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Our Busch Gardens Tampa Experience

On June 11, all of the Florida based parks that are part of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment reopened. This included Busch Gardens Tampa. I’m a longtime Passholder with the company, and I was itching to drive to Tampa to see how things were handled. Busch Gardens didn’t receive great reports for the first few days, so I decided to wait ...

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Celebrating a Quarantined Disney Birthday

Spending my birthday at Walt Disney World is one of my favorite traditions. I enjoy picking the park weeks in advance, seeing what I can get for FastPass+ reservations, and finding the perfect place to dine. Even before we moved to Florida, my family and I would head to a local theme park for the day each year when my ...

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My Orlando Informer Meetup Experience

Update: The May Orlando Informer Event has been rescheduled. The new dates are December 5-6 and December 11-12.   Orlando Informer is, according to their website, a ” vacation planning resource”. They have strong ties to Universal Orlando Resort. From time to time they hold an Orlando Informer Meetup. My daughter and I attended the event on Friday, February 28. ...

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Masquerade at The Edison in Walt Disney World

When some people think of Walt Disney World, often they will assume that it is just for families with children. They incorrectly decide that there is nothing for the 21 and up crowd, especially since Downtown Disney’s Pleasure Island has been gone for years. While Walt Disney World is one of the top family vacation destinations in the country, there ...

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Estefan Kitchen at Sunset Walk

Bongos Cuban Cafe opened in 1997 at Downtown Disney (later renamed Disney Springs). The driving force behind the eatery was celebrity couple Gloria and Emilio Estefan. The restaurant featured Cuban favorites, live music, and portraits of Gloria Estefan. Last August, Bongos closed its doors forever. The good news is that we can still enjoy much of what Bongos had to ...

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Disney Villains After Hours Has Returned for 2020

In 2019, Disney Villains After Hours debuted at the Magic Kingdom. It ran only ten times. It featured all of the fun of regular Disney After Hours, but it also had some enhancements. I attended the first one and I was impressed by the event. Disney villains After Hours is back, and it will take place many more times in ...

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Disney After Hours at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom

I am a huge fan of the Disney After Hours events. The first one that I attended was at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and then I also went to the one at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. (That one, sadly, is not available at this time, and right now there are no known plans to bring it back.) Epcot has never offered Disney ...

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Walt Disney World Resort Showcase

The next few days are going to be pretty exciting. My daughter and I are going to be part of a hosted media group that has been invited to take part in a resort showcase. We are going to be spending three nights at Disney’s Riviera Resort, which is of course brand new. If that were not thrilling enough, we ...

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