| Apr 24, 2014
| 6:19 AM
It's silver-anniversary time for Disney's Hollywood Studios. The theme park was born as Disney-MGM Studios on May 1, 1989, back when George Bush (the first one) was president, Americans learned to pronounce Exxon Valdez, and Eastern Air Lines was still...
| Oct 16, 2014
| 5:53 AM
There I was, surrounded by Mickey Mouse and a lot of pixie dust. I floated through Pirates of the Caribbean and by Jungle Cruise. I had 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea flashbacks. I couldn't find the bathrooms.
It wasn't a dream. I was in Disneyland....
| 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...
| May 18, 2014
| 2:15 PM
Happy just got more expensive. Disneyland, which calls itself the happiest place on Earth, raised its entry prices, a week before the Memorial Day weekend marks the start of summer.
Without notice, Walt Disney Co. raised the price of a single-day ticket...
| May 23, 2014
Is it the heat in Florida that makes people crazy? Is it the overstimulation of the theme parks? The pure joy of being on vacation or just away from soul-smothering workplaces?
Whatever the reason, there's no excuse for leaving your social graces at...
| May 12, 2014
| 9:00 PM
The signature ride at Universal Orlando's new Diagon Alley will have big vehicles that can whisk 12 people through a Harry Potter story featuring villains, dragons and goblins, a Universal executive said Monday.
One goal for the new Harry Potter and the...
| 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,...