Quick Q&A With usrentacar.co.uk MD Regarding Theme Parks

Hi all,

Recently I had the chance to sit down with our Managing Director, Gavin Boswell to discuss his recent trip to Orlando, we actually featured his review of the newly open Cheetah Hunt last week.

The idea of this interview was not to be in depth but just to get some quick fire answers. I think the more bulky answer are probably best suited to a podcast. Anyway the interview took place in Gavin’s office roughly 3 days after his return.

Interview

James: Favourite Theme Park?

Gavin: Universal’s Islands of Adventure. The Marvel themed area is great, big, bright and in my opinion full of the best rides.

J: Favourite ride?

G: Tricky one. I love loads of them, I liked Cheetah Hunt, the new ride down at Busch Gardens, I think the Spider-Man 3d ride at Islands of Adventure is amazing and once they’ve completed the upgrade to the new software, it will be even better.  I’m a big fan of the Hulk Coaster and I like Kraken at SeaWorld but I think for an overall experience I’d have to go with Manta.

J: Why?

G: Its the fact that its something different, facing down, looking straight at the ground gives you a totally different ride experience than anything else in Florida.  Loved it.

J: What was your opinion of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter?

G: I was truly blown away, the level of detail is quite astonishing. You can see all the hard work they have obviously put in. If you have a child who is in to Harry Potter, then Ollivanders Wand Shop is a must, be prepared to queue and also to end up parting with your hard earned cash but it is quite magical… Sorry couldn’t resist.

J: and did you enjoy The Forbidden Journey Ride?

G: Ha James! You know I didn’t…. I admit it, I can’t handle motion based rides. They make me feel very sick. I tried my best to enjoy it but basically had my eyes closed the entire time. The other people I rode with told me it was very good though!

J: Best Memory?

G: Hmm, tricky cos there were loads but feeding Giraffes at Busch Gardens and Dolphins at SeaWorld are pretty high up there… Oh and singing madly on Rip Ride Rockit then having the embarrassment of watching it back as a video afterwards!

J: Hidden Gem?

G: Well its not exactly hidden but I really enjoyed Wet N’ Wild, the water park run by Universal. I believe, and I could be wrong but it has the most group based rides of any theme park in America! Its something like that anyway. The rides aren’t that scary but they are great fun.

J: Top tip?

G: Wear comfy shoe’s, I wore flip flops and they destroyed my feet in less than 30 mins. Did you know you’re not allowed to walk round the parks bear footed? Well you do now!

Sorry it was only a short interview but Gavin’s a pretty busy man (or so he tells us). We have something scheduled for late August to sit down and podcast his impressions of Orlando, so once this is done we’ll pop it up.

regards,

James

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2010 Top 25 Worldwide Theme Parks By Attendance

Hi all,

Following on from yesterdays 2010 Top 20 USA Theme Parks By Attendance I thought I’d share with you the 2010 Worldwide theme park attendance figures.

Top 25 Worldwide Theme Parks

  1. Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom
  2. Disneyland
  3. Tokyo Disneyland
  4. Tokyo DisneySea
  5. Epcot
  6. Disneyland Paris
  7. Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  8. Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  9. Universal Studios Japan
  10. Everland, Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea
  11. Disney California Adventure
  12. Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  13. Universal Studios Florida
  14. Lotte World, Seoul, South Korea
  15. Hong Kong Disneyland
  16. SeaWorld Orlando
  17. Ocean Park, Hong Kong
  18. Universal Studios Hollywood
  19. Walt Disney Studios Paris
  20. Nagashima Spa Land, Kuwana, Japan
  21. Europa Park
  22. Busch Gardens Tampa
  23. Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, Yokohama, Japan
  24. De Eftleing
  25. SeaWorld San Diego

Amazing to see how dominate Disney still remain, the Potter factor has obviously helped Universal in 2010 but how long can it continue?

