| May 27, 2011
I had a peek behind the construction wall for the Fantasyland expansion at Magic Kingdom -- without sneaking in an extension ladder -- last week.
Disney World played host to an international throng of media members in town for the grand reopening of Star...
| May 16, 2011
| 11:01 AM
Although this weekend's Destination D: Walt Disney World's 40th event, produced by Disney's D23 fan club, concentrated on Disney World past and present, there was a recap about the Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland expansion during a Sunday session..
| May 20, 2011
| 7:17 AM
Disney Cruise Line's next ship, the Disney Fantasy, is much like a fraternal twin to the Disney Dream -- it shares the same basic structural design but there are some cosmetic differences.
Disney officials revealed many of the new features Thursday,...
| Jun 2, 2011
There are times when the view from a restaurant's dining room can upstage the kitchen's best efforts. It's a bonus that ups the ambience for wonderful eateries and that little something extra that can make an OK destination over-the-top.
It is a "myth...
| Jun 6, 2011
My girlfriend Stephanie and I consider ourselves the Romeo and Juliet of Roller Derby! Two years ago, I was coaching the Houston league under the name "Dirty" and Stephanie was a skater for the Pearland league under the name "Buns-N-Roses." Our leagues'...
| Apr 24, 2009
True confession: The first time I spied the Characters in Flight attraction peeking over the top of the Downtown Disney skyline, my hard, been-there-ridden-that heart skipped a little.
And my internal soundtrack went into endless loop: Would you like...
| Dec 19, 2008
The Little Mermaid is the latest addition to the awesome Cinderella's Castle display at 914 Wood Road in Moore Township. She's sitting in a homemade clamshell.
The night my judges and I arrived there last week, Ariel was wearing a little wrap over her...
| Dec 17, 2008
| 1:44 PM
On Hamilton Street heading toward downtown Allentown, admire the PPL building and then turn right on 17th Street and right again at Fairview to see the old favorite at Fairview and St. Cloud.
Get back to 15th Street, turn left and continue to Tilghman,...
| Dec 31, 2006
Who makes things happen here in Central Florida? Today, Taking Names columnist Scott Maxwell concludes the list of the 25 most powerful people.
We are down to five -- three politicians, the head of the region's largest work force and the leader of one of...
| Sep 11, 2009
| 9:02 PM
For months, my preschool-age daughter admired the girls in the Magic Kingdom who had been transformed into Disney princesses at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. She commented on every dress, hairstyle and makeup choice. And she especially coveted the pink...
| Sep 16, 2009
| 5:00 PM
Visiting a Disney World park at night always makes me feel like I'm at a carnival. It just seems even more special than the daytime because of the twinkling lights, the fireworks displays and parades. Locals and regulars all have their favorites, and I'...
| Nov 9, 2009
Central Florida theme parks celebrate the holiday season dressed to the nines -- with 70-foot-tall Christmas trees, miles of garlands and millions of lights. Festive parades and holiday-themed entertainment add to the fun. With Christmas Day and New Year'...