Simpsons Expanding At Universal Studios

Simpsons Universal Studios Orlando

The Simpsons ride and themed area opened in 2008 and has been a featured attraction at Universal Studios Orlando since. Lately park goers have noticed construction around The Simpsons ride area, which has people talking about a possible expansion. The most popular rumor is that the new construction will include a Krusty Burger and maybe even a Moe’s Tavern, which would excite any Simpsons fan.

Universal Studios has been very focused on creating total fan experiences at the theme parks which completely immerse the fans in the make believe worlds. The best example would be the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which has been hugely successful for Universal and one of the experiences most people go back to see.

Universal Studios has been working on keeping it fresh so they have visitors who want to come back to the park and check out the new experiences or expansions. Building a completely immersive experience for fans of The Simpsons would be a great way to get visitors to come back to the park and enjoy The Simpsons ride all over again. Just the thought of being able to visit my favorite places from Springfield in real life is exciting.

Universal Studios Orlando is rumored to be making an announcement soon about the construction and we will let you know when the expansion will be complete so you can book your tickets to Orlando to get the first look.

Antarctica: Empire Of The Penguin – Opens In Spring 2013

SeaWorld Antarctica - Penguins

Sea World recently introduced its newest and biggest ever, expansion, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, which looks amazing.

The new expansion, set to open in the Spring of 2013, will feature four species of penguins found in the Antarctic and subantarctic. The penguins will be located throughout the attraction in areas designed to mimic and give visitors a glimpse into their natural habitat.

The attraction will also feature a state of the art ride that will utilize an industry first ride system, which will use trackless navigation. The idea is to give the riders the feel of a penguin waddling and sliding on the ice in Antarctica. The new SeaWorld ride will follow the adventure of a penguin in the wild.

Empire of the Penguin cars can each carry 8 passengers. Each ride will be unique with the ability to be flexible and unpredictable. There will be two levels of intensity that riders can choose from and there will be multiple paths the ride’s cars can take.

Here is the description of the Antarctica: Empire Of The Penguin expansion found on SeaWorld’s official blog:

You’ll be surrounded by the sights, sounds and awesome encounters found in this frozen place,embarking on a one-of-a-kind ride and an incredible family adventure. You’ll experience the mystery and wonder of life on the ice through the eyes of a penguin, sensing the beauty and drama of their sometimes-dangerous habitat. Antarctica – Empire of the Penguin combines closer-than-ever animal connections with state-of-the-art interactive ride technologies for adventures that are different each time. And, it’s safe to say Antarctica – Empire of the Penguin will be the coldest theme park attraction in the word!

Plan your visit to Orlando’s SeaWorld for Spring 2013 at American Tours and Travel.

Disney Will Buy Lucasfilms for $4 Billion – Will They Create A New Sci-Fi Theme Park?

Disney Buys Star Wars

On Tuesday the Walt Disney Company announced it had agreed to acquire Lucasfilms for over $4 billion in stocks and cash. This announcement comes a few years after acquiring Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion and 6 years after acquiring Pixar for $7.4 billion. Disney has been very aggressive in acquiring new pieces to add to the growing empire.

The latest acquisition by Disney came as a surprise to most and was announced over a conference call with investors. Disney’s CEO Robert Iger said he plans to revive the Star Wars franchise and release a seventh feature film in the series in 2015 and then continue with new films coming every couple of years after with George Lucas consulting on each film. Disney received story/script treatments for the next three Star Wars films as part of the deal. The last Star Wars film was released 7 years ago and that amount of time has created a demand for a new film.

Many have assumed there are already Star Wars rides and theme areas in development at Disney and some have even suggested that Disney will create a completely new sci-fi fantasy theme park to house Star Wars and the growing stable of super hero and sci-fi franchises.

It will be exciting to see what Disney does with the legendary franchise and it will be interesting to see how it creates an interactive and entertaining experience for the millions of Star Wars fans.

Watch Out Orlando, The Transformers Are Coming!

Transformers The Ride Universal Studios Orlando

There had been rumors for months that a new Transformers ride would be opening at Universal Studios Orlando and those rumors were confirmed by Universal November 1st. The ride will be a 3D experience and opens next Summer. The attraction will be located near the middle of Universal Studios Orland Florida, very close to the Shrek attraction.

Before the announcement there had been wide speculation on what the ride would include and what it would feature. We now know it will build on attractions like King Kong 3D and The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, which were both created by the same team as the new Transformers ride. The ride is based off of Michael Bay’s Transformer’s franchise (sorry to all of those who hoped it would be based off the cartoon).

The ride will be two stories high and feature a 2,000 foot multi-level ride-track with Hollywood style special effects and have a similar ride system to that of Spider-Man, which is located at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. There will be 14 different screens utilized to create a realistic environment. Universal describes the ride:

As the battle begins with Transformers: The Ride 3D, an immersive, next generation thrill ride that blurs the line between fiction and reality. Fusing HD 3D media and flight simulation technology, this epic ride creates an experience unlike anything this planet has ever seen. Based on the popular movie franchise, this mind-blowing new Transformers adventure puts you in the middle of the ultimate war zone. Fight alongside Optimus and try to survive as you protect the All Spark from Decepticons over four stories tall. Remember, the future of the human race is counting on you. Prepare for the greatest battle you’ll ever ride.

Below is the announcement that was shown on big screens at Universal Studios