| Oct 24, 2013
| 2:36 PM
Universal Orlando says the Hogwarts Express locomotive is now on place on the tracks that will connect the two sides of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios theme parks.
Guests eventually will be able to...
| 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"...
| Feb 20, 2013
The Florida Senate’s Finance and Tax subcommittee plans to scrutinize a dozen different tax-incentive programs this afternoon. The list includes several programs that have been the subject of Orlando Sentinel stories in recent months. Among them: ...
| Feb 11, 2013
Pockets of construction, large and small, are dotting the landscape of Universal Orlando, from Islands of Adventure to Universal CityWalk to multiple locations inside Universal Studios theme park. “Great Things are on the Way” say the signs on...
| Feb 12, 2013
At least one local state lawmaker wants answers to why Universal Orlando has been able to profit so richly off a tax incentive program that was supposed to help “urban high-crime” areas around Florida. State Rep. Bruce Antone, a Democrat who...
| Dec 27, 2012
| 6:02 AM
Here are my picks for the best happenings at theme parks and attractions for 2012.
•Best new costumes: Storybook Circus, Magic Kingdom. Step right up and see the red, ringmaster-inspired costumes — complete with tails — that fit the...
| Jun 13, 2012
| 12:05 AM
Like opening the door to Oz, walking into Cars Land at Disney California Adventure is like stepping into a real-life version of the fictional town of Radiator Springs from the 2006 animated movie.
PHOTOS: Preview day | Buena Vista Street | Cars Land | ...
| Dec 26, 2012
| 8:00 AM
The theme park industry will take a deep breath in 2013 after the launch of several landmark attractions and with more groundbreaking projects on the horizon.
The last few years have seen several theme park additions that have altered the industry...
| Dec 7, 2012
| 10:36 AM
After years of planning, it took just 12 minutes to officially open the latest addition to Fantasyland, the largest expansion in the Magic Kingdom's 41-year history.
Walt Disney World rolled out fireworks, a cavalcade of Disney characters and...
| Jun 2, 2011
| 11:51 AM
Last year, 2010, was "The Year of 'Star Wars'" here in Orlando, thanks to the concert tour of "Star Wars" music hosted by Anthony Daniels, the closing of "Star Tours" out at Disney and a certain big convention that came our way.
I speculated last summer,...