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pring break is coming and clients are looking for a family vacation. Why not suggest a few days at a theme park. Rides, beloved characters and plenty of dining and shopping options appeal everyone in the family. Families can step back in time at the newest hotel at the Walt Disney World Resort, Disney’s Pop Century Resort, which opened Dec. 14, 2003. Clients can groove to pop culture from the past in this 2,880-room time capsule, at Disney’s value-category rates, with rooms starting at $77 US a night (based on season). Individual lodge buildings pay tribute to popular culture from each decade. Highlights include: Be-bopping in the 1950s: Giant sock-hoppers dance on the sides of the lodge buildings to rock-androll tunes from the 12-metre tabletop jukebox that anchors the courtyard. The canine character stars from Disney’s Lady and the Tramp animated feature film (1955) gaze at each other across the courtyard.

Top: Forget the mats and inner tubes, it’s just you, the water, pitch-darkness, 19-metre vertical drops, and speeds up to 88 kph at the all-new body slides at Boulder Beach. Left: Mister Potato Head and a Rubick’s Cube are just two pop culture icons that adorn Disney’s Pop Century Resort at Walt Disney World Resort.

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A swirl of colour in the 1960s: Amidst tiedyed hues and psychedelic colours, the 1960s buildings bring out the child in everyone. PlayDoh Pete, the artful child that adorned PlayDoh labels in the 1960s, is featured on a giant can of the popular modeling compound. Peeking out the top are several Play-Doh animal creations, including a blue elephant and a yellow giraffe. Baloo and Mowgli from Disney’s The Jungle Book (1967) are hand-inhand across the courtyard. Big Wheel, Big Cheese in the ‘70s: In the 1970s courtyard, the colourful Big Wheel riding toy gets ready to roll, while a classic Mickey Mouse rotary-dial telephone calls from across the courtyard. Between the two towering icons, table soccer players stand at the ready for guests to wander amid their imaginary game. Eight-track tapes corner each building. Popular puzzles,mobile tunes in the ‘80s: In the 1980s area the most “puzzling” toy of the decade, the Rubik’s Cube, towers more than 12 metres on each building. (Walt Disney Imagineers designed the different cubes to represent different stages of the solution process.) Across the courtyard, one of the original Sony Walkman models, and accompanying headphone set, anchors the building. Technology advances in the ‘90s: Closing out the century, the 1990s area pays tribute to two personal technology marvels – the cellular telephone and the computer. A giant laptop computer is the centrepiece, while early-model cellular telephones stand at each corner. In the middle of the courtyard is a computer-shaped pool, complete with a spongy keyboard that offers guests an alphabet-filled pool deck area. For more information visit www.disney travelagents.ca. Thrill-seekers will have something to celebrate at Christmas time this year when Knott’s Berry Farm expands its arsenal of thrill rides with the addition of Silver Bullet, the western themed roller coaster set to debut on Christmas Eve 2004. The high-flying $16 million US coaster shoots onto the Ghost Town scene, soaring into Fiesta Village and back over Indian Trails. Chrome plated and floorless, Silver Bullet promises to be a blast. While suspended below the track, Silver Bullet will send riders climbing to a height of 44 metres and soaring back down an initial drop of 33 metres. Riders will spiral, corkscrew, fly into a cobra roll, and experience overbanked curves. Overall, riders will find themselves upside down six times including one vertical loop of 32 metres. With two trains and a capacity of 32 people per train, Silver Bullet will send 1,300 guests per hour head over heels on a 2.5-minute high-speed tour. The trains, each with eight cars, will move riders under 950 metres of track. The new attraction, designed and manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard (B & M) of Monthey, Switzerland, continues Knott’s Berry Farm’s transformation into one of Southern California’s leading thrill ride adventure parks. As the seventh roller coaster to be added to Knott’s, “Silver Bullet gives thrill seekers yet another world-class ride to add to their list of all-time favorites,” proclaimed Jack Falfas, General Manager and Vice President of West Coast Operations for Cedar Fair, L.P. Knott’s will also add RipTide, another high-flying spinning thrill ride with “720 degrees of attitude” to the Boardwalk area in the Spring of 2004. Knott’s current coasters Xcelerator, Supreme Scream, Perilous Plunge and GhostRider have set attraction records with GhostRider recently

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voted one of the world’s best wooden roller coasters by coaster enthusiasts. Knott’s is also home to the world’s most lovable beagle and the Peanuts Gang. Celebrating its 21st year in 2004, Camp Snoopy is a 2.4-hecatre wonderland built especially for children and their parents. Offering more than 20 pint-szied rides and attractions themed to a High Sierra summer camp, both the yound and the young at heart find favourites like Woodstock’s Airmail and the Charlie Brown Speedway. For more information visit www.knotts.com Thrills at Silverwood Theme Park, in Idaho, come in all shapes and sizes. For huge appetites there are three big-time roller coasters, including two world-renowned wooden coasters. Tremors, the granddaddy of them all, is a 95-kph slingshot that drops 31 screaming metres into a pitch black tunnel of terror. Speaking of terror, Timber Terror is Tremors’ slightly smaller but equally twisted cousin, and the aptly named corkscrew turns the world upside down – not once, but twice. For slightly smaller appetites, there are carnival rides, games, and Tinywood – a playground for kids featuring the fun, but not

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so scary, Tiny Toot Roller Coaster. Or, the turn-of-the-century steam train, where clients can relax, and check out the more than 50 rides and attractions at the theme park. Next door, Boulder Beach offers a smorgasbord of chills for the whole family. Clients can try one of the four monster waterslides on Rumble Falls, or cruise over to Big Moose Bay and surf the gigantic wave pool, or, zoom down the all-new high-speed body slides. Forget the mats and inner tubes, it’s just you, the water, pitch-darkness, 19-metre vertical drops, andspeeds up to 88 kph.

The GhostRider coaster at Knotts Berry Farm was recently voted one of the world’s best wooden roller coasters by coaster enthusiasts.

For a slower pace, clients can head to Elkhorn Creek, a lazy river where they float through lounging pools and waterfalls. Polliwog Park is a splash-o-rific paradise for kids. Built like a rain forest tree house, Polliwog features more than 50 interactive play elements including wading pools, water canons, mini slides, geysers, and the amazing 2,600-litre bucket dump waterfall. Both parks – Silverwood Theme Park and Boulder Beach Water Park – are accessed through for one admission price. For more information visit www.silverwood theme park.com.

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