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  • Transformers, Disneyland attractions nab Thea Awards

    Transformers, Disneyland attractions nab Thea Awards
    Orlando theme parks were shut out of the 2013 Thea Awards -- but one winner will soon be added to the local lineup, and Disney attractions elsewhere were tapped as the best of the year. The awards, presented by the Themed Entertainment Association,...
  • 'No-expire' option lives on for Disney tickets — just not for online purchases

    'No-expire' option lives on for Disney tickets — just not for online purchases
    Disney World has altered the way it sells the "no-expire" option on theme-park tickets. That selection, which allows multiday tickets to be used any time in the future, no longer will be available online. The no-expire add-on continues to be available via...
  • Learning to love Disneyland again

    Learning to love Disneyland again
    ANAHEIM, Calif. - As we walked across the broad, brick-paved plaza, a burst of music swelled, the strings rising to cinematic heights amid a pounding of kettle drums. A man in a crisp white shirt waved and beamed. Perfectly manicured flowers swayed in the...
  • 10 burning questions about Universal's Harry Potter expansion

    10 burning questions about Universal's Harry Potter expansion
    Universal Orlando has revealed some details about its Wizarding World of Harry Potter expansion: It is under construction at Universal Studios and will be made to look like London scenes, including Diagon Alley -- from the popular Potter films, keeping...
  • What's up with theme-park sips

    What's up with theme-park sips
    The latest trend among the funky foods at theme parks is the themed beverage, a drink tailored to a specific area within an attraction. Butterbeer, the frothy beverage of choice among the Harry Potter crowd, set the standard when it debuted at Islands...
  • Romance is in the air — and the rides at Orlando's theme parks

    Romance is in the air — and the rides at Orlando's theme parks
    February puts the spotlight on romance and that doesn't have to change just because you're surrounded by turkey legs, throngs of tourists, daunting queues and double-wide strollers at theme parks. Using factors such as privacy, atmosphere and uniqueness,...
  • Orlando theme parks: What Google Maps sees, shares

    Orlando theme parks: What Google Maps sees, shares
    My name is Dewayne, and I'm a mapaholic. I can stare at maps for hours, and I'm intrigued by how things fit together, particularly in the theme parks. Lately, we've been studying Universal Orlando from above, wondering how it would be possible to connect...
  • Busch Gardens Williamsburg to add Verbolten coaster for 2012

    Busch Gardens Williamsburg to add Verbolten coaster for 2012
    The Verbolten multi-launch roller coaster debuting in Spring 2012 at Busch Gardens Williamsburg will take riders on a high-speed drive along the German autobahn before detouring through the forbidden Black Forest. > Photos: Verbolten coaster at Busch...
  • Black Widow pendulum swing debuting at Kennywood in 2012

    Black Widow pendulum swing debuting at Kennywood in 2012
    The new Black Widow pendulum swing coming to Kennywood in 2012 will fling riders through the air like pint-size passengers on an enormous spinning Frisbee. > Photos: Black Widow thrill ride at Kennywood The 90-foot-tall thrill ride is set to debut May...
  • Amusement parks: Taking U.S. roller coasters for a spin

     Amusement parks: Taking U.S. roller coasters for a spin
    SANDUSKY, Ohio — As an amusement parks blogger, I have visited most of the big theme parks in Southern California and central Florida, but my roller-coaster résumé was a little thin when it came to the parks in between. So last summer my wife,...
  • Horror fans pay a premium for extreme haunted mazes

    Horror fans pay a premium for extreme haunted mazes
    The increasing popularity of Halloween theme park events has spawned a new generation of exclusive reservation-only haunted mazes that promise a more intense and intimate experience for those willing to pay a premium. Photos: 10 extreme haunted mazes...
  • Top 13 Halloween mazes at theme parks around the world

    Top 13 Halloween mazes at theme parks around the world
    As we slip into October, I decided to assemble my first-ever Fantasy Halloween League of the Top 13 haunted mazes at theme parks around the world. Think of the Top 13 list as a nightmare fantastic park with the most demented, disturbing and disgusting...