When The Onion Satirizes Travel & It’s Not Very Far From The Truth

The Onion is a U.S.-based satirical digital media company and newspaper organization that publishes articles on international, national, and local news. Some people love it, some hate it. Either way is fine to them, I’m sure, as long as you keep clicking on their site ;-).

A while back, we discovered that The Onion has posted several articles about Disney parks and, like most satirical pieces, the articles were outlandish but very often based, in varying levels under the surface, in truth.

The Onion has also done a bunch of pieces on travel in general, many of which may or may not give you a chuckle:

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A Video Tour Of The Koryo Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea

Erick Tseng is a former Google executive, where, as the Lead Product Manager, he helped launch and grow Android. He’s now a bigwig at Facebook; he was hired to be the company’s Head of Mobile Products in 2010 and is currently involved in their AR/VR product management team.

In 2015, Erik had the opportunity to stay at the Koryo Hotel, located in Pyongyang, the capital and largest city in North Korea. According to Wikipedia, the Koryo is the second largest operating hotel in the North Korea and one of the few hotels the country where foreigners can stay. Built in 1985, it was intended to “showcase the glory and strength of the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea).”

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Opinion: WDW Has An Amazing Youth Educational Program! There’s That One Catch, Though…

Many people are not aware that Walt Disney World (WDW) has an educational program geared specifically for students that range from elementary school through college. Called Disney Youth Programs, it launched at WDW in 1979. Offered year-round, 7 days a week, these programs that focus on performing arts, education and/or field trips can give kids and young adults immersive and meaningful learning experiences that can affect the rest of their lives. There’s just one problem…

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JUST FOUND! Video of WDW’s “Innovations In Action” Behind The Scenes Tour, December 1993

Walt Disney World (WDW) began offering behind-the-scenes tours to their guests in the early 1990s. Planned by Disney Adult Discoveries and scheduled through what was then known as Disney University Seminar Productions (which would eventually become the Disney Institute), tours were offered to groups of guests, usually convention attendees, where they could see the park through a different perspective and learn some of the inner workings of WDW.

The Innovations In Action tour was the first WDW tour to ever offer guests a glimpse of what happened behind the scenes. Lasting about 3 hours, the tour included an introductory video and discussion, followed by a trip via motor coach (Disneyspeak for bus) through the south service area to see the tree farm and waste treatment plant. That was followed by a visit to the north service area to see the boat dock, laundry, and Central Shops. After that, guests would see the energy plant, phone company and the production center (the latter was where the parade floats were stored, and it also housed the end of the AVAC [Automated Vacuum Assisted Collection – the trash system for the Magic Kingdom)]). Following this, tour guests would be brought to backstage Main Street, then to onstage, then down to the hub, then down into the Utilidors, through costuming and DACS (the computer center), and finally out the tunnel and back to the bus.

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Win A Trip To WDW, How To Get Free Sirius/XM, Stranded At O’Hare & More

Happy Sunday, y’all! Here are some travel articles we’ve recently seen that we think you may enjoy.

This week I’d like to start by bragging about my first “breaking” story. I was cleaning up links on the YMMV website (a very time consuming task), when I was checking our post about the Citi ThankYou Premier Card. I noticed the link to the card was showing a 60,000 point sign up bonus, which was higher than any other offer. So I sent a Tweet to Doctor of Credit, one of my reliable sources for credit card offers.

By 2 AM, DoC had a post online telling everyone about the offer (giving me credit for the heads up!). The original link died within hours but others were found and are still active. Now other blogs, like this post from Frequent Miler, are sharing the story. What can I say, it’s the first time I ever found anything before anyone else. Yay me!

Here’s the rest of what we found interesting this week:

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