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Amusement and Theme Parks

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  • Orlando: Hotel deal gives early entry to Harry Potter's Diagon Alley

    Orlando: Hotel deal gives early entry to Harry Potter's Diagon Alley
    Diagon Alley opens Tuesday (today) as the latest feature in the Universal Orlando kingdom in Florida. For those who can't wait, Hilton Orlando offers a room and three-day park-to-park tickets that allow you to enter an hour earlier than everyone else...
  • 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...
  • Starving Artist Studios presents 'Oliver!'

    Starving Artist Studios presents 'Oliver!'
    WHAT: As part of the Orange County yearlong "What the Dickens" celebration, Starving Artist Studios presents the musical "Oliver!" The production boasts a cast of 50, who will be accompanied by 22 musicians from the Central Florida Community Arts...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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”...
  • After Peninsula's long run, Lynchburg to host VHSCA games, clinic

    After Peninsula's long run, Lynchburg to host VHSCA games, clinic
    It had been stationary since 1993, before any of this year's participants were born. In our corner of the commonwealth, with the beaches and amusement parks nearby, the Virginia High School Coaches Association's All-Star week called the Peninsula its home...
  • On my way to Diagon Alley

    On my way to Diagon Alley
    Tomorrow I'll be taking in the opening of Diagon Alley at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Theme parks are big business in Central Florida, and there are few bigger pitfalls for a theme park than becoming outdated. So big openings like that at...