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  1. Your daily dose of cute: Baby hyena born at Busch Gardens said to be a sweetheart

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    Hyenas may have been the bad guys in The Lion King, but Busch Gardens says the 20-week-old baby spotted hyena born at the park on April 3 is a sweet boy.

    This 20-week-old baby spotted hyena was born at Busch Gardens on April 3 and debuting this week to park visitors. He is named ‘Mandazi’ for his sweet personality after a traditional pastry found on the Swahili coast, a park news release says.
  2. Grim news kept people away from Disney, Universal and other theme parks, analysts say

    Florida

    ORLANDO — It's 9:01 a.m. and a stream of sweaty tourists is pressing through the entrance gates and hoofing it to the back of the park at Universal's Islands of Adventure. At this moment in early August, it's a 45-minute wait for the behemoth ride called Skull Island: Reign of Kong, which opened July 14. The wait …

    Analysts say crowds appear to have shrunk at Florida theme parks like Universal this summer. The decline could be attributed to the combination of tragic events that have struck the state this summer, including the shooting death of Voice singer Christina Grimmie at a local venue, the massacre at Pulse nightclub and a fatal alligator attack on a child at Disney World. LOREN ELLIOTT | Times
  3. Disney World wraps up the Main Street Electrical Parade's six-year run

    Florida

    The Main Street Electrical Parade featuring illuminated floats such as Cinderella's pumpkin carriage has entertained crowds at Disney World's Magic Kingdom for decades.

    The Main Street Electrical Parade will be discontinued at Disney World in October, the park says. [Disney Parks Blog]
  4. Universal's rehabbed Hulk coaster roars to life, King Kong looms large

    Florida

    One of Universal Orlando's most popular rides, the Incredible Hulk roller coaster, is busting out of the construction walls that have sheltered the green giant for almost a year of renovations. There is no doubt, puny humans: Hulk strong.

    The fan-favorite roller coaster the Incredible Hulk gets a new story line and vehicles as well as a smoother ride.