Universal Orlando ticket prices increase

Universal Orlando ticket prices increase


Following Walt Disney World’s lead, Universal Orlando has raised its ticket prices.

One-day single-park admission now starts at $110, up from $105. Park-to-park tickets start at $165, up from $155. Kids get a $5 discount. Prices vary by time of year. Adult peak-season tickets cost $124 for one park and $179 for two.

Like Disney, Universal has a number of bundles available that decrease the per-day cost of visiting.

Passes still start at $260 for those with blockout dates. Visitors can save $20 on multi-day tickets by purchasing online.

There is still no single-day price listed for Volcano Bay, the water park Universal will open May 25. Three-day tickets that include Volcano Bay range from $220 to $275 depending on whether visitors want to visit just one park a day or have unlimited ability to go from one to another.

‘Sully’ plane a hit for aviation museum


The 2016 Tom Hanks movie “Sully” didn’t get much Oscar love. But the biopic got a lot of people flocking to the Carolinas Aviation Museum, home of the actual plane that Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger landed safely in the Hudson River.

Visitor numbers more than doubled after “Sully” hit the big screen in September, museum spokesperson Jan Black said.

The storied plane is the centerpiece of the aviation museum near Charlotte Douglas International Airport, where the Airbus A320 was scheduled to land on that fateful day eight years ago.

US Airways Flight 1549 had just taken off from New York when it struck a flock of Canada geese, disabling its engines. Sully made an emergency water landing, and every one of the 150 passengers and five crew members survived the “Miracle on the Hudson.”

The recovered aircraft was moved in 2011 to the museum - an appropriate resting place given that at least half of the people onboard were from Charlotte, a major hub for US Airways.

Adult admission to the museum is $12; www.carolinasaviation.org.

Guardians ride to open May 27


Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy and other superheroes will start invading Disney California Adventure this summer, part of The Walt Disney Co.’s continuing push to stamp its Anaheim theme parks with another one of its popular franchises.

With “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” already slated to hit theaters on May 5, Disney announced recently that The Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout ride will open May 27.

The much-hyped ride will be the first major attraction in Disney’s ongoing move to transform parts of Disney California Adventure into a superhero-themed land.

For the first time, visitors will be able to meet and hang out with two popular figures in the movie – the tree creature Groot and the leader of the Guardians, the Star Lord.

Disney will offer an Avengers Training Initiative with female superhero Black Widow and bow-and-arrow-wielding Hawkeye. Children will be able to interact and participate in certain tasks with the mascots.

Geography quiz

Q. Seattle is at roughly the same latitude as what Asian capital city?

A. Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Seattle is at 47 degrees, 37 minutes North latitude, and Ulaanbaatar is at 47 degrees, 55 minutes.

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