inline imageUniversal Studios Hollywood unlocked the iconic “Don’t’ Open, Dead Inside” doors to usher in its all-new “The Walking Dead” permanent daytime attraction, based on AMC’s top-rated television series and the most watched show in cable television history, which officially opens to the public on 4th July.

Universal Studios Hollywood has worked collaboratively with AMC’s “The Walking Dead” as a signature “Halloween Horror Nights” maze for years. This newly enhanced venture takes the highly sought-after experience from a seasonal, limited time offering to an exciting 365-day opportunity, raising the bar for themed walk-through attractions.

“‘The Walking Dead’ is a phenomenon that has successfully and consistently affected the psyche of viewers on a global basis since its debut,” said Larry Kurzweil, President of Universal Studios Hollywood. “We’re taking its authenticity to the next level by collaborating with the show’s award-winning production team to create a thrilling, living representation of the series that can only be experienced at Universal Studios Hollywood.”

To ensure authenticity of the attraction, Universal Studios Hollywood partnered with “The Walking Dead’s” creative team, including Greg Nicotero and KNB Efx to develop prosthetics, utilize original molds and painstakingly apply paint and detailing to attraction walkers. The integral involvement of the creative team not only inspires the emotional connection fans experience, it will be among the attraction’s key distinguishing characteristics that define it as a living representation of the show.

“After six years of working on ‘The Walking Dead,’ we have this great opportunity to take ‘The Walking Dead’ out of the studio, off the soundstage and into this amazing and truly one-of-a-kind attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood,” said Greg Nicotero. “Guests can now come face-to-face with live and animatronic Walkers that are indiscernible from the Walkers from the show. It’s very exciting, and I am thrilled to be a part of it.”

Coupled with authentic walker make-up effects, sophisticated animatronic walkers, substantially more detailed set design and costuming, and highly recognizable props replicated from the series, “The Walking Dead” attraction delivers an uncompromised realistic environment that brings guests even further into the most watched show in cable television history.

“The Walking Dead” attraction is located within an entirely new, custom-built structure, situated within an expansive building complex just inside the theme park’s main entry. Due to the intense nature of this experience, the attraction is not recommended for guests under the age of 13.

Remember this is in Hollywood and not Orlando.

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inline imageUniversal have released new info on their blog about the Volcano Bay water park.

Spanning 28 acres, Volcano Bay will transport you to a lush, tropical oasis inspired by the Pacific isles. Every step while you’re here can be filled with thrills, indulgence or rejuvenation.

Thrill seekers can enjoy unique experiences like surprising drop slides and our white-water action river. Or if you’re looking for a more relaxing experience, you’ll be able to enjoy our soothing winding river, serene beaches and two-story private cabanas.

Volcano Bay is made up of four incredibly themed areas with Polynesian influences ranging from Easter Island, Hawaii, New Zealand and more. Here’s what you’ll find in each area.



Krakatau:
At the heart of the park, you’ll see the 200-foot-tall volcano called Krakatau. By day, you’ll see its majestic waterfalls. And by night, the volcano will illuminate with blazing lava.
  • Three distinctive body slides are found at the rear of the volcano, and each starts off with surprise doors that drop out from beneath you:
    • Ko’okiri Body Plunge: A racing, 70-degree drop that will plummet 125-feet through the center of Krakatau. It will be the world’s first slide to travel through a pool filled with guests.
    • Kala and Ta Nui Serpentine Body Slides: Two intertwining slides where you’ll fall freely along 124 twisting feet.
  • Punga Racers: A high-speed race through four different enclosed slides featuring manta-shaped mats.
  • Secret Attraction: I can’t talk about this one yet, but it’ll be like nothing else in the park.
Wave Village:
Located at the base of Krakatau, Wave Village is a perfect place to soak in the sun and relax on the sandy shores. It includes:
  • Waturi Beach: A sparkling, multi-directional wave pool where you can swim, relax on the sand or indulge in private, one- or two-story cabanas.
  • The Reef: An adjacent leisure pool with calmer waters and exciting views of riders speeding through the Ko’okiri Body Plunge.



River Village:
River Village offers several family-friendly attractions and experiences and features:
  • Kopiko Wai Winding River: A gentle, winding river that passes through the volcano’s hidden caves, featuring spontaneous water effects and a journey through the cave of starlight.
  • Tot Tiki Reef: A whimsical toddler play area with spraying Maori fountains, slides and a kid-size volcano.
  • Runamukka Reef: A three-story water playground inspired by the coral reef overflowing with twisting slides, sprinklers and more.
  • Honu: An adventurous, multi-passenger raft ride that will soar across a dual wall.
  • Ika Moana: A twisting, multi-passenger raft ride that will glide across bubbling geysers.



