Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Corn Maze, 60 foot slide, hayrides and more!

Central Florida isn't just home to theme parks. It's got local charm and small town (OK, farm) stuff too!

Every Fall in the months of October & November Scott's Maze Adventures opens featuring our 6 acre Corn Maze.

Fall Corn Maze Dates & Hours:
October 2, 2010 - November 28, 2010
Saturdays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sundays 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. (WE DO NOT OPEN FARM GATES UNTIL 1:00 on SUNDAYS!)
**LAST TICKET SOLD AT 3:00 PM, Farm closes at 5:00

TUESDAYS through FRIDAYS are by reservations ONLY and there is a minimum of $164.00, see Groups info at bottom!

Admission Options (Kids 2 and under free):
Corn Maze & Adventure Area;
Youth (3 – 16) $8.00
Adults (17 & Older) $10.00

Corn Maze & Adventure Area includes;
6.5 acre Corn Maze Half acre Mini Corn Maze
Labyrinth Rock Maze Mist Maze
60’ Super Slide Kids Zip Line
Picnic Area First level of Maze Tower
Children’s Play Area (including giant sandbox and playground)
Mazie the Dragon Parking
Country Market Access to Food Vendors

“Fishing FOR Kids” - $2.00 extra per person
“Cornfusion” Tree Maze - $2.00 extra per person
Weekend Hayrides - $4.00 per person

Fishing for Kids and Cornfusion Tree Maze are only on weekends. Tickets, may not be purchased separately and must be purchased as part of a combination ticket.

Weekend Discount Combo Admission;

Adult Maze & Hayride $13.00
Adult Maze & Hayride & Tree Maze $15.00

Youth Maze & Hayride $11.00
Youth Maze & Fishing $10.00
Youth Maze & Tree Maze $10.00
Youth Maze & Hayride & Fishing $13.00
Youth Maze & Hayride & Tree Maze $13.00
Youth Maze & Fishing & Tree Maze $11.00
Youth Maze & Hayride & Fishing & Tree Maze $15.00

Weekend Group Discounts apply ONLY;

•For Maze admission only
•With 25 or more paying guests, you receive 3 free Maze admissions
•Must have made an advance reservation
•Must have paid the group deposit, in our office 48 hours before arrival
•Does not include any other discount, i.e. Scout’s dollar off, combo tickets

Scout Weekend Discount*;
This year we do have 2 Scout weekends; October 16th and November 6th!! It is one dollar off to any Scout that is wearing a Scout Uniform. Or you can bring a group of 25 or more and qualify for the group discount. See above for weekend discounts!

Fall-O-Ween Weekend Discount*;
At the Farm the weekend of October 30th is our Fall-O-Ween. Anyone with a costume will receive one dollar off the Maze admission only. Not applicable with combo tickets.

Veteran's Weekend Discount*;
Any American Seviceman or Veteran with a valid ID card on the weekend of November 13th will get in free. Not applicable with combo tickets.

*Offers and discounts cannot be combined; everyone must pay to enter the Maze Park Area even if you do not take advantage of all activities.

Hayrides are on a hay wagon pulled by a Farm Tractor, about 15 to 20 minutes around part of the Farm. Weekends only.

Farm Tours are on a hay wagon pulled by a Farm Tractor, about 25 minutes around part of the Farm and includes an informative talk about our Farm, what and how we grow our produce. It will include our environmental practices and some Farming history. We encourage questions. For weekday groups.

“Fishing FOR kids” helps kids learn to bait a hook with a worm and fish in our pond on a cane pole. It is Catch and Release, so all fish will be returned to the pond. We provide the poles and the worms.

“Cornfusion” Tree Maze is a three acre maze, made of more than 1,000 Ligustrum Trees! These Ligustrum trees are in the shape of one large ear of corn! From the air it looks like this;

All Youth 16 and under MUST be chaperoned by an adult!
Food vendors are only here on the weekends and just take cash.
Groups under 20 do not need reservations during General Public hours.

Weekend Groups
We encourage groups of 20 or more coming on the weekends to make reservations ahead of time. It helps with crowd control, we only deal with one person for payment and that saves much time! We will "try" to get your group through the lines as quickly as possible. Since weekends are open to the General Public, setting aside a separate picnic area will depend on when you made your reservation and what time you arrive at the Farm. See Groups info!

Farewell letter from Disney archivist Dave Smith

Dear friends, fellow cast members, and Disney fans:

It has been so gratifying to me to have established the Walt Disney Archives and run it for the past 40 years, helping to preserve the history of a company that means so much to so many people around the world. When I reported for my first day of work at the Disney Studio back in June 1970, I never envisioned myself staying in the same role for four decades. But, what started out as a mere job turned into a labor of love.

From a glimmer of an idea, the Archives has turned into a department which continually proves itself invaluable to The Walt Disney Company. I am very pleased to have had the support of an ever-growing and knowledgeable staff and of every CEO of this company from Roy O. Disney to Bob Iger. If these corporate leaders had not championed the Archives, we would not have the department that we have today – one that is so beneficial to the entire Disney organization.

But I won't be going far. Rest assured, I will still be dropping by the office occasionally to help out when needed – keeping up "Disney A to Z," speaking to D23 and other groups, and advising authors that are writing on Disney subjects. And of course, I'll also be on hand to answer future "Ask Dave" questions.

So as I retire, I am comforted to know that I am leaving behind a very viable department for our new director, Becky Cline, to take over. And with your support, I am sure that the Archives will continue to serve our company for many years to come!

Yours always,


Monday, September 27, 2010

Book tour for Universal book 2011

Orlando Author on Book Tour Will Reveal Why J.K. Rowling Chose Universal – And What She Got In Return

ORLANDO – It might have been the “Wizarding World of Walt Disney,” but the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the hottest thing to hit Orlando in decades, opened at Universal Orlando instead. How come?

