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Holiday round-up: Celebrating at Disney World, Discovery Cove

Holiday round-up: Celebrating at Disney World, Discovery Cove

July 1, 2016, 6:58 PM · Tonight's theme park news round-ups includes news from Disney Springs, including tomorrow's grand opening of the Coca-Cola Store Orlando. We've also got a big giveaway for Discovery Cove's Sweet 16 and a new VR roller coaster app from Europa Park. Keep reading...

Busch Gardens Tampa land cleared after orangutan escape

July 1, 2016, 3:07 PM · An orangutan apparently found its way out of its enclosure at Busch Gardens Tampa this evening, setting off a local media frenzy. Local TV stations rushed to cover the scene, as park officials cleared one land of the park. Eventually, park employees captured the orangutan and returned him to his enclosure. Keep reading...

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The top 10 ways people cheat in theme parks

July 1, 2016, 11:22 AM · In my Orange County Register column this week, I take on the issue of people cheating in theme parks: Do cheaters prosper at Disneyland, Knott's and other theme parks? The column is a follow-up to my piece last week, which explained why single rider lines can be a great deal for everyone, whether you use them or not. But some people look for ways to take advantage of anything and try to cheat the single rider lines by insisting that they must ride with family or friends when they get to the loading point.

That's hardly the only way that people cheat the system in theme parks. I hope you'll read my column on the Register website, and for Theme Park Insider readers, I'd like to extend that list with a complete "Top 10" of theme park cheaters. Keep reading...

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Thursday round-up: Universal Orlando plans its sixth hotel

June 30, 2016, 9:34 PM · Universal Orlando has filed paperwork with the City of Orlando to begin work on its sixth on-site hotel. According to documents filed with the city, the hotel will include 600 rooms in one tower and be built on about six acres just south of the upcoming Sapphire Falls hotel, next to the Cabana Bay. Keep reading...

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