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Archive for April, 2009


"SeaWorld, Discovery Cove & Aquatica" On Kindle


My book, SeaWorld, Discovery Cove & Aquatica: Orlando’s Salute to the Seas is now available in a Kindle version for the bargain price of $7.99. It’s sales rank is around 46,000 (out of 270,000+) so I guess it’s getting some takers. Next time you’re at SeaWorld, look for people reading their Kindle while they waiting [...]

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Rip, Ride, Rockit Preview

Universal has set up a special site, mostly for the media, to preview their upcoming Rip, Ride, Rockit rollercoaster. There are some nifty graphics and animations showing off some of the ride’s “first-ever moves.”

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Cypress Gardens Returns To Its Roots

Well, I didn’t think it was in the cards, but I glad to have been proved wrong. Not only is Cypress Gardens open again, but the pyramid is back! The new management has wisely return to Cypress Garden’s roots, focusing on the water ski show and the gardens. They also plan to expand the water [...]

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2008 Theme Park Attendance

Some interesting stuff in the 2008 TEAERA (pdf) report. The new kid on the block, Aquatica, had 950,000 visitors or an average of 95K a month. But it opened in March, so if it had been open in January and February and had “average” attendance those months, that suggests an annual total of 1,140,000, putting [...]

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Halloween Horror Comes Early To Universal

Move over, Crypt Keeper! The Recession Debt Monster is here. The Orlando Sentinel has the grim news. Orlando’s No. 2 theme-park resort is warning that it could face a cash crunch by next spring, as turmoil in the credit markets — and an obscure clause in its long-standing contract with famed filmmaker Steven Spielberg — [...]

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Orlando Tolls Go Up

It’s a little more costly to get from the airport the the throbbing heart of Orlando’s tourism centers. Tolls on the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority system went up 25 cents at almost all main plazas and most exit ramps on Sunday. (Watch the video when you visit the link above.)

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