It’s a question that has a lot of people scratching their heads. After all, with its fabled “Imagineers” and deep pockets, Walt Disney World seemed the logical choice to bring the phenomenally successful Potter franchise to vivid life.

So why did the Boy Wizard take up residence at Universal’s Islands of Adventure? It seems Universal made Ms. Rowling an offer she couldn’t refuse.

Seth Kubersky, a former Universal team member and Orlando journalist, will discuss the behind-the-scenes story of how Universal's Wizarding World came to be in a series of talks at Barnes and Noble stores in Orlando, Tampa, and Jacksonville, Florida from October 5 to 9.

Kubersky, a former stage technician and special event supervisor at Universal, is co-author of Universal Orlando 2011: The Ultimate Guide to the Ultimate Theme Park Adventure (The Intrepid Traveler, $15.95).

Among the other insider stories and little-known facts Kubersky will unveil are how Universal’s designers got around the Federal Aviation Administration’s height limit for buildings when they created Hogwarts Castle, and the best ways to beat the enormous crowds that have packed Harry’s world since its opening.

Titled, “Hidden Harry Potter: Seven Insider Secrets of Universal Orlando’s New Wizarding World,” Kubersky’s presentation will also unveil some of the surprising ingredients in butterbeer, as well as where to grab a mug of the wildly popular brew with the least waiting time.

Kubersky is uniquely qualified to reveal the secrets behind Harry Potter’s theme park magic. As technician for the Terminator 2: 3-D attraction, he has ridden the Terminator’s motorcycle on stage. As stage manager for Halloween Horror Nights, he spent whole nights in a haunted house, and performed on stage at the Universal Cineplex as producer of the Rocky Horror Picture Show “Live.” Kubersky also keeps an eagle eye on Orlando’s theme park scene as the culture columnist for the Orlando Weekly, and has contributed to Visit Florida and Virgin Airlines magazines as well as Rudy Maxa's radio shows.

Universal Orlando 2011 can be ordered at a discount at

The “Hidden Harry Potter” events will be held at the following Barnes and Noble locations. All events are free.

October 5, 7:00 p.m.
Colonial Plaza Market Center
2418 E. Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32803

October 7, 7:00 p.m.
11802 N. Dale Mabry Hwy.
Tampa, FL 33618

October 9, 1:00 p.m.
Mandarin Village Shopping Center
11112 San Jose Blvd., Suite 8
Jacksonville, FL 32223

Destination D scavenger hunt to take place in WDW in spring 2011

· Destination D: Walt Disney World 40th Anniversary. Following the rave reviews of Destination D: Disneyland ’55, D23 has announced Destination D: Walt Disney World 40th Anniversary to be held in spring 2011 (exact dates TBD). The event will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Orlando resort, its history and heritage. Panels will include all-new presentations that echo the successful panels at Destination D: Disneyland ’55, including “Walt Disney World: The Way We Were,” hosted by Disney Legend Dave Smith, “Weird Disney” with Walt Disney Archives director Becky Cline, “From Quirky to Collectible: The Wonderful World of Walt Disney World Merchandise,” “Walt Disney World Through the Eye of Television” and “Walt Disney World in Pop Culture,” as well as a special evening event featuring musical memories from throughout the history of Walt Disney World. Other panels, featured speakers and details will be announced soon on the D23 Web site.

· D23’s Great Disney Scavenger Hunt: Walt Disney World. The race is on… again! Following this past weekend’s first Great Disney Scavenger Hunt at Disneyland with 2,000 people and 575 teams, D23 is inviting guests to the Walt Disney World Resort for a fun-filled, two-day hunt around the World. In spring 2011, for the first time in the 40-year history of Walt Disney World, guests will have the chance to scour all four theme parks to win incredible Disney prizes in this official Disney scavenger hunt. The cost will be $50 per team for D23 Members and $75 per team of non-members. Each team will consist of between 2-4 participants, and additional rules and registration information will be available soon at the D23 Web site.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Disney is now the "offiical theme park" of the Orlando Magic

It may sound like an odd combination - an official theme park for a basketball team? official cruise line? - but it's not so odd.

Disney is the 800 pound gorilla here, so the Magic should be joined with them. And think about the name. The "Magic". This is no coincidence!

More details here:

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Vault of Walt - new book by Jim Korkis

Ayefour Publishing, the publisher of "Project Future: The Inside Story Behind the Creation of Disney World" is pleased to announce the release of a new book by internationally renowned Disney Historian, Jim Korkis.

"Vault of Walt" is an exciting look into many previously untold stories related to the life of Walt Disney--all from the exclusive research of Jim Korkis and his alias Wade Sampson.

The book includes a Foreword by Walt Disney's daughter, Diane Disney Miller.

The original material in "Vault of Walt" promises to be a "must read" for Disney fans of all types as it focuses on Disney films, Disney parks, and other amazing stories from the life of an amazing man, Walt Disney.

Attached you will find a press release; FAQ; the Diane Disney Miller Foreword; and the book's Table of Contents.

"Vault of Walt" is currently available at and will be officially released on on October 3rd (including a Kindle version).

Jim Korkis is available for interviews and appearances for "Vault of Walt". To schedule an interview or appearance, please contact Jim Korkis directly at

For additional information related to the "Vault of Walt", contact Chad Emerson of Ayefour Publishing at 334.201.5241 or

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

IAAPA returns to Orlando

IAAPA Attractions Expo will be back in Orlando in November, 2010. If you've not been before, you'll be amazed at the up-and-coming range of amusements and parks. It's $199 to register as a non-member. Register to attend here: