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How does Orlando's Toy Story Land stack up against its predecessors?

I’ve checked in with Buzz, Woody and their friends around the world at various Disney parks so was eager to see how the new Toy Story Land at Walt Disney World stacked up. Walt Disney Studios, Paris, opened the original Toy Story Land —there called Toy Story Playland — in 2010. The concept was...

  • Florida travel calendar for July

    Florida travel calendar for July

    Check out festivals and events in July across the state. This list is organized by region. Central Florida (including Orlando, Kissimmee, Daytona Beach, Sanford, the Space Coast, Lakeland/Polk and Lake County) Through Sept. 21: Bandshell Concert Series, Daytona Beach. The Bandshell Concert Series...

  • Disney releases aerial drone footage of Toy Story Land

    Disney releases aerial drone footage of Toy Story Land

    Disney took to the skies to show aerial drone footage of Toy Story Land set to open at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The 10-acre park-within-a-park is set to open to the public on Saturday featuring larger-than-life statues from the Pixar series of films, a roller coaster and other attractions. The...

  • If you've got a car, Florida's got the Keys

    If you've got a car, Florida's got the Keys

    Looking for a place to go this summer? Count down the miles to the Florida Keys. The state tourism-marketing agency has put up 19 alluring billboards in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties that show motorists how many miles they have left to go to reach the Keys. That’s 105 miles from the...

  • How Disney World is making DinoLand more ducky

    How Disney World is making DinoLand more ducky

    The DinoLand U.S.A. area of Disney’s Animal Kingdom is getting a makeover, and you have Donald Duck to thank. “In the conceit of the storyline, Donald just found out he’s a descendant of dinosaurs. He’s thrilled,” said Mark Renfrow, show director with Disney Parks Live Entertainment. D.D. proceeds...

  • Busch Gardens Tampa: Belly up again for free beers

    Busch Gardens Tampa: Belly up again for free beers

    Free beer. Now that I have your attention, let’s just say things are about to get hopping, so to speak, at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay this summer. The theme park is returning to a policy that gives away suds, along with a couple of other beer-driven promotions. From May 1 through Aug. 5, visitors...

  • 48 Hours in Naples: Where everyone can find an escape

    48 Hours in Naples: Where everyone can find an escape

    Naples has been a tempting destination for decades. For many, a visit has translated to packing up their worries and retiring to this southwest Florida paradise for good. For others who can’t make the great escape just yet, it still offers temptation, even if only for a weekend. The good news is...

  • Disney's Star Wars: Galactic Nights celebrates landmark films

    Disney's Star Wars: Galactic Nights celebrates landmark films

    There are holidays, and then there are “Star Wars” holidays. An upcoming special event at Walt Disney World is designed to add cheer and share insights about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the land under construction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park. The one-day event — dubbed Star Wars: Galactic...

  • New cruise ship MSC Seaside set for Miami debut

    New cruise ship MSC Seaside set for Miami debut

    The biggest cruise ship debuting in Florida this year is nearly on its way as MSC Cruises took delivery of MSC Seaside at a ceremony in Italy. The new class of ship that can hold 5,119 passengers at maximum capacity will begin year-round Caribbean sailing from PortMiami in December. “MSC Seaside...

  • Disney set to celebrate Mickey Mouse's birthday

    Disney set to celebrate Mickey Mouse's birthday

    Disney will be celebrating Mickey Mouse’s upcoming birthday in a number of ways, including opportunities at the Walt Disney World theme parks later this month. The big day for the big cheese is Nov. 18, when the character turns 89 years old. This coincides with Mickey’s debut in the animated film...

  • SeaWorld adding up-close tour with killer whales

    SeaWorld adding up-close tour with killer whales

    A new behind-the-scenes tour at SeaWorld Orlando features its killer whales, up close and personal. The 45-minute Killer Whale Up-Close Tour, announced Tuesday, includes talks from the park’s whale trainers, face-to-face (but behind glass) meetings with the whales and other interactions. “You’re...

  • A theme park character study: New places to wait

    A theme park character study: New places to wait

    I’m behind with my meeting and greeting of theme-park characters. Chatting with fictional furry folk is not my forte. It feels goofy with a lower-case g to ask Goofy with an upper-case G how’s the weather up there, G? I recognize that I may be in the minority in these parts. Often, I hear breathless...

  • Spinning through Legoland Florida’s newest attractions

    Spinning through Legoland Florida’s newest attractions

    The master builders at the Legoland Resort in central Florida have been busy this year. First, Lego Ninjago World opened in January, introducing park guests to the spinjitzu magic of the Ninjago series. Then last month, Legoland Florida doubled its overnight resort options with the opening of the...

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