User Inspired Twitter Events 2018

It’s been a while since we chose some countdowns from Twitter. A lot of you have been posting a few notifications and timelines of your events. We really do enjoy seeing your countdowns and talking about them. Read on to find out more.

If you are not familiar with our user inspired posts then here is a little catch up on what happens in these posts. We pick 2 amazing countdowns from Twitter or Instagram and give you a little more info on the countdown itself. If it is a countdown to say Ed Sheeran, we give you some news on him and if there are still some tickets left or if it’s a holiday some great tips on where to go and what to see and when to go.

Right so first up is, @stephlouise24 who saw Ed Sheeran this year on March 10th. If you don’t know about who is then here is a brief description of who he is. He is a male singer/songwriter from Framlingham, Suffolk. He has had huge success ever since he released his first album called “The A-Team” which comes from his first album + which went on to be certified seven-times platinum in the UK. Evey album since it’s released has won countless awards such as the Ivor Novello Award. You might best know him for his latest songs “Shape of You” and “Castle on the Hill” which are part of the ÷. So if you aren’t aware Ed Sheeran has been coming back strong since last year with the release of his Divide album, he also released tickets last year for his 2018 tour. Ever since his year-long hiatus he has been releasing new music and was busy touring for most of 2017 and doing the rounds of the festival circuit too. As of the past couple of years, his tours tend to sell out fast. Unfortunately, you cannot get any tickets for his 2018 tour anymore. Apart from that, from what we have heard in the past he is someone who is amazing to see live, so if you were one of the lucky ones who got themselves tickets then you should be in for a real treat.

Next up is @fluffysoftlouis who is off to see Harry Styles in one month’s time. If you weren’t aware Harry Styles along with a lot of old One Direction boys has been pursuing a solo career and releasing music throughout 2017-2018. Shortly after he released new music he decided to go on tour. This is his first ever solo tour so will be interesting to see how he performs alone on stage without the One Direction boys. So far, we hear good things about this tour and along with new material, he has been performing some classic One Direction songs too. Sign of the Times was his first solo track and managed to rack up 88 Million views on the music video on YouTube. It managed to get to No.1 here in the UK. His album Harry Styles managed to reach No.1 in the UK and the US which is amazing. He truly is having global success. Unfortunately, he has sold out for most of his tour, we did some digging around ourselves and you can get tickets but it’s very rare and the seats won’t be as good so maybe expect to travel further for tickets.

We hope you enjoyed both of our user inspired posts this week. If you want to be featured on any of our User Inspired Posts then tag your countdowns with #countdown and #countdownplus

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Disneyland Ride and Attraction Updates

It’s been a while since our last Disneyland themed blog post. A lot has changed for the parks in the last year or so and a lot more planned for both Disney World and Disneyland Paris. If you are just here for the photos, then we have linked a lot of great images from Disney Instagram. Read on to find out more.

Disney World and all US Parks

In our last post about Disney World changes, we mentioned a lot of plans for the parks that came from Disney 23 Expo. A lot has changed since those plans were put forward and great progress has been made. Something we didn’t mention in that post was the addition to a Pixar Pier arriving at Disneyland Resort. Not only will there be food stands on the pier centred around popular Pixar characters, but a carousel ride called Jessie’s Critter Carousel. You can saddle up with up to 56 different friends on the ride. Food stands will include Senor Buzz Churros, Poultry Palace, Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats and Angry Dogs. Pixar Pier will make it’s way to Disney California Adventure on June 23.

In addition to Pixar Pier, D23 announced the arrival of Toy Story Land and recently the launch date was announced. Set your countdown events to June 30, 2018. So you are probably a lot more curious about what to expect so far. If you follow Disney on Instagram then you might have already seen the photos for Slinky Dog Dash a new thrilling ride for all ages. You ride in Slinky Dog who takes you on a ride around curves, hills and drops. If you love the aliens in Toy Story then you might enjoy the Alien Swirling Saucers ride. Jump on the ride to be taken on an adventure in a toy rocket.

