| Apr 14, 2014
| 7:27 AM
Disney World guests will be able to linger -- and drink -- after the nightly fireworks at Epcot, but it will cost them. The theme park is introducing the Epcot After-Hours Wind Down on Thursday.
Epcot visitors will be able to make reservations at four...
| Mar 27, 2014
A while ago, I compiled a group of theme-park quotations and made a quiz out of them. I'm a sucker for accidental catch phrases, some of which were not designed to be humorous.
It was fun to write, and enough people told me they enjoyed it that I made a...
| Mar 27, 2014
Disney World annual passholders are finding MagicBands in their mailboxes, ushering in a new phase of the long-term testing of the company's billion-dollar reservation system. Inside the packaging are instructions on how to wear them ("Mickey facing up")...
| Apr 4, 2014
Leftovers from this week's grand opening of Universal's Cabana Bay Beach resort hotel:
•Ten shuttle buses run between the hotel and theme parks, and they're painted to resemble woody station wagons. (From a few angles, you can see a surfboard...
| May 28, 2014
| 12:34 PM
Check out festivals and events in July across the state.
This list is organized by region.
Central Florida (including Orlando, Kissimmee, Daytona Beach, Sanford, the Space Coast, Lakeland/Polk and Lake County)
July 3: Red Hot and Boom, Altamonte...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 9:41 AM
An Elgin Mental Health Center prisoner who police said escaped from a state vehicle and was captured after a massive manhunt Wednesday told a judge today that he hears voices and needs help, according to Kane County prosecutors.
Jesse Vega, 33, made the...
| Apr 4, 2014
SeaWorld Orlando has gussied itself up for its 50th anniversary celebration, and some of it looks downright trashy.
That's by design. SeaWorld commissioned four sculptures that are made of beach debris. You'll probably see the sea horse one first. It'...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 10:49 AM
The season for roller coasters launches Sunday when Busch Gardens opens its gates to the public, unofficially marking the start of spring. On opening day, the park will take on a Shamrock feel, as the energy will be concentrated in the Irish village in...
| Apr 20, 2014
| 3:00 PM
On any other Sunday, the Niebrugge family would be in the pews for the morning service at Metro Church in Winter Springs.
But this being Easter Sunday, they got up at 4 a.m. and drove through the darkness and the drizzle to find their seats, along...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 1:01 PM
Walt Disney World is one of the 10 destinations in the world listed as "most disappointing" by travel website SmarterTravel.com.
The website argues that paying $99 per day to "be trapped in a park surrounded by other peoples' children and fully grown...
| Aug 11, 2014
| 11:43 AM
Orlando is the most popular destination in Florida for 2014, according to tourism website TripAdvisor.com.
Three Central Florida cities landed in the top five, with the City Beautiful at the top, followed by Kissimmee at No. 2 and Davenport at No. 4. ...