This Friday Orlando will welcome its first Topgolf location when doors open to the public at 9 a.m. The new three level, 65,000-square-foot venue is the company’s 36th location worldwide and first location to open with Toptracer technology. If you’re not familiar with Topgolf, think… Read More »Topgolf Orlando opens this Friday off International Drive
SeaWorld’s Aquatica in Orlando may not be the best themed water park in the world, but it is our go to water park as Orlando locals. The mix of water slides, lazy rivers, one crazy river, raft rides, and wave pools, plus decent food choices… Read More »SeaWorld Aquatica announces new family slide – Ray Rush
While the rest of the world focused on Comcast Chair and CEO Brian Roberts statement regarding a return to growth in subscribers to their legacy cable network business, the Orlando Sentinel picked up on quotes from Roberts that signal the theme parks wars in Orlando are well and truly on.
Okay, no one is actually declaring a theme park war, but when Roberts spoke today in Las Vegas at a Citigroup event and said, “We’re doubling down on theme parks. We think that there is a lot of ‘there’ there in the theme-park business for many years to come and that we have a low market share — and only one way to go,” that’s a sign that in Comcast and Universal’s mind, it’s game on.
When Comcast bought NBC/Universal, they took on the theme parks with an eye to selling them at some point in the future. But after some small investments in the parks paid off with an sizable increase in cash flow, they were convinced to invest in the larger Harry Potter land, which has been an unqualified success for the resort. Since that point, Universal has been going full speed ahead with other expansions including: The Simpsons, Transformers, a huge new resort, and more. Read More »Universal Studios Parent Company Declares Orlando Theme Park War
Update Monday at 4PM: Debby is now predicted to soar across Florida north of Orlando slowly over the next five days. However, the storm is not forecast to grow into a hurricane strength storm. Disney has closed Typhoon Lagoon, but Blizzard Beach is open, of… Read More »Tropical Storm Debby Sends Dangerous Rain and More Toward Florida
Universal Orlando has sent along a photo showing the finished exterior of Hogwarts Castle in the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter land set to open this spring. Although still very much a work in progress, the magnificence of Hogwarts castle is beginning to take… Read More »Photo of Finished Hogwarts Castle Exterior