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AMUSEMENT PARK FOODS

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WHAT TO PACK

LIVE FAST. TRAVEL SMART.

SPRING 2013

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AROUND THE TOWN

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WALT DISNEY


LIVE FAST. TRAVEL SMART.


- WALT DISNEY


PACKING JUST GOT EASIER.


CONTRIBUTORS What’s your favorite theme park?

Amanda Carracci “Six Flags in St. Louis! Mainly because I’m from St. Louis and everything there is radical.”

Melissa Meyers “Disney World because it has everything and people pick up the trash every five seconds.”

Jon Marzette

Stephanie Roche

“Definitely Disney World, so many sweet characters running around scaring kids and lovin’ life.”

“Sea World, even though all the animals are locked away and sad. Other than that it’s great.”

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FEATURES new gadgets

SURVIVAL GUIDE 18 AROUND THE TOWN 28 FINDING FOOD 38 WALT: MAN VERSUS MYTH 46

ESSENTIALS 10 CIRQUE DU SOLEIL 14 ROLLER COASTERS 56 SPLASH MOUNTAIN 62 traveling entertainment

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NEW GADGETS

SPRING ESSENTIALS Spring is coming up and it’s time to ditch all the snow-covered, frost bitten iPhone chargers from this past winter and dive into some seriously awesome gear for the warmer gear.

STREAMING PROJECTOR TVs have been getting jacked up to the Internet over the past few years, with WiFi connectivity and streaming services like Netflix and Hulu Plus baked into their hardware. And now, projectors are getting in on the Internet TV game. The 3M Streaming Projector has the ability to stream content from Netflix, Amazon Video on Demand, and other streaming services, without having to string any boxes to it. All you need is a power outlet, a white wall, and a WiFi connection.

Prices Starting at $300

KINDLE PAPERWHTIE Yeah, this is a little bit of déjà vu. But we can’t say it enough: when you’re carrying around a beautiful camera, the cheap strap that comes in the box won’t do. Tanner Goods knows how to make leather gear that lasts—and unlike your camera, you won’t want to upgrade this strap in a few years.

Prices Starting at $200


For the last few years we’ve been rambling on about the benefits of the interchangeable lens camera (ILC, if you wanna show off in a crowd of nerds). You get all the killer photo-taking power of a bulky procamera—including swappable lenses and a big sensor—in a smaller body. Except Marc Newson, designer of the 16.3-megapixel K-01, missed that last part of the memo. Instead he created something that looks part Playskool, part pop-art.

Prices Starting at $500

CAMPSTOVE You know who they are. Maybe you are one: the technooutdoorsy types, who do 10K trail runs so they can Instagram the finish, and someday hope to tweet from base camp at the foot of K2. And now, for those Patagonia-wearing, plastic-and-paper-separating enviro-techno-obsessive friends, there’s the BioLite CampStove. When they’re out in the sticks, they can stuff in twigs and leaves to power their gadgets via USB, and boil a liter of water in 4.5 minutes.

Prices Starting at $129

CAMERA STRAP Yeah, this is a little bit of déjà vu. But we can’t say it enough: when you’re carrying around a beautiful camera, the cheap strap that comes in the box won’t do. Tanner Goods knows how to make leather gear that lasts—and unlike your camera, you won’t want to upgrade this strap in a few years.

Prices Starting at $82

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K-01 HAND HELD CAMERA


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ZIC HEADPHONES The Zik, designed by Philippe Starck, is nothing short of a miracle: a Bluetooth headphone that’s actually—get this— intuitive. Instead of buttons that all feel the same to your fingers, it uses touch controls: stroke the right ear cup’s surface up or down to tweak the volume, forward and back to change the track. Take them off your ears and the music stops, and vice versa. Plus it has active noise canceling and a smartphone app that lets you tweak the sound.

Prices Starting at $400

SNOWMINER HEAD LAMP Think of a headlamp as a no-hands flashlight, and you’ll realize that you to don’t have to climb Kilimanjaro to appreciate the SnowMiner. Yeah, it works great for finding the perfect tree after you’ve tossed back a few at the campsite. But it’s also great for everything from grilling in the dark to working under the sink. And in lantern mode it’ll light up a dark corner as easily as it does a tent.

Prices Starting at $129

IPHONE STAND If you’ve ever lost your precious smartphone on a messy desk or nightstand, you’ll appreciate the Milo. Just press the back of your phone against its microsuction—but not sticky— surface and your phone stays put, levitating in midair.

Prices Starting at $15

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They’re here.


