• Live updates: Pandora crowds build line after line at Disney
    Posted by Dewayne Bevil on May 27, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    It was this kind of opening day at Pandora – The World of Avatar: There were lines to get into other lines. LONG lines to get into other long lines. The kind of lines you swear you will never step into. "Is it really that great?" I heard a non-waiter ask while passing the crowd outside the newest... […]

  • 'Pop' quiz: New SeaWorld show a study in bubbles
    Posted by Dewayne Bevil on May 26, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    A new stage show has bubbled up at SeaWorld Orlando. The theme park has teamed up with soap bubble-based performer Fan Yang for a production called “Pop.” Yang is no backyard bubbler. He’s the holder of 19 world records, has 35 years of experience and a full-on, 90-minute stage production in his... […]

  • Judgmental Maps site skewers Magic Kingdom
    Posted by Dewayne Bevil on May 26, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    The latest Disney-based internet sensation comes to us from the folks at Judgmental Maps, whose latest post is a no-holds-barred interpretation of the attractions at (and visitors of) Magic Kingdom theme park. The item starts with a base map of Magic Kingdom, but with new type describing how the... […]

  • Airbnb use in Central Florida grows in first quarter of 2017
    Posted by Sandra Pedicini on May 25, 2017 at 11:40 pm

    Airbnb use in Central Florida has been growing exponentially, according to statistics the company has provided. In Osceola County, there were 67,794 people using airbnb in the first quarter of 2017 — a 104 percent increase from the prior year. In Orange County, there were 53,967 people using the... […]

  • Pandora at night makes Disney's Avatar land magical
    Posted by Richard Tribou on May 25, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    It’s OK to stop and stare when the sun goes down on Pandora — The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The moody darkness with bioluminescent pathways and plants make you feel like you’re walking through your own little galaxy. All of the chatter of other theme park visitors sort of fades... […]

  • Live updates: Volcano Bay's opening-day plunge at Universal
    Posted by Dewayne Bevil, Sandra Pedicini on May 25, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    The buzz today, slidewise, at Volcano Bay is about the body slides, from the Ko'oriki Body Plunge that zips from way up the volcano on down at Universal Orlando’s new water park. I just took an opening-day mini-plunge with Ohya and Ohno, twin body slides that are more curvy than steep. Again,... […]

  • First look at new Pixar concert at Disney's Hollywood Studios
    Posted by Richard Tribou on May 25, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    The summer at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will put the music of Pixar on a pedestal. The show titled “The Music of Pixar LIVE! A Symphony of Characters” begins May 26 and will feature a full orchestra performing a 40-minute homage to Pixar films, along with accompanying video and character appearances... […]

  • Volcano Bay has plenty of finishing touches at Universal Orlando
    Posted by Dewayne Bevil, Richard Tribou, Lauren Delgado on May 24, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    Construction workers scurried amid inquisitive members of the media and bloggers Wednesday in a last-minute push to get Universal Orlando's Volcano Bay water park ready for its grand opening on Thursday. Rides and slides were open sporadically at the 28-acre attraction for the four-hour media preview.... […]

  • Live updates: Pandora World of Avatar has cast members thinking out of this world
    Posted by Sandra Pedicini on May 24, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger and “Avatar” director James Cameron appeared briefly Wednesday as Animal Kingdom theme park showed off its new Pandora land to hundreds of reporters from around the globe. Pandora: The World of Avatar opens Saturday at the Walt Disney World. "At Disney, we have a `how... […]

  • Your guide to Pandora, Disney's new 'Avatar'-inspired land
    Posted by Dewayne Bevil on May 23, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    The wait is almost over. Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom opens to the general public Saturday. Walt Disney World’s newest land was inspired by the characters, mind-set and lush planet of the 2009 film “Avatar,” directed by James Cameron. Our guide to Pandora should help... […]

  • Peer-to-peer payment apps grow — no cash, no check
    Posted by Marco Santana on May 28, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Devin Meineke considers himself lucky if he has $10 cash in his pockets at any given time. So it’s a good thing he has a cellphone. A growing number of people — particularly millennials — are using peer-to-peer mobile-payment apps including Cash, Square and Venmo. “This is really about convenience,”... […]

  • Belmont Stakes pre-show to feature Orlando game firm's work
    Posted by Marco Santana on May 25, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    If you plan to watch coverage leading up to the Belmont Stakes next month, be ready to see some content produced in Orlando. The game development studio Third Time will take predictions made by NBC show hosts and create a visualization of how the 1.5-mile race will play out. Post time for the race... […]

  • Accesso lands Mexican theme park company
    Posted by Marco Santana on May 24, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Accesso Technology Group will build a point-of-sale platform for a theme park group in Mexico, a move that also gives the tech company access to the largest private bus system in that nation. The Lake Mary-based company, which has done work for Daytona International Speedway’s parent company and... […]

  • UCF approves money to buy building for military cluster
    Posted by Marco Santana on May 19, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    An effort to shield Central Florida’s military cluster from potential federal base closures took a step forward Thursday. University of Central Florida’s board of trustees approved spending $19.1 million of state-appropriated funds to buy a second building at its Research Park. Officials have said... […]

  • Lyft, Delta partner for SkyMiles rewards
    Posted by Staff and wire report on May 18, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Ride-hailing company Lyft has launched a partnership to reward customers with Delta SkyMiles. Users who link their accounts with the two companies at can collect 1 miles for each dollar spent on Lyft rides. For a limited time to celebrate the partnership’s launch, a bonus of two additional... […]

