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Magic is seriously in the air this month, as we've been in Orlando for an early preview of the newest addition to Universal Orlando: Diagon Alley at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Last week was the official Grand Opening, but here you'll find all the juiciest tips for enjoying the most exciting amusement park debut of the year.
Thinking of heading to the new Diagon Alley at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter park at Universal Studios Orlando? You better be ready to sweat, wait in long lines, and yet enjoy it all along. But still, it's a good idea to do your homework for something like this, which will see record visitors for the next few months (at least!) and which will try your spending power to the max.
Jaunted's Quick and Dirty Survival Guide for Diagon Alley:
If you’ve been putting off that pilgrimage to Graceland in Memphis, TN you might want to head down sooner rather than later, as it sounds like there’s going to be some moving and shaking around the grounds with redevelopment.
Nothing is official as of yet—and Priscilla Presley is even telling people to calm down—but there’s some talk that his two private jets on display are about to be evicted.
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Atlantic City boardwalk as seen from the water.
For a long time, Atlantic City was considered the Las Vegas of the east, attracting gamblers and partiers from the nearby cities of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and D.C. for getaway weekends with its combination of casinos and beaches.
On paper, one would think this proximity and outdoor setting would give it a natural advantage over Vegas, a destination that's closest major market is five hours away (Los Angeles) and that relies on artificial environments (pools) to entertain its guests. For a long time, especially during the 1980s, Atlantic City held its own against Sin City. The last few decades haven't been as kind, however, although there was at least hope that it could once again return to these days of glory.
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A few months ago, airlines responded to the Department of Transportation's request for more transparency in pricing by threatening that it would cost an additional fee for them to be upfront about their additional fees. Remember that? Well, get ready to roll your eyes once more. In the face of the DOT's proposal, airlines are lobbying Congress even harder to go the other direction, for the legal right to put an asterisk next to all their prices.
The bill, deceptively titled the Transparent Airfares Act of 2014, was proposed by a House committee and, on the surface, says it wants to make taxes clearer on tickets. But what it actually does is allow airlines to advertise their base fares separately from taxes and fees. According to the Dallas Morning News, "the act aims to get rid of the Full Fare Advertising Rule, which went into effect in 2012. That rule requires airlines to show all mandatory federal, state and local government taxes and fees in their advertised fares."
Those flying aboard JetBlue just might have an easier experience to look forward to, as the carrier is now in process of rolling out automatic check-in. That’s right—soon there'll be no need to line up at the airport or deal with things online in advance, as JetBlue will already have you sorted.
This update started last week, and boarding passes are now sent to passengers around 24 hours in advance of the flight. Printing them out the old fashioned way is an option, or travelers can certainly download a mobile boarding pass. This will certainly come in handy when you’re not near WiFi or a computer, or are rushing to the airport and concerned you’ll miss the deadline for check-in before your flight.
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Good news from the planes and people over at Alaska Airlines, and this time it has nothing to do with their in-flight oatmeal. The carrier is pretty darn proud of their latest airplane advancement—thanks to Boeing—and now they’re all about sharing the news about their expanded overhead bins.
These new so-called Space Bins can increase carry-on capacity by roughly 50 percent, and that’s certainly appealing to those passengers bringing plenty of personal belongings along for overhead storage.
Alaska Airlines is apparently the first carrier that will offer these up, and for those familiar with the airline’s current Boeing Sky Interior—it’s kind of a similar look but with even more capacity.
It's no coincidence that, at times, Think Like A Man Too feels like a 105-minute commercial for Caesars Palace Las Vegas.
As part of a unique deal between Caesars and Screen Gems, the sequel's script was specifically written to include 17 locations at the hotel and casino. Among the most prominently featured are the swanky Constantine villa, the Forum Shops, the Eiffel Tower Restaurant, the Venus Pool Club, Nobu Restaurant and Planet Hollywood.
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Hello Kitty is turning 40 this year and Sanrio is inviting all of her fans to help her celebrate this fall.
Hello Kitty Con 2014 will celebrate all things Hello Kitty with exclusive merchandise, pop-up shops, panels and discussions, art installations, photo opps, costumes, workshops, tattoos, and other activities for fans of every age.
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New airplane alert!
163 Boeing 787 Dreamliners are flying the skies right now, a number current as of this week. That includes 162 787-8s and 1 lonely 787-9 for Air New Zealand, which only headed from Boeing's headquarters in Everett, WA to its new home of Auckland, New Zealand at dawn this morning.
That 787-9 won't be lonely for long, however; over 25 airlines have placed orders for more than 400 of the sleek and efficient jets. So why are we getting excited for yet another Dreamliner? The answer is shockingly simple: it's awesomer. Sure, the original flavor 787-8 is great and Boeing will continue to roll them out, but the 787-9 is, as Daft Punk would sing, "harder, better, faster, stronger."
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Magic is seriously in the air this month, as we've been in Orlando for an early preview of the newest addition to Universal Orlando: Diagon Alley at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Yesterday was the official Grand Opening, but here you'll find all the juicy photos of the most exciting amusement park debut of the year.
Seven hours was the average wait time to experience all Universal Orlando's new park had to offer yesterday, during The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley's Grand Opening. That's actually not much of a surprise considering the wait was closer to 8 hours during the 2010 debut of the sister park, Hogsmeade, which now joins Diagon Alley to form a Potter powerhouse of experiences, shopping, rides, and refreshment at Universal Orlando and Islands of Adventure.
Don't let the 7 hours intimidate, however; that's just first day frenzy. Although what Universal has created with Diagon Alley is a stupefyingly tremendous world straight from the JK Rowling novels and resulting films which everyone should see, waits for the Gringotts ride and more should settle to a manageable 2 hours-ish as the summer progresses.
What you won't have to wait for are photos of the new park, as we've got full, original photo galleries of over 75 images from our own visit. Enjoy:
Things might soon be a little safer for Fido and Fluffy, as Uncle Sam is changing up the reporting requirements when it comes to what happens to pets on planes. The rules aren’t really changing, but at least having a better knowledge of what’s going on might benefit both animals and their owners.
The US Transportation Department just added a whole bunch of extra airlines which must report further on animals up in the air—especially the bad things like critters who were lost, hurt, or (ugh) those who died during their travels. There are now 27 airlines that have these reporting requirements, and before that it was just 14.
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Here’s something to improve your morning, as it combines two of our favorite things—airlines and breakfast. Alaska Airlines adds some fun stuff to their blog now and then, and just the other day they included a recipe for some good looking oatmeal that they serve up in first class.
We’re hardly travel nutritionists over here, but we have to say that the ingredients below look pretty good. Most importantly they also look pretty darn tasty.