Rock & Roll Heaven makes Paste's pop culture guide to Orlando


When you have such glaring tourist fodder as the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, it becomes even harder to see other worthwhile pursuits in a city like Orlando (especially when you sink so much time into waiting around Universal Studios for a glimpse of their newest attractions). But the latest entity to step up to provide a guide to Orlando is longtime entertainment-world authority Paste, and their "pop-culture geek's travel guide to Orlando" dips into the actual stomping grounds of locals, even if it does kick off by suggesting Disney's Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.

Opening day: a photo tour of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

But once Paste takes you beyond our Candy Land territories, their guide gets a little more respectable, highlighting Orlando geeky goods like Bart, Boom-Art, Acme Superstore and the Cloak and Blaster Gaming Pub. There are serious snubs, of course, like A Comic Shop and the Geek Easy, Park Ave CDs (they must not know about the imported oddities you can find here) and Stardust Video and Coffee (with menu items named for indie flicks, you'd think Paste would have plenty to gush about). We were delighted to see at least one Orlando landmark on their list, though, in Rock & Roll Heaven.

Opening day: a photo tour of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Opening day: a photo tour of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

Anyone who has ever been into the VHS room or over by the discount vinyl heap would have to call foul on the "meticulously organized" verbiage used in Paste's guide to describe the entire sprawling offering Rock & Roll Heaven provides, but we can overlook that since their major used vinyl collection is so dependably well-kept and organized that anyone with a hankering for an older record knows this is the local stop to hit up first. (In a recent interview with DJ BMF, which publishes tomorrow, the 45s-obsessed Phat-N-Jazzy party starter specifically calls out Heaven as one of the few places he repeatedly visits to further his vast collection.) The Paste writer is also right to give accolades to Rock & Roll Heaven's staff, because if you have time to talk shop with those guys, you can hear some great anecdotes, and not the second-hand variety - these guys don't just know what they're talking about when it comes to classics and underground music, they lived it. Few places in town allow the sort of time traveling that Rock & Roll Heaven stocks daily.

If you have a favorite geeky Orlando stop that everyone should know about by now, feel free to give it a shout out in the comments below.

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