A peek at the Other Orlando

You have permission to publish this article electronically or in print, free of charge, as long as it is printed as is and the author byline is included. URL s must appear as hyperlinks. Most people think of Orlando and think of Disney World or Universal Studios. And a trip to these attractions makes a wonderful vacation experience. But what do you do after you get your fill of Mickey Mouse? Or in the wintertime when the parks close early, what do you do with all those hours between park closing and bedtime? Believe it or not, Orlando has many more attractions. They are not as big or as glamorous as Disney World or Universal Studios but they make for …

A Day at the Summer Palace of Peter the Great

For elegance and old world feel, St. Petersburg is by far the best Russian city. If you go, a visit to Peterhof, the summer palace of Peter the Great is a must. Peterhof As Tanya and I left St. Petersburg for Peterhof, I was in a foul mood. A pickpocket had cut through the bottom of my backpack and swiped my camera. The ferry taking us was packed and the adorable child on my right had just spilled his ice cream down my leg. Why, I oughta’. My mood was soon to change. Apparently, sensing my volatile mood, Tanya hadn’t said a word on the 20 minute ferry ride. As we exited onto a long pier at Peterhof, she grabbed …

Awareness And Cooperation Equal Safety And Fun When Families Visit Parks

Many parents are finding that with a little bit of care and planning, fun and safety can go hand in hand when they visit a theme park with their children. “Parents and guardians can provide great examples for children of all ages,” said Charlie Bray, President and CEO of International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA). “As these adults exhibit safe behavior in a fun way, children will also find motivation to practice safe habits at every theme park, water park, museum and other attractions they visit.” Here are some tips on how families can join the parks and attractions industry as “partners in safety” from a Web site called ticketforfun.com. The site offers consumers a comprehensive online directory …

10 Free Things To Do At Disney World

1. Visit Downtown Disney. It cost nothing to visit Downtown Disney. There are lots of fun shops to stroll through and plenty of people watching oportunities. (If you visit during the day PLEASE take a hat. I think Downtown Disney has it’s own micro climate – it often seems degrees hotter than the rest of Orlando.) Don’t miss the snoozing man made from lego or the fabtastc magnets at Magnetron Magnetz. Stop in the Art of Disney store – They run a trivia quiz every day and give out prizes if you get them all right! 2. Watch the Magic Kingdom Fireworks from the beach of the Grand Floridian or Polynesian. You can park at the resorts for a short …