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Baby Giant Panda is San Diego Zoo’s “Little Gift”

Due to habitat loss and human disturbance, only 1,600 giant pandas are believed to exist in the world. Wait. Make that one thousand, six hundred and one. And the latest is a very special “one.” On July 29, 2012, Bai Yun gave birth to her sixth offspring at the San Diego Zoo. Not only is Bai Yun one of the most prolific panda mamas in the world; now, with the arrival of her latest cub, that birth marks the San Diego Zoo as the site for the most giant pandas born at a breeding facility outside of China. read more »

Holiday Happenings in Big, Beautiful Cities

Holiday travel brings friends and family together to revel in the comfort of familiar surroundings. But it also provides an unmatched opportunity to explore traditions beyond your own family or hometown celebrations. If a CityPASS tour takes you on the road this Christmas season, look for your destination city’s signature holiday happenings and join the festivities. You just might turn some vacation memories into traditions of your own back home. read more »

Checking in with Haunted Hotels

One might think that having a haunted hotel would be something to hush, but across the country, many hoteliers are making their resident apparitions a part of their marketing pitch. San Diego’s splendid Victorian beachfront Hotel del Coronado is heralded as one of the country’s best beach resorts on the best beach. It features amazing brunches, memorable wedding celebrations and it has a 120-year history of entertaining the country’s most legendary stars, from Charles Lindbergh to Marilyn Monroe. But the Hotel del Coronado also entertains another guest, a long-time specter, Kate Morgan. She was a beautiful young woman who checked into the hotel in 1892 and spent five lonely days waiting for a man who never arrived. Kate was found dead on an exterior staircase leading to the beach with a gunshot wound to her head. read more »

Stars of the Show: Baby Zoo Animals

What a treat it is to visit a Zoo and get a peek at a newly-arrived baby animal - some so tiny you're lucky to catch a glimpse, others larger than many adult humans, but all of them too cute to resist. Here, we highlight some baby animals that were born in Zoos across the U.S. in 2012. read more »

A Perfect Weekend in Palm Desert

 

Few things are more exciting than taking your family to enjoy a few days at Disneyland, Disney California Adventures, and quenching your film addiction with a full day at Universal Studios. Others might prefer a trip to San Diego to party on the beach, and get soaked by wild sea animals and thrilling rides at SeaWorld.

 

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An Insider's Scoop on Disney California Adventure

Two days before the grand re-opening of the Disney California Adventure theme park, across the plaza from Disneyland, I got a sneak peek at its latest features: Buena Vista Street, Carthay Circle, and the long-awaited Cars Land, inspired by the Pixar movies. I also talked to Imagineers and Disney execs involved in the makeover. Their mantra during the redesign: Storytelling. read more »

Finding Budget Meals in LA's Ethnic Supermarkets

I can trace my interest in supermarkets as tourist attractions to time I spent in the Dominican Republic 17 years ago, when, shopping with local friends, I was downright shocked by the variety of shapes and sizes of the kitchen tool invented to smash a once-fried plantain slice before tossing it back into the oil to make a tostón. read more »

Disney Revs Up for Cars Land Opening

On June 15, the Disneyland Resort will open the highly anticipated Cars Land, a new, 12-acre section of the Disney California Adventure Park. Based on the Disney-Pixar blockbuster Cars, the land features three new attractions: Luigi’s Flying Tires, a spinning, bumper car-style ride in which the tires float on a cushion of air; Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, where riders whip around behind a baby tractor “do-si-doing” to tunes from Mater’s giant jukebox; and the thrilling Radiator Springs Racers, a ride that includes lots of fun encounters with Cars’ characters and ends with an electrifying race to the finish line. read more »

Fun Cinco de Mayo Weekend Celebrations

Cities across the country get festive for Cinco de Mayo and go crazy for half-price Mexican beers, but what exactly are we celebrating? Cinco de Mayo – or the Fifth of May - is a holiday originating in Puebla, Mexico to commemorate the last foreign battle on North American soil. The Mexican army defeated the much larger and better-equipped French army in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. read more »

Get ready for the thrilling new ride at Universal Studios Hollywood

In the Transformers movies, the Earth’s population finds itself caught in the middle of an intergalactic power struggle between two groups of alien robots — the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons, both of which have the power to physically convert from such common mechanical devices as cars, trucks and planes into robotic warriors. read more »

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