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Splash Mountain at Disneyland is Closing… What’s next?

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As Splash Mountain closes, it will undergo a transformation into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, a whimsical attraction inspired by The Princess and the Frog.

Splash Mountain at Disneyland By Cd637 at English Wikipedia, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=58648866

Splash Mountain is a log ride at Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland. It was formerly located in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom before closing in January 2023. The ride is based on the animated sequences of the 1946 Disney film Song of the South. Although there are variations in the story and features between the two locations, each installation begins with a peaceful outdoor float-through that leads to indoor dark ride segments, with a climactic steep drop into a “briar patch” followed by an indoor finale. The drop is 52.5 feet.

In June 2020, it was announced that the U.S. versions of the ride would be receiving a new theme based on Disney‘s 2009 film The Princess and the Frog. The new ride, which will be titled Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, is scheduled to open at Disneyland and Magic Kingdom in late 2024. The Magic Kingdom version of Splash Mountain closed on January 23, 2023. The closing date for the Disneyland version has yet to be announced. (wikipedia)

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https://ktla.com/news/california/when-will-disneylands-splash-mountain-close-for-good-theme-park-bloggers-weigh-in/

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Experiencing the UFO Experience

There’s a new venue that just debuted at the Arizona Boardwalk, “The UFO Experience: The Truth is Out There.”

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Rebeca and I recently paid a visit to a new exhibit in the valley…

Scottsdale, Arizona – Tuesday, December 13, 2022/ There’s a new venue that just debuted at the Arizona Boardwalk, “The UFO Experience: The Truth is Out There.” The museum is family-friendly with an immersive and interactive multi-room exhibit that focuses on the phenomenon historically and a peak inside how it has impacted pop-culture.

The UFO Experience replaces “The Science of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” after its closing back in September of this year.

Rebecca and I found that the museum was fun, entertaining, educational, and yes, it was immersive, it also has a “Walk on the Moon,” bouncy house for the kids. “And Rebecca was informed that the bouncy house was for the kids…”

The self guided tour from the start was full of interactive displays, including a headphone station where you can listen to actual 911 calls from citizens and radio conversations between pilots and air traffic control regarding UFO sightings.

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The exhibit covers the UFO topic from Ancient aliens, to modern sightings, abductions and has a historical timeline of the topic of aliens in cinema. There’s also a ton of UFO history in the gallery items and a few familiar aliens you’ll encounter during the tour.

The UFO Experience is for the believer, interested but not yet committed, and the skeptic alike. They give you a score sheet and tokens before entering to gauge if the exhibit had change your opinions either way, which you’ll express by the end of the tour.

The museum is the eighth attraction at the boardwalk joining Odysea Aquarium, Land of the Dinosaurs, and Butterfly Wonderland.

It’s hours of operations: 10am – 6pm everyday.

Located at Arizona Boardwalk
9500 E. Via de Ventura, Suite E250
Scottsdale, AZ 85256

Parking is free…

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https://www.citysuntimes.com/things_to_do/ufo-experience-at-arizona-boardwalk-opens-dec-13/article_6043d736-78c8-11ed-90ac-8b8039b756e4.html

https://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/arts/the-ufo-experience-at-arizona-boardwalk-in-scottsdale-asks-are-we-alone-15161358


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5 Cities for a Quick Fall Getaway

While social calendars tend to fill back up during the fall months between work, school and extracurricular activities, autumn also offers some perks for travelers looking to sneak in one last getaway before cold weather sets in.

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(Family Features) While social calendars tend to fill back up during the fall months between work, school and extracurricular activities, autumn also offers some perks for travelers looking to sneak in one last getaway before cold weather sets in.

Often referred to as “shoulder season” between the summer and winter travel windows, fall offers a perfect opportunity to find smaller crowds, lower prices and cooler temperatures in many popular vacation destinations.

An app like Hotels.com, which makes it easy to unlock instant savings and get rewarded for your hotel stays, offers travel inspiration and top cities for your fall getaway.

Los Angeles: Hollywood is acclaimed for its entertainment and theaters, and the famous Hollywood Roosevelt is where vintage glamour meets modern luxury, right on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. You can catch a concert at the theater or go bowling on-site, plus it’s within walking distance of Melrose Avenue, the Hollywood and Highland Center, TCL Chinese Theatre and Dolby Theater.

Las Vegas: Centrally located on the Strip, the world renowned ARIA Resort and Casino is known for its casino, nightclub, 13 restaurants and social pool scene. Guests can visit the spa to be pampered with deep-tissue massages, body wraps or facials. Just a short walk to public transportation, it’s also close to many of Sin City’s other attractions such as T-Mobile Arena, Allegiant Stadium, Mandalay Bay Casino, The Cosmopolitan Casino and the Bellagio, among others.

New York City: In the heart of Manhattan with sights like Times Square, Broadway, the Empire State Building and world-class shopping and restaurants all within a 10-minute walk, the 5-star Refinery Hotel is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Pet- and family-friendly, it also features a rooftop bar and on-site restaurant Parker and Quinn, which specializes in American cuisine, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Chicago: Explore locals-approved joints and shops and catch a train to downtown attractions from the hip Wicker Park neighborhood. With all the amenities of home, including free continental breakfast, a garden, premium bedding, soundproof rooms and more, the boutique bed and breakfast Wicker Park Innis less than five miles from popular attractions like Water Tower Place, the John Hancock Center, Skydeck Ledge, Wrigley Field, Millennium Park and the Willis Tower.

Miami: Located on a private beach, the 5-star luxury Nobu Hotel in Miami Beach is a full-blown retreat with four pools and two on-site restaurants plus the full-service Esencia Wellness Spa, which is equipped with a sauna, spa tub and steam room, offering facials and a variety of massages and therapy treatments. It’s also close to shopping at the Lincoln Road Mall and Bal Harbour Shops plus attractions like the Miami Beach Botanical Garden.


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