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New Details About Universal's Planned Water Park—Including Wearable Tech to Cut Wait Times

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/07/2016, 5:00 AM

Universal Orlando Resort released new details last week about its upcoming Volcano Bay water park, which is set to open at the central Florida amusement complex next summer. We now know that the park's centerpiece, a 200-foot artificial volcano, will be a state-of-the-art "aqua coaster" with caves, waterfalls, twists, turns, and drops that riders will experience while seated in a specially...

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...

Universal Releases Water Park Details

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/22/2016, 11:15 PM

Universal Orlando has released some details about its new water park, Volcano Bay, which the company promises will be up and running by June 1, 2017. The park will feature 18 attractions, including a wave pool with sandy beaches, a winding river with special light and water effects, a raft ride with saucer-shaped curves, and a centerpiece faux volcano featuring a slide with a 70-degree, 125-fo...

Travel Briefing: Airport Lines, An Imploded Casino, and More

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/15/2016, 1:15 PM

The Riviera in Las Vegas (photo by Ashwin Kumar/Flickr) Welcome to the middle of the week! And welcome to our brand-new daily roundup of travel-related news and information gathered from across the internet. Check this space daily for fresh updates. Here's what's going on in the world of travel today. * ORLANDO THEME PARKS STEPPING UP SECURITY AFTER NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING (New York Ti...

How Much Does an Orlando Vacation Cost? A New Tool Does the Math

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/02/2014, 12:00 PM

One of the most common questions for me as the author of Frommer's Orlando is, "How much does a vacation there cost?"   Well, a new online tool helps you figure out how much an Orlando theme park vacation will hit you for.   It's clean and easy to use. Want to go to Walt Disney World for three days with the Park Hopper option? Check the boxes. Want to follow that with two...

Walt Disney World Prices Hit a New Record: $99 Per Day!

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/25/2014, 2:30 AM

It's a new record! Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom has raised its one-day ticket price to $99. The Orlando-area resort's other three theme parks, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom, have leapt to $94 per day. Across the board, that's a $4-per-day increase. (Kids aged 3-9 are $93 and $88 per day, respectively.) It used to be that Disney raised its prices once a year in ...

Everything's Coming Up Rosen in Orlando: Now There's a Fifth Rosen Hotel on International Drive

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/12/2013, 9:30 PM

The Quality Inn International has long been one of the most reliable budget properties off International Drive in Orlando. Harris Rosen bought it back in 1974, and using it as a foundation, built an Orlando hotel empire that now numbers more than 6,300 guest rooms, from dead cheap to business-class luxury.  In a bid to solidify his personal brand name, he has finally gotten around to attac...

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