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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    "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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Miss America pageant helps to make Las Vegas the special events capital of the world

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    Did you catch the Miss America Pageant on ABC this past Saturday night? 8 million viewers tuned in for this live telecast, which ended with 23 year-old Laura Kaeppeler of Wisconsin being awarded the tiara and that $50,000 scholarship. Teresa Scanlan, Miss America 2011, transfers her crown to Laura Kaeppler That was a fun two-hour-long block of television, don't you think? But had you been out in Las Vegas over the past 10 days or so, you would have seen that the Miss America pageant isn't...
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