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My Second Favorite Thing About Universal Orlando

December 26, 2012
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Knowing that many of you are still caught up in festive activities between Christmas and New Year’s, I figured this might be a good time for a light post. I have to liken the chaos of the holiday season to the chaos of a theme park. Lots of people, lots of noise, too much sensory […]

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Review: The DFB Guide to the Walt Disney World Holidays 2012

November 28, 2012
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My apologies to all you solo travel generalists out there; this one’s for the Disney fans. Perhaps you’d rather read this blast from the past? Christmas Week Travel. . .Or Not. * * * * * Do you dream of a traditional Christmas with snow and sleigh rides, candy canes and hot cider, enormous Christmas […]

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Disney’s Food & Wine Festival for the Solo Traveler

August 14, 2012
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It’s that time of year again when Disney fans are starting to make plans to attend Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival at Disney World. There is so much to love about this festival. The food! The wine! The craft beers! The entertainment! And some things not to love. . .like the crowds. I attended […]

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The Taxi Trilogy: A Silver Lining in Orlando

April 24, 2012
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This is part 2 of a 3-part series on memorable taxi stories that started with a story from my last trip to Las Vegas over on The Vegas Solo. Today’s story comes from my most recent trip to Orlando, and much like my Las Vegas story, involves a driver making a fresh start with his […]

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Live Entertainment at Disney World

March 30, 2012
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Many people go to Walt Disney World without realizing how much it has to offer beyond theme park rides. I’ve known people who have gone to the Magic Kingdom, assuming that was all there was to Disney World! When I inquired about how they liked Animal Kingdom or Epcot, they looked at me like they […]

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Staying at the Walt Disney World Swan

February 29, 2012

During my first two trips to Walt Disney World, I became convinced that the ideal place to stay would be at one of the Boardwalk hotels, because of how close they are to my favorite park—Epcot–and how many dining and activity options are available there. I decided the Swan or Dolphin would be best for […]

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Universal’s CityWalk vs. Downtown Disney

January 27, 2012

Ask almost any regular Orlando visitor which has the best nightlife options–Universal Orlando’s CityWalk or Disney World’s Downtown Disney–and the majority will say: CityWalk. I would have also said this, even before I visited CityWalk for the first time (mainly because I’m still bitter about Disney shutting down the Adventurer’s Club). And yet if you […]

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Going Solo at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

November 30, 2011

If you’re a fan of the Harry Potter books and films, raise your hand. Me too! (I’m raising my hand right now.) I’ve read all the books, seen all the movies (some more than once) and when I heard that Universal Orlando was creating a theme park for the Harry Potter series, I thought it […]

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The DFB Guide to Walt Disney World Dining: A Review

April 12, 2011
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I get a lot of weird looks from people when I tell them I’m going to Disney World. . .alone.  They can’t imagine what could possibly appeal to me about this vacation destination for families. Many things, actually–the variety of activities available on Disney property, the fact that I get to be a kid again, […]

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