Disney World, Resorts and hotels
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Disney’s Saratoga Springs

Disney Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs struggled to find its identity before becoming part of the Disney Vacation Club. It’s the only resort within walking distance of Downtown Disney (shopping/entertainment complex), and Walt Disney himself once viewed it as a residential community with shopping center access. But in 1975, the company switched gears and made it a villa resort […] Read more...

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Star Tours returns

Start Tours Disney Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios has a small enclave dedicated to Star Wars, the mega-movie franchise, and it hosts a Star Wars weekend each year that attracts dedicated science fiction fans from the world generally and the East Coast specifically. The enclave’s main ride – Star Tours – went dark in fall 2010 to re-imagine itself and […] 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...

News, Planning an Orlando trip
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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...

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Disney discounts going fast

Disney's Pop Century Resort Big Wheel bike

Planning a Disney vacation in the next year or two? You might want to go now. A recovering economy means two things: Crowds at Disney World get thicker (inconvenient) and prices go up (budget-busting.) In slow economic times, businesses offer discounts to attract tourists and eke out enough profit to pay their fixed costs. Disney […] Read more...

Disney World, News, Tips: Save money – beat crowds
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Don’t pay for parking at Disney

Walt Disney World main entrance sign

It appears that a lot of people want to avoid paying Disney’s $14 per day parking fee. In an earlier post, I suggested it was easy to do – simply park at a resort and hop a free shuttle bus (or boat or monorail or whatever). I also suggested that Disney could, possibly, tow your […] Read more...

Restaurants, Universal Studios/Sea World
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Universal Orlando CityWalk restaurants

CityWalk sits between Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios, making it the preferred spot for an upscale dinner if visiting either attraction. Leave the park; eat and relax; go back for more stomach-churning fun. While CityWalk can’t escape its roots – thousands of guests wearing T-shirts and toting cameras – some restaurants draw in […] Read more...

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Wax movie stars, Ferris wheels, and I-Drive

The middle of I-Drive features the stuff you love at a carnival

Orlando has tons of between-the-cracks entertainment – fun diversions that eat up a few hours – and it’s about to get more in Madame Tussaud’s wax museum and a giant Ferris wheel called “The Orlando Eye.” (When Ferris wheels get big enough, they apparently become “observation wheels,” however.) Most weekly visitors try to take a […] 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...

Restaurants, Universal Studios/Sea World
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Sea World Dining

Mango Joe's fast food at Sea World Orlando

October 2011: Sea World has five general levels of dining: Dinner show, full-service, buffet, fast food, and limited food items sold in stores. Beer is served in most locations, and mixed drinks in a few. Most restaurants are on, or near, the main lake – and most can be found by taking a right once […] Read more...