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  • Blog Post: Disney Interactive’s “Split/Second” wows the crowds at this year’s E3 Expo

    As I looked up at the domed ceiling, explosions filled the air, buildings came crashing down and drivers frantically tried to steer around all the flaming wreckage. As my jaw dropped open from all the craziness & carnage being projected onto the roof of the Disney Interactive booth, the rep standing...
  • Blog Post: I've got no strings -- or clothes -- on me

    As an aging baby boomer, I have to admit that I sometimes miss the way that Walt Disney Studios used to handle its animated classics. When – just like clockwork -- these much beloved movies would be re-released to theaters once every seven years. Which is why I have to admit I was a little envious of...
  • Blog Post: Memories of Mouse Club conventions past

    I didn't make to that convention that the National Fantasy Fan Club held at Walt Disney World back in October. I Gary Sohmers (far right) leads a panel discussion that looks back on the life & career of the late great Disney artist, Ralph Kent . Photo by Max Schilling I know. I should have made the...
  • Blog Post: Do you ever wonder what became of Splendid China Florida?

    What with Pleasure Island closing this weekend, I've been getting nostalgic for some of the other attractions that Central Florida lost over the years. With perhaps the most bizarre being Splendid China . I don't know how many of you ever got the chance to visit this 76-acre theme park during the 10...
  • Blog Post: September's the very best time to sea ... er .. see SeaWorld Orlando

    You hear that? All over Orlando, the people who work at your favorite theme parks are now heaving a sign of relief. The summer season -- with all its heat, crush & crowds -- is finally over. Which gives us all a bit more breathing room down here. And I mean that literally, folks. When you drop by...
  • Blog Post: "Walt & El Grupo" looks back at Disney's Latin American adventure

    The loss of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and the birth of Mickey Mouse in 1928. The creation and release of “ Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs ” in 1937. The development of Disneyland and its opening in 1955. All of these were important and challenging periods for Walt Disney and his company. But there was...
  • Blog Post: Dazzling light show inaugurates WDS's Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

    April 5th saw the official press launch of Walt Disney Studios ' Twilight Zone Tower of Terror . In a park not without its troubles, this attraction is being compared to Space Mountain in the adjacent Disneyland Park as its saviour. And judging by the scale of the ride and the crowds the park is attracting...
  • Blog Post: How does Aquatica stack up against Central Florida's other waterparks ?

    You'll have to forgive any typos that you find in this month's OFT column. You see, I've been to Aquatica 2 1/2 times over the past month. And -- to be honest -- my fingers are still kind of pruney. But after a month of soft openings, SeaWorld Orlando's waterpark has its official grand opening this past...
  • Blog Post: "Stitch Live!" adds irreverant, interactive fun to Walt Disney Studios

    I'm not saying that my son is a big " Lilo & Stitch " fan. But when he learned that our family would be driving over to the Disneyland Paris Resort to attend a preview of "Stitch Live!," look which outfit Christopher chose to wear? Photo by Kara Johnson-Craven Though this new Walt Disney Studios...
  • Blog Post: Get ready for Central Florida's coming coaster war

    As you enter SeaWorld Orlando , it's really hard to miss the thing. Photo by Robert Bish That enormous construction wall that's been erected around the front of this theme park. Photo by Robert Bish Not to mention the rumble of heavy equipment, as that behind-the-scenes construction team clears brush...
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