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(Roadside America)   Xanadu, Florida's "home of the future" tourist trap, doesn't make it into the future   ( divider line
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2034 clicks; posted to Geek » on 15 Apr 2006 at 3:17 PM (11 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2006-04-15 11:43:21 AM  
Theres a place south of dallas kinda like Xanadu. Many houses/buildings all made as domes. Looks like even a gas station was once a dome but has since been turned in to an arcade.
2006-04-15 12:04:26 PM  
Pretty cool. I've lived in Central Florida for a large chunk of my life, and this is the first I've ever heard of this place.

Sounds like it would have been cheesy fun.
2006-04-15 12:34:18 PM  
There are four or five small dome huts/cabins in an empty lot in La Junta, Colorado.
2006-04-15 01:16:09 PM  
I went there with my family back in it's heyday. Was lame even then. The displays were not futuristic at all, but merely what was sold at any store. In fact, I remember one such display where the girl said, "In the future, food will be cooked by microwaves." and somone behind us said, "I can see this at Sears." Apparently the other side of the attraction was that the guy actually believed people would want to live in this sort of house and had brochures on how you could buy one.

I'm really surprised that they didn't tear it down way before October. It was a hazard just waiting to happen, possibly burning down and killing people with toxic fumes from the material it was made out of. The hurricane even did more damage to it's already rundown state. Also it's sitting on prime real estate that could be used for something else, like another tourist trap. :)

/Still misses the big KOA campground on 192.
2006-04-15 02:29:26 PM  
Yay! Greenlight!

I love stuff like this. I still remember a childhood filled with dreams of a spray-foam future, and houses that looked like beehives.

And flying cars.

What do kids dream of today? Anyone know?

/not submitter
2006-04-15 03:43:12 PM  
There was a "Xanadu, home of the future" in the Wisconsin Dells. Does the FL one have something to do with that?
2006-04-15 03:46:22 PM  
Wow. A late 1970s Star Wars vision of the future. I've always found past versions of what the future was supposed to be like fascinating. I've always enjoyed looking at Popular Mechanics covers from the 1950s and 60s.

Our visions of the future today are kind of boring compared to what they were back in the day. I don't know what that means, but it means something.
2006-04-15 04:22:42 PM  
I remember going past that bubble house all the time but never going in. Never got to see what was in it. But if it was outdated before it was even finished back then, I guess there's really nothing to miss.

/did like the shape though
2006-04-15 05:37:06 PM  
Since we're all on the Central FL nostalga trip, anyone remember back in the late 70's when Channel 44 out of Tampa would play some kind of trippy, disco flavored Close Encounters filler?

Bummer to see Xanadu merge with the infinite. What's next? WDW gets rid of "If You Had Wings?"
2006-04-15 06:04:28 PM  
submitter wins oldest news of the day award:


/still cool, and a bit sad
//thinks bucky fuller is da man
2006-04-15 07:08:37 PM  
Indeed I do, Muzika...And I even got to meet and interview broadcast legend Dr. Paul Bearer way back when.

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I feel your pain, Confab. However, I did get to see the Roswell UFO Museum on our trip across America...Worth a visit, for sure!
2006-04-15 07:39:26 PM  
I took a trip out to see Xanadu. It was a hollowed out shell. Really sad. It's blocked off now. Wish I had taken pics.

/trespassing for fun and games!
2006-04-15 07:42:02 PM  
No one dreams of the future anymore Confabulat, everyone reminises about the past.

Who wants to think about flying cars or colonies on the moon when we can watch old television series on DVD, buy old cars, and see remakes of old movies.
2006-04-15 07:42:08 PM  
Also; just like Major League Baseball, the theme park "Boardwalk and Baseball" has shattered, crumbled and rotted out.

2006-04-15 08:06:20 PM  
Aww, I remember seeing a magazine spread on this place when it was new, probably in World Magazine (National Geographic's magazine for kids, which I absolutely loved). I too was so excited to know that the future would be full of those spray foam buildings. Bummer.
2006-04-15 08:09:21 PM  
hahaha! i always wondered what that was. i used to live 5 minutes from that, and passed it every day to work for years. i'm glad it's gone now, it was an eye sore for sure. it was so over grown with weeds and trash you could almost hardly see it. what a stupid name for a stupid idea.
2006-04-15 08:11:22 PM  
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2006-04-15 08:11:22 PM  
here's a pic of it. but be warned, it's the ugly.
2006-04-15 09:05:43 PM  
muzika: What's next? WDW gets rid of "If You Had Wings?"

That's been gone for years now. I miss it too, even though all the projections on it had little scratches all over.

I grew up in FL and never got to see the Xanadu thingie...probably would have liked it and the odd shapes.
2006-04-15 09:15:00 PM  
2006-04-15 10:02:24 PM  
If you're planning ANY road trip, you need to pick up a copy of Roadside America. That, a couple of Red Bulls, and an empty jug is all you really need.
2006-04-15 10:22:52 PM  
The only Xanadu that I recall in the area was the massage/hand-job shop on U.S.1 near Eau Gallie.

Was this place in Kissimee anywhere near the old museum, now church, that houses the old Boeing SST?
2006-04-16 01:07:54 AM  
It's brilliant of course. They knocked it down because the home of the future will be a bunch of condos. Land? What land?
2006-04-16 06:26:24 AM  
"I wanted to name it something respectful and cool like Xanadu, only without the sissy sound to it."

"What'd you end up calling it?"

"Fort Awesome."

/God Bless News Radio.
2006-04-16 07:35:57 AM  
How delightfully owned.
Xanadu is one of those things that only work as an attraction for about one week, and once that week passes, should pack up and tour the country, or just diappear until a year or two later, and come back with an updated version.
2006-04-16 04:46:20 PM  
I'm a huge '80s geek, but even I think that thing was UGLY!
2006-04-16 11:40:46 PM  
i only know "xanadu" from that awsome rush song...

to young i guess.

Anyone care to fill me in?
2006-04-17 08:03:19 AM  
when you live there do you get to skate around and glow pretty colors?
2006-04-17 10:32:00 AM  
I only know "xanadu" from that cheesy movie with Olivia Newton-John. And that never-finished Coleridge poem. And the Wisconsin Dells - I was there in the fall, twice in the 80's, and IIRC the site was closed for the season.
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