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    Walt Disney World Character Watching

    To most guests, Disney character watching is an important part of their Disney vacation. The characters provide a link between the animated films and the theme parks, and meeting them is very similar to a celebrity encounter, a memory to be treasured. Did you know that, from hundreds of animated-film characters, only about 250 have been brought to life in costume,

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    10 Tips for International Visitors to Washington, D.C.

    Renee Sklarew, coauthor of The Unofficial Guide to Washington, D.C., shares with us important tips for international visitors. Our nation’s capital is a popular destination for visitors from around the world, and one way to prepare for a visit is to read The Unofficial Guide to Washington, D.C. The book features insider advice for all visitors, but as policies change frequently, this

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    Spice Road Table a Prime Dining Location at Epcot

    Spice Road Table is a prime location for daytime people-watching and nighttime fireworks. Spice Road Table is situated directly along World Showcase Lagoon at the front of the Morocco pavilion. The central lobby is the restaurant’s showcase bar, bathed in jewel tones and overlooking the pavilion’s iconic waterwheel through peekaboo windows. The outdoor covered patio features excellent dining in plein air

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    Bally’s Las Vegas—Casino and Hotel Review

    Bally’s bills itself as “the classic Las Vegas experience.” Targeted to the gamer of any age, the emphasis is clear when you step inside the main entrance from under the broad, sky-lit porte cochere. On your right, a football-field-long casino stretches beyond you. The casino is immense, open, and elegantly modern—sophisticated in a formal, understated way, like a tuxedo. Active

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    Top Five Reasons to Visit Walt Disney World in 2018

    The D23 Expo, the biennial meeting of The Official Disney Fan Club, concluded in July with major announcements about new rides and exciting experiences coming to Walt Disney World. If you love Disney, 2018 is a great year to visit. Here are the top five reasons why. The Rides In May 2017, Pandora: The World of Avatar, inspired by James Cameron’s movie Avatar, opened