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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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Roller coasters are loads of fun, even if you need to pre-game with a little bit of Dramamine before hitting the theme park. What is not fun are flying projectiles launching out of pockets, and that’s why Universal Studios is installing metal detectors before some of the biggest and baddest rides.
We’re pretty sure park officials encouraged storage of personal items in lockers before, but now they’ll know if you’re trying to smuggle that phone onto one of three rides. From the folks over at WESH in Orlando, Rip Ride Rockit, Dragon Challenge, and The Incredible Hulk at Universal Orlando will now all feature metal detectors as part of the line—at least there’s something to do while waiting for your turn.
Lockers are provided for those that need to stash their goodies, and thankfully that’ll be free of charge. If we remember correctly there are already nets in place to catch anything that may become loose during the ride, but hopefully this should prevent any other accidents. We’d imagine one of those big iPhone 6 Plus suckers would hurt pretty badly if it hit you in the head.
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Located about halfway between Orlando and Daytona Beach lies the city of DeLand. The city was founded in 1876 by Henry Addison DeLand, a wealthy baking soda manufacturer from New York. His friend, John B. Stetson, who made his wealth in hat manufacturing and is the credited inventor of the iconic “cowboy hat,” liked the area so much that he decided to build a house there. This house would serve as the DeLand family’s winter retreat from Philadelphia.
Originally, the house was built on the 300 acres of land that Mr. Stetson owned. Today it sits on only a little over 2 acres so it is hard to imagine what it would have looked like. After John B. Stetson’s death in 1906 the house was eventually sold off and had become a private home to different families throughout the last century, losing some the history along the way.
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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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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:
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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. This weekend saw the soft-opening, but here you'll find all the juicy details of the most exciting amusement park debut of the year.
Diagon Alley has been described as 9 new shops and 1 new ride. While that's true in the most bare-bones sense, a visit to Diagon Alley reveals that it's an immersive world unto itself, where no detail is too small and from which no visitor will leave without some degree of awe.
In fact, we think Diagon Alley improves upon the original 2010 Hogsmeade portion of The Wizarding World, as one would hope after having four years to tweak and test. Here's why: