Attn: Orlando Visitors – New Road Toll On Its Way, With Potential $25 Penalty

Orlando is in the midst of a road construction boom and frankly, a whole lot of Central Florida roads are a total pain to drive on. We wrote about the various projects just about a year ago, and guess what? With just a few exceptions at Walt Disney World, they’re all still going on.

Construction on one particular toll road is about halfway done, and it’s the one that visitors going between MCO and the tourist corridor should be most aware of…

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Avoid This Travel Hoax, Using Debit Card For Car Rental, How To Get Your $ Back If Your Flight Price Goes Down, & More!

Happy Wednesday to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.

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How Disney’s Tower of Terror Works: From Before The 5th Dimension To The Fall

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror opened at Walt Disney World’s Disney-MGM Studios (now Disney’s Hollywood Studios) in 1994. The attraction was inspired by the old The Twilight Zone TV series and takes place in the fictional Hollywood Tower Hotel in Hollywood, California.

The attraction uses a variety of special effects, as well as a thrill/fall aspect that makes the ride fun, exciting, and, even 25 years after it opened, popular. In fact, the attraction proved to be so well-liked that similar versions were built at Disneyland’s Disney California Adventure (2004), Tokyo Disneyland’s Tokyo DisneySea (2006) and Disneyland Paris’ Walt Disney Studios park (2007).

^^^ L to R: Walt Disney World, Disneyland (before it was reimagined as the Guardians of The Galaxy attraction), Tokyo Disneyland, Disneyland Paris)

When the TZTOT originally opened at WDW, it used what was then state-of-the-art technology. Although technology has improved a bajillionfold in the past 25 years, learning how the ride works – loading, the ghosts, the breaking window, the star field, the fifth dimension, and the elevator ride itself, is still pretty interesting, and a fun look at how a Disney attraction operates.

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Come See MCO….Grow (Based On What We’ve Seen So Far, The New Terminal Is Going To Rock!)

Orlando International Airport (MCO) has had some growing pains in the past few years. In 2008 it was ranked as the 22nd busiest airport in the United States. 10 years later (2018 are the latest stats available) it’s been ranked as the busiest airport in Florida (even busier than Miami!) and the 10th busiest in the country. So for the past couple of years now, it’s been, well, something of a hot mess. But they’re doing a lot to fix the problems…

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The Newest Theme Park Featuring Rides Based On Blockbuster Film Franchises Just Opened, In China

When I think of the best place to build a theme park featuring rides based of some of the most popular movie franchises from the last two decades, my first thought isn’t Hengqin Island in Zhuhai, China. However, when I looked at a map and found out this island is bordering Macau, the location made more sense.

So what type of theme park is this and what rides does it have you ask? This 10-story “vertical” theme park has rides based on films released by Lionsgate Pictures. Maybe that doesn’t ring a bell immediately.

What if I were to tell you the park will have rides based on the following film franchises:

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