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Snow White closes May 31

Snow White's Scary Adventures Disney Magic Kingdom Orlando

February 2012: The massive Fantasyland expansion in Disney World’s Magic Kingdom will add acres to the park and new rides, adventures, and atmosphere – but not without taking another victim: Snow White’s Scary Adventures, an original ride dating back to the park’s opening, closes forever on May 31, 2012. There are good reasons for the […] Read more...

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2012 Universal Orlando update

Universal miniature golf Hollywood Drive-In

January 2012: Universal Studios Orlando released new information about rides, shows and even parade upgrades debuting this year. Overall, it shows a clear push to boost attendance at the Universal Studios park rather than Islands of Adventure, where a boy wizard named Harry Potter continues to draw in tourists. The lineup also reflects a shift […] Read more...

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Universal closes more than Jaws

Amity closed Jaws Universal Studios Orlando

January 2012: As announced, Universal Studios’ closed the Jaws ride – its giant man-eating shark – but the axe swung farther than that. In shutting down the Jaws ride, Universal also shuttered the entire town of Amity. It closed the Nathan’s hot dog restaurant; it closed the games of chance; it even closed the beer-and-ice-cream […] Read more...

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Orlando No. 1 for bargain shopping

Disney Character Warehouse Prime Outlets Orlando

January 2012: It’s official. Forbes – the financial guru that analyzes money in all its forms – released its first-ever list of bargain shopping in America, and Orlando secured the top spot. According to Susan Lomax, VP of publicity for Orlando, shopping is now the No. 1 activity for international tourists, which must come as […] Read more...

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Universal Studios’ Mardi Gras

Universal Studios Orlando Mardi Gras parade float

January 2012: During the day, Universal Studios Orlando is a theme park, but at night it’s a party from Feb. 11 through April 14 when it celebrates Mardi Gras. Modeled on the R-rated New Orleans version, Universal cleans up the festivities to roughly a PG-rating as it strives to turn jazz, liquor, and sin into […] Read more...

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Orlando: New in 2012

Dumbo ride construction Disney Magic Kingdom Fantasyland

January 2012: In 2012, Disney’s upgrades can be found mainly in the Magic Kingdom as part of the Fantasyland expansion, which is a huge undertaking. But Universal is upgrading some rides in Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, while SeaWorld also has attractions debuting. Expect a lot of small upgrades – Orlando constantly changes – […] Read more...

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Harry Potter expanding where?

Hogwarts Express train Universal Orlando Islands Adventure

Here’s what’s known: Universal Orlando will expand the world of Harry Potter. Here’s what we don’t know: Where, when, and how. However, Robert Niles, editor of Theme Park Insider, says he’s seen internal plans that link the recent closing of the Jaws ride in Universal Studios to the upgrade, with the fish-infested waters of Amity […] Read more...

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Avoid vacation rental home fraud

Hagrid's house Wizarding World Harry Potter Universal Orlando Islands of Adventure

  For many families, renting a vacation home beats hotels because it costs less yet offers more – more privacy, more kitchen, and a home-away-from-home atmosphere. However, a handful of Florida tourists – mainly travelers from outside the U.S. – have pre-paid for a vacation rental home only to discover on arrival that they’ve been […] Read more...

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Photos: Fantasyland construction

Construction Beast's castle Fantasyland Magic Kingdom from Beauty and the Beast

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Disney parking lot confusion

Disney parking lot tram Orlando

December 2011: For guests who drive to Walt Disney World, the main parking lot for the Magic Kingdom is a massive sea of asphalt separated by an occasional line of trees. In the past, guests memorized A) their row number and B) the general name of the section (Mickey, Minnie, etc.) if they wanted to […] Read more...