| Nov 13, 2012
| 12:55 PM
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,...
| Jan 23, 2013
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...
| Sep 10, 2012
| 6:13 AM
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...
| May 9, 2013
| 7:21 AM
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...
| Jul 18, 2013
| 7:34 AM
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...
| Feb 7, 2013
| 6:08 AM
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,...
| Dec 21, 2011
| 10:16 AM
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...
| Sep 19, 2011
| 10:38 AM
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...
| Dec 18, 2011
| 1:45 PM
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...
| May 27, 2012
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,...
| Sep 27, 2012
| 7:30 AM
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...
| Sep 29, 2012
| 8:00 AM
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...