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Dead Exposure: Patient Zero skulls.
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Surviving Halloween Horror Nights

Having survived a night of gleeful terror at Universal Orlando Resort’s annual Halloween Horror Nights, I can report that #HHN is a blast. It's a frightful fest of doom (Sept 6-Nov 2, 2019 in Orlando and Sept 13-Nov 2, 2019 in Hollywood) that's worth repeating annually. Both Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood reach out annually to a fresh crop of master storytellers,...

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Jurassic Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood
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Be A Star At Universal Studios Hollywood

Billing itself as the Entertainment Capital of L.A., Universal Studios Hollywood in Burbank is a movie and TV-based theme park located adjacent to the real working film studios of Universal Pictures. A day here is a fun, memorable family experience, even for celebrities, which provides a taste of the Hollywood...

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Hello Kitty and Mimmy
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Hello Kitty is Catnip at Japan’s Family Friendly Hotel

To wow your family with unforgettable memories, Keio Plaza Hotel Tama rents stunning Hello Kitty Rooms, special guest rooms decorated with the favorite character “Hello Kitty.” Guestrooms sleeping up to three have two queen beds and feature the adorable feline fatale on the walls and the furniture, all over the floor, and throughout the room service menu. The headboards...

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Barnstormer ride at Dollywood
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Dollywood And Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Home to Dolly Parton's Dollywood theme park, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee boasts dozens of other country-coated attractions and one of the largest centers of outlet shopping below the Mason-Dixon line, making it a huge vacation destination for the...

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Dragon's Revenge
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Wet And Wild At Schlitterbahn Waterparks

It hasn’t been voted the “World’s Best Waterpark” for 21 years for nothing; Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort is a fun, imaginative, aquatic entertainment center. Since its opening in 1979, the original 70-acre resort in New Braunfels, Texas -– both an amusement park and a hotel with 238 rooms -– has been one of the top-attended amusement parks in the country. The name is German for ‘slippery...

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Polar bear in the wild
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Polar Bear Capital Of The World

If you want to see polar bears without the frigid temperatures, Churchill, Manitoba Canada is the place families can experience the tundra without the arctic chill. Here, July temperatures average a warm high of 61°F or 16°C -- great summer weather for viewing the wildlife that make the town of Churchill an ideal eco-adventure destination. With human settlements dating...

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Soar with Hagrids Magical Creatures and Motorbike Adventure
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Universal Orlando Resort, Florida

Universal Orlando in Florida has been thrilling theme park goers for more than 25 years. Now three massive theme parks comprise Universal Orlando Resort, each with their own distinct personality. Universal Studios is where movie magic comes to life with attractions based on blockbusters from...

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The Millennium Falcon is a highlight of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland.
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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, An Epic Adventure

Give in to the gravitational pull of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Anaheim's Disneyland, opening today, because there’s just no resisting it. Whether or not you’re a Star Wars fan, whether you side with the Resistance or the First Order, this 14-acre "land" – the largest in Disney’s history – is so immersive that it’s just, well, irresistible. Bright sun or rising moon,...

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Busch Gardens Virginia coaster
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The 10 Best Themeparks For Family Vacations

At almost any time of year, family planners can count on a theme park to shift the annual vacation into high gear. Whether you’re planning a long vacation or just a day trip, a themepark is the perfect destination for family bonding no matter the age of your children. In “America's Most Popular Family...

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Roswell crash site model is on show at the International UFO Museum in Roswell.
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In Roswell, Aliens Among Us

When a loud noise forced foreman William Mack Brazel to hop in  his pickup truck and inspect Foster Ranch, he found such strange debris in a corn field that he assumed it was the wreckage of a UFO and the victims, aliens. That was July 2, 1947. About 75 miles away, the closest New Mexico town -- Roswell -- quickly became known as the “flying saucer crash site.” Roswell has long played...

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