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Fall food, wine and beer festivals at Florida theme parks expect to fill bellies, profits

Fall food, wine and beer festivals at Florida theme parks expect to fill bellies, profits

Back in 1995 when Epcot launched its International Food and Wine Festival, the idea was to generate attendance during the slow period in the fall. It worked. After two decades, the festival is mobbed on the weekends and has grown to one of Walt Disne...
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What to expect at Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival this year

What to expect at Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival this year

How soon until Epcot is just one big food festival? We’re getting close. Once just a month long, the annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival is up to 75 days in its 23rd year, beginning Aug. 30 and running through the middle of November. Th...
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SeaWorld to put more than 100 beers on tap in new Craft Beer Festival

SeaWorld to put more than 100 beers on tap in new Craft Beer Festival

SeaWorld has started using food as bait to save the troubled company from floundering attendance, and this fall it will put some craft beer on the hook. Its nearby Aquatica water park is also adding Latin flavors to the mix in September.The park has ...
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What’s new and what’s not at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

What’s new and what’s not at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Sweating in mid-August in Florida isn’t unusual. But sweating in a Snow White costume and lining up for Halloween candy, that might be unusual. That was the scene on Friday when a sold-out crowd showed up for the first of 34 nights of Mickey’s Not So...
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Busch Gardens, SeaWorld holding flash sale this week with BOGO admission

Busch Gardens, SeaWorld holding flash sale this week with BOGO admission

Busch Gardens and its sister park SeaWorld are having a flash sale this week that can save you more than $50 on admission tickets, but the offers expire Sunday. Calling it a BOGO Back to School sale, Busch Gardens announced Tuesday you can buy one si...
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Kids won’t go to sleep? Have Disney give them a call

Kids won’t go to sleep? Have Disney give them a call

Parents who are struggling to get their kids to sleep after they’re told to may have a new solution.Have Mickey Mouse tell them.Disney is now offering a special through Aug. 31 that will enable parents to call a free bedtime hotline and have Disney’s...
Updated: 2 months ago
1980s classic ‘Poltergeist’ added to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights lineup

1980s classic ‘Poltergeist’ added to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights lineup

They’re here! For the first time, Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights will have a maze inspired by the ’80s horror classic Poltergeist at the hugely popular scare fest opening on select nights at Universal Studios Sept. 14-Nov. 3. Directed by Tobe Ho...
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Cruises are so uncool they’re actually cool

Cruises are so uncool they’re actually cool

It’s the final day of this seven-night cruise and I am sitting in my moderately messy balcony stateroom aboard the Celebrity Summit finishing the last bites of a room service cheeseburger, bags as yet unpacked for tomorrow morning’s disembarkation, t...
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Early Halloween treat: Big savings on scares at Busch Gardens, Universal ending soon

Early Halloween treat: Big savings on scares at Busch Gardens, Universal ending soon

TAMPA – You might not want to think about Halloween in August, but you can save money if you do. You can buy $29.99 Howl-O-Scream tickets before Busch Gardens ends the sale at midnight Tuesday. Meanwhile, Universal has an online ticket deal that can ...
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Smash Rooms opening in Lakeland and Tampa, for when you feel like breaking something

Smash Rooms opening in Lakeland and Tampa, for when you feel like breaking something

Ever feel like breaking something? Now there’s a place to do it without the mess, regret or possibility of scaring your pets.Smash Room Lakeland celebrates its grand opening Saturday, and according to its Tampa-based owners, will be followed this fal...
Updated: 2 months ago