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Archive for January, 2007


CVB Makes A Great Choice


The Orlando CVB, which recently lost long time president Bill Peeper to retirement, has announced that Gary Sain of Yesawich, Pepperdine, Brown & Russell, an Orlando marketing and PR firm with a tourism specialty, will become their new president. CVB Vice President of Marketing Jose Estorino, who has been acting as interim president, was widely [...]

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CityWalk Stuff

The new NASCAR Sports Grille is still under construction, but progress is being made. Looks like there’ll be a spiffy new entrance on the side facade in addition to the original — at least it looks that way from what I could tell. I also noticed that the St. Augustine Sausage on the Promenade is [...]

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"Aquatica" Will Be New SeaWorld Water Park

The much anticipated water park that SeaWorld is building along International Drive will be called “Aquatica.” Screamsacpe has some great pics of a model of the park. Projected opening date is some time in 2008. More info here.

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The British Are Coming!

No big news there. Orlando has always been popular with Brit vacationers… excuse me, holidaygoers. But soon it might be easier for Brits to get here. Virgin Atlantic, the only airline to offer nonstop flights between Orlando and London, is seeking to increase its flights at Orlando International Airport this summer by 24 percent. The [...]

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Skull Kingdom Closes

Skull Kingdom has closed, leaving Orlando without a major “haunted house” style attraction. Aficionados of this type of entertainment will have to make do with the smallish Haunted Grimm House at Old Town in Kissimmee. The closing of Skull Kingdom also doomed the Chamber of Magic show that was presented in the attraction’s back room. [...]

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Back To The Past Of Back To The Future

Serves me right for trying to get clever. When I was preparing the latest edition of ‘Universal Orlando: The Ultimate Guide,’ the inside word was that Back to the Future: The Ride was closing, to be replaced by a ride based on the Simpsons. So I left it out of the current edition. Then fate [...]

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Tragedy At Bubba Gump in CityWalk

So I stroll into Bubba Gump, hungry as a bear and looking forward to a good meal. “I don’t even need to look at the menu,” I told my smiling waitress, “I know exactly what I want: the shrimp over linguine.” “Oh, we took that off the menu,” she replied. What!? What is it about [...]

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