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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We hope you enjoyed both of our users inspired posts this week. If you want to be featured on our Instagram Stories then simply use the #countdown and #countdownplus on your posts and don’t forget to tag us in all your countdown photos on Instagram. Follow us on Instagram here.
We are midway through the summer months and we have been seeing a huge amount of holiday countdowns on Instagram. You share so many countdowns on Instagram and it is our favourite platform. We have selected some of the favourite countdowns from Instagram to give you some holiday inspiration. Over the month of July we will be posting a lot more User Inspired content to our blog so follow along to see more posts.
Right let’s get into this post with a post from @0ojones who is off to San Francisco in October this year and she is off too many more locations but we loved the sound of San Francisco. San Francisco is famous for many things such as Lombard Street the winding road, Golden Gate Bridge which you can see in many stunning photos online and The Castro. First few tips to get you started that we found online is that you should bring a jacket and expect it to be rather breezy. When you go expect to walk a lot or rely on Uber for longer travel journeys. If you love seeing breathtaking art and getting some much-needed exercise then head to the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps, it will make for the perfect Instagram photo. Now if you are a lot older and watched Full House or the remake on Netflix you might be aware of the famous houses in San Francisco. They are called The Pink Ladies, which are 7 iconic houses which you can find in San Francisco either on foot or by the bus tour. We mentioned Lombard Street which is a famous long winding road in San Francisco. It has 8 hairpin turns, you can drive down it if you feel brave enough. Not only is grabbing a taxi a great way around town but trying out the cable cars are a must do if you feel like being a true tourist. So we hope that gives you enough inspiration on what to do in San Francisco.
Next up is @meow_meow_smith who is off to Florence, Italy soon. We have been following her countdown for some time now and been sharing her countdowns on our Instagram Stories as well. So we only felt it was right to feature her countdown on our blog. So Florence is a stunning place to visit in Italy, as soon as you type Florence into Pinterest you get the most stunning photos and great ideas for things to do. So featured in her photo is the Duomo, which is a stunning cathedral which can be viewed from many locations. The Cathedral is breathtaking inside and outside a must do when visiting Florence. If you are looking for the even more interesting place to visit then head to the Ponte Vecchio which is said to be Florence’s oldest and most picturesque bridge which holds many buildings. The buildings on the bridge are actually shops which range from jewellers to silversmiths. The city is best visited from above so head to either Duomo or Palazzo Vecchio for that stunning Instagram photo of the city. You can actually climb the bell tower or dome at the Duomo. If you don’t want to queue up for the views then head to the Palazzo Vecchio as apparently, you don’t have to queue as long since the Duomo is a touristy spot. Well, Italy is famous for pasta and pizza so why not indulge in some amazing at the Osteria Santo Spirito Restaurant on the south side of Arno. If you don’t want pasta then head to Gusta Pizza for apparently the best pizza in Florence.
We hope you enjoyed both of our users inspired posts this week. Check back in next week for more user inspired posts. If you want to be featured on our Instagram Stories then simply use the #countdown and #countdownplus on your posts and don’t forget to tag us in all your countdown photos on Instagram. Follow us on Instagram here.
So the last few posts have been about work and school so we wanted to share some tips on vacations. We love seeing all of your vacation countdowns on social media. So we wanted to share with you how you can have a fabulous vacation trip via the app.
Once you get your friends together and find out a date you all agree on then, you can add those all important dates to the app. Share the event code and don’t forget to make the event public so everyone can countdown with you.
If you are going on several vacations then don’t forget to personalise the countdown with the selection of great images from our image packs. We have a few vacation inspired images to choose from. You could also add your own images or images from Facebook.
Once you have all the dates sorted and you finish personalising the event then you should start to share the event on social media which as mentioned a lot of our users do. Twitter we don’t see enough holiday countdowns so do get Sharing via the share buttons on the app.
Then a sad feeling of knowing the event is over is not a nice feeling, but you can keep the old events to see how long since an event. This should then spur you on to actually add some new holiday events to the app. The repeat from the top.
