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  • Winter Park merchants see business bounce from SunRail

    Winter Park merchants see business bounce from SunRail
    SunRail has exceeded ridership estimates in its early months of operation, and it's exceeding expectations in another way, too. The commuter train is being credited with boosting the bottom line for businesses near the Winter Park station, which is...
  • Fourth of July TV: Glitches and glory

    Fourth of July TV: Glitches and glory
    Patti LaBelle tripped over her flowing outfit, and WFTV-Channel 9 lost its signal at Lake Eola. There's nothing quite like live television on the Fourth of July. LaBelle didn't fall. She collected herself, put her soulful stamp on "Over the Rainbow" and...
  • Orange deputy's car struck in intersection near SeaWorld

    Orange deputy's car struck in intersection near SeaWorld
    An Orange County sheriff's deputy who was driving on International Drive while using his emergency lights and siren was struck by another car this morning as he traveled through an intersection near SeaWorld, according to the Florida Highway Patrol....
  • Universal Studios: Where things stand at Diagon Alley

    Universal Studios: Where things stand at Diagon Alley
    Thousands of Americans are spending time this Independence Day holiday weekend in London – the one that’s been created at Universal Studios in Orlando. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley has been in a “phased”...
  • Ruby, a Beluga whale, dies at SeaWorld San Diego at age 38

    Ruby, a Beluga whale, dies at SeaWorld San Diego at age 38
    A female beluga whale named Ruby died Thursday at SeaWorld San Diego at age 38. Ruby was at SeaWorld for 17 years and gave birth in 2010 to Pearl, one of five beluga whales now on exhibit at the Wild Arctic attraction. A necropsy is planned to...
  • Universal's Harry Potter Diagon Alley has soft opening

    Universal's Harry Potter Diagon Alley has soft opening
    Diagon Alley finally had a soft opening for the general public Thursday afternoon, as Universal Orlando let visitors without hotel packages into the new Harry Potter land. Universal did not give information about what the soft opening schedule will be...
  • Theme parks get creative to help visitors beat heat

    Theme parks get creative to help visitors beat heat
    When Walt Disney chose Orlando for his entertainment mecca, he picked a place with a strong road network, lots of available land — and weather that can be brutally hot and humid. So now each summer, throngs of tourists and die-hard residents visit...
  • Behind the scenes: No match needed for fireworks at Busch Gardens

    Behind the scenes: No match needed for fireworks at Busch Gardens
    With computer simulators, electronic matches, 1,200 feet of fiber optic wiring, a metal suitcase control panel — shooting off professional-grade fireworks in 2014 has very little to do with striking an actual match. And, yet, Mark Lane and Zachary...
  • This time, actual 'Ladies' take the stage in 'Eola Heights'

    This time, actual 'Ladies' take the stage in 'Eola Heights'
    The first time around, local playwright Michael Wanzie cast his play "Ladies of Eola Heights" with men in dresses — and scored a huge hit. In 2005, the comedy ran for months at Orlando's Parliament House. This time around, for a production at...
  • About the Writers

    Chris Erskine Chris Erskine has been a deputy Travel editor of the Los Angeles Times since 2007, responsible for helping to assign and edit stories. He also contributes stories, blog posts and photos to the section. His columns, "Man of the House" and...
  • Mark Phelan: Tips on saving gas for summer driving season

    As the summer driving season begins in earnest, keeping an eye on your fuel economy can put dollars in your pocket. The folks behind the invaluable website Fueleconomy.gov the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency offer some...