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TRAVELING ENTERTAINMENT

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL TOTEM

A fascinating journey into the evolution of mankind

QUIDAM

A young girl’s escape into a world of imagination

TOTEM traces the fascinating journey of the human

Young Zoé is bored; her parents, distant and apathetic,

species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate

ignore her. Her life has lost all meaning. Seeking to fill the

desire to fly. The characters evolve on a stage evoking

void of her existence, she slides into an imaginary world—

a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient

the world of Quidam—where she meets characters who

civilizations—as well as other mythical creatures.

encourage her to free her soul.

Upcoming sHows

Upcoming sHows

New York, NY

May 03, 2013

Macon, GA

May 03, 2013

Philadelphia, PA

May 30, 2013

Savannah, GA

May 07, 2013

June 11, 2013

Columbus, GA

May 11, 2013

Orlando, FL

May 15, 2013

Columbus, OH Long Beach, CA Orange County, CA

June 29, 2013 July 16, 2013

Tickets Starting at $55.00 - $140.00

Cedar Rapids, IA

June 06, 2013

Tickets Starting at $28.00 - $95.00


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Cirque du Soleil is a legengdary traveling entertainment company that has many different shows to view, which makes it universal. These short descriptions feature the top shows Cirque du Soleil offer.

AMALUNA

The newest touring show creation

MYSTERE

A high-energy Cirque du Soleil classic

Amaluna invites the audience to a mysterious island

Mystère is classic Cirque du Soleil, combining the

governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of

powerful athleticism, high-energy acrobatics and inspiring

the moon. Their queen, Prospera, directs her daughter’s

imagery that has become the company’s hallmark.

coming-of-age ceremony in a rite that honours femininity,

Deemed a theatrical “flower in the desert,” Mystère thrills

renewal, rebirth and balance which marks the passing of

generations of audiences with its exhilarating blend of

these insights and values to the next generation.

whimsy, drama and the unimaginable brought to life on stage. Presented exclusively at Treasure Island, Mystère provides the ultimate discovery that life itself is a mystery.

Upcoming sHows

Upcoming sHows Denver, CO Minneapolis, MN

May 29, 2013 June 23, 2013

Columbus, OH

May 02, 2013

Cedar Rapids, IA

May 16, 2013

St. Louis, MO

June 01, 2013

San Jose, CA

Aug. 07, 2013

Kansas City, MO

June 19, 2013

Phoenix, AZ

Sept. 01, 2013

Oklahoma City, OK

July 10, 2013

San Francisco, CA

July 18, 2013

Tickets Starting at $50.00 - $130.00

Tickets Starting at $69.00 - $119.00


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P U R CH ASE TI C KE TS FO R AL L CI R Q U E D U E S O L E I L SH OWS AT WWW.C I R Q U E D U S O L E I L .CO M

LA NOUBA

A Boundless and Festive Journey of the Imagination

O

An aquatic masterpiece of surrealism and theatrical romance

O A door opens and two worlds collide. Enter the attic of

Cirque du Soleil weaves an aquatic tapestry of artistry,

make-believe, where the mundane meets the marvellous.

surrealism and theatrical romance in the timeless

Dreams and nightmares intertwine. La Nouba which

production, “O”. Inspired by the concept of infinity and

calls on both individual and collective memory, is an

the elegance of water’s pure form, “O” pays tribute to

unforgettable journey into a world at once threatening

the beauty of the theatre - from the simplest street

and exhilarating, frightening and familiar.

performance to the most lavish of operas - where anything is possible and where the drama of life plays itself out before our very eyes.

Upcoming sHows Dallas, TX Oklahoma City, OK

Upcoming sHows May 9, 2013

Atlanta, GA

May 13, 2013

May 30, 2013

Columbus, GA

Wichita, KS

June 13, 2013

Orlando, FL

June 3, 2013

Cedar Rapids, IA

June 27, 2013

Miami, FL

June 17, 2013

Cedar Rapids, IA

July 15, 2013

Columbus, OH

July 11, 2013

Tickets Starting at $61.00 - $144.00

May 20, 2013

Tickets Starting at $109.00 - $180.00


UNNECESSARY SUGAR will slow you down and take away from your park day

When you are getting ready to head to the park, make sure to pack a healthy snack so you are not stuck with sugar packed items. Theme park foods are notoriously bad for your health, so bring your own snack from Kashi!

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HOW TO AVOID HEADACHES

TO T R IP PLA N N I N G YOUR PLANNING—AND FUN—can start as early as now. Build your group’s anticipation by visiting the park’s website together. Get to know the map, decide what your must-see attractions are, and find out about special events such as shows, character parades, fireworks, and laser displays. Of course, while you’re getting your kids pumped up for their park visit, you also have to manage their expectations. Take the time to prepare them emotionally for the big trip, suggests George Scarlett, a professor of developmental psychology.


