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    Meeting Disney Characters at Disneyland Parks

    You can see the Disney characters in live shows and in parades. For times, consult your Times Guide. If you have the time and money, you can share a meal with the characters (see our post on this subject). But if you want to meet the Disney characters in the parks, get autographs, and take photos, it’s helpful to know where the characters

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    Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando – Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!

    Liliane Opsomer, the coauthor of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids, celebrated Mardi Gras at Universal Studios. This article was first published on The Mouse for Less blog. Every night, February 4th through March 25th, Universal Studios Orlando celebrates Mardi Gras. As the 12 floats make their way through Universal Studios, bringing a family-friendly version of the New Orleans celebrations to Florida, guests

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    Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

    Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival: An Annual Celebration of Spring Larger-than-life topiaries, vibrant flowerbeds, floating gardens, spice and herb gardens, a butterfly house, culinary experiences, and Garden Rock Concerts await guests at the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival. For 90 days, the park welcomes spring in a most spectacular and festive way. In front of Spaceship Earth, Pluto, Mickey, Daisy,

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    New Nighttime Show at Animal Kingdom Worth Your Time

    The new sound-and-light show, which lasts 15 minutes, takes place along the lagoon formed by the Discovery River. Rivers of Light is rich in symbolism and conveys the story of the relationship of humans, animals, and the forces of nature on our planet. The show features 11 floats, including two carrying storytellers. But do not expect a narrative, a plot, or

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    Golden Gate Hotel a Vintage Vegas Property

    The oldest hotel in Las Vegas, the Golden Gate Hotel is a vintage property with an even more vintage casino. Retaining its historical flavor while undergoing an update, the casino has been enlarged and a five-story wing has been added at the south end. While the main pedestrian entrance remains on the Fremont Street Experience, the south side now sports a porte cochere facing Carson Street. The