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Crayola to open new attraction at Florida Mall

July 29, 2014
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The Crayola company announced that it will open a Crayola Experience attraction at the Florida Mall in Orlando in 2015.
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Video: IAAPA 2013 Highlights and Photo Gallery

November 22, 2013
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Video: IAAPA 2013 Highlights and Photo Gallery

IAAPA 2013, the annual International Association of Amusment Parks and Attractions convention, wraps up this afternoon at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center. You can read about my top seven IAAPA 2013 highlights in next week’s editon of Live Active Cultures, but in the meantime here are some video highlights from the expo: You should...
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Disney puts smackdown on using disabled patrons to cut lines

September 26, 2013
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Disney puts smackdown on using disabled patrons to cut lines

In May, we told you that the New York Post was reporting that some well-to-do people who didn’t like to wait in long lines at Disney parks had resorted to hiring disabled tour guides to help them cut to the front of ride queues. One local company, Dream Tours, was singled out for allegedly...
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NOT Coming Soon to SeaWorld: Banksy’s Marine Mammal Amusement Ride

August 13, 2013
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NOT Coming Soon to SeaWorld: Banksy’s Marine Mammal Amusement Ride

Thanks to the Blackfish, the new cinematic exposé about SeaWorld’s captive performers, the intersection between art, ecology, and entertainment is a hot topic right now. So it seems an appropriate time to flash back a few years and reflect on an earlier, more in-you-face work of agitprop about abused marine mammals. Back in the...
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Kong Returns? Fievel Flees? Hot New Universal Orlando Rumors!

June 29, 2013
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Kong Returns? Fievel Flees? Hot New Universal Orlando Rumors!

Theme park fans are still buzzing about the recently openings of Transformers and Krustyburger at Universal Orlando, but according the latest unverified Internet rumors there are even bigger things on the horizon for Universal Studios Florida. Last night, in a members-only forum on the popular theme park fan site OrlandoUnited.com, pseudonymous contributor “HateToFly” posted...
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Photo Gallery: Jewels of Titanic

January 14, 2013
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Photo Gallery: Jewels of Titanic

Over the weekend, Titanic: The Experience debuted a sparking new addition to their International Drive collection of artifacts from the ill-fated oceanliner. Jewels of Titanic is a temporary touring display featuring gems and fine jewelry recovered from the shipwreck site 2.5 miles beneath the Atlantic's surface. As the exhibit's creative director Mark Lach explained,...
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Photo Gallery: New Fantasyland Previews at Magic Kingdom

November 27, 2012
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Photo Gallery: New Fantasyland Previews at Magic Kingdom

The long-anticipated New Fantasyland expansion at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom officially opens to the public on December 6th, but select guests have been given the opportunity to experience the new attractions through “soft openings” held over the past few weeks. All the elements of New Fantasyland should be open for business next Thursday,...
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Video: Grand Opening of Despicable Me Minion Mayhem

July 3, 2012
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Video: Grand Opening of Despicable Me Minion Mayhem

Yesterday morning (Monday 7/2/2012) Universal Studios Florida celebrated the debut of their new 3-D simulator ride Despicable Me Minion Mayhem with a “yellow carpet” grand opening ceremony. Yellow Minions pranced, local schoolchildren danced, and disco music blared as journalists and fans wilted watching under the blazing sun. You can read my take on the...
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Walt Disney World Attendance Drops, Prices Increase

June 22, 2011
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Walt Disney World Attendance Drops, Prices Increase

The the outsider’s eye, the theme park industry may look like it’s built on cotton candy and furry costumes. But behind the scenes, it’s a numbers game like any other business, and there’s nothing fluffy or fuzzy about the figures released in recent weeks. Two crucial sets of Disney digits became public in the...
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