THE HARD ROCK VAULT opened Dec. 23 at the Mercado
Mediterranean Village along Orlando's International Drive.
Grand-opening celebrations, meanwhile, are slated for Jan. 16. The
17,000-square-foot interactive museum features themed exhibits and
galleries showcasing memorabilia and displays "for music fans of
all ages," said a spokesman. More than 1,000 items from the Hard
Rock collection fill the rooms of The Vault, including the two
guitars that spawned the entire collection -- the guitars of Eric
Clapton and The Who's Pete Townshend that hung above the bar in the
original Hard Rock Cafe in London. The Hard Rock Vault is open
daily from 9 a.m. to midnight. General admission is $14,95 for
adults and $8.95 for children ages 5 to 12. For more information,
cal (407) 599-7625 or visit www.hardrock.com.
EXHIBITS at The Vault include "The Hungry Eye,"
a look at poster art and record covers from rock history; "The
Temple of Toys & Trinkets," featuring collectible rock &
roll items; and "The Roots Room," honoring the early legends of
rock music. Of special note is "The Total Immersion Tour," a
multi-sensory walk through various periods of rock music, featuring
a visit to "The Dressing Room," an in-depth look at rock fashion,
and "The King's Chamber," a tribute to Elvis Presley.
FOUR SEASONS Hotels and Resorts purchased about
400 acres in Celebration, with future plans calling for the
property to house a 425-room luxury hotel, an 18-hole golf course
and a fractional ownership Four Seasons Residence Club. Still in
the early planning stages, a date for construction has not been
determined. This is the first property for Four Seasons in Central
Florida. The company currently operates one other resort in
Florida, Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach.
AGENT RATES & DATES
• Edgewater Beach Resort in Panama City Beach is extending
discounted rates to travel agents through March 31. Rates start at
$59 per night, double, for Sunday- through Thursday-night stays and
$79 for Friday and Saturday stays. To book, call (800) 874-8686 or
• Through May 31, the National and the Palms properties in South
Beach also are inviting agents with discounts. At the National,
rooms start at $115 per night while rooms at the Palms run from
$117 per night, including breakfast. Prices are per room, double.
For details, call (800) 550-0505.
CONTINENTAL launched nonstop service on Dec. 12
between New York and Daytona Beach with two daily flights; and
between Cleveland andWest Palm Beach with one flight per day.
PENCIL IT IN
• Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality World Travel
Congress for Travel with Disabilities & the Mature, Miami, Jan.
15 to 19.
• Florida Huddle, Coconut Grove, Jan. 22 to 24.
• Meeting Professionals International, Professional Educational
Conference -- North America, Orlando, Feb. 2 to 4.
• United Motorcoach Association Motorcoach Expo, Orlando, Feb. 19
• Seatrade, Cruise Shipping Convention, Miami, March 3 to 6.
• Travel Alternatives Group, 4th International Conference on Gay
& Lesbian Tourism, Miami Beach, March 10 to 13.
• American Society of Association Executives, Strategic Leadership
Forum, Kissimmee, March 29.