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Archive for September, 2007


Cypress Gardens Goes for $16.8 Mil

You could’ve picked up a bargain. For the third time in a dozen years, Cypress Gardens has a new owner. Mulberry-based Land South Holdings bought the oldest theme park in the state Tuesday for $16.8 million at a bankruptcy auction in Georgia. Former owner Kent Buescher plans to stay on as CEO of the Gardens.

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Living Orlando

I just discovered a new site (new to me at least) that covers much of the same ground as this blog and The Other Orlando site as a while. It’s called Living Orlando and I think you’ll agree with me that it’s pretty nifty. Always ready to welcome a fellow laborer in the vineyard!

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Tight Squeeze at Dudley Do-Right

(Photo CoasterDimension.com> Universal has installed lapbars on the Dudley Do-Right ride in Toon Lagoon, and not everyone likes it.

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World Space Expo Celebrates 50 Years in Space at Kennedy Space Center

Fifty years? Where does the time go? To mark the event, World Space Expo will set up shop at Kennedy Space Center from November 1, 2007 through November 4. The biggest draw will probably be the “Aerial Salute.” From the press release: Space flight and flight training have deep roots that originate with military aviators. [...]

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Fire at Islands of Adventure

The initial reports are a little fuzzy, but it appears that at about 5 a.m. today a fire in IOA ignited a diesel truck and damaged a building “near” Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge Rat Barges. Universal said the fire would not affect the regular opening time. WESH TV’s report.

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Oy Canada

The Circlevision 360 film in Epcot’s Canada pavilion was finally replaced with an updated edition last week, leaving “Impressions de France” as the last opening-day film still running in the park. The old “O Canada” was derided by Canadian visitors for offering a very dated view of life in their country, but I’m not sure [...]

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Cypress Gardens Up For Grabs

I was never a huge fan of the “new” Cypress Gardens, but this is sad. When Kent Buescher swooped into Winter Haven in 2004 with $7 million in his pocket and a complex financial deal involving state, local and non-profit money to reopen Cypress Gardens, he was hailed a genius by local business leaders. His [...]

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Jungala is growing in Tampa

Busch Gardens Africa officially announced their Jungala project this morning. The 4-acre development in the Congo section of the park will combine animal exhibits, some modest rides, and new entertainment and dining options. Highlights include Bengal Tiger and Orangutan habitats and a kid-sized zip-line ride. Looks like a cross between Animal Kingdom’s walking trails and [...]

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Hidden Mickeys Uncovered

Our own Seth Kubersky has a nice review of the all-new third edition of Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide to Walt Disney World’s Best Kept Secrets over at Orlando Weekly. HMs can inspire Mickey mania in hard-core hunters, who will sometimes convince themselves that any coincidental circular concordance is an intentional emblem. I claim no [...]

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Big Aquatica Announcement Tomorrow

Well, at least that’s my guess, based on this email from SeaWorld: Busch Gardens is announcing its most ambitious area enhancement. Visit BuschGardens.com at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 6, to view a live Web cast of the adventure park’s announcement. The Web cast will feature Busch Gardens’ Executive Vice President and General Manager Daniel [...]

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