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Gold Head Branch State Park: Discovering Old Florida

Gold Head Branch State Park: Discovering Old Florida

December 13, 2010 No Comments Located in Keystone Heights, Florida, a small town south of Jacksonville, Gold Head Branch State Park is a throwback to a simpler time. We stopped by on an RV trip from Williamsburg, Virginia to Orlando, Florida. We were looking for an inexpensive campsite, but discovered so much more. History of the Park Gold Head Branch ...

 

Finding Hidden Mickeys at Walt Disney World

Finding Hidden Mickeys at Walt Disney World

November 27, 2010 No Comments Who doesn’t love the thrill of adventure that comes with finding something that is hidden right out in the open? Geocaching and scavenger hunting are two wildly popular activities based on this concept. At Walt Disney World, the quest is always on for Hidden Mickeys. Unlike many other Disney activities, this one is entirely free ...

 

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Walt Disney World – Off the Beaten Path

Walt Disney World – Off the Beaten Path

November 26, 2010 No Comments Walt Disney World is a sprawling entertainment center consisting of four gated theme parks, two water parks, a shopping and dining complex, and dozens of recreational opportunities, as well as a myriad of hotels. It would be easy to spend a month at Walt Disney World and never run out of things to do. Once ...

 

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St. Augstine, Florida – ‘gators and shrimp

St. Augstine, Florida – ‘gators and shrimp

November 18, 2010 No Comments What’s the oldest city in the United States? Our kids guessed Boston, and I confess, I would’ve thought New England would be the regional winner for the longest inhabited in the continental US. But we’d all be wrong – America’s oldest is St. Augustine, Florida. And as such, the town loves it’s history. And because ...

 

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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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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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Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

October 17, 2010 1 Comment Every year in May and June, thousands of Star Wars fans descend on Walt Disney World Florida for a spectacular party as only Disney can throw. Begun in 1997 and held annually since 2003, Star Wars Weekends provides an immersive look at one of the most popular film franchises of all time. The morning begins with ...

 

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Universal Orlando: Not Just for Thrill-Seeking Teens

Universal Orlando: Not Just for Thrill-Seeking Teens

September 7, 2010 1 Comment Universal Orlando opened in 1990 with just one park — Universal Studios Florida. The second gated theme park, Islands of Adventure, opened in 1999. Located just down the road from Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando has long been compared to its older sibling. The proximity of the two complexes has led to “fan wars,” with ...

 

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