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Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Primeval Whirl

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When they enter DinoLand U.S.A. at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Guests step back in time. The 40-foot long, 20-foot high Dino-Sue guards the Dino Institute where the thrilling DINOSAUR transports Guests through pre-recorded history in specially designed time rovers. My kids really enjoy one special area of this land—Chester & Hester’s Dino-Rama—which is sort of a […]

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Kali River Rapids

Kali River Rapids

The tale unfolded at Maharajah Jungle Trek is one of hope for our planet, that although Man is occasionally a poor steward over creation, nature is resilient. That’s a very good lesson to remember when we journey down the Chakranadi River at Animal Kingdom’s Kali River Rapids. Kali River Rapids is an adventurous jaunt aboard […]

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Chester & Hester’s Dino-Rama

Chester and Hester's Dino-Rama

 To help you recover from your headlong plunge into primeval fright at Animal Kingdom’s DINOSAUR, let’s take a little walk through Dinoland, USA’s “backstoryasaurus.” The Dino Institute, which houses the DINOSAUR attraction, is a pretty imposing presence, where the administration prefers its attendees strictly adhere to the academia of higher learning. Well, a couple grad […]

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom: Yes, It IS for Kids!

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As you can imagine, I talk a lot about Walt Disney World–to my family, to my friends, to random strangers in department stores… Sometimes people baffle me with the things they say about the Most Magical Place on Earth. For instance, I’ve had people insist that Disney’s Animal Kingdom is not suited for younger Guests, […]

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Disney Cruise Line: The Disney FANTASY

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The Disney FANTASY is the fourth ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, joining the Disney MAGIC (maiden voyage in 1998), the Disney WONDER (maiden voyage in 1999) and the Disney DREAM (maiden voyage in 2011), with its March 31, 2012, christening celebration and inaugural cruise. It, like its sister ship the DREAM, was built […]

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Disney Cruise Line: 2015 Itinerary Includes Norway Sailings

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Disney Cruise Line sets passengers sailing across the open seas to spectacular sights near and far, but it also provides ample adventure aboard the ships themselves. This month we’ll take a look at some of that excitement—the deck parties, the Broadway-caliber shows, the kids clubs—beginning today with where the fleet will head in 2015. (You […]

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Disney’s Blizzard Beach: Runoff Rapids

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Let’s climb back atop Blizzard Beach’s Mount Gushmore and explore more of the action Ice Gator created from that winter storm meltoff. Around the bend from Teamboat Springs is another tube ride where thrill seekers can flume either solo or with a partner. It’s called Runoff Rapids, and it offers 3 unique, twisty, curvy slides. […]

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Disney’s Blizzard Beach: Teamboat Springs

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The weather’s heating up, and that can only mean one thing. It’s time to hit the Walt Disney World water parks! Let’s head first to Blizzard Beach, which by the way, just turned 19 two months ago. Blizzard Beach began as a ski resort, as legend holds, when a freak winter storm blew through and […]

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Epcot World Showcase: Mexico Pavilion

Epcot Mexico Pavilion

As we’ve seen so far, Epcot’s World Showcase is exactly what its name implies: international culture on exhibit. Imagineers were careful to select architectural features so specific to each locale that by sight alone Guests would recognize which country they were entering. In designing each Pavilion, to be as authentic as possible, design teams consulted […]

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Epcot World Showcase: United Kingdom Pavilion

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The United Kingdom Pavilion is one of my favorite stops along Epcot’s World Showcase. It’s a prime location for viewing IllumiNations, especially with patio dining at the Rose & Crown. It’s also conveniently situated near the International Gateway/rear entrance to the Park. And, it’s got these cool red phone booths where you used to be […]

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