By Michelle Stark, Anne Glover, Amber McDonald and Kelly Stefani, Times Staff Writers
Illustration by Steve Madden, Times Staff Artist
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As expected, once Disney broke the $100 barrier for ticket prices, Universal Orlando followed, on Thursday hiking a one-day, one-park ticket price to $102 from $96. A two-park ticket is now $147, an $11 increase.
Wednesday is opening day for the springtime Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, running daily through May 17 with elaborate topiaries and gardening presentations by HGTV stars.
Sunday Walt Disney World broke the $100 barrier, announcing a $6 price hike that puts Magic Kingdom admission at $105, but other prices at the world's most popular tourist destination also spiked.
Merlin Entertainments announced Tuesday that the colossal Orlando Eye observation wheel on International Drive will open May 4. The neighboring Madame Tussauds wax museum and Sea Life Orlando Aquarium will also open the same day.
Legoland is offering Florida residents an early Valentine present: almost $30 off admission to visit the Winter Haven theme park and its adjacent water park. One-day tickets are normally $87, or with the water park combo $102 for adults and $95 for kids. Now through Feb. 22, Florida residents can get a one-day Legoland …
You didn't think you were going to get any work done today did you? Busch Gardens' adorable meerkats are now streaming online. Just go to AnimalVision.com — the online portal that was already wasting valuable work time with a live camera on SeaWorld's penguins …
SPRING HILL — The Westside Elementary School visitor walked onto the stage and looked around at the children sitting on the floor. The skinny-legged guest didn't do much else. The children were delighted anyway.
Like a topiary in need of shaping up, Epcot is branching out with some new music and garden features for its springtime series, the International Flower & Garden Festival.
The week between Christmas and New Year's Eve is always the busiest of the year at Walt Disney World, so this year you can avoid the crowds and still see the Magic Kingdom fireworks show online. Disney announced Monday that it will live-stream the New Year's Eve fireworks from the Magic Kingdom on the Disney Parks Blog, …
Was it declining theme park attendance? Weaker profits and a plunging stock price? The nagging impact from the animal rights Blackfish film against keeping killer whales in captivity? Perhaps the long delay by Tampa's Busch Gardens to get this year's big new attraction — the Falcon's Fury ride — up …