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Grand Prix Tampa Is History

Grand Prix Tampa is now closed and relegated to a sweet memory, for many over its over 40 years of existence. The legendary date spot and birthday party palace offered batting cages, go karts, miniature golf, arcade games. It also included a ropes course seen easily while traveling 275 toward Bearss Avenue. If you have been in this Tampa community, some celebration has brought you to the establishment formerly know as Malibu.  I moved to Tampa, in 1998 and bought my first home in Carrollwood, so those fun times were a part of my introduction to Tampa life. My 13 year old daughter and I went a few weeks ago.  Numbers fade and new coats of paint are necessary but it was great weekend afternoon of fun.  After 3 holes, she started matching my trash talk and sneaky distraction tactics. I felt as though I was passing this rough diamond onto her as a place she can enjoy.  This memory will stay with both of us as  Grand Prix Tampa is history.

Progress Takes Another Favorite Away

Plans to build new developments are met with open arms when housing issues come about.  It’s pretty understandable.  Long-time owners can get out of the property with some sort of profit and new ideas get a chance to flourish.  New owners Christian and Carlos Yepes, of the Belleair Development Group, have a plan that will provide housing option for many.  Once the smoke clears, the 15 acre lot will become 11 three-level apartment buildings.  Tampa Bay Times reports that the property will accommodate 298 units, for our fast growing community. Anyone searching for a new housing option can tell there are slim pickings, so we get it.  Yet, every Tampa staple, from large to small, that disappears from the map, takes a little slither of your heart.


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The Weeknd Gets A House At Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights

The Weeknd has teamed up with Universal Studios and is getting his own haunted house for Halloween Horror Nights. The house is inspired by his 2020 album “After Hours.” You’ll walk-through a “living nightmare” while listening to select tracks from his “After Hours” album that will be reimagined as a horror movie soundtrack for an “outrageously haunting experience.”

Be prepared to be stalked by “slashers, bandaged maniacs, gruesome toad-like creatures and other unfathomable horrors from the mind of the artist” as you try to survive the night while trapped in The Weeknd’s mind, a place “one may never escape.”

“The Weeknd: After Hours Nightmare” will open at Universal Orlando Resort beginning Friday.

Here’s a list of the other confirmed house at HHN

  • Halloween

    You’ll travel back to 1979 Haddonfield, Illinois where Michael Myers is about to put on his imfafous mask and begin his killing spree.

  • The Horrors of Blumhouse

    With the  house The Horrors of Blumhouse house, you’ll experience two Blumhouse movies. Freaky and The Black Phone.

  • Universal Monsters: Legends Collide

    Get ready for an epic showdown between The Wolf Man, Dracula and The Mummy. Don’t get in the way, because only one monster will survive.