| May 19, 2012
Among the things I learned on a recent marathon road trip that covered almost 1,300 miles to destinations that ranged from Pensacola Beach to Vero Beach:
It's fortunate that I enjoy my own company.
After a week behind the windshield for an upcoming...
| Aug 23, 2012
| 5:09 AM
Epcot could not have been feeling the love in early 2007. It was approaching a milestone — its 25th birthday — but a Disney World official was on the record saying that there would be no public celebration Oct. 1, the anniversary of its...
| Jun 3, 2012
Walt Disney was a master at appealing to the masses.
He could tweak a cartoon or a ride in just the right way to make it sell among the throngs of middle-class families who propelled Disney into a superstar brand.
But the company is not too far off from...
| Jun 23, 2012
| 2:44 PM
LAKE BUENA VISTA — Deep in the heart of make-believe magic, Brooks Johnson is delving into the political philosophy of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin and the Russian Revolution. You can almost hear Mickey Mouse in his high-pitched voice screaming, "Oh,...
| Jul 5, 2012
| 6:14 AM
Little girl crime fighters are out. Platypus crime fighters are in.
Those are the trends at Epcot, which was home of the Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure from early 2009 until last month. Now the theme park offers the Disney Phineas & Ferb: Agent P'...
| Feb 8, 2012
| 9:56 AM
They say the fix was in for a while. The mayor getting his guy to run the new NORD instead of ex-councilman Arnie Fielkow's choice. After the city narrowed the selection process to a final 5, the mayor selected the individual who most insiders thought he'...
| Feb 11, 2012
Watching Jimmy Buffett in concert this past weekend, I couldn't help imagining again how deliriously happy the Key West tourism people must be about his long, successful career.
If the city fathers had put together a singer in a laboratory, they couldn't...
| Jan 25, 2013
| 1:21 PM
Before I explain what it was like to be a childless man surrounded by Disney princesses and the parents who love (and bankroll) them, seated by himself at Disney on Ice and soaking in princess culture — a story:
Once upon a time …
| Mar 5, 2012
| 4:36 PM
Goldenvoice announces a heavy roster of Coachella acts slated to perform throughout Southern California in April. Times pop music critic Randall Roberts examines it....
| Mar 9, 2012
| 4:34 PM
Walt Disney Studios' science-fiction adventure film "John Carter" could lose $165 million, according to revised projections from one Wall Street analyst....
| Apr 27, 2012
| 4:33 PM
A letter from the Securities and Exchange Commission was sent to all six major Hollywood studios and DreamWorks Animation probing potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in their dealings with China, knowledgeable people not authorized...