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Don’t forget to bring these items: 1. Reusable Water Bottle, 2. Sun Hat, 3. Hand Sanitizer, 4. Sun Screen, 5. Extra Set of Keys, 6. Power Cords, 7. Band-Aids, 8. Earplugs, 9. Camera, 10. Wallet with ID, 11. Sunglasses


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A theme park is awash in eye candy that can test kids’ self-control, especially preschoolers’. Let them know there are park rules, just as there are

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rules at home. They may need to stand patiently in line before they can board a ride. They’ll likely

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have to wear safety belts or protective gear, and they’ll need to keep their hands and feet inside all attractions. Because many rides have minimum

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height restrictions, make sure they understand which ones will be off-limits to them. Robert Niles, founder and editor of ThemeParkInsider.com, suggests that in the weeks leading up to your theme park visit you should let your kids earn a “souvenir allowance” to spend at the end of the day or the trip (remember, you don’t want to be stuck carting around a collossal stuffed animal from ride to ride).

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wHat’s tHe best ticket deal option? Some things are obvious: You can save money and time, buying park passes online; multiday tickets will usually bring the per-day cost down. But some seemingly high-priced offers—such as park combo deals and annual passes—can actually save you a bundle. A season pass to Six Flags, for instance,

gets you into all 13 of the

company’s theme parks for the year. (If you decide to get an annual pass while you’re at a park,


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MAN DOES NOT PLAN TO FAIL, HE JUST FAILS TO PLAN.

FREDERICK DOUGLASS

for the year. (If you decide to get an annual pass while you’re at a park, you can usually upgrade your ticket right on the spot.) Theme parks can be a lot of fun. Be sure to follow a park on Twitter or Facebook, so you’ll be alerted to flash promoPlanning ahead can save

tions—last-minute offers that can include discounted nighttime attendance, buy-one-get-one-free deals, and savings on meals or souvenirs.

a lot of stress and even stop you from overpacking. mickey probably didn’t need to bring six suitcases.

Hotel package deals will certainly cost you more, but they also come with perks. A family of four can expect to pay several hundred dollars more for, say, a three-day Walt Disney World package than for a comparable “a la carte” stay at a nearby Marriott. But Disney packages often include discounts on on-site hotels, dining, and special events that may make up the difference. At Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure, if you stay on-site you get a complimentary Express Plus Pass that lets you skip lines for certain rides and attractions. (For more on express passes, see “Should You Pay Extra for Shorter Lines?” to the left).

er buy anything in a theme park you can buy outside the park,” says Niles. If you worry about things like food spills, cuts, inclement weather, and meltdowns, by all means do some schlepping. Bring packaged snacks, wet wipes, Ziploc bags, a change of clothes, disposable rain ponchos, sunscreen, bug repellent, water bottles, a small first-aid kit, small toys, coloring books, and glow-in-the-dark sticks and necklaces (which the parks sell at dusk but they charge a fortune). While we’re obsessing

i never take my kids anywHere witHoUt a loaded

over details, don’t forget to pin your name and cell

backpack. is tHat a good idea at a tHeme park?

phone number to the inside of your kids’ clothes

Just because a park features a castle doesn’t mean

and wear closed-toe shoes to the park. You don’t

you should have to pay a king’s ransom for basics

want your little one’s flip-flops flying off on the new

like water, snacks, sunscreen, and bandages. “Nev-

Wild Eagle ride at Dollywood.


CHECKLIST Make sure you’ve completed these tasks before your trip.

Book all of your tickets: For everything from airline to day-park passes to special event tickets. This will help you avoid ticket lines.

Pack your backpack: Look back a couple pages to see what you should be bringing to the park with you. If you’ve already got your backpack set up, you won’t have to worry about forgetting anything.

Day-to-Day Itenerairy: No one is saying you need every minute of your trip mapped out beforehand, but have a rough idea of where you want to be each day at the least. By planning ahead, you can look up which days are busier than others at each park.

How you’re getting around: Be prepared to walk in the park, but consider whether or not you’ll need a rental car or if there is pulic transportation available to get to and from your hotel.


