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Archive for February, 2006


Universal Express a Thing of the Pass

Universal Express, Universal Orlando’s answer to Disney’s FASTPASS, is a thing of the pass…I mean, past. In a move that is sure to be branded as unalloyed corporate greed, Universal is dumping the free pass machines but keeping the paid Universal Express Plus program, which allows visitors to pay for the privilege of getting front [...]

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Jaws Bites…Again!

Hooray, Jaws is back and better than ever at Universal Orlando. One of my favorite rides, Jaws has been closed more than open the last year. At least, they took the down time to do a complete refurbishment. Then, bowing to vociferous fan pressure, Universal brought the ride back full time. There have been rumors [...]

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Here We Go Again

The Orlando Sentinel is all in a tizzy over another accident at Disney World, this time involving a 70-year-old man in the Peter Pan ride boarding area. It was no big deal. The Sheriff’s Office began investigating the incident but backed off when it was determined the man’s injuries were not life-threatening. Which obviously upset [...]

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‘Blue Horizons’ Gets Lit at SeaWorld Orlando

Blue Horizons, the popular new SeaWorld show is about to get a technological upgrade. The show, which mixes performances by dolphins, macaws and an assortment of other animals, has been a popular draw since its debut last Memorial Day. But it has been limited by the lack of a lighting system at the Whale and [...]

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Orlando is Bass Fishing’s Magic Kingdom

If you missed the fact that Orlando has great fishing, not to mention a small army of bass guides, Bassmaster magazine, via ESPN, has now made it official: As if Walt Disney hadn’t already brought fantasyland to Orlando, Dean Rojas weighed in five bass that averaged more than 9 pounds each at the BASS Florida [...]

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Pirates Gets A Makeover

Johnny Depp, or at least Jack Sparrow, is coming to Pirates of the Caribbean, when Walt Disney World shuts the ride down for a complete makeover. Time to start saving up for your next visit!

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Popeye Walks The Plank

Some famous characters at Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios are getting pink slips, but others are being brought on board, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Betty Boop is being booted. Fred Flintstone is getting fired. Popeye is being popped. Hard times are coming for a handful of Universal Orlando characters and some of the [...]

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World Fair For Kids, April 15 – 23

If you thought marketing to kids was getting a little over the top, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. here are some excerpts from a press release announcing the “Orlando World’s Fair For Kids 2006″: To be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida from April 15-23, this historic event marks the first [...]

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"Are Your Kids Trying To tell You Something?"

Universal orlando, which already has pretty solid reputation as the “adult” theme park complex in Orlando is trying to broaden its appeal by bringing in younger visitors. Actually, anyone who has visited the parks knows that both Universal Studios and, especially, Islands of Adventure already have a large teenage following. But the Orlando Sentinel is [...]

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Entertainment Card Changes at Resort Hotels

Seem like getting a good deal at the resort hotels using the Entertainment Card is not a slam dunk. An alert reader reported the following: We called the Royal Pacific Resort (407-503-3000) hotel and they said they have no arrangement with theEntertainment Card. We then called the Entertainment Card organization (888-231-7283) and they said their [...]

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