When Disney’s Main Street Electrical Parade Rode Up NYC’s 5th Avenue

Following in the footsteps of their very successful screenings of “Pocahontas” in Central Park in 1995, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame in New Orleans in 1996, on June 14, 1997, the Walt Disney Company, well-known for orchestrating large-scale special events both in and outside theme parks, took on the streets of New York City by bringing its world famous Main Street Electrical Parade to the Big Apple for a one-night-only ride up 5th Avenue. Part of a “Hercules World Premiere Weekend in New York,” the 3-day weekend of events that included a mini-amusement park at Chelsea Piers, it was all a promotion for its upcoming 35th full-length animated feature, “Hercules.” This all came on the heels of the Walt Disney Company doing their part to “clean up” the Times Square area with its purchase and renovation of the historic New Amsterdam Theater for its upcoming theatrical releases (the New Amsterdam had officially re-opened just 2-1/2 months earlier).

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The Hercules logo was painted all up 5th Avenue

Both the New York Times and Variety reported about the “herculean” event (do you see what I did there?) the day before it happened. Some fun facts included:
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Must-Buy Items To Bring Home From Certain Cities

When visiting a certain city, what’s the item you need to bring home? You know, that thing that’s only available there. You might even get excited about going somewhere because you know you’re going to be able to buy this specific item.

Over the years, we’ve developed a list of things we need to bring home if we’re going to be somewhere. Granted, I know that nowadays you can pretty much order anything from anywhere. Frankly, I don’t need these items that much to pay the shipping and handling costs; I can go without them. But if I’m visiting a place where I can just buy it, why should I pass up that chance?

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There’s Finally A Dance Club For the 30+ Crowd!

If you’re above a certain age, you may remember going clubbing – it was just a few years ago, right? – where you danced to the Bee Gees, Michael Jackson or maybe Christina Aguilera. You don’t do that anymore, of course…times change, lives change, you’ve changed and today’s music certainly isn’t nearly as good as what YOU danced to. But guess what? Put on your dancing shoes because a new club has opened and although anyone age 21+ is welcome to visit, the music is specifically geared to the 30-and-over crowd!

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Ten Really Cool Places For Geeks & Nerds To Visit In NYC

If you’re a visitor to New York City, there are literally hundreds of attractions you can see. The 9/11 Memorial and Museum, the Statue of Liberty, maybe even get some cheap tickets to a Broadway Show. But if you’re a geek or a nerd, you may want to experience some things that are more up your alley. Well, the Big Apple has that, too. Take a look…

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My Top Eleven Most Memorable Hotels

It’s Freaky Friday so I get to write about whatever I want. This week, instead of ranting complaining about devaluations in hotel or airline loyalty programs or commenting on how travel companies can do better, I decided to do something a little more fun. With no intent to do so, I started to reminisce about the most memorable hotels where I’ve stayed. Now, these aren’t necessarily the best hotels, the fanciest hotels or the most expensive ones I’ve ever stayed. Instead, these are the places that left the most distinct memories. Some of these places I haven’t stayed at for decades and others we just visited this year. The reasons they’re memorable vary. They could be places where I stayed during a “once in a lifetime” trip or somewhere that was so unique that it was unforgettable. I think you get the picture. It’s not always the fanciest or most expensive or most popular hotel that you’ll remember for the rest of your life. Any place could end up being on the list. You just have to find out for yourself what places are special to you.

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