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    April 14th is National Dolphin Day

    Today is National Dolphin Day, a time for humans to gain a greater appreciation for and understanding of these aquatic mammals that are considered among the most intelligent and social creatures in the world. But people needn’t limit their fascination with and education about dolphins to a single day; Discovery Cove, an all-inclusive day resort in Orlando, offers year-round opportunities to interact

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    Disney Cruise Line Expanding

    Today, Erin Foster, coauthor of The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line, shares with us what she knows about the new ships coming to Disney Cruise Line in 2021 and 2023. Disney Cruise Line has announced that it will be expanding its fleet from the current four ships by adding two more ships, for a total of six. That’s terrific news

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    Loews Royal Pacific Resort—A Review

    A favorite of young families and solo travelers alike, the Royal Pacific is the least expensive and most relaxing of Universal’s Deluxe hotels. You may be tempted, as we were initially, to write off the Royal Pacific, which opened in 2002, as a knockoff of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. There are indeed similarities, but the Royal Pacific is attractive enough, and has enough strengths of

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    Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon Review

    Universal Studios Florida’s newest attraction, Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon, has gotten mixed reviews, so we set out to see for ourselves. The queue-less experience and the pre-show areas get a lot of points. All guests, except those with Express passes, must first be assigned a virtual line reservation time via Universal’s smartphone app or an automated kiosk

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    Las Vegas Gourmet Room Redux

    Before the advent of the celebrity chef, even the largest hotels had small, intimate restaurants. These were the grand gourmet rooms operated for the benefit of the casino’s most prized customers. The rooms were plush with leather upholstered booths, mood lighting, and clubby décor, all of which underscored their exclusivity. The kitchens served the best food available on property, and