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Archive for February, 2009


Poseidon’s Not Too Furious

Someone asked me about what’s going on at Poseidon’s Fury in Universal Studios Florida. Seems they write a blog dedicated to Jeffrey Combs, the actor who plays Lord Darkenon in the attraction. So here’s the skinny: Poseidon’s Fury is a shodaw of its former self. The roaring vortex effect — arguably the main reason for [...]

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Theme Parks Lobby, Too

So Universal shuts down two attractions until Spring, SeaWorld cuts out free beer, and then we learn this. New state records show that Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and the parent company of SeaWorld Orlando spent at least $390,000 — and as much as $750,000 — lobbying the Florida Legislature last year. That was up [...]

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Hollywood Bowl Opens

The spiffy new Hollywood Bowl performance venue at Universal Studios Florida debuted with a performance by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. It replaces the empty space that used to be The Boneyard. DeWayne Bevil has the scoop (with pics).

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MouseFest 2009 Cancelled

Walt Disney World is not the focus of this blog, but you might be interested to know that MouseFest, the biggest gathering of Disney nuts in the world, has thrown in the towel for 2009, seemingly a victim of it’s own success. Details here.

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Peabody Expansion Progresses

The Peabody Hotel, which I covered in depth in SeaWorld, Discovery Cove & Aquatica, is making progress on its new tower addition. Now the project is finally under construction and well under way, and this time — in the middle of the worst recession in decades — hotel officials say the timing is actually right. [...]

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Twister Closing at Universal Studios Florida

Universal is shutting another attraction — at least until “spring” (whenever that might be). Last week it was Fear Factor, this week it’s Twister. Two thoughts: 1. They are educating people that coming during the slow periods is a bad idea, since the park will be substantially less enjoyable. 2. They are telling the entire [...]

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Canned Corn Festival

The Zellwood Sweet Corn Festival is throwing in the cob after 35 years. Big Bertha — a 6-ton, 350-gallon water-boiling behemoth that can cook 1,650 or so ears of double-sweet corn in just nine minutes — will be steamless and unemployed this year, for the same reason so many humans are getting pink slips. “It’s [...]

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Memorial Manta Day at SeaWorld

SeaWorld is now announcing Manta for Memorial Day. Actually, a few days early on May 22. The video above (aptly described by SeaWorld as a “teaser”) is long on fish and short on coaster, but it’s pretty cool nonetheless. If I’m reading the iconography of the video correctly, the ride will have an effect similar [...]

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Rip, Ride, Rockit Update

The Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit roller coaster at Universal Studios Florida is progressing apace. No official word on opening yet, but the buzz is that it will be open by late May, all the better to grab the attention of recently graduated high schoolers. I had always sorta assumed that the load-in area would take [...]

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Fear Factor Closes (Until Spring)

Universal Orlando is closing its Fear Factor attraction until Spring and cutting hours at other, unspecified attractions in response to “the poor economic forecast for 2009.” According to WESH TV News: It will be a limited number of attractions within Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios. He said visitors shouldn’t experience problems, because the attraction [...]

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