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    The Disneyland Story & Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln

    The Disneyland Story, presenting Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln is a nostalgic exhibit documenting the Disney success story, followed by an Audio-Animatronics patriotic presentation. The duration of the show is 15 minutes, including a preshow of Disney exhibits. The attraction is a warm and well-presented remembrance of the man who started it all. Well worth seeing, it’s especially touching for those

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    Take Advantage of Single-Rider Lines at Universal Orlando

    One time-saving option available to all Universal Orlando guests without extra charge is the single-rider (or singles) line. Several attractions at USF and IOA have this special line for guests who are traveling alone or are willing to be temporarily separated from their companions. Single riders wait in a separate queue and are slipped into vacant seats left by large

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    Splash at Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites Waterpark

    Liliane Opsomer, coauthor of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids, recently stayed at the Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suite Waterpark. Here is her report. Following a $30 million renovation, the hotel formerly known as Nickelodeon Suites Resort is now the Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites Waterpark. Sadly, all of the Nickelodeon experiences are gone: No Double Dare, no getting slimed.

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    Miniature Golf: Fun for the Entire Family

    Miniature golf is a great activity for the entire family and a nice change from the hectic touring of the theme parks. Here are our favorite miniature golf courses in Orlando. Years ago, the Disney intelligence patrol noticed that as many as 113 guests a day were sneaking out of Disney World to play Goofy Golf. The thought of those

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    The Leaky Cauldron a Must for Harry Potter Fans

    Join Seth Kubersky, author of The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando, in a visit to the Leaky Cauldron at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter—Diagon Alley. Nicely themed and modeled after the Leaky Cauldron in the Harry Potter books and films, this table-service restaurant is the flagship diner of Diagon Alley. A haunt of wizards, Leaky Cauldron was located outside The Wizarding