17 September 2014, 11:59 am
The Curse begins at HowlOScream Busch Gardens Tampa
Busch Gardens Tampa is cursing its guests this September 26 through November 1 during its annual fright fest Howl-O-Scream. For 18 select nights, those who enter the park will be challenged to ignore a song or be cursed. In fact, the Tampa Bay theme park has posted this on their home page, “There is a song. They say you’re cured once you hear it.”
If you think you can avoid being cursed this Halloween season think again. It is Howl-O-Scream after all, and even if you manage to not hear the song you will still be taunted, tortured and teased by some of the scariest creatures and beings at Howl-O-Scream, both inside the haunted houses and in the streets. But let’s start with what you’ll find inside.
Howl-O-Screams many haunted houses will walk you through everything form a terrifying basement to the eerie bogs of the Bayou. The houses have been designed to prey on your deepest fears and they certainly will make you scream bloody murder. The ghosts of lost memories come to the present and haunt you in Dead Fall; hold off a mob of Zombies in Zombie Containment Unit 15; escape the shadows the Bayou before you fall victim to the Voodoo Queen in Death Water Bayou; don’t discover what terror lies in the basement in The Basement; be on the lookout for the escaped serial killer in Blood Asylum; you don’t want to know what kind of unlucky surprises lie ahead in Circus of Superstition: The Show Must Go On; Zombie Mortuary puts your face-to-face with more zombies as they terrorize a mortuary; and try to survive in The Experiment: the Final Test as researchers try to test your fear tolerance.
Busch Gardens will also haunt guests with their show, Fiends. This show includes captivating creatures who will infect you with dance fever as a dance party breaks out at the park. If you just can’t wait one more week to experience the terror at Howl-O-Scream, there will be a Freaky Preview on Friday, Sept. 26 and Saturday, Sept. 27. The event then opens to the public and runs Thursday through Saturday nights, Oct. 2-Nov. 1. Howl-O-Scream 2014 will also be open on Sunday, Oct. 19. Operating hours are 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Stay tuned for more details on Howl-O-Scream. In the meantime you can get in a few screams on one of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s many thrill rides like the new Falcon’s Fury with discounted tickets right here on Orlando Fun Tickets.
16 September 2014, 1:03 pm
Magic Kingdom Hub Construction Update
Magic Kingdom hub updates will make it easier for traffic to flow and include new viewing areas for parades and fireworks. It seems these days there’s always something going on at Magic Kingdom. That’s obvious in the ever-changing rides, shows, attractions and restaurants the Orlando theme park is constantly updating. A few years ago we all waited anxiously for the New Fantasyland and now, Magic kingdom guests cannot wait to see what the new hub will look like, and do for Magic Kingdom’s many crowds.
Magic Kingdom’s Plaza/Hub areas has been undergoing some changes as of late, getting some upgraded viewing areas and extra walking paths. The project is expected to be completed in phases with the new fireworks viewing areas to the left and right of Main Street opening first. Disney will then add additional pathways around the hub along with sculpted gardens, expanded restaurant seating and more.
Nearly 1/2 of the hub is surrounded by construction walls, so being able to see what is happening behind isn’t always that easy. However, the Tomorrowland side of the hub construction is not blocked by walls so you are free to take a look at what is going on. So far the progress includes a new foundation for the faux-bridge in front of the Plaza Restaurant and Casey’s Corner that is coming along nicely. There is also a new shrunken Cinderella Castle moat and a pair of concrete retaining walls around the edges of the construction site, giving guests a feel of just how much area is being reclaimed to provide Magic Kingdom guests better traffic flow and more viewing areas.
As with most construction at Disney, the Orlando theme park has put up construction walls and to offset the fact that you can’t really see what is behind them, Disney has placed several different characters like Timon and Pumbaa and the phrase “Show Your Disney Side” on the walls reminding guests to use the #DisneySide hashtag when tweeting about their Disney vacation.
We’re not sure when Magic Kingdom’s Hub is expected to be completed but there are still plenty of things to see and do at Magic Kingdom.
15 September 2014, 9:56 am
Inside Pantopia and Falcons Fury at Busch Gardens Tampa
Have you taken flight on Falcon’s Fury yet? The tallest freestanding drop tower in North America at Busch Gardens Tampa has been luring in thrill-seekers for the past month and with a 60-mile per hour facedown drop it is no wonder why!
Falcon’s Fury is easily the most thrilling attraction to hit Busch Gardens. Not your typical attraction, this drop tower drops its guests at its highest point all the way down to the bottom, offering no apologies, only screams. You’ll certainly feel what it is like to be a Falcon as you soar all the way up into the Tampa Bay sky before plummeting down as if you were hunting your prey.
Here are some fun facts:
Falcon’s Fury is 335 feet tall. There is a 90-degree mid-air turn you experience at the top before a five to six second freefall to the bottom of the ride. It’s thrilling just typing those stats, so imagine what it would be like if you actually took flight?
Falcon’s Fury isn’t just Busch Garden Tampa Bay’s newest thrill ride, the drop tower is actually a part of something much bigger at the park. The centerpiece of Pantopia, which is Busch Gardens’ fully-remodeled land featuring attractions, shopping, culinary options an indoor theater and more, Falcon’s Fury will attract guests, specifically thrill seekers to this new area. And once inside, you just may never want to leave.
Legend has it that a strange and mystical Key Master dropped from the sky at Pantopia’s exact spot. The legendary doors of Pantopia tell the story of the travelers who have come before and who are currently living in the land. Travelers to Pantopia can explore the many doors and get a peek inside the history of the residents. Inside, you’ll find everything from the vehicles left behind by travelers to a watering hole full of lights and lanterns and plenty of places to enjoy a frozen treat or meal from one of the many merchants and residents of Pantopia.
In addition to Falcon’s Fury, Pantopia is also home to Scorpion. Here you’ll feel the “sting” of The Scorpion’s terrifying 60-foot-drop and 360-degree loop at scream-worthy speeds. Phoenix is another excellent thrill ride that takes guests up into the sky with its red, shimmering wings. The giant pendulum swings and turns several loops, creating speed changes and lots of heart-pounding fun. Lastly, the Grand Caravan Carousel allows non-thrill seekers the chance to enjoy a ride in Pantopia. The carousel boasts luxurious, layered tapestries and tenting to marvel at as guests whirl around.
To take flight on Falcon’s Fury and unlock the fun of Pantopia look for discounted Busch Gardens Tampa Bay tickets right here on Orlando Fun Tickets.