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Bob
07-31-2005, 11:32 AM
Final Information on The Orlando Open!!!!!!

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Orlando Open Newsletter
www.OrlandoOpen.com (http://www.OrlandoOpen.com)

We are closing in on 2 weeks before the event and the phones are ringing nonstop. Below is the last updated information on who, what and where is happening for this event! This is the last information that will be posted.

Read this all the way to the bottom of the page!

Tournament Information
The Mickey, Minnie and Donald events will go to all hours of the night. (None of the events involving children will run late). Be prepared to play at any time set in all of the other events. There is so much going on during this event that is impossible to predict ANY times. NOTE: (And, don't say I didn't tell you so) It I possible for your match to be scheduled at 3:00 AM or later, Yes, I said 3:00 AM. I'm not saying it’s going to be, I am saying it is POSSIBLE. ALL of these events will conflict. You CAN play in 2 of the events above and we will try, NOT PROMISE to not let it conflict BUT you are subject to forfeiture. It’s YOUR call, we are NOT responsible! I don't mean to sound harsh, but it is important that you fully understand everything involved.
**Updated time schedule will be posted this Monday 7/24/05

NOTE: **The Ring Game has been canceled due to lack of participation.

All events are Open for players and it is pay at the door only.

8 Ball Tournament added, Open to all at Orlando Open
8 Ball Event Added to The Orlando Open at Walt Disney World on Wednesday night August 3rd at 7 PM Both Open and Women’s Events!

The first being an added 8 Ball tournament to Wednesday and Thursday in both women's and Open divisions, Race to 5/5. There will be NO handicap at this event so just go in and play your best, all are welcome. The fee is $40.00 it includes a $5.00 registration fee. There is no added money to this event, and we will take as many people as we get. Pay at the door for this event. Sign ups will begin at 2 PM till 7 PM Wednesday. Players auction and play to begin immediately after auction. Play will be on 7 Foot Valley Tables.


APA Southeast Challenge at Disney during the Orlando Open is filling QUICK!

This event is filling QUICK! IF you plan on attending, you still have time to get in but there are only a few days left! Here is the info!
APA Southeast Challenge 3 Person 8 Ball Team Event Aug 6th & 7th
In conjunction with:
The Orlando Open at Walt Disney World, Florida

15 Max Handicap, must have 20 matches to be eligible $375.00 ENTRY FEE per team, includes 2 nights lodging Friday and Saturday nights in (1) guest room. Additional room or nights are $99.00 pr night x tx. Space limited to 64 teams. This event will sell quickly, so get your reservation today! This event is sold with the hotel room only, no discounts for locals. Hotel accommodations are for Aug 5th and 6th. All tournament play is located at the Coronado Springs Resort on Disney property in the NEW expo center!
All information must be submitted to your league operator for verification of handicap. Appropriate attire mandatory.
***The Orlando Open www.OrlandoOpen.com (http://www.OrlandoOpen.com) is a completely separate event that is open for all players and not affiliated with any one-league system.
**Note: League Operators Please send entire payment with verified handicap to: The APA Central Florida, Inc 340 S. Candler Ave Orlando, Fla 32835 Questions? Call Gary at 407-293-4717 or e-mail APAORL@aol.com

READ THIS! IMPORTANT
To All, Yes, You! ~ Hotel Information

The hotel will most likely be SOLD OUT, so don't expect to go and get a room that day, cause that’s not going to happen. SO, forget about sleeping in the hallways or in your car because Mickey’s bouncers WILL remove you, I promise! NOW, to avoid these probable issues, GET A ROOM NOW! You can share it, and put as many players in shifts in it as possible. BUT do it NOW, at the radically reduced rate of $99.00 pr night before the hotel is either SOLD OUT or the room rate goes up to $179.00 standard rate. If you are looking to share a room call 630-244-2900 or e-mail me at windycityopen@aol.com and I will do what I can to help you out.

