American Horror Story

American Horror Story Joins Halloween Horror Nights 2016

The nation’s premier fear fest gets even-more scarier with the inclusion of the newest and most requested maze based on the FX anthology horror series. Popularly known as the American Horror Story, this one of a kind horror production is considered as the most disturbing television shows ever produced. Each of the scenes and shows it presents are intensely terrifying. And what better option it can have than just joining forces with the world’s most intense Halloween Fest ever. The 26th Halloween Horror Nights celebration is already loaded with the best of evils and the inclusion of the all new FX maze definitely takes the chilling experience even further.

American Horror Story is running its sixth Installment this year. But guests at the Event will be able to re-visit scenes from the earlier installments. In fact it brings to life three seasons of its bone chilling terror chapters right in the middle of the biggest Horror event of all times. Whether it’s the Murder House for the doomed residents from Installment -1 or the twisted and terrifying Freak Show from Installment-4, or the haunted Hotel from Installment – 5, it’s a nerve-wrecking, chilling journey in deed.

Your date with the evil intensifies from the moment you enters the all-new American Horror Story maze. And as you proceed you have all the chilling chapters of preceding seasons comes alive before your eyes, and this time they are dead real. First it’s the journey through decades of tortured dead – the doomed residents of Murder House. Next you are in the middle of a sinister show – Freak Show where the murderous and deformed Clown stalks you. And finally, you end up giving yourself to the evil desires of the Countess inside the torture chamber at Hotel Cortez.

Halloween Horror Nights 2016

Halloween Horror Nights 2016

Halloween Horror Nights is the world’s most anticipated fall fest, hosted by the Universal Studios Parks in Orlando, Florida and Los Angeles California. Last year it was a monumental success, screaming with the likes of Jack the Clown, and other big names in Horror. And staying true to its ever evolving nature – the 26 th session of the Fest takes the fear even further. Picking up the spooky screams from where it had left last, it continues to tell the story in a whole new sensational environment unlike any other. Packed with plenty of new surprises and new themes and story-lines, HHN 26 welcomes guests to celebrate the evil like never before. Cheers to Halloween Horror Nights and cheers to the Universal’s creative team in conceiving and instilling life to such world-class scary environs, live shows and spine-chilling encounters straight from the scenes and actions of the biggest names in Horror.

Universal Orlando Incredible Hulk Coaster

Universal Orlando’s Hulk Coaster Is Back with New Experiences

It was an awe-inspiring sight for Universal fans at the re-opening of the smash-hit coaster attraction in the Islands of Adventure area of the Universal Orlando Resort. Led by a team of favorite Marvel super-heroes, including Captain America and Spider-man off course, the excited guests had a great time, riding the newly enhanced coaster at the re-launch party. The grand opening marks the end of a year-long separation of the popular coaster that was under extreme renovations since September 2015. Packed with thrilling new features it is even more incredible now.

Incredible Hulk Coaster Reopens

Incredible Hulk Coaster Reopens

The Incredible Hulk roller coaster is back with a series of new accommodations, featuring newly designed ride vehicles, new tracks, exclusive ride score, original story-line, a fully re-vamped queue and more. Unlike the previous Hulk rides that take guests through large purple tubes, the revamped machine includes seven distinct inversions, taking riders from 0-40 mph in 2 seconds with a top speed of 67 mph. But the signature ‘Roar’ is still an important part of the ride.

The new Entrance has the towering figure himself to welcome visitors. With the colossal Hulk holding up pieces of the original ride tracks it becomes quite an exciting entry for guests. Once entered and inside the completely re-designed queue you become a part of the all new and original story-line. You will notice that the new queue area is in fact a state-of-the-art military research compound, which is under the control of General Ross.

Incredible Hulk Coaster Gama Core

Incredible Hulk Coaster Gama Core

Like in the story – the General is busy conducting his highly questionable experiments and guests are subjected to intense radiations inside the massive Gamma Core. And guess what….the change is happening. The next thing you know is the massive transformation of your body. It seems the perilous Hulk-a-fication process had done the damage once again – this time it’s you in place of the original hero.

Finally, you will board the newly designed, hi-tech ride vehicles and blast away into a roaring adventure journey, endowed with super-human strength. During the ride, you will enjoy a brand new audio experience with an original ride score by none other than Patrick Stump. You charge ahead like a rocket against an amazing stretch of coaster tracks and special-effects. And the ability to fly like a rocket, out and over the Marvel Super Hero Island with the strength and power of the majestic Hulk, together with newly enhanced features and familiar roars is quite an exciting prospect that should not be missed.

