Harry Potter expansion set to include Gringotts, replace Jaws

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The buzz surrounding the upcoming expansion of Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter increased a level with the Theme Park Insider website posting details of plans to put the attractions at Universal Studios, on the site of the Jaws ride.

Robert Niles, editor of Theme Park Insider, reports that he has seen what appear to be preliminary plans for Potter attractions, which have been crowd favorites since opening next door at Universal’s Islands of Adventure in 2010. He would not reveal his source. ...

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How to pass the time while waiting in theme park lines

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It’s inevitable that a trip to Disney World or Universal Studios will involve spending time waiting in lines. With a little preparation for the younger travelers in your group, you can avoid the incessant complaining and subsequent meltdowns.

It’s really tough for kids to wait in line for 45 minutes or an hour, even if the reward is the thing they want most, such as meeting a favorite princess or riding the most-anticipated ride.

To help pass the time, try these tips:

— Use the ...

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SeaWorld Orlando Hosts All-new Festival That’s “Just For Kids”

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We’re excited to announce an all-new, kid-focused festival at SeaWorld Orlando thiswinter. Just For Kids features awesome concerts by the most popular children’s musical acts —  LazyTown, Max & Ruby, the Doodlebops and Choo-Choo Soul.  Concerts are included with park admission, and there will be even more fun in store at Just For Kids.  Details about all of the activities, music, treats, and more will be released very soon – so stay tuned ...

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Ground broken on Disney World’s Four Seasons hotel

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In a ceremony attended by about 50 representatives of its various partners, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts broke ground last week on its new resort at Disney World.

The 444-room hotel, being built as part of Disney World’s posh Golden Oak residential subdivision, is scheduled to open in 2014. Amenities will include a rooftop restaurant with views of the Magic Kingdom, a 14,000-square-foot spa, three pools and ...

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Disney World confirm the Grand Floridian DVC project

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Disney have today confirmed that the construction taking place between the Wedding Pavilion and Grand Floridian Resort is indeed for a Disney Vacation Club property. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the expansion will add 147 time-share units ready to open in late 2013.

“We continually look for ways to expand Disney Vacation Club by creating resort experiences that our members will love,” Claire Bilby, senior vice president and general manager of Disney Vacation Club, said in a prepared statement. “With the ...

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