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TSA claims Disney souvenirs equal weapons - takes toys from an 8 year old

TSA claims Disney souvenirs equal weapons - takes toys from an 8 year old Jul 29th, 2009 at 4:30PM: OK, this does it - the TSA has finally proven that they are incapable of any rational thought. When 8 year old Jeremiah Ramirez took a trip to Disney World, he did so in order to take his mind off the loss of his father, who died of cancer. What was supposed to be a normal flight back home with some of the toys he purchased at the park, turned into a show of power by the security staff at Ft....

Daily travel deals - 6 nights Disney World, $79 Marriott rooms and $429 Caribbean packages

Daily travel deals - 6 nights Disney World, $79 Marriott rooms and $429 Caribbean packages May 26th, 2009 at 3:30PM: Welcome to our new format for daily travel deals. Starting today, we'll let you in on the hottest trips from our network. As with all travel deals, these trips can sell out at any moment, and the price we publish may not always be based off a departure from your home town. Disney vacation package Starting at just $1360, a family of 4 can spend 5 nights/6 days in a Disney hotel, receive a 6 day...

Disney stops looking for breasts after a decade of trying

Disney stops looking for breasts after a decade of trying May 6th, 2009 at 12:00PM: Why do I always miss the good stuff? Disney has announced that it's no longer going to scan riders on Splash Mountain, Tower of Terror, Space Mountain and California Screamin ... for unfettered chests. Apparently, women are known on these rides from time to time to flash for the camera. Though I've looked for it on each ride, I've never witnessed these public displays of exuberance. I'm not...

French Balloon soars 400 feet over Disney World

French Balloon soars 400 feet over Disney World Apr 20th, 2009 at 7:00PM: French Balloon maker Aérophile just announced the newest attraction for Disney World. Their 105 foot high "Characters in Flight" balloon will soar 400 feet over Downtown Disney, and can carry up to 30 passengers in its gondola. When the weather cooperates, passengers will be able to get a 360 degree view for up to 10 miles. The balloon is tethered to a special star shaped landing dock, and...

Orlando offers "Deal of the Week"

Orlando offers Apr 4th, 2009 at 10:00AM: Orland's "Bundles of Free Smiles" campaign just got a little more interesting. Now through the end of June, you can take care of the "Deal of the Week" to squeeze a bit more value out of your trip – up to $100 worth. For the first two weeks of this program, it could be three times that! First, go to VisitOrlando.com/smile by April 17, 2009. Book four nights at the Orlando World Center...

Going to an amusement park? It's probably cheaper than last year

Going to an amusement park? It's probably cheaper than last year Feb 23rd, 2009 at 7:00PM: Here's a direct quote: "It would be crazy to spend full price to go to Disney right now," said Mary Waring, founder of MouseSavers.com" I found this tidbit in a Practical Traveler article in the New York Times about cheap travel options for a Disney vacation and more. Whether you're looking for multiple night stays at a Disney resort or a one-day ticket to an amusement park, the deals have...

10 tips for making a trip more affordable

10 tips for making a trip more affordable Dec 15th, 2008 at 9:00AM: I read about a couple who bought a sailboat when common sense might have told them not to in this New York Times article awhile ago. Their kids were heading to college, and the economy had begun its rapid trip south. According to the couple, they have no regrets about the boat purchase. The experiences they've had with their kids and friends on the boat have added to their good memories bank....

Get a free ticket to a Disney theme park in 2009: Happy Birthday to you

Get a free ticket to a Disney theme park in 2009: Happy Birthday to you Sep 19th, 2008 at 10:30AM: If you head to Disneyland or Disney World on your birthday in 2009, you can get in for free. That is a sweet present indeed. What's the rub? There isn't one from what I can tell after reading the rules. There aren't any hidden tricks. To get the ticket, register your birthday on-line and a confirmation message will be sent. Then, show up on your birthday with the confirmation message, a proof...

A water park does well its first year out and Disney is pleased with its earnings

A water park does well its first year out and Disney is pleased with its earnings Aug 18th, 2008 at 1:00PM: First of all, the water park Zoombezi Bay and Disney have nothing to do with each other, but there is a common element in their stories--their businesses have done swimmingly well this summer. Zoombezi Bay, a new addition to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium opened on Memorial Day. When I was talking with the associate director last Thursday, he said that they are fiscally ahead of where they had...

Disneyland, a place to see stars

Disneyland, a place to see stars Feb 25th, 2008 at 4:20PM: Last week, somewhere, I saw a picture of Harrison Ford with his daughter on a ride at Disneyland. Turns out, according to Marla Matzer Rose who details in an article where to see stars in Los Angeles, Disneyland is a place to keep your eyes open. Here's a shot of Diane Keaton taken two years ago. Interestingly, the only celebrity I've seen in Los Angeles when I've gone there over the years is...

