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Archive for June, 2007


Orange Crate Art at OCRHC


The Orange County Regional History Center (OCRHC) is mounting an exhibition of Florida Citrus Labels. You know, the pretty brand-name labels on the ends of orange crates? Before you laugh, take a look. These bits of American vernacular art have become much sought after collectors’ items and as you travel around the state, you see [...]

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Ride a Little History

The Starliner Coaster, which is being billed as “Florida’s Original Scream Machine,” opens at Cypress Gardens on June 30th and there’s a contest to see who gets to ride it first. You have to be over 48-inches tall and if you’re under 18 you need your parents’ permission.

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Shuttle Launch Experience at KSC

Kennedy Space Center’s Shuttle Launch Experience has opened. So what’s it like? Everything is synchronized to a T, with speakers blaring sound effects and Mission Control updates in time with the cabin’s rumbles. For a capsule that actually remains relatively stationary after the initial tilt, the simulator does a decent job of conveying the sensation [...]

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Fun Spot Expands in Kissimmee

Multi-story go-karting has arrived on US 192. The Vortex is part of Fun Spot USA’s expansion next door to Old Town. Read more. And check out the review of the original Fun Spot in Orlando on International Drive.

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American Adventure v2.5

Just got back from Epcot where the newly-updated American Adventure debuted this morning. Here are my impressions based on one viewing. The bulk of the show is unchanged, except for some needed maintenance to the animatronics and effects (did ya know Jefferson’s candle smokes?). The Golden Dreams segment however has been heavily revised. While the [...]

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Currency Exchange at Universal Orlando

Seems that not all foreign currency is created equal as far as Universal Orlando is concerned. Yes, you can stop by Guest Services at either park and exchange up to $500 worth of foreign currency for a flat fee of $5 IF you have the right currency. Pounds sterling, euros, and yen are okay, but [...]

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Mythos Is Still Yummy

I’m pleased to report that Mythos, at Islands of Adventure is maintaining its high standards. And its moderate price points! The stand out on several recent visits was (as is so often the case) the Risotto of the Day, this time a generous mound of grilled sea scallops over a mound of perfectly done risotto, [...]

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Holy Land Still Struggles

Despite the recently announced rescue by Trinity Broadcasting, it looks like the Holy Land Experience still faces challenges. Money has been a perennial problem for Holy Land. Although it operates as a not-for-profit business, the 6-year-old attraction has suffered declining attendance and has been unable to attract sufficient donations to cope with rising costs. Thomas [...]

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NASCAR Sports Grille

I had a chance to check out the completely renovated, under-new-management NASCAR Sports Grille last night. The news is both good and bad. The place is now more restaurant than NASCAR theme park. The arcade and gift shop are still there but they are now afterthoughts rather than main attractions. The funky bar with the [...]

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It’s a miracle!

Well, sorta. The debt-plagued Holy Land Experience has found another savior, this time an earthly one. Trinity Broadcasting Network, which recently acquired Orlando’s WGTL television franchise and which, to comply with FCC regulations, needs to start producing some local shows, has essentially “bought” the ailing theme park. Since both Holy Land and Trinity are non-profits, [...]

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