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Archive for June, 2008


Busch Parks Pushing Deals for Florida Residents

The Busch parks . . . excuse me, the Worlds of Discovery are pushing special “staycation” deals for Florida residents. From the press release: The Worlds of Discovery announced today a new ticket that offers Florida residents a great new way to experience adventures found nowhere else in the world. Available starting today, the “Pick [...]

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Last Call at Pleasure Island

If you are a fan of the Pleasure Island night spots in Downtown Disney, better hurry on down for a last look. In a move that surprised many, Disney announced that it will close Pleasure Island as of September 27 in favor of “more of a family-oriented something.” This is good news for Universal’s CityWalk.

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Latest UO Cineplex Prices

Adult $9.25 Matinee $7.25 Child $6.25 (Ages 2-12) Senior $8.25 (Age 60+) Student Day $6.25 (Every Thursday for a limited time, Ages 13+ with Valid Student ID) Senior Day $5.00 (Every Tuesday for a limited time, Age 60+) A.M.Cinema $5.00 All shows before noon Sat., Sun. and holiday periods

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Forget InBev – Busch May Sell Theme Parks Itself

Yikes! I was worried about what InBev might do. Now it looks like Busch itself may spin off its theme parks (emphasis mine). In an effort to justify rejecting InBev’s $65-a-share bid, Anheuser-Busch is expected to announce an extensive reorganization aimed at bolstering profits that will include cutting more than $500 million in costs, these [...]

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InBev Responds

Since there didn’t seem to be anything in the news about InBev’s plans for the theme parks once it acquires Anheuser-Busch, I decided to go to the source. Here is an InBev spokesperson’s response to my query (emphasis added). InBev’s decision on AB’s non-core business, such as the entertainment business, will be based on a [...]

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SeaWorld Let’s Freedom Ring On July 4th

SeaWorld is planning a July Fourth fireworks blow out. From the press release: This July 4 & 5, families can join SeaWorld Orlando and celebrate the red, white and blue with the exciting firework spectacular Let Freedom Ring. This impressive production features a giant projection screen illuminating some of America’s greatest historical moments set to [...]

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Farewell To The Fringe

Today, I caught the last performances of two shows that had been big hits at the most recent edition of the Orlando Fringe Festival. Theatre Downtown, part of Orlando’s Off-Off Broadway scene, had brought them back for an encore. Both were billed as “family friendly” and the matinee I saw was about 50% kids. A [...]

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More Than India!

Here’s an eye-opening statistic (emphasis added): Now more than 112,000 hotel rooms and 450 properties are in the region, according to the Orlando/Orange County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. That’s more hotel rooms than in the entirety of India. Who’da thunk it?

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SeaWorld Might Extend Hours

I heard from the usual “reliable sources” that SeaWorld is mulling the idea of keeping the park open later longer, maybe year round. Apparently, management is closely monitoring profitability during the 6pm to 10pm time period to see if the move might make sense. So if you’d like to see the parks stay open late [...]

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Buffett Backing InBev Bid?

There’s a report that Warren Buffett, Anheuser-Busch’s biggest shareholder, is looking kindly on the InBev offer for the company. Warren Buffett, the world’s richest man and chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., plans to tell Anheuser-Busch Cos. chief August Busch IV that he supports Belgian brewer InBev’s proposed $46.3 billion takeover offer of the Budweiser brewer, [...]

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