Titanic attraction targets weddings market

ORLANDO -- The attraction Titanic -- Ship of Dreams, which contains artifacts from the ill-fated passenger liner, introduced special pricing and expanded facilities for weddings, small group meetings and corporate functions.

Paul Burns, manager, said that people who enjoyed the beauty and romance of the movie "Titanic" will find an "elaborate backdrop for a variety of special events."

The attraction added a special-event room, which holds 60 for a catered dinner and 85 for a buffet.

The new Wedding Package, which is commissionable at 10%, at $29.95 per person for groups of up to 20, includes admission to the attraction, use of the private room and a ceremony at the foot of the re-created Grand Staircase.

For groups of 21 or more, the cost can vary.

Other plans to increase attendance are in the works, Burns said. For example, one of the Titanic's three giant propellers, with an identifying sign, will be relocated from the attraction to a busy tourist thoroughfare ,International Drive, to stimulate walk-in business.

The attraction recently rated publicity when one of its prized exhibits, a deck chair from the Titanic, was broken, apparently as a result of someone sitting on it.

The chair had been offered on eBay, an on-line auction site, for an estimated sale price of $200,000 to $300,000, but as a result of the damage did not make its minimum bid.

The Titanic exhibit includes more than 200 artifacts, some on display for the first time.

A costume worn by Leonardo DiCaprio in his movie role is on display, as well as memorabilia from such classic films as "A Night to Remember."

The attraction also offers re-created staterooms from the ship and live interpretations by storytellers in period dress.

Titanic -- Ship of Dreams is at the Mercado Marketplace on International Drive.

The hours are from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Admission is $16.95 plus tax for adults (defined as persons 13 years of age and older) and $11.95 plus tax for children (ages 6 to 12).

Agents ordering tickets for resale get a 15% discount.

For details, contact the sales department at (877) 410-1912.

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