Disney tourists shake off Nicole after theme parks reopen – Orlando Sentinel

Braving gusty winds and drizzly weather, tourists packed ponchos and umbrellas to take advantage of less-than-usual wait times in Orlando’s theme parks as they reopened Thursday following Tropical Storm Nicole.…

Disney World, Universal shut down early for Hurricane Nicole but plan to reopen Thursday afternoon – Orlando Sentinel

Disney World, Universal and SeaWorld closed early Wednesday with Disney planning to reopen as early as Thursday afternoon after Hurricane Nicole passes. Walt Disney World started the shutdown in phases…

Updated ‘Fantasmic’ returns at Disney and Universal plans to close 5 KidZone attractions (Ep. 165) – Orlando Sentinel

By Orlando Sentinel Podcasts Orlando Sentinel Nov 04, 2022 at 3:36 pm Mickey and pirates and scares, oh my! Orlando Sentinel tourism reporters Dewayne Bevil and Katie Rice discuss the…

IAAPA promotes attractions veteran to president and CEO – Orlando Sentinel

Orlando-based International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions has appointed Jakob Wahl, a current association executive and veteran of the amusement industry, as its new president and CEO. Wahl currently…

Port Canaveral gears up for busy winter after record year – Orlando Sentinel

Despite the uncertainty of COVID-19 that still had its grips on the cruise industry in 2021, Port Canaveral finished its latest fiscal year with record numbers and is gearing up…

Disney won’t back down from ‘rich, diverse’ offerings, CEO says – Orlando Sentinel

Defending Disney from critics calling the company “too woke,” Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Chapek said Disney will continue to create inclusive content that caters to a “rich, diverse” world.…

Comcast hints at future layoffs, though Universal theme parks prosper – Orlando Sentinel

Universal Orlando and Universal’s other theme parks continued to improve parent company Comcast’s earnings last quarter, but a top executive on Thursday nonetheless raised the possibility of layoffs and other…

Hotel bookings soared in Seminole during Ian, tourism officials say – Orlando Sentinel

Despite dropping a historic amount of rain that closed roads and flooded homes, Hurricane Ian led to a surge in hotel bookings in Seminole County last month as it barreled…

Jack the Clown’s birth, E.T.’s smell, early Christmas trees – Orlando Sentinel

Halloween is all but over. Time to stop clowning around. This week’s Theme Park Rangers Radar reveals the origins of Jack the Clown, deranged and beloved icon of Universal’s Halloween…

Blizzard Beach reopening, but Typhoon Lagoon closing again – Orlando Sentinel

Blizzard Beach water park is reopening Nov. 13, but that’s the day sister attraction Typhoon Lagoon goes out of service for maintenance, Walt Disney World confirmed Tuesday. Disney has not…