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Archive for February, 2013


Universal Announces Opening Date for Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Go ahead. Make your reservations. The Cabana Bay Beach Resort plans to open March 31, 2014. Universal tweeted the news that reservations are now available. At 1,800 rooms, the new resort is geared toward a family experience with a ’50s theme that reflects driving vacations. It’s the courtyard family suites that will open first; the [...]

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Save the Date: SeaWorld’s Antarctica Attraction Opens May 24

Antarctica: Empire of the Penguins, SeaWorld’s much-anticipated new attraction, will open May 24. The attraction will focus on the life of a little penguin, Puck, as he grows up within the frigid environment. There’s also a family ride that will transport visitors to the South Pole, where they’ll view it through the penguins’ eyes and [...]

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Bridge at Universal Orlando Target of Controversy

Speaking of all the construction in and around Universal Orlando, the Orlando Sentinel reported this week that a pedestrian bridge connecting the new 1,800-room Cabana Bay Beach Resort with Universal Orlando will be paid for with taxpayer funds. The estimated cost is $9 million for the bridge and related improvements. The bridge would be owned [...]

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Universal Orlando: Home to Construction Cranes!

Attendance at Universal Orlando was up last year and judging by the construction activity, officials are doing everything they can to increase those numbers for the future. Local 6 Theme World and Micechat/Orlando Parkhopper have photo spreads of the activity. Both bloggers commented on the large size of the buildings. Ken Pilcher of Theme World [...]

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SeaWorld Readies Antarctica Attraction

Work is progressing on SeaWorld’s newest attraction: Antarctica: Empire of the Penguins. Ken Pilcher of Local 6 Theme World prowled around and posted some photos of the construction, which show fake glaciers in place and the outline of what looks to be a penguin. As part of the attraction, there will be a trackless ride [...]

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‘Middle-Earth’ Coming to Universal Orlando?

As with all rumors concerning Universal, this one is unconfirmed. However, according to Richard Bilbao of the Orlando Business Journal, who reports from a MiceChat tweet, that The Saul Zaentz Co., filed for a new trademark for “Middle-Earth” that covers its use in amusement parks. Zaentz is the owner of the film, merchandising, stage and [...]

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