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  1. Walt Disney Imagineering unveiled the Epcot Experience, which opened Oct. 1, 2019, inside Epcot at Walt Disney World. Located in the Odyssey Events Pavilion, it is the first in-depth look at the historic transformation already underway at Epcot. A 360-degree film presentation features upcoming attractions in development and projection-mapping technology highlights an artfully designed model of the park. [DAVID ROARK  |  Walt Disney World]
    From movies to rides based around ‘Ratatouille’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ it will be the park’s biggest change yet.
  2. The food is art at the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, including this cookie that looks like a painter's palette. [Walt Disney World]
    The 39-day celebration of art, entertainment and food kicked off Jan. 17.
  3. Carrie Fisher plays Princess Leia Organa in "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi." [LucasFilm]
    The Florida Orchestra performs as a ‘Star Wars’ film plays, NPR’s Ira Glass tells stories, an Anne Frank exhibit opens and more.
  4. Jan. 13• Arts & Entertainment
    Celine Dion will perform at Amalie Arena in Tampa on Jan. 15. [ANDREW WHELAN  |  Columbia Records]
    Celine Dion brings her pipes to town, the Gasparilla children’s parade starts rolling and bands get ready for next week’s big MLK parade.
  5. Creating a sand mandala such as this one, from 2017, Buddhist monks use small tools to make intricate shapes in colored sand. [Times (2017)]
    Watch as a beautiful sand mandala is created by Buddhist monks, see a polo match on the beach and Let Your Voice Be Heard.
  6. Jennifer Pearce of Ocala guides Leslie, an Afghan hound, around the ring in 2015 during the Florida Gulf Coast Clusters Dog Show at Florida Classic Park in Brooksville. [Tampa Bay Times (2015)]
    Watch one of the biggest dog shows in the state, get some pet care tips, look through MOSI’s telescopes and more.
  7. A camera crew films a manatee rescue at ZooTampa at Lowry Park as part of National Geographic show "Secrets of the Zoo." [ZooTampa at Lowry Park]
    The third season of ‘Secrets of the Zoo’ centers on the staff and the animals, from a baby koala to manatee rescues.
  8. Titus O'Neil will serve as grand marshal of the Krewe of the Knights of Sant' Yago Illuminated Knight Parade in Ybor City on Feb. 8. [Tampa Bay Times (2019)]
    Fan favorite Jerry Springer will also attend the Ybor City tradition in February.
  9. Disney Cruise Line passengers zip through the AquaDuck water coaster. The flume ride features twists, turns, drops, acceleration and river rapids, stretches 765 feet in length and spans four decks in height.
    It is the first time that Disney Cruise Line has a lost a personal injury case involving a ship worker in a jury trial.
  10. A Disney ticket deal lets Florida residents buy a three- or four-day ticket good through June. [JOHN RAOUX  |  AP]
    For roughly $50 per day, folks who live in the Sunshine State can score admission to the theme parks through June.
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