Play big at #ToyStoryLand, coming to @WaltDisneyWorld this summer. 🌟

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Rides which are still in production are the Star Wars: Galaxy Edge which is set to debut in 2019 at Walt Disney World. There was a sneak peak video posted on Twitter check it out below. The area looks like it is really taking shape.

Disneyland Paris

It’s been a long time since Disneyland Paris had any new additions to the parks. Something finally is set to arrive in Disneyland Paris soon. They are introducing a few new areas centred around Marvel, Frozen and Star Wars. No news on what they will bring in terms of the changes but we will update as soon as we hear more news about the updates. The developments will roll out in phases from 2021. One thing we do know for sure is that they will be revamping the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith will include the addition of Iron Man and his Avengers team.

That is everything we know so far. So maybe it is time to start planning your next adventure to Disneyland very soon. Tag all your Disneyland countdowns with #countdownplus and #countdown.

User Inspired 2018 Instagram Holidays

We really enjoy writing these user inspired posts and for this post, you will see two Instagram posts from our users. Read on to find out who is in this week’s post.

If you are not familiar with our user inspired posts then here is a little catch up on what happens in these posts. We pick 2 amazing countdowns from Twitter or Instagram and give you a little more info on the countdown itself. If it is a countdown to say Ed Sheeran, we give you some news on him and if there are still some tickets left or if it’s a holiday some great tips on where to go and what to see and when to go.

First up is @amylk_27 who is off to Rome in April this year. The best time to visit Rome is from October to April when it is less crowded and prices for hotels are much cheaper. Rome is a popular tourist destination with some stunning attractions such as The Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona. All really easy to get to if you hop on the Metro in Italy. The Colosseum although a huge tourist spot, holds a lot of history and stunning architecture. It’s advised to spend a good hour exploring inside of the remains. The Trevi Fountain is a great place to throw in a coin for luck, but also a great place for a pit stop whilst enjoying some ice cream. The Piazza Navona is best to be visited late at night, where the square really comes to life. Whilst in Italy why not indulge in some tasty pasta and pizza. Only the best will be made in Rome. These are just a few things you can do whilst in Rome, Italy.

Next up is @staceyk_b who is off to New York in March. New York is busy all year round but the quietest time to visit is during January till Early March, although rather cold you can get the pick of the best hotels and better pick of the Broadway shows. Here are some must do’s for New York. Central Park really comes alive during the spring months so it could be ideal for a spring walk, why not head towards the Zoo, or hop on a carriage ride through the park. New York is most famous for its pizza, one of the first pizza places to ever open in New York was Lombardi’s Pizza, this place is amazing if you want authentic pizza. If you are looking to walk off that pizza then why not take a walk along The High Line, a beautiful urban bridge in the heart of the city, with stunning views it is a nice alternative to the usual tourist sites in NY. Why not visit some popular landmarks such as the Empire State building and the Rockefeller Center, both stunning views of the city and skyline? It’s a perfect place to take some pictures. A nice way to end a day is by seeing a Broadway show. Either a comedy or musical performance. These are just a few things you can do whilst in New York.

If you want to take part in our user inspired posts all you must do is either tag us in your countdowns, or use #countdown or #countdownplus on your posts.

Disneyland Paris Season of the Force

Disneyland Paris is a magical place to visit but more so during The Season of the Force. So we wanted to cover some basic information we found online about The Season of the Force. Read on to find out more.

Season of the Force at Disneyland Paris starts from 13th January to 25th March 2018. You can expect new shows in the Walt Disney Studios Park of Disneyland Paris. Also a brand new late night illumination show. You might be aware too that Discoveryland in Disneyland Paris has transformed into a small Star Wars themed area. You can meet new characters and ride on Space Mountain.

With so much to offer you are probably wondering what to do during the Season of the Force. We recommend seeing a few daytime shows first, why not head to see a show in the Production Courtyard in Walt Disney Studios Park. Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away. If you love the movies then you will love this show, you can enjoy seeing Star Wars Characters come to life and see some amazing stunts and visual effects. First Order March seeing Captain Phasma lead the team of Stormtroopers to perform a march under the command of the Captain.

