February 2017


SeaWorld in Trouble?

SeaWorld was dealt a major blow on Thursday when it was ruled that it can only expand it's San Diego killer whale tanks if it no longer carries out captive breeding.

The California Coastal Commission approved the expansion but voted 11-1 for an amendment forbidding SeaWorld from breeding, selling or transferring its whales, a spokeswoman said.

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 15:04

SeaWorld's New Perk a game changer

SeaWorld have been having a terrible time lately with stock values plummeting, attendance figures down to early 90's numbers and revenues down 85%!; It's a desperate time for Orlando's third park.

Over the last couple of years it seems that the public have rapidly lost it's appetite for giant marine animals performing tricks in small pools, meanwhile SeaWorld has been desperately running PR to try to convince everyone that they are really lovely (with little success).

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 15:04
Trouble for Skycoaster

Trouble for Skycoaster

The much anticipated Orlando Skycoaster project which is hoping to open on International Drive hit a setback yesterday when Orange County’s planning and zoning board on Oct. 15 voted 4-3 against a recommendation of the $460 million Skyplex retail and entertainment destination. However, the decision does not mean the project is dead, as the Orange County commission still has to vote on the project at a December meeting.

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 15:03

A sneak peak of rides to come...

The wonderful Tim Tracker recently visited IAAPA 2015. IAAPA is basically the 'Ideal Home Show' for rollercoaster manufacturers, it's an amazing way to see what we'll soon be riding in our favourite them parks a few years from now.

Though the video as Tim explored the show, you'll see glimpses of rides and ride systems which we recently mentioned in our 'Top Forthcoming Attractions' feature, especially for the Universal and Busch Gardens parks.

Take a look and see for yourself :)

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 15:02

Skyplex, world's tallest roller coaster, a step closer for Orlando.

Orlando's hope of having the world's tallest roller coaster is one step closer to becoming reality.

Orange County's board of commissioners granted zoning approval Tuesday night for the $500 million Skyplex Orlando project. The unanimous vote means that developer Joshua Wallack and his family can move to the planning and construction phase on their project to build the 570-foot "Skyscraper" coaster and surrounding entertainment complex on Orlando's International Drive.

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 15:00

Duffy the Disney Bear leaving EPCOT

Duffy has never really hit it off with Walt Disney World guests and so he's going to be replaced by Daisy Duck. The last day that the Duffy character will have meet and greet duties at his World Showcase stop will be Oct. 3.

The change is part of Disney World's regular review of its entertainment options, a spokeswoman said Thursday. Duffy-related merchandise, including stuffed bears, will continue to be sold at various locations at Disney World, she said. 

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 14:59
Disney at night

New “Disney After Hours” tickets on sale

Anyone who has ever stayed at a Disney resort hotel, you'll be familiar with the extra benefits that come with doing being a resort guest, such as having access to Extra Magic Hours. Extra Magic Hours allow a Disney Resort guest into the park for an additional extended time before or after other guests staying offsite, making it an added free bonus to staying onsite when you visit Walt Disney World.

However, Disney has just changed the game with an announcement that a new paid after hours event called “Disney After Hours” will be available for purchase.

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 14:58

Kong is here! (Well, nearly)

In their latest post, the permanently entertaining Tim and Jen Tracker posted a video from the queue of the new Kong! attraction at Universal Islands of Adventure and give a quick review afterward.

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It looks fantastic! :)

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 14:58
Fast & Furious

Orlando attractions line-up for 2018

Toy Story Land, a VR LEGO coaster and the high-octane Fast & Furious – Supercharged are among the many Orlando attractions set to open in 2018.

The Theme Park Capital of the World will be home to new thrill rides, water attractions, movies, hotels and dining experiences.

“Every Orlando vacation is unique, with so many attractions and activities for visitors to mix and match, but 2018 will be an exceptional year for experiences that really stand out,” said George Aguel, President and CEO for Visit Orlando.

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 14:57