Orlando Theme Park Offers

Orlando Theme Parks Desperate to Attract Guests Following a Slow Summer

For the Orlando Theme Parks – summer 2016 is unexpectedly on the quieter side in terms of attendance. Defying convention, the level of visit stands at a surprising low this time. What should have been the busiest season, turns into a lazy and slow summer with the parks struggling to bring back their usual crowd. Not just Disney World or Universal Orlando Resort, it is happening with almost all the central Florida parks during 2016 so far.

May be it’s the high prices on theme park tickets or lack of other special vacation deals and offers that keep the crowd away. May be there are other global factors such as the low percentage of International travel, etc. that could have contributed to this unusual downturn.

However, the slowness is seen as a perfect opportunity for the budget-minded tourist, and guests holding off their Orlando theme park trips due to high prices, and lack of suitable offers. Truly, the parks are more desperate now. They are throwing the best offers, both in terms of prices and special fun and entertainment options to attract the crowd they always wanted to have.

Indeed we have some serious consumer-friendly opportunities to capitalize on before the end of this summer. Lifting the block out dates for annual pass-holders can boost the visit level by huge margins. And Universal Orlando is doing that with immediate effect. The Resort is lifting all summer block out dates for its lowest tier – Power passes. On the other hand, although not announced yet, Disney World pass holders also have all the good chances of getting relieve from their summer-time block out dates as well. Disney had already done this before when it surprises fans by lifting its block out restrictions during the spring break earlier.

Theme parks hate slow season and they will go against all odds to spice up situations. During such period, one can expect some surprising offers unlike the regular holiday deals. The Orlando theme parks have gone even further in this regard – giving away their most unique offerings to survive a lazy summer set-back. From heavy discounted ticket offers and special price cuts on stays – be it at the Universal Orlando Resort or Walt Disney World for that matter, it’s in fact a very tempting time to re-visit the world famous Florida attractions.

Summer Soak Party 2016

Summer Soak Party 2016

Moreover, if the advent of those newest ride attractions and shows aren’t sufficient enough to convince you, then the parks have opened up dozens of special time-bound events to attract guests such as the newly announced 2016 “Summer Soak Party” by SeaWorld Orlando. So it doesn’t matter whether the all new Kong attraction at the Islands of Adventure or the latest Epcot ride inspires you or not. It can be one of those special limited-time events that forms the most attractive reason for your next visit.

The changes to theme park dining experiences with fresh menus and discounted dining packages also plays important role in encouraging more visitors to the parks. The in-park dining deals this summer are quite an attraction for fans, such as the recently launched special deal by Universal Studios on Coca-Cola Freestyle mugs for the annual pass-holders or the recent developments on Disney World’s dining offers, including changes to popular menus, and coming up of new restaurants and more.

My Universal Photos Program

What’s New with My Universal Photos

The Universal Orlando’s photo program (Universal Photo Connect, until July 11, 2016) has always been a tough experience. Visitors opting for the service are often subjected to a difficult time collecting, viewing and sharing photos of their happiest moments at the Universal Orlando Parks. It’s sad that unlike the more advance Disney PhotoPass service, the Universal’s photo program is quite a lacklustre affair for the user.

With such bizarre features, including short expiration times, not so friendly online system, and unexpected pricing models to name a few, there is only one conclusion to this – terminate the Program… and so did the Resort. Thanks to Universal Orlando as it finds its own special version of PhotoPass Memory Maker with the all new My Universal Photos program now.

With My Universal Photos guests can have either of the two different photo capturing services. First, is the 1-day Photo Package that includes one day of unlimited digital downloads of your pictures taken during the park day, and also include a themed lanyard and discounts of other photo products in the parks. This special photo package is exclusively made available for online purchase only, and is offered at $69.99 if booked in advanced.

Universal Photos

universal-photos

The 3-Day Photo package, on the other hand will facilitate you with the best of all the photo capturing features, downloading and discount services for three consecutive days, including a 4×6 print and a 5×7 or 8×10 print photo for free, and additional discounts of photo prints in the parks. The three day Package comes to you at $89.99 if purchased in advance.

