29 August 2014, 10:23 am
Halloween Horror Nights Full Reveal
Orlando Fun Tickets has already filled you in on some of the horror that will take over Universal Studios when Halloween Horror Nights kicks off September 19. And today we’re back to give you a complete update on the houses, scare zones and shows that will have you running for your life.
AMC’s The Walking Dead – We couldn’t be more excited and more terrified that AMC’s The Walking Dead haunted house will return to the annual event for the third year in a row. This year’s house is based on the series’ most recent season so think Terminus, Herschel, burnt walkers and more flesh-eating zombies than before! This is the event’s biggest, most elaborate haunted house ever featuring more scareactors so make sure you head there first.
Halloween – The movie that started it all and the ultimate Halloween flick, “Halloween” will bring Michael Myers and his twisted mind to Halloween Horror Nights for a maze that walks you right through the horror from the original movie. The haunted house will start at the Myers home, go through each individual kill and ultimately end with Loomis and Myers. But you won’t just be a spectator in this maze. You can bet you’ll be running from the crazed killer throughout the entire thing.
Alien vs. Predator – It’s the battle you loved watching on the big screen but are scared to come in contact with in person. The highly anticipated Alien vs. Predator house will put you right in the middle of the savage battle between these two extraterrestrial species and it is your job to not get in the way of their fight. Side note: the haunted house is based on SyFy series not the John Woo film.
From Dusk Till Dawn – Just like in the hit El Rey Network series, From Dusk Till Dawn haunted house will put you right inside a biker bar where an ancient race of bloodthirsty vampires await your arrival, and they’re thirstier than usual.
Dracula Untold – Another vampire haunted house at his year’s Halloween Horror nights, Dracula Untold will tell the story you don’t know about the famous vampire, and it’s pretty gruesome. But it might be hard to focus on what is going on as you run from vampires and try to break free from the attacking Turks.
The Purge Anarchy – Inspired by Universal Pictures’ thriller The Purge, The Purge Anarchy house will put you face-to-face with masked vigilantes who want nothing more than to bring you harm. Will you be able to survive the house?
Face Off – No, this isn’t a nod to the 1997 film starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage. Face Off at Halloween Horror Nights will instead surround you by some of the most terrifying creatures ever dreamed up from the minds of Hollywood special effects make-up artists. Who knows what you’ll come in contact with but we can guarantee all will be horrifying.
Dollhouse of the Damned – If you’ve always thought Grandma’s old porcelain doll was creepy you might want to stay away from this haunted house. Full of disturbing dolls, sometimes just their heads, sometimes just their limbs, Dollhouse of the Damned puts you inside the decaying walls of a house of evil. If you enter there is a chance you might never escape.
Giggles & Gore – It is hard to imagine a house that has the word “giggle” in it could be terrifying but Giggles & Gore Inc haunted house is just that – terrifying! Here you’ll witness the awful process that turns kidnapped people into clowns. If you didn’t hate clowns before, you will after this house.
Roanoke Cannibal Colony – Universal is taking this year’s Halloween Horror Nights a gruesome and sinister step further this year by incorporating cannibalism into the event. You’ll be able to find the flesh eating monsters at Roanoke Cannibal Colony house, but beware you just might become dinner.
Just when you think you’re safe outside of a haunted house you are attacked by a gruesome character from “Face Off” or a masked man or woman from “The Purge: Anarchy.” This year’s scare zones, located in the street area between Shrek 4-D and Despicable Me will be infested with characters, creatures and monsters from some of the event’s haunted houses. You’ll get a better glimpse and a little one-on-one time with some of the terrifying beings from inside the houses.
In addition to the haunted houses, Universal will bring back the perennial fan-favorite and ever-popular Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure. This year, Bill and Ted return with an all-new, especially excellent Halloween adventure. But don’t worry; they will still skewer the biggest names in entertainment and pop culture.
Halloween Horror Nights’ guests can also experience Universal’s tribute to Rocky Horror Picture Show. Stay tuned for more details on this quirky production.
Halloween Horror Nights runs September 19 through November 1. You can find discounted tickets to the horrifying event right here on Orlando Fun Tickets.
28 August 2014, 10:39 am
Top Five Places to Watch Magic Kingdom Fireworks
Watching the Magic Kingdom fireworks can be one of the most magical moments during your Walt Disney World trip, but it can also be one of the most difficult if you do not have a good vantage point. Luckily Orlando Fun Tickets has watched Wishes Nighttime Spectacular and many other fireworks shows from several different areas to bring you the top five places to watch the fireworks. Here they are:
Front of Cinderella Castle – It is no surprise that one of the best spots to watch Magic Kingdom fireworks is right smack dab in front of Cinderella Castle on Main Street USA. This vantage point not only gives you incredible views of the bursting lights above the Castle but it lets you look at Cinderella Castle in a whole new light, quite literally. Be careful not to get too close to Cinderella Castle. Thanks to the Castle’s perspective distortion that makes it look taller than it is, the closer you are to the Castle the shorter the fireworks will explode above the structure. A good rule is to stand equal with or behind the Partners statue.
