| 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 30, 2014
| 4:45 AM
We still can't see a whole lot of what's going up at Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley at Universal Studios. That construction wall is maddening to anxious Potterheads, who must wait until summer for unveiling and exploration.
| 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...
| 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...
| Feb 20, 2014
| 5:40 AM
We are inching closer to a handful of new theme-park attractions in Central Florida. Although grand-opening dates have not been announced, we can still share progress reports on key additions expected to arrive in coming weeks and months.
| Oct 10, 2013
| 9:03 AM
Universal Orlando has introduced a ticket deal that includes three days in its Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure theme parks for the price of two.
Prices start at $125.99 per adult. All three days must be used within a 14-day period that starts...
| 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,...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...