The OTC Genius just came back for vacation so I will be taking my readers on a journey through some of the best day trips I experienced!!
Since Orlando is the Theme Park Capital of the World, I decided to spend most of my vacation time exploring the major attractions. There are been so many changes to most of the theme parks that I thought what a great time to renew my experiences!! In order to keep my readers updated I have to sacrifice and do a little work! (Ha Ha, that’s what I told my boss).
The first stop on the agenda was Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom. As much as I love animals, I have to admit that I am a real thrill seeker and preferred to visit a park with the fastest roller coaster. But the person I invited to share the day with, wanted to visit Animal Kingdom so that is where we went. Orlando Ticket Connection prides itself on having the inside track so I always try to go with someone else because that way I can get another opinion.
Of course we rode the amazing Expedition Everest! This is one of my favorite Walt Disney rides and it totally lived up to my expectations. It is always exciting to ride the speeding train though the Himalayas, all the while being chased by the ferocious Yeti!! I really love when the tracks are out and you plunge backwards into the unknown!!
Walking through Walt Disney’s Animal Kingdom gives the impression of being right smack dab in the middle of the African and Asian continents. The landscape is amazing and transports you to these wonderful lands!
One of the absolute best adventures of the day was the Kilimanjaro Safari! After walking in the heat and trying to take in all of the sights and sounds a much needed escape was called for. Even though I have been on this safari before, there were never as many animals as there was this day! It was like all of Africa was let out!! We took so many pictures, and just have to share them with you.
I loved the Giraffes, especially the baby giraffes. Do you know that giraffes have the same amount of bones in their necks as a human does? They are just longer! The White Rhinos are really not white, and originally the name was lost in translation. It was named “widj” in Dutch because of their wide mouths, but somehow they started pronouncing it white! The tour guide was full of amazing information, which I found to be very entertaining.
The OTC Genius is giving Animal Kingdom AND Kilimanjaro Safari 5 STARS!
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It’s time for Legoland Florida Brick or Treat 2016! Guests will invade LEGOLAND® Florida Resort during its kid-friendly Halloween celebration of Legoland Florida Brick or Treat 2016, starting Oct 1 2016. This spooky event is great for the whole family and will continue every weekend in October. It features trick-or-treating along the brick-or-treat trail; super brick build activities, the largest LEGO Jack-O-Lantern in the world, Halloween entertainment and an all-kids costume contest with brick-tastic prizes!
Ghouls, ghosts and goblins descend on Miniland USA transforming it into a haunted adventure with a scavenger hunt in search for these scary creatures that have invaded our famous cities. This spooky event takes place weekends in October, and features trick-or-treating along the brick or treat trail, super brick build activities, the largest LEGO Jack-O-Lantern in the
Parked in Market Plaza will be the 13-foot-long Vampyre Hearse, a giant LEGO model inspired by a set from the now-retired LEGO Monster Fighters series. For this year’s Brick or Treat, the hot-rod hearse made out of more than 280,000 LEGO and DUPLO® bricks has been enhanced with spooky sound effects and ghostly lights, making it an even-more-perfect photo opportunity for boys and ghouls.world, Halloween entertainment and an all-kids costume contest with brick-tastic prizes! Dates for the event: October 1,2 8,9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 30, & Halloween Night October 31!!
Here are the highlights for all of the Halloween fun at the park:
*Brand new – giant 13 foot long LEGO Hearse *Nightly fireworks display *LEGO Vampire Build *World’s Largest LEGO Pumpkin Photo Opportunity *Witching Hour *Brick or Treat Trail *Everything is Awesome Costume Contest *Meet & Greet with new LEGO Halloween Characters: Wanda the Witch, Vladimir the Vampire, Frank N. Stein, Mortimor the Mum
Universal Orlando has joined forces with Universal Creative and VRstudios to develop THE REPOSITORY at Universal Orlando, a first-of-its-kind sphere of psychological horror and investigational journey that’s a unsettling combination of fear and Virtual Reality.