Rainforest Village:
Rainforest Village features an incredible assortment of attractions for thrill-seekers, including:
  • Maku: North America’s first “saucer ride”, sending multi-passenger rafts speeding around three saucer-shaped curves.
  • Puihi: A breath-taking multi-passenger raft ride that will plunge you into darkness before bursting into a funnel and launching into a zero-gravity drop.
  • Ohyah and Ohno Drop Slides: Two twisting, adrenaline-pumping slides that launch you four- or six-feet above the water at the end.
  • TeAwa The Fearless River: An action-packed, racing torrent river where you’ll have to hang tight in your inner tube amidst roaring, whitewater rapids.
  • Taniwha Tubes: Four unique Easter Island-inspired slides with rafts for single or double riders.
  • Puka Uli Lagoon: A tranquil pool where you can swim and relax.

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inline imageJust as Disney did earlier this week, Universal have also given $1 Million to the OneOrlando Fund.

The fund has been established by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to assist those affected by this tragedy. The fund will support local non-profit organizations mobilizing to help victims and their families, the LGBTQ, Hispanic and all other affected communities—as well as organizations dedicated to solving the underlying causes of events such as this.

Universal made this statement.

Read more about the OneOrlando fund here...

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inline imageBusch Gardens Tampa’s highly anticipated new multidirectional spin coaster, Cobra’s Curse, will open on Friday 17 June.

Cobra’s Curse Striking Facts:

  • One-of-a-kind spin coaster features a menacing 30,000-pound snake king icon and a 70-foot vertical lift that will take riders within inches of its 3 foot-wide eyes and 4-foot-long fangs.
  • During the three-and-a-half-minute ride, the coaster trains speed along at 40 mph down 2,100 feet of serpentine-like track, travelling backward, forward and then spinning freely.
  • Guests will experience a new spin with each ride. Each train spins randomly, with frequency and direction determined by the rider weight distribution.
  • The ride’s air-conditioned queue naturally fuels guests’ adrenaline with an immersive themed experience and a state-of-the-art snake exhibit featuring four exotic snake species. Guests will observe some of the world’s most feared and often misunderstood, vipers.
  • Riders must be 48 inches to ride, or 42 inches with a parent or guardian.



Today (Friday 10th June) Orlando’s tallest, longest, fastest rollercoaster, Mako, opens to guests at SeaWorld Orlando. 200 ft high Mako is one of the world’s only true ‘hypercoasters’ which means that it makes rides feel weightless due to the amount of air time. The ride is based on the characteristics of a Mako shark, one of the ocean’s fastest predators.

The fifth coaster in SeaWorld Orlando’s portfolio, Mako accelerates to 73 mph as it whips passengers along an imposing, nearly mile-long track. Its design was inspired by its namesake: Mako sharks — also called “blue pointers” — are known for their speed and ability to quickly change course as they pursue prey.

Also opening today at SeaWorld Orlando is the all-new Shark Touch Pool where guests who have ever dreamed of touching a shark will have the opportunity to do so this summer at SeaWorld Orlando. The Relaxation Station located near Wild Artic will be home to a brand-new educational experience where guests will have the chance to learn about and interact with brownbanded bamboo sharks, whitespotted bamboo sharks and epaulette sharks.

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Win a family holiday to Florida to brave SeaWorld Parks' new rides with this once-in-a-lifetime competition

Are you itching to put your nerves to the test on Orlando's tallest, longest, fastest rollercoaster this summer? Or day dreaming about getting your head in a spin on Busch Gardens Tampa's one-of-a-kind family friendly spin coaster? Well, this could be your lucky day!

To celebrate the opening of SeaWorld Orlando's newest rollercoaster, Mako, today (Friday 10 June), SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment has teamed up with Florida holiday specialist, Ocean Florida, to offer DIBBers the chance to win the trip of a lifetime to the Sunshine State. Ocean Florida has sent over 250,000 holidaymakers to the State over the last 11 years.

The winning DIBBer will fly to Florida with their family for the chance to experience Mako - SeaWorld's newest ride and one of the world's only true ‘hypercoasters' - and one-of-a-kind family spin coaster, Cobra's Curse, at Busch Gardens Tampa.


