• Disney ticket prices on rise in Orlando, theme-park operator says
    Posted by Gabrielle Russon on February 11, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Ticket prices at Walt Disney World will increase, effective Sunday. The hike comes as Disney tries to even out attendance throughout the year so guests aren’t stuck waiting in line and have a better time. Walt Disney World posted record-breaking attendance in the quarter that ended in December,... […]

  • Disney: Changes coming to Epcot's American Adventure
    Posted by Dewayne Bevil on February 9, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    New faces are coming to American Adventure, a longtime historical attraction at Epcot, Walt Disney World has announced. The attraction, set on the far side of the theme park’s World Showcase, has been closed for refurbishment. On tap is the conversion to an all-digital projection system for the... […]

  • Revamp of Royal Caribbean ship to add virtual reality trampoline
    Posted by Richard Tribou on February 9, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    Royal Caribbean is letting its passengers walk on the moon. At least that’s the virtual reality of it. The cruise line is sending Mariner of the Seas into dry dock for $90 million of refurbishments that will debut out of Miami in June. The top deck of the 3,114-passenger ship will look completely... […]

  • More iSquare trouble: Lender says funds were commingled
    Posted by Paul Brinkmann on February 9, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    A developer with grand plans to build the $400 million iSquare Mall + Hotel on International Drive has been accused of commingling funds in a bankruptcy case, which the lender says was filed in a “lack of good faith.” The lender is asking a judge to throw out the bankruptcy, which could allow it... […]

  • Norwegian Encore cruise ship to call Miami home
    Posted by Richard Tribou on February 9, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    Norwegian Cruise Line has named its newest cruise ship Norwegian Encore and will be sending it to Miami. The first steel for the fourth Breakaway Plus class ship was cut at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany on Jan. 31, and cruise line President Andy Stuart was on hand to reveal the... […]

  • Your guide to this weekend's theme park concerts
    Posted by Dewayne Bevil on February 9, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    It’s the perfect storm of theme park concerts this weekend in Central Florida. The performances are included in regular admission and, for the most part, they’re part of bigger festivals. Here are options for visitors: + At Universal Studios, the Beach Boys are scheduled to perform Saturday during... […]

  • Orange County tourism-tax revenue grows again
    Posted by Gabrielle Russon, Dewayne Bevil on February 9, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Orange County’s hotel tax continued to rise in December with revenue up 15 percent compared to the same time period in 2016. The 6 percent tax on hotels, motels and short-term rentals generated about $23 million, according to the county comptroller’s office. “I thought that there was a good chance... […]

  • Busch Gardens: Flo Rida, TLC, Southern rockers set for food fest
    Posted by Dewayne Bevil on February 8, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    Busch Gardens Tampa Bay kicks off its annual food and wine festival on Saturday, featuring 13 “culinary cabins,” more than 100 wines, brews and specialty cocktails and 18 concerts. The event, which runs Saturdays and Sundays through April 29, is included in regular theme park admission. Performers,... […]

  • Universal: Jason Derulo, Jessie J complete Mardi Gras concert lineup
    Posted by Dewayne Bevil on February 8, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    Universal Orlando has filled in the final two spots in its concert lineup for its Mardi Gras celebration. Performing at Universal Studios theme park next month will be Jason Derulo and Jessie J. Derulo, known for hits such as “Want to Want Me,” “Ridin’ Solo” and the current “Swalla,” will be on... […]

  • Disney time machine: The day 'Snow White' came to Orlando
    Posted by Dewayne Bevil on February 7, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    More than three decades before Walt Disney opened a theme park in Florida, Snow White caused a stir in downtown Orlando. “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” made its Orlando debut on Feb. 8, 1938 – 80 years ago this week – at the Beacham Theatre. It spent a couple of days there, the Orange Avenue... […]

  • SpaceX success: Falcon Heavy lifts Florida's Space Coast
    Posted by Marco Santana, Paul Brinkmann on February 7, 2018 at 12:20 am

    KENNEDY SPACE CENTER — SpaceX paved the way for its goal of human spaceflight to Mars on Tuesday with its launch of the Falcon Heavy — the most powerful rocket in the world — as thousands of spectators turned out on a scale the Space Coast hasn’t seen since the space shuttle era. Many who watched... […]

  • SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch: Good liftoff, at least 2 good landings
    Posted by Marco Santana, Paul Brinkmann on February 6, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    The SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch Tuesday afternoon sent a Tesla automobile toward Mars via a next-generation, heavy-lift rocket toward space from Florida’s Space Coast. The rocket’s success could well touch off a heated competition for large-payload launch contracts among rivals. Two of the craft’s... […]

  • Space Center sells out for SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch
    Posted by Paul Brinkmann on February 5, 2018 at 8:05 pm

    SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launch attempt Tuesday afternoon is expected to draw up to 100,000 viewers to Cape Canaveral and the surrounding area, making it one of the most anticipated since the space shuttle program ended in 2011. The Kennedy Space Center’s visitor complex sold out its tickets for Tuesday,... […]

  • Florida Funders to visit Orlando seeking potential investments
    Posted by Marco Santana on February 2, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    An investor who recently poured money into an Orlando startup is looking to do it one more time. Marc Sokol, chairman of Florida Funders Investment Committee, will visit Catalyst Spaces downtown to meet with early-stage businesses. The Florida Funders managing partner, who is based in the Tampa-St.... […]

  • Chinese bike-sharing company ofo plans Orlando launch
    Posted by Paul Brinkmann on February 1, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    Bike sharing options in Orlando might soon include a Chinese startup that has popped up in major U.S. cities and plans a Central Florida launch — with a twist. Ofo bikes doesn’t use dedicated bike racks. Its arrival here could usher in a growing controversy over “dockless” bike sharing, which has... […]

