| Jan 5, 2014
| 10:05 AM
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,...
| Jan 19, 2014
| 10:02 AM
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,...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 8:56 AM
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.
| Jan 23, 2014
| 5:54 AM
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...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 8:49 AM
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...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 10:57 AM
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....
| Aug 29, 2013
| 9:13 AM
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...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 12:30 PM
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...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 8:31 AM
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.,...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 6:57 AM
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...
| 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...