Arts & Entertainment

Theme Parks



  1. Matthew Berry of Clearwater rests a Teddy Ruxpin stuffed bear on an oak tree  in the front yard of his home on Friday in Clearwater's Woodgate neighborhood, which is one of many area neighborhoods which have exploded with bears in the windows and on front porches and lawns so the kids can count them while on walks, bicycle rides or car rides at a safe social distance. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  2. Walt Disney World will remain closed indefinitely, the company announced on Friday. [JOHN RAOUX  |  AP]
  3. With both offices and schools closed because of coronavirus concerns, parents can learn some tips from homeschoolers on how to manage the day. [Times (2019)]
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  5. Find a solitary path, such as the Tampa Riverwalk, to get a mental health break and some exercise. Just be careful of social distancing or you could find these public spaces shut down. [Tampa Bay Times (2014)]
  6. Florida's theme parks have been shuttered by the coronavirus and Universal Orlando Resort has said the closure will extend until April 19. [JOHN RAOUX  |  AP]
  7. Huge piles of food are delivered to Feeding Tampa Bay's warehouse. Busch Gardens donated almost 6,000 pounds of food from the closed theme park to Feeding Tampa Bay, the nonprofit that supplies food pantries. [Busch Gardens]
  8. Dog "Mo" sits on the front seat of a car with his owner in a supermarket parking lot. [Martin Meissner | AP]
  9. A statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse is seen in front of the Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. [JOHN RAOUX  |  AP]
  10. Legoland Florida Resort in Winter Haven. [Times (2011)]
  11. Busch Gardens in Tampa is one of 12 theme parks owned by SeaWorld Entertainment that will be closed as of Monday for the rest of March because of coronavirus concerns. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  12. Jay Pharoah arrives at the NBA Awards on Monday, June 24, 2019, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. [Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP]
  1. Tampa water park Adventure Island will debut Solar Vortex to the public on March 14. [Adventure Island]
  2. Beachgoers crowd Clearwater Beach every year during spring break. [Tampa Bay Times (2013)]
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    The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will return this weekend to kick off the IndyCar season. [SHADD, DIRK  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  4. This Disney ear hat will go on sale for $78 on Friday to mark the opening of Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway at Disney's Hollywood Studios. [DISNEY  |  Disney]
  5. Francesca Caropepe, a Swamp Monster contest favorite for a number of years, is now the official mascot of the Weeki Wachee Swamp Festival, which will return this weekend. [Weekie Wachee Swamp Festival]
  6. Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway officially opens Wednesday, March 4 in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The first ride at any Disney park themed around Mickey Mouse promises to break new ground for theme-park technology as riders feel like they are riding through a cartoon. [WALT DISNEY WORLD  |  Walt Disney World]
  7. The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, which runs March 4 to June 1, will feature dozens of character topiaries and floral displays. [Walt Disney World]
  8. Brandy Laasko, left, husband, Tim, and daughters Melody, 5, and Kaylee, 7, on their second day of a four-day trip to Disney World from Ohio on Tuesday. The parents were concerned about coronavirus but not enough to cancel their trip. Instead, they were fully stocked with hand sanitizer and wipes. [SHARON KENNEDY WYNNE  |  Times]
  9. A statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse stands in front of the Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista. [JOHN RAOUX  |  AP]
  10. Paella and other seafood offerings will be offered at the SunWest Crab and Shrimp Festival this weekend in Hudson. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times (2018)]
  11. The Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival will return to Tampa on Feb. 29, running weekends through April 26. [Courtesy of Busch Gardens]
  12. FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2019, file photo, Disney CEO Robert Iger arrives at the world premiere of "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker", in Los Angeles  The Walt Disney Co. has named Bob Chapek CEO, replacing Bob Iger, effective immediately, the company announced Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020.  (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, FIle) [JORDAN STRAUSS  |  Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP]