need to pay attention…or suffer the ultimate fate.
And then there’s Sam who keeps a watchful eye over it all. He’s the keeper of the rules and the spirit of Halloween. He may look cute on the outside but you don’t want to get on his bad side… or the receiving end of his lollipop.
In the movie, Trick or Treat Sam is revealed to be a demonic pumpkin-like creature who acts as the enforcer for the rules and traditions of Halloween, and is willing to do anything to make sure these rules are honored.
He is depicted as a child dressed in a Halloween costume, which consists of an orange set of pajamas, and a mask made of a burlap sack with buttons for eyes. Sam drags a dirty sack around with him throughout the film, but its contents are unknown, presumably candy (although the blood stains on the sack and the cat screeching when he drags it down the stairs would strongly suggest otherwise). Despite his childlike appearance, it is established that Sam is more demonic than he appears, hiding a pumpkin-shaped head resembling a skull. Dougherty described Sam’s head as a cross “between an embryo and a pumpkin”Universal
Orlando Halloween Horror Nights gets even creepier, but make no mistake this year, Orlando Ticket Connection is the one stop shop for ALL Universal Orlando discount tickets, so buy now and save!!