A-Z Challenge

W is for Weeki Wachee Mermaids (Fairy Tale Spotlight A-Z)

Yep, I just added another spot to my must see, fairy tale vacation bucket list.  Weeki Wachee, a Florida  state treasure.

Weeki Wachee Mermaids, Weeki Wachee
Weeki Wachee is  Floridas most enchanted roadside attractions. I know I have mentioned before how addicted I am to vintage roadside attractions. That probably stems from traveling route 66 as a kid between California and Texas, multiple times in the back of a power blue VW bug.

This magical underwater paradise is home to mermaids, manatees, turtles and bubbles. The park opened and gorgeous mermaids began performed synchronized underwater ballet on October 13, 1947.

Back in the day, the mermaids had very few visitors. When the bathing beauties would heard a car coming, they would run out to the road and lure drivers into the parking lot, not unlike beautiful  sirens of ancient folklore seducing traveling sailors to their deaths. However, these beauties treated  travelers  to popcorn and grape soda, not shipwrecks.

By the  1950s, Weeki Wachee was one of the nation’s most popular tourist attractions.

Weeki Wachee’s hit the big time in 1959 when ABC (the American Broadcasting Co) bought the park, tore down its tiny theater containing a mere 18 seats and replaced it with a grand theater seating 500.

They introduced themes including, Pirates, a circus, Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, Snow White, and Peter Pan and shot multiple movies on site.

Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid FilmPoster.jpeg

By the 1960s, girls from all over the world came to Weeki Wachee spring in hopes of becoming a mermaid. The  Weeki Wachee mermaids  performed 8 shows a day and entertained over a million visitors yearly.

A handful of  mermaids continue to live in the mermaid cottages behind the park.  They have lobbied and become a real town and even elected a mayor who just so happens to be a former mermaid.

Weeki Wachee Springs — The City of Live Mermaids — is more than just mermaids; it’s a truly original piece of Florida’s rich heritage.

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4 thoughts on “W is for Weeki Wachee Mermaids (Fairy Tale Spotlight A-Z)

  1. Fabulous pictures I’m reading a book set in Florida at this very moment. No sign of mermaids though. Dropping in from a link on Diane Coto’s blog FictionZeal.com

    @rosieamber1
    Rosie Amber – Book reviewer. Campaigning to link more readers to writers.

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