Published: December 27, 2006 at 3:00 PMIts 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?
Ghostly Manor in Sandusky, Ohio I know is open year round, but it is the only one I know is open that much in Ohio. They are very successful year round. http://www.ghostlymanor.com/
It seems that everything on I Drive is going more upscale and the area around the Convention Center seems to be doing extremely well.
Published: December 27, 2006 at 3:48 PMThere 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.
Published: December 27, 2006 at 11:12 PMI 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!
We went to the Pirate Dinner Show one year and hated it! Skull Kingdom looked pretty intersting however.
Published: December 28, 2006 at 6:03 AMIt'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 wouldn't mind seeing a couple of the cheesy tourist gift shops bite the dust as well.
Published: December 28, 2006 at 6:51 AMI 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.
Published: December 28, 2006 at 10:28 PMThis 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.
Published: December 29, 2006 at 9:19 PMErik'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.