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Disney Will Break Ground on Star Wars Land Next Year

Posted September 27th, 2015 by Adrian

The 14-acre Star Wars Land will debut at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando. Star Wars Land will include a Millennium Falcon ride that includes “the ability to take the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy,” the iconic cantina, and a second E-ticket ride themed to Episode 7. Disney will create […]

After 40 years, Wet ‘n Wild Orlando to close at end of 2016

Posted June 20th, 2015 by Adrian

After 40 years, Wet ‘n Wild Orlando announced Wednesday that it will close for good at the end of 2016. “Since it’s opening in 1977, Wet ‘n Wild Orlando has been a place where guests have created wonderful memories,” a statement on Universal Orlando’s blog states. “As America’s first water park, Wet ‘n Wild has […]

SeaWorld unveils Mako, new 200-foot coaster opening 2016

Posted May 28th, 2015 by Adrian

SeaWorld Orlando has unveiled its next thrill ride, Mako, which the theme park said will be Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest coaster when it opens in 2016. SeaWorld’s Brian Morrow revealed Wednesday that Mako will be 4,760 feet long — over 9/10 of a mile — and feature a 200-foot drop at a top speed […]

Orlando Eye to open in spring 2015

Posted February 15th, 2015 by Adrian

The Orlando Eye is a 400-feet-tall observation wheel that is a sister attraction to London’s world-famous London Eye. The Orlando Eye will give riders a sweeping view of Central Florida and on a clear day, guests will be able to see the east coast and the Kennedy Space Center. The cantilevered wheel will have 30 […]

New Seven Dwarf’s Coaster Ride Opens

Posted June 8th, 2014 by Adrian

Tourists crowding onto Walt Disney World’s new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train attraction this week in Florida got a glimpse of a new direction for theme parks looking to upgrade old technology.. Walt Disney Co. has removed classic attractions such as Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride and Snow White’s Scary Adventures — with their creaky electric vehicles, […]

New Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort

Posted June 6th, 2013 by Adrian

Downtown Disney is undergoing a multi-year transformation, representing the largest expansion in its history. The renamed Disney Springs will double the number of shopping, dining and entertainment experiences, and feature an eclectic and contemporary mix from Disney and other noteworthy brands. The story of Disney Springs begins at our new Town Center, which is oriented […]

New attractions coming to Walt Disney World

Posted April 29th, 2013 by Adrian

There are plenty of projects in the works at Walt Disney World, but here are progress reports on four incoming attractions. Disney gave updates on them last week during a preview for members of the media. Train schedule The middle of New Fantasyland remains a construction zone for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster. […]

Three endangered tiger cubs born at Busch Gardens Tampa

Posted April 5th, 2013 by Adrian

Three Malayan tiger cubs — two males, one female — were born at Busch Gardens in Tampa on March 31.  The animals are part of an endangered species — about 500 Malayan tigers survive in the wild, and only in southern Thailand and the Malay Peninsula, the park says. The newborns are the offspring of […]

Orlando International Airport Plugs into Green Energy

Posted March 24th, 2013 by Adrian

Recharging your electric or hybrid vehicle while traveling is now a reality at Orlando International Airport. Under an agreement with the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC), the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) approved the installation of 20 charging stations to provide service to airport patrons with plug-in electric vehicles. The charging stations are manufactured by ChargePoint and […]

Statement from Florida DHSMV on International Driving Permits

Posted March 19th, 2013 by Adrian

During the 2012 legislative session, the Florida Legislature amended section 322.04, Florida Statutes, to require visitors from outside the United States to have an International Driving Permit in order to drive lawfully in Florida. This change took effect Jan. 1, 2013. It has come to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ attention […]