Now Streaming: A Social Media–Themed Water Park near Orlando

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/24/2019, 9:45 PM

A new water park with a social media theme has just opened next to Margaritaville Resort Orlando in central Florida. Dubbed Island H2O Live!, the park has eight water slides with names like Follow Me Falls, Hashtag Heights, and Reply Racers. You'll also find the Chat Creek lazy river, Megabytes snack bar, and adults-only Private Domain pool. Seems like there should also be a Data Mine slide wher...

2017's Most Instagrammed Locations

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/01/2017, 12:00 PM

Instagram released its year in review this week, looking back at 2017's top trends on the popular photo-sharing social network. Among the not-so-surprising revelations that Beyoncé's pregnancy announcement in February got the most likes (11.1 million) and pop star Selena Gomez had the most followers (130 million and counting), there were several travel-related findings as well.  In fact, #travel...

Trump Robot Will Speak at Hall of Presidents, Says Disney

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/30/2017, 4:00 AM

Disney has refuted the notion that the Hall of Presidents attraction at Walt Disney World in Orlando will take a different approach to incorporating the current occupant of the Oval Office.   In two stories published in May and June, Vice Media's Motherboard reported that in order to avoid giving an animatronic Trump speaking lines in the attraction, Disney would likely revert to the pre-1...

First Cruise Ship Crosses New Panama Canal Locks

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/03/2017, 4:00 AM

A new, wider set of locks is open for business at the Panama Canal, and over the weekend the first cruise ship passed through them. Disney Cruise Line's 2,713-passenger Wonder vessel did the honors, crossing the new locks during a 14-night voyage from Port Canaveral, Florida, to San Diego. Here's what the big moment looked like: The more than $5 billion Panama Canal expansion ...

Disney World Lets Annual Pass Holders Cut in Line

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/27/2016, 5:00 AM

Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, is giving certain devoted fans a big thank-you gift to kick off the new year.  The company has announced that guests who've purchased an annual pass will be allowed to bypass the normal entrance line and get into the resort through an excusive gateway.  A special entrance for annual pass holders will be available at all four Disney World parks: Ma...

Cruise Critic Names Best Ships of the Year

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/13/2016, 4:00 AM

Cruise Critic announced yesterday the winners of its ninth annual Editors' Pick Awards, honoring the best passenger ships sailing the world's oceans and rivers.  Carnival Cruise Line took top honors for its newest vessel, the Carnival Vista; the company was also named the best bang for your buck. Disney Cruise Line was declared best for families (naturally), while AmaWaterways won for ...

Disney World's Strict Rules for Wearing Halloween Costumes

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/26/2016, 4:00 AM

Ever wondered why you don't see more adult guests at Disney World in Orlando wearing costumes? Simple. They're not allowed on anybody over 14—except, of course, for the people getting paid to don character getups.    Costumes can be worn by guests 13 and younger, but they're subject to several restrictions, including bans on masks that cover the full face and accessories that could be mist...

Disney World Now Finger-Scanning Preschoolers

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/09/2016, 4:00 AM

As of last month, Disney World now requires kids ages 3 to 9 to have their fingerprints scanned before entering any of the Orlando resort's four theme parks. Guests older than that have been getting their digits scanned for some time, but now the Mouse wants to take a look at even the jelly-smeared fingers of the preschool set. Disney says the move is designed to prevent stolen and reu...

Orlando Theme Parks Dispensing Free Insect Repellent to Ease Zika Fears

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/31/2016, 4:00 AM

Visitors to Orlando's major theme parks are now being offered free insect repellent as fears of the mosquito-borne Zika virus continue to grow in Florida. You can get complimentary mosquito spray and lotion at Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, and SeaWorld Orlando as of this week—even though no cases of mosquito-transmitted Zika have been reported in Central Florida and even tho...

Fans in Uproar Over Closing of Disney's Tower of Terror

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/26/2016, 12:30 PM

The gut-wrenching Tower of Terror elevator drop at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim will let fall its last batch of thrill seekers in early January of next year—and fans are none too pleased.  When Disney announced plans to turn the tower into a Guardians of the Galaxy attraction, reaction on social media was swift and overwhelmingly negative. Many have accused the park of selling ou...

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