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    Disneyland Village House Transforms Into Red Rose Taverne

    Michelle and Jane, a.k.a. The Disney Dream Girls, enlisted the help of Tiffany Clontz to report on the recently opened Red Rose Taverne at Disneyland. Today they share their findings and pictures with us. As a limited-time magic experience, the Village Haus counter service in Disneyland has been transformed into a Beauty and The Beast-inspired eatery called The Red Rose Taverne.

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    Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

    On any given night at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, you might see the resident National Symphony Orchestra in the 2,500-seat Concert Hall; a straight drama or classic farce in the 1,200-seat Eisenhower Theater; and a Broadway musical, Kabuki spectacular, or big name ballet company in the 2,300-seat Opera House (that is, when the Washington Opera is not in residence). Philip Johnson’s steeply

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    The Top 16 Central Florida Roller Coasters

    Bob Sehlinger, coauthor of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World and Beyond Disney: The Unofficial Guide to SeaWorld, Universal Orlando, & the Best of Central Florida, shares with us his top 16 Central Florida roller coasters. 1. MANTA, SEAWORLD There are coasters you barely survive and coasters you savor. Manta is clearly among the latter: a super smooth experience that leaves you grinning from

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    Holidays at Mall of America

    Beth Blair, author of The Unofficial Guide to Mall of America, shares with us an overview of the holidays at MOA throughout the year. New Year’s Eve Mall of America’s New Year’s Eve party deliberately appeals to families. While Nickelodeon Universe stays open late for festivities, there are two New Year countdowns—one family countdown at 10 p.m. and the official countdown at midnight.

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    Disney’s Pop Century Resort—A Review

    On Victory Way near the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is Pop Century Resort. Originally designed to be completed in phases, the resort opened its first section in 2004. The second phase was canceled in favor of a new Value resort, Disney’s Art of Animation. Pop Century is a near-clone of the All-Star Resorts—that is, four-story, motel-style buildings arranged around a central pool, food court, and registration