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Archive for October, 2007


Kwik-E-Mart Opens at USF — Without Apu

You’ll have to wait until next year for the Simpsons ride at Universal Studios Florida, but you can buy your souvenirs now. Yes, Kwik-E-Mart has opened next to the still shrouded ride building in the space formerly occupied by the BTTF gift shop. I rushed inside hoping to glimpse Apu, but he wasn’t there and [...]

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Holy Land Lambasted

There’s a blistering article in the Sentinel about the Holy Land Experience’s new owners. Decide for yourself.

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Jurassic Park Kids Suites Come to Royal Pacific Resort

Loews Hotels has officially unveiled its $8.5 million renovation of the Royal Pacific Resort. The redo features such upscale touches as flat-screen TVs in all rooms and “new guest rooms and corridor designs [that] have been reinvigorated with a lush tropical color palette of pale aqua, lime, mango and melon for a distinctly charming look.” [...]

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Dottie’s Comedy Theater Has Closed

I was saddened to note that Dottie’s Comedy Theater on International Drive has closed, another victim to the cutthroat competition for tourist dollars in O-Town. Too bad. A nice idea and super nice people.

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Two Major Boulevard Hotels Revamp, Change Names

Two hotels on Major Boulevard, just across Kirkman Road from Universal Orlando, have undergone recent renovations and changed their branding. The former Sleep Inn at 5605 Major is now a Holiday Inn Express. I stayed here during the renovation and can freport that the redone rooms are very nice indeed. The old AmeriSuites at 5895 [...]

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Fall Concert Series at Kennedy Space Center Kicks Off November 10

But will it be out of this world? From the press release: With the iconic Rocket Garden as the backdrop, the live, festival style outdoor concert will happen every Saturday at 4:00 p.m. for four weeks, November 10, 17, 24 and December 1 as part of NASA’s 50th anniversary celebration. Headlining the opening weekend is [...]

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Bob Mervine, 60, Dies

The Orlando tourism and restaurant scene has lost one of its preeminent figures. Bob Mervine, who wrote about wine, dining, and the tourist trade for the Orlando Business Journal, died yesterday after complications resulting from routine surgery. Robert Francis Mervine Jr. was a longtime tourism publicist, author of the book Orlando Chow: Restaurants For the [...]

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Halloween Horror Nights survival guide

My feature article for the Orlando Weekly on Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights XVII: Carnival of Carnage is now online: http://www.orlandoweekly.com/artsculture/story.asp?id=11870 And, as a special treat for Other Orlando Blog readers, here is my guaranteed HHN touring plan (Note: Guarantee not valid in Florida or Georgia, or on days ending in a “Y”) 1. Go on [...]

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Holy Land Drops Parking Charge

The Holy Land Experience has done away with its $5 parking fee. Word is the move is intended to boost attendance.

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