ICYMI: Universal gets supercharged; New Orleans 10 years later; and Virgin Cruises to make waves

You’ve had a busy week, so we complied the most interesting, funny, or downright odd travel stories (plus cruise news) from these past seven days in one post!

Look out, Harry Potter! Universal’s about to get supercharged!

After opening “Fast & Furious – Supercharged” at Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Studios Orlando will be getting the attraction, though instead of being the finale of a Studio Tour (which has long been defunct in Orlando), the attraction will be getting its own version of high-octane ride as a stand-alone attraction. The new experience will feature stars of Fast & Furious franchise Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, and Tyrese Gibson, plus feature cars from the films and a 3-D underground street racing adventure.

One of the most successful film franchises of all time will soon become one of Universal Studios Florida?s most action-packed ride experiences.  Universal Orlando Resort announced today that Fast & Furious: Supercharged will join its incredible lineup of attractions in 2017 ? continuing the unprecedented growth of the destination. Guests will experience a high-octane journey that fuses an original storyline and incredible ride technology with everything that fans love about the films?popular characters, exhilarating environments, nonstop action and, of course, high-speed cars.You’ve had a busy week, so we complied the most interesting, funny, or downright odd travel stories (plus cruise news) from these past seven days in one post!

Universal explains, “Guests will experience a high-octane journey that fuses an original storyline and incredible ride technology with everything that fans love about the films — popular characters, exhilarating environments, nonstop action and, of course, high-speed cars.”

What attractions will close to make way for Fast & Furious: Supercharged? Find out in ‘Fast & Furious’ to ride into Universal Studios Florida.

 

Top Places to Stay, Eat, and Play in New Orleans

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has made a spectacular recovery and is once again one of America’s premier vacation destinations. In the last year alone, more than 2,400 guestrooms opened, including new (and historic) hotels – the Aloft New Orleans Downtown, AC Hotel, and the Le Meridien New Orleans. The city also boasts its unique mix of French and Cajun cuisine, plus new offerings like Nina Compton’s first ever restaurant, celebrity chefs John Besh and Aaron Sanchez’s Jonny Sanchez, and even a food and beverage museum. Speaking of things to do, there are shows, jazz markets, and a National World War II Museum in town.

New Orleans

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Explore what there is to see and do in the resurrected New Orleans in Storming back: Why renewed New Orleans is better than ever, and if you’re curious to see what the old Six Flags park looks after 10 years, check out See the Abandoned Six Flags New Orleans, 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina.

 

Top thing to do in Disneyland: Celebrity Watch

When I (Copywriter Susie) was in Disneyland earlier this summer to see the Diamond Celebration, I saw Adam Sandler being carded around by the green-and-blue-plaid vested official Disneyland guide. (We saw in once in California Adventure before he showed up at Big Thunder Ranch—he was stalking me!) While some celebrities show up at Orlando’s complex, A-listers generally show up more frequently at Disneyland, like Matt Damon did this week!

 

Do Disneyland like Matt Damon. Follow his itinerary in Matt Damon Rode Disneyland’s Matterhorn And Now We Can’t Stop Smiling.

 

By air, land, and now sea with Virgin Cruises!

Virgin Cruises

Virgin Cruises first voyage is still more than three years away, but already, the company is planning its infiltration of the industry. In an interview with Tom McAlpin, CEO of Virgin Cruises, Yahoo! Travel explores Virgin’s edgy approach to the cruising and how they hope to snag a much-needed demographic—the under 40 vacation.

Says Tom McAlpin, “The Virgin brand will allow us to get those people who haven’t cruised before — that have thought about it but have said, ‘Maybe it wasn’t for me because when I think of cruising I think of Grandma.’ [Virgin] gives credibility to people who may not have cruised before to say, ‘Oh, I trust the brand. This is going to be cool.’”

Virgin is looking to do “something different, a bit edgier, cool, and hip,” and are not necessary out for millennials but are looking to grab a market share of them. Virgin looks to focus on filling their three ships before branching out, and since they have ordered mid-size ships, they are also looking to create more intimate experiences with their fans.

Read the complete interview with McAlpine plus other cruise facts (like the average cruise passenger is 49 years old) in Sexy Hits the High Seas: Virgin Starts Cruising.