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Yellowstone Fires, World's Biggest Indoor Theme Park, and More: Today's Travel Briefing | Frommer's  

Yellowstone Fires, World's Biggest Indoor Theme Park, and More: Today's Travel Briefing

A roundup of travel news from all over
You only have to get through one more day before the long weekend! Here's what's happening in the world of travel.

* CLOSED DUE TO FIRES, YELLOWSTONE'S SOUTH ENTRANCE REOPENS (Associated Press). Several lightning-caused wildfires continue to burn in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks this week. 
The biggest blaze has damaged 55 square miles of protected terrain since it started on August 8. Another forced the closure of the south entrance to Yellowstone, requiring visitors coming from Jackson, Wyoming, to take an hourlong detour by car to reach the park's western entrance. 
On Tuesday, Yellowstone's south gate was reopened, even as firefighters continue to battle five separate blazes in the area. Fortunately, officials say that altogether the fires are affecting less than 2% of Yellowstone's land, and all major roads, entrances, and tourist attractions are currently open. 
Though firefighters seem to have the situation under control, the fires in both parks are expected to stay active over the next few days as a result of dry, warm weather.


Yellowstone National Park (photo: Gevor/

* LOW FARES TO HAVANA NOW ON SALE FROM SPIRIT. Fast on the heels of JetBlue operating the first flight in more than 50 years from the United States to Cuba, Spirit Airlines has begun offering, as of yesterday, its ultra-low fares for its own upcoming service to the Caribbean island nation.
One of 10 U.S. airlines granted permission from the Department of Transportation to fly to Cuba, Spirit will be connecting Fort Lauderdale and Havana starting on December 1 (JetBlue's service that started this week goes from Fort Lauderdale to the central Cuban city of Santa Clara). 
With Spirit's "Bare Fare," a round-trip flight from Florida to Havana is currently going for less than $200 at Spirit's website.
Keep in mind, though, that rate only covers you and one personal item. As with most budget airlines, Spirit charges fees for everything—and we mean everything—else.

* WORLD'S LARGEST INDOOR THEME PARK OPENS IN DUBAI (Theme Park Insider). In Dubai—land of the superlative—the world's largest indoor theme park opened this week.
Covering 1.5 million square feet, IMG Worlds of Adventure features 17 major thrill rides and attractions tied to Marvel superheroes, Cartoon Network characters, dinosaurs, and other theme-park standbys. 
The facility will be open 365 days a year; tickets cost US$82.69. The management hopes to attract 4.5 million visitors a year.
The United Arab Emirates is experiencing a theme-park boom of late. In addition to IMG Worlds of Adventure, new and upcoming amusements in the country include Ferrari World, Motiongate, Bollywood Park, and Legoland Dubai.

To check out the new indoor behemoth, watch the promotional video below.

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