We hope this gave you some more ideas on what to do with your vacation countdowns. So get sharing on social as we love seeing your countdowns use #countdown and #countdownplus
We love writing about Universal Studios Orlando as much as we like talking about Disneyland. So we wanted to do a similar post to our Disneyland blog post and share with you a beginner’s guide to Universal Studios Orlando. We sourced some of the best info we could find on Pinterest and blog sites.
When to attend
Much like Disneyland, it is best to attend during term time and avoid the national holidays when you can. Of course, if you like going around seasonal time then you may expect to see a few seasonal treats like rides, shows and food.
So if some of you aren’t aware you can use your magic wand that you get from Harry Potter world to do a whole host of fun things. You can unlock some magical features on some parts of the Harry Potter area of the park. Look out for the spots on the floor telling you where to go.
Much like with Disneyland you can find some delightful treats to enjoy at the park. Following on from Harry Potter, you can get a butter beer and why not choose a Frozen Butter Beer for those hot days at the park. The giant Big Pink doughnut from Lard Lad Donuts is a must, best when shared amongst friends. If you are looking for a hearty meal then head to The Leaky Cauldron, which offers a variety of British foods like Bangers and Mash and Cottage Pie. If you want something cold for dessert then head to Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour, which has some tasty flavours to indulge in.
So much like Disneyland’s Fast Pass Universal Studios has its own system of jumping the queues. You can get The Express Pass which is given to you if you stay in one of the five hotels. Since Universal Studios has a lot more to offer, a lot of people recommend to get a park to park ticket, it means you can get out a lot more rides and attractions.
Let us know if you are off to Universal Studios in the comments and don’t forget to tag your countdowns or Universal Studio countdowns with #countdownplus and #countdown.
We write a lot of Disneyland based blog posts and wanted to share with you a beginner’s guide to Disneyland. We sourced some of the best info we could find on Pinterest and blog sites.
When to attend
So as shared before it’s best to go during term time at school and avoid all national holidays if you can. Bare in mind it is totally down to when is best for you and sometimes visiting during national holidays can be a great time to see special shows and eat some seasonal foods.
If you are going to the park with family or friends, please remember not to bring your selfie sticks as these are frowned upon at the park. If whilst at the park for the first time you want to see your favourite Disney characters then, the meet and greet with characters might suit you. You can meet several of your favourite characters.
If you want to fast track a lot of rides then we recommend getting yourself a fast pass. For a limited time on rides, you can queue jump and not have to wait hours to get on a ride. This is highly recommended if you are going to get on a ride which is very popular. You can grab tickets at the entrance of rides at the park, you just pay a little extra to queue jump.
Attending a firework show is a must when visiting Disneyland for the first time, or check out the special parades. We want to share the best places to actually view the fireworks which are, the further away you get from the castle the more obstructions will block your view. If you don’t mind setting up camp 2 hours before the show the try and find a spot to sit near the Partners Statue.
There are many food items and always new ones around the seasonal holidays. We have talked about Disneyland items before but a few fan favourites are as follows. The Mickey ears ice cream bar which is so simple but a staple at the parks. Dole whip which sounds amazing and we are yet to enjoy or try the Dole Float. The Mickey Pretzel is a firm favourite for many as a great savoury snack, you can find it at many food carts. We have seen so many gorgeous pictures of the Bacon Mac and Cheese inside from a bread cone which sounds amazing, can be found at the Cars Land. There are much more but these are great, to begin with.
Let us know if you are off to Disneyland in the comments and don’t forget to tag your countdowns or Disneyland countdowns with #countdownplus and #countdown.
Summer is approaching, and with Coachella been and gone, the summer of music festivals is about to start. With so many and so many booked out already, we wanted to countdown to some of our favourite music festivals. Read on to find out our Top 3 music festivals for 2017.
