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9 financial vacation tips

You don’t want to spend vacation time dealing with problems. That’s reason No. 2 for thinking about finances before a vacation. Reason No. 1? Why worry about anything on vacation? Do the ugly work before you leave home. To alleviate worry and minimize financial problems, consider: 1. Don’t tell thieves you’re out of town. Stop […] Read more...

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Flying on the cheap

monorail at Orlando airport

It’s easy – well, easier – to book a cheap airline flight if you only care about price. It cuts out other variables that further confuse the issue, such as “Who can pick me up at the airport at 1 a.m.?” and “Do I want to change planes in Chicago?” However, a cheap flight can […] Read more...

Planning an Orlando trip
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Do I have to go to Orlando?

“I don’t like theme parks, hate tourists and never liked Walt Disney and his stupid G-rated cartoons. Now my kids (grandkids) insist we go to Disney World. How can I get out of it?” Is this you? Here’s a philosophical response: Travel is an adventure no matter where you go. Life is short. Enjoy the moment. […] Read more...

Disney World, Planning an Orlando trip
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DisneyQuest

DisneyQuest Downtown Disney Orlando

DisneyQuest is an arcade, which means pinball machines or video games or computer games, depending on how old you are – but DisneyQuest has all three plus some unique items, making it a really cool arcade. From the outside, it’s a semi-square windowless building with an interesting paint job. On the inside, it’s five themed […] Read more...

Planning an Orlando trip
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Don’t ruin your Orlando vacation: 8 tips

Wizarding World of Harry Potter wand crowd waits to buy

Soon-to-be Orlando visitors spend hours analyzing tour packages, hotel locations, room costs, car rental discounts, and theme park ticket prices. But they spend no time thinking about one detail that can make or break a vacation: The physical demands of theme-parking. Soon-to-be-tourists think: “It’s a theme park – not whitewater rafting or a 50-mile hike […] Read more...

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No one understands airline prices

The total cost of an airline ticket today comes buried in hidden fees and shady price tricks. Capitalism works best when consumers clearly understand a product, its cost, and its competitor’s cost – apples to apples. However, many airline and travel websites today use smoke and mirrors to hide the bottom-line ticket price by not […] Read more...

Planning an Orlando trip, Restaurants, Universal Studios/Sea World
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Eating inside Sea World

Spice Mill Sea World Orlando fast food restaurant

Sea World has dinner shows, one full-service restaurant (that abuts a massive shark tank), a number of fast food stops, and limited food items sold in stores or by vendors. For descriptions of each restaurant inside the park, go to Sea World Dining. To make FAQOrlando a phone app to use inside the park, click […] Read more...

Planning an Orlando trip, Restaurants, Universal Studios/Sea World, Universal's Islands of Adventure
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Eating inside Universal Orlando parks

Three Broomsticks restaurant Wizarding World Harry Potter Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando parks – Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure – have four general levels of dining: Full-service restaurants/buffets, fast food, limited food and vendors. While most vacationers opt for fast food because it feels right, a sit-down meal adds a nice break to the day. Alternately, a quick meal from a vendor doesn’t take […] Read more...

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A resource for ‘dumb’ questions

Twister game Disney World Pop Century Resort

Orlando has a million things to do and a million-plus families doing them. No blog or book can answer every vacation concern – things such as “What if I arrive 15 minutes late for my luau reservation?” or “Uncle Bob is joining us at Downtown Disney – where should we meet?” Disney, however, offers personal […] Read more...

Disney World, Planning an Orlando trip, Restaurants
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Eating inside the Disney parks

Disney Hollywood Studios Dinosaur Gertie food

October 2011: Disney parks have four levels of dining: Full-service restaurants/buffets, fast food, limited food and dessert, and street vendors. Full-service restaurants These could be a sit-down restaurant or upscale buffet, which is arguably not “full service.” Due to its in-the-park location, however, don’t expect five stars. With the possible exception of some restaurants in […] Read more...