THE REPOSITORY at Universal Orlando, lasts for 30 minutes, but only 10 minutes actually takes place in VR where you will explore a physical warehouse crammed full of supernatural objects while interacting with real-life characters to solve a mystery and gain access to a spectral void. At that point, you’ll put on a special VR headset to explore a ghostly dimension, traveling into the netherworld using VR to fight off a supernatural enemy.
“Once you enter the Dark Portal, you come in contact with the dark entities — creatures that live in the paranormal,” T.J Mannarino, Universal Orlando’s senior director of entertainment, art and design told Digital Trends. “This experience is something that we could not do in the real world.” With a team of investigators, enter an ancient, old warehouse where mystifying artifacts have been collected and stored for hundreds of years.
Sophisticated supernatural and paranormal devices are being tested using state-of-the-art technologies to determine the power these relics hold. You make your way through multiple rooms and find yourselves transported to various worlds in this personalized, mind-bending experience.
To pull that last part off, Universal Orlando will break each team of four people into pairs and lead them to massive 18-foot by 18-foot stages. They’ll be able to walk around to explore the netherworld and interact with the rest of the team virtually. The entire experience is designed to keep you on the stage naturally, but there’s also a physical barrier and employees in the room just in case.
THE REPOSITORY at Universal Orlando, is available on select nights from September 29 through October 31. It costs $50 on top of the regular Halloween Horror Nights entry fee, which can range from $67 to $105. Reservation times are available between 5:00pm and 1:00am.
Take a close-up look at what goes into – and oozes out of – some of Hollywood’s strangest creatures, at Universal Orlando’s Horror Make-Up Show! This is considered Universal Studios most entertaining live show. While there’s plenty of fake blood thrown around, the on stage actors are hilariously funny.
This funny, highly entertaining show begins in an intriguingly creepy preshow area where masks, props, and rubber skeletons from classic and contemporary horror films and tributes to great makeup artists like Lon Chaney, Rick Baker, and Jack Pierce make a great backdrop for a horrifying family photo. Once inside the theater, your host brings out a special-effects expert who describes and shares some secrets about what goes into (and oozes out of) creepy movie effects (e.g., corn syrup and food coloring make for a dandy blood substitute).
Despite the potentially frightening topic, most of the audience gets a kick out of the whole show, because the subject is handled with an extraordinary amount of dead-on humor. Older children, in particular, eat up the blood-and-guts stories. One-liners delivered with comedy-club timing, audience participation, knives, guns, loose limbs—all this goes into creating a flat-out fantastic show that entertains everyone.
Located behind a re-creation of the front of Hollywood’s Pantages Theater, Universal Orlando’s Horror Make-Up Show takes a look at the work of special effects make-up artists is one of the few attractions that remains from the park’s opening. As the title suggests, there’s a bit of gore and the gruesome in this live show, but the overall tone is mostly light, with a heavy dose of Universal’s distinctive sarcastic humor.
Before the show, check out the lobby’s collection of authentic props, make-up effects and more from some of Universal’s most legendary horror movies. For people with disabilities: The theater is wheelchair accessible. Good scripts and good shtick mean that those with visual impairments can also enjoy the show. If busy, use Express Pass or come in the afternoon or evening. Arrive about 15 minutes before showtime (doors close immediately after show starts).
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With fall just around the corner, “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” at Magic Kingdom® Park is preparing to mark the season with enhancements to the show’s grand finale.New Fall Finale for “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire”
Beginning Sept. 2, 2016 at Walt Disney World® Resort, the finale scene in “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” will feature new costumes, décor and choreography. Guests will also hear an original song celebrating autumn, from the songwriting duo of Valerie Vigoda and Brendan Milburn who composed the show’s catchy tune “On This Day.”
Presented on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage, “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” brings to life beloved Disney stories both classic and contemporary in a spectacular performance featuring memorable music, lively dancing, delightful costumes and special effects magic. Mickey and his troupe of Merry Makers have invited friends from other lands to join them in a grand celebration. In addition to favorites like Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck and Goofy, the show also brings together a wonderful cast of characters including Anna, Elsa and Olaf from “Frozen;” Rapunzel, Flynn Rider and the gang from the Snuggly Duckling in “Tangled;” and Tiana, Naveen and Louis from “The Princess and the Frog.”