Behind Cinderella Castle - Since Disney guests typically want to watch Magic Kingdom fireworks as they look at the gorgeous Castle there aren’t too many people who gather behind it. But viewing it from behind the Castle makes the show just as spectacular with maybe a little less of a crowd.
End of Main Street – If you’re tall or don’t mind anybody standing in front of you, the end of Main Street offers an excellent view. Again, just like in front of Cinderella Castle, the end of Main Street ensures you get superb views of all of the fireworks. Just make sure you don’t go too far back. When you do, buildings will begin to obstruct your view.
Hotel Balcony – If you happen to be staying on Disney property, particularly Disney’s Contemporary Resort your balcony might just be the best place to take in the gorgeous Magic Kingdom fireworks. Nothing beats being able to have a seat from the comfort of your own room while you watch something so magical.
Dining with Fireworks – There are many restaurants that offer incredible views of Magic Kingdom’s fireworks while you eat but our favorite is California Grill. Located on the Contemporary Resort’s 15th floor, this is the perfect place to watch Wishes Nighttime Spectacular. The restaurant offers an outdoor viewing deck as well as additional views from the wall of windows inside the restaurant. Make sure you book a reservation around the fireworks time. If you can’t make it for that time just book a reservation for sometime that night. You can always return to the 15th floor observation deck to view the fireworks.
Wherever you decide to watch Magic Kingdom’s many fireworks make sure you do so with discounted Walt Disney World tickets right here on Orlando Fun Tickets.
27 August 2014, 9:08 am
Food For Thought Drinks and Elixirs at Universal Studios Diagon Alley
A trip to Diagon Alley at Universal Studios isn’t complete without a ride on Hogwarts Express, escaping from Gringotts Bank and a sip of Butterbeer or one of the area’s many other drinks. In fact, there are several other drinks and elixirs besides Butterbeer that are satisfying guests’ taste buds. Here are our favorites:
Gillywater – Available at The Leaky Cauldron and Externelle’s Elixir of Refreshment stand in Carkitt Market, near the Harry Potter and Escape From Gringotts exit, Gillywater is basically just bottled water, but at Externelle’s you can choose from four colored, flavored “elixirs” that will pour into your bottle of Gillywater. The options include Fire Protection Potion – a sweet blend of watermelon with hints of strawberry and peach; Babbling Beverage – a fruit punch with tropical fruit; Draught of Peace – berry flavors of blueberry, blackberry, raspberry and a hint of cherry and Elixir to Induce Euphoria – pineapple with hints of green apple and mint.
Fishy Green Ale – This drink is by far one of the most unique of the new Harry Potterdrinks and elixirs. The drink starts out with a light green color and by the time you get tothe bottom the drink not only changes color but substance. Resting on the bottom of this minty drink are several balls of blueberry (meant to represent fish eggs). The combinationof blueberry and mint really make this drink a refreshing treat on a hot summer day. Otter’s Fizzy Orange Juice – Next to Butterbeer, Otter’s Fizzy Orange Juice has been the biggest hit at Diagon Alley. Not your typical orange juice, Otter’s Fizzy Orange Juice offers a cinnamon sugar rim for a little sweetness and carbonation for a fizzy finish.
Tongue Tying Lemon Squash – Another fruity concoction at the new Diagon Alley, Tongue Tying Lemon Squash is as refreshing and tart as it sounds. An iced-lemonade style beverage, this drink is made up of fresh-squeezed lemon, which is squashed right in front of you as it’s being made and that’s pretty much it! It’s nothing fancy but nonetheless tasty!
Peachtree Fizzing Tea – Not quite as fizzy or unique as Otter’s Fizzy Orange Juice, Peachtree Fizzing is rather simple but still mighty enjoyable. The lightly flavored peach iced tea is enhanced with a slight carbonation, making this drink not your typical iced tea.
Wizard’s Brew – If you’re looking for an alcoholic beverage at Diagon Alley try either Wizard’s Brew or Dragon Scale. Wizard’s Brew is a deep, dark porter full of malty flavors with a sweet finish while Dragon Scale is a much lighter and brighter beer that isn’t too hoppy, but still very malty.