The Transatlantic Travel-Writing
Experts for Orlando, Disney, the Theme Parks, Cruising and Much More!
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By Susan Veness
You've been to Disney World hundreds of times and can rattle
off the entire spiel for the Jungle Cruise from memory, but how much do you really know about these imaginative theme parks
and their attractions? From the fastest rides and the tallest sculptures to the parks' enchanting history and hidden gems,
this trivia challenge doesn't miss a single detail - no matter how small. Full of Disney's best-kept secrets and facts, you
will spend hours racking your brain trying to figure out answers to questions such as, "What is the name of the award
Walt Disney created for special Cast Members?" and "What is so special about the dentures Dr. Winch is promoting
at Country Bear Jamboree?"
A treasure trove
of challenging Disney World trivia, this book is guaranteed to stump even the biggest Mickey Mouse fan!
And there's more, much more. Our travels in recent years have taken us from Alaska (see left) to Arizona;
Bowling Green to Barcelona; from the tropical Caribbean to the sub-Arctic Canadian border; and to every Super Bowl city in
the past 10 years! We have undertaken fun family RV journeys (see our Blog, here) and glamorous cruises; explored Florida from top to bottom; had breakfast the length and breadth of I-75 (don't ask -it's
a long story!); and unearthed a vast treasure-trove of wonderful and offbeat experiences along the way.
In 2010 and '11 we visited the likes of Chilean
Patagonia, Santiago and the superb wine region of the Colchagua Valley, and undertook a 2,300-mile journey through
the heart of Europe by car, taking in major cities like Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Munich and Salzburg, fascinating off-the-beaten
track villages, like Berchtesgaden and Hitler's Eagle's Nest (below), and the ultimate heartbreak of Auschwitz-Birkenau
in Poland. Closer-to-home, we had many encounters with the fantastic new Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal
Orlando, blissful St Petersburg on the Gulf Coast and the hidden gem of Mount Dora in Central Florida. We enjoyed a stunning
Fall Foliage cruise along the St Lawrence Seaway and around New England with Crystal Cruises to see the region's autumn spectacular
from a different vantage point, and also spent time aboard the Disney Dream and Allure of the Seas, two of the biggest and
most eye-catching new ships of recent years, as well as the Celebrity Eclipse, one of the remarkable Solstice-class vessels
of Celebrity Cruises.
In 2012 we undertook two major river-cruise adventures, along the Danube (from Romania to Austria) aboard the blissful River Duchess of Uniworld Boutique River Cruises, and then on the mighty Mississippi,
on the impressive new Queen of the Mississippi paddle-steamer of American Cruise Lines, from St Louis to Memphis. We thoroughly
enjoyed our trip to Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI, and a voyage aboard the truly epic Norwegian Epic
cruise ship, a vessel which redefines the concept of entertainment at sea with a mind-boggling array of high-quality options.
We were also able to 'do the double' by sampling the brand new Disney Fantasy (sister ship to the Dream
from 2011). And we completed the year in style with an utterly memorable visit to Hawaii, where we enjoyed a typical 7-day
cruise around the main islands on Norwegian Cruise Line's Pride of America (below) AND enjoyed four days on Oahu, where we
were bowled over by the Kahala Resort and Disney's Aulani Resort - possibly
the ultimate word in Hawaiian hotel style. The islands truly captured our hearts, though, and we can't wait
to return at some stage in the future. Now, as we look ahead to 2013,
we have a trip to The Big Easy on the horizon, as New Orleans is staging this year's Super Bowl and it promises to be a truly
Super occasion, and we will be off to the Panama Canal, sailing aboard the Coral Princess of Princess Cruises and also calling
in Colombia, Costa Rica and the Cayman Islands. This year is a big one for several cruise lines for major new-ship launches, including the Norwegian Breakaway (the latest from Norwegian Cruise Line), the Royal Princess and the ultra-luxury
Europa 2 of Hapag-Llolyd Cruises. We will reflect all of these in the pages of World of Cruising magazine during the course
of the year. There will be more, of course, much more. Many of our trips are unscheduled, or arranged late in the day, hence
we're never really sure where we will be at any given time! We do know that we love to travel - and we love, even more, to
write about it for our growing array of readers worldwide. From the benefit of our Orlando
home base, we will continue to highlight all the best there is in store in the Sunshine State with its myriad of attractions,
and don't forget to follow along with our various writing in the UK and US travel media, on Facebook, in various
Blogs and in the pages of our favorite online resource, the discussion forums of Attraction Tickets Direct, here. Stay tuned, now...!
Now follow us on Facebook, too!
to the travel writing home of Simon and Susan Veness, a unique combination of Anglo-American insight, ingenuity and innovation
in the wide world of travel media.
We have been well-known for our work with the Brit Guide travel series - specializing in all things to do with Central Florida, Disney, the theme parks, cruising and
Disneyland Paris - for almost 20 years, but this site is designed to showcase a broader view of our work, from other
books, to the wide variety of newspapers and magazines we write for, and our many online ventures.
and foremost, we have a unique perspective of our various travels worldwide as we started very much as Joe Tourist ourselves,
holiday-makers with a keen eye for detail who demand value for money in all aspects of a vacation. Then, with multiple editions of
the Brit Guide and other writing behind us (including a wide range of sources on the Internet), we have built up an amazing
rapport with our readers that allows us to key in directly to what they are looking for and how they view their own vacations.
On top of that, we have developed an acute insight into what makes the various attractions tick - how well they
work (or otherwise), what their most positive attributes are and, more importantly, how people can best enjoy them.
Our freelance travel-writing encompasses such wide-ranging media as glossy consumer magazines (like World of Cruising, Europe's premier publication on cruising and cruise ships, and the magazine's blog, Time Spent At Sea), and Orlando Attractions magazine (a great new publication on the Orlando theme parks scene); some of Britain's top newspapers, notably the Daily
Telegraph, Mail on Sunday and The Independent; travel brochures; regional guides (like the Great Lakes of North America); in-flight magazines; website copy; Internet discussion forums; and various blogs. If you want to read more about our writing,
click here: Recent Travels; To commission us for work, click here Contact Us.
And there's more!
Simon's background in sports journalism means we often
include sporting events of all kinds in our travels. Simon has covered a wide range of sporting events in the past 25 years,
including the Super Bowl, Major League Baseball, Wimbledon tennis, Premiership soccer and even boxing, and he continues to
write for various newspapers on American sport. He is uniquely placed to contribute articles on US events for UK media, and
to provide a British perspective on American sporting occasions. In fact, we'd go as far as to say that a visit to a baseball
game, or basketball, football or (ice) hockey is an essential part of any visit to the USA, and we are big flag-wavers
for sampling life through the local sporting institutions. To view some of his sports-writing work, you can read his see his View From America columns for SkySports.com, Here.
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Proud supporters of:
The Give Kids The World Village in Kissimmee, FL, supporting the wishes of all children with life-threatening illnesses and their families from around the
world to experience a memorable, joyful, cost-free visit to the Central Florida attractions.
American Friends of Maru-A-Pula School in Gaborone, Botswana, a unique educational establishment in Southern Africa that runs
rare and valuable bursary and orphan programs for the under-privileged in a caring, high-quality environment.