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MapQuest Unveils 10 Top Destinations of 2013

MapQuest Unveils 10 Top Destinations of 2013 Dec 23rd, 2013 at 10:29AM: Alamy Las Vegas, Nashville and Orlando were the top three searched for cities on MapQuest in 2013. The results are a compilation of destinations searched for on both MapQuest's website and its recently updated-and critically acclaimed-iPhone and Android apps. [Full disclosure: AOL owns both MapQuest and Gadling.] Texas was the only state with two cities in MapQuest's top 10 list: Houston...

Transformers Invade Orlando, Take No Prisoners

Transformers Invade Orlando, Take No Prisoners Jun 27th, 2013 at 2:00PM: 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 to recruit your help. "Transformers is one of the movie industry's most successful franchises and Universal's ride offers a...

Budget Locations For Spring Break Travel

Budget Locations For Spring Break Travel Mar 1st, 2013 at 10:00AM: Spring break is just around the corner, and if you haven't already planned a trip, our friends at Expedia have mined their price stats to come up with some of the most budget-friendly locations around. From family-friendly to party-hearty, these trips won't break the bank. Tampa, Florida Home of the New York Yankees' spring training camp, this sunny destination has much to offer both...

Budget Guide 2013: Orlando

Budget Guide 2013: Orlando Feb 3rd, 2013 at 10:30AM: The notion that "Orlando" and "Budget" don't go well together has its basis in fact; theme parks are not a cheap day's outing. Admission alone can cost $100 per person without spending a dime on parking, food or souvenirs. Still, without trying all that hard, a good time can be had on a budget in and around Orlando – a time that captures every bit of the magic and wonder. In the...

Orlando Braces For Decepticon Takeover, Wookiee May Intervene

Orlando Braces For Decepticon Takeover, Wookiee May Intervene Nov 2nd, 2012 at 2:00PM: Universal Studios Orlando announced Thursday a new ride based on the Transformers movies to open next summer. That's big news for theme park fans around the world. The new four-minute Transformers ride in Orlando will be entirely in the dark and use 3-D flight simulator technology, said to be the next generation of Spider man, much like Transformer rides already in motion at Universal...

SeaWorld Brings Antarctica To Florida

SeaWorld Brings Antarctica To Florida Oct 18th, 2012 at 3:00PM: SeaWorld Orlando is expanding with their largest-ever project. Continuing a travel industry focus on making all things experiential, Antarctica-Empire of the Penguin is the anchor to a host of new offerings set to open in January. The new ride will have a family adventure theme that utilizes new technology for a unique experience that can change from visit to visit, allowing guests to choose...

Magic Kingdom Worker Gives Candid Interview About Crazy Guests And Working For Disney

Magic Kingdom Worker Gives Candid Interview About Crazy Guests And Working For Disney Jul 6th, 2012 at 12:30PM: During an IAmA (I am a...) discussion on Reddit, a turnstile and parade audience control worker for the Magic Kingdom at Disney World allowed people to ask uncensored questions about crazy guests and what it's like to work at Disney. Read below to learn what happens when adults act like children, who the worst guests are and which cast members are the most difficult to work with. Note: These...

Find hotel deals with new booking site Guestmob

Find hotel deals with new booking site Guestmob Mar 22nd, 2012 at 2:00PM: The Internet has brought us many ways to research and book hotels at prices much lower than the hotels' published rate. Aggregate sites like Kayak and Orbitz give you the best available rate (BAR) without pre-payment on a specific hotel, while "opaque" sites like Priceline and Hotwire allow you to bid for a room below BAR but the actual property remains hidden until after you book and the purchase...

The Final Shuttle Launch and the Future of the Space Coast

The Final Shuttle Launch and the Future of the Space Coast Jul 27th, 2011 at 8:00AM: About 12 hours before STS-135 was set to blast off for low Earth orbit, my friend Rob and I were driving toward Titusville, Florida with a car full of camping supplies and our fingers crossed. The weather was foul, and the chances of a launch were just 30 percent. But we were in Central Florida to see a blast off, and so to the Space Coast we were headed....

Fourth of July travel deals from Viator

Fourth of July travel deals from Viator Jun 27th, 2011 at 12:15PM: Sometimes the best things come to those who wait. If you're looking for some last minute Independence Day deals, our pals at Viator have pulled together a list of Fourth of July bargains to help travelers get the most out of their three-day weekend. From New York to Oahu, below are some suggestions that will have you seeing red, white and blue without spending a whole lot of green. New York:...

