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    COVID-19 and Theme Parks: Latest Updates

    The COVID-19 novel coronavirus that began in Asia has spread to America, and has been declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). Obviously, there are more critical public health concerns right now than theme parks. However, for the millions of guests who were planning on visiting attractions this season, not to mention the employees who depend on

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    The 2020 Christmas Ornament Giveaway

    Whether you are planning your vacation to Walt Disney World or Universal Orlando or not, we are ready to start the holiday season with our  Christmas ornament GIVEAWAY. Read on to find out how to enter and discover what Christmas celebrations are happening at Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando. At Walt Disney World the festive season starts November 6

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    Growing Crowds and Gray Skies at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

    Orlando’s weather is cooling off, and the crowds are coming back to Walt Disney World! This week was full of rain, but we didn’t let a few storm clouds scare us away from a recent afternoon at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where we saw first-hand just how the growing attendance is affecting the theme parks.

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    Visiting the Mall of America During COVID-19

    Beth Blair, the author of The Unofficial Guide to Mall of America, has visited MOA now that it is open to the public again. Here is what to expect when visiting the Mall of America during COVID-19. Like many other venues across the country, in March of this year, the Mall of America (MOA) closed its doors in response to the COVID-19

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    The Importance of Being Goofy: Part I

    Bob Sehlinger, founder of the Unofficial Guides Series, shares with us his sense of humor in every Unofficial Guide. Today he delivers the first of several installments of The Importance of Being Goofy, which has been a staple in The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World over the years. You see, what really makes writing about Walt Disney World fun is that the

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    Jurassic World VelociCoaster to Officially Open Summer 2021 at Universal Orlando

    Over a year after construction first began, Universal Orlando has finally acknowledged the dinosaur in the room—and officially announced that the Jurassic World VelociCoaster will open at Islands of Adventure in summer 2021. We’ve been watching this vicious new scream machine rise since the very beginning, and we have a photographic preview of the thrills in store for riders next