Travel Weekly's Florida E-Letter: November 13, 2002

DELEWARE NORTH Park Services of Spaceport Inc. appointed Daniel LeBlanc chief operating officer. Most recently, LeBlanc served as vice president of operations and marketing. He joined the company in 1996 as director of marketing. The concern runs the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida for NASA.

IN RELATED NEWS, the film "Apollo 13: The IMAX Experience" will hold its premiere today at the visitor complex. It will be shown daily at 3:30 p.m. and is included in the admission price. For information, call (321) 449-4400 or check the Web site at

LUXURY TRAVEL EXPO attendees can take a 10-minute helicopter ride to view the new Grande Lakes Orlando resort complex, set to open in July. Along for the ride will be Bruce Seigel, director of marketing for the two hotels opening at the complex -- a 1,000-room JW Marriott and a 584-room Ritz-Carlton. The Luxury Travel Expo is slated for Dec. 11 and 12 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, with the helicopter rides operating from the convention center, Seigel said. For information on the Grande Lakes Orlando resort complex, call (407) 529-2223.

DELTA VACATIONS resumed sales of Walt Disney World packages that include Disney-owned on-site properties. For the past year, on-site hotels were not offered. As of Nov. 7, the operator began offering 20 on-site hotels in packages involving travel beginning Jan. 1. For information, call the operator at (800) 221-6666 or check the Web site at

IN DAYTONA BEACH, the $250 million Ocean Walk Village vacation and entertainment district opened another phase: Ocean Walk Shoppes. The expansion includes a 10-screen movie theater; a seafood restaurant themed after the movie "Forrest Gump;" a Hawaiian-themed bar; and a southwestern-themed restaurant and bar. Additional stores are slated to debut in December.

TWO ATTRACTIONS, meanwhile, were forced to close because of falling attendance- JungleLand in Kissimmee and Adventure Landing in Daytona Beach. JungleLand was a 7-acre zoo-like park, with some 500 animals. Previously, it operated under the name Alligatorland Safari Zoo. The 5-acre Adventure Landing was a pirate-themed water park and entertainment center. It opened in summer 1998 and later became a component of the Ocean Walk Village complex

SAWGRASS MILLS, the state's largest shopping mall devoted largely to outlet stores, will open a $50 million educational and amusement center for children in spring 2004. The center will teach them about the skills needed for adult professions, such a pilot, a doctor and a firefighter. Grupo Magico USA, an amusement park operator will build the area modeled after City of Children in Mexico City. The Sunrise-based mall attracts upwards of 25 million visitors a year, including many from abroad and from other states. Admission to the center is expected to be $15 to $20.

• AirTran on Jan. 7 will beef up its service to and from Tallahassee. It will add one daily nonstop between Tallahassee and Atlanta, bringing the total to three flights, and two nonstops between Tallahassee and Tampa, bringing the total to five. Also, three flights going to Tampa from Tallahassee will continue on to Miami; there will be similar northbound service from Miami to Tallahassee via Tampa. Most flights on these routes will be on Canadair regional jets operated by Air Wisconsin Airlines Corp., doing business as AirTran JetConnect.
• Discover Air, an Orlando-based carrier, launched scheduled charter service three times a week between Key West and Nassau, Bahamas, using a 19-seat Jetstream aircraft. Service is offered Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. One-way fares start at $99. The airline pays 5% commission, uncapped. For information, call (888) 359-3247 or visit

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