1. A topiary of Mirabel from the Disney animated film “Encanto” will greet guests once again at the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival, running Feb. 28-May 27. The annual springtime event is filled with creative topiaries, gardens, food kiosks and free daily concerts.
  2. Walt Disney Imagineering shares a first look at the first-ever Princess Tiana audio-animatronic figure, which will debut this summer in Tiana's Bayou Adventure at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom park. Tiana was Disney's first Black princess in the film "The Princess and the Frog."
  3. An artist rendering shows the penguin exhibit that the Clearwater Marine Aquarium hopes to complete through a new campaign to raise $32 million over the next six years.
  4. People walk along food booths at the Florida State Fair while the tallest traveling Ferris wheel in the country — Midway Sky Eye — looms overhead in 2020. The fair returns to Tampa from Feb. 8-19.
  5. Busch Gardens has announced tht Skyride, the slow-moving gondola that soars overhead from Cheetah Hunt Plaza to Stanleyville, will resume operations starting Friday Feb. 2 after a nearly four-year closure. But it will now cost you $5 each way to float 50 feet off the ground as you move across the park.
  6. Minnie and Mickey Mouse perform for guests during a musical show in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World on July 14, 2023, in Lake Buena Vista.
  7. Universal Orlando revealed more details about Epic Universe and its central land, Celestial Park, the heart of the new theme park opening in 2025. It is the first world guests will encounter at the new theme park and serve as a portal to four other lands. It will consist of gardens and waterways, Constellation Carousel, the Astronomica wet-play area, dining options, shopping and a hotel with a theme park entrance.
  8. One of the new foods offered at the Florida State Fair this year will be the Pop Rock Pickle. It's a kosher pickle wrapped in a Fruit Roll-Up dipped in chocolate and rolled in your choice of Pop Rocks, Fruity Pebbles or Flamin' Hot Cheetos.
  9. This still image from video provided by Disney shows the character Mickey Mouse in the 1928 animated short "Steamboat Willie." On Monday, Jan. 1, the iconic character from “Steamboat Willie” entered the public domain after the expiration of the 95-year copyright, and is already the focus of two horror films.
  10. A drone light show, similar to this one held by the St. Pete Pier in 2021, will be at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium on Jan. 13. It will have a pirate theme.
  11. A gator missing its upper jaw has been nicknamed Jawlene and now lives in Gatorland in Orlando. After three months of care backstage, she is finally on view to the public.
  12. Marcellus Osceola Jr., left, chairperson of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, places a sports bet during the Craps, Roulette & Sports Betting Ceremony at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Dec. 8 in Tampa.
  13. A new nighttime show debuted Tuesday at Epcot called “Luminous The Symphony of Us,” with fireworks, dancing fountains, lasers and lights, along with two original songs plus new arrangements of iconic Disney hits.
  14. A view of the boots worn by Republican presidential candidate Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as he speaks at the Heritage Foundation, Friday, Oct. 27, 2023, as part of the Mandate for Leadership Series in Washington. (AP Photo/Jess Rapfogel)
  15. Minnie and Mickey Mouse perform for guests during a musical show in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World on July 14 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Gov. Ron DeSantis’ appointees to Walt Disney World’s governing district released a series of reports Wednesday justifying their takeover and accusing their Disney-controlled predecessors of being a part of “the most egregious exhibition of corporate cronyism in modern American history.” In a statement, Disney called the new reports “revisionist history.”
  16. An aerial drone view of the former dog racing track and score board at Derby Lane, 10490 Gandy Blvd. N. Almost three years after greyhound racing ended, the track is now filled in with grass and is remarkably well tended to.
  17. Robyn Spotts, in background on left, her daughter Rowan, 6, and friends, Molly Glassman and her son, Isaac Glassman, 5, are all pictured after a few laps on the ice rink at the Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023 in Tampa. The families first visited the Glazer Children’s Museum before hitting the ice rink. “We didn’t last long there and we are not lasting long here,” Robyn Spotts said regarding their limited success on ice skates.
  18. The Chick-fil-A at 6299 W. Waters Ave. in Tampa has gone over the top on its Christmas decorations for nearly 30 years. Some of the features include concerts, visits with Santa and a snowblowing machine.
  19. A cyclist rides along the Riverwalk in Tampa on July 18.
  20. Kids throw snowballs at targets in the Florida Aquarium's Snow Days.
  21. Decorations bring holiday cheer to the Magic Kingdom on Nov. 3, 2023, part of the multiday seasonal transformation across Walt Disney World.
  22. Minnie and Mickey Mouse perform for guests during a musical show in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, July 14 in Lake Buena Vista. Disney on Tuesday released a study showing its economic impact in the Sunshine State at more than $40 billion, as it battles in courts with Gov. Ron DeSantis and his appointees over their takeover of the district that governs the entertainment company's massive resort in central Florida.
  23. Busch Gardens is lit up for the season with Christmas Town, running Nov. 11 through Jan. 7. The park transformation is included with admission with seasonal entertainment, and even its coasters, such as Iron Gwazi, shown here, are decorated in Christmas lights.
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