| Sep 22, 2011
| 5:39 AM
While underwater, don't hold your breath.
That sounds counterintuitive to me, but it was an important lesson to learn before experiencing SeaVenture, a below-the-surface experience with the fishes at Discovery Cove.
The dive debuted this summer with the...
| Feb 2, 2012
| 7:06 AM
From a safe distance at Disney's Animal Kingdom, I watched a momma and her three cubs snack on something fowl. They tore into the meat, chewing down to the bone, maneuvering around cartilage to get at every morsel.
Nearby, the poppa removed the skin from...
| Dec 18, 2010
How can it be that Christmas is less than a week away?
I hope there's still time to find my football in the garage so that the Abbott boys can renew a family tradition.
The Abbott boys — my two sons and I — are all adults now...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 5:23 AM
After months of chatter about MagicBands and weeks of testing at Walt Disney World, I had my first full day of the MyMagic+ experience.
I wasn't expecting to give a grade of A+ to FastPass+. The Disney system that allows visitors to make reservations...
| Jan 29, 2011
In my younger days, I worked as a boat pilot at Walt Disney World, so it's impossible for me to look at any depiction of the high seas and not think of stormy nights navigating a launch on the open waters of some man-made lake.
The sensation surfaced...
| Mar 5, 2011
My old baseball buddy Leonard used to tell me that the best thing about going to the ballpark is that you never know what you might see.
That's even more the case under the warm sun of Florida's spring training, when veterans are knocking off the rust...
| 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...
| Apr 24, 2014
| 6:19 AM
It's silver-anniversary time for Disney's Hollywood Studios. The theme park was born as Disney-MGM Studios on May 1, 1989, back when George Bush (the first one) was president, Americans learned to pronounce Exxon Valdez, and Eastern Air Lines was still...
| Jun 2, 2011
| 9:55 AM
The newest roller coaster in Florida isn't a ferocious, man-eating tiger — but it's no pussycat either.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's Cheetah Hunt, which debuted last week, carries some of its namesake's qualities in the form of speedy bursts and...
| Oct 13, 2011
| 5:47 AM
Legoland Florida opens its doors to the public in the crowded theme-park market that is Central Florida on Saturday. Here are a few of the ways, big and small, that the Winter Haven attraction is designed to stand out.
At the park's...
| 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...