Also starting this weekend is the special fall edition of the popular Main Street Trolley Show, greeting everyone along the avenue with a joyous song all about “the magic that can happen when it’s autumn.”
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It’s been an exciting summer at Universal Orlando. First, the Orlando theme park, debuted the much-anticipated ride Skull Island: Reign of Kong and now, Islands of Adventure launches even more thrills as Universal’s Incredible Hulk Coaster Re-Opens!Universal’s Incredible Hulk Coaster Re-Opens!
After an almost year-long renovation, Universal’s Incredible Hulk Coaster Re-Opens, with a fury and now features thrilling new enhancements that make it even more incredible.
• A brand-new ride vehicle with a sleek, modern design • An all-new onboard ride score exclusively produced by Patrick Stump – front man for the internationally-renowned rock band, Fall Out Boy • An original storyline that places guests at the hands of an experiment led by General “Thunderbolt” Ross, created by the genius minds at Universal Creative • A completely redesigned queue which appears to guests as a high-tech, scientific facility centered around a massive Gamma Core
In the new storyline, guests will be ‘volunteers’ in a new experimental study on Hulk-a-fication. The story begins in the new queue designed to look like a laboratory fill of high-tech and mysterious equipment. Once you reach the platform and step into the ride vehicle you’ll discover a brand new, in-seat audio system that booms an original ride score created by Patrick Stump, front man for the internationally-renowned rock band Fall Out Boy. The next thing you know, you’re rocketing through a new launch tunnel, packed with amazing special effects, as you’re propelled out over Marvel Super Hero Island with super-human force. It’s the ride you love, but not like you’ve ever known it before. From the moment you walk up to the beloved coaster, you’ll see the huge changes that were made to the attraction. As you enter the ride, you’ll pass underneath a towering figure of The Hulk, using his colossal strength to hold up pieces of the coaster’s track. And fun fact, these track pieces were salvaged from the original ride.
The Incredible Hulk joins Skull Island: Reign of Kong as the newest attractions at Islands of Adventure.
Ghouls, ghosts and goblins will assault Brick-or-Treat-Legoland Florida during its kid-friendly Halloween celebration! This spooky, kooky event, sponsored by Wells Fargo, takes place every Saturday in October from 10:00am to 9:00pm and Sundays in October from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Guests will be amazed at the world’s largest LEGO Jack-O-Lantern! It is made of 26,500 LEGO bricks and will capture a great photo memory.
LEGO® Pumpkin Build: Build your own LEGO Pumpkin at the model activity station in the Wells Fargo Fun Town 4D Theatre Plaza
LEGO® Monster Fighters Haunted Scavenger Hunt: Help the LEGO Monster Fighters capture monsters haunting the cities of Miniland USA in this haunted scavenger hunt. The whole family can enjoy searching for these creatures found in the over 30 million LEGO bricks that make up Miniland USA. With extended hours on Saturdays, Miniland USA gets a bit more spooky when the sun goes down and the fog rolls in on these LEGO cities.
Brick-or-Treat Trail: Trick-or-Treat along the Brick-or-Treat trail near the Pirates South Stadium for goodies, tasty treats and other fun surprises.
