While spring is coming, winter is still here

January 7, 2008, 4:46 PM · A few quick notes from the weekend:

  • Disneyland's offering its annual spring 2Fer deal to Southern California residents again: Buy a one-day at Disneyland for $66, and get a day at California Adventure free. (Yes, you could do it the other way around, but let's face it, hardly anyone does.) You can't use the two tickets on the same day, and the second ticket must be used by April 24. New this year: You can buy and print Disneyland tickets at home. (Finally!)

  • For baseball fans, the first, hopeful sign that summer's coming arrives with pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training. For midwestern U.S. theme park fans, the first, hopeful sign of the new theme park season arrives with the announcement that Cedar Point is hiring.

  • The switch is official and the former Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park now is Disney's Hollywood Studios. TPI's listings have been changed to reflect the switch. Click the link to vote, if you haven't submitted your opinions on the park's attractions recently.

  • I apologize for the lack of a Vote of the Week last Friday. I was snowed in at Mammoth Mountain, in northern California, with only an iPhone for a Web connection, so I couldn't get a vote posted. (If anyone knows how to copy-and-paste from one browser window to another on an iPhone, please let me know!)

    FWIW, it was my first-ever time skiiing, and I sprained my knee on my first day when a gust blew me across the icy bunny slope before my instructor had taught me how to turn. The blizzard hit the next day, which I took off to recover. On Saturday, I headed up the lift for the first time to try my first run... in three feet of fresh powder. (Hey, if I'm gonna fall, might as well do it in that.) Thanks to a 20 mph wind, my group decided it would be best to take me down a tree-sheltered blue run instead of the exposed green one.

    Two and a half hours later, I made it down. :-)

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    January 8, 2008 at 7:22 AM · I'll add one note, if I may. Yesterday, Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner Show in Orlando was unexpectedly sold and closed. None of the employees were given notice although there had been rumors of the sale. Apparently a buyer showed up out of the blue and made "an offer they couldn't refuse."

    Here's a link to the article: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/custom/tourism/orl-stampede0808jan08,0,2228549.story?coll=orl_tab01_layout

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