Orlando theme park attractions that closed in 2014

Posted Wednesday, December 31, 2014 8:56 AM | Contributed by Jeff

From musical acts to entire ride collections, a number of attractions closed for good this year around Central Florida.

See the photos from The Orlando Sentinel.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 8:58 AM

I was sad to see the music go at Epcot. I always felt like Off Kilter and Mo'Rockin were an essential part of the experience. I was happy to see such a huge crowd show up for them on their last day.

NASCAR Cafe sucked. I went once, like 12 years ago when staying on-property, and just thought it was terrible. Still surprised that NASCAR fans couldn't keep it afloat.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 12:00 PM

The whole themed chain restaurant thing seems to be slowly dying outside of Hard Rock.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 12:12 PM

Jeff said:

NASCAR Cafe sucked. I went once, like 12 years ago when staying on-property, and just thought it was terrible. Still surprised that NASCAR fans couldn't keep it afloat.

Been a long time for me too - as I recall, the food was fair/poor at best.

Still somewhat surprised the NASCAR fans couldn't keep it afloat on a sea of Budweiser sales alone...

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 12:47 PM

Why are we suprised that NASCAR fans didn't support a poor food experience at a terrible restaurant?

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 1:25 PM

Because they support a poor "sports" experience at terrible venues?

Edit: I actually have nothing against NASCAR or its fans. I just knew that someone would say this eventually.

Last edited by ApolloAndy, Wednesday, December 31, 2014 1:30 PM
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 2:12 PM

Yeah, I'm a hater. I think little of NASCAR and assume that if your taste in sports is that low, it can't be much better for food. :)

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 2:55 PM

"I don't like car racing so people who do must like bad food."

Got it.

(for the record, I wouldn't sit through a NASCAR race if you paid me)

I dunno. It's a simple kind of person enjoying a simple thing. No harm no foul. Too easy of a target. Feels mean spirited.

I prefer to hate on people who should know better - like educated, affluent people complaining that vacation is hard.

Last edited by Lord Gonchar, Wednesday, December 31, 2014 3:05 PM
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 4:58 PM

I feel entitled to rip on NASCAR since every member of my family has a favorite driver.

Besides, South Park ripped NASCAR better than I ever could....

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 5:31 PM

Tekwardo said:

...seems to be slowly dying outside of Hard Rock.

I'd say theme restaurant chains are pretty much dead aside from Hard Rock and Rainforest Cafe.

There was a fad for theme restaurant chains back in the 90s. All Star Cafe (sports), Fashion Cafe (supermodels -- because who wouldn't want to eat at a restaurant themed to people who notoriously don't eat much...), Marvel Mania (Marvel comics), Motown Cafe (guess) -- all long gone; none of the restaurants that did manage to open lasted very long.

Most of these places apparently had business plans that boiled down "theme = money!!!!"

Hard Rock has lasted, I think, because they have been very good at managing the brand all these years, and the restaurants put out good food. Not great food, but good, and at a price point people are willing to pay.

I have no understanding of either the appeal or the longevity of Rainforest Cafe.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 5:37 PM

I didn't say I didn't like auto racing, I said I didn't like NASCAR. I kind of like Indy racing. I'd love to see a Formula E race.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 5:53 PM

It's still rude and condescending to say that people that like NASCAR are lesser individuals.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 6:24 PM

We're really going to go there? Trashing sports fans as a civil rights issue? I grew up in Cleveland... I think I've earned the right to rag on any sport after a lifetime of losing.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 7:04 PM

In all fairness, you weren't ragging on the sport. You were ragging on the type of people that like the sport. Not a civil rights issue, but definitely an issue of being civil towards a stereotype.

But, as I have in the past, I'd like to commend you for not using "Hilljack" anywhere in this thread. :)

No biggie. I'm open to poking fun at all, let's knock down those walls. But NASCAR watchers having lowbrow tastes is such an easy and lazy target. It's easier than enthusiasts and gravy. Go for the higher hanging fruit, man.

Last edited by Lord Gonchar, Thursday, January 1, 2015 1:19 AM
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 9:17 PM

It's one thing to playfully trash sports fans. It's another thing to post stereotypical, ignorant comments on a website just because you don't get why they like it.

It's not s civil rights issue. It's an issue of being classy.

Thursday, January 1, 2015 9:40 AM

There are over 196 million licensed drivers in the US alone. That does not make "go fast, turn left" a sport.

(Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Highway Statistics 2003, Washington, DC: 2004)

Thursday, January 1, 2015 9:43 AM

I was lucky enough to snag a credit on the old town windstorm. It cost 5 bucks for a crappy credit.

Thursday, January 1, 2015 11:05 AM

Being classy, about sports no less, and avoiding cheap shots, is now a thing here?

What has happened to CoasterBuzz?

Thursday, January 1, 2015 11:40 AM

The only thing worse than NASCAR is monster truck racing.

Thursday, January 1, 2015 11:42 AM

Pete I have to disagree... Monster Jam in the big stadiums is AWESOME! NASCAR, meh...


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