Milestones & Extensions: Orlando Theme Parks Doing Well

Hogwarts Express at Universal Studios

Hogwarts Express Milestone

One day short of a full month, Universal Orlando reached a milestone of transporting 1 million passengers on the Hogwarts Express! The train that connects the Harry Potter attractions within Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure theme parks has been so efficient, the million passenger mark has come quicker than many expected.

When the new theme park attraction opened on July 8th, Universal was hoping to send out one set (2 trains) every 10 minutes. However, they have stepped it up a notch and are now launching trains about every 8 minutes. No small feat when you are talking about roughly 185 guests each trip. Hopefully, Diagon Alley will begin to see improvements in the Gringotts ride which remains less efficient than hoped. Surely all of those magic wands can cast a spell to make a million milestone there soon.

Disney Extends Frozen Event

"Frozen Summer Fun Live!" at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Another somewhat surprising announcement made this week came from Walt Disney World. They have extended the “Frozen” summer special event for an additional four weeks. This has been extremely popular for park guests, and Disney is not in a hurry to see the crowds go. Instead of ending September 1, 2014, the special event will continue through the 28th. However, after September 1, the “Frozen Fireworks” will only be featured on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

If you’ve not experienced the Frozen fun yet this summer, you now you have a few more weeks to join Anna, Elsa, Olaf and friends. Go ice skating (additional fee), play in the snow, sing along, or see them in the parade. It is sure to bring a few chills!

Congratulations to both of these Orlando theme parks! It is great to see such milestones being reached, and extensions being made when something is working so well. Like these larger attractions, Capone’s Dinner & Show continues its success with a hilarious show that is suitable for all ages. If it has been awhile since you’ve visited our theatre, you need to return! If you’ve never experienced our speakeasy, you owe it to yourself to give it a try. The gang will treat you like “family.”

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