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MAN-ATEE AND WOMAN-TARAY: UPSTART SUPERHEROES, OR DIABOLICAL VILLAINS?

MAN-ATEE AND WOMAN-TARAY: UPSTART SUPERHEROES, OR DIABOLICAL VILLAINS?
NEW YORK MECHANIC "MAN-ATEE" AND ACCOMPLICE "WOMAN-TARAY" INVOLVED IN FLORIDA BEACH CRIME WAVE

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Meet the Sea Dragons of OZ and the Yeti Crab

Meet the Sea Dragons of OZ and the Yeti Crab
OZ is shorthand for Australia, and not related to a Wizard

NEWSFLASH! CRIME WAVE EXPECTED TO HIT FLORIDA BEACHES!

NEWSFLASH! CRIME WAVE EXPECTED TO HIT FLORIDA BEACHES!
Catch Man-Atee And Woman-TaRay, Surfacing Soon

Bad Biker Kitties Are On The Prowl

Bad Biker Kitties Are On The Prowl
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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Orlando's Animatronic Bird Shopping Center: The Tiki Room Mall

Animatronic Birds Perform at Orlando's old Mercado Shopping Center

You can find gifts big and you can find gifts small at Orlando's Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Tiki Mall!

Way back in the Summer of 1987, I got to spend a week with my parents at a condo in Orlando, Florida.  We spent multiple days at SeaWorld on this trip (we got a good deal) as well as a visit to Epcot and the Disney Village Marketplace.  We spent a great deal of time seeing things around Orlando, including some Outlet Malls, restaurants, and a shopping center with an animatronic bird show.

In the early 1980s, animatronic shows were all the rage.  They were in pizza places and amusement centers everywhere.

I will never forget these birds singing "Put the Lime in the Coconut".  What I have forgotten is the name of the mall, where it was exactly, and what stores we visited.  Does the mall still exist? (No).  Are the birds still performing somewhere?  I like to think that someone in Orlando has them on display in their living room.

Update:  Thanks to Bobby Bickert, we can now identify the mall as the Mercado Mediterranean Shopping Village (opened in 1986).  It looks like the birds ended up flying the coop.  According to Bobby:


When I was in Orlando in the fall of 1987, one of the places I visited was a then-new shopping center called Mercado. I don't remember there being any singing animatronic birds there, but I did some Google searching, and that's where they were!

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1988-06-06/business/0040370110_1_tourist-trap-specialty-retail-shops-gift-shop

Unfortunately not only is Mercado closed (apparently nearly a decade ago), it's also been demolished.

So now we now we know the rest of the story.  Looks like the Mercado birds met the same fate as the Showbiz Pizza Place robots.

The former Mercado site is now the home of the Orlando Eye complex (now called the "Coca-Cola Orlando Eye").