- The Washington Times - Friday, April 21, 2006


Universal Orlando is ushering in the summer season with a new ride, new shows and new dining options for visitors to the theme park. The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride is a family attraction that places guests in the world of Dr. Seuss and his famous stories.

“Universal 360: A Cinesphere Spectacular” is a nightly high-tech multimedia show that incorporates blockbuster film clips, music, pyrotechnics and plenty of laser lights. A new restaurant, Red Coconut Club, opens inJune, and another, the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., opens in July. Families planning a vacation to Universal Orlando are offered a free ticket for children younger than 9 with the online purchase of an adult two-day pass. See www.universalorlando.com.


See where the Beatles grew up and visit some of their favorite haunts in Liverpool and London with Club ABC Tour’s Liverpool With the Beatles package. The eight-day package includes round-trip airfare from New York, four-star hotel accommodations in London and Liverpool, taxes and service charges, round-trip rail transportation between cities and tours led by Beatles experts. The package starts at $1,299 per person if booked before May 15. Departure dates are scheduled for July 8, Aug. 5, Sept. 9 and Oct. 7. Club ABC Tours is a members-only travel club with memberships starting at $30 per year. One membership covers two adults and their children. Go to www.clubabctours.com.


Make the trip back home to see mother with American Airlines’ Mother’s Day Sale. Sample destinations and fares from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport include: Burbank, Calif., $269; Dallas, $219; Kalamazoo, Mich., $149; Ottawa, $249; and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., $119.

Sample fares from Washington Dulles International Airport include: Calgary, Alberta, $249; Colorado Springs, $219; Oklahoma City, $219; New York City (LaGuardia), $139; and Miami, $169. Fares are valid for departure on May 13 and return on May 16 or 17. Book by April 25. on www.aa.com.


Spend a week or a spring or summer weekend in Iceland with Icelandair’s discount fares from Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport. Fares depend on travel dates. Travel through May 31 for $458; June 1 through 15, $618; and June 16 through Aug. 31, $718. Taxes are not included, and a Saturday stay is required. Availability is limited. Visit www.icelandair.com.


Stay in the new James Hotel Chicago before June 30 and receive extra perks with your stay. Guests get an “I Slept With James” CD; two signature cocktails at a lobby bar, in David Burke’s Primehouse or in their room; 20 percent off services at the spa; one in-room movie; and a special offer for a return visit. Rates start at $275. Book at www.jameshotel.com and enter the code: live.

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