| 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...
| Jun 20, 2013
| 1:07 PM
On a steamy day at Magic Kingdom, I noticed the wait time for Mickey's PhilharMagic was a mere 10 minutes. So while others queued up nearby for FastPasses of New Fantasyland attractions, I slipped into line for the 3-D musical, an Old Fantasyland...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 9:18 AM
Look for additions small and large at Orlando's theme parks in 2014. Although the attractions, for the most part, haven't set exact dates yet, here are some that are worth watching.
•Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley, Universal...
| Aug 13, 2013
| 12:33 PM
Another piece of Springfield is in place at Universal Studios. Theme-park guests are now taking spins on Kang & Kodos' Twirl 'n' Hurl ride.
The two-minute rotating ride is topped by the one-eyed Kodos (Kang is on the sign above the entrance). They are...
| Jul 2, 2013
| 4:04 PM
The summer heat and summer crowds can be a big deterrent to taking on Orlando's theme parks, but there's quite a show to be had when the sun goes down.
Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld Orlando all have extended summer hours allowing...
| Jan 30, 2014
| 4:45 AM
The second phase of Wizarding World of Harry Potter has yet to open, and already there are questions about making it a trilogy. Universal Creative president Mark Woodbury wouldn't imagine aloud in front of reporters last week, but the three "Potter"...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 9:23 AM
After this long, harsh winter, it's impossible to begrudge our Northern friends for wanting to spend time in our Florida sunshine. So, in the spirit of a warm welcome, here's a guide to what's new at the parks, including the attractions that have...
| May 20, 2013
| 7:00 AM
A unique new haunted attraction opening this summer at a small United Kingdom theme park will combine a walk-through horror maze featuring live actors with a dark ride journey inside an abandoned mine shaft.
The Hobs Pit maze and ride is set to open...