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    Where to Find Great Bookstores in Washington, D.C.

    Renee Sklarew, coauthor of The Unofficial Guide to Washington, D.C., recommends her favorite bookstores and best places to read in her hometown. Favorite Bookstores The iconic bookstore Politics and Prose in Cleveland Park features weekly book chats, signings, readings, and celebrations. Politics and Prose has enormous influence over the launch of nonfiction books that permeate the Washington, D.C. landscape. Their

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    A Photo Tour of Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

    Opened in 2012, Art of Animation is a value resort located across Hourglass Lake from Pop Century. Similar to Pop, Art of Animation has multiple sections of rooms centered around pools and courtyards. Unlike the other value resorts, Art of Animation is mostly suites, which are double-size rooms with kitchenettes. The suite areas also have interior hallways like Disney’s deluxe resorts, as opposed to

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    When on Pandora, Eat Like a Na’vi at Satu’li Canteen

    Like everything on Pandora, Satu’li Canteen has a story. Once the mess hall for the Resources Development Administration base, it is now owned and operated by Alpha Centuri Expeditions and lovingly decorated with Na’vi artifacts, hand-woven tapestries hanging from the ceiling, and cooking tools. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the fast-casual restaurant seats 330 guests inside and can accommodate an

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    Happily Ever After—A Breathtaking Nighttime Show

    The new show at Disney’s Magic Kingdom is a combination of breathtaking fireworks, lasers, and incredibly vibrant and rich digital mapping projection on Cinderella Castle. In previous projection shows, the film clips were played directly onto to the castle, essentially using it as a giant movie screen. In Happily Ever After, however, it looks like Disney edited the film scenes so they

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    Tiffins—Where Flavorful Food is Served in a Great Atmosphere

    Today, Michelle, host of the  The Disney Dream Girls, shares with us her dining experience at Disney’s Animal Kingdom restaurant, Tiffins. May 27, 2016, saw the official opening of a much-needed lounge and high-end eatery at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, namely The Nomad Lounge and Tiffins. On my last trip to Walt Disney World, I made a last-minute dining reservation to