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wHat are tHe best times of day to visit? Remember one thing: Always go against the flow. The more you can anticipate where the herd will be—and flee to where it’s not—the more elbow room and (relative) solitude you’ll enjoy. For instance, most visitors don’t show up first thing in the morning. Arriving at least 15 minutes before the gate is thrown open (c’mon, your kids are going to be up at dawn anyway) and heading for the most popular rides first can be the difference between no wait and a wait of 60 to 90 minutes for marquee attractions. Niles notes that, amazingly enough, you can walk right on to Tatsu, billed as the world’s

ARRIVE 15 MINUTES BEFORE GATES OPEN

tallest, fastest, and longest roller coaster, at Six


Flags Magic Mountain in Los Angeles when the

instance, will let you make online restaurant reser-

park opens at 10:30, but by 11 the wait can be as

vations up to 180 days in advance). While every-

long as two hours. But do your homework so that

one else is chowing down, enjoy some shorter wait

you choose your morning rides carefully. A water

times at attractions that are otherwise jammed. If

ride that soaks you to the bone may be a less than

your park features a midday character parade or a

inspiring way to start your day.

popular live show, you’ll likely find rides less crowd-

The same goes for lunch. If you head to a popular watering hole such as Three Broomsticks in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of Adventure between noon and 2 you’ll find that a thousand other Muggles had the same idea. Instead, pack a lunch, or make reservations to eat early or late (check reservation policies; Disney, for

ed at those times as well.


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PLAN AHEAD TO CREATE MOMENTS LIKE THESE WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY.

Other go-against-the-flow techniques include: heading for the back of the park at opening while everyone else is boarding the rides nearest the front gate; leaving the park at midday for a dip in the hotel pool or a nap, then returning in the early evening when crowds are often lighter; opting for the left-hand line at snack bars and souvenir shops because most folks are programmed to turn right (sounds crazy, I know, but park sharks swear this one is true). If you remember that your phone or tablet works for you (and not the other way around), it can help solve some problems. As for time of year, most major parks are less crowded in September and October, as school starts up, and April and May, as school winds down. (But if anyone asks, I’m not the one who suggested you take your youngster out of class to shake hands with Mickey!) Theme parks are the best. Some parks have trends all their own: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay sees an increase in student tour groups from Brazil each January and June; Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays are more crowded at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom; at its Southern California cousin, Disneyland, locals flock on Saturdays and Sundays.


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THINGS TO DO IN... sanduskY, ohio orlando, Florida anaheim, caliFornia mason, ohio

OTHER PLACES TO SEE EVEN THOUGH YOU’RE THERE TO go to the theme park of your choosing you can only spend so much time inside the park. Eventually the sun will set and the neon lights will turn off and you will slowly make your way to the front of the park and take trek back to your car, the same one that seemed so short this morning. Though you are tired, and maybe a little sunburned. You still need to eat, and sleep somewhere. Within this article you will find useful information about each of the towns featured in the previous story about the parks in The United States with the best roller coasters.


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SANDUSKY Kalahari Resort

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From the moment of arrival there is a sense that you are a world away. Kalahari Resort with its authentic African themed guestrooms and suites, by design, goes beyond expectations.

Cedar Points Hotel Breakers

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This elegant, historic hotel blends modern conveniences and amenities with the turn-of-the-century sophistication and elegance of the building’s true character and includes hardwood floors, wicker furniture, a five story rotunda, and Tiffany stained glass windows.

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Ghostly Manor Welcome to our newest attraction, Wizard’s Journey! Wizard’s Journey is a one of a kind 3D blacklight adventure. It takes you on an interactive quest to slay the dragon through caves, waterfalls, a forest, and much more.

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Red Gable Mesquite Grill The Red Gables, where you can dine on the finest steaks and freshest seafood served anywhere in the world. All of the meals are cooked over mesquite wood to add flavor. Red Gables stepped into history in the 1930’s as a truck stop, diner and weigh station.

Chet & Matt’s Pizza

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At Chet and Matt’s pizza they make their own pizza dough and pizza sauce, layer on a secret blend of cheeses, combinations of toppings. Their specialty thin crust lets the pizza’s many flavors power through.

Weather Averages Fall: 48° – 65° winter: 29° – 40° spring: 38° – 65° summer: 68° – 80°


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MASON Cincinnati Marriott Northeast

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Located in the suburb of Mason, Ohio and minutes from offices, attractions, shopping and more, the Cincinnati Marriott Northeast is an ideal destination for every traveler. Leisure guests enjoy our family-friendly hotel.

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Great Wolf Lodge Water Park Located near Kings Island and The Beach Waterpark, this hotel offers guest rooms with either a king size bed or roomy suites for the whole family. As well as an indoor waterpark. Great for children and young adults.

Beach Waterpark

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One of the top five waterparks in the nation, the Beach Waterpark boasts a 750,000 gallon wavepool, over 40 rides and attractions including five-story freefall slides, sand, palmtrees, and much more.

Cazadores Mexican Restaurant

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A very casual, authentic Mexican restaurant popular with family groups. We go for the great food, especially the wonderful pork carnitas. The menu has many authentic dishes along with the basic tacos and enchiladas. Service is very quick and attentive.

Aponte’s Pizzeria Family

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Tony Aponte began his pizza career in north New Jersey at age 11. “We were poor,” he said about his first job. “I had four brothers and sisters, and I started to work to take care of my family.” Thirty years later, Aponte has opened his second Aponte’s Pizzeria.


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ORLANDO JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes

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The JW Marriott Orlando is set among pristine lakes, sweeping vistas and fragrant gardens that will bring you back to the genteel elegance of oldworld Florida. Located just minutes from the Orlando International Airport.

SeaWorld Orlando

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SeaWorld Orlando is a theme park, and marine-life based zoological park, in Orlando, Florida. It is owned and operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, a subsidiary of The Blackstone Group.

Gatorland

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Take a trip to this 70-acre park and see thousands of alligators, and the kindred crocodile, up close. Visit breeding pens, nurseries and rearing ponds. Children love the site’s mini water park, and the petting zoo boasts goats, lamb, and other barnyard animals.

Margaritaville

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Escape to Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, right in the center of Universal Orlando CityWalk. From a volcano flowing with margaritas to suspended airplanes, Margaritaville is more than a restaurant; it’s a state of mind.

Hanamizuki Japanese Restaurant

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Graced by a fountain at its entrance, this small, casual eatery offers an intriguing variety of Japanese dishes that range from standard Japanese culinary items to more exotic selections. If you want to walk off your dinner, visit the popular Mercado shopping next door.

Weather Averages Fall: 58° – 64° winter: 45° – 58° spring: 60° – 73° summer: 75° – 89°


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ANAHEIM Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

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Designed in the early 20th century Arts and Crafts architectural style, this luxurious hotel celebrates the California lifestyle with a wide range of amenities on site for guests to enjoy including 751 elegant accommodations.

Gaya Island Resort

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Locaated 15 minutes off Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Pulau Gaya is underlaid by folded sandsrone sedimentary rock and is part or the Crocker Range rock formation of the western coast of Sabah.Be refreshed with a welcome treat and mineral water.

The Winchester Mystery House

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It once was the personal residence of Sarah Winchester, the widow of gun magnate William Winchester. She thought the house was haunted by the ghosts of the people who fell victim to Winchester rifles, and that only continuous construction would appease them.

Kareem’s Restaurant

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Homemade, low-fat, and low-cholesterol Mediterranean food is the specialty of this restaurant that has appetizers, shish kabobs, soups, salads, hummos, falafel, BabaGanoosh, and a variety of sandwiches on its menu.

Ruffino’s Italian Restaurant Weather Averages Fall: 64° – 75° winter: 45° – 58° spring: 60° – 68° summer: 72° – 87°

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This comfortable restaurant serves authentic Italian seafood, veal, and chicken entrees, all prepared fresh daily. Catering and take out services are available. Ruffino’s is perfect for date night.


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AMUSEMENT PARK EATS

OF AMUSEMENT PARK FOODS SUMMER JUST ISN’T QUITE summer without a trip to the amusement park. But between the cotton candy, chili cheese fries and nachos you may think your family is destined for a day of high-calorie, nutritionally empty meals and snacks. “Eating right at an amusement park can seem like an impossible feat, but it doesn’t have to be,” says Jim White, RD, ACSM-HFS, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “Now that


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JUST BECAUSE YOU’LL BE AT THE PARK FROM DAWN TO DUSK DOES NOT MEAN YOU HAVE TO EAT EVERY MEAL THERE. people are more health conscious than ever, there

breakfast at home. That way you’ll know your

are a surprising number of healthy options. You

family started the day fueled up and ready to

just need to know where to look for them.” Here’s

go. At the park, fill in with nutritious snacks from

how to snack responsibly:

home. A few well-planned snacks can cut down on the number of meals you’ll have to buy and the

scoUt it oUt

amount of time you spend waiting in line for food.

