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  • Old-fashioned carnival games thrive at high-tech theme parks

    Old-fashioned carnival games thrive at high-tech theme parks
    At Universal Studios Florida, you can pretend you're battling 30-foot-tall robots engaged in urban warfare inside the multimillion-dollar Transformers ride. Or, across the lagoon, you can just whack a mole. In an industry where bigger, faster,...
  • Hogwarts Express will link 2 parks

    Hogwarts Express will link 2 parks
    One of the most innovative additions to Central Florida's theme parks this year uses a decidedly old-fashioned form of transportation: the train. Trains have been a theme-park staple since the original Disneyland opened in 1955, with the steam-powered,...
  • Universal: Act now to see Harry Potter webcast

    Universal: Act now to see Harry Potter webcast
    Universal Orlando's upcoming webcast about its expansion of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is available to the public, but interested people must fill out a form and they must do it by 11:59 p.m. today -- Tuesday, Jan. 21 -- to participate. Step...
  • Universal presents plenty of boy wizard for Harry Potter Celebration

    Universal presents plenty of boy wizard for Harry Potter Celebration
    All students at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry have worn the Sorting Hat. It's a big deal. The tattered, brown topper magically divides the student body into members of different "houses" — Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or...
  • Universal Studios: Transformers passes million-rider mark

    Universal Studios: Transformers passes million-rider mark
    More than a million riders have experienced Transformers: The Ride -- 3D since it opened June 20, Universal Studios announced Thursday. It reached the milestone in just over a month, the theme park says. That pace could appear to top that of the initial...
  • SeaWorld Orlando's Manta voted best roller coaster

    SeaWorld Orlando's Manta voted best roller coaster
    SeaWorld Orlando folks may be celebrating National Roller Coaster Day more boisterously than others are. Two of its thrill rides landed in the top four of a poll of "great American coasters" as determined by readers of the Behind the Thrills website....
  • What's the best attraction at Orlando's theme parks?

    What's the best attraction at Orlando's theme parks?
    Now that the latest small wave of theme-park construction has passed, the official Theme Park Rangers list of top rides and attractions in Central Florida's theme parks has been updated. This, of course, is not science. It's opinion. No math was used to...
  • Are you high at Aquatica? Attractions that are in the 100-foot range

    Are you high at Aquatica? Attractions that are in the 100-foot range
    Aquatica's teasing announcement on Friday that it would add an attraction that's more than 100 feet tall, got us thinking: "For comparison's sake, what other attractions are around that height?" It seems certain that the unnamed attraction, set to...
  • Disney, Universal, SeaWorld, Fun Spot owner win Golden Ticket Awards

    Disney, Universal, SeaWorld, Fun Spot owner win Golden Ticket Awards
    All three major Central Florida theme-park companies plus the owner of Fun Spot took home Golden Ticket Awards this weekend. Winners of 25 categories were determined by an international poll of Amusement Today, a trade publication. John Arie Sr.,...
  • Lights, Santas, Action! Florida festivals offer your holiday fix

    Lights, Santas, Action! Florida festivals offer your holiday fix
    While more seasonally inclined states are waiting for snow to signal holiday cheer, Florida is stringing icicle lights on its palm trees. And even though the holiday decorations are strung up much sooner every year, at least these festivals -- complete...
  • Universal gets hip to Happy Hippo for Macy's Holiday Parade

    Universal gets hip to Happy Hippo for Macy's Holiday Parade
    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...