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    Discovery Cove a Very Different Orlando Attraction

    There is no doubt that the highlight of a visit to Discovery Cove is the opportunity to swim with an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, but there is so much more to this beautifully landscaped place. There are waterfalls, winding rivers, white-sand beaches, and exotic birds, to name a few. The day at Discovery Cove starts early and it starts right, with

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    A Photo Tour of the All Star Resorts

    Today, I invite you to join me on a tour of Disney’s All Star Resorts! Spread over a vast expanse, Disney’s All-Star resorts comprise 30 (three-story) motel-style guest-room buildings. Although the three resorts are neighbors, each has its own lobby, food court, and registration area. Disney’s original version of a budget resort features three distinct themes executed in the same hyperbolic style. All-Star Sports features huge sports equipment: bright football helmets,

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    A First Look at Universal’s Volcano Bay

    Volcano Bay’s four themed areas are based on the story of the Waturi, an ancient tribe from Polynesia. Here is the short version of the tale: The tribe set out on their outrigger canoes to find a new home, as legend told them that Kunuku, a golden-finned fish, would show them the way. The Waturi visited many Polynesian islands without

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    A Photo Tour of the Festival of Fantasy Parade

    Parades at the Magic Kingdom are full-fledged spectaculars with dozens of Disney characters and amazing special effects. We rate the afternoon parade as outstanding and the evening parade as not to be missed. In addition to providing great entertainment, parades lure guests away from the attractions. If getting on rides appeals to you more than watching a parade, you’ll find substantially shorter lines just before and during

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    Mystère by Cirque du Soleil

    Mystère was the first permanent Cirque du Soleil production in Las Vegas and the one that set the standard for all that followed. It’s a far cry from a traditional circus but retains all of the fun and excitement. It is whimsical, mystical, and sophisticated, yet pleasing to all ages. The show is held at the Mystère Theater inside Treasure