Arts & Entertainment

Theme Parks



  1. Actors emerge from a simulated farmhouse at the center of the Infected haunted house at Scream-A-Geddon in Dade City in 2015. LUIS SANTANA  |  Tampa Bay Times
    You can also catch a talk from Dick Vitale at St. Petersburg theater the Palladium.
  2. A vignette featuring actors that guests will encounter inside the Ghostbusters haunted house at Halloween Horror Nights 2019. ROBERTO GONZALEZ  |  Courtesy of Universal Orlando
    Wait times can get long at Halloween Horror Nights. Here’s how to skip, maximize and prioritize your line time at Universal Studios Orlando’s annual Halloween attraction.
  3. Chewbacca stands in front of the Millennium Falcon at the Black Spire Outpost at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019 at Walt Disney World's Hollywood Studios in Orlando. ALLIE GOULDING  |  Times
    Social media was awash this week with Disney and Star Wars fans breezing through Galaxy’s Edge as Hurricane Dorian pushed many from theme parks.
  4. The crowd at Disney’s Galaxy Edge, a new Star Wars land, at 6 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29, the land’s official opening day. MICHELLE STARK  |  Tampa Bay Times
    We were there when Galaxy’s Edge opened to the public.
  5. A rendering of Epcot at Lake Buena Vista's Walt Disney World, which will undergo a historic makeover with a number of new attractions and experiences. Walt Disney World
    The transformation of Walt Disney World’s second-oldest theme park was among the news announced at the D23 Expo this weekend.
  6. A visitor peers down the marketplace of the Black Spire Outpost during the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge Media Preview at Disneyland Park, Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Anaheim, Calif. CHRIS PIZZELLO  |  Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
    It’s about to get real in Orlando. Here’s what to know.
  7. Angelique Herring, a photo intern at Tampa Bay Times, uses her FastPass to scan into The Magic Carpets of Aladdin on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Orlando. ALLIE GOULDING   |   Times
    We never waited more than 20 minutes in line. Here’s how.
  8. A group of investors that includes the owners of toy maker Lego is buying Merlin Entertainment, a British company that operates theme parks like Legoland. Merlin said Friday it accepted the deal. [AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File]
  9. Disney’s Hollywood Studios already has a daily live Star Wars show of favorite characters and the Star Wars: Launch Bay, which features movie memorabilia, a daily parade of stormtrooopers and meet-and-greets with characters like Chewbacca and Kylo Ren. But on Aug. 29 it is opening a new 14-acre land called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge that promises and immersive fan experience. Photo courtesy Walt Disney World
  10. Members of the media got to preview the new coaster Tigris on April 18, 2019 at Busch Gardens in Tampa. Tigris is Florida’s tallest launch coaster, and reaches 150ft high. The ride opens to the public on Friday. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
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