  • Electronic Arts expands esports, talks transaction-based play
    Posted by Marco Santana on January 30, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    Electronic Arts’ competitive gaming efforts will soon take aim at non-sports titles. The video game giant expects to use existing esports entries like its soccer title FIFA and the Maitland-built Madden franchise as a road map, company leaders said Tuesday. The company plans to launch a competitive... […]

  • Citing tax reform, Harris rewards employees
    Posted by Marco Santana on January 30, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Defense and space contractor Harris Corporation has joined a growing group of companies rewarding employees in a tightening job market, and after the recent passage of a federal tax reform bill. The Melbourne firm will boost pension contributions, increase research and development spending and... […]

  • New BRIDG partner makes power cells that pull in thermal energy
    Posted by Paul Brinkmann on January 29, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    Osceola County’s new high-tech BRIDG research center is on a roll, announcing yet another partnership with a technology company developing new products Monday — a new power cell by Norfolk-based Face International Corp. The technology, called the Evercell power cell, is a patented energy-harvesting... […]

  • Microsoft exec jumps to Florida-based hydrogen startup Joi Scientific
    Posted by Paul Brinkmann on January 29, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    An executive from Microsoft has left the tech giant to join a Space Coast startup bent on revolutionizing hydrogen fuel creation, Joi Scientific. Stefan Sjöström led public sector activities for Microsoft in Asia and Western Europe for the past eight years. He will now be the president of international... […]

  • EA, Tupperware work to raise female impact in STEM
    Posted by Marco Santana on January 26, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    As corporations push to add women in tech fields — with high-profile backers including Lockheed Martin and Electronic Arts — some leaders say they are seeing results in Central Florida. Organizers behind the programs, which feature female employees leading activities designed to reach female workers... […]

  • 'Fifty Shades Freed' commands $38.8 million to top charts
    Posted by Lindsey Bahr on February 11, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    "Fifty Shades Freed" has topped the North American box office in its first weekend in theaters. Universal Pictures estimates Sunday that the final chapter in the Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele saga has earned $38.8 million, which is down significantly from the first film's $85.2 million debut... […]

  • Rose McGowan wishes 'solace' for family of late manager
    Posted by Associated Press on February 11, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    Rose McGowan has broken a days-long silence to express sympathy over the suicide of her former manager, whose family has criticized the actress and activist. In an Instagram post Saturday, McGowan wrote that she hopes the family of Jill Messick can find some "solace" and blames her death on Harvey... […]

  • After her brother's death, Kim Cattrall lashes out at Sarah Jessica Parker
    Posted by Associated Press on February 10, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    Kim Cattrall has a message for Sarah Jessica Parker: Spare me your sympathy. Cattrall lashed out Saturday at her former "Sex and the City" co-star after Parker expressed her condolences over the death of Cattrall's brother, Chris. "Your continuous reaching out is a painful reminder of how cruel... […]

  • Reg E. Cathey, 'House of Cards' and 'The Wire' actor, dies at 59
    Posted by Ariana Brockington on February 10, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    Actor Reg E. Cathey, who played Freddy on “House of Cards” and appeared in “The Wire,” has died. He was 59 and had reportedly been battling cancer. Known for his distinctive baritone voice, Reginald Eugene Cathey began acting in 1984 in a television movie called “A Doctor’s Story.” He guest starred... […]

  • DePaul grad Amir ElSaffar leads profound concert at Symphony Center
    Posted by Howard Reich on February 10, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    The year is young, but what likely will stand as one of the more profound concerts of 2018 took place Friday night in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center. For trumpeter Amir ElSaffar, who performed on this stage in the late 1990s as a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, returned in a decidedly... […]

  • 'Catastrophe' star Rob Delaney's son dies of cancer at age 2
    Posted by Associated Press on February 9, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    "Catastrophe" star and co-creator Rob Delaney says his son has died from cancer. He memorializes the boy as "smart, funny, and mischievous" in a Facebook post . Delaney says Henry Delaney was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2016. After surgery to remove the tumor and treatment early last year,... […]

  • On Stephen Colbert's new Trump cartoon series, the president has shades of Homer Simpson
    Posted by Michael Cavna on February 9, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    "We are one year into my presidency, and it's time to finally admit that I am absolutely crushing it." So proclaims animated President Donald Trump to open the premiere of "Our Cartoon President," Showtime's half-hour comedy, created by Stephen Colbert and his "Late Show" executive producer Chris... […]

  • HBO has a real stinker in the dreadfully unrelatable 'Here and Now'
    Posted by Hank Stuever on February 9, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    Well, this sure as heck isn't us. HBO's dysfunctional family drama "Here and Now" (premiering Sunday) is a dreadful misfire from "Six Feet Under" and "True Blood" creator Alan Ball, about a family with more first-world problems than it can possibly count. In four episodes made available for review,... […]

  • The surprising lessons we learned from the 'Fifty Shades' trilogy (yes, really)
    Posted by Stephanie Merry on February 9, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    We've finally come to the end of the road with the "Fifty Shades" series, the trilogy of movies -- based on E.L. James's best-selling "Twilight" fan fiction -- which has earned nearly $1 billion so far at the box office with its titillating promise of S&M-tinged erotica. Friday marks the release... […]

  • Omarosa says on 'Big Brother' country is not going to be OK
    Posted by Associated Press on February 9, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Omarosa Manigault Newman is starting to tell her story, as promised. And the former White House aide's story is: America is not going to be fine under President Donald Trump. "No," a tearful Manigault Newman, who left her White House job in December, said to her "Celebrity Big Brother" co-star... […]