Monday, February 19, 2018
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SeaWorld hikes ticket prices to same level as Disney, Universal

SeaWorld Orlando doesn't seem to want to be left out of the theme park ticket price war. For the second time this year, the marine park is raising ticket prices so that its base now matches those of Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando, while dramatically increasing the cost of annual passes. Single-day tickets to SeaWorld on Wednesday jumped $4.01 to $89 per adult. But the biggest jump is the $30.01 extra for an annual pass to $119.99, an increase of 25 percent. SeaWorld is undergoing its largest expansion in the marine park's history; Antarctica, a penguin habitat and a ride with a way to interact with animals opens this spring. There are still discounts online and for Florida residents, including the Fun Card promotion where residents can buy a single-day pass and get unlimited admission for the remainder of 2012 and all of 2013. — Sharon Kennedy Wynne

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I sat through Disney's Hall of Presidents five times. It says more about us than Trump.

I sat through Disney's Hall of Presidents five times. It says more about us than Trump.

LAKE BUENA VISTA — Next time you’re at the Magic Kingdom, walk up Main Street USA and hang a left at Cinderella’s castle. Enter the faux colonial Liberty Square, with its exact replica Liberty Bell and "liberty tree" adorned with 1...
Published: 02/15/18
Southern states join to promote civil rights tourism

Southern states join to promote civil rights tourism

Associated PressBIRMINGHAM, Ala.Southern states that once fought to maintain racial segregation are now banding together to promote civil rights tourism at sites including the building where the Confederacy was born and the motel where Dr. Martin Lut...
Published: 02/15/18
Savor a fun snow day at Winter Park Resort in Colorado

Savor a fun snow day at Winter Park Resort in Colorado

We had two things in mind when my daughters and I planned a quick weekend getaway for January: cheap airfare and winter fun.Denver? Sure.Because we couldn’t guarantee there would be snow in the Mile High City, we aimed higher to increase our chances....
Published: 02/09/18
2018 Florida State Fair guide: Tips, top entertainment and crazy food on a stick

2018 Florida State Fair guide: Tips, top entertainment and crazy food on a stick

The deep fryers are heating up, the baby chicks are ready to cuddle and the Ferris wheel is poised for spins as the Florida State Fair opens Thursday for a 12-day run. It’s the first state fair of the year in the nation, thanks to Florida’...
Published: 02/05/18
A Holocaust museum in Brooklyn focuses on faith, survival

A Holocaust museum in Brooklyn focuses on faith, survival

Associated PressNEW YORKFaith and survival, not the machinery of death, are the central themes at an atypical Holocaust museum in Brooklyn. The 3-year-old Amud Aish Memorial Museum, located far from tourist crowds near the very edge of the borough, f...
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A headless Ursula terrifies kids at Disney California Adventure

A headless Ursula terrifies kids at Disney California Adventure

As the evil antagonist in 1989’s "The Little Mermaid," Ursula the octopus is a terrifying character all by herself.That terror rose to an entirely new level on Sunday when a headless animatronic Ursula still performed in character at the Little Merma...
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Preschoolers will again get in free at Busch Gardens in 2018

Preschoolers will again get in free at Busch Gardens in 2018

Kids 5 and younger can once again get in free at Busch Gardens for the rest of 2018 after registering online. The Tampa theme park has offered the Preschool Card for the last three years, but earlier this month had been telling inquiring customers th...
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Experiencing Las Vegas after dark — way after dark

Experiencing Las Vegas after dark — way after dark

LAS VEGASJewel Nightclub at Aria is pulsing in the wee morning hours. So are my feet, which more than nine hours earlier felt good in these leather boots.I’m being jostled back and forth like a pinball among packs of 20-somethings with no sense of pe...
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Disney offering staff $1,000 bonuses, new education funding

Disney offering staff $1,000 bonuses, new education funding

NEW YORK — The Walt Disney Co. will give more than 125,000 eligible employees a one-time $1,000 cash bonus and invest $50 million in an education funding program. The media company said Tuesday the bonuses will go to all full and part-time non-execut...
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