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    24th International Food & Wine Festival in Full Swing

    The 24th International Epcot Food & Wine Festival is in full swing. This year, visitors are able to enjoy the festival  for a total of 87 days, the longest run since its start in 1995! Liliane Opsomer, coauthor of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids, shares with us her impressions when visiting the festival on opening day. Booths

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    Are Disney Special Events Worth the Money?

    As a way to “sell” the same theme park rides multiple times per day, Disney constantly experiments with special events in the theme parks that require buying separate admission. For example, on some days the Magic Kingdom hosts separate-admission events before the park opens, then regular park hours, and then another event after the park closes to regular guests.  The

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    Unofficial Guide to Surviving Halloween Horror Nights 29 at Universal Studios Florida

    The spooky season is already in full swing at Universal Studios Florida, thanks to the return of Halloween Horror Nights 29 on select evenings, now through November 2nd. For 2019, Universal’s acclaimed annual celebration of the gory and grotesque has gone “grody to the max” with 1980s horror/comedy icons like Ghostbusters and Killer Klowns from Outer Space, in addition to

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    Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic Celebrates 10th Anniversary With New Surf Party-themed Area

    To celebrate its milestone 10th year, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic is adding a surf party-themed area called Hang 10 to its offerings.  The surf-themed party will take place on the resort’s beach and comes complete with a live band and two new dishes. Feast on clams, shrimp, oysters, and fries—seasoned with malt vinegar

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    Remembering President Abraham Lincoln: From Ford’s Theatre to the Peterson House

    After a thorough renovation, Ford’s Theatre has become a showcase of programs and performances, as well as the home of an expanded collection focused on the lead-up and aftermath of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination.  The theater is still mounting rousing productions, and park rangers offer tours of the stage before leading visitors to the museum belowground. The display includes the size-14 boots