HowlOScream ’15 | Busch Gardens

It had been YEARS since I last went to Busch Gardens or any theme park for that matter. So when I got the chance to go to Busch Gardens HowlOScream 2015 I was beyond excited to go, especially with the new Unearthed house.

The house itself was very well put together and the poor people missing their eyes made appearances here and there. The only thing I think that would have made this house better was more storyline going in but even in the promo leading up to this house did not provide as much backstory as I would like to see. I know they are not making a movie, but a bit more would have made the experience going in that much more.
Unfortunately, we did not make it to all the houses but the ones we did make it to were really cool. The first and my favorite was

Zombie Containment Unit

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If you are familiar with laser tag then this will come to you with ease as you make your way gun in hand in a Walking Dead-ish atmosphere. You are quickly prepped on how to use your “gun” and take out some zombies that come at you from literally everywhere the sides, below and above.

I think this is why the line was 2 hours long…yes you saw that right 2 insanely long hours lol but I assume it is because it is a fully interactive house and a very popular one.

I was glad I brought my umbrella because well…#FloridaProblems lol.

Once you get there be sure to hit this house up super early on before the crowds start to funnel in.

The new Falcon’s Fury

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Okay so I hate to say it…actually no I don’t this ride made the entire trip to HowlOScream worth it for me and the crew we rode this like 3 times throughout the night…it was like as we made our way past and we were pulled into the line by a magnet LOL.

I was kind of hesitant because I have been on tower drops before and my back has paid the price afterwards mainly due to the jerky motion in which they stop you but not with this one it was smooth and when I say smooth it was smooth as hell!

You are on your way all 335 feet in the air with an amazing view of the park…well.. that is before they put you face down looking all the way at the ground below and they hold you and then down you go and end with nice swoop upwards at the end.

Overall, our experience at HowlOScream was really good. It was the first time we had been back to HowlOScream in quite a few years so it was a lot different from when we first went it was still not always suitable for kids but we did see a number of kids walking around and babies in strollers :/

Now for some tips:

  • Get their early
  • Buy the passes to get through the lines faster
  • Get to the houses you want to go to early
  • Keep the map handy because you will most likely get lost lol. While we were able to see a lot of where the houses were we got turned around a lot. There seemed to be a number of dead space in between the small handful of “Scare Zones”. So be sure to keep an eye on the map.

Above all else…Have fun! It is Halloween after all 😉

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For more information, and ticket info visit HowlOScream online


Fun Family Field Trip | Seaworld Empire of the Penguin and More

Seaworld has always been a fun trip for us. My daughter is a future vet, she has such a love of animals because of our trip to the zoo, Busch Garden and Seaworld. I was so excited to have the chance to take a break from life and have some fun learning new things and visiting with the penguins at the new Empire of the Penguin at Seaworld.

From the start of entering Antarctica and standing in the 90 minute line (yes! that’s right. It was at 45 minutes when we got in thankfully but as we left the line was at 90 minutes so be sure to get there early if possible). 

About Empire of The Penguin

Come explore the biggest and most expansive attraction in SeaWorld Orlando’s history, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin. This epic exploration of a mysterious world blends animal encounters with an exhilarating family ride for a one-of-a-kind experience the family will enjoy. Be transported to an icy world like you’ve never seen before. Experience the majestic grandeur of the South Pole and see it through the penguins’ eyes on an exhilarating, first-of-its-kind family ride. Then, step out and explore their colony in an expanse that envelops you in cool extremes: bringing you above and below their icy world.  Are you ready? 

 Bring Your Jackets!

Yes it is sunny Florida so a jacket may not always be needed but summer or winter a jacket should on your list of must haves for this ride, especially at the end. The start of the ride you can choose between Mild or Wild . The only difference between the two is:

As a moving ride Wild moves faster, quicker turns and spins.

The mild ride is required for passengers under 42″ tall. Riders under 48″ must be accompanied by an adult.

Thankfully my two fit the bill so Wild it was!

From start to an all too soon finish you are transported to Antarctica and taken on a magic ride with Puck through his amazing and sometimes dangerous journey to his family. 

Yes at 30 below and the kids not wanting to leave because the penguins were simply adorable Jackets are a MUST!!

Overall Empire of the Penguins is fun and very educational experience for kids of all ages. Due to some technical difficulties with the ride (what do you want its new) we got to go twice 😉 So as a good rule of thumb for visiting bring the smiles, bring snacks/drinks, get their early and be ready for a possible well worth it wait.

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A Sweet Holiday Conclusion At Sea World

Wow welcome to the New Year but what an amazing way to end out the old year with the family enjoying all of the fun festivities at Sea World Orlando! Even though there was a bit of an overcast for the entire day (thank you Florida) that did not put a damper on the holiday festivities.

Our first stop on our trip was to the one attraction that my little ones have been waiting for since we told them it was there… the Polar Express Experience. I have to admit it is one of my favorite movies during the holiday season and I was just as excited as the kids. Unfortunately my 2 yr old was too short to go on the motion portion of the ride but my son and I went and she went with my husband to the non-motion side.

When we go in all of the employees are dressed as conductors which left my son in awe. We stood and watched a few scenes from the movie before we boarded the train. I love how they designed it all looked like an actual train with curtains and all. If you have ever seen the movie we went through the scene where the little girl lost her ticket and it flew around outside, was eaten by a baby bird spat out, rolled around in a snowball and then miraculously landed back into the hands of the little boy. We were on the train as it sped away up and down the track and across the frozen lake. The last stop was Santa Clause town.

Where we got to meet the big jolly guy himself!

Next stop was to visit with Elmo and friends for holiday special A Sesame Street Christmas, where Elmo, the Count, Big Bird and friends try to explain to Abby Cadabby what Christmas meant to them. I would definitely recommend you arrive EARLY it filled up really, really fast. I had my husband cracking up because when Big Bird made his way in I almost forgot to snap a picture I have wanted to see Big Bird up close ever since I was a little girl. Granted I was not able to meet him, meet him but being able to him outside the TV was pretty cool. Love, Love, Love Big Bird.

Something else I want to mention is that the SeaWorld meal deal is worth it we were there all day from when they opened and until they closed it was so worth it.

As nighttime rolled around the snow began to fall. It was awesome to be strolling through the Christmas Market  and have snow begin to fall. The kids absolutely loved it.

We got to see Shamu at Shamu Christmas … Miracles and got soaked! The show was breathtaking from the holiday music to of course the whales it was awesome to see. My most favorite part of the evening was seeing the sea of trees. This year they included 100 trees and they all twinkle and shine to the holiday music.

Overall it was an awesome night and I was so excited to take the kids and we will be back again this Christmas. Be sure to check out my Google+ Album for more photos.

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