It's easy to forget how massive Walt Disney World Orlando actually is. Even the most frequent of visitors to Disney World are impressed by what changes each year when they return to the parks. If you think about it though with the scale of Walt Disney World, with it's host of theme parks, water parks, hotel resorts and restaurants it isn't really that surprising.So where has the most change taken place recently. I think you don't have to look any further than Disney's Hollywood Studios to see a park being rejuvenated. Formerly known as MGM Studios has a number of new rides and shows that have been added to in the last year. The biggest introduction has to be the opening of Toy Story Mania. This is an exciting 3D ride where you take part in shooting arcade from your car as you make your way around a Toy Story themed shooting arcade. The ride has been opened within the Pixar Place area of the park, so we can expect more Pixar themed attractions in that area. Parades and shows have also been introduced, including Block Party Bash which is a parade featuring characters from the Toy Story movies. Another movie franchise is a High School Musical show which also takes part in the park. Another permanent feature is the Jedi Training Academy. Originally only at the park during Star Wars Weekends, this is now a full time attraction at the park.On the resort front, the Contemporary Resort has been going through one of the biggest remodelling phases since it opened. The Contemporary is one of the original Walt Disney World hotels, opening along with the Magic Kingdom back in 1971. A recent addition to the hotel is The Wave restaurant, which is focusing on the healthy-eating conscious visitors to the resort. Another resort that has gone through a lot of change is the Animal Kingdom resort, with the addition of the up market Animal Kingdom Villas.
If you're looking for a entertainment filled trip, then there's no need to look any further than Orlando. Even if you've been to Orlando before, the amount of new new entertainment that have opened in the area in the last year is unbelievable.Universal Studios have opened what will undoubtedly be one of the main attractions at any of the parks with the introduction of The Simpsons ride. Replacing the old Back to the Future attraction, you get chance to visit Krustyland with the worlds most famous family. Universal Studios also announced the opening of a innovative rollercoaster snappily called Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit to open in 2009.Also due to open in 2009 is a tie up between J K Rowling and Islands of Adventure with an area of the theme park to be dedicated to Hogwarts, that is also set to open in 2009.The other major additions has involved another Orlando favorite, Seaworld Orlando. Intent on becoming one of the top entertainment centers in Orlando, Seaworld Orlando have added a waterpark to the Seaworld and Discovery Cove parks in the area. Known as Seaworld Aquatica, Seaworld have added interaction between the animals in the park and the rides. Seaworld have recently announced they will be adding a new rollercoaster called Manta to the original park, that will open in 2009.So that leaves Disney World. Disney have been really improving Disney's Hollywood Studios recently to make it one of their top draw theme parks. With recent additions to the park including the Block Party Bash parade, Toy Story Mania ride and an area of the park dedicated to Pixar Studios the theme park has some really fresh visitors attractions this year.So if you have haven't been to Orlando for two or three years, you'll be pleasantly suprised at what rides and shows have been added to the Orlando parks and what we can look forward to in the next year.
It goes without saying that memories of trips and vacations fade with time. If you learn how to keep a travel journal, this need not be the case. Traveling tends to be a schizophrenic event. On one hand, there is the trip you intended to take and may have even organized down to the tiniest detail. Then there is reality. Reality, of course, is what really happens as you head perpendicular to your original travel plans. It is these changes that provide the unique fodder to your trip that youll want to remember for years. This is where keeping a "travel journal" become invaluable. Travel JournalsKeeping a travel journal is a simple task and worth its weight in gold. It is a given that you will forget funny little events as the years pass. Ive lived and/or traveled in over 40 countries and forgotten more than I care to admit, which is how NomadJournals.com came into being. There is nothing worse than reminiscing with a friend and not remembering what the heck they are talking about. This need not be the case. The good news is keeping a travel journal is a simple task. First youll need something to write in such as our Nomad Journals. Once you have it, the key is not so much what you write, but when you write it. When traveling, there is more down time than any of us would like to admit. Sitting in airports, bus station and hotels gives you plenty of time to write. An ideal time is just before hitting the sack as you have a quit moment to reflect on the good, the bad and the funny snippets of the day. Since everyday holds interesting little adventures, try to write at least once ever two days. The writing itself need not be complicated. You are writing the journal for YOURSELF. Dont worry about punctuation, grammar and so on. If you want to write paragraphs, then write paragraphs. If you want to just keep notes, then just keep notes. If you want to doodle, for the love of God go ahead and doodle. You will not be graded!Although you are writing for yourself, there is one bit of information you should always write down. When you meet people while traveling, you tend to write down names, phone numbers and email addresses on thing such as napkins, maps and brochures. Much like socks in a dryer, these will mysterious disappear during your trip. If you keep a travel journal, you will be able to FIND the information when you return from you trip. Just whip open your travel journal, find the "email address" and youll have a friend for life. Keeping a travel journal is incredibly simple. You just write whatever you want. As time passes, youll be happy you did.
