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October 7, 2008

Steve Birnbaum is no longer writing the Disney guide books…does anyone know why?


Steve suffered a stroke and lost all ability to write and type. He is doing better at cider hospital, but the doctors say he will never be the same.

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October 5, 2008

Family Cruises Guide

Family cruises are the ideal solution when you’re in need of a stress-free family vacation that’s fun for everyone. No need to worry about traffic jams, valet parking or keeping the kids entertained. You can just relax in the comfort of your plush onboard surroundings, and let the kids explore a mind-blowing array of cruise entertainment or you can join in the activities too!

Throughout the year there is no shortage of cruise ships catering for families leaving ports all around North America. Family cruises to Disney are popular as are themed family cruises during spring break and summer vacation time. Destinations such as Bermuda, the Caribbean and the Bahamas are all within easy reach of east coast ports. On the west side, Mexico, Canada and Alaska are equally accessible too for family cruises.

Further afield, family cruises along the Amazon or fly-cruises around Europe offer great value for your dollar. Besides the wealth of onboard entertainment for all the family to enjoy, what child would not be impressed by a close encounter with pink dolphins on the Amazon, or the sight of gladiators re-enacting Roman times in an Italian amphitheater? There’s no end of fun to be had, and all at a price that is affordable, especially when compared to land-based vacations of a similar standard!

Family cruises for kids

Kids of all ages can expect a dazzling array of entertainment to greet them on family cruises. For younger children games rooms and video rooms showing cartoons are available on many cruise ships that cater for families. There are video games, sports activities, dancing classes and organized activities under the direction of the ship’s crew for older children to delight in. Some cruise liners even have ‘kids-only’ swimming pools.

Family cruises for parents

For parents everything from golf to poolside massages are available on family cruises. Kids can be left in the capable hands of the cruise liner’s staff leaving you free to enjoy some ‘you’ time. Most cruise boats offer a babysitting service. So, why not take advantage of it and steal an evening walk under the stars together or share a romantic meal at the ship’s restaurant? You might just find that it is the most enjoyable and relaxing vacation you’ve been on in years!

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October 3, 2008

A Kissimmee Guide to a Great Vacation

Kissimmee is near Orlando and many people stay there to save money on a trip to Disney World. The area has much more to offer, in addition to affordable accommodations. A Kissimmee guide will help you enjoy all this area has to offer. There are many attractions and opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities and interact with nature.

A Kissimmee Guide to the Great Outdoors

The beautiful climate in Florida allows for outdoor activities all year long. Fishing is a popular activity in this area. Lake Kissimmee is a 35,000 acre lake. This lake is the largest on the Kissimmee River. Lake restoration was done in 1996. The restoration created a better spawning ground and increased the quality of the fishing. Large mouth bass is a popular fish in this lake. There are tournaments held here each year and fish as large as twenty pounds have taken the top prize.

Kissimmee’s Great Outdoor Days are held each year in late October. A three day fishing tournament, the Lake Toho Pro Am is held at this time of year. This is a weekend event with music, activities and other entertainment. The festival is a free event that offers many fun activities for the whole family, even members who don’t enjoy fishing.

Nearby Conservation Village is a great place for kids to learn the importance of conserving our lakes and rivers. There is a stocked pond where children can enjoy fishing. During the Outdoor Days Festival, there are cardboard boat races where the whole family can participate in creating cardboard boats and racing them. During the festival, a classic car show is held. Central Florida car club members exhibit their vehicles. This is open to the public free of charge.

If you want to enjoy nature on your trip, consider visiting the Everglades. You can take an airboat ride to see wildlife up close. Tours are available for a half hour or hour. You will see native plants and wildlife, including alligators on these tours. Bring your camera to get some great pictures of the gators.

Kissimmee Guide to Attractions

If you love gators, consider visiting Gatorland during your stay in Kissimmee. This is a very popular attraction in this area. The park is home to alligators, crocodiles, reptiles and a variety of bird species. There is a 2000 foot boardwalk, where you can walk through the swamp and get a closer look at wildlife. There are alligator nurseries and breeding areas where you will learn about these amazing creatures.

Reptile World is another attraction where your family can see and learn about reptiles. This is the largest exhibit of reptiles in the state. There are shows with snake handlers. During the show, the handler demonstrates extracting venom from cobras and rattlesnakes.

Green Meadows Farm is a great place to spend some quiet and relaxing time with your children. The kids will love learning about the animals and interacting with them. The farm is home to over 300 animals. There is an interactive tour, where every child gets a chance to milk a cow. The farm also offers pony rides and hay rides for guests.

If you love riding horses, consider visiting Horse World Stables. There are 750 acres with trails for riders of every skill level. Guests also get the opportunity to feed and pet the animals in the stables. A game of volleyball or horseshoes will add to the fun of your visit to Horse World. A picnic area is available for you to enjoy a picnic lunch outside.

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October 2, 2008

Tips to Make Your Disney Holiday Successful

Going to Walt Disney World Orlando or Disneyland Anaheim is a special occasion. You want to make sure that you make the most of this fantastic opportunity. How can you do that? Follow these tips to make it a fun and memorable experience:

1.Plan Ahead
There is a lot to see and do on a Walt Disney World vacation and you would do well to read up on all that is on offer. Yes it will probably make your head spin with possibilities but its better to have some idea upfront of what you want to see and experience rather than get overwhelmed on arrival and miss out. One thing you’ll want to decide on is whether you are going to book into one of the Walt Disney World Resorts or another hotel close by. If you want the complete Disney experience then staying at one of the many Walt Disney World Resorts is a good choice.

2.Allow enough time
While you could see a lot of Disneyland in one day, it isn’t really ideal. You can whip around quickly but if it is likely to be a once in a lifetime visit then you’ll want to savor it all so don’t skimp on time. Try to allow at least two days, if not longer.

3.Be Prepared
You will do a lot of walking at Walt Disney World so make sure you pack your most comfortable shoes. If you feel you may need spare clothes but don’t want to lug a heavy bag around, you can use one of the lockers provided near the entrance.

4.Allow for Quiet Time
Disneyland is all about fun and that can mean a full on assault on your senses – lots of noise, heaps to see, and many places demanding your attention. To get through the experience without feeling like you need a week’s sleep to recover, schedule in some down time during the day. If you do, you’ll find you will be able to keep going for longer and will enjoy it more.

5.Cater for everyone
There are specially decked out toddler rooms and parenting rooms. If you need a break then use these excellent facilities. If you are traveling with a large group or your family has a wide spread of age ranges then make sure that everyone gets a chance to choose what you see and do. You can do this by splitting up and meeting back at an agreed time at one of the many designated meeting points or by each choosing what you will do next.

So do the girl guide/scout thing and get organized. By thinking about what you really want before you get there, you’ll make sure that you don’t leave disappointed that you didn’t manage to do all that you hoped.

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