Monday, December 18, 2017
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Disney's princess hall to open Wednesday

The construction fences have come down and Disney's Princess Fairytale Hall, a meet-and-greet area for Disney princesses and characters, will open at the Magic Kingdom on Wednesday. This is just one of many new additions to the theme park's Fantasyland expansion and is located next to Cinderella's Castle. It replaces the old Snow White's Scary Adventures ride, one of the original rides when the park first opened in 1971. The hall has the feel of a castle, with wood-paneled rooms, stained-glass windows and decor inspired by Disney films. Visitors will be able to choose from two queues, one for Cinderella and one for Rapuznel, based on the movie Tangled. Each of those characters will have a "visiting" princess in her queue, and that lineup is expected to rotate. The final Fantasyland project is the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster, which is scheduled to be completed next year. —Sharon Kennedy Wynne

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What to watch this week: Holiday movies galore with ‘Miracle on 34th Street,’ ‘Scrooged,’ ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’

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Brian Wilson coming to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater

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Charlie Puth coming to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa

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Kris Allen talks Tom Petty, Kanye West, rock docs, returning to ‘American Idol’ and more

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ESPN chief Skipper resigns, cites substance abuse problem

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American Social tries to draw a young Tampa crowd with New York prices

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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Dec. 19

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Monday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYCollege basketballHouston Baptist at Michigan State6 p.m.Big TenNorthern Arizona at USF7 p.m.820-AMNebraska-Omaha at Kansas7 p.m.ESPN2Charleston Southern at FSU7 p.m.ESPNU; 1010-AMNorthern Illinois at Marquette7 p.m.FS1Purdue-Fort Wayne at India...
Published: 12/17/17
Trans-Siberian Orchestra honor founder Paul O’Neill in Tampa: ‘You live in all our hearts’

Trans-Siberian Orchestra honor founder Paul O’Neill in Tampa: ‘You live in all our hearts’

The grandiosity and bombast of a typical Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert was tinged with emotion during the band's two concerts Sunday in Tampa, the adopted home of late founder Paul O'Neill.With plenty of friends and family looking on at Amalie Are...
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Broadway poised to go ‘Head Over Heels’ for Go-Go’s musical

Broadway poised to go ‘Head Over Heels’ for Go-Go’s musical

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