It is back for another year in August at Hylands Park and Weston Park for two days. This year is set to be amazing with some amazing headliners such as Pink and JAY Z. With it being a smaller festival, there are plenty of chances to discover brand new music. Not only can you see live music but there will be a comedy tent. The Glee Comedy Tent to be exact, which is great if you want a break from all the non-stop dancing. Tickets have not sold out yet so you still have a chance to attend the festival.
Parklife is in Heaton Park in Manchester on the 10-11th June. They have a huge lineup this year. Some familiar faces and some new faces. Headliners include The 1975 and Frank Ocean. So this is on the festivals in our line up which has unfortunately begun to sell out. Weekend General Admission and Payment Plans have all sold out, but you get your hands on Saturday and Sunday tickets. They are so many stages to choose from and some great artists it is sure to be a great festival.
1.Reading and Leeds
This is on of the UK’s biggest summer festivals with a new record of the capacity of 90,000 in 2016. Reading and Leeds this year has some brand new headliners and one which caught a lot of attention from the press was Eminem. Kasabian is back as headliners which headlined the festival back in 2012. Muse is headlining as well and headlined twice in the past. With Eminem headlining on Saturday they sold out on Saturday tickets for Reading back in March. But all weekend tickets for Leeds festival have not sold out yet. Not only are there headliners but there is a huge list of artists performing across all three days.
We thought we would include some summer festivals tips we found online. A lot of the time when you attend festivals, travel to the site is always busy, so expect to stay in the car or coach for a while so bring things to keep you occupied. Don’t bring a lot of valuables to the festival keep those safe at home. Do bring a flag or something to help find your tent if you end up camping out. If you are attending any UK festivals then expect the weather to change drastically. So take an extra few items of clothing and don’t forget those wellies. If the festival you are going to has an app then it can be recommended to download it. Some will have lineups and even maps of the festival so you never get lost.
Well, we hope that helps you get a better idea of some of the festivals. Don’t forget to countdown to some of those music festivals and tag them with #countdownplus or #countdown.
Following along from our last Top 5 blog post about Disneyland we wanted to do a similar post but for Universal Studios Orlando. So here are our Top 5 things to do whilst at Universal Studios Orlando. All this info was sourced from Pinterest.
- Don’t Travel to Universal during summer holidays
One of the busiest months is during the summer holidays mid-June- late August. Those are the months to best avoid a trip there. It is also the three hottest months to visit the park as well. Aim to travel when summer holidays or the easter weekend. It will be a better experience if you don’t go at the busiest times since you won’t be queuing for hours.
- Buy a Park to Park Ticket
It highly recommends online that you get a park to park ticket since it makes it easier. You can get a train ticket to board the Hogwarts Express, which actually works as a park to park transport. You can go to the ticket booths at either station in the parks. Best thing to do is to book these tickets in advance to save on time and money.
- Stay on the On-site hotels at Universal Studios
It is a must and also a benefit if you stay at any of the on-site hotels. It’s not just a convenient place to stay but, you will get the chance to go to each park with a Universal Express Unlimited pass for both park free of charge. You can receive early admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. You can enter the parks as well one hour earlier than general admission, perfect since a lot of the attractions are very busy in the morning. Also, this free pass is for your whole stay not just a one-off pass, so it is something to take full advantage of.
- Enjoy a Butter Beer
One of the most popular drinks at Universal Studios Orlando is the butter beer at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It is a huge must drink everywhere we look online. It is said to taste a little bit like a cream soda, perfect picture opportunity as well, to share with all your friends online. There is also a frozen version of the drink.
- Eat a Pink Doughnut
We keep seeing this everywhere online but get a taste of the amazing pink doughnut which you can find at Lard Lad Donuts. It is located in the Simpsons area of the theme park. The pink doughnut is basically the size of your face and it is really fun for a picture opportunity as well. Well worth it if you want to share it too since it’s huge.
Hope you all enjoyed another Universal Studios Orlando post. Don’t forget to tag all your Disneyland countdowns with #countdownplus and #countdown.