31 August 2015, 2:41 pm
The Incredible Hulk Will Stop Taking Riders September 8
Just as Universal Orlando announced new rides and attractions like a Nintendo area, a new Fast & Furious ride, and its first on-site water park Volcano Bay this summer, the Orlando theme park also announced a closing of one of its most popular coasters. The Incredible Hulk at Islands of Adventure will shut down this September 8 as a part of an almost year-long renovation project.
The green thrill coaster based on the Marvel Comics character, The Incredible Hulk, will be getting enhancements to its storyline and overall experience. The improvements are suspected to make the ride more immersive and high-tech.
Fans need not worry that The Incredible Hulk ride will turn into something other than the Hulk. Doug Boemler Wareing, Manager of Content Strategy and Development for Universal Orlando Resort, said in a statement “I've been lucky enough to get a sneak peek at plans for The Incredible Hulk Coaster, and can tell you the overall experience is going to feel more immersive and high-tech, but the attraction will still have the same 'Incredible' personality that makes it one of America's most popular coasters.”
The Incredible Hulk coaster is located in Marvel Super Hero Island. It has been taking guests on a thrilling adventure since it opened in 1999. The ride features seven inversions, goes 67 miles per hour, has a 105-foot drop and begins with a scream-worthy launch sequence.
As of right now, The Incredible Hulk has guests enter the laboratories of Dr. Bruce Banner where you will get a closer look at his towering scientific machinery. As you meander through, an experiment goes terribly wrong and the next thing you know you have turned into The Incredible Hulk!
If you're looking for other Marvel-based attractions at Islands of Adventure check out Doctor Doom’s Fearfall, Storm Force Acceleration and The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man.
28 August 2015, 12:15 pm
Top Ways to Stay Hydrated at an Orlando Theme Park
There are two seasons in Orlando – very hot and less hot, and when you're visiting an Orlando theme park during the very hot months, you better make sure you have some water with you at all times. Temps can quickly get out of control and the last thing you want is for you or your family members to suffer from dehydration. To help keep you cool and refreshed during your trip, Orlando Fun Tickets has come up with 5 ways to stay hydrated any time of year:
Backpack – It's never a bad idea to bring a backpack to an Orlando theme park. Aside from stocking it with food, sunscreen, and toys for the kiddos you can bring your own water bottles. Thirst can come over you like a wave so make sure you’re prepared with a few bottles of water in your backpack stash. Or better yet, bring a camel back filled with water and you’ll have fresh water at your lips whenever you need it.
Ask Any Quick Service for Ice Water – If you’ve run out of water from your backpack stash, head to any quick service restaurant and ask for ice water. You won’t be charged and it is the easiest way to get your hands on some water.
Bring Cups and Use Freestyle for Water and Ice – Along with water bottles make sure to bring empty cups in your backpack. If you do happen to run out of your water from home you can take the cups to any Freestyle Coke machine and fill up with water and ice free of charge!
Find a Water Fountain – Ok so even without the water bottles and empty cups you can still stay hydrated by simply finding a water fountain. Typically the water fountains are located near a bathroom so just head that way and you can take a quick sip or fill up those water bottles and cups if you brought some.
Try a Water Ride – You don’t even have to drink water (though you should) if you are feeling hot. Just take a ride on one of Orlando theme parks' many water rides and you’ll cool down in no time. The more cool you are the less dehydrated you will get!
26 August 2015, 9:05 am
Halloween Horror Nights 2015 What We Know So Far
Halloween Horror Nights returns to Universal Orlando for its 25th anniversary this September. In honor of its 25th year haunting guests, the scarefest will include icons from years past, as well as modern updates to many aspects of the event. We don’t know all of the details of this year’s event but what we do know is terrifying. Fan favorite Jack the Clown will return as host, The Walking Dead will return, as will The Purge and Freddy will take on Jason in a new haunted house.
Jack is Back – The legendary Jack the Clown makes his triumphant return to present the most terrifying Halloween Horror Nights yet! Enter Jack’s carnival and you’ll experience 9 haunted houses and 5 mazes. Throughout the night you’ll hear Jack’s maniacal laughter as you desperately try to dodge the clown in the dark.
Walking Dead – We’re all very excited about the return of The Walking Dead. This year’s house will include scenes from Season 5. Those who dare will walk through the burnt ashes of Terminus through the flooded food pantry basement and into the churchyard as you dodge dozens of walkers.
Freddy v Jason – Both evil characters have been featured in their own house in 2007, but this will be the first time they have teamed up in one single terrifying haunted house. Try to get out of the way as these two legendary characters go head to head.
Insidious – This house will feature characters from all three Insidious films as you travel through the Victorian home of the Lambert’s and into the Further!
The Purge – Will you survive the night in this depraved world of The Purge? This year’s house preys upon the vulnerability of the park’s guests as they wander the darkness and consider what it’d be like to experience a real purge. As you navigate the maze you will realize you are the one being hunted as dozens of masked vigilantes attack.
The rumored houses outside of the ones mentioned include a number of themes from years past such as An American Werewolf in London, Scream, Run, and PsychoScareapy. There is also a rumor that there will be a 3D house themed after Alice in Wonderland.
As far as scare zones go, rumors are swirling that there will be five including a steampunk themed one, one based around the Shadybrook Institution, one based around the HHN13 house All Nite Die-In and one that will include evil trick-or-treaters and one focused on the icons of the past 25 years.
Stay tuned for the complete lineup of Halloween Horror Nights 25 houses and mazes. Halloween Horror Nights will run September 18 through November 1.