Weeki Wachee

Wednesday, August 13, 2003 5:15 AM
Did I spell that right?

There was a live remote on the Today Show this morning from Weeki Wachee, the roadside mermaid attraction down here in Florida. They are facing a financial crisis that may require them to close the place up.

I guess it is the way life goes but I am sad to see these types of places close up. With all the "Travel Channel" type shows out there I wish they would do some shows on the old tourist attractions that were the staple of America back in the day.

There probably aren't many bigger fans of the amusement industry to me and I love to see where we are going but I wish we could hang on a little to where we have been and what got us here.

Just my .02 cents for the day.

Wednesday, August 13, 2003 8:42 AM
Actually, the travel show DID do a show on roadside attractions earlier this summer and Weeki Wachee was on it. Brought back huge memories for me because, as a synchronized swimmer, I had seriously considered moving to FLA and getting a job there. Of course, that was when it was in it's heyday.


I'd rather die living than live like I'm dead

Wednesday, August 13, 2003 9:11 AM
My mom grew up in Florida in the Altimonte Springs area. My family took a visit back there in 1998. My mom was deeply sadden by what she saw down there. (She hadnt been back for about 10-15 years.) She remembered playing in Weeki Wachee Springs, but didnt remember it the way it looked in 1998. That and most of the orange groves were gone which upset her because thats how her dad made a living before he died prematurely. He worked for Minute Made in the groves.
Wednesday, August 13, 2003 9:18 AM
My Grandparents took me to the park in the early 1980's, along the with larger (I think) Silver Springs. Based on images from the web site, I agree with NoLimitChic's mom when she didn't recognize it. Even so, I hate to see any park in financial trouble. I agree that the classic parks still retain a cretain charm that the mega parks just don't have.

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