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Archive for July, 2007


Armageddeon Comes to Kennedy Space Center

No, not the final dust-up between the forces of Good and Evil. It’s the movie starring Bruce Willis and Netflix is offering up a free screening in KSC’s Rocket Garden as part of its “On Location” PR juggernaut. The event takes place on Thursday, August 2nd and will be preceded with a 60-minute concert by [...]

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Street Breakz Is (Are?) Back

Not listed in the Universal Studios Florida Studio Guide, but Street Breakz was performing in front of the construction fence at the new Simspons ride this afternoon.

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Simpsons Opens Huge

The executive suites at Universal Orlando must be overflowing with champagne. What a shocker! I’m told 20th Century Fox’s official Friday estimate shows The Simpsons Movie made $30 million Friday — or what the studio hoped its toon would make all weekend — and could have an $80 million weekend. That’s more than Transformers made [...]

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Kissimmee Going Upscale? Maybe

When I first started covering the Orlando scene, Kissimmee, especially the US 192 strip, was a guady temple to the tacky. There were the cheapo motels that made Arthur Frommer wax rhapsodic and there were the downscale alternatives to Disney World with admission prices that the non-rich could actually afford. And cheap it certainly was. [...]

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Thanks, Tom!

The Tom I mentioned in my last post is Tom Williams, chairman and CEO of Universal Parks and Resorts. I had the good fortune to bump into him at IOA yesterday and was able to shake his hand and (not withstanding my concerns alluded to in the previous post) tell him “Thanks!” for all the [...]

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Green Eggs & Ham Update

I have noticed, with dismay, that the wonderful Green Eggs and Ham food stand in Seuss Landing at Islands of Adventure has been closed on every one of my recent visits. It turns out it has only been open extremely infrequently during the past year and now there is talk of “doing something else with [...]

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Hoofing It At Portofino Bay

One of the unavoidable consequences of the ingenious design of the Portofino Bay Hotel is the long, long corridors that lead from the lobby to the rooms. From time to time, I have heard people complain about it. But if you think the guests have to hike, spare a thought for the bellmen. I was [...]

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Simpsons Movie Premieres at Universal Orlando

It was a smashing yellow carpet premiere for “The Simpsons Movie” tonight at Universal Orlando’s Cineplex. Cartoon-colored confetti was shot into the air over the Cineplex entrance as America’s true First Family arrived by limo and strolled down the yellow carpet (get it?) past adoring fans. I was fortunate enough to join the VIP audience [...]

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Starliner Update

Seth Kubersky reviewed Cypress Garden’s new Starliner coaster for Orlando Weekly. Well, he tried to review it.. Florida’s theme parks feature roller coasters filled with zero G-force inversions, magnetic launches and flailing yetis, yet none of those steel machines can match the organic thrill of a classic wooden coaster. Many of the legendary woodies have [...]

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UPDATE: NASCAR Sports Grille

Well it now looks like NASCAR Sports Grille now has 7% of the vote in WESH TV’s “Best Sports Bar” competition, putting it squarely in last place. The really bad news is that I strongly suspect that 7% represents my single vote! Sheesh! They’re not even trying. If I’m right, they could win this thing [...]

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