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    Disney’s Paradise Pier—A Review

    Disney acquired the independent Pan Pacific Hotel just south of the Disneyland Hotel in 1997 and changed its name to the Disneyland Pacific Hotel. Just before Disney California Adventure opened in 2001, the hotel was rechristened as the Paradise Pier Hotel in recognition of the Paradise Pier district of DCA that the hotel overlooks. The 489-room property makes a mostly successful attempt to merge the

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    Great Perks Await Guests at On-site Hotels

    In today’s post, Seth Kubersky, author of The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando, shares with us the advantages of a stay at Universal Orlando on-site hotels. Universal offers perks to get theme park visitors into its hotels. All guests at Universal Orlando Resort on-site hotels can take advantage of the following: • Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World one hour before

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    Disney Arrival and Departure Day Blues

    On arrival and departure days, you probably will have only part of a day for touring or other recreational pursuits. It’s a common problem: You roll into Walt Disney World about 1 p.m., excited and ready to go—but where? The first question: Do you feel comfortable using a full day’s admission to the parks when you have less than a full day to tour? The incremental

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    Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel

    Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel, the Crown Jewel of Disneyland Resorts With its shingle siding, rock foundations, cavernous hewn beam lobby, polished hardwood floors, and cozy hearths, the Grand Californian Hotel is a stately combination of elements from Western national park lodges. Designed by architect Peter Dominick (who also designed the Wilderness Lodge at Walt Disney World), the Grand Californian is rendered in the Arts & Crafts

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    Rivers of Light Now Open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

    The first performance of Rivers of Light was held at 7:15 p.m. on February 17th. Until April 8th the show will be presented once nightly on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Thereafter, the show will often be presented daily with two showings per night. Make sure to check the showtime hours, as they will vary throughout the year. Disney is also