2 Florida men charged with federal hate crime for beating Black man, shouting racial slurs
A grand jury in the Middle District of Florida’s Ocala Division has charged two men with a federal hate crime for their alleged role in the beating of a Black man because of his race, according to the Department of Justice.
FATHER’S DAY SALES AT SEAWORLD HAPPENING NOW — KnightNews.com
SeaWorld Orlando is rolling out more summer saving, and we definitely aren’t mad about it. Starting today until Sunday, single day tickets are available starting at $55. These tickets must be used on date-specific days that are chosen when you purchase. These tickets must be used within two weeks of each other. With these tickets, guests are allowed to experience all the rides, shows, drink offerings and special events that comes with regular admission.knightnews.com
Children’s winter summer camps coming to SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
(SeaWorld)ORLANDO, Fla. — SeaWorld and Busch Gardens has announced action-park holiday camps for little ones this month. SeaWorld Orlando’s Winter Wonders Day Camp will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Session 1 will take place from Dec. 20-23, and session 2 takes place from Dec. 27-30. Additionally, all campers receive free admission to the park after camp each day.”READ: 9 things to do around Central Florida to get in the holiday spiritEach camp costs $199. The camps will take place at all five SeaWorld and Busch Gardens parks in the U.S. Silver passholders are eligible to receive a discount on camp admission.wftv.com
Busch Gardens shares video of 4-month-old giraffe calf
TAMPA, Fla. — Busch Gardens this week shared a video of 4-month-old giraffe Stanley. READ: A guide to the new rides hitting SeaWorld parks across the U.S. in 2022“The four-month old calf has already won our hearts,” Busch Gardens wrote on social media. READ: State releases safety report for major theme parksSee the video below:Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.wftv.com
9 things to do this weekend: 9/11 ceremonies, UCF football game, SeaWorld’s Howl-O-Scream begins
SeaWorld Orlando’s Howl-O-ScreamFor the first time ever, Howl-O-Scream is set to terrify SeaWorld Orlando. READ: Howl-O-Scream is coming to SeaWorld Orlando for the first time this fall3. Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-ScreamBusch Gardens in Tampa is also kicking off its Howl-O-Scream event. Photos: SeaWorld Orlando prepares for return of ‘Halloween Spooktacular’ event7. EPCOT International Food & Wine FestivalIf you’re in the mood to try new food and drinks, Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival is happening now.wftv.com
Two guests attacked by rabid fox at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg
Fox bites child FILE PHOTO: A fox that turned out to be rabid bit a child at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg. (JMrocek/Getty Images/iStockphoto)WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — A trip to a theme park now has two guests having to undergo treatment for rabies. >> Read more trending newsThe Hampton-Peninsula Health District has alerted guests that a rabid fox attacked two people at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, WTKR reported. A boy was bitten on July 5 by the fox and had to have four injections of rabies treatment. Anyone who was exposed to the fox is being told to contact the health department.wftv.com
Disney, Busch Gardens easing back to full capacity, no masks required
Over the past few weeks, Florida’s theme parks, from Disney to Universal and Busch Gardens, have quietly eased their limits on crowd capacity. Face masks and social distancing aren’t required if you are vaccinated, though that is on the honor system. Theme parks were among the most strict businesses when it came to COVID-19 safety and reopening. They banned neck gaiters, open-chin triangle ...news.yahoo.com
Florida’s major theme parks relax face-covering restrictions
Theme parks ease restrictions Theme parks like Walt Disney World have loosened restrictions on face coverings. (Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images)Visitors to Central Florida’s main theme parks will no longer have to wear masks or other face-coverings outdoors. Cast members are also still required to wear masks. Universal OrlandoUniversal Orlando was the first theme park to drop outdoor mask requirements. Busch GardensBusch Gardens, owned by SeaWorld Entertainment, announced Friday that coverings are no longer required at the Tampa park, along with its next-door neighbor, the Adventure Island water theme park.wftv.com
Busch Gardens' new ‘Giraffe Bar’ opens next week, featuring views of the Serengeti plain
click to enlarge Photo via BGT Public RelationsThe Giraffe Bar at Busch Gardens opens its doors on March 19. Take a walk, with a couple drinks, on the wild side next weekend when Busch Gardens opens its new Giraffe Bar.The new bar is located at the Serengeti Overlook and features panoramic indoor and outdoor views of the expansive Serengeti Plain. Guests can preview Giraffe Bar during a soft opening on March 19 before the venue officially opens March 26.But if you want to feed any giraffes at Busch Gardens you’ll still have to do that by booking a separate tour. You really think they’d let your drunk ass feed animals from a patio bar?Giraffe Bar features a new, chef-curated menu of shareable apps including bourbon-glazed sticky wings, braised brisket mac and cheese, and smoked brisket-loaded French fries. The bar features multiple TVs for sports fans to watch their favorite teams.orlandoweekly.com
