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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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    Top Five Disney Resorts During Christmas Season

    Tastes differ, so the most important thing to remember is that Disney goes all out decorating its parks and resorts for the Christmas season. No matter what hotel you book, you will discover unique, themed décor. Here are my five favorite hotels during this most wonderful time of the year. 1. For an all-American Christmas, my all-time favorite is Wilderness

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    Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas at CityCenter—A Review

    With a prime Strip-front placement, the 47-story Mandarin Oriental is the first hotel on the left when entering CityCenter via CityCenter Place. Exuding a refined Asian flavor reminiscent of its corporate origins, the 392-room nongaming boutique hotel provides Eastern hospitality in a Western setting. Half hotel and half condominium, the lower floors are transient accommodations, and the upper half are

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    Best Family-friendly Rides at Walt Disney World

    Liliane Opsomer, coauthor of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World, shares with us the best family-friendly rides and shows at Walt Disney World. There are many rides that are family-friendly, but for this post she focuses on rides that the entire family can do together. At the Magic Kingdom, there are plenty of family-friendly rides and shows. There are

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    Disneyland Trip Planning Timeline

    In today’s post, Guy Selga Jr., coauthor of The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland, shares with us an extensive Disneyland trip planning timeline. This comprehensive timeline represents major research, decisions, and tasks that come into play when preparing for a typical Disneyland vacation. Most Disney trips involve about a dozen important dates to remember. If you’ve started planning more than 11 months