THE TERRORISM climate apparently was too
controversial for the NBC-TV network and it scrapped its 2001 NBC
Soap FanFest weekend, set for Nov. 3 and 4 at the Universal Studios
theme park in Orlando. It will be rescheduled for next year.
Universal Studios Vacations is handling refunds and other inquiries
from those soap opera fans who had purchased related package
vacations. The phone number is (877) 912-3838.
MEANWHILE, SOAP OPERA devotees, still had an
event at a Walt Disney World park -- Disney-MGM Studios -- where
the ABC Super Soap Weekend was on the schedule for Nov. 2 to 4.
TANGO, Air Canada's new low-fare brand, will
begin to sell tickets to Florida destinations by the end of this
week for travel before the end of the year. Tango has not yet
announced exactly when it will start its Florida service, which
will include these city pairs: Toronto and Tampa, and Toronto and
Fort Lauderdale, Montreal and Fort Lauderdale, Toronto and Orlando
and Montreal and Orlando.
THROUGH AN arrangement with Florida AAA
outlets, residents can purchase the Walt Disney World 100 Years of
Magic annual pass, which includes 100 extra free days. The pass
must be purchased by Dec. 30, and redeemed by then at a park ticket
window. It costs $289 for those ages 10 or older and $246 for ages
3 to 9. Floridians also qualify for a $49 room rate through Feb. 13
at Disney's All-Star Sports Resort and All-Star Music Resort.
Black-out dates are Nov. 20 to 23 and Dec. 26 to 31.
AMERICA WEST will begin service Dec. 15 between
its Columbus (Ohio) hub and Orlando. The airline plans two daily
nonstop roundtrip flights using Airbus A320s.
TWO SISTER night clubs, capable of handling a
total of 3,000 visitors, opened at Pointe Orlando, near the
Orlando-Orange County Convention Center. The $10 admission covers
both clubs and there are group rates for 20 or more. Metropolis,
with Moulin Rouge decor, has music from the '80s and '90s, Top 40
selections, billiard tables and a dance floor. Matrix, with
futuristic decor, has a dance floor and offers high-tech effects,
including a light show and music from Techno, Eurotrance, Breakout
and the Top 40 selections. Seating is done in the shapes of shoes,
hands and lips. For group information, call Trisha Jenkins,
corporate and convention sales manager, (407) 370-3700.
A 15% COMMISSION is available to agents from
the Doral Golf Resort and Spa, Miami on two value-added offers. The
first is the booking of one room at $129 per night or two rooms for
$169, on stays now through Dec. 31. The second offer is the
one-night Championship Golf Package, priced from $169 per person,
double, on stays through Nov. 20 and from Dec. 9 to Dec. 31. The
latter covers a round of golf with cart, instruction, use of the
driving range, a full breakfast and other features. For
information, call (800) 71-DORAL.