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    Give your Father the gift of entertainment this year by taking him to see a Las Vegas show

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    Here in the States, it's kind of a tradition that - whenever Father's Day rolls around - we invariably gift Dad with a tie. Which - as far as Father's Day presents go - is nice & safe & boring. This year, why don't you try giving Dad a different sort of tie? Not the fabric kind, mind you. But the sort of tie where things are just too close to call. Where it'll then be difficult for your Father to make his final choice. And if you're looking for a city which offers...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Le Rêve - The Dream begins its seventh year of performances at the Wynn Las Vegas next month

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    This Saturday, it's Lucky No. 7 for the Wynn. Seven years ago on April 28, 2005, this $2.7 billion dollar mega-resort opened at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Sands Avenue. And the town has never really been the same. Copyright Wynn Resort Holdings, LLC. All rights reserved Of course, there are some old timers who still miss the Desert Inn, that hotel & casino which previously occupied this spot along the Strip. But when you consider the state-of-the-art facility Steve Wynn built in...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Proper advance prep makes for a great day at the Daytona International Speedway

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    "Gentlemen, start your engines!" This weekend's Rolex 24 kicks off a full four weeks of high-speed fun over at the Daytona International Speedway. After the 50 th anniversary running of this international sportscar competition, this 480-acre complex then becomes home to such highly anticipated racing events as the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200, the Budweiser Shootout, the Gatorade Duel, the NextEra Energy Resources 250, the Drive4CPOD 300 and - of course, the big daddy of them all - the...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    The Travel Tipster: Helpful Hints for Choosing Your Home Away from Home in Orlando

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    What's the best way to go when vacationing in Orlando? Staying onsite at Disney, offsite along I-Drive & 192 or by renting a vacation home? 42 years ago this week, Walt Disney World opened with just two hotels and a campground near the Magic Kingdom. Nowadays there are over 15 Disney-owned hotels scattered around this 43 square mile property that are quite popular with visitors to Central Florida. Largely because of several advantages that people who stay at these WDW resorts have over those...
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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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    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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    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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    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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