Theres no particular style or type of clothing that you should wear from a security point of view. You are permitted to wear head coverings and religious garments during the screening process. You may be directed to additional screening if your clothing (religious or otherwise) is loose fitting or large enough to hide prohibited items. For more information, click here.In addition, certain clothing and accessories can set off an alarm on the metal detector and slow you down. Avoid wearing clothing, jewelry or other accessories that contain metal when traveling through the security checkpoints: - Heavy jewelry (including pins, necklaces, bracelets, rings, watches, earrings, body piercings, cuff links, lanyards or bolo ties) - Clothing with metal buttons, snaps or studs - Metal hair barrettes or other hair decoration - Belt buckles - Under-wire bras - Hidden items such as body piercings may result in your being directed to "additional screening" for a pat-down inspection. If selected for additional screening, you may ask to remove your body piercing in private as an alternative to the pat-down search. - Take metal items such as keys, loose change, mobile phones, pagers, and personal data assistants (PDAs) out of your pockets. - Place heavy jewelry and other "metal items" in your carry-on baggage or in plastic bags if they are offered, until you clear security. - Pack all your coats and jackets in your baggage when possible. All coats and jackets must go through the X-ray machine for inspection. These include, but are not limited to, trench coats, heavy winter coats, suit jackets, sport coats and blazers. If you choose to wear an outer coat or jacket to the checkpoint, you will need to either place it in your carry-on or put it in the bin that is provided for you. Disposable booties or slippers may be worn through the checkpoint to help protect your feet, but they must be disposed of prior to leaving the screening area.Gel-filled bras are permitted through security screening and aboard aircraft.TSA Security Officers have to identify any metal that is detected at the checkpoint. If you set off the alarm, you will undergo additional screening. This includes a hand-wand and pat-down inspection.You can remove metal items at the security checkpoint and place them in the plastic bags offered at several airports or in the bins provided. The bins will be sent through the X-ray machine. You can save time by not wearing metal items or by placing them in your carry-on baggage before getting in line.
Items and materials that may be commonplace and necessary at home or in the workplace are sometimes banned inside aircrafts because of the dangers they pose to both passengers and crew. It therefore becomes important to check with the airline which items they allow as carry-on luggage or as checked baggage, or banned altogether.The following are the categories of items proscribed by the Transport Security Administration from being boarded in aircraft cabins:Explosives and firearms. Matches, sparklers, other fireworks, flares, gunpowder, ammunition or other ordnance, blasting caps, dynamite, loaded firearms. Other weapons. Knives of any kind, throwing stars, swords, or other items used in martial arts competitions. Rules in other countries will differ on transporting knives and other weapons. Gases and pressure containers. Flammable aerosols like hair spray, spray paint or insect repellant; carbon dioxide cartridges, oxygen tanks (scuba or medical), mace, tear gas, pepper spray, self-inflating rafts, and deeply refrigerated gases such as liquid nitrogen. Flammable liquids and solids. Gasoline, propane, butane and other fuels, lights with flammable reservoirs, matches, flammable paints, paint thinners, some cleaning solvents, some adhesives, cigarette lighters, and lighter fluid. Personal care items such as flammable perfume and such may be carried on board in limited quantities. Oxidizers and organic peroxides. Bleach, nitric acid, fertilizers, swimming pool or spa chemicals, and fiberglass repair kits. Poisons. Weed killers, pesticides rodent poisons, arsenic and cyanides. Infectious materials. Medical laboratory specimens, viral organisms, bacterial cultures. Corrosives. Drain cleaners, car batteries, wet cell batteries, acids, alkalis, lye, mercury. Organics. Fiberglass resins, peroxides. Radioactive materials. Smoke detectors, radioactive pharmaceuticals, and other radioactive materials. Dry ice (frozen carbon dioxide). Up to four pounds (1.8 kg) is allowed on board for packing perishables, providing that the package is vented. Magnetic materials. Strong magnets such as those in loudspeakers and laboratory equipment. Other items. Wet-cell batteries, chemical oxygen generators (used or unused) or any equipment containing fuel or other flammable liquids. In light of 9/11, TSA also began regulating the carriage of the following items on board aircrafts:sition, including carpet knives and box cutters (and spare blades), any device with a folding or retractable blade, ice picks, straight razors, and metal scissors with pointed tips.Corkscrews. Lighters, lighter fluid, and strike-anywhere matches. However, up to four books of safety matches are allowable. Baseball and softball bats. Golf clubs. Pool cues. Ski poles. Hockey sticks. What is allowed and what is not allowed varies among airline companies. Just to be sure, always check with the air carrier as to what kind of baggage they allow before booking.