If a show isn’t for you then maybe you might want to catch a ride over in Disneyland Paris Discoveryland. Star Tours Strikes Back is an exceptional ride filled with an immersive ride experience. You will ride on the Starspeeder 1000 to take off on a 3D ride visiting Jakku and Hoth and also the Death Star. It’s not a ride for the faint-hearted and might not be ideal if you suffer from motion sickness. You can also meet Darth Vader himself and take some photos with him. Located just outside of the Star Wars shop in Discoveryland. Space Mountain was originally unrelated to Star Wars before, but they revamped the ride to fit in with the movie franchise. You will be launched into Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain for a thrilling ride where you will be a part of the Rebel Alliance. You will need to do battle with a menacing Star Destroyer. If the queues for the rides are too long then why not head on over to the shop with everything Star Wars themed. Find mugs, pins and t-shirts, but don’t get too carried away.

So if that was enough to convince you then you might want to read on to find out how much it will cost. You should as we have mentioned in the past about staying in a Disney hotel, the cheapest hotel in all of the other hotels is Hotel Santa Fe. If you want to travel during this period expect to pay around £500 – £700 for the whole package. Hotel, tickets to parks, and extras like travel. We hope you enjoyed this post, let us know if this helped you make up your mind on whether to travel to the park this year.

User Inspired Concerts 2018 🎤

We have the last user inspired post of 2017 for you, hope you enjoy reading about the next two events taking place in 2018.

If you are not familiar with our user inspired posts then here is a little catch up on what happens in these posts. We pick 2 amazing countdowns from Twitter or Instagram and give you a little more info on the countdown itself. If it is a countdown to say, Ed Sheeran, we give you some news on him and if there are still some tickets left or if it’s a holiday some great tips on where to go and what to see and when to go.

First up is @saraawr who is going to see Dan Howell and Phil Lester perform on their Interactive Introverts tour in May 2018. Dan Howell and Phil Lester are two friends who met through YouTube and forged a very successful career out of making YouTube videos. Both have separate channels and have a joint gaming channel, and they have over 10 million subscribers with both their personal channels put together. They have done a live stage show back in 2016 called The Amazing Tour Is Not On Fire and was also turned into a YouTube Red series. It was a wonderful mix of what happened at their shows and the BTS look at their life on the road. The stage show was a brilliant mix of the regular things that happened in their videos but on a larger scale in front of thousands of people on stage. We don’t know anything yet, about what Interactive Introverts is going to be about. It might just be bigger and better than the last live stage show from 2016. This tour will take them all across the world, so wherever you are reading this, they could be on a stage just near you. Tickets can be found on sale here. Watch the trailer for the stage show here.

Next up is @haayyleeyy_ who is going to see Little Mix in July 2018. They were a band formed on The X Factor 6 years and have forged a very successful singing career. With 4 Number No.1s in the UK. The group has a brand-new single out right now called Reggaetón Lento with CNCO. That song was performed live on The X Factor Live Final and get a brilliant response from viewers. Saying that they actually stole the results show. After just coming off a live tour they have wasted no time at all and released a brand-new tour called The Summer Hits Tour 2018. You can still get tickets for the shows since tickets were released in November. We hope to hear some more great hits from them in 2018. From that X Factor performance, we are sure the stage shows will be amazing.  You can get tickets for the shows here. So if you missed them on their last tour then you can catch them again, or simply see them again.

If you want to take part in our user inspired posts all you must do is either tag us in your countdowns or use #countdown or #countdownplus on your posts

User Inspired 2017 Instagram

Following on from the many user inspired posts we have gone to Instagram where we find a whole bunch of amazing countdowns from our users. So, for today’s post, we are looking at 2 amazing Instagram countdowns, and there is no theme for this post today.

If you are not familiar with our user inspired posts then here is a little catch up on what happens in these posts. We pick 2 amazing countdowns from Twitter or Instagram and give you a little more info on the countdown itself. If it is a countdown to say, Ed Sheeran, we give you some news on him and if there are still some tickets left or if it’s a holiday some great tips on where to go and what to see and when to go.

