ack in fall 1999, Spaceship
Earth, the most famous landmark at Epcot Center, was fitted with a
2000 icon held in the hand of an unidentified Disney character to
help underscore Walt Disney World's 15-month Millennium
The event concluded Jan. 1, and by the end of May, the 2000 will
have been replaced with the word Epcot displayed in script. The
word will be embroidered with 250,000 sequin-like eye-catchers.
What Insider feels your clients really need to know about
Spaceship Earth is that it can be seen for miles -- day and night
-- and for that reason, regardless of what icon is affixed to it,
agents should tell clients that this is the place to meet should
individuals get separated from their party, or if the party splits
up to see different attractions within the Future World sector.
Spaceship Earth is not only a great lost-and-found locale, but
it can shield them from the hot sun or rain.
Inside the structure is an updated ride depicting the history of
Although snow is never a factor during a Puerto Rico winter, 300
tons of the sparkling white stuff attracted record crowds to Old
San Juan during the holiday season.
No, it wasn't the El Nino weather phenomenon but rather the
brainchild of two entertainment firms that staged a three-week
holiday spectacle, complete with snowmen and snowballs.
The snow was shipped in refrigerated cargo ships from Labrador,
Canada, and stored in refrigerated vans near Luis Munoz Marin Park
in San Juan.
Organizer Luis Guzman said the flakes were free, but the
transport cost $200,000.
Apparently, news of the unusual shipment was carried on many
Canadian television stations and in major newspapers.
One of the papers had a front page story about Canada's new
While the event attracted lots of locals, Insider would bet that
visitors from the Northeast, who had fled the Blizzard of 2001 for
sun and sand, were not overly impressed.
Although the election was over by mid-December, Palm Beach
County has not been forgotten -- for better or for worse, according
to Warren (Mac) McLaughlin, president of the Palm Beach County
Convention & Visitors Bureau.
During a bureau press luncheon in New York, McLaughlin told
those at his table that all over the world -- even in the real Chad
in Africa (made famous by the wayward ballot), everybody finally
knows that Palm Beach is in Florida.
As a result of the worldwide election coverage, they no longer
confuse it with Palm Springs in California, he said.
That's the good news.
"But they think we're dumb," he observed -- that's the bad
McLaughlin also disclosed that the bureau's famous $500 Worth of
the Palm Beaches for Free coupon booklet -- with two-for-one deals
-- which circulated spring through fall for many years, has doubled
Thanks to inflation, the 2001 version will be headlined $1,000
Worth of the Palm Beaches for Free.
You can believe it. The savings were not tallied by poll