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Tampa Bay Rays Spring Training | Port Charlotte, FL

March 27, 2011
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“I had a friend, who was a big baseball player back in high school, he could throw that speed ball by you, make you look like a fool.” Bruce Springsteen – Glory Days Back in the early 1980’s spring training was a sleepy affair, held in small wooden ballparks, that were for the most...

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joeA’s New Rant: WHY-FI?

November 2, 2010
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joeA’s New Rant:  WHY-FI?

“I believe in being an innovator.”  ~ Walt Disney From the opening of Disneyland, to the 1964 New York World Fair, to Epcot Center, The Walt Disney Company has always been seen as a harbinger of the future. It was The Walt Disney Company that pioneered the modern theme park resort model, beginning with...

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Brewtally Awesome: Tampa Bay Brewing Company

October 27, 2010
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Brewtally Awesome:  Tampa Bay Brewing Company

Tampa Bay Brewing Company 1600 East 8th Avenue, Ybor City — Tampa, Florida | 813-247-1422 Weekdays: 11am to 11pm | Fri, Sat: 11am to midnight | Sunday: Noon to 11pm “Ybor City is tres speedy, but they throw such killer parties. Killer parties almost killed me…” Craig Finn, The Hold Steady To us guys,...

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3D or No 3D? That is the question.

October 23, 2010
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3D or No 3D? That is the question.

Even though I’m going to talk about the Imagination Pavilion at Epcot, I won’t be discussing the “Journey Into Imagination with Figment” ride. You know, the one with the guy from Monty Python no one under the age of 35 knows who the hell is — the one that was so bad, it had...

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The Total Package: Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando

October 16, 2010
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The Total Package: Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando

Gaylord Palms Resort 6000 West Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, FL 34746 Let’s get this out of the way right now, I’m not going to resort to any of the seemingly endless puns available in my review of the Gaylord Palms Hotel. I’m not going to joke about the S.S. Gaylord docked in the Key West...

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Disney’s Port Orleans: More Terra Than Tara in this Real Life “Went with the Wind”

October 13, 2010
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Disney’s Port Orleans: More Terra Than Tara in this Real Life “Went with the Wind”

Disney’s Port Orleans’ Riverside and French Quarter Resorts Walt Disney World, Orlando One step above Disney’s bogeylicious budget All-Star Resorts, lie the “moderate” priced hotels. Caribbean Beach Resort, the poor man’s Polynesian, was the first hotel built in the late 80′s in this “moderately-priced” category. Following in 1991 and 1992 respectively, came the neighboring...

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joeA’s Rant: Theme Park Parking Fees

October 11, 2010
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I bought my first Walt Disney World “Four Seasons” pass back in 1994, essentially, it’s today’s “Seasonal Pass,” exclusive to Florida residents. The Four Seasons pass had block out dates, like today’s seasonal passes, and did not include parking. Forgive me if I sound like an old fart, but back in the day you...

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ALOHA! We’re All Cousins Here (No, I Don’t Mean Kentucky)

October 5, 2010
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ALOHA! We’re All Cousins Here (No, I Don’t Mean Kentucky)

‘Ohana Restaurant Second Floor, Disney’s Polynesian Resort Everyone’s cousins at ‘Ohana Restaurant. I know what you’re thinking. No, they’re not all from Kentucky. “Ohana” means “family” in Hawaiian, as I’m sure many of you parents know from watching Lilo and Stitch a million times over with your kids. Make sure you bring your appetite...

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Open Mouth, Insert Flip-Flop: joeA’s Unabridged Wizarding World of Harry Potter Review

October 3, 2010
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I must admit, I was skeptical some three years ago when Universal Studios announced they would be building a Harry Potter “theme park” inside their Orlando Islands of Adventure theme park. Three years later, I am happy to report -- and a bit surprised -- Universal Studios has surpassed anything Disney has previously...

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The Calm Before the Blue-Hair Storm

September 30, 2010
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The Calm Before the Blue-Hair Storm

Ollivander’s Wand Shop Experience Wizarding World of Harry Potter | Universal Studios, Orlando As you Floridians know, this time of year is the calm before the storm. In another month, the weather forecasters will be screaming to stock up on batteries, water and plywood and the blue-hair snow birds will be settling in, crapping...

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