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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

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    Legoland Water Park Attractions

    The Legoland Water Park is a seasonal attraction that costs $20 for adults, $3 for those younger than age 3. In addition to the Legoland entrance ticket, this park rents both lockers and towels. It has a snack stand and gift shop. The water park is located at the far end of Legoland from its entrance. Because you can’t enjoy the water park without splashing around and

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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