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Venice Plans Theme Park on Toxic Waste Dump Site

Venice Plans Theme Park on Toxic Waste Dump Site Flickr/Dr. Savage An amusement park built on the site of a toxic dump might not sound all that appealing right now, but an Italian company is hoping it will eventually become a draw card for tourists visiting Venice. The theme park is planned for an abandoned island in the...

New Mapping Trend: Follow the Penguins

When Sunshine Aquarium in Tokyo wanted to stand out among other tourist attractions in the busy city, they turned to penguins. Visitors using the Penguin Navi app on their wireless device just follow the little digital birds through the city, which leads them to the...

St. Louis Zoo To Open Animal-Themed Hotel

St. Louis Zoo To Open Animal-Themed Hotel Flickr, Jorge Rodrigo Gonzalez The St. Louis Zoo has some major expansion plans in store for the next several decades, including an open savannah, a gondola crossing the park, a formal restaurant and a boutique hotel. The Missouri zoo will be making big changes to their...

Dubai To Build World's Largest Lagoon For $7 Billion

Dubai To Build World's Largest Lagoon For $7 Billion Flickr/travelourplanet.com Dubai has a lot of big things. At 688 feet, the Dubai Eye will be the tallest Ferris wheel in the world and part of the $1.5 billion Bluewaters Island entertainment project. At almost 12 million square feet, the Dubai Mall sits in the shadow of...

Hiring The Disabled: No Longer The Ultimate Fast Pass At Disney Parks

Hiring The Disabled: No Longer The Ultimate Fast Pass At Disney Parks Flickr/ross_hawkes Waiting in line at Disney Parks can be avoided by a number of legitimate strategies. Get to the park early, stay late, legally use a free system in place that speeds things up and more. But nothing quite beats the instant access to rides granted to the...

Celebrites as Tourist Attractions: Jackie Chan, Britney Spears, and More

Celebrites as Tourist Attractions: Jackie Chan, Britney Spears, and More Flickr, Donna Grayson Millions of tourists visit Los Angeles every year in hopes of spotting a celebrity, but rarely see anything more than gated homes and unemployed actors in character costumes on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Some enterprising celebrities are finding ways...

Video Of The Day: Disneyland, A Whirlwind Tour

If someone says "Disneyland" or "Disney World," the words "quick trip" rarely come to mind as a follow-up. Yet two filmmakers have managed to provide a desktop Disneyland experience, showcasing Disneyland, Disney California Adventure and Downtown Disney in about a minute...

Six Flags Ride Still Closed Following Roller Coaster Death

Rosy Esparza was apparently concerned that she wasn't properly fastened into her seat before her ride began on a Six Flags roller coaster Friday. That ride led to her tragic death when she fell out of her seat on the Texas Giant, which reaches a height of 153 feet. The...

See Live Rocket Blast This Summer, Before Anti-Gravity Takes Over

See Live Rocket Blast This Summer, Before Anti-Gravity Takes Over Visitors to Florida's Kennedy Space Center have been lining up to see Space Shuttle Atlantis in a new $200 million exhibit that opened in June. But while traveling over 26 million miles, Atlantis' glory days are over and the circa-1976 space ship will never fly again. Still,...

French Vintage Carnival Rides Come To NYC

French Vintage Carnival Rides Come To NYC Courtesy Fete Paradiso If you are a fan of carnival rides, history, or just good old-fashioned summer fun, take a ferry out to NYC's Governor's Island this summer for a festival of vintage Parisian rides and carousels. Billed as a museum meets amusement park, Fete Paradiso...

5 Ways To Preserve Your Travel Memories (That Don't Involve Photos)

5 Ways To Preserve Your Travel Memories (That Don't Involve Photos) LEOL30, Flickr If you're an avid traveler, chances are you've experienced some type of fantastical sight, to which no photograph can ever do justice. Talent and camera quality have no bearing whatsoever on the ability to capture this moment, and so you resign yourself to...

Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit Honors 30-Year NASA Program

Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit Honors 30-Year NASA Program Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex Photo Now open on Florida's Space Coast, the $100 million Space Shuttle Atlantis exhibit features over 60 interactive experiences and celebrates the people, passion and patriotism behind the shuttle program. "It's true that there is...

Transformers Invade Orlando, Take No Prisoners

Transformers Invade Orlando, Take No Prisoners Universal Orlando Ever think being part of an intergalactic battle to save the Earth might be an interesting day's work? Yes? Well head on over to Universal Studios Florida and help the Autobots fight off invading Decepticons at Transformers: The Ride, now open and ready...

Disney World Princess Races Not Just For Kids

Disney World Princess Races Not Just For Kids Disney A Disney World vacation is often high on the list of dream destinations for Mom, Dad and the kids; solo travelers; multi-generational families and others. Travelers often plan and budget years in advance to make it happen. But not all Disney World-oriented travel...

Massive Vegas Mall, Hotel, Casino Project To Be World's Largest

Massive Vegas Mall, Hotel, Casino Project To Be World's Largest Roger Schultz / Flickr Las Vegas is no stranger to over-the-top attractions, hosting a variety of them over the years. In a single day, travelers can see a volcano explode, ride a roller coaster in "New York," race cars, jump off the top of a hotel and more – in the...

I'm The Sucker Who Still Likes Travel Brochures

I'm The Sucker Who Still Likes Travel Brochures I'm a sucker for brochures. It makes no sense to plan one's vacation itinerary, even in part, based on what you see in the flyers and brochures you pick up in your hotel lobby or at a visitor's information office, but sometimes I do just that, and I suspect I'm not alone. By...

Can't Afford Trip To Antarctica? Maybe A Simulated Experience Will Do

Can't Afford Trip To Antarctica? Maybe A Simulated Experience Will Do Sam Howzit/ Flickr The idea of a trip to Antarctica is a bucket list item that few travelers have checked off. Tourism numbers are rising as Antarctica welcomes more visitors, but the cost to get there can be prohibitive. Now, Cruise ships head south to visit Antarctica more...

Amusement Park Ride Breaks Seven World Records, Inverted

As amusement park rides go, there are roller coasters and then there is the Gatekeeper, where riders sit as if on the wings of a plane 170 feet above ground. Experiencing sharp turns, inversions and rolls, Gatekeeper creates the feeling of weightlessness, sending riders...

Video: China's Abandoned 'Wonderland'

The video above showcases an inside glimpse into what was supposed to be Asia's largest theme park, dubbed "Wonderland," in China, designed after California's Disneyland. Now, however, the park is being demolished 15 years after construction ceased. Business Insider...

Photo Of The Day: A Magical Key West Night

Photo Of The Day: A Magical Key West Night This Photo of the Day, titled "A Magical Key West Night," comes from Gadling Flickr pool member Scott Sanders and was captured using a Nikon D40. Scott's work here depicting Disney Magic docked in Key West, Florida, is also part of an extensive Disney Cruise Line...

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