Florida travel

  1. Funky Floridiana: Weirdly wonderful attractions along the way

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    As a state where tourism is big business, it's not surprising that Florida offers a lot of attractions. Some are natural, like the climate, the beaches, the Everglades. Some are man-made — the theme parks, the hotels, the golf courses. • Then there are a few that downright odd. Usually these are someone's …

    A bottle tree and gazebo are part of the far-out home and studio of Todd Ramquist and Kiaralinda in Safety Harbor.
  2. Epcot adds adults-only after party starting Thursday

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    Walt Disney World has announced a new feature, but no kids are allowed. The new After Hours Wind Down experience at Epcot will cost $35 for appetizers and a beverage flight for adults 21 and older when the park closes at 9 p.m. After the park's Illuminations fireworks show, the kids will clear out and guests will have a …

  3. Opening day of Falcon's Fury at Busch Gardens might be delayed

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    Thrill seekers who can't wait to hurtle down 335 feet face-first may have to be patient. Busch Gardens says construction delays might push back the opening of its drop tower ride Falcon's Fury, which is set for May 1. A fan party on that day has been postponed. "Our Design & Engineering team is still conducting ride …

  4. Shamu show returns to SeaWorld this weekend

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    After a three-month hiatus for pool upgrades, the Shamu show "One Ocean" is returning to SeaWorld in Orlando on Friday. The iconic killer whale show was closed in January while Shamu Stadium's main pool was repainted and the clear panels that separate the animals from the audience were replaced. The "Dine With Shamu" …

  5. New baby dolphin makes a splash

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    ORLANDO – Discovery Cove welcomed a new baby last month.

  6. Cute video: Abandoned Florida panther kitten thriving at zoo

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    Remember the tiny Florida panther found abandoned by his mother and brought to the Lowry Park Zoo?

    An photo of the panther kitten taken in late March and posted to Lowry Park Zoo's Flickr channel.
  7. Disney hikes parking fees, makes MyMagic+ available to all

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    If you've seen those fancy wrist bands that act like credit cards at Disney World, the theme park giant this week announced that it has expanded its MyMagic+ program to include theme-park guests not staying in a Disney hotel. In other Disney news, it will now cost you more to park there, up to $17 from its current $15. …

  8. Universal Orlando opens huge retro hotel

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    Universal Orlando has invested hundreds of millions of dollars during the past four years in attractions that have drawn throngs of new visitors to Central Florida. Now, Orlando's No. 2 theme-park resort is trying to keep more of those visitors on its property.

    The lobby and pool areas at Universal Orlando’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, which opens today. Rates start at $94 a night for a family suite.
  9. Watch: Aquarium's lemurs love frozen treats for their birthday

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    All three of the Florida Aquarium's ring-tailed lemurs were born in the month of March, so the aquarium staff threw them one big birthday party Thursday to celebrate.

  10. Actor Mark Hamill makes first Disney Star Wars appearance

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    Star Wars' Luke Skywalker, otherwise known as actor Mark Hamill, will be making his first appearance at Disney's Star Wars Weekends this year, the theme park has announced. Hamill will appear the weekend of June 6-8 and will take part in the daily motorcade and a featured talk show discussing the Star Wars