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Disneyland heads into uncharted lands with ambitious Galaxy's Edge

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Here's a familiar and effective design trick often used at theme parks: Corral guests under or through a passageway that forces the crowd to narrow before a grand reveal.

Think of Disneyland's Main Street, U.S.A., where parkgoers are shunted through a passage under a train tunnel that gives way to a romantic, turn-of-the-20th-century town and a...Read more

Disneyland heads into uncharted lands with ambitious Galaxy's Edge

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Here's a familiar and effective design trick often used at theme parks: Corral guests under or through a passageway that forces the crowd to narrow before a grand reveal.

Think of Disneyland's Main Street, U.S.A., where parkgoers are shunted through a passage under a train tunnel that gives way to a romantic, turn-of-the-20th-century town and a...Read more

Peek inside the splashy new Tidal Cove Water Park in Aventura, Fla.

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South Florida had been tantalized for years with promises of water parks that never came to fruition, but a splashy new attraction has finally slip-slided into the region. Tidal Cove, an upscale water park, has opened to the public inside the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort and Spa in Aventura.

Stretching five acres behind the Aventura Mall ...Read more

Casino's guitar-shaped hotel is a rock star. Here's what's coming for the debut

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This guitar-shaped hotel soars 450 feet into the sky, an extravagant glass structure that no one can miss.

The Seminole Hard Rock & Casino's audacious $1.5 billion expansion is commanding the attention of commuters on highways, passengers aboard planes and residents near and far who've watched it rise the past two years.

The Hard Rock for the ...Read more

Nickelodeon brings 'Slime City' pop-up experience to Atlanta

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Summertime means trips to the pool, picnics at the local park and sips of iced tea on the porch. And in Atlanta starting June 15, slime. Lots and lots of slime.

Dubbed "Nickelodeon Slime City," the pop-up experience will be located at the Buckhead shopping district where Disco Kroger is based off Piedmont Road.

The 20,000 square-foot ...Read more

Milwaukee's frozen custard hot spots: Where to find Cream City's signature treat

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Don't call it ice cream.

Not if you're in Milwaukee. Not if you don't want to be ridiculed as rude, clueless, a rube.

Folks in Wisconsin's largest city take their signature dish seriously -- no offense, cheese curds -- and consider it an insult to confuse their rich dairy dessert with ordinary supermarket ice cream.

You'll find frozen custard...Read more

Record number of guests visit Florida theme parks

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Florida's theme parks saw a big jump in attendance in 2018, a fact that will come as a surprise to no one who stood in line for a roller coaster, the train to Hogwarts or a character meet-and-greet.

In Florida, which gets more theme park visitors than any country in the world or any state in the U.S., 87.5 million people visited its eight ...Read more

Princess Diana's death is a draw at the new National Enquirer Live! theme park

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Who needs Disneyland's Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge when you have this new theme park offering: a re-creation of the 1997 fatal car crash of Diana, Princess of Wales.

No, we're not kidding.

The attraction can be found at the new National Enquirer Live! when the park opens Friday. It's located in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., just a few miles from Dolly ...Read more

Fiesta San Antonio is the perfect expression for a culturally distinctive city

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SAN ANTONIO -- "Every true Texan has two prides: his hometown and the Alamo," famously remarked J. Frank Dobie, a former journalist, folklorist and rancher.

I agree. My pilgrimages to the Alamo began as a teenager when my grandfather first took me to the storied mission. I was appropriately awed at being in the spot where 189 defenders took ...Read more

Big highways blah? Don't dis them. Why and when to travel interstates — happily

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When we think about road trips -- and, now that schools are out or almost so, we may be -- we rarely think about the road itself, especially the big, rumbling, boring interstates that lace together our country.

Why should we? They're the method, not the merriment.

But consider this: More than half of traveling families will vacation by car ...Read more

On Nevada's Electric Highway in a Tesla, a Wild West ethos versus a techie future

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GOLDFIELD, Nev. -- We were taking a smarty-pants car through honky-tonky country -- Reno to Las Vegas. Our route: U.S. 95, Nevada's Electric Highway, a mostly two-lane road that has been peppered with charging stations to meet the growing demand of electric vehicles, or EVs.

Although still a fraction of the market, EV sales are surging, ...Read more

Following environmentalist Edward Abbey's footsteps in the Utah and Arizona deserts

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Edward Abbey (1927-1989) was a desert rat, a chronic contrarian, a serial government employee with a penchant for anarchy.

He made his reputation by exploring Arches in the nonfiction "Desert Solitaire" (1968), then doubled his fame in 1975 with "The Monkey Wrench Gang," a novel that follows four misfits as they lament lost wild places, burn ...Read more

To California's Basque Country, propelled by hydrogen

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- In May 1968, I took a road trip with my father to see Cesar E. Chavez and Bobby Kennedy speak in the Central Valley farm town of Delano. Chavez was fighting for civil rights for farmworkers. Kennedy was campaigning for president. Both were eloquent and moving.

On the drive back, my father detoured into Bakersfield. He had...Read more

Waterfalls are roaring this spring in Yosemite National Park

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There's no finer place in California to view waterfalls than Yosemite Valley. And there's no better time than now.

Roaring like thunder, the world-famous falls are likely to grow even wilder after this month's storms, adding more water to the Merced River already swollen to twice its average size, according to U.S. Geological Survey gauges.

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Estefans unveil Miami Beach's historic Cardozo Hotel after $15 million renovation

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Four years, $15 million and the passion of its celebrity owners have brought a fresh attitude -- and smart new interiors -- to Miami Beach's historic Cardozo Hotel.

"The whole thing is new," said Emilio Estefan (yes, that Emilio Estefan), who owns the hotel with wife Gloria. "Bathrooms, floors, air conditioners. That's why it took us four years...Read more

Disneyland Resort unveils a new annual pass that aims to ease crowding

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Hoping to ease crowding, Disneyland Resort is introducing an annual pass that lets visitors in on slow days but requires reservations for weekends and other popular times.

"We are trying to smooth demand," said Annika Chase, vice president of marketing and commercial strategy at the resort.

The so-called Flex Pass will go on sale May 21 for $...Read more

Wooing visitors to Star Wars land is easy. But shooing them?

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"Star Wars" fans have spent years waiting for Disneyland to let them enter a galaxy far, far away.

How then does the Magic Kingdom get them to leave?

Disneyland's May 31 launch of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge will test the park's efforts to open a highly anticipated expansion without the crushing crowds, frustration and chaos that can accompany a ...Read more

Bourbon and bikes: Discovering Kentucky's distilleries on a cycling adventure

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As we pedaled our bikes over the rolling hills of Kentucky, I could practically taste the bourbon.

There'd be a glass waiting for us at the end of the ride, of course -- two fingers of whiskey, with a single ice cube. But being surrounded by the raw ingredients had the flavor tickling my tongue. Fields of corn beginning to brown in the August ...Read more

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