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

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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

Are you a Florida theme park fanatic? Send your favorite memories, horror stories (we all have them) or park insider tips to our Things to Do editors at calendar@tampabay.com or post to the official Things to Do Facebook page.

  1. The Florida State Fair is full of first-time attractions this year

    Events

    Like the new "Sweetheart" doughnut from the Amish Baking Company, the Florida State Fair is stuffed with new attractions and fresh twists on old favorites.

    Aerial view of the Florida State Fair midway
  2. Florida cool brings hot deals at Disney, Busch Gardens and more

    Florida

    Aside from the lack of snow and ice, it's great to be a Floridian in winter for the deals theme parks and attractions roll out during the slow time. The bargains come when the weather and the crowds are tepid.

    A Brazilian couple take a selfie near Cinderella’s Castle at Disney World’s Magic Kingdom.
  3. At Universal's Celebration of Harry Potter, actors including Rupert Grint give a look behind scenes

    Florida

    Rupert Grint could feel Alan Rickman looming behind him as he drew an unflattering portrait of Rickman's character Severus Snape while filming a potions class.

    Bonnie Wright and Rupert Grint are making their first appearance at the celebration this weekend.
  4. Neville, Ron and Ginny, Oh My: Follow us at the Celebration of Harry Potter

    Blogs

    Muggles, line up! Dumbledore's finest are descending on Universal Orlando as we speak for the third annual Celebration of Harry Potter, running through Sunday. Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint), Ginny Weasley (Bonnie Wright), …

    Fans pouring into the #HarryPotter expo at Universal Studios. The first treat is a paper school tie complete with house crest.
  5. Legoland to open new 'Lego Movie' feature in 4D starting Friday

    Florida

    WINTER HAVEN — Legoland Florida will add another brick in its wall of attractions with the opening of The Lego Movie 4D on Friday, upping the ante on a new 12-minute 3D feature by adding wind, fog and water effects.

    Emmet, Wyldstyle and Batman in a scene from "The Lego Movie." (Warner Bros. Pictures)
  6. Fall Out Boy, 3 Doors Down, Diana Ross among Mardi Gras lineup at Universal Orlando

    Music & Concerts

    Universal Orlando on Tuesday released its lineup for this year's Mardi Gras celebration. The spicy gumbo of current and classic music acts includes Fall Out Boy, 3 Doors Down and Diana Ross.

  7. Disney World debuts 'Star Wars' fireworks, Jungle Cruise restaurant, chocolate shop this week

    Florida

    Just in time for the always-mobbed Christmas weeks at Disney World, visitors will find a new Star Wars-themed fireworks show at Hollywood Studios, a new restaurant themed to the Magic Kingdom's Jungle Cruise and a custom chocolate shop — all opening this week. And coming soon is a new Pixar film festival at …

    Star Wars Launch Bay opened earlier this month at Hollywood Studios, and will be joined by a fireworks show Friday.
  8. Disney's Hollywood Studios unleashes new 'Star Wars' attractions

    Florida

    ORLANDO

    Two new short film experiences, a menu of treats and a geek's dream museum of Star Wars artifacts are the highlights of Walt Disney World Hollywood Studios' new Star Wars experiences, which opened to the public this week.

    Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ live show for youngsters — Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple — has gotten an update. Tiny knights in training can now face off against the Seventh Sister from the Star Wars Rebels cartoon franchise. 
  9. Universal Orlando announces new deal for Florida residents

    Florida

    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
  10. Here's the lineup for Universal Studios' Celebration of Harry Potter 2016

    Florida

    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.