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Universal Orlando Mixes Hi-Tech and Simple Tricks to Serve Up Scares at Halloween Horror Nights 25

Jim Hill | Posted 10.30.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

With October 31st just a few days away now, millions of people are in the process of putting the finishing touches on their home Halloween displays. A...

Jimmy Fallon's Getting A Top-Secret Universal Studios Ride

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 10.28.2015 | Comedy

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FAIL: How To Sneak Into Disneyland And Other Mickey Mouse Hacks

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 10.23.2015 | Weird News


Introducing Stalinworld-- Lithuania's Communist Theme Park

The Huffington Post | Riley Arthur | Posted 10.16.2015 | World

Known by its unofficial nicknames Stalinworld, Stalin’s World, and Stalinland,  Grūtas Park in southern Lithuania has sometimes been ...

How Universal Orlando Sets the Stage for Halloween Horror Nights 25 in just 60 Minutes

Jim Hill | Posted 10.16.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

It takes a lot of coordination between various departments across the theme park. Not to mention months and months of advance planning.

A Guide To Drinking Around The World at Disney's Epcot

Visit Florida | Posted 10.15.2015 | Travel
Visit Florida

Think Walt Disney World is just kiddie rides and princesses? Think again. Epcot is home to the World Showcase, which consists of 11 pavilions representing countries from around the world, including Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Morocco, Japan, the United States, Italy, Germany, China, Norway and Mexico.

How Universal Studios Hollywood Uses Krusty Burger to Keep Theme Park Guests from Peeking at Harry Potter

Jim Hill | Posted 09.26.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Fans of The Simpsons have been dreaming for decades now about getting the chance to visit Springfield. Well, that dream became a reality back on April 2nd of this year when Springfield officially opened at Universal Studios Hollywood.

What To Eat At Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom

Visit Florida | Posted 10.21.2015 | Travel
Visit Florida

Walking around a theme park all day can work up a hunger. Thankfully, the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World has plenty of sweet and salty snacks to satisfy every taste bud when the need to feed strikes.

A Brief History Of That Time Disneyland Employed Live Mermaids

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 07.25.2015 | Entertainment

After photos of Disneyland's performing mermaids surfaced on the Internet a few years ago, one former sea nymph recalled a peculiar question...

Fast Times in Southern Indiana

Kari Haugeto | Posted 07.03.2015 | Travel
Kari Haugeto

When you think of Southern Indiana, do images of sweeping plains, dotted with picturesque farms come to mind? Yeah, me too. The last thing I expected to find was an ornate, turn-of-the-century European-style resort, an over-the-top historic hotel or an adrenaline-laced adventure park.

Universal Orlando Resort Announces Volcano Bay, the World's First Water Theme Park

Jim Hill | Posted 05.29.2015 | Travel
Jim Hill

Today Universal Orlando officials changed their minds. They're finally revealed what they're building right next door to Universal's Cabana Bay Beach. Which will be the Resort's third park, Universal's Volcano Bay.

Experiencing Tomorrowland Today

Kari Haugeto | Posted 05.21.2015 | Travel
Kari Haugeto

When Disney rolled out a Tomorrowland movie (it opens Friday) we had to go back to Tomorrowland, for the sake of journalism.

Disneyland's New Magic Program Allows Some of Walt's Oldest Dreams for His theme park to finally come true

Jim Hill | Posted 06.01.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

This past weekend, theme park fans around the globe collectively lost their minds as images of the Hatbox Ghost began to pop up online.

Universal Orlando's Lora Wallace Is Always at Least One Holiday Ahead

Jim Hill | Posted 06.30.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

You know the old saying -- "April showers bring May flowers" -- right? Well, that's not how Lora Wallace -- who works as a show director for Universal Orlando Resort -- looks at her calendar.

'Hunger Games' Theme Park Is Officially Happening

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 04.02.2015 | Travel

Harry Potter has one, so why shouldn't Katniss Everdeen? At long last, rumors of "The Hunger Games" theme park were officially confirmed in a Marc...

Germany's Most Tricked-Out Theme Park Was Once A Nuclear Reactor

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 03.07.2015 | Travel

It doesn't get much more sci-fi than this. Germany's Wunderland Kalkar is far from your average family fun zone: the theme park is actually an aban...

Universal Orlando Went by the Book When Creating Live Shows for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley

Jim Hill | Posted 03.31.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

As the Boy Who Lived is exploring the Burrow, he notices that "the old radio next to the sink had just announced that coming up was 'Witching Hour, with the popular singing sorceress Celestina Warbeck.'" And with that one line of text, Universal Entertainment finally found a solution for a challenge that had been plaguing the Diagon Alley project.

Macy's Brings Its Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons Down to Florida

Jim Hill | Posted 02.05.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

Every year, after Santa's 60 foot-long sleigh float rolls up in front of Macy's Herald Square store on Thanksgiving morning, 50 million television vie...

Hollywood Creatives and Theme Park Fans Appreciate the Universal Difference

Jim Hill | Posted 01.10.2015 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

So maybe it's not just Hollywood creatives who are newly aware of what Universal Parks & Resorts can do. But a whole new generation of theme park fans who have finally learned to appreciate the Universal difference.

Knott's 'Special Ops: Infected' Proves That Wide Open Spaces Can Be Just as Scary as Dark Twisty Mazes

Jim Hill | Posted 12.31.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

It sounds like an interesting challenge -- staging an authentic-looking zombie apocalypse while not scratching up any of Grizzly Creek Lodge's nice new furniture. But that's exactly what Jon Cooke has spent the past 5.5 weeks doing -- transforming this family-friendly area into a six-acre wide kill zone.

Día de los Muertos Is Not Halloween

Daniel Cubias | Posted 12.28.2014 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

We all are familiar with Día de los Muertos -- the white face paint, the illustrations of grinning skulls, the panoramas of skeleton musicians and dancers. However, there is still great confusion in America about what this holiday actually signifies. Although it takes place at the same time of year as Halloween and shares the theme of ghostly visitors, there are fundamental differences.

The Happiest Place on Earth Depresses This Mom

Stephanie D. Lewis | Posted 12.17.2014 | Parents
Stephanie D. Lewis

I was coerced by little people who cannot vote, serve in the armed forces, drink, drive, gamble or plan a well-balanced meal (but who know our yearly passes expire soon) to go to Disneyland.

Disney Characters Puts the Fun in Fundraising at Annual CHOC 'Walk in the Park' Event

Jim Hill | Posted 12.12.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

It's the fundraiser that Disney fans happily and willingly get out of bed at 3 a.m. to take part in. The one that people actually schedule their Southern California vacations around, with some participants flying in from as far away as Texas, Illinois and Connecticut.

It's All the Little Details That Help Universal Orlando Deliver the Really Big Scares at Halloween Horror Nights 24

Jim Hill | Posted 11.19.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

You can't spell "scare" without "care." And the fiendish folks behind Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights clearly understand this. That's why they put a full year of careful thought and planning into the 24th edition of this seasonal scare-fest. Which officially opens to the public tonight at Universal Studios Florida.

Disney Looks to Avoid the Mistakes That It Made With 'The Little Mermaid' as It Expands Its 'Frozen' Empire

Jim Hill | Posted 11.17.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

If you dropped by your local Disney Store during the 1989 holiday season looking to purchase some The Little Mermaid -themed merchandise, you'd have learned that what little had been ordered in advance had long since been sold out. Most likely, the only item that would have been left in stock was an Ariel doll with long blonde hair.