Win a legendary golf outing from Hilton HHonors

Win a legendary golf outing from Hilton HHonors May 9th, 2011 at 8:00AM: Are you a golf fan looking for an epic escape with your buddies this year? Than you'll definitely want to enter the Legendary Golf Getaway contest from Hilton HHonors, which could send you and seven of your closest friends, on a once in a lifetime golf outing. The contest, which launched last week, will award one lucky winner a fantastic prize that will take them, along with their guests, to...

Another London eye-like wheel attraction is coming, this one to Florida

Another London eye-like wheel attraction is coming, this one to Florida Mar 8th, 2011 at 4:00PM: Just a few days ago it was Las Vegas getting a London Eye-like Ferris wheel & amusement park. Now, add Orlando to that list as a Madame Tussauds wax museum and a 425-foot Orlando Eye observation wheel will be part of a new tourist complex in central Florida. At 425 feet, the Orlando Eye wheel will be almost as high as the 443-foot tall London Eye and be part of a sprawling dining,...

SeaWorld prepares to put trainers back in the water with killer whales

SeaWorld prepares to put trainers back in the water with killer whales Feb 26th, 2011 at 9:00AM: A year after the fatal accident involving trainer Dawn Brancheau, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment has announced that they are preparing to put trainers back in the water during their killer whale shows. Trainers have not been permitted in the water since the incident involving their largest orca named Tilikum. SeaWorld will not give an exact date of when in-water performances will resume,...

Spring Break deals: Fares up overall, best deals can be found to Florida, Europe

Spring Break deals: Fares up overall, best deals can be found to Florida, Europe Feb 24th, 2011 at 9:30AM: The folks over at Bing Travel have been studying up on 2011 Spring Break airfare, and we hate to break it to you, but they've found that the average airfare cost is up more than 10 percent over last year, to $489. But the airfare increase doesn't have to stop the beach party. If you choose wisely, there are still plenty of Spring Break deals to be had. Bing's Spring Break Travel Forecast...

Disney vacations: Why we go

Disney vacations: Why we go Jan 24th, 2011 at 3:00PM: Walt Disney World is the most visited resort in the world. Other Disney resorts and Disney cruises remain huge destinations worldwide. Yet, a Disney vacation is also maligned by many people. Believe me, I've heard all the negatives: It's overly programmed; it's pedestrian; it's gimmicky; it's hot and miserable (or cold and miserable, as the case may be). And as a journalist who covers...

New Pixar Pals parade disappoints many Disney World fans

New Pixar Pals parade disappoints many Disney World fans Jan 18th, 2011 at 8:30AM: Walt Disney World debuted a new parade - Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun! - at Disney's Hollywood Studios on Sunday. The new parade features characters from Pixar films Up! and Ratatouille that have never appeared in a Disney parade before. New stuff at Disney is frequently met with breathless wonder by the many fans of all things Disney out there. But when it comes to this parade, reaction...

Top 10 travel spots in the United States

Top 10 travel spots in the United States Jan 17th, 2011 at 1:30PM: So, Orbitz noted when we like to travel ... but where do we go? The top 10 destinations in the country were mostly predictable, with big tourist-magnet cities dominating the list. There were a few surprises, according to the information supplied by Orbitz: Boston, for example, didn't make the list, after having ranked ninth in 2009. Los Angeles, fifth in 2009, also fell off in 2010. New Orleans...

Universal Orlando announces Mardi Gras concert lineup

Universal Orlando announces Mardi Gras concert lineup Jan 17th, 2011 at 8:30AM: Thirty Seconds to Mars, Ne-Yo and Blake Shelton are among the headliners just announced for Universal Orlando's Mardi Gras this spring. The 2011 Mardi Gras celebration happens on weekend nights Feb. 12 through April 23 at the Universal Studios Florida theme park in Orlando, Florida. Here's the concert lineup: Feb. 12: Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Feb. 19: The...

Harry Potter park serves up 1 millionth Butterbeer

Harry Potter park serves up 1 millionth Butterbeer Jan 6th, 2011 at 4:30PM: It's not just a beverage, it's an experience. That's the word from Universal Orlando Resort, which said today that the company has sold 1 million Butterbeers in its Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The creamy-smooth concoction is a favorite drink in the Harry Potter books and movies, and it's also a favorite at the theme park, where guests will wait in ride-sized lines to buy a cup. Last...

Why you shouldn't worry about Donald Duck groping you at Disney World

Why you shouldn't worry about Donald Duck groping you at Disney World Jan 4th, 2011 at 1:30PM: The case against Donald Duck is moving forward. A federal judge has ruled that a Pennsylvania woman's lawsuit against Walt Disney World can proceed. April Magolon says that an actor costumed as Donald Duck at Epcot touched her breast and then joked about it in May 2008. The Donald Duck groping case ruling allows Magolon's civil lawsuit to proceed in Pennsylvania. Disney had wanted it moved...

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