Disneyland in California and Disney World in Florida have something for everyone. How to make the most of your stay at either one takes some planning.
Where to Stay
Staying at any of the resorts and hotels on park property is always a great experience, though it can be more expensive. Getting rooms with kitchenette facilities will save money on meals.
Planning the Week
Get maps of the different parks and plan which one to hit first. During major holidays, some parks have one-day-only fireworks or parades, so schedule around those events. Plan to be in a park all day to enjoy the evening shows.
What to Do First in a Park
Go to the must-do rides as soon as possible. Also, it’s never too early to reserve a place for lunch. Character breakfasts also fill up quickly, so plan accordingly.
The Hidden Mickey’s
While waiting in line, take in some of the hidden features of the park such as Mickey Mouse silhouettes. The basic large circle and two smaller ear circles are everywhere, from cobblestones to architecture carvings, and are there for a fun scavenger hunt.
Wait until leaving the park to get bulky souvenirs or have them sent to the main gate so you don’t have to carry them all day. Downtown Disney, a free-access shopping area, has many of the same items, so try there for that forgotten gift.
In Estonia, there are nearly one million speakers of the Estonian language, which is part of the Fino-Ugric language family. Estonian is very close as sound to the Finish and the Hungarian. Only 65% of the country’s population is ethnic Estonians, 28% being Russian, the rest – Ukrainians and Byelorussians. The predominant religion is represented by the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church.
The Estonians put in the center of their social preoccupations the family. In the rural areas it is common for the extended family to live together, while in the cities the concept of family is limited to a few individuals with primary degree of kinship. Often newlyweds live with their parents for a couple of years, until they manage to take their life into their own hands.
The Estonian society respects the rules of hierarchy, appreciating those who are older, those with more experience or with a higher social status. Elders are treated with respect because they think they are wise and have life experience. The rule says that they are first presented in a group when they are introduced.
In general, people are calm and reserved, and if you want to integrate easily among them, it is preferable to behave peacefully and rationally, as they do, speaking on a gentle tone and without attracting too much attention to yourself. Estonians are very proud of their culture and traditions, folk music and their stories.
Tallinn is the capital of Estonia, and although a long time ago it was eclipsed by other towns in the area (Riga, Helsinki), lately it has become a very pleasant and easily accessible for all tourists in Northern Europe. Estonia, although a former Soviet republic, is now “the newest country in Scandinavia” and a visit to Tallinn gives you the opportunity to see the remarkable progress of Estonian culture and history and the wonderful world heritage protected by UNESCO.
The MGM Grand is a luxury Las Vegas strip-based Mega resort. It is the second largest hotel in the world. The resort features everything a person could want in a destination vacation: an abundance of shopping, fine dining and exciting nightlife.
The MGM Grand broke ground on October 7, 1991. The official opening was December 18, 1993. The original theme of the hotel was “The Wizard of Oz.”
The 30 floor main building is 293 feet high. The outdoor area covers 6.6 acres. The convention center is 380,000 sq. ft. and the casino is the largest in Clark County at 171,500 sq. ft.
The MGM Grand features 16 restaurants, shops, five outdoor pools with rivers and waterfalls, The Grand Spa, fitness center, salon, wedding chapel, convention center, casino, MGM Grand Garden Arena and CBS Television City.
The MGM is one of three hotels on the Strip with a 13th floor.
The Lion statue at the main entrance in the largest bronze statue in the U.S.
The MGM was featured in the movies “Bringing Down the House,” “Ocean’s 11,” “Vegas Vacation” and “The Great White Hype.”
The MGM is home to Cirque du Soleil’s production of KA.
Studio 54 is a copy of the famous New York City nightclub.