While you’re walking through the park keep your

“A small bag of granola or nuts or a piece of fresh

eyes open for healthy eats. You’ll be surprised what

fruit can help hold kids over between meals and is

you can find. Skip the hot dogs and hamburgers

a lot healthier than an ice cream sandwich,” says

and go for a grilled chicken breast sandwich with

White. If the park you’re visiting doesn’t allow you

a side salad or corn on the cob instead of fries.

to bring in food from outside you can still snack

Or squeeze in a serving or two of veggies with a

right. Many amusement parks now stock healthy

veggie burger or grilled vegetable skewers.

nibbles like fresh fruit cups, yogurt, and even carrot and celery sticks.

byo snacks Just because you’ll be at the park from dawn

sip smart

until dusk doesn’t mean you have to eat every

Supersized sugar-filled drinks can bring lots

meal there. Before you leave, serve up a healthy

of hidden, empty calories to the table. While


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fat-free or 1% milk or chocolate milk are great choices so is water. “If it’s hot and everyone’s sweating, replenishing fluids is key for preventing dehydration,” says White. Encourage kids to hang on to their empty water bottles and refill them throughout the day rather than tossing them in the trash.

don’t cave Nothing’s more frustrating than listening to your kids nag you for kettle corn, giant pretzels and funnel cake. While there’s certainly room for the occasional treat, don’t feel that you have to say yes to everything. A 2012 Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics study found that parents who were most permissive when it came to kids’ eating were the most likely to have children whose diets had the fewest nutrients. you for kettle corn, giant pretzels and funnel cake. indUlge

While there’s certainly room for the occasional

If most of the day’s eats are healthy it’s completely

treat, don’t feel that you have to say yes to

okay for kids to have a small treat. Rather

everything. A 2012 Journal of the Academy of

than snacking while walking through the park,

Nutrition and Dietetics study found that parents

encourage your children to sit down and savor

who were most permissive when it came to kids’

their food. They’ll actually enjoy it more. If you

eating were the most likely to have children whose

are going to have a treat, try to save it for later

diets had the fewest nutrients. If you are going to have a treat, try to save it for later in the day,

IT’S COMPLETELY

suggests White. That way you won’t feel like your kids stuffed themselves with not-so-nutritious food the minute you got to the park and you can

OKAY FOR KIDS TO HAVE A SMALL TREAT.

focus on what really matters – the fun.


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1. snow cones have been a popular pick in amusement parks, but now with the options of toppings, including chocolate and cream, snow cones are more unhealthy.

2. amusement park food stand profits have decreased starting in 2010. visitors now take advantage of the surrounding resturants and choose healthier foods.

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3. ice cream is the best seller in amusement parks. the combination

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usual warm weather are the reasons for this great achievement.

4. the funnel cake is a unique favorite to the amusement park. the

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fried dough and powdered sugar make it delicious, but it also is the most unhealthy item of food offered in the parks.

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THE INFLUENCE

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THERE’S NO DOUBT OF THE AMOUNT OF IMPACT WALT DISNEY HAD ON THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY. BUT WHAT KEPT HIM SANE? IS HE REALLY FROZEN?


frozen INSIDE an ice block?


FAST FACTS ABOUT WALT Life: December 5, 1901—December 15, 1966

Home Town: Chicago, IL Awards: 7 Emmy and 22 Academy Awards

After the great success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Walt and Roy bought their parents, Elias and Flora Disney, a home close to the studios. Less than a month later Flora died of asphyxiation caused by a faulty furnace in the new home. The terrible guilt of his mother’s death haunted Walt for the rest of his life. In 1940, construction was completed on the Bur-

TRY TO IMAGINE A WORLD WITHOUT DISNEY. A world without his magic, whimsy, and optimism. Walt Disney transformed the entertainment industry, into what we know today. He pioneered the fields of animation, and found new ways to teach, and educate.

bank Studio, and Disney’s staff swelled to more than 1,000 artists, animators, story men, and technicians. Although, because of World War II 94 percent of the Disney facilities were engaged in special government work, including the production of training and propaganda films for the armed services, as well as health films which are still shown

Walt’s optimism came from his unique ability to

through-out the world by the U.S. State Depart-

see the entire picture. His views and visions, came

ment. The remainder of his efforts were devoted to

from the fond memory of yesteryear, and persis-

the production of comedy short subjects, deemed

tence for the future. Walt loved history. As a result

highly essential to civilian and military morale.

of this, he didn’t give technology to us piece by piece, he connected it to his ongoing mission of making life more enjoyable, and fun. Walt was our bridge from the past to the future. During his 43-year Hollywood career, which

Disney’s 1945 feature, the musical The Three Caballeros, combined live action with the cartoon animation, a process he used successfully in such other features as Song of the South and the highly acclaimed Mary Poppins.

spanned the development of the motion picture industry as a modern American art, Walter Elias Disney established himself and his innovations as a genuine part of American art. Probably the most painful time of Walt’s private life, was the accidental death of his mother in 1938.

