Disney World

The Target location at Clearwater Mall will be one of 25 around the country that will house a Disney store starting Oct. 4.

Target is hoping to bring the magic of such characters as Mickey Mouse and Elsa to its own customers by opening permanent Disney shops at a cluster of stores starting this fall – including one at Clearwater Mall.

Health officials in Florida say a worker at a Walt Disney World restaurant has been diagnosed with Hepatitis A, but no other colleagues or visitors have gotten sick. 

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Five children heading to Disney World in a church van from Louisiana died along with two truck drivers in a fiery crash on Interstate 75 in north Florida, the Florida Highway Patrol said Friday.

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In an effort to combat fraud, children between the ages of 3 and 9 should now be prepared to have their fingers scanned when they enter the Walt Disney World theme parks.

Parents of the toddler who was killed by an alligator at Walt Disney World in Florida say they will always remember their sweet little boy.

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A 2-year-old boy was dragged away by an alligator at a Florida resort on Tuesday, local officials say, and an overnight search for the child has so far been unsuccessful.

An autistic man’s family who says Disney’s new disability access program discriminates against guests with autism are continuing their legal fight.

Disney's Animal Kingdom was a little bit wilder Sunday when a park guest park dropped his loaded .380-caliber semiautomatic pistol on a ride and left it there. According to a police report, the guest, who has a valid Florida concealed weapons permit, was not aware guests were not allowed to bring guns inside the parks.

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You've seen him on TV shows like Deal or No Deal and America's Got Talent. You've heard his voice in the Gremlins movies and on the '90s cartoon series Bobby's World.

But entertainer Howie Mandel got his start in stand-up comedy, and the 57-year-old still loves a good joke. Earlier this month, Mandel went undercover as a Disney World castmember to prank tourists during an on-location episode of Live with Kelly and Michael. Check out the video:

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Helping vacationers decide between Space Mountain and Splash Mountain. Sharing the pros and cons of a Disney cruise. Offering tips for running a Disney Marathon.

Nice work if you can get it... and St. Petersburg resident Wilma Norton did get it, beating out thousands of hopefuls to become part of the 2013 Disney Parks Moms Panel.

The group of 19 moms -- and a few dads -- answer questions in an online forum to help folks from around the world plan their Disney vacation.

Norton, who is married with two daughters, has lost count of how many times the family has visited Walt Disney World, so she's well versed in all things magical. The only compensation she gets is a Disney getaway for her family. But as Norton told WUSF, for her, the experience of helping others plan their trip is priceless.

The online magazine Longform has gathered some awesome stories about our area -- including lap dancer pioneer Joe Redner; carnival workers in Gibsonton, and Calvin Trillin's take on a newly-opened Disney World.