1. A traveler walks past a jumbo screen projecting images of Walt Disney World in the east hall atrium at Orlando International Airport on Thursday. A feud between Gov. Ron DeSantis and The Walt Disney Co. started last year after the company publicly opposed legislation concerning lessons on sexual orientation and gender identity in early grades that critics called Don’t Say Gay.
  2. A still from "MerPeople," Netflix's four-part documentary series that revolves around mermaid culture. The series includes mermaids from Tampa Bay's own Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.
  3. Busch Gardens is bringing back free beer. You can get a complimentary 7-ounce beer and Pass Members get two per visit. The offer ends July 20.
  4. The first passengers experience the two-day Walt Disney World Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser back in March 2022.
  5. Disney CEO Bob Iger arrives at the AFI Awards at the Four Seasons hotel in Los Angeles, on Friday, Jan. 13, 2023.
  6. The "Partners" statue, featuring Walt Disney holding the hand of Mickey Mouse, sits in front of Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at Disney World in Orlando. The copper statue was created by Blaine Gibson in 1993.
  7. On Wednesday, the House sent to the governor HB 1305 on a vote of 83-32, also along party lines, to authorize the Florida Department of Transportation to inspect Disney’s monorail system, the only privately run system in the state.
  8. The battle between Gov. Ron DeSantis and Disney began when the company voiced opposition to the Legislature’s passage in 2022 of the Parental Rights in Education Bill, which prohibited classroom instruction on gender-identity issues in certain grades.
  9. People visit Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World on April 18, 2022.  It took some time, but Florida’s 10 major theme parks are moving out of their post-pandemic blues and once again offering new rides and attractions to see this summer.
  10. Epcot visitors check out the new fountain near the entrance of the theme park and its iconic Spaceship Earth.
  11. The monorail passes over a 75,000-bloom lakeside garden at Walt Disney World. Disney has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Ron DeSantis in federal court.
  12. The Disney Skyliner, which began carrying guests high above Walt Disney World in 2019, glides through the air, transporting guests between Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot and resort hotels.
  13. Mickey and Minnie welcome visitors at the new high-tech coaster Tron Lightcycle Run in Tomorrowland at the Magic Kingdom. The semi-enclosed ride, based on the "Tron" movie franchise, is one of Disney's fastest, with speeds of nearly 60 mph.
  14. Ben White of Tampa examines Big John’s skull while attending an event on Friday Feb 3, 2023, hosted to welcome the fossilized triceratops to the Glazer Children's Museum in Tampa.
  15. In this Jan. 9, 2019, photo, a statue of Walt Disney and Micky Mouse stands in front of the Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista. The Walt Disney Co. will be laying off several thousand employees starting Monday, a second round of cuts that's part of a previously announced plan to eliminate 7,000 jobs this year.
  16. The Serengeti Flyer at Busch Gardens debuted in February. The new “screaming swing”-style ride sways back and forth, reaching speeds of 68 miles per hour and a 135-foot height.
  17. This photo courtesy of Shawna Bell shows a fire during the “Fantasmic" show in the Tom Sawyer Island section of Disneyland resort in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday.
  18. A former worker at the Star Wars gift shop inside Disney World’s Hollywood Studios theme park in Florida has been arrested on one count of video voyeurism after investigators said he was caught filming up a 18-year-old woman's skirt.
  19. Opening this spring, SeaWorld Orlando's Pipeline: The Surf Coaster is billed as the world’s first “surf coaster.” Unlike most coasters, riders will be standing up in a surfing position, giving them the experience of wave jumping as they are launched at top speeds of 60 miles per hour.
  20. Villain-Con Minion Blast is a new attraction opening at Universal Orlando this summer. It is a walk-through gaming attraction that combines interactivity with elaborate physical sets.
  21. North Carolina Democrats are suggesting that Walt Disney World relocate to their state as they take advantage of the company's feud with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
  22. Among several moves Wednesday, the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District terminated all members of its Planning and Zoning Board.
  23. Falcon's Fury opened in 2014 at Tampa's Busch Gardens. It has been closed for a year because of a delay in needed supplies for maintenance. The ride includes a 335-foot drop at 90 degrees, face down. Riders reach a speed of 60 mph. The ride is America's tallest freestanding tower.
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