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Wet N’ Wild – Orlando – DEFUNCT

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Mar 15, 2021 Attractions 0 Comments

Wet ‘n Wild Orlando was the flagship water park of Wet ‘n Wild owned by NBC Universal, located on International Drive in Orlando, Florida. It was founded in 1977 by SeaWorld creator George Millay.[1] It closed on December 31, 2016. History Development and ownership While developing SeaWorld, George Millay realized the need for a water park, later recalling “being in Florida, with all its heat and hot sun, you naturally think about cooling off in Read More...

Epcot’s IllumiNations – Orlando – DEFUNCT

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Mar 15, 2021 Attractions 0 Comments

The final showing of Epcot’s “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” show will be on Sept. 30, 2019. “IllumiNations,” which features pyrotechnics, laser lights, fire, a giant globe, barges, and a soaring soundtrack, had a nearly 20-year run at the theme park. It was originally a part of the resort’s millennium celebration.

Peaches Music Store – Altamonte Springs – DEFUNCT

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Mar 15, 2021 Shopping 0 Comments

Was there a better place to pick up the Allman Brothers’ Eat a Peach? The store even had a similar vintage farmstand look to its logo. The one-stop shop was known for decorating its exterior with massive blow-ups of the latest album covers. They also carried the produce theme over to the record bins, wooden crates you could purchase to store your sweet picks.

Gary’s Duck Inn – Orlando – DEFUNCT

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Mar 15, 2021 Restaurants 0 Comments

Gary’s Duck Inn, an Orlando landmark and the inspiration behind the Red Lobster seafood chain, closed last weekend. It was 49. The popular seafood restaurant at 3974 S. Orange Blossom Trail had been up for sale in recent months. Its current owner, Bud Mills, was unable to spend the money needed to make the business a success, said Art Childress, a manager at the restaurant. On Friday, with no buyer in sight, Mills told employees Read More...

Orlando Jai-Alai – Casselberry – DEFUNCT

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Mar 15, 2021 Sports 0 Comments

Orlando Jai-Alai is closing after nearly 48 years in business. Employees were told Thursday that the struggling Seminole County pari-mutuel would remain open until Dec. 27. Gamblers could bet on jai-alai games at the fronton from February to April and on races and games at tracks across the country the rest of the year. Manager Howard Ostrom said company heads had been trying to keep the business open for years, but increasing competition from other Read More...

Circus World – Haines City – DEFUNCT

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Mar 15, 2021 Attractions 0 Comments

Circus World was a theme park built north of Haines City, Florida in Polk County, on the south-east corner of the Interstate 4-US 27 interchange. It was originally a property of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Combined Shows Inc., and was intended additionally to be the circus’s winter headquarters as well as to have the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College and its museum located there. ATTRACTIONS: Circus World Showcase, Read More...

Boardwalk and Baseball – Haines City – DEFUNCT

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Mar 15, 2021 Attractions 0 Comments

Boardwalk and Baseball was a theme park built near Haines City, Florida, at the south-east corner of the Interstate 4-US 27 interchange.[1] It replaced Circus World at the same location, and was owned by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Park Group (now Harcourt, a division of Reed Elsevier). It opened in April 1987, and closed January 17, 1990. The park recycled many of Circus World’s rides and exhibits. The petting zoos were removed, the rides and shows Read More...

Desert Inn Resort – Daytona Beach – DEFUNCT

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Mar 15, 2021 Landmark / Buildings 0 Comments

The “Desert Inn” sign came down Thursday from the iconic beachside hotel that’s now being renovated into a four-star Hard Rock Hotel. Built in the 1950s and expanded significantly the following decade, the hotel was once a draw for conventions and high school proms and was known as a Spring Break hot spot. It fell on hard times before its purchase in 2013 by Summit Hospitality Group, which is overseeing the renovations. In 2011, the Read More...

Club at Firestone – Orlando – DEFUNCT

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Mar 15, 2021 Nightlife 0 Comments

ORLANDO, Fla. — An Orlando nightclub is now getting a $5 million renovation that will turn it into a concert venue able to hold thousands of people, comparable in size to the House of Blues. The club at the corner of Orange Avenue and Concord Street was once a Firestone tire company and transformed into Club Firestone in the 1990’s. This entire location is getting a major facelift with plans for an expansion that will take Read More...

Barney’s Barbecue Place – Altamonte Springs – DEFUNCT

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Mar 15, 2021 Restaurants 0 Comments

The sign on State Road 436 is a shocker. For folks familiar with Altamonte Springs, it is at least a stopper. It says Barney’s is closed. While historically inaccurate, it is not too far-fetched to say Barney’s has been in Altamonte Springs as long as practically anything. At least Barney’s predates the transformation of the Yankee winter hideaway into a hectic suburban city of 40,000. Barney’s, a barbecue place, opened in October 1971, a familiar date Read More...

Tony Roma’s – International Drive – Orlando – DEFUNCT

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Mar 15, 2021 Restaurants 0 Comments

This restaurant is permanently closed. Experience the new Tony Roma’s restaurant on International Drive!  We have a new modern décor, flexible dining spaces, a sensational new menu that blends classic Tony Roma’s menu items with bold, innovative new dishes, a vibrant indoor/outdoor bar with an extensive cocktail and draft beer selection and a dazzling patio view to the Orlando Eye.  Our new “Bones & Bites” menu gives you the ability to customize your experience and create Read More...

Lee’s Lakeside – Orlando – DEFUNCT

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Mar 14, 2021 Restaurants 0 Comments

In 2005, Lake Eola lost Lee’s Lakeside, a treasured restaurant that had been serving locals and helping them celebrate special occasions since 1980. The restaurant had gone downhill after founding owner Lee Rose passed away about three years before it closed, but Orlandoans who had the pleasure of dining there during its 20-plus great years still remember it fondly. From Orlando Sentinel So this is what has become of Lee’s Lakeside. Little more than two Read More...

Sanford / Orlando Kennel Club – Longwood – DEFUNCT

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Mar 14, 2021 Landmark / Buildings 0 Comments

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. – The final races at the Sanford Orlando Kennel Club were held on Saturday. The Sanford Orlando Kennel Club made the announcement on Facebook. Races took place for 85 years, according to the Kennel Club. Greyhound racing will be prohibited in the state of Florida on Dec. 31 of 2020. In August of 2019, a spokesperson for Grey2K USA Worldwide was in favor of closing the club. “Across the state, the end of greyhound Read More...

Seminole Greyhound Park – Casselberry – DEFUNCT

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Mar 14, 2021 Landmark / Buildings 0 Comments

An historic part of central Florida’s past was demolished recently as specialists with NADC-members Central Environmental Services, Orlando, Florida, and Dykon Explosive Demolition, Tulsa, Oklahoma teamed up to raze the main grandstand at Seminole Greyhound Park. Originally built in 1926 – long before its neighbor a few miles to the south, Disney World – the 400 foot-long, 85 foot-high grandstand was the centerpiece of a 156-acre facility that served as one of the region’s premier Read More...