Disney World: Behind The Magic Curtain

I’m something of a horror junkie. It probably all began when I was younger and stayed up late to watch Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” the first time. After that, I was hooked. Between all the “Friday the 13th” and “Nightmare on Elm Street” movies (and dozens more) and haunted houses from coast to coast, I’ve become a self-made connoisseur of all things scary.

The Crystals mall is unique enough to warrant a visit just for the experience, and there are two more fountains outside the mall, yet still in CityCenter, which is huge. Lumina is a fountain with neon lit bursts of dancing water, and Focus is a 270 foot waterfall that flows in various patterns. Both are next to ARIA Resort & Casino. CityCenter also boasts a $40 million dollar Fine Art Collection strategically integrated throughout the public spaces.

The animatronic dinosaur suppliers top of the tower was painted silver in as part of Queen Elizabeth’s Silver Jubilee celebrations. A giant model of King Kong was placed on the side of the tower in 1984. In 1985, escapologist Karl Bartoni and his bride were married suspended in a cage from the tower.

There is also a special Dino Family Overnight event occurring on Friday, June 10 starting at 7 p.m. and ending the next morning. The package includes admission and a special private experience in the “Dinosaurs – Explore, Escape, Survive” exhibit, a showing of “Waking the T-Rex 3D” and free breakfast the next morning — and you get to sleep with the dinosaurs! Cost is $24.75 for adults, $23.75 for Seniors and $19.75 for Youth.

A little detour into Caesars Palace, and over to the Augustus Tower, will find you at the Neil Leifer Gallery. Gallery admission is free, and this just may be the bribe you need to keep the interest of the sport enthusiast in your family. Neil is an award winning photographer who focuses on sports history. His pictures have been used in magazines like Time, People, and Sports Illustrated. The opportunity to see larger than life pictures, like Muhammad Ali standing over Sonny Liston, Secretariat winning the Kentucky Derby, and even the classic of President John F Kennedy throwing out the first pitch in 1961, may be just the thing to win the day.

Around Christmas of 2005, I was seeing all sorts of FurReal Friends in the stores. They had dogs, cats, kittens, puppies. We had bought my daughter an used animatronic raptor suppliers cat that she really liked, but it was really beaten up and soon, he was malfunctioning. Seeing that the FurReal pets were only $12.99, I felt the price was right for a toy that could interact with my daughter. I was also hoping to use the toy as a “starter” pet for her, so that she could learn how to properly play with a real animal. We’d had some issues with her wanting to be a little too rough with real dogs.

Thomas Town was the first to lose its theme. The trains will stay but the face will go. It will now be just an unbranded whistle-stop depot. Several Six Flags parks built a Thomas Town in their parks since 2007, and all of them will get the same treatment as Six Flags cuts the licensing agreement. But while painting over a few Thomas the Train references were simple enough, the Terminator: Salvation coaster won’t be so easy — and Six Flags is taking a much bigger financial hit.

You should also be prepared to get quite the workout in. The slides are located at the very top of the room which means 4 flights of steps for each trip down a slide.