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Florida Theme Park Guide to Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, Busch Gardens and more


By Michelle Stark, Anne Glover, Amber McDonald and Kelly Stefani, Times Staff Writers
Illustration by Steve Madden, Times Staff Artist
Developed by Alexis N. Sanchez

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  1. Universal Orlando announces new deal for Florida residents


    Florida residents can save on two- and three-day tickets at Universal Orlando available now and good through the next two months, Universal announced Wednesday.

    Associated Press
  2. Here's the lineup for Universal Studios' Celebration of Harry Potter 2016


    ORLANDO — Quick, Harry Potter fans, check the date on your enchanted galleons.

    Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter movies) and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) will be making their first appearances at A Celebration of Harry Potter.
  3. Veterans get in free at Legoland through Nov. 22


    WINTER HAVEN — Veterans are awesome, according to Legoland Florida, and the park is showing its appreciation with free admission to people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces until Nov. 22.

    Courtesy of Legoland Florida
  4. Celebrity lineup for Epcot Christmas includes Neil Patrick Harris, Meredith Vieira


    Epcot has released its final lineup of Candlelight Processional narrators this year, with returning favorites Neil Patrick Harris and Amy Grant joining newcomers such as actors America Ferrera and Daniel Dae Kim and former Today Show host Meredith Vieira.

    Actor Neil Patrick Harris is returning for this year’s Epcot Candelight Processional.
  5. This is the last year to see Hollywood Studios light show before Disney pulls the plug


    This will be the last year for the 20-year-old holiday tradition known as the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, opening Friday at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

    The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights starts sparkling this weekend for its last year at Hollywood Studios.
  6. SeaWorld, Busch Gardens raise prices, offer deals on passes


    Busch Gardens and SeaWorld Orlando announced a ticket price increase today of $2, pushing the single day admission to the parks to $99 — but they also announced deals on annual passes that could soften the blow.

    Orcas during a show at the Shamu Up Close attraction at Sea World in Orlando, Fla., Jan. 7, 2014. (Joshua C. Cruey/Orlando Sentinel/MCT)
  7. You can vote on a name for Busch Gardens' new baby rhino (w/video)


    Fans on Busch Gardens' Facebook page can help name the park's newest addition, a female Southern white rhinoceros calf born Oct. 16.

    One of the first photos of Kisiri and her new female rhino calf, born Oct. 16 at Busch Gardens Tampa. [Busch Gardens Tampa photo]
  8. Universal adds Jimmy Fallon ride to list of new theme park attractions


    Jimmy Fallon is about to become a theme park ride at Universal, the Orlando attraction announced Wednesday, in a ride the Tonight Show host likened to the signature Harry Potter experience with a high-energy pace and 3D graphics.

  9. Dogs will get the run of Legoland water park


    WINTER HAVEN — A pressing question of our age has been answered: Legoland let the dogs out — at least for one day.

     Chvrches, the Scottish trio that shot through the ranks of the indie-pop world, will perform with Mansionair in St. Petersburg on Halloween.
  10. Baby news from Busch Gardens: Check out the littlest rhino


    TAMPA — And on the fourth day, they took pictures.

    One of the first photos of Kisiri and her new female rhino calf, born Oct. 16 at Busch Gardens Tampa. [Busch Gardens Tampa photo]