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series: Greetings From Forgotten Florida
air date: 12/23/12 5:00 PM
This light-hearted one-hour documentary tells of Florida's golden age of tourism in a wonderful, wacky, fun-loving way. It takes viewers to destinations in Florida where thousands of families from all over the United States traveled including Goofy Golf, Jungle Jane, Parrot Jungle, Florida's oldest theme park, Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven and Marineland - the world's first oceanarium. Before the arrival of mammoth theme parks like Disney World, Florida was a more whimsical place-with a different, perhaps quirky sense of make-believe that drew tourists back year after year. From the turn of the century through the 1970s, American families flocked by the thousands making the long journey south to visit Florida. Greetings from Forgotten Florida tells the wonderful (and sometimes strange) stories of the and entrepreneurs who created Florida's classic destinations. Through remarkable archival footage and home movies, the film reveals that even though some of Florida's tourist treasures are gone, they are definitely not forgotten. Drawing on the recollections of people who were part of Florida's golden age of tourism we meet a Weeki Watchee mermaid from the 1950s; the original dolphin trainers from Marineland; and families who would leave the cold of a New England morning and drive through the night--to wake up to the smell of warm sea air and the taste of fresh orange juice squeezed from a roadside grove. Journey back to a time when tourists envisioned beautiful mermaids, dancing dolphins, glass-bottomed boats and coral castles in Greetings from Forgotten Florida. It's a nostalgic excursion to a magical time and place for the whole family.
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