Tuesday, September 25, 2018


Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times Staff Writer

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times Staff Writer

Sharon Kennedy Wynne is a Tampa Bay Times writer and editor who focuses mostly on events and fun Things to Do. A lifelong St. Petersburg resident, she has been a journalist since 1988 and joined her hometown Times in 1994. She is married and has two sons.

SeaWorld Orlando
Last year, SeaWorld announced it would retrofit the 18-year-old Kraken coaster with VR headsets. 
By last month, that feature was nixed.

Reality bites: SeaWorld abandons virtual reality headsets on Kraken coaster

SeaWorld has ditched the experiment that made it the first major ride in Florida to incorporate virtual reality.Last June, the theme park announced with much fanfare a new feature that would project an undersea showdown on Kraken, incorporating...
Published: 09/20/18
Updated: 09/21/18
From left, actors Victor Morales and Sergio Myers play roles of evil doctor and victim during a tour of the Howl-O-Screams haunted house in Busch Gardens on Thursday, September 14, 2018. BRONTE WITTPENN   |   Times

The making of a nightmare: Behind the scenes at Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream

TAMPA — Once the scare actors were made up, they headed toward the haunted house to rehearse.But it wasn’t quite time for them to be scary yet. Busch Gardens, which opens its Howl-O-Scream Halloween scarefest on Friday, was still open for...
Published: 09/20/18
Disney World
IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, which debuted Oct. 1, 1999, will close in late summer 2019, Disney said. A new nighttime show will replace it.

Disney will close Epcot’s popular fireworks show IllumiNations after nearly 20 years

After nearly 20 years, the popular Epcot fireworks show, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, will go dark next summer. The Disney Parks Blog announced this week that the award-winning complex show that incorporates fire, water and video...
Published: 09/19/18
Updated: 09/21/18
LUIS SANTANA   |   Times (2017)
Cosplayers roam the exhibitor hall at MegaCon Tampa bay inside of the Tampa Convention Center. The weekend long event features celebrity signings, photo ops, cosplay costume contests and more. [Sunday, September 30, 2017] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]

Top things to do this week: Geeky fun at MegaCon, virtual reality at Holocaust Museum

Our editors' picks for this week's best events.
Published: 09/19/18
Amara La Negra arrives at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, June 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

5 things to do under $5: Amara LaNegra of ‘Love and Hip Hop,’ Tampa Bay Boat Show

1USF Lecture Series: Hear a free talk by Amara La Negra, the Miami native best known as the breakout star of this season’s Love and Hip Hop: Miami. La Negra is expected to focus on the challenges of navigating the...
Published: 09/19/18
A punk vampire seen at Vamp 85, a New Year\u2019s Eve-themed vampire haunt at Universal Studios\u2019 Halloween Horror Nights. (Universal Studios)

Halloween Horror Nights, Howl-O-Scream look to the '80s and classics for horror nostalgia

A thin guy with perfectly Purple Rain era Prince curly mullet hair, blood dripping from his mouth to the front of his puffy shirt, struts past a group of theme park guests onto the streets of "New York City."
Published: 09/18/18
Busch Gardens
For a second year, Busch Gardens offers Halloween fun for Sesame Street Weekends during the day for the little ones every weekend in October. There will be crafts, trick-or-treating and a character parade Saturdays and Sundays Oct. 6-28. New this year is a live show starring Count von Count that debuts Oct. 6.
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Where to find kid-friendly, not-so-scary Halloween fun

Spare the gore and take the kids to these family-friendly Halloween parties planned at theme parks and attractions in the coming weeks.Creatures of the Night at ZooTampa
Published: 09/18/18
A movie still from 1985\u2019s \u201CBack to the Future\u201D starred Christopher Lloyd, left, and Michael J. Fox star. Lloyd canceled his weekend appearance at MegaCon Tampa Bay citing \u201Ccommitments in his production schedule.\u201D
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Christopher Lloyd cancels MegaCon Tampa Bay appearance this weekend

Sorry, Back to the Future and Taxi fans, actor Christopher Lloyd has canceled his appearance this weekend at MegaCon Tampa Bay, the celebrity-studded fan fest at the Tampa Convention Center.
Published: 09/17/18
Updated: 09/18/18
Earlier this summer, Busch Gardens filmed a commercial for Howl-O-Scream that followed along as a zombie and two actors rode together on SheiKra, one of Florida's most frightening roller coasters. (Busch Gardens/YouTube)

Actor in Busch Gardens' Howl-O-Scream commercial projectile vomits on SheiKra and it's no act

One of the most popular features of Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream, the annual scarefest that opens next Friday, is that you never know when a ghoul will show up next to you on the roller coasters. Some will even be on the trams that run from the...
Published: 09/14/18
US actor Nick Cannon poses upon arrival for the screening of the film \u201CChi-Raq\u201D presented out of competition at the 66th Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin on February 16, 2016. / AFP / John MACDOUGALL        (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Top things to do this weekend: Nick Cannon's Wild'N Out Live, Halloween Horror Nights opens and more

The top things to do this weekend in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater and beyond.
Published: 09/14/18