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  1. Black Friday deals at Legoland, SeaWorld, Disney and more

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    Black Friday isn't just for stores. Many theme parks and attractions in Florida are also offering up deals that could make a nice gift or family splurge.

    Legoland Florida in Winter Haven, Fla.  (AP Photo/John Raoux)
  2. With Harry Potter's Christmas, Universal Orlando proves holidays are big business

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    ORLANDO — Christmas has finally come to Hogwarts at Universal Orlando in a new holiday attraction opening Saturday. In addition, Universal Studios has completely upsized its holiday parade with more Macy's balloons, stunning floats and snowy effects before Santa and his new sleigh enter for a finale.

    The new eight-minute Christmas at Hogwarts Castle show at Universal's Islands of Adventure will run nightly, starting Nov. 18. It uses projection imaging to create images such as students on brooms appearing  to enchant snowmen, or fill the sky with bright lights. [JIM DAMASKE | Times]
  3. First look: Harry Potter's Christmas finally arrives at Universal Orlando

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    Christmas has finally come to Hogwarts at Universal Orlando, with the promise of warm butterbeer, a Frog Choir singing carols and a magical light show projected onto Hogwarts Castle nightly followed by fireworks.

    The new eight-minute Christmas at Hogwarts Castle show at Universal's Islands of Adventure will run nightly, starting Nov. 18. It uses projection imaging to create images such as students on brooms appearing  to enchant snowmen, or fill the sky with bright lights. [JIM DAMASKE | Times]
  4. Universal snaps up more land for potential theme park expansion

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    Universal Orlando has purchased another big chunk of land in Orlando, giving the theme park company more than 570 acres to work with for expansions, possibly including a new theme park.

    Sarah Karp, right, and her sister, Claire Karp-Hauser, ride the Flight of the Hippogriff during a technical rehearsal at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure in Orlando on May 30, 2010.
The opening of the Harry Potter land brought an unprecedented 36 percent spike in attendance. 
 (Chip Litherland/The New York Times)