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Reality bites: SeaWorld abandons virtual reality headsets on Kraken coaster

Reality bites: SeaWorld abandons virtual reality headsets on Kraken coaster

SeaWorld has ditched the experiment that made it the first major ride in Florida to incorporate virtual reality..Last June, the theme park announced with much fanfare a new feature that would project an undersea showdown on Kraken, incorporating VR h...
Published: 09/20/18
Disney will close Epcot’s popular fireworks show IllumiNations after nearly 20 years

Disney will close Epcot’s popular fireworks show IllumiNations after nearly 20 years

After nearly 20 years, the popular Epcot fireworks show, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, will go dark next summer. The Disney Parks Blog announced this week that the award-winning complex show that incorporates fire, water and video effects will...
Published: 09/19/18
Actor in Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream commercial projectile vomits on SheiKra and it’s no act

Actor in Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream commercial projectile vomits on SheiKra and it’s no act

Published: 09/14/18
Weeklong cycling trip through Montana slightly frightening at times but totally fun

Weeklong cycling trip through Montana slightly frightening at times but totally fun

WHITEFISH, Mont.You’re 16. You’re wearing your lucky jeans, your friends are picking you up soon and four hours of Saturday night stretch out before you. You have the thought: "Anything could happen tonight!" You could find love; triumph, fail, chang...
Published: 09/12/18
Busch Gardens reveals plans for Tigris, Florida’s tallest launch roller coaster

Busch Gardens reveals plans for Tigris, Florida’s tallest launch roller coaster

Busch Gardens will open Florida’s tallest launch coaster in spring 2019, company officials announced Wednesday. The triple-launch, tiger-themed roller coaster called Tigris will hurl riders 150 feet into the sky, turn them upside down and swirl throu...
Published: 09/12/18
In the high mountains of Sicily, a quieter and wilder world

In the high mountains of Sicily, a quieter and wilder world

GANGI, SicilyFar from the packed beaches of Sicily’s busy coastlines, there’s a quieter and wilder world in its high mountains. In more dangerous times, this was where much of Sicily’s population settled, building castles, towns, monasteries and chur...
Updated one month ago
Super cute, endangered giraffe-like baby okapi born at ZooTampa

Super cute, endangered giraffe-like baby okapi born at ZooTampa

A shy endangered animal that looks like a cross between a giraffe and zebra has given birth. ZooTampa at Lowry Park is puffed up and proud of the new parents and their part in easing the mother’s transition to a successful birth. But first, look at t...
Updated one month ago
From churches to breweries, 10 behind-the-scenes tours you can take in Tampa Bay

From churches to breweries, 10 behind-the-scenes tours you can take in Tampa Bay

If you’ve lived in the Tampa Bay area for any length of time, you know these places. But do you really know them?You’ve probably got a sense that there’s a pretty big port in downtown Tampa, but you’ve never seen the scale of the massive container sh...
Updated one month ago
Reality bites on a trip to find Lincoln’s humble log cabin

Reality bites on a trip to find Lincoln’s humble log cabin

HODGENVILLE, Ky.Years ago, I’d heard that people making the pilgrimage to the tiny log cabin on the farm where Abraham Lincoln was born sometimes burst into tears when they glimpsed it. That alone made it seem worth a trip to Sinking Spring Farm in t...
Updated one month ago
Fall food, wine and beer festivals at Florida theme parks expect to fill bellies, profits

Fall food, wine and beer festivals at Florida theme parks expect to fill bellies, profits

Back in 1995 when Epcot launched its International Food and Wine Festival, the idea was to generate attendance during the slow period in the fall. It worked. After two decades, the festival is mobbed on the weekends and has grown to one of Walt Disne...
Updated one month ago