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    Attractions that make it easy to slip some education into your next Orlando-area vacation

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    As the school year draws to a close, kids all over the country are looking forward to shutting those textbooks for a while and just having some fun. But just because these students are now on vacation doesn't mean that they can't actually continue their education. The key to successfully pulling this off without your children squawking too much is to liberally mix the educational material in with something truly fun. Like - say, for example - folding a visit to the Kennedy Space Center into...
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    Where to go to get dinner and a show while vacationing in Orlando

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    For nearly 40 years now, it's been a key component of a Central Florida vacation . That - for one night - you take a break from the theme parks and then head indoors to enjoy a bit of dinner theater . Of course, the real pioneer of this Orlando entertainment tradition is the Hoop Dee Doo Revue. Which has been entertaining WDW Guests (appropriately enough) in Pioneer Hall at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground since the Summer of 1974. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights...
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    Show Mom some "LOVE" this year by really "Rêve" -ing up her Las Vegas vacation

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    So what's the appropriate way to tell your Mom that you love her on Mother's Day? Flowers? Candy? Copyright 2005 - 2011 Wynn Resort Holdings, LLC. All rights reserved Well, if you're someone who believes in grand gestures, then why not treat your Mother to her dream vacation to Las Vegas ? Where you can then keep that dream theme by dropping by Wynn Las Vegas and catching a performance of this resort & casino's long-running show, "Le Rêve" ? "Le Rêve"...
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    Absinthe trades Las Vegas spectacle for intimate, interactive fun

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    In a town where volcanoes explode hourly from 7 to 11 p.m. at The Mirage, where a full-sized pirate ship sinks four times nightly right outside of the Treasure Island Las Vegas, it would be awfully easy to overlook the 100-year-old wooden show tent that was recently erected in the Roman Plaza at Caesars Palace. Sure, that half-scale version of the Eiffel Tower in front of the Paris Las Vegas may be taller & grander. And the Fountains of Bellagio are ... Well, splashier. But as your mother always...
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    Ready to go rabbit hunting? Then let's begin the Disney World Bunny Hop

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    Let me guess. You're slightly bummed that you didn't get to see the Easter Bunny (as well as the lovely Mrs. Bunny) when they made their short, seasonal visit to the Magic Kingdom this past weekend. Photo by Todd Anderson. Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved Not to worry, though. If you're visiting The Walt Disney World Resort over Easter Week (more importantly, if you're armed with a Magic Your Way Park Hopper ), you can find all kinds of rabbits this time of year...
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    Disney stars, Celine Dion turn the Colosseum at Caesars Palace into Vegas' new hot ticket

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    There were plenty of stars to be found onstage at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace earlier this week, as Walt Disney Studios took over this venerable Las Vegas venue on Tuesday night to talk up their 2011 & 2012 slates. What kind of stars are we talking about? Well, Amy Adams from Disney's "Enchanted" and "How I Met Your Mother" 's Jason Segal ... Amy Adams and Jason Segal onstage at the Coliseum. Photo by Eric Charbonneau / WireImage. Copyright Disney Enterprises,...
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    Wild 4 Disney and Florida Resident Passes make visiting Disney World a whole lot more affordable for Central Floridians

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    This JHM column is for all you Central Floridians out there. To be specific, those folks who live in and around the Orlando area. Copyright Visit Orlando. All rights reserved The upside of living here is that you've got world-class theme parks right at your front doorstep. Which means (if you so desire) you can be among the very first folks to experience the latest ride, show or attraction at SeaWorld Orlando , Universal Studios Florida , Universal Islands of Adventure & the four Disney theme...
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    From Boston to Las Vegas, they're looking for a few good Blue Men

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    How exactly do you become a Blue Man ? One of those mute musicians who appear in that mind-blowing stage show which is presented nightly in New York, Orlando, Boston, Chicago as well as at the Venetian Hotel, Resort & Casino in Las Vegas . Well, the Blue Man Casting team spends months traveling the globe every year searching for just the right people to play these parts. You see, a Blue Man has a very distinct look (i.e. each performer must have an athletic build and be between 5' 10"...
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    "Festival of the Lion King" show at Disney's Animal Kingdom proves that recycling can be fun

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    Care to guess which creatures are the most popular at Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park? The answer may surprise you. It's not those real lions, elephants and giraffes that you can see while rolling across the faux-African savanna aboard Kilimanjaro Safaris. But - rather - those all-too-human animals who sing & dance daily in Camp Minnie-Mickey at the "Festival of the Lion King" show. Mind you, what's kind of ironic about all this is that - when The Walt Disney Company...
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    Kim Kardashian helps 2010 end with a bang by hosting TAO's New Year's Eve party

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    Life can really throw you some curves sometimes. Which is why - as 2010 draws to a close - a lot of us are probably looking for a spectacular way to put this bad old year behind us. Start the New Year off right by kicking up your heels and/or shaking your booty at some spectacularly exclusive party . Copyright 2010 The Venetian. All rights reserved And if that's really what you're looking to do this year, have your 2010 end well ... Well, has Best of Vegas got a deal for you? This New Year's...
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    The Cosmopolitan will cater to clients who don't care for Las Vegas

