Let the Orlando Sentinel’s Theme Park Rangers guide you on your visit to Disney World, Universal, SeaWorld and all the other must-see attractions in Central Florida.
SeaWorld’s Howl-O-Scream returns with sirens, sparking ghouls and sea goddess/drag queen
Orlando Sentinel tourism reporters Dewayne Bevil and Katie Rice discuss innovative ideas at SeaWorld's Howl-O-Scream such as sparking ghouls, incorporating height to enhance scares and a sea goddess/drag queen show that will cost an additional $10.
Tips: Maps & bag policy (:49) Lessons learned from inaugural year (6:44) Kiddo’s Spooktacular moves (8:00) Houses: New, re-imagined, returning (9:47) 7 scare zones (14:41) 4 shows (18:21) Add ons: Drag show & No Boo necklace (21:51) Elsewhere: Legoland & Gatorland (29:30)
Disney dishes on Tron, Moana, Figment, spectaculars at D23 Expo
The gathering of D23, Disney’s official fan club, brought some answers and just as many questions. Orlando Sentinel tourism reporters Dewayne Bevil and Katie Rice discuss Tron, Moana, Figment, Hatbox ghost, Tiana and blue sky ideas.
Tron opening (1:08) Spectaculars returning (4:16) Moana & Figment at Epcot (11:05) Haunted Mansion addition (14:50) Tiana’s Bayou Adventure details (17:48) Blue sky ideas (23:27) Disney 100 Years of Wonder (31:48)
Universal’s Horror Nights features standout haunted houses, immersive scare zones and freaky food (Ep. 158)
“Going through 10 houses in one night is probably not recommended by your doctor,” Central Florida Explorer Patrick Connolly explains about the scares he experienced at the 31st edition of Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights. He joins OS tourism reporters Dewayne Bevil and Katie Rice discussing the spooky event.
House #1: Dead Man’s Pier: Winter’s Wake (1:45) House #2: Halloween (4:10) House #3: Universal Monsters: Legends Collide (8:06) Live stage shows (11:49) House #4: The Horrors of Blumhouse (14:41) House #5: Bugs: Eaten Alive (15:42) Scare zones (18:35) Cocktails and zombie brains (25:12) House #6: The Weeknd After Hours Nightmare (26:49) House #7: Fiesta de Chupacabras (30:23)
Roller coaster updates: Mummy at Universal, Disney's Tron and SeaWorld’s 7th (Ep. 157)
The Revenge of the Mummy at Universal Studios is now in “technical rehearsal” after closing for scheduled maintenance in January. People have been spotted on Disney’s Tron ride and construction has begun on SeaWorld Orlando’s seventh roller coaster.
Revenge of the Mummy returns at Universal (:37) Tron at Magic Kingdom (14:51) SeaWorld: Orlando’s Coaster Capital (23:01)
Ho! Ho! Holiday plans taking shape at area attractions (Ep. 156)
As theme parks gear up for Halloween extravaganzas, Orlando Sentinel tourism reporters Dewayne Bevil and Katie Rice discuss the next holiday celebrations — and the Grinch plays a big role.
The Grinch is back in a big way (1:05) ICE! returns at Gaylord Palms (2:15) Universal Orlando’s holiday offerings (13:48) Disney World’s Christmas plan (17:58)
Mickey's Not-So-Scary ramps up at Disney; Universal reveals Halloween Horror Nights details (Ep. 155)
Halloween is kicking into high gear at area theme parks. Find out all the details on Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Universal Orlando's HHN and SeaWorld's Howl-O-Scream event.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary (:00) “Hocus Pocus” generation (4:40) Meet Max Goof - Goofy’s son (5:38) Halloween overlays on rides (8:47) Spooky, spicy food offerings (12:13) HHN info dump: 6 new houses (18:22) HHN scare zones (25:00) HHN live shows (28:13) SeaWorld reimagines a house (30:57)
Disney & Universal fans need to listen!
Love the insight and raw honest discussion of pricey attractions.
Decent theme park listen
Good info but Dwyane Bevil is like listening to a cast member from the haunted mansion talk theme parks with a nervous chuckle. Fix the nervous chuckle and gain a star.
Society of explorers and adventurers
Did you guys not realize that Tokyo Disney sea is the headquarters of the society of explorers and adventurers? You do realize that SEA is an acronym for society of explorers and adventures. There already are a group of characters that are in this society one is Albert falls from the jungle Cruise, Barnabas bullion from thunder mountain and of course Lord Gracie from the haunted mansion and Meriwether pleasure from pleasure island. All you need to do is a Google search for society of explorers and adventures and you will get the names of all of them thank you