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Archive for January, 2009


SeaWorld On Sale

No, not that sale. We’re not talking about selling the parks, but SeaWorld has announced a pretty substantial deal on hotel stays coupled with tickets. Guests who book three nights at 19 nearby hotels get two additional nights free and free length of stay admission to SeaWorld and either Busch Gardens or Aquatica. The Orlando [...]

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It’s Not Nice To Take Away Our Free Beer

A while back, I suggested that the demise of free beer at SeaWorld and Busch Gardens might spark a Bud boycott. Well, it’s come to pass. Welcome to the Belgweiser Rebellion. Their main gripe seems to be that Bud is now Belgium-owned, which seems pretty silly to me. But there is some evidence that what [...]

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Fewer People, Longer Lines at Universal. Huh?

So just how do you wind up with longer lines at a theme park when there are fewer people visiting, as there are now during the slo-o-o-w month of January? By cutting down the number of available vehicles, that’s how. Universal has been running only one side of rides with double tracks like Deuling Dragons, [...]

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New Zip Line Safari at Forever Florida

Forever Florida has added an $85 Zip-Line Safari adventure ($50 for Florida residents though January) to its mix of nature-themed activities. Read Seth Kubersky’s review.

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Universal Mardi Gras Plans Revealed (sorta)

This year’s Mardi Gras celebration at Universal Orlando kicks off February 7. So far, Universal has released the line up of live acts: Feb. 07 — KC and the Sunshine BandFeb. 14 — Frankie Valli & the Four SeasonsFeb. 15 — The Village PeopleFeb. 21 — Ne-YoFeb. 28 — Pat Benatar (with Neil Giraldo)Mar. 07 [...]

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Free Admission to Bok Tower Gardens

First of all, kudos to the honchos at Bok Tower Gardens for ditching the “Historic Bok Sanctuary” moniker, which communicated precisely nothing. They threw in the towel back in Spring of 2008. The current news is that, to celebrate their 80th anniversary, they are offering free admission on January 31. Here’s the schedule of events: [...]

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This Bud’s . . . 4 Billion?

More blather about the potential sale and possible pricing for the Busch theme parks, this time from the hoity-toity Financial Times. Busch Entertainment, the group’s theme park business, which owns SeaWorld Orlando, is expected to be one of the first business units put up for sale with a possible price of up to $4bn. Potential [...]

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Bye Bye Free Beer

Have those Belgians no heart? Busch/InBev has announced that there will be no more free beer at SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Africa, the St. Louis Business Journal is reporting. The beer dispensing area at the SeaWorld Hospitality Center will be closed as of February 1 and converted into a restaurant; the Tampa equivalent will close [...]

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New Parking Fee at Universal Orlando

As of yesterday, January 1, Universal Orlando began charging $3 for parking between 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Parking is still free after 10. Used to be that parking was free after 6, the better to draw people to the Cineplex, the restaurants, and the nightclubs in CityWalk. Maybe now that Pleasure Island has closed, [...]

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A Nice SeaWorld Survey

Orlando Weekly’s Seth Kubersky had a nice account of a recent visit to SeaWorld. Here’s his take on Pet’s Ahoy: I’m sorry that I never stopped to see the Pets Ahoy! show on earlier visits, because it was the most fun I’ve had in a theme-park theater in years. A stylized surfside scene – currently [...]

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