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Disney sues over property assessments for Magic Kingdom, other properties

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts are suing over their property tax assessments from 2016, calling them “excessive.”

Disney filed nearly a dozen lawsuits at the end of last month in Orange Circuit Court, arguing the assessments by Orange County Appraiser Rick Singh exceeded their properties’ fair market…

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Rather than disclose salaries, Experience Kissimmee could quit Visit Florida

KISSIMMEE — Experience Kissimmee CEO DT Minich vowed Tuesday against releasing private information — including the salaries for his board of directors — in the wake of lawmakers pushing for more transparency at the Visit Florida tourism agency.

Minich gave an update to officials during Tuesday’s…

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Corn maze’s design salutes first responders

First responders will receive an unusual shout-out this fall. Their professions will be incorporated into the design of the annual corn maze presented by Long and Scott Farms.

As seen from the sky, a fire truck with ladder, a police car and an EMT vehicle will be woven into the pathways of the…

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First look: Margaritaville’s vacation cottages

The public is getting its first glance at the vacation cottages that will be available at Margaritaville Resort Orlando, which is scheduled to open in late 2018. From the look of things, Floridians might feel right at home.

“Inspired by Key West, Bahamas, Jamaica, coastal Carolina, the Florida…

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Complaints against airlines jump 70% after United’s passenger-dragging incident

The same month that a viral video depicted a United Airlines passenger being dragged from his seat, complaints against airlines in the U.S. soared 70%.

A U.S. Department of Transportation report Wednesday showed that 1,909 complaints were filed in April against airlines flying in the U.S., up from…

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SeaWorld will have virtual queue for new version of Kraken roller coaster

SeaWorld Orlando is dipping its toe into the virtual queue trend with the opening of Kraken Unleashed, the virtual-reality reboot of its oldest roller coaster.

The thrill ride, which will have its grand re-opening Friday, is set for the theme park’s first use of Spot Saver — which will allow visitors…

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Fun Spot: Mine Blower coaster to open June 23

We have a grand-opening date for Mine Blower, the wooden roller coaster at the Fun Spot park in Kissimmee. The ride will debut on June 23, the company says.

When the project was announced, the key element of the thrill ride was its 360-degree barrel roll, which will turn passengers upside down…

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Shanghai Disneyland passes 11 million visitors in its first year

Shanghai Disneyland welcomed more than 11 million guests in its first year of operation, the company said Friday. Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger was on hand Friday in China to celebrate the first anniversary of the Shanghai Disney Resort, which includes the Shanghai Disneyland theme park. “Shanghai…

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Virtual reality run: SeaWorld unleashes Kraken roller-coaster revamp today

SeaWorld Orlando didn’t build a new roller coaster this year, but it felt like it to Alex Moreno.

“I’ve been on Kraken tons and tons of times, and that didn’t feel like Kraken,” he said Friday. “It’s better — much better.”

Moreno and his friend Chloe Spencer of Orlando were among the first to ride…

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Island happy: Sapphire Falls adds Caribbean dinner show

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, the newest of Universal Orlando’s on-property hotels, has added a weekly dinner show that goes with its islands-oriented theme. Caribbean Carnaval is presented to guests — and Central Floridians — on Wednesdays.

The festivities unfold at the resort’s Cayman Court, a…

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