The special lanyard on either of the package includes a card that needs to be scanned every time a park-photographer takes a picture. It can be also scanned once you had done with an attraction that has on-ride photo options like the one at the Harry Potter ride or at the Amazing Adventures of Spiderman for that matter. Moreover, when it comes to most memorable photo locations the Resort offers plenty of those. Truly, whether it’s Universal Studios Florida or the Islands of Adventure section of the Resort, photo op locations galore for Universal Orlando fans.

Given its popularity and importance as a record breaking theme park in Orlando, the launch of My Universal Photos is definitely a competitive move on part of Universal. The new photo program is quite similar to that of Disney’s PhotoPass system now. It has scope to reach out for more by adding a better option for the annual pass-holders as well. And I hope like Disney, Universal will be having its own version of expanded Memory Maker option for the pass-holders in the recent future.

rivers of light - disney animal kingdom

Animal Kingdom’s New Rivers of Light Is Still to See Its Day of Light

The nights at Disney World’s Animal Kingdom Park are getting brighter with premium nighttime events and activities, but the sensational light show – Rivers of Light is yet to see its dawn. We have an ever-increasing number of Animal Kingdom lovers waiting to celebrate this specially -themed nighttime light show by Disney. Given the follow ups since the first announcement, the all new, one of a kind, exclusive nighttime spectacular is supposed to make theme park headlines about its grand opening by now. However, destiny suggests otherwise.

Today fans are more desperate to know the future of this yet to be launched nighttime attraction. Not that the imagineers are not serious about the project (ever since the first announcement is made) or in handling the preparations for its opening for that matter. But who knows the fate is already scripted. At present the launch of this attraction is confined to some unavoidable delays – might be some technical difficulties, or other internal issues, we don’t know what exactly the cause of this indefinite delay. As theme park lover it hurts to face such unfortunate situations in life. Truly, we have a favorite attraction being postponed until further notice, and sadly there is no new launch date announced as of yet.

When it comes to pending projects, Disney is the one with a long list of unfortunate attractions – future plans and expansions that had been announced with great anticipation only to be cancelled and lost later with nothing to be heard about it. They are history now and moreover, it’s seen that the poor attractions are being wiped out/vanished from the pages of the company’s website as well. Which is not the case with Rivers of Light though. Despite being elusive about its opening, it’s very much there, gracing the official Disney website page dedicated to it. Despite the fear, I hope Rivers of Light will come and definitely light up the skies of Animal Kingdom at night soon.

rivers of light - asian tiger

rivers of light – asian tiger

Rivers of Light is the highlight of the new 2016 summer offerings by Disney World Animal Kingdom. The company had revealed that Rivers of Light will be located at the Discovery River in the Asia section of the Park. The new nighttime show is based on an ancient lantern festival headed by two awe-inspiring storytellers. Beside the storytellers, there will be four animal spirits as well – an Asian Tiger, Tropical Turtle, Great Horned Owl and an African Elephant that keeps returning at different stages during the show to guide you on your journey through the Rivers of Light.

Volcano Bay - Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando: Volcano Bay Tickets on Sale Soon

Universal Orlando’s newest water-park offering – the Volcano Bay is yet to make its official debut, but for guests visiting the place next summer it’s time to collect the tickets already. The Resort is all set to bring out the tickets for visitors, traveling on dates starting June 2017. There will be a special 3-park Explorer ticket as well, offering access to Volcano Bay and the two theme parks (Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure).

Often referred to as Universal Orlando’s third theme park, Volcano Bay features a total of 18 exclusive attractions in four themed areas, spread over 28 acres of lush, tropical oasis. Named after the colossal volcano Krakatau, the first of the themed area is home to the towering 200 ft. tall Volcano itself and features first of its kind marquee attraction (detail and specification on this is yet to come). Also to be seen three body slides with surprise drops by the rear of the Volcano. It also houses the world’s only water slide experience that enables fans to travel through a pool filled with guests. The Ko’okiri Body Plunge that offers you an exhilarating 70 degree drop, 125 foot down through the volcano and guest pool.

Volcano Bay - Wave Pool

Volcano Bay – Wave Pool

Located at the base of the Volcano is the next themed area – Wave Village, features a multi-directional wave pool with sand beach namely the Waturi Beach with one or two story cabanas. Besides the leisure pool Reef makes a great view for guests wanted to stay away from the waves but don’t want to miss those crazy actions down the Ko’okiri Body Plunge.

