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What Will Be New at America's Theme Parks This Year?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/01/2018, 3:30 PM

Amusement park season is around the bend—and that bend could be a loop-de-loop of a high tech ride. For our weekly Frommer's Travel Show on WABC Radio, Jason Cochran and I interviewed Susie Storey, the Director of Communications for the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions to learn what new thrills, chills, and services would be available to theme park visitors in 2018.   Pa...

Disney World Now Charges for Parking at Hotels, Decreasing Their Value

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 03/14/2018, 4:00 PM

It used to be one of the great courtesies of staying in a Walt Disney World resort hotel: You got free parking, and then you could take Disney transportation for free. It was touted as one of the perks and a big incentive to choose a Disney hotel over a room located outside the resort property's gates. Since Disney hotels are two or three times as much as a room of comparable quality a mile away, ...

It's Here: Donald Trump Robot Unveiled at Disney's Hall of Presidents

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/19/2017, 1:15 AM

About six months behind its usual post-election refurbishment schedule, Walt Disney World has unveiled its Audio-Animatronic version of the current president of the United States, including a short recorded monologue by him about the American spirit. The attraction officially opens to the public on Tuesday, December 19.  The Hall of Presidents, running since 1971 when Richard M. Nixon was in the ...

By Converting the Norway Pavilion to a 'Frozen' Attraction, Epcot's World's Fair Concept Dies

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/16/2015, 7:45 PM

On his deathbed, Walt Disney had a dream for his ultimate legacy. He wanted to create a living community in Central Florida where companies could use residents to try out new technology, prove it worked, and export it to the planet, making life better for everyone in the world. But he died in 1966, and by the time EPCOT Center (the letters stood for Experimental Prototype Community of Tom...

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 ...

The Paper Fastpass Program is Ending at Disney World While Your Pre-Planning Burden Grows Worse

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/20/2014, 3:00 PM

Ride ticket booth from Disneyland, date unknown One of the most thoughtful features of a visit to Disney World has become much less thoughtful. For years, anyone who visited the four theme parks in Orlando, Florida, could pop their ticket into kiosks placed near the most popular attractions and receive a reserved time to ride later in the day that would allow them to bypass the re...

Though Harry Potter Has Garnered All the Raves, The True Hit Attraction of Orlando's Theme Parks is Disney's Soarin'

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 11/01/2013, 4:00 PM

     In the bitter competition between theme parks in Orlando, Florida, the Harry Potter exhibit at Universal Studios' Islands of Adventure has recently scored a public relations victory.  Journalist after journalist has weighed in with the conclusion that Universal's Harry Potter is currently the outstanding attraction in America's theme park capital.      I went to the Harry Potter exhib...

Here's Why You Don't Want to Buy the Disney Dining Plan When You Visit Orlando

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/11/2013, 8:30 PM

If you book a vacation at a Walt Disney World hotel in Orlando, you will be offered the option of purchasing the credit-based Disney Dining Plan, which pre-pays many of your meals. It is extremely complicated, with all kinds of rules, exclusions, and premium versions, but lots of people cave and buy it in the name of convenience, thinking it will make everything easier. Although now and th...

Eureka! We Found Summer Savings of up to 30 Percent at Disneyland and Walt Disney World

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/17/2013, 2:30 PM

Disney tends to restrict its best sales to customers who are already on its mailing list, but this summer, we found two big discounts that are available to the general public right now. For Disneyland in California, our friends at MouseSavers.com have the rundown on three discount codes which can be used through the Orbitz.com booking site. The best discount is for 15%, and it's good for s...

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