Unfounded Rumors Regarding Titanic in Orlando


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Kyrila Scully

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I've just spoken to my friend at Titanic The Experience (formerly Titanic Ship of Dreams) here in Orlando, regarding some rumors that have been spreading about the exhibit closing because the plaza is being torn down to build a new Las Vegas casino style attraction. While it is true that the Mercado will undergo such changes, it is NOT true that the Titanic The Experience is closing or in danger of closing. They will instead move to the Hard Rock Museum in front of the Mercado while construction is ongoing. After completion, Titanic The Experience will be offered first choice of location in the new building. We're expecting exciting and wonderful things for Titanic The Experience! So if you're making plans to visit Orlando, please do include plans to visit this fine exhibit.

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Kyrila that is fantastic news! While I enjoyed my visit there, I did think the layout was odd. I'm sure I'm not the only person who had trouble finding there way from the exit back to the entrance and parking lot! LOL.

It would also be nice if the new space was two stories so you could include going up the Grand Staircase as part of the tour.
 

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Well, Michael, you know you are welcome here any time. I've got an extra sofa bed, or I can bunk with Heather and give you a private room/bath. That will save you some serious bucks.

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Just another update. I'm an Orlando resident and can at least give you the latest as I know it. The Ship of Dreams was in what was the called the Mercado off International Drive. The Mercado was basically a touristy shopping center that's been torn down.

Right now it's at the Orlando Science Center
http://www.wftv.com/events/14801330/detail.html

I'm trying to figure out if it will find a permanent home, but I can't find anything as yet. Perhaps someone else can let us know? I went to the exhibit when it was at the Mercado and it was pretty good. Nothing compared to the traveling exhibit that was in St. Pete in the 90's, of course. I haven't been to the Science Center since it was moved. I should probably do that before it leaves possibly forever.
 
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I am mistaken about the "new home" in Orlando for the Titanic Experience. The beautiful artist's conception is for an attraction in Belfast for the 100th anniversary. Stay tuned for what the permanent home for the Orlando attraction might look like. Robert H. Gibbons
 

Kyrila Scully

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My sources tell me that the directors of the Orlando exhibit are still hoping for a location on International Drive, but nothing has been found to date.

On a separate note, International Drive will be the sight of a new attraction modeled after the London Eye.

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Robert, I, too, was confused as to why they showed the artist's conception of Titanic Experience thinking it was going to be in Orlando. That's why I checked out the Science Center.

And Kyrila, a London Eye here will be interesting. I guess Disney, Universal and Sea World aren't enough for the area.

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Wonderworks is gone? I am not surprised one bit. I loved the Mercado and I guess the reason it had such a hard time as the others was how the tourist industry was hit so hard after 9/ 11. Plus, now the gas prices have stopped many people from driving. I think often of my driving trips to Nova Scotia, Wyoming, Utah, South Dakota and so many other places when gas was around $1.69 three years ago. I couldn't even begin to imagine driving to those places now.
 
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Well good news! According to the ET headline of the day The Experience is moving back to International Drive in October! The last day at the Science Center is 10/12.
 

Kyrila Scully

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That is good news! I can hardly wait! I'll have to visit the website to get the exact address. I work just around the corner from I-Drive, and the previous location.
 

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Kyrila, I was looking around and came across the new address and an article.

"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."

Full article here: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/orl-titanic1008sep10,0,732365.story


20,000-square-foot location..how big was it at the Mercado? Wonder if there will be a re-grand opening..hm..
 

Kyrila Scully

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I checked out the new location and want to share with you all about it.

The new location is actually at 7334 International Drive (according to the building permit) on the NORTH side of Sand Lake Blvd. (The old location was on the SOUTH side.)

The new location is huge--And I'm very hopeful about the news that the new exhibit will be bigger and better than the previous one. Already items are being moved in and interior building is underway.

The location is sandwiched between two ethnic restaurants (Chinese and Indian cuisine) and cate-corner from several other restaurants, souvenir shops and amusements. It's across the street from Carrier Drive, where the Pirates Adventure Dinner Theater is located, and also across the street from O'Shucks' Irish Pub.

It's within walking distance of Wet N Wild and those human sling shot rides.

As for hotel accommodations, my recommendations are to stay at one of the hotels on the SOUTH side of I-Drive. If you have any questions about them, feel free to contact me for advice.
 
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