Wednesday, January 24, 2018
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Disney hikes parking fees, makes MyMagic+ available to all

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. It's another in a series of price increases in recent weeks at the world's busiest tourist attraction. The MyMagic+ bands allow any visitor to make advance reservations for rides, attractions, show, meals and more. The chip-embedded wristband that doubles as admission ticket, reservation keeper, charge card and hotel-room key has been in test trials for months at the parks, available at first to only Disney resort guests, followed by annual passholders. In February Disney announced that ages 10 and up will pay $99 for one-day tickets to the Magic Kingdom, a $4 increase, making it the most expensive of all Central Florida theme parks. Prices for one-day tickets at Epcot, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios also increased $4, from $90 to $94. Many visitors to the Disney parks purchase multi-day passes, which can decrease the daily cost of visiting the parks. —Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

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Review: Daniel Pink’s ‘When’ full of timely advice; meet him in Tampa on Feb. 2

Review: Daniel Pink’s ‘When’ full of timely advice; meet him in Tampa on Feb. 2

Each year, more and more people work on their own time. From 2010 to 2014, the number of independent contractors in the United States grew by 11 percent, according to a 2017 report on the "gig economy" by the Aspen Institute. As a freelancer, I find ...
Published: 01/24/18
Changing the shape of food

Changing the shape of food

Diners began with a warm hand towel sprayed lightly with a subtle lavender fragrance, a way to wake up the palate. From there, guests were presented with a white enamel spoon, an "amuse bouche" of blood orange sorbet, sweet and tangy.This was not lun...
Published: 01/24/18
Real, homemade lasagna is worth every minute of your time in the kitchen

Real, homemade lasagna is worth every minute of your time in the kitchen

I grew up on my mom’s lasagna alla Bolognese, composed of emerald green spinach noodles layered with robust ground meat sauce and creamy bechamel. To many Italian food lovers, this is the ideal against which all others are measured. But the world of ...
Published: 01/24/18

Wednesday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYCollege basketballMarquette at Xavier6:30 p.m.FS1South Carolina at Florida7 p.m.SEC; 1250-AMGeorgia Tech at Florida State7 p.m.FSF; 1010-AMBoston College at Syracuse7 p.m.ESPNUSt. Joseph’s at St. Bonaventure7 p.m.CBSSNNebraska at Rutgers7 p.m.Bi...
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A fan's guide to the fun and celebrities at Tampa's NHL All-Star Game

A fan's guide to the fun and celebrities at Tampa's NHL All-Star Game

So you don’t have a ticket to the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday in Tampa, but you still want to feel like you’re in on the action. No problem. “Our mindset is, few are honored with a ticket to the game,” said Steve Mayer, the N...
Published: 01/23/18
Moon Taxi’s Trevor Terndrup talks jock jams, music festivals, the NHL’s All-Star Weekend and more

Moon Taxi’s Trevor Terndrup talks jock jams, music festivals, the NHL’s All-Star Weekend and more

Last spring, Moon Taxi got their first taste of Gasparilla season in Tampa, performing at the Gasparilla Music Festival in Curtis Hixon Park.This year, the Nashville dance-rock band is coming back to town the same weekend as the main event, Saturday'...
Published: 01/23/18
Disney offering staff $1,000 bonuses, new education funding

Disney offering staff $1,000 bonuses, new education funding

NEW YORK — The Walt Disney Co. will give more than 125,000 eligible employees a one-time $1,000 cash bonus and invest $50 million in an education funding program. The media company said Tuesday the bonuses will go to all full and part-time non-execut...
Published: 01/23/18
Slayer’s farewell tour coming to the Orlando Amphitheater in Orlando

Slayer’s farewell tour coming to the Orlando Amphitheater in Orlando

Metal icons Slayer dropped a bombshell on the world Monday when they announced plans for a farewell world tour, after which they'd call it quits after nearly four decades as a band.Today we've gotten the dates for that star-studded speed metal specta...
Published: 01/23/18
New Hogwarts light show, wand combat lessons, Harry Potter mobile game and 4 more things you must do at A Celebration of Harry Potter

New Hogwarts light show, wand combat lessons, Harry Potter mobile game and 4 more things you must do at A Celebration of Harry Potter

If you know the colors and creatures of the four Hogwarts houses and that the spell is "leviOsa" not "leviosA," then you're probably planning to attend A Celebration of Harry Potter this weekend at Universal Orlando.For the past five years, the theme...
Published: 01/23/18
Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 24

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Jan. 24

Bob Woodward: An appearance by the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who broke the news of the Watergate scandal. 7:30 p.m., Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $29-$79. (727) 893-7832. Real Music Series: The Diamonds: The series featu...
Published: 01/23/18