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Snow in 49 of 50 States - 475

On Tuesday, a map of the contiguous United States went viral (above), depicting 47 states with snow (though Alaska and even Hawaii have the white stuff, too). That’s right: 49 states have snow, with Florida staying true to its title as Sunshine State.

According to CNN, the snow storms blowing through the Midwest and especially the south to southeast dumped a lot of snow this week. The storm systems have begun to merge as the southern storm gathers its strength over the Atlantic, with another snowpocalypse over the Northeast imminent. Though 32 total states already effecting a snow advisory, major cities are already digging themselves out of the snow. Air travel—which was near impossible under similar conditions in December—is expected to slow down, but because the holiday season is over, flights aren’t expected to be as full, easing rebooking of passengers.


Hotel Fontainebleu: Miami Beach

Fontainebleu Miami Beach

4441 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, Florida 33140 USA

A stylish spot for all the hip cats in Miami Beach, the Fontainebleu is everything you want your Vegas-hotel-away-from-Vegas to be. In fact, it’s hard to find a spot at this luxuriant beachside resort that isn’t happening, except maybe the spa, which is designed to be nice and quiet. Honestly, I made friends in the bathroom, that’s how “social” this place is.

From the poolside cabanas (with mini fridges!) to the Liv nightclub (recently voted by Reuters as one of the Top 10 nightclubs in the WORLD), there is something going on in nearly every nook and cranny of this modernized bastion of old world glamour.

What I loved: The attention to detail (they even stamp the ashtrays every five minutes!), the blown-glass light fixtures, the long luxuriant hallways where you can practice walking in the mile-high heels you’ll need to even stroll through the lobby, the poolside restaurant, and the breathtaking views. I also thought the focus in the lobby on the huge circular bar rather than the check-in, made the entire lobby feel like a party you’d just arrived to rather than a waiting area, which I liked. Social glamour wins over utilitarian service every time in my book.

What I hated: The money spent on the rest of the hotel must have been saved in the bathroom design stage. Going from a sexy, opulent room to a minimalist bathroom with no counter space and no division between shower and the rest of the bathroom, is a little disconcerting. And after a few days, making sure you look at least as good as a Kardashian before crossing the lobby gets a little tiresome.

What I have no clue about: I didn’t eat at any of the restaurants while I was at the Fontainebleu, preferring to sample local fare while there. However, I did nibble on room service and a breakfast buffet. For the record the chorizo was unreal, but like this guy, I was less than impressed with the late-night pizza.  But it sounds like the desserts are delicious!

Who should go: Want to live like a Miami socialite for a few days? This is the hotel to do it. Get to know the bouncers, nibble at fresh fruit by the pool, hit the spa and make sure you bring your dancing shoes and hit LIV (you can’t book ahead, so make sure you look sharp!) This is not the place to relax and get away but it IS the place to eat, drink and be merry. You should also take the time to learn a bit about the history of this jewel of the “American Riviera”.

Save your pennies because a stay at the Fontainebleu isn’t cheap. Fortunately, you only have to stay a few days to be completely saturated with fun, sun, nightlife and glamour and if you book at the right time, you might just find special rights! Facebook Twitter


Harry Potter Film Stars Get Theme Park Sneak Peek - 392

Emma Watson and other Harry Potter Film Stars Get Theme Park Sneak PeekPhoto Credit: Kevin Kolczynski, Universal Orlando Resort

Thursday morning, Harry Potter film stars Robbie Coltrane, Matthew Lewis, Emma Watson, and Oliver and James Phelps began their sneak peek tour of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter by entering Hogsmeade. The group was invited to Universal Orlando Resort for a first-look at the immersive environment, and spent the day visiting many of the iconic locations made famous in the popular Harry Potter series. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort grand opens on June 18.

As we’ve reported before, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is already selling package tours that begin as early as May 28th, 2010. The park’s grand opening is shaping up to make a big splash as the go-to destinations for families this summer.

For a preview of the attraction, check out this virtual video flyover preview tour:

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Disney Announces that Volunteers Get a Free Disney Day - 219

YEAR TO VOLUNTEER: Disney Parks Announces New Program ‘Give a Day, Get a Disney Day’ – Sept. 29, 2009 (photo: Disney)Today, Disney Parks announced a new program that celebrates the spirit of volunteer service by offering a free admission to people offering to lend a hand to those in need.

Encouraging families to “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day”, the project will be coordinated by HandsOn Network, the nation’s largest volunteer network.

The HandsOn Network aims to demonstrate the power of citizens in changing the world and solving problems in the areas of education, environmental stewardship and poverty alleviation.

Beginning January 1st, 2010, the first one million people (ages six and older) who

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Virtual Tour of New Harry Potter Theme Park Released - 214

Video interviews with the Harry Potter movie cast, and virtual views of the theme park (below) announce details of “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” theme park coming next spring.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is scheduled to open spring 2010 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo Warner Bros.)

Harry Potter continues to be a global phenomenon. The series of books by author J.K. Rowling has been translated into 67 languages with more than 400 million copies sold in over 200 territories around the world.  The films, produced by Warner Bros. Pictures, have grossed more than $5.3 billion at the box office worldwide, making Harry Potter the largest-grossing film franchise in history.

And beginning spring 2010, there will be a theme park for all dedicated Potterphiles to make a vacation pilgrimage.

Universal Orlando Resort, and Warner Bros. today revealed first-ever details about the incredible scope of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  Universal also announced that the highly anticipated land will open next year.

Hogswarts Castle. (Photo: Universal)

Among the tantalizing tidbits revealed, the resort gave a list of featured locations, as well as a virtual fly through of the park (see video below).

Galavanting Travel News & Reviews Video: preview of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park & interviews with Harry Potter movie cast members Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson. 


And after entering the front archway of Hogsmeade to the immensity of Hogwarts

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