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More Free Lodgings! This Time The Giveaway Is For Members of the Military, 2500 of Them

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/29/2015, 12:45 PM

Seems to be the season of freebies! Massive timeshare corporation Westgate Resorts is doing the gifting and amazingly, nobody will have to sit through a timeshare presentation to stay the night. (I asked. Three times.) Instead, Westgate Resorts is showing its patriotism by giving away two-night, three-day stays to the first 2500 callers on November 11, starting at 9am ET. Callers must have...

Everglades Airboats To Be Eliminated

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/10/2015, 8:15 AM

For most of the twentieth century, airboats have been a staple of touring the Florida Everglades. New rules, though, are about the silence them once and for all. When the National Park Service acquired additional land for Everglades National Park in the late 1980s, the acquisition included some 110,000 acres where professional airboat pilots operated, many of them for tourists.  It has...

Pieces of Lost Space Shuttles Go On Display

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/11/2015, 8:15 AM

The $100 million home of the space shuttle Atlantis, which opened last year, has put Florida's Kennedy Space Center back on the tourism maps. Without giving too much away, the way in which the orbiter is revealed to arriving guests is perhaps the most spine-tingling moment in all of Orlando, a city known for goosebumps. Hanging 26 feet off the ground at an angle of 43.21 degrees (like the numb...

Popular Orlando Water Park to Close Forever

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/29/2015, 5:00 PM

A few weeks ago, when Universal Orlando announced it was building a lavish new water slide park, Volcano Bay, for a 2017 opening, it was all over for Wet 'N Wild.  The seminal water slide park opened in 1977 and was the first of its kind in the world, essentially inventing the water park genre that now has far surpassed its tiny acreage and simple ethic. There's no lavish theme, just lots ...

Can a Florida Congressman Put the Brakes on American Travel To Cuba?

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/30/2015, 1:00 PM

The vast majority of Americans favor travel without restriction to Cuba. Heck, in a recent poll the overwhelming majority of Cuban Americans answered that they wanted to end the 50-plus year embargo. But the will of the people doesn't seem to matter much to eight Cuban-American Congressmen, a group apparently led by Republican Mario Diaz-Balart of Miami. On Tuesday, Congressman Diaz-Balart...

As Disney World Tickets Break $100, There Are Signs Disney Vacations Are Now Only for the Rich

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/22/2015, 6:30 PM

Disney raises its prices every year in advance of the big school holidays, and this year, its price hike has broken a barrier that seems impossible. As of today, a single day at the Magic Kingdom in Orlando now costs $105 plus tax. That's a 6% hike over the previous rate. The per-day price goes down if you buy more than one day of tickets, but of course, the total amount paid goes hig...

How Much Does an Orlando Vacation Cost? A New Tool Does the Math

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/02/2014, 12:00 PM

One of the most common questions for me as the author of Frommer's Orlando is, "How much does a vacation there cost?"   Well, a new online tool helps you figure out how much an Orlando theme park vacation will hit you for.   It's clean and easy to use. Want to go to Walt Disney World for three days with the Park Hopper option? Check the boxes. Want to follow that with two...

You Only Live Once, But You Get to Serve Twice: The Low Down on Tennis Vacations from An Expert

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/10/2014, 11:45 PM

  Billie Jean King once said “Tennis is a perfect combination of violent action taking place in an atmosphere of total tranquility.” And for many it’s that dichotomy, grace vs. sweaty exertion, that makes tennis the ideal vacation activity. With spring and summer just around the corner, I thought it was the right time to grill an expert on tennis vacations. Roger Cox is a long-time sp...

Next Up On The Frommer's Book Tour: Coral Gables, FL on January 27

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 01/27/2014, 3:15 PM

Not to gloat, but there are perks to dashing around the country on a book tour, especially if it takes you to gorgeous Miami. I'm typing this in front of a swimming pool, as I check over my notes on a speech that tells folks how to get to places this lovely. And for Miami, that will likely include ski destinations (we're constantly changing the speech we give). So if you live in this w...

Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort Now Generating Power From Rooftop Wind Turbines

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/06/2013, 9:30 PM

On top of the 26th floor of the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, barely visible from A1A and the beach on its doorstep, six wind turbines have just been installed.  I checked them out on a recent visit to the city. For now, they bow down like modernist sculpture, held horizontal by their hydraulic lifts, but this month, they will be unfurled to a height of 35 feet above the roof l...

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