First up is @jaderichy who is off to Disneyland Paris in November.  As you might be aware if you are regular readers of the blog then you know we love all things Disneyland. We talk specifically about Disneyland in Florida but wanted to mention some amazing things you can do whilst at Disneyland Paris. So if you were not aware Disneyland Paris is currently celebrating it’s 25th Anniversary, which is set to be an amazing time to visit the park, there are brand new parades to enjoy and a brand new illumination show. Not only are there new shows but plenty of new rides set to arrive in the park too. Mainly Star Wars rides which will take over Space Mountain. If you want to find out about new rides then check out this post. Of course, if you want to take home something to commemorate the 25th Anniversary then head to the shops for 25th themed merchandise. If that isn’t enough and you end up getting rather peckish then you can indulge in some tasty treats, especially for the 25th Anniversary. Also if you are heading in October – November then you can expect to see some Halloween themed food and decorations across the park.

Next up is @fanny_wilson.x who is off to New York in November. New York is a lovely city to visit with so much to do even on a short visit. Here are some must do’s for New York in November. First up it is pretty cold around November so don’t forget to bring some jumpers to keep you warm whilst out and about. Central Park really comes alive during the winter months so it could ideal for a winter walk. There are free walking tours if you want to find out some history as well as a lovely walk. Thanksgiving is a big time of year in America and especially in New York, so you might want to catch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the best thing to do is stake out a spot and stick with it, so buy all the snacks and food beforehand. If you want to splurge out and find some designer bargains then apparently November is a really big month for sample sales in New York. On top of that, some normal must do’s eat some pizza, grab a taxi to somewhere, check out a gallery or two and buy plenty of souvenirs.

We hope you enjoyed this post about user inspired events from Instagram. We want to see more of your countdowns on Twitter and Instagram so tag us in your countdowns and use the #countdown and #countdownplus

 

Tips for Universal Studios Orlando

So here at Countdownplus we love writing about Universal Orlando and Disneyland on our blog. There might be a few things you don’t know about Universal Orlando so we wanted to compile some of the best tips we have come across on the internet.

Shuttle Bus and Express Passes

So if you know all about Disneyland then you might be aware that when you stay at a Disney specific hotel you get a free shuttle service and extra magic hours at the park, this is much the same for Universal Orlando. With Universal Orlando, you get express passes included in your package when you book to stay at their hotels. These two things can be a life saver, so you just jump on a bus when you need to leave and don’t have to worry about parking, and you can jump the queues at the busiest rides at the park.

 

Download their App

If you don’t want to waste time waiting in line for queues and make the most of your visit to the parks. Then it is highly recommended that you download the park app. You can find waiting times before you even get into the park. So you can plan your day perfectly and do other things instead of waiting in line for lots of rides. Since the park is huge and easy to loose your bearings, use the map navigation system to direct you to the ride you want to visit. You can also book tickets straight from the app as well, so saves you lots of time overall.

 

Unlimited Refills

Some of you might travel to Universal Studios Orlando with a group of friends and have children with you. Something you won’t want to do is keep paying a lot for their drinks. So it is recommended by many that you get the Unlimited Refill Cups which let you fill up all day for free. Plus it’s ideal as the more cups you buy the cheaper it actually gets so this is perfect for big family trips.

 

Lockers

We found out about this a while ago and have always mentioned it, since it is a god send when you need to get on a ride with water and don’t want your electronics destroyed or damaged. We recommend you put your belongings in even if you aren’t going on a ride with water, or just don’t want to carry heavy items all day. You can use it for a free period but check at the stands for what the rules are.

Well we know there are a lot more tips out there but these are some of our favourite tips and some we haven’t come across before. If you do countdown to Universal Studios Orlando then don’t forget to use #countdownplus and #countdown.

New Rides for Disneyland Parks

Disney 23 Expo was on this past weekend and we found out a lot of exciting news about upcoming movies and upcoming rides for this parks. So as you may know we are big fans of Disneyland here on our blog and thought it only felt appropriate to share our favourite new rides coming to Disneyland.

If you don’t have any clue what Disney 23 Expo is well it’s a massive fan based event in the Anaheim Convention Centre. They have huge announcements for rides and future films and this event runs every other year. So, this year was no exception it had some amazing news about improvements and new additions to the parks.