Dance Party: Join us for our spooky Dance Party in the Haunted Miniland USA with a live DJ and dance games (Saturday only)
Kids Costume Contest: Show off your BOO-tiful costumes in the Kids Costume Contest in the Wells Fargo Fun Town 4D Theatre Plaza to win brick-tastic prizes like LEGO product and tickets to LEGOLAND Florida. Children may enter one of 4 specialized categories: Heroes & Villains, LEGO Monster Fighters, LEGO Themed, and most Creative.Orlando Ticket Connection is your place to shop for Legoland Florida Tickets
Connect even deeper to animals and the wonderful world we share when JACK HANNA HOSTS A “WILD WEEKEND” AT SEAWORLD ORLANDO, happening weekends August 20 and 21. The internationally-known conservationist, author, television personality and lifelong adventurer will share animal facts and his travel tales during captivating and interactive presentations inside the Nautilus Theater.JACK HANNA HOSTS A “WILD WEEKEND” AT SEAWORLD ORLANDO
World-renowned animal expert “Jungle Jack” Hanna is back for another weekend of excitement and storytelling at SeaWorld Orlando on August 20 and 21. The internationally-known conservationist, author, television personality and lifelong adventurer will share animal facts and his travel tales during captivating and interactive presentations inside the Nautilus Theater.
In addition to shows included with park admission, SeaWorld will have several additional opportunities for guests to personally interact with Jack Hanna at the park including meet-and-greets, autograph signings, and exclusive dining packages.Meet Jack Hanna (Saturday, August 20) – Reserve space now to meet Jack Hanna and receive reserved seats to his show at SeaWorld Orlando. Prepare for Jack to entertain with animal facts, stories and answers to questions from you. Package includes a seat in the reserved section to the 1:00 p.m. show. Dine With Shamu® Jack Hanna Dinner (Saturday, August 20) – Enjoy a delicious dinner and mingle with Jack Hanna at Dine with Shamu. The package includes dinner at Dine with Shamu, meet-and-greet with Jack Hanna and a seat in the reserved section at the 3:00 p.m. show. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m. Dine With Shamu® Jack Hanna Brunch (Sunday, August 21) – Enjoy a delicious brunch with all of your breakfast favorites and mingle with Jack Hanna at Dine with Shamu. The package includes brunch at Dine with Shamu, meet-and-greet with Jack Hanna and special reserved seats to the 11:30 a.m. show. Brunch is at 10:00 a.m.
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Beginning July 22, beat the heat like never before at SeaWorld Orlando’s Summer Soak Party. Families can take a break from the sun and splash and dance the day away under playful sprinklers and rain curtains. DJ’s and dancers keep things cool while ice-cold culinary surprises delight guests at this summertime celebration Party Zone.
SeaWorld Orlando’s Summer Soak Party takes place daily through August 14 at SeaWorld’s Bayside Stadium from 12 to 6 p.m. and weekends August 15 through Labor Day.
Exclusive Party Zone Offers • $1 Cotton Candy • $1 Popcorn • $2 Bottled Water • $3 Bottled Beer • $3 Shamu® Ice Cream Bars • $10 Shamu® Bubble Blower • $10 Shamu® Misting Fan
Summer Deals • Free Beer Daily for Pass Members- SeaWorld Orlando Pass Members can now receive a free 12 oz. draft pour of Mako Red Ale daily through August 31. Guests can show their Pass at Terrace Bar, Mama’s Pretzel Kitchen or Spice Mill to receive this daily offer.
• Christmas in July- Christmas time might still be a few months away, but July is the perfect time to save big on SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration running select nights in November and December. Starting July 21 through July 25, guests can book reservations to Santa’s Fireside Feast – a holiday dinner with Santa, Mrs. Claus and their helpful elves.
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Summer of Mako at SeaWorld Orlando Through August 7, SeaWorld will feature Summer of Mako, an all-new event that encourages families to explore, be inspired and take action to protect our one ocean. Whether you want to meet animal experts, dive deeper into an ocean of interactive games or experience Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest coaster, Mako, Summer of Mako has something for everyone.
Island Nights at Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark Beat the Central Florida heat this summer at Aquatica®, SeaWorld’s Waterpark®. Now through August 6, Aquatica will offer another way to cool off with Island Nights presented by Coca-Cola®. Taking place every Friday and Saturday night, guests can enjoy an evening celebration of summer with a special Island Nights soundtrack, extended park hours, a daily happy hour from 5 p.m. to park close, an evening menu sizzlin’ with flavor at Waterstone Grill and an evening kick-off party with a DJ and dancers. Event included with park admission to Aquatica.