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    If you want to truly get a sense of how different The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is, then why don't you join me outside on the terrace? Copyright 2010 The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. All rights reserved That's right. A terrace. In a town where virtually every other hotel room is sealed up tight and then air conditioned within an inch of its life, the 2995 rooms that will eventually come on line at this brand-new resort & casino will actually allow guests to step outside and then get some...
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    Shake off those post-Halloween blues by treating yourself to Penn & Teller's trick-laden Las Vegas show

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    Okay. We're a few days past Halloween at this point. And you've finished off the last of that leftover trick-or-treat candy. You've even packed away most of the scary stuff that you use to decorate the house this time of year. But for some reason or other, you're finding that you feel a little bit blue right about now, don't you? Well, don't listen to your friends & family. They'll just tell you that you're coming down off of your sugar high, which is what happens...
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    Getting A-head at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

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    As you walk through Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom these days and encounter all of those construction fences for the Fantasyland expansion project it's kind of hard to imagine what this part of the theme park will look like in just a few years. But me? I can't help but look at the attractions that Fantasyland already has and wonder what this place would have been like if the Imagineers had been allowed to build the dark rides that they had originally designed for this section of the...
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    Technology makes waves at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon

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    Given that the kids are now back in school and/or just about to go back to school I thought that I'd start this week's column with a math question. How long does it take to fill those 12 huge funnel-shaped tanks that power Typhoon Lagoon's 2.75 million gallon wave pool? Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved And the answer is ... well, that depends on whether you want 5-foot waves (which are ideal for body surfing) or 8-foot waves (which then allows Walt Disney World to...
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    "Viva ELVIS" mixes Cirque du Soleil style with old-school Las Vegas showmanship

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    There are a couple of things that you just have to do while you're in Las Vegas. Drive the Strip and gawk at all the lights Hit a buffet Catch a Cirque du Soleil® show Copyright 2010 Cirque du Soleil. All rights reserved But which of the Cirque shows should you see while you're in town? To be honest, that's kind of a tough question to answer. For " Mystere ," " O ," "Ka," " Zumanity ," " Love ," " Criss Angel Believe " and...
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    Chill out this summer by visiting Universal & Disney's winter-themed attractions

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    It's the last week of July here in Central Florida. So - what a surprise - it's hot outside. If you're looking to beat the heat during your next Orlando vacation, might I suggest that you employ a little psychology? As in: It might seem cooler outside if you deliberately went to part of a theme park that at least looked like it should be cooler. Case in point: The snow-covered rooftops of Hogsmeade Village at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Copyright 2010 Universal Studios. All rights...
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    Experience top speeds at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway without paying top dollar

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    When people get out to Vegas, they're constantly on the go. They're always rushing out the door to see the sights and/or catch some show. Which is why it's good sometimes just to take a break. Get away from the Strip and then do something different. Like - say - whiz around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway at 160 MPH? That sounds outrageous, doesn't it? But that's just what you'll get to do if you decide to try the Ride-Along Experience at the Richard Petty Driving Experience...
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    Trip the light fantastic with Walt Disney World’s new “Summer Nightastic!” program

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    Dawn Bachers of Orlando Fun Tickets walks you through all of the exciting after-dark offerings that the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot will be serving up now through August 14th...
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    New shops & entertainment options re-energize Downtown Disney’s West Side

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    Dawn Bachers of Orlando Fun Tickets talks up recent improvements to WDW’s retail, dining & entertainment district. Which includes an exciting new performer who just joined the cast of La Nouba...
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    Meet the Puppet MD for Disney’s “The Lion King”

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    Dawn Bachers of Best of Vegas profiles Jena Kerr, Head of Puppets for the Las Vegas Company of this acclaimed musical. Which is just about to celebrate its one-year anniversary at the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino...
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    Spring brings fun & excitement to Walt Disney World

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    With the official start of Spring just days away, Lindsi Glass of Orlando Fun Tickets talks up the new arrivals as well as some of the old favorites that have returned to this Resort...
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    Florida’s frosts fail to stop Disney World’s annual Flower & Garden Festival

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    Lindsi Glass of Orlando Fun Tickets reports in from Epcot. Where Disney horticulturists worked ‘round the clock to make sure that all 80,000 bedding plants were in place for last week’s opening of this 75-day-long event

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    Behind-the-screams at Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights

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    Eric M. Davis of Orlando Fun Tickets chats with one of the scare-actors working at this year's event. Who then walks us through the audition & rehearsal process as well as revealing what it's actually like to work at Horror Nights...
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    Do you ever wonder what became of Splendid China Florida?

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    As Disneyana fans get ready to mourn Pleasure Island's passing, Eric M. Davis of Orlando Fun Tickets looks back on another Orlando area attraction which closed in December of 2003 ...
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    September's the very best time to sea ... er .. see SeaWorld Orlando

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    Eric M. Davis of Orlando Fun Tickets is back to share his thoughts on this 200-acre marine park. Particularly how -- now that the crowds are gone -- you can really appreciate how innovative this Worlds of Discovery park truly is...
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