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dec 14 2015

How to Skip the Longest Lines: Disney, Vegas, and More

This article was written by Stephanie Gaskell and originally appeared on Yahoo Travel.

For many, the holidays are a time to do something special. But choosing to visit a popular tourist attraction means one thing—long lines. While it might seem like an occupational hazard, there are ways to skip the lines and avoid standing around with the masses. Here are some insider tips for getting VIP access.

Let technology lead the way

When it comes to skipping lines—there’s an app for that. In fact, there are several apps that will let you hire someone to stand in line for you. TaskRabbit is a service where you can hire people to do all kinds of tasks—including waiting in long lines (even at the DMV!). Another popular service is SameOleLineDudes, which currently only operates in New York City. But beware. Many businesses are pushing back against paid line-waiters. Franklin’s BBQ in Austin, Texas, which is famous for its lines around the block, recently banned professional line-waiters.

Related: This Is How Much Time You Waste Standing in Line at Tourist Attractions

Look for a pass

Let’s say you’re trying to get into a major theme park where the lines are notoriously long. Many of them offer special packages that allow you to plan your trip in advance, so you don’t arrive to find yourself standing in line. Disney World has a Fastpass program that prints out a pass telling you exactly what time to come and enjoy the attraction. This frees you up to walk around or grab a bite in the meantime. Likewise, Sea World offers a service called Quick Queue Unlimited for just $19 that allows you to skip to the front of the line.

Use your connections

If you’re heading to the ritzy Las Vegas night club scene, there are a couple of ways to bypass the velvet ropes and get right in. One trick is to ask your concierge to book a reservation for you. As a local, they often have connections that can help you breeze right in, especially if a nice tip is involved. Another option for skipping lines is to purchase special passes through sites like Vegas.com or Best of Vegas.

Related: Forget the Wait! 9 Ways to Spend Less Time in Line at Disney World

Be a VIP

If you decide to forego the Elvis impersonators and head to the real thing, Graceland, the home-turned-museum of Elvis Presley in Memphis, Tenn., allows visitors to purchase VIP tickets to skip the crowds. The King would approve. Let’s say you’re heading somewhere more subdued like The Vatican, a place where millions of visitors flock each year. You can avoid long lines here by buying a “fast-track” ticket through a travel agency, like Viator, which offers packages that let you bypass the lines at the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, Raphael’s Rooms, and St. David’s. The lines at the Empire State Building are almost as vast as the views. Cut to the front by purchasing a VIP Main Deck Experience package that will take you right to the 86th floor observation deck with no waiting.

oct 21 2015

Back to the Future Day Travel Deals

Back to the Future movie

Catch a free ride in a DeLorean on Back to the Future Day, among other cool travel deals.

(Mary Evans/Ronald Grant/Everett Collection)

Today, the red-letter day of October 21, 2015, you're going to see some serious stuff in the travel world, from free DeLorean rides to 1985-era hotel prices, in honor of Back to the Future Day, the precise day that Marty McFly, Doc Brown, and Jennifer Parker zoom to in Back to the Future Part II—30 years after 1985. Yep, it's finally here!

sep 09 2015

5 Easy Ways to Save on Food at Disney

Magic Kingdom Disney World

Magic Kingdom dining hint: Have breakfast instead of dinner at Winnie the Pooh and Friends at Crystal Palace and save 35 percent per person.

(Puppie2008/Dreamstime)

This article was written by Ashley Dickey on behalf of ReserveOrlando.com.

"Affordable" probably isn't the first word you'd use to describe dining at Disney World, but there are deals on dining to be had that don't fall into the "mega-splurge" category. Use our insider tips below for navigating the park's food scene without emptying your wallet, including how to choose the right restaurants, dine at the right times, and scoop up special offers that few park-goers know about.

Make Your Character Meal a Morning Experience

may 11 2015

5 U.S. Theme Parks Under $50

Santa Cruz Boardwalk in California
(Courtesy Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk)

With major theme parks now charging over $100 per adult, this summer is the perfect time to consider the array of smaller (but awesome), regional theme parks where you can get your adrenaline fix for less. Here are five parks around the country where the daily price of adult admission is under $50.

Luna Park, Coney Island, NY.

may 07 2015

10 Memorable Mother’s Day Brunches

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Treat Mom to a nice Mother's Day brunch in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

(Courtesy Maju_Rezende/Flickr)

This article was written by Kristine Hansen and originally appeared on Fox News Travel.

Move over, Champagne and fluffy omelets: Some Mother's Day brunches are ditching tradition for eclectic offerings. Today's moms want a table with an ocean view, or a buffet inspired by the regions of France, or a live musical performance across the room, or a chic tea in America's wealthiest zip code (hello, 90210). 

apr 23 2015

Take a Cooking Class on Vacation (or at Home!) With This Great Deal

Dim Sum

Make your own dim sum in one of Le Cordon Bleu's workshops at a reduced rate.

(Lonely Planet)

Indulge your inner Julia Child on your next vacation—no plane ticket to Paris necessary.

A new hands-on cooking class deal from Travelzoo offers half-priced courses from Le Cordon Bleu chefs at Bleu Ribbon Kitchen locations in 16 U.S. cities: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Miami, Minneapolis, Orlando, Pasadena, Portland, Sacramento, San Francisco, Scottsdale, and Seattle.

mar 26 2015

Eat Like a Local in Orlando

Sure, the fish & chips at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter are delicious, but Orlando also offers an international variety of culinary delights.

(Courtesy Universal Orlando Resort)

Orlando is a pretty sweet place to be any time of year, but this spring is especially exciting. The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival is in full bloom (as reported in 8 Incredibly Beautiful Places to See Spring Flowers), and the brand-new I-Drive 360, an entertainment center opening in early May that will be home to the 400-foot Orlando Eye observation wheel and the SeaLife Orlando aquarium.

aug 29 2014

Don't Miss These September Travel Sales!

Redbury Hotel Miami

Save on a stay at the Redbury in Miami thanks to their Stay 2 Get 1 Free promotion now thru Sept. 30th.

(Courtesy Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority)

Welcome to shoulder season! Here are some of our favorite hotel sales happening this month.

CARIBBEAN

FLASH SALE: You can save up to 50 percent on rates at the Grand Lucayan on Grand Bahama Island when you book a stay of three or more nights this Labor Day Weekend for travel Sept. 1 thru Dec. 20th. Not only will rates start at $89 a night, but you'll also score a $250 resort credit per stay to use towards perks like spa treatments, dining, and resort-style golf. Click here for more info and to book your trip by Sept. 1st.

aug 02 2014

6 Places to See Endangered Species in Florida

Gatorland in Florida

Get up close and personal with Florida wildlife at Gatorland the next time you're visiting Orlando, Florida.

(Courtesy JoshHallett/Flickr)

With 663 miles of coast calling to beach lovers, theme parks in Orlando and surrounding areas for thrill seekers, and nightlife in Miami for people who like to party, there's plenty to do in The Sunshine State. But where do animal lovers go? Here are six places where you can spot endangered animals both in captivity and in nature. 

apr 02 2014

Confessions of a Hotel Maid

Hotel Maid
(Courtesy Diego Cervo, Trivago)

The following article was originally written as a collaboration between trivago and News.com.au.

A hotel maid has decided to spill the dirtiest secrets behind housekeeping. This exclusive interview was shared with trivago.com by an employee of a five-star hotel in Orlando, Florida, who wishes to remain anonymous.

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