The Transatlantic Travel-Writing
for Orlando, Disney, the Theme Parks, Cruising and Much More!
The weather where we are:
The UK's Best-Selling Travel
By Susan Veness
You've been to Disney World hundreds of times and can
rattle off the entire spiel for the Jungle Cruise from memory, but how much do you really know about these imaginative theme
parks and their attractions? From the fastest rides and the tallest sculptures to the parks' enchanting history and hidden
gems, this trivia challenge doesn't miss a single detail - no matter how small. Full of Disney's best-kept secrets and facts,
you will spend hours racking your brain trying to figure out answers to questions such as, "What is the name of the award
Walt Disney created for special Cast Members?" and "What is so special about the dentures Dr. Winch is promoting
at Country Bear Jamboree?"
A treasure trove
of challenging Disney World trivia, this book is guaranteed to stump even the biggest Mickey Mouse fan!
And there's more, much more. Our travels in recent years have taken us from Alaska (see left) to Arizona; Bowling Green to
Barcelona; from the tropical Caribbean to the sub-Arctic Canadian border; and to every Super Bowl city in the past 15 years! We have undertaken fun family RV journeys (see our Blog, here) and glamorous cruises; explored Florida from top to bottom; had breakfast the length and breadth of
I-75 (don't ask - it's a long story!); and unearthed a vast treasure-trove of wonderful and offbeat experiences along the
In 2010 and '11 we visited the likes of Chilean Patagonia, Santiago and the superb wine region of the Colchagua
Valley, and undertook a 2,300-mile journey through the heart of Europe by car, taking in Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Munich
and Salzburg, fascinating off-the-beaten track villages, like Berchtesgaden and Hitler's Eagle's Nest (below), and the
ultimate heartbreak of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland. Closer-to-home, we had many encounters with the fantastic new Wizarding
World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando, blissful St Petersburg on the Gulf Coast and the hidden gem of Mount Dora in Central
Florida. We enjoyed a stunning Fall Foliage cruise along the St Lawrence Seaway and around New England with Crystal Cruises
to see the region's autumn spectacular from a different vantage point, and also spent time aboard the Disney Dream and Allure
of the Seas, two of the biggest and most eye-catching new ships of recent years, as well as the Celebrity Eclipse, one of
the remarkable Solstice-class vessels of Celebrity Cruises.
In 2012 we undertook two major river-cruise adventures, along the Danube (from Romania to Austria) aboard the blissful River Duchess of Uniworld Boutique River Cruises, and then on the mighty Mississippi,
on the impressive new Queen of the Mississippi paddle-steamer of American Cruise Lines, from St Louis to Memphis. We thoroughly
enjoyed our trip to Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI, and a voyage aboard the truly epic Norwegian Epic
cruise ship, a vessel which redefines the concept of entertainment at sea with a mind-boggling array of high-quality options.
We were also able to 'do the double' by sampling the brand new Disney Fantasy (sister ship to the Dream
from 2011). And we completed the year in style with an utterly memorable visit to Hawaii, where we enjoyed a typical 7-day
cruise around the main islands on Norwegian Cruise Line's Pride of America (below) AND enjoyed four days on Oahu, where we
were bowled over by the Kahala Resort and Disney's Aulani Resort - possibly
the ultimate word in Hawaiian hotel style. The islands truly captured our hearts, though, and we can't wait
to return at some stage in the future.
For 2013, we headed to The Big Easy for Super Bowl XLVII and visited the awesome engineering achievement of the Panama Canal, sailing aboard the Coral Princess of Princess Cruises and also calling in Colombia and
Costa Rica. One of our most memorable journeys to date took us back to Alaska, but this time with the small-scale
style and wonderful historic touch of the unique SS Legacy of Un-Cruise Adventures, where wildlife adventures
abounded and we are more in love with this part of the world than ever. Back on home territory, we were blown away (almost
literally!) by the New Transformers ride at Universal Studios, while we remain hugely impressed
by the vast array of Christmas celebrations in the theme parks.
Moving into 2014, we enjoyed another trip back to Europe and another river-voyage
in the company of Uniworld Boutique River Cruises (and their UK partners Titan Travel), sailing from Amsterdam to Basel and
enjoying the highlights of the Rhine. Truly, this is one of the vacation world's burgeoning opportunities, and it is one with
consummate style. We completed the trip with five days just driving in the Black Forest, Switzerland and Austria and were
captivated by the cities of Lucerne and Innsbruck, as well as the myriad of small towns and villages
in the Schwarzwald. Most recently, we were fortunate to
be part of the big media preview for Universal Orlando's new 'Wizarding World of Harry
Potter - Diagon Alley' (below) which is genuinely one of THE great theme park experiences anywhere in the world.
Many of our trips are unscheduled, or arranged
late in the day, hence we're never really sure where we will be at any given time! We do know that we love to travel - and
we love, even more, to write about it for our growing array of readers worldwide. Our guidebooks have sold
more than 400,000 copies while our range of freelance writing includes the Telegraph, Mail on Sunday and Independent newspapers
in the UK, Orlando Attractions magazine and BBC America online. And, although Simon is no longer editing World of Cruising
magazine, he remains a serious authority on all things maratime, with his cruise experience dating back to 1969 (OK, so he
was only 9 at the time, but he has chalked up almost 100 voyages to date, and Susan is now an experienced cruiser
in her own right).
benefit of our Orlando home base, we will continue to highlight all the best there is in store in the Sunshine State with
its myriad of attractions, and don't forget to follow along with our various writing in the UK and US travel
media, on Facebook, in various Blogs, on Twitter (as @VenessTravelMe1) and on the pages of our favorite online resource,
the discussion forums of Attraction Tickets Direct, here.
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