Travel Weekly's Florida E-Letter: October 17, 2001

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.

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