As you may already know Disneyland has been making way for more Star Wars attractions for some time now. Disneyland is going all out on future lands and rides, such as the Star Wars: The Galaxy’s Edge which will be a land full of immersive experiences. If you are die hard Star Wars fan then you might be familiar with the cantina scene and you can get yourself a glass of blue milk and a perfect music tone to set the mood, it will be like you are in the movie. As of right now, there are a lot Disneyland resorts which are based on classic Disney characters, but a first time for the Disneyland parks will be a Star Wars themed resort. The stay will be like no other resort stay at the park, you will be a citizen of the galaxy as soon as you check in. You will get the right costume and many other exciting opportunities as a new citizen of the galaxy. All the stay will be filled with immersive experiences that you will cherish forever. No real news on what to offer but it makes it all that more exciting if you don’t know really what to expect.

So as you might already be aware of is that the Hollywood Tower of Terror was closed down for a Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout ride. We had a funny feeling we might be seeing more of the Marvel universe come to the parks in the future. They have plans for new rides which will be situated at Epcot, so it is said that the reason why a Guardians of the Galaxy ride will come to Epcot instead of the parks is that when Peter Quill (Star-Lord) was a big fan of the place when he was younger. So, it seems like a fitting place to place the new ride. 2021 is the big 50th anniversary for Walt Disney World Resort, to coincide they wanted to add an attraction such as a new Guardians of the Galaxy ride and a new Ratatouille inspired ride which will link to the France pavilion.

In other Disneyland news, transportation has been on the parks minds for some time since the Walt Disney World Resort is roughly the size of the city of San Francisco. Which is a lot of space to cover and well can be tricky to get to all parks? So, they want to introduce Minnie Mouse themed vehicles which will help take them from place to place at the parks. They will also include some air travel in the form of a new Disney Skyliner, it will help to get to all locations in the resort. All locations will be linked up to the Skyliner, so you can travel and see the parks from a whole new angle.

We hope you are as excited about all the new rides at the parks as we are, in the comments let us know what you are most looking forward to. Don’t forget to tag your Disneyland countdowns with #countdownplus or #countdown.

User Inspired Music Posts from Instagram

If you read last week’s blog post then you will know we are carrying on with your countdowns from Instagram. Last week is was about holidays, this week it is about music since recently a lot of bands have announced new tours. As always if you want to be featured on any of our User Inspired posts just use the #countdownplus or #countdown on all social media channels.

Right so first up is, @rachelpotts_ who is off to see Ed Sheeran next year, in Newcastle. So if you aren’t aware just last weekend he released brand new tickets for his 2018 tour. Ever since his year-long hiatus, he has been releasing new music and been busy touring for most of 2017 and doing the rounds of the festival circuit too. As of the past couple of years, his tours tend to sell out fast. We did some digging ourselves and when tickets were announced you could still get seats but obviously very high up in the arena and for a reasonable price of around £55. If you didn’t see it on Twitter, you may have seen the backlash of the price of tickets for a good view of him was going for £80 which to some was rather unreasonable. Apart from that, from what we have heard in the past he is someone who is amazing to see live, so if you were one of the lucky ones who got themselves tickets then you should be in for a real treat. He has announced new dates for his tour so make sure you follow him on Instagram for more updates on his tour.

Next up is @laurajaynedarling who is off to see Harry Styles in November in Glasgow. If you weren’t aware Harry Styles along with a lot of old One Direction boys has released new music. Shortly after he released new music he decided to go on tour. This is his first ever solo tour so will be interesting to see how he performs alone on stage without the One Direction boys. Sign of the Times was his first solo track and managed to rack up 88 Million views on the music video on YouTube. It managed to get to No.1 here in the UK. His album Harry Styles managed to reach No.1 in the UK and the US which is amazing. We can’t wait to see what everyone thinks of him on tour and for new music in the future from him as well. Unfortunately, he has sold out for most of his tour, we did some digging around ourselves and you can get tickets but it’s very rare and the seats won’t be as good so maybe expect to travel further for tickets.

Got the countdown going! @harrystyles #harrystyles #music #love #countdown

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