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Archive for January, 2007


A New Island for IOA?

My friend Arthur Levine, the Theme Park Guide at About.com, has an exclusive on a hot, new rumor that Universal is planning a major — and I do mean major — revamp for Islands of Adventure. Word is (and it’s from the usual “highly credible source”) that Universal will . . . substantially change one [...]

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And the winner is . . .

The Fouch family of Michigan are the the first people to stay in Cinderella’s Suite. Lisa and Jim Fouch and their children Brad, 16, and Hannah, 8, were picked to be the first family to spend the night in the castle. They won because the Disney computer that randomly picks winners awarded the debut castle [...]

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Cinderella’s Suite Is Open For Business

Starting today and for every day this year, the “Year of a Million Dreams,” some lucky devil is going to get tapped to spend the night in Cinderella’s Castle Suite. That’s right, a luxury hotel suite right inside Cinderella’s Castle at Magic Kingdom! Starting today, visitors will arrive by slipping through a door in the [...]

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Another Orlando Blog

Hey, whaddya know? My colleague and fellow author Kevin Yee has his own blog! Go on over and give him some love.

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Airboat Rides Back At Midway

New management has taken over the closed Midway Airboat Rides and rechristened it Airboat Rides At Midway. The new venture is still remodeling, but they are up and running offering 30 minute airboat rides for $23 per adult and $16 per child 4 to 11, with a three person minimum. One-hour rides are $35 for [...]

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The 40th Anniversary Apollo I

On Saturday, January 27, at 10:00 a.m., The Astronauts Memorial Foundation (AMF) will conduct a ceremony at Kennedy Space Center to honor the crew of Apollo 1 on the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 1 accident. The Astronauts Memorial Foundation honors and memorializes all astronauts who have sacrificed their lives for the nation and the [...]

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Harbor Nights At Portofino Bay

My favorite Orlando hotel, Portofino Bay, is putting on an evening filled with wine, chocolate, love songs and jazz on February 9th. Called “Harbor Nights Romantico,” the event features llve jazz by The Buzzcatz and a special performance by Italian popera recording sensation Vittorio, dubbed “Little Pavarotti!” More than a dozen wines and sparkling wines, [...]

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Orlando Weekly Reviews My Books

Orlando Weekly run some great reviews by Seth Kubersky of Universal Orlando and The Other Orlando. Here’s a sample: Lack of voice is not a problem in the vastly superior Universal Orlando 2007. Author Kelly Monaghan reviews the Mouse’s biggest rival with far more readable and useful results. The coverage is up-to-date, with detailed ride [...]

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Lear ‘Hits Home’

Looks like the Orlando Shakespeare Festival has a hit on its hands with their new production of “King Lear”. It’s [Jonathon] Epstein, though, who holds this production in the palm of his hand: From the moment his body begins to fail him, his eyes blaze with light. Epstein’s Lear is an old man afraid of [...]

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Changes At Arabian Nights

My favorite Orlando dinner attraction, Arabian Nights, is spiffing up for 2007. “We are particularly proud of our ‘07 product,” explained owner Mark Miller. “We believe that every division has contributed to making Orlando’s Number One dinner experience better than ever.” The show features 15 new horses trained and ridden by the finest equestrians in [...]

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