| Dec 29, 2011
Welcome to random ramblings about the year in theme parks and attractions.
•Legoland Florida is a big deal. It's the area's first new full-blown theme park since Universal's Islands of Adventure went up in 1999. But it's going to take some...
| May 15, 2009
In this cash-strapped economy, the Burnham Institute for Medical Research has joined the likes of sports stadiums and performing arts centers: It is struggling to sell naming rights to pieces and parts of its new building.
Walt Disney World mouse cages,...
| Aug 9, 2012
| 6:16 AM
One of my guaranteed chuckles at our theme parks is during MuppetVision 3D at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Kermit the Frog and company are producing a musical spectacular and he asks what the title is.
"It's 'A Salute to All Nations … But Mostly...
| May 25, 2009
For years now, we've been hearing about all the development planned for Lake Nona's "medical city." What we haven't heard about is that its developers intend to maintain much of it as farmland.
Just to the east and west of the central corridor that links...
| Jul 26, 2012
| 6:14 AM
Is it just me or are theme parks not as cool as they used to be?
Not "cool" in the Fonzie way or that Nicki Minaj way, but cool in the beat-the-heat way. I recall feeling overheated in theme parks in the summers of my youth and escaping inside, greeted...
| Dec 27, 2012
| 6:02 AM
Here are my picks for the best happenings at theme parks and attractions for 2012.
•Best new costumes: Storybook Circus, Magic Kingdom. Step right up and see the red, ringmaster-inspired costumes — complete with tails — that fit the...
| May 1, 2009
Three days into the local swine-flu panic, Walt Disney World had yet to get in front of it and assure visitors that it's doing everything possible to keep its parks and hotels safe.
Disney has stayed largely silent this week in response to reports of a...
| Jun 20, 2013
| 1:07 PM
On a steamy day at Magic Kingdom, I noticed the wait time for Mickey's PhilharMagic was a mere 10 minutes. So while others queued up nearby for FastPasses of New Fantasyland attractions, I slipped into line for the 3-D musical, an Old Fantasyland...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 9:49 AM
Many folks have tried speed dating, but who would be up for a turn at speed parking?
If you want to hit all 47 rides at Walt Disney World in a single day, you better have comfortable shoes and a plan. That's the advice I gleaned from Shane Lindsay and...
| Oct 24, 2013
| 6:24 AM
How much you enjoy Disney World's "Glow With the Show" presentations may depend on where you're located and who is standing in front of you.
"Glow" events feature new mouse-ear hats that are designed to illuminate in several colors and lighting...
| May 10, 2012
| 7:16 AM
Ramblings and a semi-rant of a Theme Park Ranger:
•I can't get over the outpouring of love for Orange Bird, the cartoon character that returned to Magic Kingdom last month. Some Disney fans have been jubilant ever since.
His appeal could be...