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Journeying To My Inner Child At Walt Disney World’s Epcot Center

I’m celebrating an anniversary of sorts. Three years ago this month I walked away from corporate life to pursue my lifelong passions of travel, writing and photography. Although it’s not an easy path, I feel alive for the first time in my life. The serious perspective that dogged my every thought and action…

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Beauty, Beasts, and Bells at the Bok Tower in Central Florida

The sound of Bok Tower’s carillon bells was so mesmerizing that I did not notice the snake. I stood at the far end of the tower’s reflecting pond, enjoying the ethereal music, until suffocating midday heat drove me to the shaded concrete benches at the edge of the semi-circular clearing. Suddenly, a movement….

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Florida’s Historic Cypress Gardens Reopens After Facelift

Update January, 2019: Sadly, the reopening of Cypress Gardens was short lived. It unceremoniously closed its doors in 2009. The property was subsequently purchased and reopened as Legoland Florida Resort in May 2015. Legoland preserved the botanical gardens and re-themed the water park attractions to reflect Lego brands. Closed since November 2008, Florida’s first…

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Downtown Disney – Not Worth The Time

Day three of my Walt Disney World discovery tour was devoted to Downtown Disney because this is where my niece and her choral group would be performing at various times throughout the day. I’d previously had a poor experience at the Magic Kingdom and a great experience at Epcot, so it seemed that…

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Epcot – The Best of Walt Disney World

After a disappointing day at the Magic Kingdom that included an amusing run-in with a phony Prince Charming, I was prepared not to like Epcot Center at Walt Disney World. To my delight, I loved absolutely everything about it. Although I wholeheartedly recommend a visit to Epcot any time of year, I was…

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This Prince Wasn’t So Charming

I met Prince Charming during my recent not-so-magic visit to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. No, not the man of my dreams. I met the Prince Charming who appears at the side of Cinderella in every Disney parade. Or so he claimed. After a few hours of walking around the park, taking rides,…

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