| Oct 13, 2014
| 3:22 AM
After 13 years of negotiations and planning, Universal Parks & Resorts said Monday it would open a $3.3-billion, 300-acre theme park in Beijing. The company and its Chinese partners did not set an opening date, but state-run media said the complex would...
| Oct 2, 2014
| 5:55 AM
Gosh, I hate goodbyes. The finale of "Mary Tyler Moore" with the group hug and Mare turning out the newsroom lights still gets me right there.
So I cannot say I was looking forward to last Saturday's trip to Epcot, which included the final...
| Sep 16, 2014
| 8:10 AM
Pele, a 12-year-old western lowland gorilla living at Busch Gardens, is pregnant and expected to give birth in November, the Tampa theme park announced Tuesday.
The mother came to Busch Gardens in early 2010 from a zoo in Brownsville, Texas, and she...
| Sep 29, 2014
| 12:24 PM
Simulated human sacrifices have been removed from a scare zone at Universal's Halloween Horror Nights.
Bayou of Blood, a Louisiana voodoo themed street experience for the event, originally was designed to include a hourly staged production featuring a...
| Jun 4, 2014
| 1:08 PM
Entertainment will line the streets of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter -- Diagon Alley when it opens this summer at Universal Studios, the theme park announced Wednesday.
Guests will be able to watch "The Tales of Beedle the Bard," a four-person...
| Jul 19, 2014
| 10:55 AM
Orlando's theme parks and other developers are making big investments in revamping or building entertainment complexes where tourists dine, shop, dance and see shows at night.
Downtown Disney is undergoing a huge makeover, doubling its number of dining,...
| Jul 20, 2014
| 9:48 AM
Theme parks have heavily promoted merchandise for years, but with its new expansion of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Orlando has gone a step further.
It has based an entire new area on a fictional shopping district called Diagon Alley,...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 5:27 PM
When Walt Disney chose Orlando for his entertainment mecca, he picked a place with a strong road network, lots of available land — and weather that can be brutally hot and humid.
So now each summer, throngs of tourists and die-hard residents visit...
| Jun 5, 2014
Mark Hamill, the once and future Luke Skywalker, is making his first appearance at Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Hamill will be at the theme park today, Saturday and Sunday.
Although he will not be doing autograph sessions, there are...
| Aug 28, 2014
| 2:35 AM
Six Flags has unveiled its 2015 lineup of new roller coasters, thrill rides and water slides at the amusement park chain's 13 locations.
Additions are to include three roller coasters, five thrill rides, two dark rides and two water attractions.
| Aug 13, 2014
| 8:04 PM
The heat is still on for Central Florida theme park visitors.
We are nearing the season where many choose to visit Walt Disney World because the parks are less crowded, but the temperatures will remain higher than desired for weeks after the...
| Aug 15, 2014
| 3:22 PM
Wounded by controversy over keeping killer whales in captivity, SeaWorld Entertainment is embarking on a pricey project designed to give its orcas more room to roam.
The company said Friday it will nearly double the orca habitat at its three SeaWorld...