HONESTLY, IT WAS ALL REALLY AN ACCIDENT, I ALMOST BLEW IT.

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Cause of Death: Lung Cancer


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IF YOU’RE GOING TO ACCOMPLISH SOMETHING, YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE TO BELIEVE IN YOURSELF OTHERWISE YOUR DREAM CAN’T REALLY COME TRUE. Close to the Disney family farm, there were Santa

During the fall of 1918, Disney attempted to enlist

Fe Railroad tracks that crossed the countryside.

for military service. Rejected because he was

Often Walt would put his ear against the tracks,

under age, only sixteen years old at the time.

to listen for approaching trains. Walt’s uncle, Mike

Instead, Walt joined the Red Cross and was sent

Martin, was a train engineer who worked the route

overseas to France, where he spent a year driving

between Fort Madison, Iowa, and Marceline. Walt

an ambulance and chauffeuring Red Cross officials.

later worked a summer job with the railroad, selling

His ambulance was covered from stem to stern, not

newspapers, popcorn, and sodas to travelers.

with stock camouflage, but with Disney cartoons.

During his life Walt would often try to recapture

Once he returned from France, he wanted to pursue

the freedom he felt when aboard those trains, by

a career in commercial art, which soon lead to his

building his own miniature train set. Then building a

experiments in animation. He began producing

1/8-scale backyard railroad, the Carolwood Pacific

short animated films for local businesses, in Kansas

or Lilly Bell.

City. By the time Walt had started to create The Alice Comedies, which was about a real girl and

Besides his other interests, Walt attended McKinley

her adventures in an animated world, Walt ran out

High School in Chicago. There, Disney divided

of money, and his company Laugh-O-Grams went

his attention between drawing and photography.

bankrupted. But instead of giving up, the early flop


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of The Alice Comedies inoculated Walt against

On July 13, 1925, Walt married one of his first

fear of failure; he had risked it all three or four

employees, Lillian Bounds, in Lewiston, Idaho. Later

times in his life. Walt’s brother, Roy O. Disney, was

on they would be blessed with two daughters,

already in California, with an immense amount of

Diane and Sharon . Three years after Walt and

sympathy and encouragement, and $250. Pooling

Lilly wed, Walt created a new animated character,

their resources, they borrowed an additional $500,

Mickey Mouse. His talents were first used in a silent

and set up shop in their uncle’s garage. Soon, they

cartoon entitled Plane Crazy. However, before the

received an order from New York for the first Alice

cartoon could be released, sound was introduced

in Cartoonland(The Alice Comedies) featurette,

upon the motion picture industry.

and the brothers expanded their production operation to the rear of a Hollywood real estate office. It was Walt’s enthusiasm and faith in himself, and others, that took him straight to the top of

RUMOR HAS IT WALT DISNEY’S BODY IS FROZEN IN A CRYONICS CHAMBER—HOWEVER HE WAS ACTUALLY CREMATED.


52 the inFluence

During the fall of 1918, Disney attempted to enlist for military service. Rejected because he was under age, only sixteen years old at the time. Instead, Walt joined the Red Cross and was sent overseas to France, where he spent a year driving an ambulance and chauffeuring Red Cross officials. His ambulance was covered from stem to stern, not with stock camouflage, but with Disney cartoons. Once he returned from France, he wanted to pursue a career in commercial art, which soon lead to

THE CASTLE: A DREAM INTO REALITY

his experiments in animation. He began producing short animated films for local businesses, in Kansas City. By the time Walt had started to create The

Cinderella Castle was inspired by a variety of real and fictional castles. Cinderella Castle was completed in July 1971, after about 18 months of construction. The castle is 190 feet (58

Alice Comedies, which was about a real girl and

m) tall, as measured from the concrete bottom of the moat, which itself is 6 feet (1.8 m) deep at the drawbridge. Cinderella Castle is more than 100 feet (30 m) taller than Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. An optical trick known as forced perspective makes the castle appear even larger than it actually is.

suitcase and with his unfinished print of The Alice

her adventures in an animated world, Walt ran out of money, and his company Laugh-O-Grams went bankrupted. Instead of giving up, Walt packed his

Comedies in hand, headed for Hollywood to start a new business. He was not yet twenty-two. The early flop of The Alice Comedies inoculated Walt against fear of failure; he had risked it all three or four times in his life. It was Walt’s enthusiasm and faith in himself, and others, that took him straight to the top of Hollywood society.


