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Ride Guides: How to read them

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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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Ripley’s Believe It or Not

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Orlando has its own Ripley’s Believe or Not “museum” along with 30 other locations worldwide. An admission price of $20 for adults (check for coupons in store handouts and ask about discounts) makes it a nice way to kill about two hours. If nothing else, it’s interesting and a good side trip for a vacation […] Read more...

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Orlando gas scam, part 2

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best essay writing service August 2011: Fourteen months ago, I posted a story called The great Orlando gas scam, noting that a few stations close to the Orlando airport overcharge customers about $2 per gallon, making a shady dollar off tourists who rent a car and must fill up the tank before returning it. At […] Read more...

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First-ever Harry Potter weekend

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good persuasive essays Orlando parks have a marketing ploy: If it’s a slow season, schedule a weekend celebration. In this case, the weekend targets Harry Potter fans as Universal Orlando announces its first-ever “Celebration of The Harry Potter Films” Nov. 11-13, 2011. With that nod to the marketing gurus out of the way, it’s a […] Read more...

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Disney: Less monorail, more busses

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July 2011: One drop of Disney magic has been cut back. The Disney monorail once gently moved tourists from massive parking lots to hotels to theme parks, and it will still to do so – but only during high demand times. Vacationers who book a late night meal at Epcot or shop past park closing […] Read more...

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Re-recreating Downtown Disney

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cigar cigar Hyperion Wharf is out at Downtown Disney (maybe) and bowling is in (for sure). While Disney announced major changes to its onsite-shopping complex in November 2010, it’s having a change of heart. Pleasure Island – the portion of Downtown Disney that once offered adults a theme-park-like experience with cocktails and dancing – was […] Read more...

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Review: Disney’s Star Tours

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best cuban cigar Disney’s Hollywood Studios debuted a new edition of Star Tours, and while the ride movement remains essentially the same, designers nailed the “Star Wars” concept in the upgrade. Disney stumbles at times and an upgrade fails to measure up to an original, but people who enjoyed the Star Wars movies won’t be […] 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

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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...

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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...