Thursday, September 11, 2008

 

Titanic Sets Sail Again

Titanic -- The Experience (to use its full and pretentious name) is leaving its temporary home at the Orlando Science Center And returning to International Drive.

The Sentinel has the details.
Titanic -- The Experience, which introduces visitors to the world of the ill-fated ocean liner, will end its temporary run in the Orlando Science Center on Oct. 12. It will move to a 20,000-square-foot location at 7324 International Drive, a mile north of the now-demolished Mercado shopping-and-dining complex where the attraction had spent the first eight years of its existence.

"It was always the goal to go back to I-Drive and back to the tourist district," said David Christensen, a spokesman for Worldwide Licensing & Merchandising Inc., which owns the Titanic attraction. "It's a permanent location. We have a 25-year lease."

Titanic Ship of Dreams opened on International Drive in 1999. A bitter landlord-tenant dispute left the attraction homeless in August 2007, and it moved into the Orlando Science Center to avoid putting the memorabilia in storage.

By contract, the exhibit was required to stay at the government-supported science center until January 2009 -- but in May, the center sued Titanic's owners, accusing them of threatening to remove the exhibit early. The center won a court injunction, but the two parties said Tuesday they have reached a "mutually agreed upon decision" to let the exhibit leave now.

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Thursday, September 04, 2008

 

Oldies Acts Blast Off at Kennedy Space Center

From the press release:
Celebrate the sounds of space exploration with music from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s during the 2008 Fall Concert Series at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. The concerts kick-off Saturday, October 18 with 80’s rock band Survivor, followed by The Guess Who and Rick Springfield. Backed by the iconic Rocket Garden, the live, festival style outdoor concert happens every Saturday for three weeks, October 18, 25, and November 1 as part of the NASA 50th anniversary celebration.

Headlining opening weekend on Saturday, October 18 is Survivor, the Grammy Award winning signature American rock band. The band achieved its greatest success in the 1980s with its album-oriented rock, which garnered many charting singles, especially in the United States. The band is best known for its 1982 hit “Eye of the Tiger,” the theme song for the motion picture Rocky III. Other hits include “I Can’t Hold Back,” “High On You,” “The Search Is Over,” “American Heartbeat,” “Burning Heart,” and “Is This Love.” Survivor includes members Frankie Sullivan (guitar/vocals), Marc Droubay (drums), Chris Grove (guitar/keyboards), Billy Ozzello (bass) and the current addition; Robin McAuley (vocals).

The Guess Who, the band that became Canada’s first international rock music superstars, will take the Rocket Garden stage on Saturday, October 25. The band began in 1962 as Chad Allen & The Reflections. The group’s first single and album, Shakin’ All Over, was released in a plain white record jacket with only the question “Guess Who?” written on it. After selling two million copies the band had its trademark name: The Guess Who. Hit single, “These Eyes,” reached #1 in Canada, and earned the band a U.S. contract in 1968. Ironically it was “American Woman,” from March of 1970, which gave The Guess Who a #1 single in the U.S. and unseated The Beatles for three weeks straight. Other singles include “Hand Me Down World,” “Share the Land,” “Bus Rider,” and “Rain Dance.” Current band members include Jim Kale (bass and vocals), Garry Peterson (drums and vocals), Carl Dixon (vocals and guitars), Leonard Shaw (keyboards, flute, sax and vocals) and Laurie MacKenzie (guitars and vocals).

The outdoor concert on Saturday, November 1, will feature Rick Springfield, most famous for the 1981 #1 single “Jessie’s Girl,” which became a Grammy Award-winning landmark of 1980s pop-rock and helped establish the emerging music video age. Also an actor, Springfield’s best known role is that of the character Dr. Noah Drake on the daytime drama General Hospital. Springfield has sold over 19 million records worldwide and holds 17 top-40 hits to date, including more than five in the Top 10. Hit songs include “Affair of the Heart,” “Don’t Walk Away,” “I’ve Done Everything for You” and “Don’t Talk to Strangers.” In July 2008, Springfield released his latest album Venus In Overdrive, his first album of original material since 2003.

Concert Schedule:

* October 18, 2008 - Survivor
* October 25, 2008 - The Guess Who
* November 1, 2008 - Rick Springfield

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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

 

SeaWorld-Busch Gardens Platinum Pass Now an Even Better Deal

The recent price increase for Passports (annual passes) to the Worlds of Discovery Parks (a.k.a. the "Busch" parks) has made the 2-year Platinum Passport an even better deal than it was.

The incremental difference between the price of a Platinum Passport and the four-park, two-year Passport (SeaWorld, Busch Garden Africa, Aquatica, and Adventure Island) is now just $43, as opposed to $75 before the recent round of price hikes.

So if you're considering that four-park option, consider this: $43 extra gets you unlimited entry to all ten Worlds of Discovery parks! Not too shabby.

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