**The Resort is attached to the convention space where the event is being held.

PLEASE NOTE Very Important
Booking Instructions below

To BOOK YOUR ROOM
Disney's Coronado Springs Resort. Call Group Reservations at 1-407-939-1020 You will then tell them your booking The Orlando Open - G-0422380. Or you can go on line at: http://www.mousetyme.com/OrlandoOpen.html

To Ask About The Resort In General Only
If you have any questions about the resort in general please feel free to call The Coronado Springs Resort at 1-407-939-1020

FREE Round Trip Airport Transportation

Please remember. If they want to use the FREE airport / resort transfer you must call 1-407-939-1020 and set up the transfer no later than 10 days prior to your arrival. They will need to know all of your flight information.

Gate/Entrance Fee

There will be a $3.00 per day entrance fee to all of those who are not staying at the resort or participating in the event. IF you are entered in the tournament, you will be given a pass for each event that you are participating in, other than that there will be a cover. Please take note that partial proceeds of this will go towards the Trust fund for Chris (Cass) Aiardo's Family and to Vivian Villareal's Charity, "Vivian's Kids" Vivian Villarreal Missing Children’s Foundation. In addition to the door funds there will be a silent auction for "Vivian's Kids" Vivian Villarreal Missing Children’s Foundation. Blackjack David Sapolis is in charge of this and can answer any of your questions. To read more on "Vivian's Kids" please click on this link
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/...,4921309.column

*** Note: Everyone who pays this entrance fee will be eligible for a nightly giveaway of prizes. Tickets will be given to you upon payment and you will receive tickets that will go into a nightly drawing. All tickets will be kept in this container and you will have several chances to win depending on how many days you come for. The winner MUST be present at time of drawing.If you are not present, another name will be pulled until we have a winner. Players who are staying at the resort can only participate in this drawing by purchasing tickets at $2.00 each. Players at the resort get FREE entrance which omits them from the $3.00 cover charge. Drawing prizes include a trip to the Bahamas, cues and other items.


Driving Back And Forth To Disney

IF you are staying off resort property you need to understand the following:

Disney is in full swing PRIME TIME during this event. It will be VERY difficult to get back and forth with traffic lines. To enter the resort, you must go through 2, yes that’s 2 security booths. The first is at the gates of the entrance onto Disney property and the second is at the Guard gate of the hotel. There will be mass lines and we cannot hold your match because you are stuck in traffic. EXPECT to be forfeited NO EXCEPTIONS whatsoever!

Tommy Kennedy~ is appearing on WEDNESDAY, August 3rd night only starting at 7:00 PM. He will do a FREE (yes, I said free) workshop for all to attend. Tommy has been instrumental in helping us from the beginning and my wholehearted thanks goes out to him for making this a success. Thank YOU Tommy!

Suggestions For Travelers Coming From Out Of Town
If you are traveling VIA airplane be sure and pack your pool stick well. Either with bubble wrap or in a specialty suitcase designed to carry your cue. You must check your cue, so make sure it is packed securely. Rain gear, this is rainy season in Florida; bring rain gear for the parks. Buy cigarettes and cameras before you leave home.

Clothing, Smoking and Food
*No food or drink is allowed and appropriate attire is requested. Any one trying to bring in food or beverages will have to leave them outside. Anyone coming in questionable clothing will be asked to leave and return dressed appropriately. Please reframe from wearing any low cut shorts or shirts. No men's tank tops. Tank tops for women and shorts are acceptable as long as they are not revealing. Sandals are welcome. Disney is a non-smoking facility; there will be designated smoking areas. All of the above will be enforced.

Registration Money
The cut off date for sending your registration was July 15th. NO exceptions. The mailbox is closed and we will NOT be able to retrieve your registration. No Refunds after this date. Keep in mind that there is NO added money to any of these events. All money that is in this event is based upon player entries, and based upon full fields! All top place winners will be paid by check and given tax information.

**** NEW INFORMATION READ! ****Table Equipment

All tournament play will be on 7 Foot Valley Tables provided by Gary Benson of High County Promotions, Inc.

Questions Comments or Concerns

Questions, comments or concerns regarding the tournament call us Eydie or Bob at 630-244-2900 or e-mail us at windycityopen@aol.com Use only this contact number, not the toll free number associated with the room booking agent.

*All tournament payout's are based upon player fields. Before YOU do the math, find out ALL the information.

