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Archive for March, 2007


Listen to a Disney Legend


Charles Ridgway’s new book, Spinning Disney’s World: Memories of a Magic Kingdom Press Agent, is winning rave reviews in cyberspace from everyone from MousePlanet to About.com to Jim Hill Media. Charlie has also been sharing his wonderful tales of life with Walt and Mickey far and wide. For one-stop shopping, check out this collection of [...]

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Skull Kingdom Gives Way To Housing

Skull Kingdom, or more accurately the land under the macabre ex-attraction at the corner of I-Drive and Universal Boulevard, will have a new life as moderately priced rental housing. The 9-year-old attraction with the walk-through cranium at the front door will be demolished soon to make way for a four-story, wood-frame apartment building, said Damien [...]

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Princess & Pirate Tips

Seth Kubersky, over at Orlando Weekly is keen on the Pirate & Princess Parties that have taken the MK by storm. He offers some tips: • If you don’t already have a season pass, it’s a cost-effective way to see the Magic Kingdom. Adult party passes are about $20 cheaper than a one-day park ticket [...]

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New "Baby Shamu" at SeaWorld

The calf doesn’t have a name yet (heck, they still don’t know its sex!) but what we do know is that the new addition to SeaWorld’s family is a cute and cuddly 350 pounds. The baby was born to Taima, whose name comes from the Icelandic word for “crash of thunder.” Seems she was born [...]

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New Ride at Wet ‘n Wild

Wet ‘n Wild has announced a new ride called Brain Wash. Wet ‘n Wild water park has started construction on a ride it says will be one of the attraction’s most thrilling yet, with a 53-foot vertical drop that sends riders toward a huge, swirling funnel of water. “Brain Wash” will feature lighting effects and [...]

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Crash at Tico Warbird Air Show

A fun time on the Space Coast turned into tragedy yesterday. A small jet performing a loop at an air show crashed Friday and burst into flames in front of horrified spectators, including the pilot’s family. Eilon Krugman-Kadi, a former Israeli fighter pilot and Gainesville lawyer, died when the plane slammed into woods just west [...]

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No Future For BTTF

Well, it’s finally happening. Back To The Future will end its long run on March 30. I had “predicted” the demise of the ride in the new edition of my book, but a snag in negotiations for a new ride based on the Simpsons prompted Universal to keep the ride open (at least half of [...]

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Meet A Disney Legend, Charles Ridgway

Attention Disney cast members, past and present, Disney fans and Disney fanatics. This is your chance to meet a bona fide Disney Legend, whose intimate knowledge of Disney parks goes back to the days before Disneyland opened, when he talked a neighbor kid into sneaking under the fence as a publicity stunt for an article [...]

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Royal Pacific Gets New GM

Welcome to David Bartek, new General Manager at Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando. He’s taking over a great property and, given his background (including 10 years at at other Orlando hotels), he should maintain RP’s high standards.

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More on Aquatica

Check out the Sentinel’s coverage of yesterday’s announcement at SeaWorld.

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