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Archive for May, 2007


New Kiddie Rides at SeaWorld

According to the Sentinel, SeaWorld GM Jim Atchison is claiming that SeaWorld now has the “best children’s-themed area in town.” Well, that’s debatable. And when asked for comment, Disney and Universal didn’t rise to the bait. Still, the new additions to Shamu’s Happy Harbor sound like fun. With the openings Thursday of the Sea Carousel, [...]

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Nostalgic Coaster Comes To Cypress Gardens

Cypress Garden is breathing new life into a beloved Panama City roller coaster. The 45-year-old Starliner, which closed in 2005 along with its home, Miracle Strip in Panama City Beach, is getting a new $5-million lease on life as part of Cypress Gardens’ coaster collection. The all wooden coaster won’t win any prizes from the [...]

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Fringe Festivals Opens

The Orlando Fringe Festival runs from May 17 through May 28 in nine venues revolving around Loch Haven Park. Seth Kubersky has a nice “survival guide” to all the avant garde nuttiness.

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New Stores for Prime Outlets

Prime Outlets is set to get some new stores, along with a slightly different name. Prime Outlets, located on the north end of International Drive, has been redubbed Prime Outlets International and has two phases of store openings scheduled. The first phase, set to open Aug. 1, includes White House Black Market, Clarks Bostonian, Esprit, [...]

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Sheikra Goes Floorless

The already pretty terrifying SheiKra vertical drop coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa is set to get even scarier. The ride will shut on May 29 so the floor can be removed. The new, floorless version will debut on June 16, if all goes according to plan. Read my review of SheiKra.

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Will Smoke Get In Your Eyes?

For those who were wondering whether the wildfires plaguing much of Florida might interfere with an Orlando vacation, there’s good news. The long dry winter is hitting Central Florida hard, as the wildfires continue to crop up, grow and pour smoke, sometimes thick, across much of the community. The effects are spotty, dependent on conditions, [...]

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Pointe Orlando’s New Multiplex Opens

Planning on seeing Spiderman 3? Wait until you get to Orlando. Regal Cinema has opened a brand spanking new 21-screen multiplex at Pointe Orlando, replacing the one run by Muvico. There’s been plenty of remodeling, including a new vehicle access area. But best of all, there’s an IMAX screen showing midnite screenings of the latest [...]

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iVillage Heads to Windy City

Looks like the successful run of iVillage Live at Islands of Adventure is coming to an end, a victim of its own success. Seems the producers want to move the show to Chicago, where it will get “edgier,” which is TV-prodicer-speak for “more sex.” Seems the show felt reluctant to talk about naughty topics in [...]

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Dubai! Oh My!

Here’s a new Island of Adventure for you. Universal is going to develop a new theme park in Dubai, part of the United Arab Emirates in the Persian Gulf! The Sentinel reports: The park, to be called Universal Studios Dubailand, will be comparable in size to Universal Studios Orlando, should open by 2010 and is [...]

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