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Archive for August, 2008


2009 WDW Trivia Calendar Gets Reviewed


Allen Huffman, of DisneyFans.com, probes, examines, deconstructs, and psychoanalyzes Lou Mongello’s 2009 Walt Disney World Calendar in a great podcast that proves that he’s the ultimate Disney geek. Allen calls Lou’s page-a-day calendar “a great way to get a daily Disney fix” and “something every fan should have.” And he really liked the flip animation. [...]

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Parks Face Fay

Here’s the skinny on how the theme parks are dealing with the arrival of Tropical Storm Fay, the eye which looks like it will pass just to the southeast of Orlando. Cypress Gardens is closing. They’ve had especially bad luck with hurricanes in the past, so this announcement comes as no surprise. Disney opened early [...]

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Potter Preview

Universal Orlando has posted “conceptual art” that gives an idea of what The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will look like. The “owl’s eye view” suggests that the entrance will be about where Sinbad’s village is now. Love the cursor!

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A Bittersweet Sign of the Times

My sentiments, exactly.

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Enchanted Oak Disappears

I kept hoping that Universal would leave the Enchanted Oak Tavern building pretty much as is and simple “re-theme” it. Alas, it is not to be. The entire building has been razed to make way for . . . what?Orlando Attractions Magazine has the photographic evidence.

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More Busch Sales Rumors

From the Telegraph (UK): Blackstone, the American investment firm, which is a major shareholder in Merlin Entertainments Group, is positioning itself for a tilt at the theme parks unit of Anheuser-Busch, the brewing giant which is in the process of being acquired by the Brazilian company InBev. . . Blackstone, which co-owns Merlin alongside Dubai [...]

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Airboat Rentals U-Drive

Airboat Rentals U-Drive on Irlo Bronson in Kissimmee has closed for good. To see what you missed, click here.

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Jacksonville Zoo

Well, it’s not exactly a day trip from Orlando, but if you’re driving to O-Town from up north, the Jacksonville Zoo is well worth a visit coming or going. I stopped by to present the zoo with two awards on behalf of my publishing company, which recently brought out America’s Best Zoos by Allen Nyhuis [...]

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