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Rich Hanf
12-14-2006, 01:02 PM
Greetings Hanflings...It is I Hanf-A-Domous the Great. I awoke this morning drenched in sweat having had one of my ever accurate premonitions. No...this does not involve Cydney Neil...but YES..it is about another big haunt.
I predict that we have seen the last of Skull Kingdom!!! I predict the the famous tourist attraction located on I-Drive in Orlando is going on the chopping block. Through a cloudy mist I can see a huge auction taking place...and that could include the little known show that is housed in the warehouse behind Skull Kingdom!!! Watch for a mid January announcement .

AS IT IS WRITTEN...SO SHALL IT BE!!!!! Hanf-A-Domous the Great

drfrightner
12-14-2006, 03:35 PM
Hanfadomas will you be making anymore predictions soon?

Oh tell us great one!

Larry

SomeThingInTheIce
12-14-2006, 05:22 PM
If this premonition comes true, then we should gather and take a tour one last time. I have been to Skull Kingdom twice, not the best haunt but at night taking in the sights of O town it was nice to have a big scary castle to visit.

drfrightner
12-15-2006, 01:24 AM
Skull Kingdom is no longer open and hasn't been open for sometime now. I was just inside a few weeks meeting with the owner. He's tearing it down for a hotel or something. I can't wait to hear what Hanf-O-Damas has to say!

Larry

Mr Nightmarez
12-15-2006, 07:01 AM
Skull Kingdom was sold back in November or earlier?

They are putting Condo's or such up where it is. There is a new Haunt going in down from Skull Kingdom -
Terror in Orlando

They are hoping to keep fear alive and well on International Drive.

They are having a sale or auction - sometime. But it is closed. From what I gather they made a VERY NICE hunk of change off of it... :twisted:

bodybagging
12-15-2006, 07:07 AM
Blech on SKULL kingdom......I went down to FL a few years back to help out with the hurricane damage....seen SKULL KINGDOM and was like Yayyyyyyyyyyyy, after going thru, I was very bummed.... such a HUGE facade for such a mediocre haunt........ But regardless, hate to see a haunt close its doors for any reason!

drfrightner
12-15-2006, 03:51 PM
Speaking of the new haunted house, I was in Orlando and saw they already had ads in discount racks. So I drove over there and NOTHING was inside NOTHING. Just an empty building.

Did they decide not to build the haunt. I would think you would not spend thousands of dollars on ads and not even have a haunted house up and running. I also thought it was a terrible location personally.

Seems like International Drive is going under just like downtown Orlando did. With Universal and Disney building all that after hour stuff I think thats killed off just about everything. I would NOT be surprised to see Wet and Wild go under as well, even though Universal owns it.

Sea World right now is building a new water park next door, and Disney has built two of the best water parks in the World, and I would NOT be surprised to see Universal build on on property.

As I said I think all of International Drive is done for!

Larry

Davey J
12-15-2006, 05:29 PM
We're sort of venturing off topic a bit here, but a couple points on Wet 'n Wild:

Wet 'n Wild does very well. It's one of the top-attended waterparks in the country, consistently in the top five (and by my memory, usually right after or among the Disney waterparks). We're talking in the neighborhood of 1 million guests a year.

But it's built on leased land. So when that lease ultimately runs out, that's when you'll probably see Universal move to build a waterpark on their resort property.

That said, it looks like Wet 'n Wild is going to be adding a new attraction for 2007, so they've likely got at least a few years left on International Drive.

Mr Nightmarez
12-18-2006, 11:30 AM
Larry,

The Terror in Orlando guy has undergone major issues (as most haunts) permits, etc. and building code issues. They are nearly complete now. (I think some $$ issues hit also)

But from what I know and from talking w/ him @ IAPPA - they are trying to open soon... I hope they can pull it off. :twisted:

drfrightner
12-18-2006, 01:50 PM
Two things...

Wet N Wild...by no means did I mean to suggest they are going under, but you make a good point about leased land. I hold to what I said and I truely believe Universal will build a waterpark on property. I was up and down I Drive and most of the stuff is suffering or doing bad. Several things are closed down now, years ago you couldn't get a space if tried, now totally different.

Wet and Wild has a good location right there...close to a lot of hotels!

Secondly the new haunted house, I think its a bad location personally.

I'm not sure if anything will work on International drive anymore...I just hope they have a good lease, meaning cheap!

As bad as Skull Kingdom was, it still had a great location and it failed so a location hidden down I Drive with almost no parking and bad access can't do as good or better. Just my opinion!

Larry

Jim Warfield
12-18-2006, 07:46 PM
And then several thousands of people seem to think an excellant location for a haunted house is hidden in a small rural Illinois town near the graveyard.
Maybe they like the challenge of simply getting here, in the middle of no where?
I like people who like to be challenged.......hahahah!

drfrightner
12-20-2006, 05:46 AM
Jim,

People go out of their way to find you! I going to buy a hunting dog just to locate you...I want the FULL tour!


Larry