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Disney’s big expansion

Fantasyland construction Little Mermaid ride

At Walt Disney World, Fantasyland is undergoing “the largest expansion in the history of Magic Kingdom,” according to Disney news releases, “vastly increasing the size of Fantasyland by 2013.” It is a big expansion. It comes with a new ride, a fake castle, a ramped-up way to meet the Disney characters, and a welcome change […] Read more...

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Legoland Florida announces details

Legoland Florida nametag Adrian

It’s one year and counting until Legoland Florida opens its doors to the public – but you can buy your tickets now. The park – ex-home to Cypress Gardens about a half hour south of Walt Disney World – doesn’t look like much yet. However, they officially announced an October 2011 opening, giving themselves 12 […] Read more...

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Biketoberfest comes to Daytona Beach

Biketoberfest : Daytona Beach

Germans drink beer in October, and Daytona Beachians rev their engines. Daytona Beach is famous for Bike Week held each spring, but a fall get-together, dubbed Biketoberfest, takes place this weekend: Oct. 16 – 18. The first Biketoberfest took place as the “Daytona Fall Tour” in 1992, and local businesses loved it because it boosted […] Read more...

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Disney debuts Wild Africa Trek

Disney's Animal Kingdom WIld Africa Trek in Harambe giraffe savannah food

Disney’s Animal Kingdom attempts to make visitors feel as if they’re really in Africa, but the safe kind of Africa – the one where rhinos don’t charge cars and lions don’t drag off the weak or infirmed. Animal Kingdom’s Wild Africa Trek, debuting in January 2011, takes the park one step closer to that goal. […] Read more...

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New rides and attractions planned

Cheetah Hunt Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Discovery Cove – Sea World’s upscale park that offers close-up encounters with sea life – announced a new exploration section, The Grand Reef. Meanwhile, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay unveiled yet another high-profile ride: a new coaster called Cheetah Run. Discovery Cove The Grand Reef opens in June 2011 if plans go smoothly, and will offer […] Read more...

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Orlando conventions and you

Peabody Orlando and Orange County Convention Center

Big conventions take a decade to plan and draw tens of thousands of visitors to Orlando – a high-demand city for meetings because the nearby theme parks boost attendance. If Mom has a three-day conference, her company probably pays room and airfare. For a few dollars more, Dad and the kids share the room and […] Read more...

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Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

Don’t call reservations – Disney’s Art of Animation Resort doesn’t open for almost two years in summer 2012. But this hotel takes on-site Disney hotel options in a slightly new direction. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort ranks down there with the other value properties – meaning on par with the Pop resorts, All-Star, Century, etc. […] Read more...

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When vacations meet hurricanes

September is high-hurricane season along the east coast, and Florida wears a giant “Kick Me” sign. But that’s no reason to avoid the Sunshine State in September. The danger posed by a Category 2 or higher hurricane cannot be minimized, but it’s highly unlikely that: one will hit Florida the week you’re here; or if […] Read more...

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Disney going to the dogs

That headline is a bad joke but had to be said. Still, it’s true, since Disney introduced upscale lodgings for the family pet with the Best Friends Pet Care Resort. Humans should be so lucky. The company’s five existing smaller kennels at Walt Disney World Resort will be phased out. The new furry resort will […] Read more...

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Disney extends package deals

The good thing about a recession? Deals at Disney. What this means for tourists: Visit Orlando now. In 12 months, it will probably cost more and the crowds will be thicker. Disney’s accountants do a great job maximizing profit by balancing demand with price. What vacation package price discount, they ask themselves, maximizes profits? If […] Read more...