  • Orlando's GameSim bought by company that has worked on Uncharted, Call of Duty
    Posted by Marco Santana on May 17, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    An art and technical services company that has worked on blockbuster video game franchises like Call of Duty, Uncharted and Battlefield has bought an Orlando tech firm. London-based Keywords Studios announced in a press release Wednesday that it had acquired GameSim, which has offices at University... […]

  • Voxx stock tumbles as Orlando car-tech firm reports earnings
    Posted by Marco Santana on May 16, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Voxx International Corporation, an Orlando-based car electronics manufacturer, has seen its stock price take a tumble after the company reported less-than-stellar earnings Tuesday morning. The firm reported a loss of $90,000 during the fourth quarter of its 2017 fiscal year and the company’s stock... […]

  • Electronic Arts, others in Orlando put weight behind esports
    Posted by Marco Santana on May 16, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Central Florida’s mix of video game development schools, tourism and a budding tech sector could bring a windfall in the fast-growing field of competitive video gaming. The industry, known as esports, can also benefit by turning to Orlando, said Ricardo Aguiló, department chair of Full Sail University’s... […]

  • Hackers claim to hold Disney's latest 'Pirates' sequel hostage, demand ransom
    Posted by David Ng on May 15, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    Hackers have once again struck at Hollywood, this time claiming one of the summer’s biggest blockbuster releases — Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the fifth installment in the highly profitable swashbuckling franchise, starring Johnny Depp. The Walt Disney Co. chief... […]

  • 'WannaCry' victims, stop being 'lazy' with updates, expert says
    Posted by Marco Santana on May 15, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    A high-profile “ransomware” attack that affected more than 200,000 worldwide could have been avoided if computer users would stop being “lazy” and update their computers, a local cybersecurity expert said. Florida Cybersecurity Center director Sri Sridharan says the growth of the digital currency... […]

  • Review: Maurizio Pollini's Chopin a modernist vision at Orchestra Hall
    Posted by Alan G. Artner on May 29, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Maurizio Pollini came to wide attention in the music of Frederic Chopin nearly 60 years ago, and late in life he is revisiting scores of his defining success. His recital Sunday afternoon at Orchestra Hall originally scheduled Claude Debussy's Preludes, Book 2, as well as selections by Chopin, but... […]

  • Neil Diamond is 'so good, so good, so good' at United Center
    Posted by Janine Schaults on May 29, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Neil Diamond got a jump-start on celebrating Memorial Day at the United Center Sunday with a stirring rendition of the 1980 hit “America,” which the 76-year-old singer dedicated to both his immigrant grandparents and military families around the country. Free of any “Make America Great Again” posturing,... […]

  • 'Pirates of the Caribbean' tops box office, 'Baywatch' sinks
    Posted by Lindsey Bahr on May 28, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    It was smooth sailing to the top spot at the box office for "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales," but the waters were choppier for the Dwayne Johnson comedy "Baywatch." Studio estimates on Sunday say the fifth installment of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise commandeered $62.2... […]

  • Cannes 2017: Ruben Östlund's 'The Square' wins the Palme d'Or
    Posted by Justin Chang on May 28, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    At a Cannes Film Festival where the purposes and parameters of art have been much debated, with Netflix, virtual reality and television series making rare and sometimes first-time appearances, it was only fitting that the Palme d’Or was awarded Sunday night to “The Square,” Swedish director Ruben... […]

  • Gregg Allman, Southern rock trailblazer who led Allman Brothers Band, dies at 69
    Posted by Russ Bynum, Kristin M. Hall on May 28, 2017 at 4:33 am

    Gregg Allman, a survivor of tragedy, knew the blues musically and in a painfully personal way. Raised by a single mother after his father was shot to death, he idolized his guitar-slinging older brother Duane and became his musical partner. They formed the nucleus of The Allman Brothers Band, which... […]

  • Women-only screenings planned for 'Wonder Woman' at some theaters
    Posted by Associated Press on May 27, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Take a seat, "Thor." Scattered plans among Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas to host women-only screenings of the upcoming "Wonder Woman" movie have produced both support and some grumbling about gender discrimination. Various locations have taken to social media in response, including the operators of... […]

  • Ben Stiller and wife Christine Taylor announce separation
    Posted by Associated Press on May 27, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Ben Stiller and his wife announced Friday that they are separating after 17 years of marriage. Stiller and actress Christine Taylor released a joint statement Friday announcing their breakup. They were married in May 2000 and have two children, who they said will remain their priority. "With tremendous... […]

  • Rocker Chris Cornell remembered as 'voice of our generation'
    Posted by Sandy Cohen on May 27, 2017 at 12:14 am

    Music's elite and Hollywood stars remembered Chris Cornell at a somber memorial service Friday that focused on the Soundgarden frontman's love of family and friends as much as it did on his musical achievements as one of rock's leading voices. "Chris was as melodic as The Beatles, as heavy as Sabbath... […]

  • Ariana Grande to return for Manchester benefit concert
    Posted by Mark Kennedy on May 26, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Ariana Grande has vowed to return to Manchester, England, to give a concert to raise money for the victims of Monday's deadly bombing at her show there. In a statement both defiant and heavy with emotion, the pop star on Friday wrote to her fans, saying "we won't let hate win" and "we won't let... […]

  • KISS concert in Manchester canceled after terrorist attacks
    Posted by Associated Press on May 26, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    KISS has canceled its show at the arena where deadly terrorist attacks occurred at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, earlier this week. Live Nation announced Friday that the rock group's May 30 concert at Manchester Arena will not take place. Band members Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons,... […]