Advertisement

LATEST

  1. Universal Studios in Orlando has already opened its resorts and City Walk. It opens its theme parks to the public on Friday. [AP (2015)]
  2. In this January 2020 photo, Mickey and Minnie Mouse perform during a parade at the Magic Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World. [JOHN RAOUX  |  AP]
  3. Busch Gardens pictured in 2019. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  4. Sponsored Content
  5. The Riviera Resort is one of the Disney Vacation Club hotels set to reopen June 22. [Walt Disney World]
  6. The entrance to the parking lot at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World was closed March 16 in Lake Buena Vista. Epcot and Hollywood Studios were closed along with other theme parks around the state to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. Disney presented a plan Wednesday to reopen Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom July 11. Epcot and Hollywood Studios would open July 15, if approved. [JOHN RAOUX  |  AP]
  7. You can liven up your Zoom background with images like this from the Tampa Bay Times archives. You can find them at timesphotos.com and click on Royalty-Free Background Images. [BOYZELL HOSEY  |  Times (2019)]
  8. In this file photo, an empty entrance on Western Way at Walt Disney World, which is set to present a reopening plan on Wednesday to an Orange County task force. [JOE BURBANK  |  TNS]
  9. Sunset Beach at Treasure Island on Saturday morning. By Sunday the crowds were showing up early to avid the dark clouds on the horizon that threatened to dampen the afternoon. Monday is expected to be rainy for Memorial Day. [Megan Reeves]
  10. Universal Orlando's two theme parks, Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios, are slated to reopen to guests on June 5. [JOHN RAOUX  |  AP]
  11. Servers wear face masks as patrons enjoy outdoor dining while crowding Beach Dr. on Friday, May 8, 2020 in St. Petersburg. Restaurants and patrons begin to adapt to the new rules set forth by Governor Ron DeSantis during phase one of re-opening of the state of Florida. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Times]
  12. The Pirate Water Taxi will debut a 100-passenger vessel and two smaller taxis as part of an expansion of the company's routes and coverage of Tampa's waterfront. It plans to resume operations Friday. [Yacht StarShip]
  13. Universal Orlando's two theme parks are still closed but the CityWalk shopping and restaurants district will open on Thursday with limited hours. Guests will be required to wear masks and have temperatures checked at the entrance. [JOHN RAOUX  |  AP]
  14. Busch Gardens' Bacon Pretzel Fury has been a big hit since it debuted in 2014. [Busch Gardens]
  15. Shanghai Disneyland reopened to visitors on May 11. [SAM MCNEIL  |  AP]
  16. SeaWorld Entertainment, the parent company to Busch Gardens, has furloughed 95 percent of its workers. In an earnings report released Friday, the company said it saw a 30 percent drop in revenue in the first quarter. [JOHN RAOUX  |  AP]
  17. Disney Springs will reopen in phases starting May 20. [Walt Disney World]
  18. Shenita James Berrian, left, and her mother Bonnie James, the CEO of Kingdom Kids, both serve on the board of the children's advocacy charity. James has over 30 years of work experience in social services, management, public relations and fundraising and serves as the Kingdom Kids president and spokeswoman. Berrian is the organization's artistic director. She is a mezzo-soprano who has performed as a soloist for the Richard Zinlinski singers, the Master Chorale and Opera Tampa. [BONNIE JAMES  |  Bonnie James]
  19. Walt Disney World's parks remain closed, with no indication yet of when they will reopen. [JOHN RAOUX  |  AP]
  20. A divemaster gives a talk during the Predators of the Reef dive show as a sand tiger shark swims above at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa. The aquarium has announced it will reopen with limited crowds on May 15. [Times (2014)]
  21. Dee Dee and her baby, born in January of 2018 at ZooTampa at Lowry Park will be on display again starting June 1, according to a plan the zoo has submitted to Hillsborough County. [MATT MARRIOTT FOR TAMPA'S LOWRY   |  Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo]
  22. Fort Jefferson, at Dry Tortugas National Park, is 78 miles west of Key West. It is on Garden Key, one of seven keys that make up the Dry Tortugas. You can take a virtual tour of the park on Google's Art & Culture pages. [Dry Tortugas National Park]
  23. Guests walk down Main Street at Magic Kingdom in May 2019. A year later, the world awaits word of the park reopening after coronavirus concerns closed it down. [Times (2019)]
  24. Gatorland alligator handler Donnie Aldarelli shows off Chester, a 14-foot alligator, during the daily "School of Croc" show the attraction has been putting on its Facebook page since the park closed because of coronavirus concerns. [Gatorland]
Advertisement
Advertisement