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$1 Million Light Parade to go to This Winter in Missouri

Nov 28, 2014
Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO has a new $1 million light parade this year that features Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

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More than you can possibly do on one Disney Cruise


Water playground on Castaway Cay
Whether you are a first time cruiser, a Disney cruise fan (some have cruised the line a dozen times or more), cruising with one child, or your extended family (at least 1/3 of cruisers will be), you will be hard pressed to do even half of what this ship has to offer—and that includes Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. more
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Disney’s newest and biggest cruiseship is christened


Aquaduck water slide on the Disney Dream
Yes, vacation dreams can come true. At least Mickey Mouse thinks so as he promises dreams of adventure, friendship, romance and fun at the rollicking Christening of Disney’s new Dream. more
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Exploring the New Disney Dream That Ups the Ante for Family Cruising


Disney Dream Christening
Other cruise lines are also catering to the growing family cruise market (more than a million kids now cruise each year) with their megaships -- a smart move at a time when kids increasingly drive vacation decisions. A survey found that cruises top kids’ list of dream vacation destinations, right behind a trip to Walt Disney World. more
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How to manage a whirlwind day at Disney World


New Disney attraction -- traveling with Little Mermaid
Theresa Bennett and her extended family are all smiles—even as they wait 40 minutes in line at Epcot to see Soarin’ -- the popular attraction that makes you feel as if you are hang-gliding over California more
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Two days at Disney World and two on new Disney Dream


Footbridge over Wild Animal Kingdom
Wild Animal Trek gives you the chance to watch the cheetahs and lions through powerful binoculars, get to the edge of the river above where the crocs loll, albeit tethered to cables that keep a misstep from turning into a tragedy. Yes, we were also tethered going across the bridges more
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Divers come from around the world to Grand Turk Island


Dive boat heads out at Bohio Grand Turk
The Bohio Resort managers Ginny and Tom Allan hug us goodbye. That doesn’t happen at your typical resort hotel. We leave with Conch shells in our bags and lots of dive sites we still want to see. We’ll have to come back. more
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When the best-laid travel plans go awry


US NEWS VOLCANO-FLIGHTS 4 OS
For us, that meant enjoying a quiet “staycation” after Christmas instead of taking a much-anticipated diving trip to Grand Turk Island. Though our flight was scheduled two days after the Christmas blizzard that crippled the East Coast, we thought we were good to go and left our house that morning boarding passes in hand. But in the hour it took us to get to JFK our flight was canceled and we couldn’t get another for several days. Work schedules dictated we cancel the trip. more
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Different ways to learn to dive – cold and warm


Yoga class at Bohio Grand Turk
For our second dive of the day, we head to the Library, so named because it is directly in front of Grand Turk’s tiny library. We dive along the famous Grand Turk Wall that drops 100 feet. It is marvelous-- all varieties of fish and coral. By the end of the dive, holding the dive master’s hand, Emily is hooked and comes up out of the water smiling more
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Fresh conch salad on the beach anyone?


Live conch catch at Bohio Grand Turk
The area east of where we staying at Bohio is apparently full of conch—our novice free divers get 10 in 20 minutes. We head to Gibb’s Cay, a tiny island where Trevor will prepare Conch Salad or Conch Ceviche while he hands out shrimp for us to feed the half dozen stingrays who swim around the beach waiting for their treat. more
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Learning how to scuba dive on Grand Turk Island


Melanie learns scuba at Bohio Grand Turk
My daughter Mel, 19, and I have come to Grand Turk Island so that she can complete the four-day PADI course (www.padi.com) and become a certified diver, as am I. Truth be told, this was supposed to be a family trip over New Years—Mel’s older brother and dad also are divers—but a blizzard in New York derailed our plans. Rather than forgo the opportunity altogether, she and I opted to make it a shorter, girls trip more
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