Kids & family

  1. Disney villains get their own night at theme park

    Florida

    More than 50 baddies will be unleashed at Disney's Hollywood Studios for a new separate-ticket event Aug. 23 called Villains Unleashed. Disney found out it was on to something when it kicked off Halloween season last September with a special night of villains on Friday the 13th. It was so popular the Hollywood Studios …

    Darth Vader, 20th Century Fox
  2. Review: 'Marvel Universe Live' makes comic characters more family-friendly

    Events

    On the way home from a Tuesday preview of "Marvel Universe Live" at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, I turned the radio off and drove in complete silence. I needed some quiet time after 90 minutes of sensory overload.

    Marvel heroes meet at the end of Act I to plan their mission during the “Marvel Universe Live” show.
  3. Large crowds pour into opening of Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando

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    As expected, crowds were massive and visitors arrived early for opening day of Diagon Alley, the new Harry Potter-themed expansion at Universal Studios in Orlando. The mood was upbeat as confetti rained down on visitors, many of whom dressed up in Hogwarts uniforms.

    Confetti greets crowds entering Universal Orlando Resort's Diagon Alley attraction on opening day Tuesday. [Universal Orlando]
  4. Harry Potter-themed Diagon Alley opens at Universal Studios Tuesday

    Florida

    Diagon Alley, the highly anticipated Harry Potter expansion at Universal Studios in Orlando, finally opens to the public Tuesday. But will its signature ride be working? The ambitious Escape From Gringotts ride is an entirely new kind of 3D attraction, with newly invented spins on the roller coaster experience with a …

    The Diagon Alley attraction, featuring shops, dining experiences and the next generation thrill ride, will officially open Tuesday.
  5. Space center adds fiery asteroid exhibit

    Florida

    The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex just opened a new exhibit that spotlights asteroids, comets and meteorites. Called "Great Balls of Fire," the 1,500-square-foot exhibit deals with the projectiles' possible risks, and it offers hands-on components that let visitors see how scientists determine the path of …

    In this frame grab made from a video done with a dashboard camera, on a highway from Kostanai, Kazakhstan, to Chelyabinsk region, Russia, provided by Nasha Gazeta newspaper, on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 a meteorite contrail is seen. A meteor streaked across the sky of Russia's Ural Mountains on Friday morning, causing sharp explosions and reportedly injuring around 100 people, including many hurt by broken glass. (AP Photo/Nasha gazeta, www.ng.kz) MOSB105
  6. Now kids can ride shotgun at 140 mph in Richard Petty Experience

    Florida

    Young racing fans who want to go fast like their favorite NASCAR drivers now have a chance to do just that with the Junior Ride-Along offered by the Richard Petty Experience.

    Petty staff members helped to suit up our test rider, Isaak, 10.
  7. Determined to go to Diagon Alley on opening day? Here are tips

    Florida

    Starting Tuesday (July 8), Harry Potter fans can apparate into Diagon Alley, a second wizard world of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort, where they can mostly shop just like the boy wizard. • The magical theme is now set across both Universal theme parks, with a Hogwarts Express train taking guests from …

    The wizard shopping district marks the entrance to Diagon Alley with a dragon that breathes real fire on top of Gringotts Bank. The bank houses the Escape From Gringotts thrill ride.
  8. Ambitious Marvel stunt show makes world premiere in Tampa

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    The "Marvel Universe Live" show, an ambitious collection of live stunts including everything from risky motorcycle jumps to a performer engulfed in flames, will have its world premiere in Tampa this week.

    [Marvel.com]
  9. Submit a nerdy family video to compete in Comic Con contest

    Events

    When Tampa Bay Comic Con comes to the Tampa Convention Center in August, it will upgrade its usual trivia contest to a full eight-obstacle Family Double Dare-style obstacle course. But first you need to submit a video to compete in the Nerdy Family Double Dare, fashioned after the Nickelodeon Double Dare

    Brittany Winchester of Tampa talks to Jeremy Mosher of Bradenton, who was dressed as Scarlet Spiderman for the costume contest later in the day, during a speed dating event at the Tampa Bay Comic Con Saturday, April 6, 2013, at the DoubleTree hotel in Tampa. The speed dating lasted an hour, rotating partners every two minutes.
  10. Disney park to add 'Frozen' characters, fireworks this summer

    Florida

    Another sign this culture is getting Frozen over: Disney's Hollywood Studios is about to get in on the act by adding "Frozen Summer Live" July 5 through Sept. 1 with Anna, Elsa and mountain main Kristoff making a royal procession down the park's Hollywood Boulevard each day at 11 a.m.

    This image released by Disney shows, from left, Anna, voiced by Kristen Bell, Olaf, voiced by Josh Gad, and Kristoff, voiced by Jonathan Groff in a scene from the animated feature "Frozen." (AP Photo/Disney)