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Photo by Bullet, 2011

Viking Motel

Photo by Bullet, 2011
Photo(Bullet, 2011): The Viking Motel was heavily themed and included a mini golf course next door.

Located on Hwy 192 in Kissimmee, the Viking Motel opened in 1992 during the height of tourism in the area.

According to their website, they offered free wi-fi in all of their rooms, cable television with all the local channels and 3 HBO channels, and the rooms are cleaned daily with environmentally “green” cleansers. They eventually added a miniature golf course next door.

They had also pride themselves on the wonderful reviews that had gotten since opening. Since there isn’t much history, let’s read some…

8/4/06-THE FIRST AND ONLY THING I HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THIS PLACE IS THAT THEY ARE NEEDING TO FIND NEW FRONT DESK CLECKS FOR THE NIGHTS!Rude will not even come close to telling the horrors that i faced when checking out the other night. The young man working at the desk was into playing on the computer more than talking to me to see what the problem was, and the lady that was with him was more worried with what he was doing at the time. If not for them it would not be a bad motel, maybe in the future when the owners wise up and them two are gone the place will be ok. But for now sadly no time in the near future will i be staying at the viking motel.

12/18/09-Liked um, the constant employee drunken rampages all day all night. The Motel is home to quite the elite group of “men.” The gay crack-head always fun for late nights out in the ghetto of Orlando FL, or the “Viking’s” most hoarded, wreched, disturbing, and uncleany drunks and possible a giant vermit man. Thiss array allows the vistor a look at what happens truly when u DON”T say NO to DRUGS!!!!

Well, what did you expect for $35 a night? The motel closed down in 2010, another victim of the economic depression. It remained vacant until it was demolished in 2013. Oddly enough, their website is still up though.

Photographer: Bullet
Year Taken: 2011
Website: Abandoned Florida

Viking Motel Website

Photo by Nomeus, 2008 -  Flurbex.com

Disney’s River Country


Opening on June 20, 1976, River Country was the first water park built by the Walt Disney Company. Located on the shore of Bay lake, the park featured a rustic wilderness theme that went along with the adjacent Fort Wilderness Campgrounds and Discovery Island.

Compared to Disney’s other water parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, River Country was the smallest but was more known for it’s unique design. The park used a filtering system that pumped water from the lake into the water slides which emptied into Bay Cove, the park’s main swimming hole. The park was separated from the lake by a bladder, a rubber wall which was inflated a bit higher from the surface of Bay Lake so any excess water can fall back into the lake. Bay Cove was also sand bottomed so it featured smaller attractions such as a tire swing and a cable ride.

Photo: Bay Cove was separated from the lake by a wall which filtered clean water into the park.

The park closed in September 2001, at the end of the season as it usually did. In 2002, it didn’t reopen with rumors circulating that it was undergoing renovations. The rumors continued until on January 20, 2005, The Walt Disney Company officially announced that the park would remain closed permanently. Since then, there hasn’t been an official statement as to why it closed with many speculating the causes.

One rumor was that Disney simply made a business decision to close it. Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Disney began cutting costs where they can which included cutting workers’ hours, the halting of construction on the Pop Century Resort, and parks opening later and closing earlier. It’s not a stretch to think that River Country was among one of things on the budget to be cut.

Another rumor was that it closed down due to rare but deadly disease, amoebic meningoencephalitis, caused by an amoeba which lived Florida’s fresh-water lakes. In 1980, a child died while swimming at River Country the amoeba entered his nose, traveled through the naval passage and attacked the nervous system. This occurred regardless of the fact that the water in Bay Cove was filtered and monitored by Disney so they would know if there was something in the water that shouldn’t be there. There were no other deaths from amoebic meningoencephalitis linked to River Country.

Whatever the reason, it closed and it’s remained closed. Along with Discovery Island and a few others, Disney decided the best thing to do is to let it rot.

Photo: The park’s signature attraction, “Whoop ‘n’ Holler Hollow”; two slides which emptied into Bay Cove. If you didn’t know how to swim, it was advised you didn’t go on it.

Photographer: Nomeus
Year Taken: 2008
Website: FLURBEX

Photo by Nomeus, 2006 - Flurbex.com

AT&T New Global Neighborhood

Photo(Nomeus, 2006 – Flurbex.com): A shot of Spaceship Earth prior to the removal of the hand and wand.

This month marks the 30th anniversary of Disney’s second theme park here in Florida, EPCOT. Originally planned as an experimental controlled community, home to twenty thousands residents; a test bed for emerging city planning and technological ideas and creations. As he put it in his own words:

“EPCOT… will take its cue from the new ideas and new technologies that are now emerging from the creative centers of American industry. It will be a community of tomorrow that will never be completed, but will always be introducing and testing and demonstrating new materials and systems. And EPCOT will always be a showcase to the world for the ingenuity and imagination of American free enterprise. It will be a planned, controlled community, a showcase for American industry and research, schools, cultural and educational opportunities. In EPCOT, there will be no slum areas because we won’t let them develop. There will be no landowners and therefore no voting control. People will rent houses instead of buying them, and at modest rentals. There will be no retirees; everyone must be employed.”

Photo(Nomeus, 2006 – Flurbex.com): An exhibit part of the “New Global Neighborhood” post-show experience.

Walt Disney died long before he was able to see an progress on EPCOT. Though his idea for a Utopian city was set aside for the moment, plans to open a new park continued. Originally, there was much indecision among Imagineers on the park’s purpose, with some wanting it to represent present and any future technological advances while others wanted it to showcase international cultures and customs. At some point in time, the two ideas came together forming a plan similar to those of the world expos, where new technology is presented and guests are able to experience different cultures from around the world with Spaceship Earth as the centerpiece and main attraction.

Opening in 1982, Spaceship Earth was sponsored by the Bell System who had a monopoly on telephone services across the United States. In 1984, the Bell System was broken into smaller companies, with it’s parent company, AT&T, becoming it’s own company. AT&T would go on to continue sponsoring Spaceship Earth from 1984 to 2004.

In 1994, technology had drastically changed since Spaceship Earth opened and AT&T saw it as something that represented the old world, so they decided it was time for a update. Though the majority of the scenes of our history remained unchanged, those showing our current and future communication were largely updated; the script was rewritten, the theme song removed and Jeremy Irons was brought in to narrate. It was with this update that the post-show area was changed, replacing the original “Earth Station” with “AT&T’s Global Neighborhood”. The new post-show experience featured hand-on exhibits featuring AT%T’s communication technology.

Photo(Falcon’s Treehouse): Falcon’s Treehouse designed the new post-experience with the idea of combining nature with high technology materials.

In 1999, to coincide with the Millennium Celebration, AT&T once again updated the post-show. The original “Global Neighborhood” exhibits were removed and replaced with a large tree made of thick steel cable dubbed “The Network Tree” which sat atop a geodesic, transparent floor. Guests were able to see all the cables which connected to various exhibits through the tree’s branches and roots. This new post-show was renamed “The New Global Neighborhood”.

In 2003, after nearly 20-years as the sponsor, AT&T decided to end it’s partnership with Disney and subsequent sponsorship of the attraction. The “New Global Neighborhood” was removed and the area boarded up.

Photo(Nomeus, 2006 – Flurbex.com): The Network Tree as it stood years after it was boarded up.

Photographer: Nomeus
Year Taken: 2006
Website: FLURBEX