What are your thoughts?

regards,

James

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2-Park Bonus and 3-Park Bonus Universal Tickets Now On Sale

Hi all,

Just a little reminder that we still have some 2-park bonus and 3-park bonus tickets available at 2010 prices!!!

2-Park Bonus Ticket –  £84.00 (adult)

3-Park Bonus Ticket – £100.00 (adult)

Includes p&p, no CC charges.

To take advantage of these low rates please call our reservations department on 0845 226 8523.

About the Universal bonus tickets

2-park bonus ticket includes – up to fourteen (14) consecutive days entry to the following Universal Studios Florida® andUniversal’s Islands of Adventure® theme parks, plus all-club access to the live entertainment atUniversal CityWalk®

3-park bonus ticket includes – up to fourteen (14) consecutive days entry to the following Universal Studios Florida® and Universal’s Islands of Adventure® theme parks, the Wet ‘n Wild® – Orlando waterpark, plus all-club access to the live entertainment at Universal CityWalk®

Both tickets give you entry to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure.

FAQ’s

Are these tickets date specific?
No, the ticket is open-dated and activated the first time you visit one of the parks.

When does the ticket expire?
The bonus ticket expires after 14 days from first use.

Can I visit all three parks in one day?
Yep, your bonus ticket entitles you to unlimited entrance to Universal Studios Florida®, Universal’s Islands of Adventure®, Wet ‘n Wild® and Universal CityWalk® for the duration of your ticket.

regards,

James

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Disney To Raise Cost Of Attraction Tickets

Hi all,

Last night Disney confirmed via their blog that the cost of entering their parks will increase. The increase will come in to effect as of the 05/08/10 (Thursday).Disney

A single day entry locally will now cost $82.00 an increase of 3.8%. Additional ticket costs can be found on Disneys blog by clicking here.

How this will effect UK tickets is yet to be confirmed, but I would imagine an increase is inevitable. Will Universal follow suit and issue an increase?

Kind regards,

James,

U.S. Rent A Car.co.uk

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Meet The U.S. Rent A Car Staff – Kelly Morris

Name: Kelly Morris

Position: Customer Care Representativetinkerbell

Years Served: Just over 3 years

Biog (what do you do here): I deal with customer service queries before and after the client has travelled, answer calls to help customer’s with queries and also answer emails.

Area of Expertise: Customer service is my main role so I aim to keep customer’s happy. Am fun and Cheerful on the telephone and customer’s are comfortable speaking with me (as far as I am aware anyway).

Favourite USA Location: Orlando, Florida (the kiddy place as I’m a big kid at heart)

Ideal Road Trip Companion (not your partner): Wenthworth Miller……. he is a little bit too old for me but a girl can dream, and he looks younger than he is.

Favourite Car: A convertible of any type, I’m liking the Peugeot 306 convertible in Black (very sophisticated) and wouldn’t say no to a Mustang

If you were a Disney Character or Character that appears at Universal who would you be?: I would go for Tinkerbell as she reminds me alot of myself.

Over 50 theme parks and attractions ideas in Florida

Adventure Landing – Jacksonville
Take the plunge into an exciting water park or play arcade games and ride go-karts.

 

Arabian Nights – Orlando
Sixty prized horses from around the world are joined by expert riders to entertain guests at this local dinner show attraction.

 

Atlantic Antique Mall & U. S. Military Museum Exhibit – Delray Beach
Delray Beach shops feature unique concept in antique marketing, plus one of the largest private collections of U.S. Military memorabilia.

 

Bok Sanctuary: Gardens, Belltower and Estate – Lake Wales
The historic Bok Tower is set amid beautiful gardens on Central Florida’s highest point in Lake Wales, Florida. The carillon tower is among the finest belltowers in the world and can be heard daily throughout the sanctuary.

 

Buccaneer Bay – Weeki Wachee
Take a refreshing dip in the cool crystal-clear waters of Weeki Wachee Spring or challenge the exciting flumes and waterslides.

 

Butterfly World – Fort Lauderdale
Stroll through a tropical rain forest while exotic butterflies fly overhead and all around you feeding on the blossoms near the path.

 

Caribbean GardensNaples
Wildlife zoo set amist tropical gardens featuring big cats, primate expedition cruises, safari canyon and an alligator bay.

 

Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba – Downtown Disney – Orlando
The Circus of the Sun brings shares its ‘Party’, La Nouba with Central Florida’s visitors.

 

Cypress Gardens Adventure ParkWinter Haven
Stroll through the gardens ablaze year round and enjoy action-packed ski shows or serene lake cruises and now there’s plenty of thrill rides too!

 

Daytona Lagoon
Daytona Lagoon is an adventure park in Daytona Beach, Florida that provides water play, go karts, laser tag, an arcade and much more!

 

DAYTONA 500 Experience
One-of-a-kind interactive motor sports attraction which offers plenty of hands-on experiences. It the official attraction of NASCAR and is a high-energy experience designed to appeal to all ages.

 

Dinosaur World
A review of the roadside attraction, Dinosaur World in Plant City, featuring life-size dinosaur replicas in a natural setting along with a museum and hands-on experiences.

 

Dinosaur World Photo Tour
The roadside attraction, Dinosaur World in Plant City, features life-size dinosaur replicas in a natural setting along with a museum and hands-on experiences.

 

Discovery Cove – Orlando
A day of adventure brings a lifetime of memories as you swim with the dolphins, snorkel through coral reefs, and glide among stingrays.

 

Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Orlando
Explore the unpredictable world of animals on safari, in a prehistoric world, and at stage shows as only Disney can do them!

 

Disney’s Magic KingdomOrlando
The Magic Kingdom, Disney World’s first theme park transports imaginations into worlds of fantasy, adventure and wonder.

 

Disney-MGM Studios – Orlando
It’s on with the show at Disney-MGM Studios where guests can enter the world of the glitz, glamour and excitement of show business.

 

Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede – Orlando
Come hungry and ready for plenty of foot-stompin’ fun when you take in Dolly’s version of dinner theatre. There’s 32 horses and dozens of cast members to entertain while you eat a meal as big as the show!

 

Edison-Ford Winter Estates – Fort Myers
Experience the “time of their lives” in sunny Fort Myers. Tours include the winter homes of both Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, an artifact museum, and Edison’s laboratory.

 

Epcot – Orlando
An amazing array of attractions and live performances to put you in touch with the future and allow you to travel the world!

 

Fantasy of Flight – Lakeland
Fantasy of Flight is not just an aviation museum, it’s a hands-on experience with adventure biplane and balloon flights available for an additional charge.

 

Flamingo GardensDavie
An eco-experience showcasing lush gardens, a free-flight aviary, alligator lagoon and flamingo island.

 

Florida‘s Gulfarium – Fort Walton Beach
Second oldest marine show aquarium in the world, featuring live performances with dolphins, sea lions, and a scuba diver.

 

Gatorland – Kissimmee
Fifty years of “great tales” has made this attraction the alligator capital of the world!

 

Green Meadows Farm – Kissimmee
An ideal country setting for the entire family to enjoy that includes live animals to touch and see along with pony rides, hayride and more!

 

Hemingway Home & Museum – Key West
This Spanish Colonial style house belonging to Ernest Hemingway boasts the first swimming pool built in Key West and is listed as a registered National Historic Landmark that is open daily for tours.

 

Holy Land Experience – Orlando
This Orlando theme park is a living Biblical history museum recreating in authentic detail the city of Jerusalem and its religious importance. It is a total sensory experience that is educational, historical, theatrical, inspirational, and evangelistic, blending sights, sounds, and tastes that transport guests 7,000 miles away and 3,000 years back in time. A wholesome Christian family experience.

 

Kennedy Space Center
Freelance travel writer Tony Conboy III says the sights and sounds are not much different, but a trip to Kennedy Space Center takes on new meaning since the Columbia tragedy. He offers an in-depth look at the complex, including how the Columbia crew is being remembered and what has been recently been added to give visitors a unique experience.

 

Lion Country Safari – Loxahatchee
World famous as “America’s first drive-through ‘cageless’ zoo”!

 

 

Lowry Park Zoo – Tampa
Take a walk on the wild side and explore Tampa’s best kept secret.

 

Miami Seaquarium – Miami
Get splashed by a killer whale and up close and personal with the manatees at South Florida’s premier family attraction!

 

Monkey Jungle – Miami
This primate “biopark” allows you to get an up-close view of natural habits via screen-protected path reviewed by About Miami Guide, Renee Chapple.

 

Parrot Jungle IslandMiami
One of Miami’s oldest and greatest attractions Parrot Jungle Island where the jungle comes alive!

 

Rapids Water ParkWest Palm Beach
Getting wet is half the fun. The other half is the splishing and splashing entry to this website giving you a preview of the fun you can experience in person.

 

Ringling Museums – Sarasota
The Ringling Museum of Art house John Ringling’s extensive art collection. His mansion, Ca da zan, has recently had its 32 rooms and 15 baths restored. The Museum of the Circus houses artifacts from the “Greatest Show on Earth.”

 

Sarasota Jungle GardensSarasota
A tropical adventure with lush gardens, tropical birds, and Florida’s wildest of wildlife – alligators!

 

Scott’s Corn Maze – Mt. Dora
Corn Maze at Scott’s Farm in Mt. Dora is open October 1 through November 30 each year. Tuesday through Friday are reserved for large groups of 20 or more. In addition to the corn maze, you can pack a lunch and enjoy picnic area, hayrides and farm tours.

 

SeaWorld Orlando – Orlando
The world’s premier marine adventure park with world-class shows, thrilling rides and unforgettable animal encounters.

 

Shell Factory – Fort Myers
This North Fort Myers landmark has the world’s largest collection of rare sea shells, sponges, coral, fossils and sea life specimens. Truly a unique Florida shopping experience with gifts from every exotic shore as well as wildlife exhibits, aquariums and alligators. Spend an hour or a day.

 

Shipwreck IslandPanama City Beach
Get “double parked” as you splash all day at the many water attractions and scream all night at the wildest amusement park.

 

Silver Springs – Ocala
Home of the world-famous glass-bottomed boats! This is where the first six “Tarzan” movies and more than 100 episodes of “Sea Hunt” were filmed.

 

Spook Hill – Lake Wales
The Legand of Spook Hill generated thousands of tourists to come to see this optical illusion that causes vehicles to seemingly coast uphill.

 

Sunken GardensSt. Petersburg
At this St. Petersburg landmark you’ll enjoy the lush tropical gardens along with tropical bird shows.

 

The Florida Aquarium – Tampa
Encounter the wonders of Florida sea life while visiting the Tampa Bay area.

 

Titanic The Expereince – Orlando
The World’s first permanent Titanic exhibit is located in Orlando. Recreations of actual rooms from the ship allow you to climb the staircase, stroll among costumed passengers, and view priceless artifacts and treasures.

 

Universal Studios Orlando
Universal Studios theme park was once only a one-day destination for visitors to Orlando. Now, Universal Orlando is a destination resort in its own right with two theme parks, an entertainment district and three luxury on-site hotels.

 

Wannado City – Sunrise/Fort Lauderdale
Wannado City at Sawgrass Mills in Fort Lauderdale, Florida is a trend-setting new children’s attraction. It’s America’s first indoor role-playing theme park for kids offers entertaining lessons in real-life responsibility.

 

Water Mania – Kissimmee
Have a splashing good time on a variety of rides, slides and flumes.

