| May 27, 2013
| 3:21 PM
If you came here from somewhere else, you're nothing special. In Metro Orlando, fewer than a third of us are native Floridians. In Osceola County, it's less than a fourth.
The U-Hauls, moving vans and overloaded pickups with out-of-state plates arrive...
| May 17, 2013
| 9:37 PM
Zany premises and a few political jabs are part of the fun in "Barack to the Drawing Board," presented by The Humor Mill, a 5-year-old Orlando comedy troupe.
Based on the improvised comedy styles made famous by the Second City in Chicago, "Barak" is a...
| Apr 10, 2013
| 3:13 PM
What do you get when you're given a rare opportunity to plop down a remote-operated camera just inches from an endangered Florida panther? Thanks to the kind assistance of the expert animal handlers at Gatorland, Fla., some very unique footage of the...
| Dec 29, 2011
Welcome to random ramblings about the year in theme parks and attractions.
•Legoland Florida is a big deal. It's the area's first new full-blown theme park since Universal's Islands of Adventure went up in 1999. But it's going to take some...
| Apr 5, 2012
| 1:20 PM
When the Rattlesnake debuts Friday, it will turn a theme park staple into a thrill ride like no other in the United States. And it will launch the next generation of zip lining.
The nation's first zip-line roller coaster is part of a $1.5 million...
| Feb 15, 2011
| 8:24 AM
Swamplandia! author Karen Russell
by Jake Cline
“Madness, as I understood it from books, meant a person who was open to the high, white whine of everything.”
— Ava Bigtree, in Swamplandia!
“Nobody can get to hell without...
| Jul 21, 2012
It's embarrassing admission time for your Postcards correspondent.
I've never been to Gatorland, the iconic, old-school attraction that has been beckoning tourists to pass beneath its ridiculously enormous pointy-toothed jaws for more than half a...
| Aug 18, 2012
As regular readers know, I'm still building momentum toward my long-delayed, inaugural trip to Orlando's iconic Gatorland attraction.
This past weekend, I eased into that gator experience by returning to a spot that has been a favorite for years and also...
| Feb 2, 2012
| 7:06 AM
From a safe distance at Disney's Animal Kingdom, I watched a momma and her three cubs snack on something fowl. They tore into the meat, chewing down to the bone, maneuvering around cartilage to get at every morsel.
Nearby, the poppa removed the skin from...
| Dec 1, 2011
| 2:18 AM
Urban Meyer is at Ohio State now.
Florida fans are miffed and who can blame them. He left the Gators citing his health, his burnout and his lack of time with the family. Family weekends must have been wonderful this past season, with daddy/hubby spending...
| Jul 28, 2011
| 8:01 AM
Things are zipping right along with yet another zip line operating here. Kissimmee's Old Town is incorporating a 300-foot zip into its Pepsi AMPVenture Experience, which includes a rock-climbing wall and obstacle course. A $39.95 wristband gets a round on...