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  • Michael Aiello: Riding Universal wave from Jaws to Diagon Alley

    Michael Aiello has spent half his life working for Universal Orlando. He was on the theme parks' streets as one of the Blues Brothers and as Jack the Clown, a Halloween Horror Nights icon. The 36-year-old Orlando native eventually moved off the front...
  • Taking the Kids -- to theme parks when they aren't in school yet

    Taking the Kids -- to theme parks when they aren't in school yet
    So what if you're toting diapers and a stroller, the kids aren't too young to hit theme parks -- especially this summer -- and you're guaranteed some fun, too. Wherever you and your toddlers and preschoolers find yourselves this summer, you'll find...
  • Tourist tax collections increase 3 percent in June

    Tourist tax collections increase 3 percent in June
    Orange County's tourist development tax collections for June jumped 3.1 percent from the previous year to $18 million, county comptroller Martha Haynie announced Monday. Tourist taxes are charged on short -term rentals, mostly hotels and motels. So...
  • Universal Studios: Halloween Horror Nights at a glance

    Universal Studios: Halloween Horror Nights at a glance
    Now that Universal Orlando has revealed the themes for all eight haunted houses for the 2014 edition of Halloween Horror Nights, let's reboot with a list of HHN basics. WHEN: The 24th edition of Universal's Halloween Horror Nights kicks off Sept. 19 and...
  • Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley commercials released: See the new ad campaign

     
    Universal Orlando has officially started the broadcast ad campaign for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter expansion, Diagon Alley. Zap2it can exclusively reveal the two new commercials the theme park is rolling out to start promoting the new "Harry...
  • Tourist areas beef up nighttime options

    Tourist areas beef up nighttime options
    Orlando's theme parks and other developers are making big investments in revamping or building entertainment complexes where tourists dine, shop, dance and see shows at night. Downtown Disney is undergoing a huge makeover, doubling its number of dining,...
  • 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...
  • Theme-park tips for Memorial Day weekend and beyond

    Theme-park tips for Memorial Day weekend and beyond
    The heat is on for Central Floridians. Daytime temps are on the rise, and Memorial Day weekend signals the arrival of house guests who want to spend days (and nights) at our theme parks. Here is a park-by-park strategy -- broken down by morning, afternoon...
  • Universal parks 1st with 1-day pass above $90

    Universal parks 1<sup>s</sup><sup>t</sup> with 1-day pass above $90
    Universal Orlando raised ticket prices once again over the weekend, becoming the first of Orlando's big theme-park operators to lift base prices above $90. The price of a one-day, one-park Universal ticket is now $92, before tax. That's a 3.4 percent...
  • Picture: Optimus Prime figure now atop Universal's Transformers ride

    Picture: Optimus Prime figure now atop Universal's Transformers ride
    A new icon has sprung onto the Orlando theme park scene. A gigantic version of Optimus Prime now stands above the entrance of Universal Studios' upcoming attraction Transformers: The Ride -- 3D. The figure, said to be 28 feet tall and weigh 9 tons,...
  • Universal CityWalk's new tenants include Cowfish, Hot Dog Hall of Fame

    Universal CityWalk's new tenants include Cowfish, Hot Dog Hall of Fame
    Eight eateries — including one that touts sushi and beef — will be introduced or revamped at Universal CityWalk by June, officials said Thursday. "The basic idea was simple; hard to execute but simple: Create the best-in-category of...