Entries for November, 2010

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Walt Disney World

Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Walt Disney World

November 11, 2010 2 Comments Opened in 1989, Disney’s Hollywood Studios began life as Disney-MGM Studios. The two companies parted in fall 2007 and the park was renamed to reflect a change in focus. While some sections of the park celebrate the Golden Age of Hollywood, many attractions now highlight the present and future of film and television. Whether your ...

 

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Discovering Roadside Attractions

Discovering Roadside Attractions

November 11, 2010 2 Comments   The 1950s were the decade of car culture, when gas was cheap and families took to the open road, many for the very first time. The interstate highway system was authorized in 1956 and construction began immediately in many states, but the first statewide segment (Nebraska’s Interstate 80) was not completed until 1974. Instead, ...

 

Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

November 11, 2010 1 Comment Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is the most popular theme park in the world, drawing an estimated 17.2 million people in 2009. Even if you have never visited, Cinderella’s Castle, Mickey Mouse and Space Mountain may be indelibly etched in your mind. Make a loose plan in advance, but remain flexible. The Magic Kingdom is ...

 

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Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom

Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom

November 10, 2010 No Comments Opened in 1998, Disney’s Animal Kingdom is perhaps best described by its tagline: “Nahtazu.” This made-up Swahili word refers to the fact that Animal Kingdom is much more than a simple zoo. Rides and shows blend seamlessly into the animal exhibits, creating a wilderness romp for all ages. Note that Animal Kingdom is mostly an ...

 

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Walt Disney World’s Epcot

Walt Disney World’s Epcot

November 9, 2010 No Comments Opened in 1982 as EPCOT Center (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow), Epcot is a celebration of world cultures and new technologies. At first glance, Epcot may not seem like the park of choice for small children, as the park’s focus is primarily educational. Yet Epcot is a wonderful place for families to explore and learn ...

 

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New York City for Families – Part 2

New York City for Families – Part 2

November 9, 2010 1 Comment We started our second day in New York by taking a walk through Times Square (See New York City for Families – Part 1).  From stopping for chocolates at the Hershey store to staring at the enormous digital bill boards and posing for photos under the glittery theater district marquees, it was all an enjoyable cluster ...

 

New York City for Families – Part 1

New York City for Families – Part 1

November 9, 2010 1 Comment New York City is a wonderful place to take the kids. You can spend days just enjoying Central Park and the magnificent skyline that surrounds it. You can push those strollers up and down 5th Avenue, take in the ice skaters swirling through Rockefeller Center. Older kids will love the color and lights and perpetual ...

 

Joshua Tree National Park, The Integraton and Pioneertown

Joshua Tree National Park, The Integraton and Pioneertown

November 8, 2010 1 Comment Located not far from Palm Springs, CA in the Mojave Desert, Joshua Tree National Park offers an awesome escape and an other-worldly look that will be sure to fascinate children of all ages. From the trees themselves with their up-reaching, arm like branches to the ochre rocks in mysterious shapes scattered throughout the desert, the scenery is ...

 

Biltmore Estate, North Carolina

Biltmore Estate, North Carolina

November 8, 2010 No Comments Welcome to America’s largest home Biltmore Estate, spread over 8000 acres, is a national, man-made wonder nestled among the gorgeous Blue Ridge mountains in the town of Asheville, North Carolina.    As you drive through the estate’s winding, tree-lined roads you will pass lawns, gardens and water features along the way and feel warmly welcomed ...

 

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The Vallarta Palace – Concluding our Vacation with a Bang!

The Vallarta Palace – Concluding our Vacation with a Bang!

November 8, 2010 No Comments It had been a wonderfully relaxing and enjoyable family reunion with my three boys and my parents at the Vallarta Palace in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. After the dolphins and waterpark adventure of the previous day, we elected to lie relatively low for our last day of complete and total indulgence at this amazing resort. Believe ...

 

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