This amazing prize includes a 14-night holiday to Orlando including return economy flights from London or Manchester for two adults and two children, accommodation at the recently renovated Avanti Resort and 15-days' car hire as well as VIP access to some of Florida's top theme parks.


The lucky winner and their family will get to experience the thrills and spills at all four SeaWorld Parks in Florida including swimming with dolphins at Discovery Cove, hand feeding giraffes on the Serengeti Safari at Busch Gardens Tampa, riding the world class water rides at Aquatica and going behind the scenes at SeaWorld to learn about the world renowned animal rescue programme. If that's not enough, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment are also throwing in dining packages and quick queue tickets for a real VIP experience.

For your chance to win this DIBB Exclusive prize, simply answer the question and fill in your details on the entry form HERE.

The competition will run from 9:00am 10th June 2016 to 12:00pm 22nd July 2016. (UK time)

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inline imageDon’t Enter…Dead Inside. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

This autumn, Universal Orlando Resort is bringing back AMC’s hit series, “The Walking Dead,” to Halloween Horror Nights, propelling guests into the most horrifying highlights of all six seasons – all in one unbelievably terrifying haunted house.

Guests will walk – or run – in the footsteps of the show’s cast of survivors, fending off packs of flesh-hungry walkers at every turn. They’ll step inside instantly-recognizable locations, such as the hospital from Season 1 where Rick awakens to a world overrun with the dead, the unnerving home of the Governor in Season 3 and the seemingly-safe refuge, Terminus, from Season 4.

The experience will culminate with iconic scenes from Season 6, where guests will trudge through a decomposed sewer and try to evade the brutal pack of villains, The Wolves, after they’ve invaded Alexandria. Along the way, they’ll rush to avoid the bite of the show’s most memorable walkers – including some that have never been seen before at “Halloween Horror Nights.”

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A popular “Halloween Horror Nights” staple at Universal Studios Hollywood, “The Walking Dead” has turned into an immersive 365-day experience inviting guests to step into a no-holds-barred zombie apocalypse. Brought to life with immersive detail, the new theme park attraction and “Halloween Horror Nights’’ offering is a collaboration with AMC and series Executive Producer and Director Greg Nicotero, whose special effects company, KNB Efx, raises the dead on the blockbuster TV series as well as for Universal Studios’ new permanent daytime attraction.

Coupled with authentic walker make-up effects, sophisticated animatronic walkers, substantially more detailed set design and costuming, and highly recognizable props replicated from the series, Universal Studios Hollywood’s “The Walking Dead” attraction will deliver an uncompromised realistic environment that brings guests even further into the most watched show in cable television history. Please click here for more on “The Walking Dead” permanent attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood.

“The Walking Dead” is one of the most successful cable television shows in history. Based on the graphic novels by Robert Kirkman, its passionate fan base continues to grow and follow the story of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world filled with ferocious walkers. The show returns for a seventh season in October, enabling fans to relive their favorite moments at “Halloween Horror Nights” before watching all-new episodes.

Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 20 years, guests from around the world have visited “Halloween Horror Nights” in Orlando and Hollywood to become victims inside their own horror film. The streets of each coast’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing “scare-actors” lunge from every darkened corner. Multiple movie-quality haunted houses are erected throughout the event, based on anything from iconic slasher films to hit horror television series to haunting original stories.

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To celebrate the opening of SeaWorld Orlando's newest rollercoaster, Mako (Friday 10 June), SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment has teamed up with Florida holiday specialist, Ocean Florida, to offer DIBBers the chance to win the trip of a lifetime to the Sunshine State.

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WDW & Other Florida Park Hours
Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom
9:00am
Extra Morning Hours~to~
11:00pm
Epcot
Epcot
9:00am
~to~
9:00pm
Animal Kingdom
Animal Kingdom
9:00am
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11:00pm
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Hollywood Studios
9:00am
~to~Extra Evening Hours
10:00pm
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10:00am
~to~
8:00pm
Typhoon Lagoon
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9:00am
~to~
7:00pm
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10:00pm
SeaWorld
SeaWorld
9:00am
~to~
9:00pm
Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens
9:30am
~to~
12:00am
Aquatica
Aquatica
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~to~
7:00pm
LEGOLAND
Legoland
10:00am
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9:00pm
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11:00pm
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9:00pm
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Disneyland Park
Disneyland Park
10:00am
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11:00pm
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7:00pm
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