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Archive for August, 2007


Holy Land CEO Resigns

Well, I guess it wouldn’t really be the Holy Land without a little upheaval now and again. Just two months after acquiring the religious theme park, The Holy Land Experience, new owner Trinity Broadcasting announced that CEO Thomas Powell, who had nursed the attractions through troubled financial times and was instrumental in negotiating the sale [...]

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Coming Attractions…

I’m hearing some buzz about “Orlando Attractions Magazine”, a new venture that Matt Roseboom and Ricky Brigante are trying to get off the ground. I’m not familiar with Matt, but Ricky is a great guy who runs the always-interesting “Inside the Magic” WDW-centric podcast. (I may be biased, since Ricky once aided me in getting [...]

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Fins to the left, fins to the right . . .

Another reason to stay in Orlando.

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Some notes from the rat…

I know this is the “Other” Orlando blog, but I spent some time at Disney this weekend: * Spaceship Earth sans wand is so beautiful, it brought a tear to my eye. God’s golf ball is back in its former glory! * The Muppet Mobile Labs seems to be running demonstrations every day for the [...]

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Disney Wins One For U.S. Tourism

Disney Co. lobbyists have been instrumental in wresting new legislation out of Washington that will (of course) benefit Disney but that will also prove a boon to other Orlando attractions and a shot in the arm for U.S. tourism in general. Under the new law, more countries could qualify to send tourists to the United [...]

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"A Game For People Who Hate Disney"

The year is 2015. Steeped in national debt, the United States reluctantly allows the Walt Disney Company to purchase the entire peninsula of Florida in the largest geographic acquisition since the Louisiana Purchase. Under its new president, formerly-ousted CEO Michael Eisner, the newly-sovereign state is renamed Los Disneys. Your job is to infiltrate the Magic [...]

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Audioanimatronics It Ain’t

I’ve been to Disney,” people will tell you, “But y’know what I think is the best thing they’ve got down there in Orlando? SeaWorld!” I heard it over and over again. In a way this reaction was somewhat surprising. After all, compared to the Magic Kingdom or Universal, SeaWorld is downright modest, with only a [...]

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Holy Land Video

As a follow up to the earlier post on Orlando’s Holy Land Experience . . .

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Attendance Up at Holy Land

Attendance at the Holy Land Experience is up 25%. And no wonder! Jesus Christ is crucified and resurrected here six days a week. Snarling Roman soldiers whip and drag him, and somber audience members watch. Some quietly weep at a pageant both bloody and cruel. Top that, Mickey! Questions of good taste aside, when it [...]

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Disney Patents a Mickey Mouse

Disney Enterprises has submitted a patent application for a Mickey mouse. Not the Main Mouse himself, but a computer mouse emblazoned with the familiar tri-circle “Classic Mickey” symbol. For this you can get a patent? You can see other recent Disney patent applications here.

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