Again the serene river portion of the Park is where the third themed area, namely the River Village is located. It features the Kopiko Wai Winding River that passes through the Volcano caves with breath-taking water effects and night-time display of lights. With play area such as Tot Tiki Reef, including tslides and kid-size volcano, this is one area that will attract families most.

Finally, with thrills such as Maku, the area under Rainforest Village is another exciting break for adventure ride lovers at Volcano Bay. Maku is North America’s first ever – saucer ride attraction that has rafting fans go speeding around three saucer – shaped curves. Rainforest Village also offers other rafting alternatives to guests such as the Puihi – the muOhlti-passenger raft ride with zero gravity drop. For the fearless few, TeAwa The Fearless River offers the perfect setting to keep the thrill get going. And once done with the rides and adventures just make your way over to Puka Uli Lagoon for a relaxing break.

Mako ride

The Mako Ride –Thrill Seekers Newest Pride

So you think you fear the shark, you don’t have to do that again. For now it’s time to conquer the underwater monster once and for all. Again, if you are a fan of it and love to admire the sea monster, then there is no better way to do that, other than visiting the SeaWorld Orlando Resort this summer. Thanks to the premier marine Resort, in creating such a unique ride experience right in the heart of the most exclusive section of the Park – I mean the area dedicated to the sharks, namely the Shark Wreck Reef.

shark wreck reef

shark wreck reef

Ride enthusiasts might have come across other bigger hyper-coasters in different parts of the country, but in Orlando Mako is the new hero in town. While it flaunts all the features of a true hyper-coaster, it’s certainly the fastest, tallest and longest attraction of its kind in Orlando till date. We know that the Orlando Parks never stop bringing in the best of thrills. There has never been a dull moment for thrill seekers. But the opportunity to get acquainted with such extremes of a ride in all departments – be it in height, speed and miles of daring tracks, including ample air-time, all in one single shark inspired coaster attraction. With Mako being officially launched now the much needed void of a super hyper-coaster is filled.

As the name suggest, the new SeaWorld Orlando ride is a true incarnation of the apex predator himself. Like the Mako shark the riders on-board the new coaster will conquer the oceans of the SeaWorld, surging through the waters, going up to a never-ending height of 200 ft. and down into the depth with a deadly drop at a killer speed of 73 mph. Truly, when thrill comes in such merciless designs, the result is an insane ride experience.

Almost 3 exhilarating minutes of speed, plenty of air-times, and goose bumps, the new ride is a test of senses. The sight of the huge coaster structure itself is enough to pump up your heartbeats. You may board the ride vehicle with your friends but nothing will prepare you for the most anticipated moments ahead. As it slowly start crawling up and up to a spine-shivering peak you might want to hold those precious breaths before that insane drop leaves you breathless for several minutes even after you and your friends have left the site.

shark conservation info

shark conservation info


During the ride the floating sensation is immensely felt by the riders. If you are a fan of speed and airtime Mako is just the right shot for you. And don’t forget at the helm of all this hair-raising and heart pumping initiative it’s the growing concern about the sharks and their struggling existence today.

Skull Island: Reign of Kong

Skull Island: Reign of Kong – All Set to Rule Universal Orlando this Summer

It has been quite a wait for the King Kong fans at Universal Orlando. Ever since the Resort had closed the Kongfrontation ride, expectations keep growing for a new and much bigger Kong attraction. But now with the construction walls down the message is loud and clear. Also given the latest developments, including sights of the giant ape staring at you, it seems the adventures that follow on-board the new ride are much more than just a bunch of terrifying experiences.

A look at the tall – towering door, or the sights of skulls and those dominating glimpses of Kong in his massive best (the huge rock formation) all seem to suggest only one thing – Kong Is back and yes the epic monster is hiding there somewhere in his strange home, namely the Skull Island.

King Kong attraction Universal Orlando

King Kong attraction Universal Orlando

If you are planning a visit to Florida this summer with Universal Studios Orlando in mind, then you must include the newest King Kong ride attraction as well. Located at the Islands of Adventure section of the Resort, the new attraction will have the legendary ape in its newest avatar welcoming guests for a ride experience like never before. Thanks to Universal Orlando in bringing back the Kong experience in such majestic style. Welcome to the Skull Island: Reign of Kong.

Though the walls are down and the entire structure is visible to visitors in complete, Universal is yet to release an official opening date for the most anticipated ride attraction. The only confirmation available is that it will open in summer 2016. For now a soft opening is expected soon. This is when the ride will be opened for a limited time for live-testing.

