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  1. Busch Gardens offers free admission to first responders, family discounts

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    Busch Gardens is giving first responders free admission through Nov. 24, with discounted tickets for their friends and family.

    Busch Gardens new ride Cobra's Curse ride.
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  2. Adventure Island is adding a slide with a floor that drops out from under you

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    A pair of new drop slides in an attraction called Vanish Point is coming to Adventure Island in Tampa in March, bringing another gut-check for adrenaline junkies at the 30-acre water park adjacent to Busch Gardens.

     A pair of new drop slides in an attraction called Vanish Point is coming to Adventure Island water park in Tampa in March, bringing another gut-check thrill to the 30-acre park adjacent to Busch Gardens.   The heart-stopping attraction will put riders inside a capsule and then they wait for the floor to vanish and go into a free fall, or they can get horizontal on a 455-foot long slide ending with a high speed finale   The name Vanish Point was inspired by the point on a wave where water and gravity form a perfect partnership, a park news release said. Credit: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
  3. Meet Winifred, the 140-pound baby rhino at Busch Gardens

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    Busch Gardens has a new bouncing baby rhino, a girl named Winnifred, who at 3 days old weighs 140 pounds.

    Busch Gardens has a new bouncing baby rhino, a girl named Winifred, who at 3 days old weighs 140 pounds. Native to the southern part of Africa, the white rhinoceros is the largest of the five species of rhinoceros, so Winifred can be expected to weigh more tham 3,000 pounds as an adult. 
Photo courtesy Busch Gardens
  4. Theme park news: Epcot marks 35th birthday, Legoland gets virtual reality, Daytona revs up holiday lights

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    This Sunday Epcot will mark its 35th anniversary with a special ceremony at 10:01 a.m. followed by a day of exclusive swag and a special fireworks show.

    Here's what Epcot looked like on opening day back in 1982. The park will celebrate it's 35th anniversary on Oct. 1 with a special ceremony at 10:01 a.m., exclusive merchandise and a special fireworks at the end of the night. 
TIMES FILES: Fred Victorin