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Points of Interest: Dennis Rodman Inspires N. Korea Tourism, 52 Places to Go

by Zach Everson. Posted Jan 13th 2014 09:52 AM
North Korea Rodman
Associated Press
Dennis Rodman inspiring North Korea tourism, the New York Times's 52 places to go in 2014 and the most popular movies set in each state are among today's points of interest.
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Disney Cruise Line Ship Spotlight: Disney Fantasy

by AOL Travel Staff. Posted Dec 9th 2013 03:23 PM
Disney's newest ship, which debuted in January 2012, is a sister ship to the Dream and has all the same amazing features, including a 765-foot watercoaster that whirls around the top decks, lots of wet play areas and nearly a full deck dedicated to kids' indoor playrooms with such high-tech features as a Magic PlayFloor (basically a giant video game you control with your feet). But Fantasy is no copycat. It also has an expanded, Europe-themed nighttime district and sundeck areas for adults, a large roster of Broadway-style shows and technology that lets you see your own creation animated as you dine in the Animator's Palate restaurant. The Art Nouveau-influenced Atrium Lobby is a beautiful space with a peacock feather-patterned carpet and extravagant gold-plated chandelier, with a bronze statue of Mademoiselle Minnie overlooking the scene.

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Disney Cruise Line Ship Spotlight: Disney Dream

by AOL Travel Staff. Posted Dec 9th 2013 03:20 PM
The Disney Dream's introduction in 2011 heralded a new era for Disney Cruise Line. The 4,000-passenger ship is about 40 percent larger than the earlier ships and makes the most of the kind of high-tech wizardry and special effects only the Disney Imagineers could come up with. Nearly a whole deck is dedicated to kids' play spaces. From a first-at-sea watercoaster, AquaDuck (themed on Donald Duck and his mischievous nephews), and an expansive AquaLab water park (with all kinds of squirting devices) to animated characters you can actually talk to (including Crush from "Finding Nemo") and animated artwork that springs to life when you stop to look, the ship is one big wow. Attractively decorated with richly colored Art Deco influences (including a 24-carat gold and Swarovski crystal chandelier and golden friezes with Disney characters in the Atrium Lobby) and feeling a tad more upscale than the line's "classic" ships Magic and Wonder, the Disney Fantasy even has innovative inside cabins with Magical Portholes serving up virtual views.

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Disney Magic Cruise Timelapse

by AOL Travel Staff. Posted Dec 9th 2013 03:19 PM
Disney Magic Cruise Timelapse Video

The Disney Magic underwent a major overhaul earlier this year, which included new looks and new additions to a ship that, when it debuted in 1998, was hailed as revolutionizing family cruising. The changes include an updated atrium, Marvel's Avengers Academy for the kids, a new Brazilian-influenced restaurant and, for all ages, the AquaDunk waterslide. The 37-foot-tall thrill ride takes riders almost straight down and out over the water. The ship also features a family pool and an adults-only pool, Quiet Cove.

AOL Travel rode along for the Magic's two-night debut out of Miami in October. Here's a taste of what it's like to sail on the ship -- in timelapse.
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Disney Cruise Line Ship Spotlight: Disney Wonder

by AOL Travel Staff. Posted Dec 9th 2013 03:16 PM
A sister ship to the Disney Magic, the 2,700-passenger, 83,000-ton Disney Wonder debuted in 1999. The ship has an appealing Art Nouveau decor in the elegant Atrium Lobby and such standard Disney Cruise Line features as a Broadway-style theater; a movie theater (complete with concession stand); an adult nightclub district with a disco, sports bar and piano/jazz bar; expansive kids' facilities and family friendly spots including Studio Sea, where kids and adults join together for such activities as karaoke, game shows and dancing. Unlike its peers, the Disney Wonder has not been upgraded with the latest and greatest in technologically enhanced entertainment features. There's no watercoaster or "thrill" ride.

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