**Tournament Issues ~ IF you encounter any problems at this event, please contact me, Eydie at the event so that I can address the issue at the time it happens. Understand that I cannot address ANY issue AFTER THE FACT!

** APA Tournament questions, comments or concerns should be directed to Gary Hatfield at orlapa@aol.com

The Ladies Spirit Tour
When in Florida check out all the events that The Ladies Spirit Tour is promoting. www.Ladiespiritour.com (http://www.Ladiespiritour.com) For all the best in Ladies Billiards productions!


Attending Exhibitors
Mueller, Fury, Nat Green Southeast Cues, Josey Custom Cues, Sigel Cues, Cuestore.net, Poolpics By Hoppe, Joe Tucker, AZBilliards.com, AcCueShot” and others


Clothing, Smoking and food

*No food or drink is allowed and appropriate attire is requested. Any one trying to bring in food or beverages will have to leave them outside. Anyone coming in questionable clothing will be asked to leave and return dressed appropriately. Please reframe from wearing any low cut shorts or shirts. No men's tank tops. Tank tops for women and shorts are acceptable as long as they are not revealing. Sandals are welcome.



Media Coverage and Diana Hoppe (Poolpics By Hoppe)

AZBilliards.com will be there covering the event, along with Diana Hoppe (Poolpics By Hoppe) She will have a booth where you can have your picture taken with one or more of the celebrity pro players attending or as a group or solo. Diana is the photographer to the stars; she is the most sought after photographer in pool today.



Discounted Park Hopper Passes
Your discounted tickets can be purchased at:
http://disneymeetings.disney.go.com...upSelect?id=BCA. This is the best deal you will find anywhere for Park Hopper Passes. Our Tournament Director John Stich, was at Disney yesterday to do a sight inspection for our group. He told me that it cost him $105.00 for a 1-day Park Hopper Pass. Buying it online here before you get to Disney, you can get a 4-DAY park Hopper Pass for $214.00 here is the info:

Includes four (4) days of admission to all four Disney Theme Parks (with the freedom to visit multiple parks on the same day) AND Four (4) admissions to: Downtown Disney Pleasure Island or Disney Quest Indoor Interactive Theme Park Ages 10+ $214.00 Ages 3-9 $171.00 You will NOT beat this deal anywhere!


Fishing at Disney
At the Coronado Springs resort where this event is being held. There is a huge man made lake stocked with some of the biggest bass you will ever see. If you are an avid fisherman, bring your pole for some wonderful night fishing! You won't be sorry



Suggestions for travelers coming from out of town
If you are traveling VIA airplane be sure and pack your pool stick well. Either with bubble wrap or in a specialty suitcase designed to carry your cue. You must check your cue, so make sure it is packed securely. Rain gear, this is rainy season in Florida; bring rain gear for the parks. Buy cigarettes and cameras before you leave home.


The Orlando Open Schedule of Events



Wednesday - Open and Women's 8-Ball Tournaments - Sign-up from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. $3.00 Cover charge to all not staying at the resort. 7 p.m. Players Auction followed by tournament play.
Late evenings and all night Mini Tournaments

Thursday - Parent/Child Scotch Doubles 9-Ball - Noon Start
$3.00 Cover charge to all not staying at the resort
Late evenings and all night Mini Tournaments


Friday - Juniors 9-Ball - Noon Start $3.00 Cover charge to all not staying at the resort

Friday - Mickey, Minnie, and Big Quacker 9-Ball - 5 p.m. sign-up deadline, followed by players auction, then tournament play.
Late evenings and all night Mini Tournaments

Saturday And Sunday
Continued tournament play, late evenings and all night Mini Tournaments


Your staff:
Tournament Production By Bob Romano
Tournament Direction By John Stich
Tournament Promotions By Eydie Romano
Tournament staff; Marilyn Howe, Maxx Anderson, Blackjack, Susie Levinberg, Samantha Romano, Marissa Yi, Daytona Joe and many wonderful volunteers.

If you are looking to play any particular game, please let us know at the tournament table and we will assist in making this happen.

The APA team event scheduled for the Orlando Open is now full.

Harold Acosta
08-06-2005, 03:10 PM
I read somewhere that there were some players from Costa Rica in attendance.

By any chance, do you have a list of all the players?