 

Weeki Wachee Springs
Weeki Wachee Springs is the home to the famous underwater mermaid shows.

 

Wet’n Wild Orlando – Orlando
How do you keep tiny tots and testy teenagers happy on a hot day? Take them to Wet ‘n Wild Orlando! You’ll see why it is consistently voted one of America’s number one water parks!

 

Wild Waters – Silver Springs – Ocala
Soak up the sun or relax in the shade of the giant oaks. Of course there is plenty of wild, wooly and wonderful water play available.

 

World Golf Hall of Fame – St. Augustine
Through a combination of both traditional and interactive exhibit areas, the World Golf Hall of Fame educates and entertains while paying homage to the game’s greatest players and contributors. If you love golf, it’s worth the visit!

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Theme Park Attendances for 2009

Even in a global recession Theme Parks seem to have done ok.

Here are the Top 20 United States theme parks for 2009:

1. Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom: 17.2 million +1.0%
2. Disneyland: 15.9 million +8.0%
3. Epcot: 11.0 million +0.5%
4. Disney’s Hollywood Studios: 9.7 million +1.0%
5. Disney’s Animal Kingdom: 9.6 million +0.5%
6. Disney’s California Adventure: 6.1 million +9.5%
7. SeaWorld Orlando: 5.8 million -6.8%
8. Universal Studios Florida: 5.4 million -12.0%
9. Islands of Adventure: 4.5 million -13.8%
10. Universal Studios Hollywood: 4.3 million -6.0%
11. SeaWorld San Diego: 4.2 million -12.6%
12. Busch Gardens Tampa: 4.1 million -12.3%
13. Knott’s Berry Farm: 3.3 million -6.5%
14. Canada’s Wonderland: 3.2 million -6.5%
15. Kings Island: 3.0 million -4.0%
16. Cedar Point : 2.9 million -8.0%
17. Busch Gardens Williamsburg: 2.9 million +3.7%
18. Hersheypark: 2.8 million -1.2%
19. Six Flags Great Adventure: 2.6 million -4.6%
20. Six Flags Magic Mountain: 2.5 million -2.5%
(tie) Six Flags Great America: 2.5 million -6.3%

And the Top 20 theme park worldwide:

1. Magic Kingdom
2. Disneyland
3. Tokyo Disneyland: 13.6 million -4.5%
4. Disneyland Paris: 12.7 million +0.4%
5. Tokyo DisneySea: 12 million -4.0%
6. Epcot
7. Disney’s Hollywood Studios
8. Disney’s Animal Kingdom
9. Universal Studios Japan: 8.0 million -3.6%
10. Everland (South Korea): 6.2 million -6.5%
11. Disney’s California Adventure
12. SeaWorld Orlando
13. Universal Studios Florida
14. Ocean Park (Hong Kong): 4.8 million -4.6%
15. Nagashima Spa Land (Japan): 4.7 million +1.1%
16. Hong Kong Disneyland: 4.6 million +2.0%
17. Islands of Adventure
(tie) Yokohama Hakkeijima Spa Paradise: 4.5 million -0.7%
19. Universal Studios Hollywood
20. Lotte World (South Korea): 4.3 million +0.6%

Wizarding World of Harry Potter Gets Opening Date

Universal Orlando has confirmed via the official Web site for its Wizarding World ofPotterPre1 Harry Potter attraction (www.universalorlando.com/harrypotter) that its grand opening will be June 18.

According to a post on Harry Potter fan site The Leaky Cauldron, June 18 is the official grand opening date for the Wizarding World, but not the first time the park will open to the public; it states that guests who booked a package advertised for May 28 will likely be able to experience the new “theme park within a theme park” set at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

A press conference last September presented several features of the Wizarding World to the public for the first time, including its centerpiece, the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey attraction, touted as something “never been done before”. At that time, Universal Orlando gave an opening date of Spring 2010.


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