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Archive for June, 2008


Leu Gardens Revamps


Orlando’s Leu Gardens is overhauling its landscaping to root out exotic plant species that have found their way to this oasis near downtown. The plan is to restablish native plants, which have the benefit of requiring less water and taking less maintenance. The price of admission has gone to $7 for adults and $2 for [...]

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The Macabre Mickey

What is it with the Orlando Sentinel’s macabre fascination with death at the Happiest Place on Earth®? I just noticed they devote a whole page on their web site to it called — what else? — Deaths at Walt Disney World. And what sent these poor tourists to meet their maker? Deranged cast members run [...]

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Harry Potter Makes July 4th Fireworks Disappear

Seems that construction of the new Harry Potter area at IOA is putting the kibosh on the usual Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza at Universal Orlando. The areas now under constructions were used as launch sites and other support for the fireworks show. Wonder what magic will be wrought after The Wizarding World of Harry [...]

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Manta at SeaWorld

First there’s the rumor, then the leak, and finally the press release: ORLANDO Fla. — SeaWorld Orlando announced the next generation of SeaWorld thrills with Manta — a new mega-attraction which will seamlessly transition guests from the awe of encountering rays in underwater flight… into the sensation of actually being one. Swooping over sea and [...]

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Whither the Busch Parks?

European beer company InBev has announced a $47 billion takeover bid (PDF) for Anheuser Busch, the Americn beer company that owns SeaWorld and other Central Florida theme parks. I find this disturbing. Anheuser’s amusement parks, including popular SeaWorld and Busch Gardens parks, could be sold if InBev’s bid is successful. In a conference call Thursday, [...]

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