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Archive for April, 2008


Simpsons Ride Opens

The Simpsons Ride is now open for business at Universal Studios Florida and the reviews are coming in. I especially liked Dewayne Bevil’s write-up for the Sentinel. More commentary can be found at the DIS Boards. Bevil confirms an observation that I have been making for a long time: Universal has some of the best [...]

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Simpsons Ride Goes Green

The Simpsons Movie has an eco-friendly theme and sop, apparently, will the ride about to open at USF. From a press release: “The Simpsons Ride” will achieve a power savings of over 55,233 watts per hour and cumulative power savings of 662,796 a day during the busy summer months of operation compared to average usage [...]

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Going Up!

$4 gas has come to Orlando. “We’re seeing $4 a gallon in many places already, and those who don’t see $4 exactly, are certainly going to feel $4 pain,” oil and gas analyst Peter Butel said.

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Dotty Disney Dame Does Time

Remember the dame who attacked another guest while waiting in line at the Happiest Place on Earth®? Well, justice has been done.

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City Jazz Replaced By Rising Star

Somewhere, Miles Davis is blowing taps, sweet and cool. It’s been a long time since City Jazz has had anything to do with jazz. Now Universal has officially recognized that fact by rebranding the place as Rising Star, a karaoke joint with a difference. The difference is that the music is live, provided courtesy of [...]

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Discovery Cove Photo Update

The dolphin swim photographers and videographers are now SeaWorld personnel (The task used to be handled by a third-party contractor.) Here are the latest fees: Adventure Package $135 — 5 6×8″ prints — 1 pair of key rings — digital photo CD Basic Package $50 — 3 6×8″ prints — 1 pair of key rings [...]

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Jungala Previews

Passport holders can get an uncluttered preview of the new Jungala area at Busch Gardens Africa on weekends only through April. Just show up bright and early at 8 am (a little earlier is probably better) and show your passport at the Nairobi gate for early admission. It will be worth setting the alarm a [...]

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Holiday Inn Universal Gets Rebranded

The Holiday Inn Universal Studios, one of the closest hotels to Universal Orlando, will be renamed the 3 Palms Universal, according to a report in the Orlando Business Journal. It’s a new brand. Laqunch date is set for May 1.

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SeaWorld Getting a New Coaster

Well, it’s official. That big stretch of dirt where there used to be flamingos and other small attractions will be home to SeaWorld’s most expensive ride ever. It will be part thrill ride and part animal attraction, a theme that visitors will experience from the time they take their place in line until the time [...]

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Jungala Debuts at Busch Gardens Africa

The much ballyhooed new area at Busch Gardens Africa (or as everyone still insists on calling it, Busch Gardens Tampa) has opened. Jungala replaces a good chunk of the Congo area around the old Claw island tiger habitat. The Tampa theme park known for both its roller coasters and African animal exhibits is opening Jungala [...]

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