Fans of classic 1980s teen films can meet two of their favorite stars in Orlando later this month when Ralph Macchio and C. Thomas Howell appear at the Spooky Empire mid-season convention. [Read more…]
Get ready for a taste of Halloween in the middle of spring as the Spooky Empire convention reunites retro horror icons at the Wyndham Orlando Resort on April 1-3.
By Nick Russo
This week on Photo Finds, we give you an inside look at Universal Orlando’s newest store, The Film Vault. Plus, we check in on the Disney Springs construction in Downtown Disney, and more!
Hosts Banks Lee and JeniLynn Knopp bring you this week’s theme park and attraction news. On this week’s episode: [Read more…]
Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, the latest place to stay at Universal Orlando, officially welcomed its first guests on March 31, 2014. [Read more…]
Long-time theme park performer and show developer Ron Scheider has released an autobiography. Entitled, From Dreamer to Dreamfinder: A Life and Lessons Learned in 40 Years Behind a Name Tag, the book is currently available in paperback and ebook formats from all major retailers. [Read more…]
By Marc N. Kleinhenz
In my youth, in-between visions of being an astronaut or a writer, there was a brief time that I entertained being an Imagineer. Like most flights of fancy, unfortunately, it turned out to be a short-lived dream, but only recently have I discovered that it has contained another quality, even after all these years: resilience. All it took was a little push to rekindle that spark into a full-fledged flame. [Read more…]
EDITOR’S NOTE: Welcome to the first of many guest columns highlighting theme park memories. This column started out as Retro Orlando by Audrey Brown, but we’ve renamed it and expanded it to include theme park and attraction memories outside the Orlando area. This first Amusement Musings is by Audrey’s sister and her experiences with little Audrey (pictured above, at right) at Six Flags St. Louis in 1987. [Read more…]
By Joe Moody
I was in fifth grade, which would have made me about 10 or 11, and for some reason, at that time I lived in a constant state of fear. I think it was a product of an overactive imagination, but anything remotely scary would freak me out for days. My brother talked me into watching Alien on TV – the “edited for content” version mind you – and that night I was positive that there was a face hugger under my bed. These types of feelings put me on high alert for anything that might be scary, but as a proud fifth grader I suffered in silence not wanting anyone to know that everything scared me. My secret was about to be exposed at the happiest place on earth. [Read more…]
Column by Audrey Brown
I went back to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay this month, for the first time in more than 20 years. One of my recent columns was dedicated to the patchwork quilt of memory that was my distant recollection of Busch Gardens. I remembered the pale pinks of stucco walls, the animal habitats of Sea Otters and parrots, but more than anything else, I remembered selected images of my family members. Mostly from shared moments during our day at the park in the late ’80s. [Read more…]
Column by Audrey Brown
Not that I want to hone in on Andy Rooney’s territory, but there was once a time when getting to an Orlando tourist attraction was half the fun. At risk of having to start a sentence with the phrase, “You know, in my day…” I do want to say that in the early ’80s, part of the joy of vacation was the adventure of transportation and encountering the unexpected. [Read more…]
By Audrey M. Brown
For the first Retro Orlando column, let’s take a look back at “Monster Sound Show,” an attraction that no longer exists at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. In fact, when it did exist (1989-1997), Disney’s Hollywood Studios was still Disney-MGM Studios.
Theme parks are mysterious organisms that usually have good reasons for making big changes. But taking down the Monster Sound Show may have been a bit premature, and I wonder, is there any way to bring it back? [Read more…]