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Florida children rescue bald eagle found with hook in beak
PASCO COUNTY, Fla. – What would you do if you were walking and found a bald eagle struggling to stay alive? Well, some children in Pasco County are being praised after rescuing a bald eagle and taking it to someone who could help. Once crews took a look, they noticed that the eagle had a fishing hook stuck in its beak and fishing line wrapped around its wings. #GoodNews: Pasco County Fire Rescue assists with the rescue of a Bald Eagle wrapped in a fishing line. Experts say that if you find an injured eagle, you should call authorities immediately.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay all jazzed up for Mardi Gras celebration
TAMPA, Fla – Busch Gardens Tampa Bay shared new details Monday about its upcoming Mardi Gras celebration which kicks off on Jan. 16. (Busch Gardens Tampa Bay)Event organizers said some of the food available include a signature shrimp po’ boy, hearty jambalaya, shrimp and grits, voodoo coffee and hot and fresh beignets. Guests will also get the chance to try a number of new Mardi Gras inspired cocktails including hurricane drinks. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Mardi Gras (Busch Gardens Tampa Bay)The Busch Gardens team has consulted with medical experts to offer modified events with required reservations and limited capacity for safe celebrations. The Mardi Gras celebration runs through Feb. 16.
Here are the new attractions coming to Central Florida theme parks this year
Disney officials said the show is a first-ever collaboration between Cirque du Soleil, Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering. Star Wars: Galactic StarcruiserStill under construction near the once former entrance to Disney’s Hollywood Studios is Walt Disney World’s most immersive Star Wars hotel experience. “Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser is a completely new type of experience,” said Ann Morrow Johnson, executive producer for Walt Disney Imagineering. “You’re going to live onboard a star cruiser…and you can get wrapped up in the larger Star Wars story” she described on Disney’s blog. Other exciting additions coming to Walt Disney World this year include:Universal Orlando ResortJurassic World: VelocicoasterUniversal Orlando Resort is set to unleash and all new predator, the Jurassic World: Velocicoaster.
’I won’t tolerate it:’ Judge scolds theme park trespasser
Circuit Court Judge Jack Gutman adjudicated St. Cyr guilty and ordered him to pay $303 in court costs. “I know the game going into theme parks when they’re closed and posting them on YouTube,” Gutman told St. Cyr during the hearing. St. Cyr did not respond to a voicemail and text message from News 6 seeking comment for this story. His attorney, Jonah Dickstein, told the judge that St. Cyr is moving on from the conduct that landed him in court. Unlike St. Cyr, a judge did not adjudicate McGuire guilty after he entered a no contest plea, so the Alabama man avoided a criminal conviction on his record.
Leslye Gale's O-Town Lowdown on Magic 107.7 for Wednesday, Sept. 17
click to enlargeWhile there will be a limited Halloween Horror Night's run at Universal Orlando and Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens, your best local scream this year allows you to stay in your car. - LINK A 140-year-old former railroad depot in Sanford is the latest spot to grab a delicious meal.Henry's Depot, named after railroad tycoon Henry Plant, has now opened to the delight of food-conscious folk.Complete with a bar in the caboose, Henry's Depot has it all! - LINK If you were looking at car rental numbers in Central Florida, you'd think tourism was on the rebound, but there's plenty more to Orlando's comeback story.orlandoweekly.com
First look: Busch Gardens shows off 4 new Howl-O-Scream scare zones
TAMPA, Fla – Busch Gardens Tampa Bay announced new details Thursday about its upcoming Howl-O-Scream event. Lycan LandingLycan Landing Scare Zone (Busch Gardens Tampa Bay)It’s always a full moon at this campground and the park rangers can’t hear you scream. The ShortcutThe Shortcut Scare Zone (Busch Gardens Tampa Bay)Cutting through the cemetery may seem like an easy way out, except when the corpses rise from the ground to invite you into their gravesThe EscapeThe Escape Scare Zone (Busch Gardens Tampa Bay)In this treacherous realm, chaos reigns and rules are made to be broken. The JunkyardThe Junkyard Scare Zone (Busch Gardens Tampa Bay)You’ll find more than spare parts as you explore this surly scrap site. 2020 Scare Zones | Howl-O-Scream Brave your way through TEN spacious scare zones, including four all-new zones throughout the park.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay announces 2021 Fun Card bonus, seasonal bier fest
TAMPA, Fla. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay on Monday offered new incentives to purchase a 2021 Fun Card and gave details about its upcoming seasonal bier fest event. One event included is Busch Gardens seasonal bier fest, which is set to begin Sept. 12. Bier Fest at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (Busch Gardens Tampa Bay)Some food offerings include Sam Adams Octoberfest braised short ribs, New England IPA drunken shrimp tacos, loaded mac and cheese with creamy Budweiser cheese sauce, Bavarian pretzel sticks and Yuengling black and tan chocolate cupcakes. Bier fest sampler lanyards, which include a five-sample punch card, will be available for $32.99. Busch Gardens will welcome back its Sesame Street kids weekends Oct. 3 and holiday Christmas town event on Nov. 23.
