| Aug 17, 2014
| 10:11 AM
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...
| Aug 7, 2014
| 10:30 AM
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...
| Aug 4, 2014
| 11:29 AM
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.
| Aug 28, 2014
| 1:52 PM
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...
| Mar 17, 2014
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...
| Jul 19, 2014
| 10:55 AM
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,...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 5:27 PM
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...
| May 22, 2013
| 10:10 AM
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...
| May 21, 2013
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...
| May 30, 2013
| 8:30 AM
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,...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 3:52 PM
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...