| Jan 2, 2014
We should feel pretty confident about many aspects of what 2014 will hold for theme parks and attractions. Sure, a certain boy wizard will play a key role, and a group of height-challenged cast members are expected to raise a ruckus in the middle of...
| 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...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 5:31 PM
This is one of my favorite columns of the year.
Each Thanksgiving, we take a break from the grind of the daily news to appreciate the things we love about living here.
Readers, co-workers and the Sentinel's Facebook friends help assemble this annual...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 5:55 AM
If the shopping and other obligations of the holiday season start to get you down, here are five theme-park events that are sure to get you in the spirit again:
The sounds of SeaWorld
SeaWorld Orlando may not be the most musical of theme parks, but it...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 9:02 AM
Check out festivals and events in December across the state.
Featured destination: Key West
Nov. 27 - Dec. 31: Key West 'Bright' Before Christmans. Key West. Live holiday music, games for the kids, free cookies and eggnog, holiday cheer and a chance...
| 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...
| 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 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...
| 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,...
| May 10, 2013
| 7:26 AM
If you've stared at the new rendering for Universal's Wizarding World of Harry Potter -- Diagon Alley, you probably noted a dragon, a fire-breathing one, perched atop what looks like the Gringbotts Wizarding Bank, high above the tourists visiting the...
| 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.,...