We Went To Universal Orlando Annual Passholder Holiday Event at Islands of Adventure!

Living in Central Florida can have its disadvantages (yes, really!), but it certainly has its advantages, too. One of the latter is having annual passes to both Walt Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando, and living close enough to both parks to be able to take advantage of their special opportunities for pass holders, even when they announce them sort of “last minute.” Such was the case Universal Orlando Annual Passholder holiday event, with sign ups that began only about a week and a half ahead of time.

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Want To Take A Selfie With An Alligator? You Now Can At New Orleans Airport!

The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) is a lot like most other airports. I mean, it’s got planes. And restaurants. And places to shop. But it’s got one thing going on right now that I don’t think you can see or do at any other airport in the country.

You can take a selfie with an alligator.

Yes, really!

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The Hotel Toiletries That You Could Use As Part Of Thanksgiving Dinner

Whereas Joe collects and uses just about every bar of soap he can get from a hotel, I’m not one to use the hotel’s toiletries a whole lot. I have no huge reason to not use them, other than the fact that I really like the soap and shampoo/conditioner that I bring with me. But I’ll always check them out, because sometimes I’ll find one that I really like for occasional home use – the lemon & sage Bliss collection that they have at the W, for example, smells really nice.

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Anyway, we stayed at the Kimpton Gray Hotel in Chicago not long ago, and in checking out their toiletries, I swear, I think you could use some of them as part of a Thanksgiving meal. No, really! Take a look…

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YMMV Travel Deals: Tuesday., Nov. 20, 2018

When we see travel deals, we always want to spread the word. So as we see them, we make sure to let you know. They run the gamut from hotels to flights to points to miles to car rentals and even stuff you need while you’ll traveling, like equipment, Uber discounts, theme park tickets, food for when you’re on the road, etc.

Heads up that some of these deals might be really limited in time or amount, or some could go on for days or longer. Some deals might be good for some people and not so much for others. There may be better deals out there and we just don’t know about them. We take no responsibility for any transaction you may or may not do; we’re just telling you what’s we’ve seen that’s out there at that very moment and it’s up to you to decide if it’s something useful, beneficial and worth it for you, and if you can take advantage of it before it’s too late.

Here’s what’s out there right now:

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What To Do if You Lose Something At A Disney Park In The U.S.

It happens to everyone at at Disneyland or Walt Disney World at some point – they lose something. It could be the cell phone that fell out of your pocket as you stepped out of the Pirates Of The Caribbean boat, your child’s security blanket that somehow wound up behind the bathroom door which you missed as you left your hotel room, or the souvenir bag you left at the restaurant.

I remember when I went on my 3rd trip to WDW (my first trip as an adult), it was “the trip of losing stuff.” I left my (white) nightshirt on the bed and housekeeping picked it up with the sheets (they changed the sheets every day back then). My friend went on the tube slide at River Country and flipped upside down at the bottom, causing her glasses to fall to the bottom of the lake. And she also somehow left her day planner…”somewhere.”

Back then, all you had to do was make a report at the park or hotel where you think you lost wherever the item was, and a process would happen where you might get you your stuff back, or you might not. As it turned out, we did pretty well with the stuff we lost on that trip…although my nightshirt was gone forever, divers found Kim’s glasses and they were returned to her the next day. And can you believe they found her day planner 6 months later and mailed it to her???

Times change, and how things get done change too. Here’s what to do nowadays if you lose something at a Disney park in the U.S.:

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