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Published: January 14, 2009 at 9:57 PM

  • The American Idol Experience at Disney's Hollywood Studios is moving into public previews this week. I'm on the west coast, and unable to get to Orlando this week, so I'd love to hear from any Theme Park Insider readers who get in to see the show. I'd also love to hear any information from Orlando about rumors that Disney's got "ringers" ready to go if no one in the crowd can sing worth a lick.

  • Also on the discussion board, but this time for our west coast fans, Joshua Counsil has posted a four-part trip report from a recent Las Vegas excursion:
    Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4.

  • On our tips page, I just posted this one: "Hate seeing people without food hogging tables at counter service eateries? Then do not send someone to save a table until you've ordered your food." You can go to the tips page to vote it up or down.

  • Finally, I get these last-minute Orlando hotel deals from Expedia each week, since we've partnered with them from time to time. This week, they're promoting hotels from $31 a night and flight/two-night-hotel packages from $234 per person. Here's the link if you are interested in checking that out.

  • Readers' Opinions

    From Joshua Counsil on January 14, 2009 at 10:14 PM
    Thanks for the nod. I know Las Vegas isn't really a theme park, but its elements do parallel theme park attractions.
    From Anthony Murphy on January 14, 2009 at 10:28 PM
    Sorry, I got to vote that one down! Call me one of those annoying tourists, but I would like a table to bring my food and place it down. I usually only do it at Columbia Harbor House of MK. Tables are usually abundant in this place anyway.

    Question: Do you edit the tips? I remember seeing one that really didn't make much sense, but it is gone!

    From Robert Niles on January 14, 2009 at 11:27 PM
    Once a tip gets voted below a -5, it's gone.

    On the tables, if you send someone as you order, by the time you get the food, they'll have a table. And there'll be fewer unused tables. More efficiency. Sorry, being a math/game theory geek on this one.

    From Anthony Murphy on January 15, 2009 at 7:40 AM
    Whoops, then I agree! Thats what I do anyway when going to the resturants anyway. The one place I remembered seating used to be a nightmare was Tusker House.

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