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They haven’t even started counting the summer cash yet, yet the folks at SeaWorld are already looking forward to 2016. We guess that’s necessary when you're building a big, bad new roller coaster, as these suckers don’t just come together overnight.
Rather than take a cue from Shamu this time they’ll be looking towards a little inspiration from sharks: SeaWorld's latest and greatest roller coaster will be called Mako. We can only imagine the final specifications are still being worked out, but the big reveal includes promises of a 73 mph top speed and drops around 200 feet.
If you spot Harry Potter shopping for bathing suits in Diagon Alley, there's a good reason: things are scheduled to get soaked and soggy over at Universal Orlando Resort.
If there’s one thing that theme park kingdom was missing it was a water park, but apparently won't be a problem for much longer. Plans are in the work to open up a new water park, Volcano Bay, in 2017.
The scoop from the Orlando Sentinel reveals that the water park will feature some kind of volcano centerpiece — complete with several waterslides running down its slopes. Other details are few and far between at this point, but it sounds like we can expect a lazy river, a rapids ride, and plenty of fun.
Construction is already underway, and 53 acres near the Cabana Bay Beach Resort have been put aside for this new spot. If this is anything like Universal’s recent additions and upgrades, then we can’t wait!
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It’s been a while since we discussed the changes to Downtown Disney over at Walt Disney World. Fast-forward two years later, and plenty of developments have been made. But this latest announcement may be the most exciting one of all: Get ready for an Indiana Jones-themed bar.
All together now: "YES!"
Per IGN, this awesome-sounding place will be known as Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar. Apparently that dude — Jock Lindsey — was the pilot (and snake owner) from Raiders of the Lost Ark. And no, we didn’t remember that either.
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Because Disney World is in Florida, there's extremely little chance of it being hit with a White Christmas. Come 2016 however, Micky's digs will enjoy a constant winter cozies thanks to new attractions themed after the hit animated feature, 'Frozen'.
Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf will call Epcot home with "Frozen-world" in where else but the Norway pavilion at Epcot. The area will feature a new Frozen ride set in a glimmering castle, plus an adventure through Arendelle, the fictional Scandinavian village in which the movie is set.
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Next month EDC Orlando returns with two days of music, carnival rides, pyrotechnics, interactive art installations and special effects at Tinker Field.
Taking place on Nov. 27 & 28, the Electric Daisy Carnival makes the audience the headliners, by striving to "create an environment where you can celebrate life, love, art and music, and be the truest version of yourself." EDC 2014 makes it easy to find something to celebrate with three stages, a full amusement park, fully stocked bars, free water stations, one-of-a-kind art pieces, theatrical performers roaming the grounds and, of course, dozens of musical acts.
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2014 brings the 24th annual Halloween Horror Nights to Universal Studios Orlando. You know the drilleach fall crowds converge on the park to experience the transformation; by day Universal Studios welcomes guests of all ages to experience the new Despicable Me ride, ET's bike, and pose for photos with Spongebob, while at night the park turns itself into a giant live action horror movie suited for teenagers and adults.
A gaggle of writers work year-round to come up with the themes and schemes that inhabit Universal's annual Halloween Horror Nights. For this, the 24th incarnation of fright, Universal went heavy on the intellectual property, AMC's Walking Dead is back again, with Dracula, Halloween, Alien Vs Predator and From Dusk Till Dawn comprising 5 of the 8 houses. Furthermore, "scare zones" are back, there are four of them, but overarching themes are still a thing of the past — tag lines rule the day, and this year’s line is “You’ve Been Warned”.
We toured each of the eight haunted houses and the four scare zones, and while all the houses had plenty to offer, here are this year’s rankings:
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There are plenty of ways to give back while vacationing in Orlando, and now Universal is offering families an option as part of an easy package.
Universal Orlando Resort is offering guests the chance to volunteer at Give Kids The World Village, a cost-free storybook resort for children with life-threatening illnesses, in exchange for discounts on their own vacation.
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Magic is seriously in the air this summer, and we've been in Orlando for the first days of the newest addition to Universal Orlando: Diagon Alley at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The original Hogsmeade park is still very much open, and very popular. Just how popular? Let's take a look.
According to an NPR report and Universal's numbers, "park profits have more than doubled and attendance has increased more than 30 percent" since the 2010 debut of Hogsmeade.
Now that Diagon Alley has debuted and is actively connecting the two parks via the Hogwarts Express train and asking $136 per adult for the privilege of visiting both halves, we're looking to see how the original has fared over four years.
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That's the question being exclaimed by visitors to Universal Studios Orlando, as the theme park has announced that their newest ridethe Hogwarts Express within The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alleyjust surpassed 1 million riders.
This train, a ride experience we heralded as "the most attractive ride at Universal Orlando" and which became our favorite of all at the park, only opened to the public on July 8, 2014. On August 7, the Universal Orlando Facebook page announced they'd reached the million riders, conveniently one day short of the ride's one month anniversary.
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When Labor Day weekend caps the busy summer season in Orlando, the city will usher in a full month of deals and promotions as the kids go back to school during the month of September.
Marketed as Orlando's Magical Deal Month, discounts on hotels, restaurants, and about 150 theme parks are aggregated on a special website from Visit Orlando. Savings at Disney World, Universal, and Sea World are available, as well as $33 three-course prix-fixe dinners and hotel/dining combination packages throughout the city.
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Magic is seriously in the air this month, as we've been in Orlando for an early preview of the newest addition to Universal Orlando: Diagon Alley at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Last week was the official Grand Opening, but here you'll find all the juiciest tips for enjoying the most exciting amusement park debut of the year.
Thinking of heading to the new Diagon Alley at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter park at Universal Studios Orlando? You better be ready to sweat, wait in long lines, and yet enjoy it all along. But still, it's a good idea to do your homework for something like this, which will see record visitors for the next few months (at least!) and which will try your spending power to the max.
Jaunted's Quick and Dirty Survival Guide for Diagon Alley:
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Magic is seriously in the air this month, as we've been in Orlando for an early preview of the newest addition to Universal Orlando: Diagon Alley at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Yesterday was the official Grand Opening, but here you'll find all the juicy photos of the most exciting amusement park debut of the year.
Seven hours was the average wait time to experience all Universal Orlando's new park had to offer yesterday, during The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley's Grand Opening. That's actually not much of a surprise considering the wait was closer to 8 hours during the 2010 debut of the sister park, Hogsmeade, which now joins Diagon Alley to form a Potter powerhouse of experiences, shopping, rides, and refreshment at Universal Orlando and Islands of Adventure.
Don't let the 7 hours intimidate, however; that's just first day frenzy. Although what Universal has created with Diagon Alley is a stupefyingly tremendous world straight from the JK Rowling novels and resulting films which everyone should see, waits for the Gringotts ride and more should settle to a manageable 2 hours-ish as the summer progresses.
What you won't have to wait for are photos of the new park, as we've got full, original photo galleries of over 75 images from our own visit. Enjoy: