| 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...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 10:30 AM
Like any producer of a successful franchise, Universal Studios is ready to give its guests more of "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter."
The theme park operator revealed new details of the expansion of the park inside its Islands of Adventure, in...
| 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...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 2:31 PM
Universal Orlando unveiled details on a handful of restaurants planned for CityWalk on Thursday -- plus confirmed, it confirmed an expected one for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter expansion set for Universal Studios theme park.
Yes, as many have...
| May 1, 2014
| 5:38 AM
The preparations for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Magic Kingdom put me in a nostalgic mood for good — and occasionally harrowing — times aboard other Central Florida roller coasters. I've been having flashbacks of many ups and downs for some...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 7:26 AM
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will open at Universal Studios Japan on July 15, 2014, the Osaka theme park announced on Friday.
Once open, Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando will no longer be the exclusive theme park home of Hogwarts...
| Apr 9, 2014
| 7:06 AM
Universal Studios Hollywood is adding a collection of rides and themed areas, including a thrill ride based on “The Fast and the Furious” film series.
The additions will lead up to the theme park’s 2016 opening of the Wizarding World...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 10:05 AM
The Knight Bus has found its way into the under-construction Wizarding World of Harry Potter -- Diagon Alley at Universal Studios theme park.
Non-wizards sighted the vehicle on Florida highways on Thursday. By Friday morning, the deep purple...
| 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...