Busch Gardens employee loses jobless benefits because of duplicate application, DEO says
The Busch Gardens restaurant supervisor told News 6 the DEO notice indicated there were some issues that suggested she might not be eligible after all. When she called the DEO to get some answers, she said the conversation with the woman checking her account was very confusing. ”I said, ‘I just received two checks from you guys.‘”Brannon’s W2 confirms she has been an employee with Busch Gardens and is eligible for unemployment benefits. The single mom of a 17-year-old boy said she has worked for Busch Gardens for “nearly 23 years” and was surprised to see a list of employers and a Social Security number that didn’t match her personal information. Brannon’s account was locked due to duplicate claims (one with a wrong social security number), but our team has been in contact with her and we have resolved her issue,” Landrum wrote.
Busch Gardens Tampa is offering limited BOGO Fun Cards for both parks
If you love thrills, start your year off right by saving money and hopping on this limited time offer for Busch Gardens and Adventure Island. Guests can now pay for one Busch Gardens Fun Card, priced at $109.99, and visit either of the parks for free until the end of the year.According to BG, these Fun Cards provide admission to visit both parks, again and again until December 31, 2020. Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida. Unlike many newspapers, ours is free and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlandos true free pressorlandoweekly.com
Florida Getaways: 13 new must-see things at the theme parks
Three parks added entire new lands besides Galaxys Edge, Legoland opened Lego Movie World and SeaWorld opened Sesame Street world in March. STAR WARS: GALAXY'S EDGEDisneys Hollywood StudiosGalaxys Edge, the 14-acre Star Wars land opening Aug. 29 at Disneys Hollywood Studios, will have two rides surrounded by a lavishly detailed and forbidding land. The Railway will make its home in Graumans Chinese Theatre, which previously housed the Great Movie Ride. DISNEY SKYLINERWalt Disney World ResortFor a birds-eye view of Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Skyliner, a new transportation system, will open this fall. LEGO MOVIE WORLDLegolandLego Movie World opened in March at Legoland in space previously occupied by the World of Chima.dailycommercial.com
Florida Getaways: 13 new must-see things at the theme parks
Three parks added entire new lands besides Galaxys Edge, Legoland opened Lego Movie World and SeaWorld opened Sesame Street world in March. STAR WARS: GALAXY'S EDGEDisneys Hollywood StudiosGalaxys Edge, the 14-acre Star Wars land opening Aug. 29 at Disneys Hollywood Studios, will have two rides surrounded by a lavishly detailed and forbidding land. The Railway will make its home in Graumans Chinese Theatre, which previously housed the Great Movie Ride. DISNEY SKYLINERWalt Disney World ResortFor a birds-eye view of Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Skyliner, a new transportation system, will open this fall. LEGO MOVIE WORLDLegolandLego Movie World opened in March at Legoland in space previously occupied by the World of Chima.news-journalonline.com
Florida Getaways: 13 new must-see things at the theme parks
Three parks added entire new lands besides Galaxys Edge, Legoland opened Lego Movie World and SeaWorld opened Sesame Street world in March. STAR WARS: GALAXY'S EDGEDisneys Hollywood StudiosGalaxys Edge, the 14-acre Star Wars land opening Aug. 29 at Disneys Hollywood Studios, will have two rides surrounded by a lavishly detailed and forbidding land. The Railway will make its home in Graumans Chinese Theatre, which previously housed the Great Movie Ride. DISNEY SKYLINERWalt Disney World ResortFor a birds-eye view of Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Skyliner, a new transportation system, will open this fall. LEGO MOVIE WORLDLegolandLego Movie World opened in March at Legoland in space previously occupied by the World of Chima.ocala.com
New ride at SeaWorld Orlando may top 200 feet
ORLANDO, Fla. – SeaWorld Orlando's "biggest ride yet" could be even bigger than expected. According to a filing with the Federal Aviation Administration, SeaWorld wants the planned roller coaster to rise 201 feet into the sky. The FAA has to sign off on anything taller than 200 feet. Sharks are rumored to be the theme of the thrill ride. SeaWorld plans to reveal more details May 27.