Welcome to Dubailand, twice the size of Disney World

Welcome to Dubailand, twice the size of Disney World Feb 12th, 2008 at 12:00PM: I swear every time I read something about the United Arab Emirates development plans, I am amazed. Last week, I read about Masdar, the greenest city in the world, being built in UAE. Today, I stumbled upon the plans for Dubailand, the world's biggest amusement park in the making. Currently, the largest amusement park in the world is the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, which is also the...

Disney World bans children from swanky restaurant

Disney World bans children from swanky restaurant Jan 10th, 2008 at 3:30PM: The family-oriented Disney World resort became a little less family-friendly recently. Children were once welcome in Disney's posh Victoria & Albert's, the only restaurant with a AAA 5-diamond rating. No more. Evidently, the adults need a break -- and what a better place to take one than in an intimate dining room? Besides, do kids like fancy-schmancy food? I know I didn't when I was a kid....

Disneyland: a popular place to spread ashes?

Disneyland: a popular place to spread ashes? Nov 13th, 2007 at 12:00PM: Here's a new one. Apparently, Disneyland is seeing an increasing number of incidents where park-goers are sneaking in the cremated remains of a loved one, and scattering them around the park. Seriously. "The Haunted Mansion is by far the most popular location for this," writes Miceage.com, "but you'd be surprised where else people are dumping cremated remains at Disneyland." The Haunted Mansion...

Disabled guests sue Disney on Segway ban

 Disabled guests sue Disney on Segway ban Nov 12th, 2007 at 2:00PM: A while back, Disney World made the decision to ban Segways from the park because "they can go faster than 12 mph" which is a danger to other guests. And now three disabled people are, of course, suing the company. "The suit filed Friday says they're among an estimated 4,000 to 7,000 similarly disabled people who have turned to Segways as mobility tools," according to an article by the AP. Okay, I...

A Peek into the Future of Dubai

A Peek into the Future of Dubai Jun 18th, 2007 at 8:40PM: Today, the city of Dubai announced it has purchased the Queen Elizabeth 2, "one of the world's most majestic cruise liners," to convert into a luxury hotel. The QE2 will be completely renovated and parked at the world's largest man-made island, Palm Jumeirah. The restoration process will stay true to the original design of the ship, and a museum will be built inside to educate visitors on the...

Saving Money at Amusement Parks

Saving Money at Amusement Parks Jun 9th, 2007 at 11:50AM: In the past two weeks my daughter has headed to Cedar Point (with the school percussion ensemble), Kings Island (with her track team) and Fort Rapids, an indoor amusement park (for an end of the 8th-grade bash) and my five-year-old son wants to know when it's his turn. He has a point, but there's the cost to consider. Because my daughter went on school trips, she didn't pay full price. Now, we're...

Queens in the Kingdom

Queens in the Kingdom Apr 17th, 2007 at 7:39AM: USA Today recently interviewed the authors of a new gay-persons guide to the Disney Theme Parks, called Queens in the Kingdom. Jeffrey Epstein and Eddie Shapiro talk about Disney's recent announcement that they'll allow "Fairy Tale" weddings for same-sex couples. (Actually, since California and Florida don't allow actual weddings for same-sex couples, they'll be "commitment ceremonies.") They...

Disney World in Two Days?

Disney World in Two Days? Feb 2nd, 2007 at 12:23PM: I'm visiting Disney World this weekend. Since I'm leaving this afternoon and will return on Monday, I will only have a little over two days to see the entire theme park. I'd love to say that I'm going to buy a Park Hopping pass and set some kind of speed record racing through all four themed areas -- Magic Kingdom*, Epcot*, Disney-MGM Studios*, Disney's Animal Kingdom* -- but I'm not. Sorry. I've...

Photo of the Day (12/30/06)

Photo of the Day (12/30/06) Dec 30th, 2006 at 10:50AM: Now that Christmas has come and past and with New Year's only two days away it felt natural picking this shot of the ever-so-famous Mickey Mouse head. Why? I don't know. Maybe someone out there put a trip to Disney World in Orlando or Tokyo on their 2007 vacation list. Sure it's cluttered with tourists, but the mouse man has always been popular with the kiddies and the kid at heart. The fireworks...

New Disney Program for Very Young Children

New Disney Program for Very Young Children May 2nd, 2006 at 9:04AM: From Yahoo!News:  In response to a study performed by the Yesawich, Pepperdine, Brown and Russell research firm, Disney Parks in Florida and California have initiated a program aimed at families with children aged 5 years old and younger.  The study indicated that 80% of families  believe the ideal age for children to experience their first major family vacation is under the age of...

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