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2016-2017 REVIEW: WALT DISNEY WORLD DELUXE RESORTS

Walt Disney World has eight official Disney Deluxe resorts and much to Disney’s dismay, we include the Swan and Dolphin in this mix for while they are not Disney-operated, they are complete upscale resorts with Disney transportation and character meals. … Continue reading

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Florida’s Lesser Known Museums Are Hidden Gems

The other week my wife and I visited the fabulous Ringling Museums in Sarasota.  It was Smithsonian Museum freebie day and the 44 acre property was so jammed with people, we paid for a special tour just to get into … Continue reading

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Historic Florida Train Trips Inside The State

Until trains connected Florida with Northern markets and people, Florida was the least populated state in the South, the least populated region of the country. At a time when transcontinental railroads were building westward, Henry Flagler was building a railroad … Continue reading

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FLORIDA’S GREATEST MAN MADE ATTRACTIONS

THE OVERSEAS HIGHWAY has become a video symbol of Florida in films and publications across the globe. There is nothing like it in the world – a 113 mile highway (US 1) going southward from Florida to Key West.  It … Continue reading

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Ten Small Florida Vacation Towns You Should Visit

Tired of a Florida vacation in an overcrowded, overpriced metropolis?  Perhaps you should spend some vacation time in some of Florida’s small towns, where they appreciate every visitor and offer personalized services Here are ten of my favorite small town spots … Continue reading

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My 2016-1017 Walt Disney World Tips

STUDY the best Non-Disney Websites Websites like Mousesavers, AllEars, wdwinfo.com have the latest WDW information with “no BS” evaluations, some hotel deals, and restaurant menus.  Don’t just read the WDW website material! My Biased View On WDW Hotels In my … Continue reading

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September in Florida Still Means Big Events

Labor Day may mean the end of summer in Florida, but it doesn’t mean Florida towns will wait for the snowbirds and big cash tourists to return in winter.  September is a good time in Florida.  With school back everywhere, … Continue reading

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Seven Women Who Changed Florida History

One hundred years ago Florida was the only state in the South with less than one million residents, but things would soon change in every aspect of society in Florida.  Many people played major roles in Florida history – here … Continue reading

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New Hotel Boom Hits South Florida

Florida has 370,000 hotel rooms in 16,374 hotels.  It is the only state that is covered by three AAA travel guides. Despite these statistics the Great Recession slowed down new hotel construction particularly outside South Florida.  Today huge hotel projects … Continue reading

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The Story of Florida Starts With Two Myths

The first thing any Florida school child learns about their home state is probably:  While searching for the Fountain of Youth, Ponce de Leon discovered Florida. That’s not just a myth.  It is a Double Myth!  Here is the real … Continue reading

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