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Pennsylvania's Crayola Experience, a Family Favorite, Revamps in Time for the Summer Season

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/22/2013, 4:45 PM

On Memorial Day, the newly renvoated Crayola Experience, in Easton, Penn., on the border of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, reopens with brand new slate of hands-on family activities.  Crayons aren't really made at this 60,000-square-foot Crayola property — that's in another Pennsylvania town. But this family destination, located on the main town square of a town with Revolutionary War roots,...

Disney World in Orlando Rolls Out Its Own User-Generated Reviews: A Good Idea?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/22/2013, 2:15 AM

Walt Disney World in Orlando has just turned on its new beta site, Reviews.DisneyWorld.Disney.Go.Com, where the vacation giant is soliciting user-generated reviews from customers. Right now, most of the reviews are glowing, which in Disney's Cyber World means a rating of — you guessed it — five Mouse Heads. "For a moment, you feel as if you are in Italy," gushes one review of an Italian re...

The Airlines Sometimes Profit when the TSA Does its Job Inefficiently

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/20/2013, 2:00 PM

On Saturday morning at JFK, the line for passengers to have their I.D.s inspected by the Transportation Security Administration was extraordinarily long, and the lines to go through the actual checkpoints were just as awful. The person checking passengers' tickets at the entrance to the whole mess did not work for the TSA, and he heard person after person exclaim that they were unlikely to mak...

Go to Canada for $40? Kangaride.com Uses the Web to Make Ride Shares Safer

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/17/2013, 10:30 PM

With summer travel inflating the price of transit, it's worth looking into alternatives. A Canadian website called Kangaride matchmakes passengers and drivers with affordable ride shares in both Canada and the United States. Anyone who has extra space in their car and a road trip on their calendar can pick up some extra cash by picking up an extra passenger. Drivers set the prices, which a...

Eureka! We Found Summer Savings of up to 30 Percent at Disneyland and Walt Disney World

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/17/2013, 2:30 PM

Disney tends to restrict its best sales to customers who are already on its mailing list, but this summer, we found two big discounts that are available to the general public right now. For Disneyland in California, our friends at MouseSavers.com have the rundown on three discount codes which can be used through the Orbitz.com booking site. The best discount is for 15%, and it's good for s...

New York City Subway Stations Get Tricky Free Wi-Fi

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/14/2013, 2:00 PM

After years of waiting, 36 stations in the New York City subway system, including the stations most popular with tourists (Times Square, Rockefeller Center) have been equipped with free wi-fi and voice calling. Trains themselves are not equipped, so visitors will need to conduct their business on the platforms and in the stations. We spent the past few weeks testing it out. The system is n...

Frommer's Forum Reader Unearths Round-trip Airfare to France in June for $620

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/13/2013, 4:15 PM

Eagle-eyed Frommer's community member Travel Rob has spotted some incredible summer airfare rates on XL Airways to France for June. Normally, rates top a grand, but he has found a method for finding some incredible bargains. He posted word of a $620 New York-Marseille round-trip ticket in our forum: "Just like I thought, XL is continuing to offer deals, even for June.... Most [booking]...

Virgin Vacations sells luxury packages to the real Downton Abbey

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/13/2013, 3:00 PM

It only took until Season Four. Virgin Vacations has added to its fall lineup a visit to the United Kingdom that includes a trip to the real-life set of the upstairs scenes of PBS's Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle.  The seven-day trip includes round-trip flights, airport transfers, three nights' hotel in London and two in Bracknell, near the house. That's an hour west of London in Berkshir...

By Advertising That They Are "American Owned", A Number of U.S. Motels Are Engaging in Utterly Improper Racism

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/11/2013, 4:15 PM

You don't have to drive long on U.S. highways until you see one: a motel sign loudly boasting the premises are "American-owned." And you don't have to stay in many motels to know that in the past 25 years, budget accommodations have become a major growth sector for immigrants from South Asia. A large proportion of America's budget hotels are now run by people born in and around In...

By Advertising That They Are "American Owned", A Number of U.S. Motels Are Engaging in Utterly Improper Racism

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/11/2013, 4:15 PM

You don't have to drive long on U.S. highways until you see one: a motel sign loudly boasting the premises are "American-owned." And you don't have to stay in many motels to know that in the past 25 years, budget accommodations have become a major growth sector for immigrants from South Asia. A large proportion of America's budget hotels are now run by people born in and around In...

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