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    Will Aquatica finally turn Orlando into a three resort town ?

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    Eric M. Davis of Orlando Fun Tickets looks at the impact that this state-of-the-art water park could possibly have on Central Florida tourism. Will a SeaWorld Orlando vacation package soon be seen as the more relaxing alternative to staying on property at Disney or Universal? ...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    Between that huge fireworks display and those exclusive nightclub parties, New Year's Eve in Las Vegas is sure to be a blast

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    So have you made any special plans for New Year's Eve yet? Oh, I suppose you could go the traditional route. Schlep on down to New York City and then crowd into Times Square. Be one of the half million people who go there every year, stand in the cold and watch the ball drop. Or - if you want to do something different this year - you can ditch the crowds & the cold and head for Las Vegas. Where Sin City officials are planning on ending 2011 with a bang. Literally. In the 8-minutes and 36...
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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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    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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    Ghoulish nights or magical delights? It's your call when vacationing in Vegas around Halloween

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    Let's be honest here. Every night in Las Vegas is kind of like Halloween. Don't believe me? Then take a stroll up the Strip some evening. And I guarantee you that you'll encounter some interesting-looking characters who are then dressed in some pretty far-out-looking outfits. But if you're headed to Vegas over the next week or so, you'll undoubtedly be looking for a little Las Vegas Halloween fun. The only question then is ... Well, how ghoulish do you want to go? Anthony Crivello...
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    Where to stay in Orlando Based on Customer Ratings: Disney Owned Hotels vs Non Disney Hotels

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    This duo is immortalized in a small bronze statue in the center of the park, on the circle at the end of Main Street U.S.A. directly in front of Cinderella Castle. © Disney, All Rights Reserved, Disney Parks & Travel Are you trying to decide where to stay for your next Disney World vacation? As you probably already know you have a lot of different options, there are literally thousands of hotels, vacation homes, and timeshare resorts to choose from. I recently did a study on guest satisfaction...
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    New hi-def graphics and 3D sound make IOA's Spider-Man ride even more amazing

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    There's an old saying that you don't fix what ain't broke. And in the case of "The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man," this Islands of Adventure attraction had received consistently high marks with Universal Orlando Guests since it first opened back in May of 1999. With some folks calling this ambitious 3D / simulator hybrid the best theme park ride that had ever been built. Which should have made Thierry Coup, the Vice President of Development at Universal Creative, happy. After...
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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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    How does Aquatica stack up against Central Florida's other waterparks ?

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    Not that he's trying to make waves or anything. But Eric M. Davis of Orlando Fun Tickets takes a look at how SeaWorld's latest addition compares to its competition ...
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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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    Picking Las Vegas' best magic show can sometimes get a bit tricky

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    When you think of it in fairytale terms, a trip to Las Vegas can really like something straight out of "A Thousand and One Arabian Nights." I mean, think about it: You do cross the burning sands (Especially if you're driving in from LA. Which means that you're taking I-15 straight across Death Valley.) And then - in the middle of the desert - you can find this fabled city which is filled with castles & turrets & magic. And when I say "magic," I'm not talking...
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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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    Patience and maintaining a proper attitude are the real keys to enjoying New Year's Eve at a Disney theme park

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    Eric M. Davis of Orlando Fun Tickets offers his tips for ringing in 2008 with Mickey. Where packing your own snacks and wearing comfortable shoes really help to make this holiday that much more enjoyable...
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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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    Poe & projections put the 2011 edition of Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights over the top

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    Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary ... Copyright Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved If you experience this year's edition of Halloween Horror Nights at the Universal Orlando Resort, you'll definitely feel a bit weak and weary as you wander towards the exits around the stroke of midnight. Not because you'll have been pouring over some "... quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore." But rather because you'll have just spent an evening...
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    Children Unleash Their Inner Super Hero, Become Iron Man and Meet Captain America Aboard the Disney Magic

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    CELEBRATION, Fla. – Marvel’s Avengers Academy is now accepting new recruits for training onboard the Disney Magic for a multi-day experience that transports kids to an elite facility for super hero training. Calling Disney’s Oceaneer Club its new seaward home, Marvel’s The Avengers make their presence known in an epic way. Young heroes are transported to a secret S.H.I.E.L.D. base (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division)—a technologically...
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    From Las Vegas to "Celebrity Apprentice," there's just no stopping Penn Jillette

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    Most men in their late 50s start to slow down a little bit. But -- then again -- most men aren't Penn Jillette. Best known as the taller, louder half of that eccentric pair of performers (who -- now through September -- will regularly be presenting their acclaimed magic act in the appropriately named Penn & Teller Theater at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas ), Jillette has been a very busy guy these past few months. How so? Well, just in the past year, this 57 year-old has: starred...
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    Scare zones add interactive edge to Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 21

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    We're just two weeks out now from the frights that can be found at the 2011 edition of Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights . And while other sites may go on & on about all the scares that await you inside of those eight great new haunted houses that are being built as we speak for this year's event, I'd like to focus instead on the six scare zones that will be featured at HHN 21. To my way of thinking, those scare zones are the real reason that Universal Orlando's...
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    Get a (turkey) leg up on the competition by visiting WDW on Thanksgiving Day

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    JHM introduces its newest columnist, Eric M. Davis of Orlando Fun Tickets. Who - in his debut article - talks about the many different ways tourists can enjoy Turkey Day while vacationing at Walt Disney World...
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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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    SeaWorld Orlando really comes out of its shell with TurtleTrek

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    Can it really be three years since Manta -- Central Florida's first-ever flying coaster -- initially came on the scene at SeaWorld Orlando? Copyright SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. All rights reserved Yep. To be exact, this Bolliger & Mabillard-designed roller coaster officially opened to the public on May 22, 2009. And ever since then, millions of thrill seekers have made special trips to this zoological theme park just so they could then experience what it was like to dive, twist and...
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