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Archive for April, 2007


DOH! It’s the Simpsons

Well, the mystery, such, as it was, about what was going to replace the now shuttered Back To The Future ride at Universal Studios Florida is over. Various fan web sites have been predicting “The Simpsons” as the heirs apparent for many months. Still, it’s nice to get official confirmation. Here’s the “official” announcement: “Woo [...]

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SeaWorld’s Penguins Weigh In

It’s not quite Shamu leaping out of the water, but it’s a pretty nifty trick nonetheless. The intrepid aviculturists (bird geeks) at SeaWorld have snagged the “Husbandry Behavior of the Year Award” from the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators. Here, from SeaWorld’s press release, is how they did it. In February 2006, the [...]

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More Scenic Air Tours

I just heard of another outfit offering scenic flights over the Orlando area. Preston Aviation’s Scenic Flights is located in Leesburg, in Lake County, about 45 minutes or an hour north of Orlando. They offer flights in a Piper Cub or (more exciting to my way of thinking) in an open cockpit PT-17 Stearman Biplane. [...]

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New Mouse Notes

Two debuts of note at Walt Disney World. As is so often the case, Orlando Weekly Arts & Culture critic Seth Kubersky has the final word. At the Magic Kingdom, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor has been “previewing” for test audiences since last December but only recently had its official opening. The new show is the [...]

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Gatorland Splash Zone Delayed

Gatorland has delayed the opening of its new water play area. The Sentinel has the skinny: The small attraction on South Orange Blossom Trail had planned to open the area, called Gator Gully Splash Park, on Saturday, but spokeswoman Michelle Harris said last-minute modifications to the water-flow system forced a postponement. “They want to make [...]

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Get Launched into Space at KSC

Well, okay, not quite. But the new ride scheduled to open at Kennedy Space Center Visitors Center on Memorial Day sounds pretty nifty nonetheless. The Space Shuttle Experience cost $65 million and is being billed as a major departure for the attraction. “We have a lot of artifacts and history here, but the modern visitor [...]

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Universal Conjures Harry Potter Deal

In an epic battle between Disney and Universal, the smart money would be on Disney. But lo and behold, Universal seems to have come out on top in the struggle to land the rights to turn the boy wizard’s fantastical world ionto a theme park attraction. Or should that be attractions? According to reports surfacing [...]

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Hidden River Canoe Price Update

The rates for canoe “trips” at Hidden River RV Park & Canoe Rentals is now $50 per canoe with a two canoe minimum. The benefit of booking a trip is that they’ll come and pick you up. Otherwise you have to paddle back. More information here.

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PR Pirates Are Looting Disney’s Treasure Ship

Can there be anyone who doesn’t yet know that the third Pirates of the Caribbean movie is coming out soon? It should be a lot of fun. But almost as much fun is watching the ways in which clever marketers are piggybacking on the Disney PR juggernaut. You see, while Disney can copyright Mickey and [...]

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Gay Weddings Come To WDW

Here’s an announcement that’s going to raise more than a few eyebrows. Walt Disney Parks & Resorts said Friday that it has “updated” its policies to allow gay and lesbian couples to buy wedding packages at Walt Disney World or Disneyland, and use all the same wedding spots previously reserved for heterosexual couples. Wow! If [...]

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