Shanghai Disneyland

Look at How Different Shanghai Disneyland Is from Other Disney Parks

In Shanghai Disneyland, Disney Imagineers made a version of the classic theme park that's distinctly Chinese.

Legoland Coming to New York (Assembly Required)

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/30/2018, 2:00 AM

A new Legoland theme park is being built, plastic brick by plastic brick, in the town of Goshen, New York, located about a two-hour drive north of New York City.  Expected to open in 2020, the resort will feature themed lands, rides, and shows inspired by the beloved interlocking toy blocks, the company's boxy, humanoid characters, and the popular series of animated Lego movies. The New York pro...

Orlando Sanford International Airport's Name Can Confuse Tourists Going to Orlando

By Jason Cochran

Despite its name, this small airport is not even in Orlando—it's in the town of Sanford, population 59,000, and is twice as far from Walt Disney World as Orlando International.

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Huge Nature-Themed Light Show Illuminates Winter Nights in Japan

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 01/02/2018, 1:00 PM

Each winter at Japan's Nagashima Resort in the city of Kuwana, millions of LED lights are used to create ravishing nighttime nature scenes. Held in the gardens of the complex (which also has an amusement park and hot springs), the Nabana No Sato display has previously depicted Mount Fuji and the Northern Lights, among other wonders. For 2018, the focus is Japan's Kumamoto Prefecture. As CNN rep...

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 ...

2017's Most Instagrammed Locations

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/01/2017, 12:00 PM

Instagram released its year in review this week, looking back at 2017's top trends on the popular photo-sharing social network. Among the not-so-surprising revelations that Beyoncé's pregnancy announcement in February got the most likes (11.1 million) and pop star Selena Gomez had the most followers (130 million and counting), there were several travel-related findings as well.  In fact, #travel...

Spectacular Holiday Show Added to Universal's Hogwarts Castle

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/22/2017, 5:45 PM

Harry Potter is getting into the holiday spirit at Universal theme parks in Orlando and Southern California for the first time this year.  In Central Florida, seasonal features at Potter-related attractions were unveiled on November 18 at both of Universal's Florida parks, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. In the latter, a yuletide spell has been cast on Hogwarts Castle, where, after da...

Visit the World of the Hunger Games at a Dubai Theme Park

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/23/2017, 8:45 PM

We're guessing the world of The Hunger Games wasn't intended to be the sort of place people would like to visit. After all, Suzanne Collins's hugely popular young adult novels—and their film adaptations—take place in a dystopian future where teenagers are forced to battle to the death for the entertainment of rich jerks. Nevertheless, you can now (safely) immerse yourself in the land of Katniss E...

Dogs Now Welcome at Four Disney World Hotels

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/18/2017, 11:30 PM

Pluto and Goofy are no longer the only dogs welcome at Walt Disney World (Goofy is supposed to be a dog, right?). The family entertainment mecca in Central Florida is now allowing pooches to stay with their human companions at four onsite hotels: Disney's Art of Animation Resort, Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort, Disney's Yacht Club Resort, and the cabins at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort....

$5/Day One-Way Car Rentals to Florida Right Now

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/20/2017, 11:00 PM

It's time for the Great Florida Drive-In. Each autumn, the major rental car brands need to shift inventory to their parking lots in Florida to meet winter tourist demand.  Normally, it'll cost a hefty extra fee to drop off a rental car in a different location than where you picked it up. Not right now. For the next few weeks, renters in the northeastern United States will find deals that hover aro...

Things you simply have to book in advance for a Disney World trip

Things You Must Book in Advance for a Walt Disney World Vacation

The days are long gone when you could just buy a ticket as you entered the front gate and expect the full Disney experience. If you're planning a Disney World vacation nowadays, you'll need to make these reservations ahead of time.

Wonder Woman Roller Coaster Coming to Six Flags Fiesta Texas

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/04/2017, 12:00 AM

A new Wonder Woman-themed roller coaster will open next spring at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio, the amusement park chain has announced. Dubbed Wonder Woman Golden Lasso after the comic book superheroine turned box office champ, the coaster is expected to offer an exceptionally smooth ride because cars will zip along a single rail instead of two, thus removing the chance of turbulence cau...

Eight Observations About Travel That May Be of Use for Your Next Vacation

By Arthur Frommer

Quick thoughts on Airbnb, Disneyland, airlines, Cuba, Washington's National Museum of African American History and Culture, and other recent travel developments

Roller coaster at Beijing Shijingshan Amusement Park in China

The World's Most Thrilling Roller Coasters

Lower your safety bar and find someplace to stow your sunglasses—we're taking a tour of the fastest, steepest, pulse-poundingest roller coasters on earth.
Spaceship Earth, Epcot, Walt Disney World

12 Orlando Attractions with Celebrity Cameos

They don't appear on their résumés, but these big-ticket Orlando rides and shows feature appearances by some Hollywood names you know.
Children at the base of Cinderella's Castle at Walt Disney World

19 Classic Disney World Attractions

Experts describe the park's most compelling rides and sights and how to see them best.
The Griffith Observatory.

12 Favorite Los Angeles Moments

L.A.'s mystique truly does exist, and it's not hard to find. It's fitting that L.A. is home to the world's first amusement park because it regularly feels like one.
Alternative Orlando

15 Fun Orlando Sights That Disney Vacationers Usually Miss

Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando work hard to make sure their customers never leave their property. If you take that bait, though, you're missing a whole lot of fun. Here's what to do in Orlando.
The view up Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida.

Harry Potter and the Tempting Merchandise: What to Buy at Diagon Alley

Reducio! There are tons of clever ways to lighten your wallet at Universal Orlando's The Wizarding World of Harry Potter—Diagon Alley. It's the theme park section that has perfected the magic of impulse spending.
Monorail in Epcot

How to Drink Around the World at Disney's Epcot

Although Walt Disney World doesn't promote the practice, Epcot is actually popular with grown-ups who grab a new cocktail in every World Showcase pavilion. Here's what to get at each stop. (Better ride the monorail home!)
Hogwarts Castle, Universal Studios Hollywood

The New Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Hollywood—In Pictures

Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles has built America's newest Harry Potter theme park area. Take a tour before it even opens.
Monorail at Epcot. Disney rarely discounts.

12 Ways to Find Discounts for Disney

Disney doesn't grant many discounts. It doesn't need to—it's packed year-round. But if you know some tricks, you can still nibble away at the overall price of a Disney vacation and make a Walt Disney World or Disneyland resort vacation more affordable.