| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| Apr 3, 2014
| 8:47 AM
Universal Orlando has raised the fee for parking in its garage to $17, up from $16. Guests use this structure while visiting Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure theme parks and the Universal CityWalk shopping and dining district.
| Mar 10, 2014
| 7:38 AM
Universal Studios will reveal more details about the theme park's upcoming Hogwarts Express experience on Friday, according to a Universal video posted to YouTube.
The 30-second video shares mostly chug-chug-chug sound effects, a visual of train...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 6:31 AM
Visitors aboard Universal Orlando's Hogwarts Express will look out the windows and see Hagrid on his flying motorbike, the Weasley twins on brooms, Buckbeak the Hippogriff in action and the Knight Bus maneuvering through traffic, Universal revealed...
| 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...