Orlando's Skull Kingdom Closes
International Drive monument and haunted attraction Skull Kingdom has closed its doors. Seemingly for good. And whats even more it seems that the property will be demolished and its props costumes and other properties auctioned off. Skull Kingdom has been about the only year round haunted attraction not only in Orlando, but pretty much the US. In later years, to compete, they included a dinner show. Could this be yet another sign of the death of the tourist traps along I-Drive?
Its a shame to hear that Skull Kingdom will close, I have never gone there but have wanted to for a while. Do you know of any reason that they closed?
There is no official confirmation that I've heard other than employees saying that they've been released and have had first choice of costumes to take with. The only reason I can think of that they'd close is falling attendance.
I gotta be honest, I hate the FL tourist traps and I really hope they all close down! Sorry for sounding so harsh, but they are trying to make a buck off of Disney World, Universal, and Seaworld!
It's sad in a way. Kind of like Orlando's Route 66. I do agree that a lot of the old attractions were geared to drawing the WDW crowd after they went to MK, but things have changed a great deal since those early days and their is more than enough to keep tourists at the resorts their whole stay.
I think thats the reason that WDW has changed so much, they realized that people were going off property and spending money...disney's money. So they made their own tourist traps inside the park to keep that money within the walls.
This saddens me as well. During the past few times I had been back to Orlando, Skull Kingdom was one of the tourist attractions that always stood out as I walked along I-Drive. Although I had never been inside, I always wanted to go.
Erik's on to something. It seemed to me, on my recent visit back to Orlando, that the tourist market has split in two. Thanks to Disney's efforts with Magic Your Way, now you either spend the entire week at Disney, or you spend your week visiting Orlando going elsewhere. Obviously, from attendance data, the vast majority of Orlando visitors seem to be doing the former. So that leaves the rest of the area attractions to fight for the rest. Universal and SeaWorld are taking most of those, and the little guys are really struggling. I saw more closed attractions and even hotels on this visit than ever before.
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