| Apr 15, 2013
| 10:44 AM
Universal Orlando has unveiled the lineup for Rock the Universe, its annual Christian-music festival at Universal Studios theme park.
The two-night event will feature Switchfoot, Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Tenth Avenue North, Family Force 5, Colton Dixon...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 5:25 AM
What began life as a toy has grown into a series of action movies and now a big-time attraction at Universal Studios.
Transformers: The Ride — 3D incorporates giant screens, moving platforms and special effects — including a secret...
| Mar 27, 2014
A while ago, I compiled a group of theme-park quotations and made a quiz out of them. I'm a sucker for accidental catch phrases, some of which were not designed to be humorous.
It was fun to write, and enough people told me they enjoyed it that I made a...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 8:30 AM
An Iron Man ride will open at Disneyland Hong Kong, marking the first major attraction based on a Marvel Comics character at a Disney theme park.
The Iron Man Experience will debut in late 2016, said Tom Staggs, chairman of Disney Parks and Resorts,...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 6:21 AM
Happy Hippo is ready for her closeup.
The character is a new balloon that's joined the lineup for the Macy's Holiday Parade, which returned to Universal Studios last weekend. Happy goes way back.
She debuted in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in...
| Apr 23, 2013
| 12:55 PM
Two under-construction Orlando theme-park attractions are among the eight "most exciting additions of 2013," according to a post on Frommers.com, a national travel website.
The story, written by Jason Cochran, lists SeaWorld Orlando's Antarctica --...
| 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...
| Jul 17, 2013
| 10:54 AM
Summertime is busy for Orlando's theme parks, although most new attractions are open and operating before the surge of out-of-towners comes in. This year, new rides and shows continue to trickle in as the temperatures rise. Here's an overview of what...
| Jul 18, 2013
| 7:34 AM
The latest trend among the funky foods at theme parks is the themed beverage, a drink tailored to a specific area within an attraction. Butterbeer, the frothy beverage of choice among the Harry Potter crowd, set the standard when it debuted at Islands...
| Jun 21, 2013
| 6:41 AM
Cleaning out my notebook of various Universal Orlando facts culled from media previews and observations this week.
+ I think the visual that will to stick with me from Thursday's grand opening of Transformers: The Ride -- 3D is the Black Diamond Jet...