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Our Travel Podcasts: Summer, Star Wars, Safety, Scams

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/03/2019, 6:00 PM

Each week, Frommer's brings you two fresh podcasts stuffed with travel tips, news, and inspiration. Recordings are made from our weekly call-in show on WABC-770AM in New York and our nationally syndicated radio program.  With Memorial Day behind us, the summer travel season has begun—and we've got a lot of news you need to know before you hit the road. First, hosts Pauline Frommer and Jas...

Eight Observations About Travel That May Be of Use for Your Next Vacation

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 07/21/2017, 12:00 AM

Quick thoughts on Airbnb, Disneyland, airlines, Cuba, Washington's National Museum of African American History and Culture, and other recent travel developments...

Wait Times at Disneyland Keep Going Up

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/17/2017, 4:00 AM

Despite rising ticket prices and efforts to fine-tune ride reservation systems, wait times at Disneyland keep going up.  An extensive analysis of lines at the Anaheim, California theme park conducted by the Los Angeles Times found that the average wait for the most popular rides in the first six months of the year was 24.4 minutes—a 28% increase over the same period in 2015.  The longe...

Pint-Size Princess Confronts Gaston at Disneyland

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/21/2016, 4:00 AM

Now let's discuss the big debate of the week. We're talking, of course, about Gaston vs. Snow White. Dressed as that particular Disney princess, a 6-year-old girl named Lucy encountered the Beauty and the Beast bully at Disneyland in California this week. Lucy's mom, Katie Pettit, was filming the interaction, but she didn't coax the youngster to give Gaston a piece of her mind. Lucy di...

New Concept Art for Disneyland's "Star Wars" Released

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/12/2016, 10:00 PM

Disney has released a new conceptual illustration of the hotly anticipated Star Wars-themed area being built at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Here's how the park's blog (breathlessly) describes it: "Nestled between towering spires of rock, this thriving port contains a seemingly familiar architecture of markets, landing zones and buildings. Look closely and you may find hints of some of t...

Short-Term Rentals Banned in Anaheim

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/05/2016, 12:45 PM

The city council of Anaheim, California—home of Disneyland—has voted to ban the operation of all short-term rentals, which will have to shut down within the next 18 months. Given that the city is a popular tourist destination due to its proximity to Orange County theme parks and beaches, Anaheim has a slew of vacation rentals listed at sites such as Airbnb and HomeAway, which offer travelers a...

Disney Comes to Shanghai, the Watergate Reopens, and More: Your Travel Briefing

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/16/2016, 1:15 PM

Merchandise at Shanghai Disneyland (Mooshuu/Flickr) Your Daily Travel Briefing is our new daily roundup of travel-related news and information gathered from all over. Check this space each weekday for fresh updates. Here's what's going on in the world of travel today. * SHANGHAI DISNEYLAND OPENS TO THE PUBLIC (Chicago Tribune). And reports indicate the park is a stunner—colossal i...

Disney Is Opening a New "Magic Kingdom" in Shanghai, China, And from All Reports it's a Stunning Advance in Theme Park Design

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/03/2016, 6:00 PM

    Disney Parks  China itself is such a fascinating touristic destination that it really doesn't need another attraction. And yet that's exactly what it got this month, in the opening of the Shanghai Disneyland.  Larger by far than any previous Disneyland in the U.S., Paris or elsewhere, this one incorporates such new advances in electronic wizardry, spread over awesomely-large groun...

Disney Parks Now Charge Up to 20% More If It's Busy—Tickets Cost Up to $124 a Day!

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/28/2016, 7:15 PM

Early this month, I reported that Universal Studios Hollywood would charge less for quiet days for guests who booked ahead online, and I predicted that it was only a matter of time before Disney followed suit and simply charged you more to go during popular times. Today, Disney followed Universal's lead. Except where Universal's plan shows customers when they can save money, Disne...

The One-Percenting of Disney: Who Loses, Who Wins

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/06/2015, 3:45 PM

Every few months, American news outlets erupt with a new round of rueful Disney coverage. Every spring, admission ticket prices shoot skyward, and this week, it hiked its annual pass rates as much as 31%—an insane inflation by any standard. Disney parks are as crowded as ever, but the company seems to be entirely tone deaf to the real takeaway behind the constant drumbeat of bad press: Di...

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