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Archive for November, 2007


Why I Like SeaWorld


From a press release: More than 125 soldiers and their family members celebrate their recent return home after deployment in Iraq with a special day at SeaWorld. The soldiers are enjoying a variety of events at the park including recognition during the Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island show and a family picnic. The soldiers [...]

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IAAPA Post-Mortem

The IAAPA convention that recently jammed Orlando’s cavernous Orange County Convention Center was far too large for any single mortal to fully explore. I published some of my impressions in the most recent Orlando Weekly… http://www.orlandoweekly.com/columns/story.asp?id=11983 …and in the coming weeks, I’ll try to excavate some more goodies from the mountians of swag that I [...]

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The Mayor of Orange Avenue

Canadian journalist Bruce Deachman writes about his recent Orlando visit in the Ottowa Citizen. He’s got the usual rants & raves about the Mouse, but also managed to make it downtown, and met one of my favorite folks: Barbara Solomon, proprietor of “Oldies But Goodies Antiques” on Orange Ave. Check out the article, and say [...]

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DISASTER is coming!

The former Earthquake attraction at Universal Studios Orlando is undergoing a substatial rehab, soon to re-emerge as DISASTER! Not much is known about the details (beyond unsubstantiated rumors) but some faux movie posters on display outside the attraction may hint at the new experience’s tounge-in-cheek tone: http://www.ioacentralboards.com/index.php?s=&showtopic=11479&view=findpost&p=197762 (Thanks to “Glassman” at the IOACentral forum for [...]

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New Blog In Town

I was introduced to a new (at least to me) blog covering Orlando’s wacky and wonderful tourism scene. But while I try to be (ahem) discriminating, TackyFabulous revels in the sort of excess of which only a tourist mecca like Orlando is capable. As the site’s creator says, “Prior to 1964, things were either tacky [...]

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Dudley Rides To The Rescue December 3

For those bummed out by the fact that the Dudley Do-Right ride at Islands of Adventure has been down for maintenance, the good news is that the ride is scheduled to reopen December 3.

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Harry Potter Videos from The Sentinel. Wizard!

The Orlando Sentinel has a neat series of videos about Harry Potter on the screen and coming soon to Islands of Adventure. Enjoy!

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Cinderella Castle’s Chilly Welcome

(Photo credit: Walt Disney World Resort) Starting November 12, Magic Kingdom’s Cinderella Castle will have an icy new look as part of “Cinderella’s Holiday Wish.” According to the press release . . . To transform Cinderella’s fairytale castle into a magical ice palace it took… • Five weeks and 65 elves• Two cranes• 15 miles of cables, [...]

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New Pricing Menu at Busch Parks in Florida

Busch has announced a new “menu” of pricing options for its “Worlds of Discovery” parks in Florida. With the opening of Aquatica, SeaWorld’s waterpark, in March 2008, guests will be able to create customized vacations with five parks in Florida – and interact with five natural worlds. The more parks a guest adds, the greater [...]

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Welcome "Worlds of Discovery"

Busch Entertainment is making an attempt to rebrand its family of theme parks as “Worlds of Discovery.” When Aquatica – the waterpark that only SeaWorld could create – joins the Worlds of Discovery parks in spring 2008, it will complement the SeaWorld experience. Along with Discovery Cove, these three parks in Orlando offer unique ways [...]

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