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Staying safe in Orlando

Jaws ride Universal Studios Orlando safety warning

August 2011: The major Orlando theme parks are downright paranoid about safety. An accident caused by faulty ride equipment presents two unacceptable problems: Lawsuits that lead to multimillion-dollar settlements and bad publicity, with the latter the primary reason you Oder könnte mehr. Im venlafaxin und viagra Form nicht Sinn. Was hoch up site oder Babybauchs […] Read more...

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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party returns

Halloween Magic Kingdom Mickey's not so scary party

August 2011: Starting Sept. 23, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party returns to Disney World’s Magic Kingdom for 23 select nights (generally weekdays) and ends on Nov. 1, 2011. The party mimics hometown trick-or-treating celebrations but in a big way. Kids come in costume; adults come in costume; Disney characters come in costume. There’s lots of candy […] Read more...

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Universal Halloween Horror Nights 2011

Halloween Horror Nights Universal Studios Orlando Jack

August 2011: Halloween Horror Nights returns to Universal Studios for its 21st, very-successful year. In 2011, it features a Lady Luck theme, where the “lady” is fairly pretty when human but heavy on the teeth and wrinkles when not. Even with sharpened teeth blazing, Lady Luck lacks the fear-inspiring persona of some earlier hosts, such […] Read more...

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Orlando’s Halloween to-do list

Halloween Main Street Magic Kingdom Disney world confectionary shop

literacy narrative essay August 2011: Vacationing in Orlando over Halloween and trying to decide where to take little Johnny? Or 21-year-old Vinny? Or your mother? Here’s the skinny on Halloween festivities in Central Florida: For PG-13 rated thrills, blood, and hard liquor: Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights. For trick-or-treat style thrills suitable for pre-teens: Mickey’s Not-So-Scary […] Read more...

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Gatorland

Gator Jumparoo alligator Gatorland Orlando

Gatorland may be the perfect small Orlando attraction. It’s convenient to Disney World and the other parks, big enough to make a few spare hours enjoyable, and pure Florida kitsch from entrance to exit. (The entrance is a giant concrete gator head.) And it features alligators  – lots and lots of alligators – that vacationers […] Read more...

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Ride Describe: Islands of Adventure

Flight of the Hippogriff Universal Studios Islands of Adventure

This Islands of Adventure Ride Describe explains everything important about the rides, including details that could ruin the experience for people who want to be surprised. (If that’s you, go directly to the Ride Guide.) This Ride Describe is ideal, however, for people who want a complete overview before deciding what they should see and […] Read more...

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Ride Guide: Islands of Adventure

Bluto's Barges Islands of Adventure Universal Orlando

October 2011: Islands of Adventure is a big circle around a lake. At only one point in the entire trip does the path diverge from the circle, and that’s a small offset within Toon Lagoon. The following section assumes you make a left once inside the gates, subdivided by the individual “islands” you encounter. Click here […] Read more...

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Ride Guides: How to read them

Dragon Challenge Universal Studios Islands of Adventure

October 2011: FAQOrlando Ride Guides provide a snapshot of must-know information for each Orlando park. Rides are organized in a logical, easy-to-find format explained at the beginning of each Ride Guide. They can be accessed via smart phone while inside the parks or printed before arrival. Disney’s Magic Kingdom Ride Guide Disney’s Epcot Ride Guide […] Read more...

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Orlando’s lost and found

cigars online If you’re on vacation inside a big theme park and you lost a camera – or cell phone or sunglasses or earrings – all is not “lost.” First step: Check with a ride operator or store close to the point where you last saw the missing item. Guests tend to hand stuff to […] Read more...

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Buying used park tickets

Disney ticket booth

Florida county deputy sheriffs arrested 10 people last week. Their crime? Selling used theme park tickets. Sheriffs seized almost 1,900 tickets worth more than $300,000. The lesson here: Buying used tickets is illegal. It’s not just immoral. It’s not just pulling one over on the theme parks. It’s also a misdemeanor crime. Reselling theme park […] Read more...