Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Things To Do

As summer starts, theme parks adjust prices, deals

RECOMMENDED READING


The start of summer means all eyes turn to Florida theme parks, and there has been a lot of news in recent weeks that affects your wallet:

• Just a few weeks after Universal Orlando upped its ticket price past the $90 threshold, Disney World responded with its own increase to stay the priciest place at the turnstile, charging $95 for a one-day ticket to the Magic Kingdom for adults, $89 for children ages 3 to 9. A one-day ticket to Disney's other Orlando parks, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom, just went up a dollar to $90 for adults and $84 for children. But you should never pay that price anyway; go to disney.com and universalorlando.com for advance and Florida resident deals.

• Better budget news came out of Busch Gardens, which last week announced a three-park "Summer Sizzler" deal for Florida residents that gives you unlimited admission to Busch Gardens and weekday admission to both Adventure Island water park and Aquatica, SeaWorld's waterpark in Orlando for $99. The deal is good through Labor Day for Florida residents only (photo ID required) at Buschgardens.com or AdventureIsland.com.

• Speaking of Aquatica, it's offering its own deal that lets you buy a single day's admission, which is $55 for adults, $50 for children ages 3-9, and you can keep going to Aquatica after 2 p.m. throughout the rest of 2013 with no blackout dates.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

Comments
When to watch ‘Rudolph,’ ‘The Polar Express,’ ‘A Christmas Story Live’ and more holiday specials

When to watch ‘Rudolph,’ ‘The Polar Express,’ ‘A Christmas Story Live’ and more holiday specials

'Tis the season for a TV schedule packed with holiday specials and Christmas classics.We've already been seeing Christmas movies and commercials since early November, but the days following Thanksgiving are when all the networks kick into high gear.F...
Updated: 25 minutes ago
Michael W. Smith talks Christmas songs, gun control, his friendship with Bono and more

Michael W. Smith talks Christmas songs, gun control, his friendship with Bono and more

On the morning after the mass shooting at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Michael W. Smith had pain in his voice."It's awful, it's just awful," said the Grammy-winning Christian music superstar. "Everybody's going to have their opinion...
Updated: 2 hours ago
John McLaughlin talks about his final tour, jam bands, reviving the Mahavishnu Orchestra and more

John McLaughlin talks about his final tour, jam bands, reviving the Mahavishnu Orchestra and more

As you might imagine, quite a lot of thought goes into planning your final tour ever."It's not a light decision to not tour again, but that really is the situation," said John McLaughlin, the guitarist behind legendary jazz-rock fusion outfit the Mah...
Updated: 5 hours ago
How ‘A Christmas Carol’ was born

How ‘A Christmas Carol’ was born

Charles Dickens’ best-known and most beloved book almost didn’t happen. In 1843, Dickens, then 31, was already dealing with the downside of international success. He had followed bestsellers like Oliver Twist with several flops and was s...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Teen idol David Cassidy, ‘Partridge Family’ star, dies at 67

Teen idol David Cassidy, ‘Partridge Family’ star, dies at 67

David Cassidy, the former star of "The Partridge Family" TV hit of the 1970s and a reluctant teen idol to the boomer generation, died Tuesday evening of liver failure, his publicist confirmed. He was 67.The singer and actor died in Fort Lauderdale af...
Published: 11/21/17
Here's where to see Christmas lights in Tampa Bay

Here's where to see Christmas lights in Tampa Bay

Once the Thanksgiving leftovers are put away, you can stop grumbling about it being too early for Christmas lights and decorations. Let the grand illuminations begin! Despite our tropical climate, or maybe because of it, Tampa Bay goes all out when ...
Published: 11/21/17
‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’ is a sad waste of Denzel Washington

‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’ is a sad waste of Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington’s labored portrayal of a shambling legal savant named Roman J. Israel, Esq. is the least of the movie’s worries. This is a story of shifting ethics that should be dramatic, but shaky logic prevents that from happening.Dan Gilroy’s f...
Published: 11/21/17
Michael W. Smith talks about Texas shooting, Christmas music and Bono

Michael W. Smith talks about Texas shooting, Christmas music and Bono

On the morning after the mass shooting at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Michael W. Smith had pain in his voice. "It’s awful, it’s just awful," said the Grammy-winning Christian music superstar. "Everybody’s going to have their opinio...
Published: 11/21/17
Plan your weekend: Indie shopping, Lindsey Stirling, ice skating, Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith

Plan your weekend: Indie shopping, Lindsey Stirling, ice skating, Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith

Plan your weekendShoppingBlack Friday: Avoid the madness of the malls at a variety of indie shopping experiences this weekend. Skatepark of Tampa has one of the best sneaker selections in Tampa Bay and free skating all day Friday to celebrate. They’l...
Published: 11/21/17
Meet Amazon’s bawdy, opinionated Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Meet Amazon’s bawdy, opinionated Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Miriam "Midge" Maisel seems to have it all.It’s 1958 New York City, Upper West Side, and she’s a quick-witted Jewish housewife with two kids. She and her husband live in a plush apartment just a few floors below her meddling yet endearing parents.He’...
Published: 11/21/17