Orlando Ghost Tours 2004

I'd like to start off by saying thanks to everyone that came out and participated in the spook hunt. I wish it could have been a little more, especially for those of you who traveled from Tampa, West Palm, and other places out of the area. I myself was a little disappointed due to the lack of ghosts presence, but the guide told me that since we were such a big group we probably missed the ghost activity.

On February, Friday the 13th 2004, SpookHunters got a personal & private tour by Orlando Ghost Tours. It was only scheduled to be a 2 hour walking tour of downtown Orlando, but lasted almost three hours. We got access to a couple haunted buildings, and at the end of the night we were able to use some actual ghost hunting equipment.

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The first stop of the night was Church Street Station, which turns out to be a hotbed of paranormal activity. The various buildings here, some of Orlando’s oldest, are allegedly haunted by the spirits of newborns murdered by their prostitute mothers, a piano player (who, until the building closed recently, liked to play for late night guests), and a can-can dancer who died while preparing to perform at Rosie O’Grady’s. While the tour guide was explaining some of these legends to us, one of the women from the tour, named Diana, felt something in her hair. She mentioned it to the guide and of course he said ghosts have been known to mess with peoples hair. It just so happens, I was standing behind her and filming when this happened. I do not see anything on the video, but maybe you will.

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There is a sports bar at church street station that is rumored to be haunted. At the time of this tour the name of the bar was Game Time. We were able to go inside of it and look around. What made this bar special is that it was actually an old church. If you go inside and look up, the original ceiling, rafters and all, is still there. Also, part of the confessional is still standing. It is located directly between the bathrooms. There is also a walk in refrigerated room that apparently the staff will not go into alone because strange things are experienced in it. Shadows are seen and a weird feeling comes over anyone that goes in there. The cooler is kept locked and unfortunately the workers were too busy to let me go into it alone, or even show it to me. However, I did wander off and find it with Diana, the same woman that felt something in her hair earlier. We both agreed as we stood outside the door that the air was a little heavy, but due to lack of ghostly activity I think it was just the humidity in the air. This section of the building was under construction, and not properly air conditioned.

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We then ventured over to the UCF Downtown campus. The tour guide explained how this use to be a mortuary until 1992 and that students and teachers hear and experience things all the time. However I doubt that the tour guide was prepared to have a young lady in the group that use to spend nights in this building all the time in the past. She shared with him, and the group, that she experienced absolutely nothing. The guide then directed our attention across the street to the Blue Room. A popular night club in the Downtown Orlando area. The guide explained how this use to be a funeral parlor and that even though the club only took up the first floor of this two story building, they can't seem to do anything with the second. It seems when ever they get a tenant, they end up canceling their lease early due to strange and unexplainable occurrences there.

UCF

UCF

Blue Room

Blue Room

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We then ended up at the corner of Magnolia and Pine, where we met up with another group that was taking a tour. This is apparently one of the most active locations in Orlando. The southeast corner of the intersection is presumed to be the most active, and is also one of the newest buildings. In fact, it’s the fifth building to be built on the site, after a series of collapses and fires. As it turns out, this downtown corner was once a Seminole Indian burial ground and as anyone who goes to the movies knows, building there was a big mistake. The street light on the southwest corner was flickering on and off while we were there. Both guides seemed to believe that it was ghost causing this to happen. The female guide said that the light usually goes out when she walks to it and comes back on when she leaves. Does that mean she's a ghost? Or does she have some connection with the ghosts of Orlando where they communicate to her through a street light? In any case, the light flickered a few times while we were there. Whether it was ghosts or not, I think I will call my city officials to check that out. That's just not safe.

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Burial Ground Site

After this, the evening wrapped up inside the old Orlando courthouse, now home to the Orlando Historical Society. Ted Bundy, one the most well known serial killers in modern day history, had carved his name in the defendant's table there, and it is still there today, protected by a piece of clear plastic. Here was were we all got a chance to use real ghost detecting equipment. All this is described in detail on our Orange County History Center page.

The evening ended shortly before 11pm when the guard had to ask us to leave the old courthouse. We spent nearly 3 hours searching for ghost in many different spots of activity in downtown Orlando, never seeing a thing. In any event, I found the night to be very entertaining and educational. Who knew Orlando had such rich history. The tour may not actually go into all the buildings that are discussed, but the stories and history as told by the guide more than compensated for it. The guide was friendly and seemed very knowledgeable and passionate about what he was doing. He certainly handle our mix of believers and skeptics well. I think the tour is worth it. Just the idea that maybe, just maybe a so-called ghost will appear, is enough for a skeptic, like me, to give it a chance.

Until next time...  
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  -Owen
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