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TOP FIVE

BEST ROLLER

COASTERS We’re back and just in time for summer with our list of the top five coasters as voted on by the travel enthusiasts all around the country and help from our experiences readers.

CEDAR POINT Sandusky, OH At 364-acres with 75 rides, ten shows, a water park and seventeen roller coasters, Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio packs more thrills per square foot than anywhere else on the planet, and that makes it our choice for the very best amusement park in America. Among the 17 coasters, the most of any park on Earth, you’ll find several notable must-rides. Magnum XL-200 was once the tallest and fastest steel coaster in the world. Mean Streak is surely one of the most visually arresting wooden coasters we’ve seen. And with its astonishing 120-mph, 400-ft. 90-degree drop, the Top Thrill Dragster separates the thrillmaniacs from everyone else in only 17 seconds!

For More Info: www.cedarpoint.com Call: (419) 627-2350 Ticket Prices: $22.99 - $85.99


“LIFE IS A ROLLER COASTER; YOU CAN EITHER SCREAM EVERY TIME YOU HIT A BUMP OR YOU CAN THROW YOUR HANDS UP IN THE AIR AND ENJOY!”


WALT DISNEY WORLD Orlando, FL What isn’t there to say about Disney World? The largest, most-attended recreational complex in the world and home to some of the most iconic landmarks and imagery on the planet, Walt Disney World is an American pastime. You can call it expensive, you can call it corporate, but you can’t deny to sense of wonder that greets you at every turn. The Disney World Resort is a collection of four theme parks and numerous other attractions like waterparks, shopping districts, concert venues and restaurants. The original park, and still the most popular to this day, is the Magic Kingdom, home of the world-famous Castle.

For More Info: disneyworld.disney.go.com Call: (407) 939-7211 Ticket Prices: $83.00 - $89.00

KINGS ISLAND Mason, OH King’s Island started much lower on the list, but as the debate raged back and forth it crawled higher and higher on one simple fact: this is a good, old-fashioned, pretension-free, no guff, no gimmicks thrill-park. It’s also humongous, with 364 acres of park grounds boasting over 80 rides and attractions. Coaster-enthusiasts take note: this is the kind of park for you! King’s Island features 15 roller coasters including Beast, the world’s longest wooden roller coaster, and Son of Beast, the world’s fastest and tallest wooden roller coaster. The 2009 addition, Diamondback, is causing quite a stir already, so we can’t wait to get up there again.

For More Info: www.visitkingsisland.com Call: (513) 754-5700 Ticket Prices: $21.99 - $54.99


DISNEYLAND RESORT Anaheim, CA For hundreds of thousands of theme park fans, Disneyposition there’s no question that Disneyland Park and the larger resort, with 20 million annual visitors combined, is simply one of the best. Disneyland Park, the original opened by Walt Disney himself in 1955, is visited by more than 14 million guests every year, the second most of any theme park in the world, and you can bet that this jampacked park has something for them all. So much of what makes Disney parks great started at Disneyland: the monorail, It’s a Small World, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, Haunted Mansion and The Matterhorn.

For More Info: disneyland.disney.go.com Call: (714) 781-4636 Ticket Prices: $81.00 - $87.00

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS Orlando, FL Having seen countless end-caps on Nickelodeon featuring the iconic Universal Studios Globe as a child, this Orlando, Florida juggernaut was always more exciting to me than Disneyland or Six Flags. When I finally saw it for myself, it did not disappoint! With more entertainment than you can experience in a whole week across two large parks and the retail-centric CityWalk, the Universal Orlando Resort is simply a lifetime must. At this theme park, rides and attractions are based on popular movie and TV show properties, including Shrek, Men in Black, The Mummy, Terminator, Jaws (a classic, as always) and so on. The new The Simpsons RideTM is just awesome!

For More Info: themeparks.ustudios.com Call: (407) 224-4233 Ticket Prices: $83.00 - $89.00

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HOW IT’S MADE

CONSTRUCTION OF

SPLASH MOUNTAIN The idea for the attraction was originally conceived in the summer of 1983 by Imagineer Tony Baxter while stuck in rush hour traffic on his way to work. This is how Splash Mountain was made.

1983

1984

1988

1989

Tony Baxter comes up

Baxter and co-creator

Construction based on the

The attraction opened in

with the design concept.

begin the surface design

model went way over

Disneyland to acclaim

From there he created

aspect of the ride. Includ-

budget, eventually reach-

and was eventually du-

blueprints, three-demin-

ing landscaping and what

ing $75 million.

plicated in other Disney

sonal models and survey

visuals riders will see both

the land before construc-

on and off the ride.

tion can even begin.

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