Disney to postpone opening of Pop Century Resort

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The Orlando Sentinel is reporting the Disney will postpone the opening of the Pop Century Resort. :

1-2 Punch zaps theme parks

The news got even grimmer for Central Florida’s slumping tourism industry on Tuesday: Disney World indefinitely postponed the opening of its huge Pop Century resort, and Universal Orlando laid off 100 full-time employees.

The latest one-two punch underscored how badly the tourism-driven region has been devastated by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Pop Century, a 5,760-room complex planned to equal the sprawling All-Star resorts as the attraction’s largest hotel, was delayed once this year – from December to March.

The first, 2,880-room phase of the $460 million hotel, which was designed to showcase pop icons including the Big Wheel and the Rubik’s Cube, now has an indefinite debut date. And the new date for completion of the second phase – originally planned for 2003 – is anyone’s guess.

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