According to information available from external sources it’s believed that the newest ride adventure is almost six minutes long, taking riders to Skull Island, on-board a specially designed vehicle. Inside the Island guests encounters many surprises, including terrifying terrains, caves and strange creatures as enemies and not to forget the surprise encounters with the massive ape himself.

Among the many highlights of the new attraction, includes the massive and most impressive – first time ever Kong animatronics by Universal. Another most notable feature of the attraction is the queue. Often considered as a theme park hassle, the ride queues make life difficult for guests. But not for this time, as Universal has defied all conventions in taking forward the queue story to the next level. In fact the queue for the attraction is an important part of the Kong adventure itself. It plays a much bigger role and the use of technically impressive scareactors tells a lot in this regard.

Is the Universal Studios Park to Park Ticket Right for You?

Universal Studios Orlando, Florida

Universal Studios Park to Park Tickets

Many travelers are pretty much up to speed in the fact that Universal Studios in Orlando has two parks now. There is Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. Both are owned by NBC and are giving Disney a run for it’s money. Even though Disney has four theme parks, Universal has been taking a big chunk of cheese away from Mickey for a good many years. Now that Universal has Harry Potter  lands in each of their parks, travelers have been blowing of the big tickets from Disney and spending a few more days at Universal’s two parks.

If you think about the two parks, Universal and Islands of Adventure, they are now connected by the all new Hogwarts Express Train. This is Universal’s version of Disney’s Monorail system that connects Magic Kingdom and Epcot. you can either travel between parks using the train or you can exit the park and walk to the other. Both parks are located on the same property and separated by only 200 yards. If you decide to take the train, you will need the Universal Park to Park ticket or as many call it a Universal Studios Hopper Pass.

Universal Studios Orlando Florida

Hogwart’s Express Train

If you are the type of traveler who likes to have unfettered access while on vacation, then the Park to Park ticket will be for you! Not only will it allow you to move freely between the two park but it will allow you to enjoy the Hogwart’s Express Train Ride which is an actual ride unlike Disney’s Monorail. This ride features some of your most favourite characters from the Harry Potter movies. It’s also a great way to cool off and travel like the student do on their way to wizard school.

Some people are just fine with not hopping and couldn’t care less about some stupid train ride for a movie they never saw. Well then the Universal Base ticket is the ticket for you. You can visit the park of your choice and spend the whole day there of you can leave and have lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe for instance and re-enter back into the park you were in earlier. Whichever ticket you choose, you are sure to have a fantastic time while making memories that last a lifetime!

 

Orlando’s National Treasure Right Next Door at The Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex

Travelers from around the world come to Central Florida everyday. Most visitors are not aware that Orlando has a very unique national treasure within an hours drive, the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex. Mixed in with the Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and SeaWorld, Kennedy Space Center was here before them all. When you say NASA to pretty much anyone on the planet, they understand what and where you are talking about. This was the place to be back in the late 1960’s as this was the place where we sent our brave astronauts to the moon,

The Kennedy Space Visitors Complex in Cocoa Beach, Florida is only about a 50 minute ride from the Orlando attractions. The entire experience can be visited in a day while some spend a few days engaged in their behind the scene’s adventures. If one was a science and space admirer, then there are a few very things one could do to make their dreams of spaceflight come true while staying here on good old terra firma. First and foremost the standard KSC ticket gets you pretty the whole shabang! This ticket will allow you to visit the welcome center where they have the rocket garden, IMAX-3D, Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit with the Shuttle Launch Experience as well gift shops and places to grab a bite to eat.

The next step of the adventure will take you on a restricted area tour that transports you by bus to the Apollo/Saturn V Center. Here you can stay as long as you like while observing a real life Saturn V rocket that is on display. Have you ever wanted to touch the moon? Here you can do just that. Touch the moon and talk with actual Astronauts about their experiences flying in space. If you are one of the lucky travelers on a special day of a rocket launch, the Saturn V building is the place to be. Check with the current calendar for these once in a lifetime opportunities!

If the general admission ticket is not enough, check out the upgrades and have lunch with an astronaut. Here you will have a buffet lunch all while listening to a guest astronaut speak of their space explorations. You can even ask that question you have always wanted to know about traveling in space! Next you can check out the KSC- Up-Close Tour or visit mission control at the KSC-Close Launch Control Center Tour. Whatever the experience is, the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex has a little bit of everything for everybody.