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Archive for June, 2007


Gatorland To Take a Bigger Bite of Your Wallet


Gatorland will be raising its prices July 1, 2007. The new rates will be $22.95 for adults and $14.95 for kids 3 to 12. Of course, you can easily find coupons that will give you $2.50 off these prices and Florida residents can pay for one day’s admission and get in free for a year! [...]

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SeaWorld, Busch Gardens Slate Summer Fun

Those long summer nights are always a good excuse for a little extra fun. At SeaWorld: This July 4th, SeaWorld Orlando will celebrate the stars and stripes with patriotic daytime fountains shows, the impressive firework spectacular Let Freedom Ring, an array of exhilarating nighttime animal shows including the all-new Shamu Rocks. Guests will have two [...]

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Starliner? Starlater…

Just got a note from the public relations department at Cypress Gardens. The classic wooden roller-coaster “Starliner” was set to reopen on Saturday morning, but it seems delays with the ride’s new computer control system have pushed back the debut. We’ll let you know when a new opening date is announced. http://www.cypressgardens.com/whats_new/2007/04/starliner_rebuilt.php

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HHN Gets Freddy Kreuger and Friends

Universal is ratcheting up the fear factor in this year’s Halloween Horror Nights. Universal Orlando announced Wednesday that it has reached a deal with New Line Cinema to use the three iconic horror-movie characters in its annual nighttime scare-fest event, which runs weekends around Halloween. It’s the first time New Line Cinema has given any [...]

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Will Titanic Weigh Anchor?

The Sentinel is reporting that The Mercado “has a date with a wrecking ball in September,” which would suggest that Titanic – the Experience will have to find new digs. David Christensen, Titanic spokesman, issued a somewhat cryptic statement today: WLM, Inc., parent company of the Orlando based and family owned Titanic-The Experience, is finalizing [...]

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What’s in a Name? Shakespeare Gets a New Look

The Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Festival is changing its name to “The Orlando Shakespeare Theater, in partnership with UCF.” That “in partnership with” bit seems a bit of an afterthought the way it’s presented on the web site, so I suspect that it reflects some attempt to make nice with the UCF crowd and will be ignored [...]

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Tips for Universal

Wow! The Orlando Weekly’s Seth Kubersky, who blogs here, has some great suggestions about how Universal can “jump start the potential they’ve spent this decade dissipating.” Explain express Tourists grumble that Universal’s Express Plus pass costs cash, as opposed to Disney’s free Fastpass. If only they understood that Universal’s “skip the line” program is a [...]

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IOA’s Soundtrack Is History

No, I don’t mean the actual music in the park, which is still there and still magical. But the CD of the park soundtrack is no longer for sale at the gift shops. I spotted two “suits” in Islands of Adventure Trading Company during a recent visit and accosted them. (Actually, suits at Universal don’t [...]

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Poseidon’s Fury Farewell?

It had been assumed that Poseidon’s Fury and Mythos would be the only elements of IOA’s Lost Continent to survive through the upcoming Harry Potter project. But I just got word that a notice has been posted backstage for Poseidon’s cast and crew indicating that the show will be closing in January. No word yet [...]

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Midway Airboat Rides Get a New Look

Wow! The new owners of Midway Airboats have been busy. In my original review I talked about how desolate the place looked. And the “before” picture to the left will give you an idea of what I was talking about. It was really kind of cool in a Mad Max sort of way. The setting [...]

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