Plan your weekend
Memorial Day weekend: The long weekend brings family-friendly parties, military salutes and Light Up Tampa Bay, a free celebration and summer kickoff party with live music, family-friendly activities and a fireworks display at Channelside Bay Plaza …
When you are the world's most-visited theme park, people expect a lot. And with crowds breaking records every year, Walt Disney World seems to spend its time trying to get you to plan for Fast Passes and luring you out of the Magic Kingdom and into its three other theme parks. You don't have to go to a theme park …
Every summer we look ahead to what's new at Florida's theme parks and attractions. With prices at most parks hovering around $100 for a single day, theme parks have to give customers a "wow" factor.
This year aims high.
Local attractions also have some new play areas and special parties planned this summer. Among them:
Museum of Science and Industry
Busch Gardens calls Cobra's Curse a family coaster, but more than a few parents might balk at the signature spinning feature in the final third of the ride. It freely twirls the coaster car, making it a potentially wild ride based on weight distribution.
SeaWorld begins its post-Shamu business model with Mako, below, the shark-inspired attraction that will be Orlando's highest, fastest and longest coaster when it opens on June 10.
The opening date for Skull Island: Reign of Kong at Universal's Islands of Adventure has not been officially announced, but the theme park is planning a media preview June 22 to 24. So chances are good the public will get a look at this giant primate's mammoth crib before July 4.
TAMPA — When Busch Gardens opens Cobra's Curse this summer, the snake-themed, spinning roller coaster will have an air-conditioned ride queue with an exhibit of live snakes. The park touts it as part of a mission to educate the public.
1Ramones Tribute: For the 12th year, Dunedin Brewery will play host to a bevy of bands Blitzkrieg Bopping their way through the Ramones catalog Saturday. Acts range from ska rockers Saganaki Bomb Squad to horror-punks Boney Fiend to the all-girl punk band Doll Parts. The lineup this year also includes Lazaras, …