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Disney World And Union Reach Contract Agreement: Associated Press Business News - Msn Money

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The Best of Walt Disney World - Disney's Animal Kingdom (That's My Opinion) by Steve Russo

The agreement announced Friday raises starting hourly pay to $9.50 next year and $10 in 2016. Union members will vote whether to approve the proposed contract on Aug. 1. The contract covers 21,000 full-time workers at the Florida-based theme park resort, which has around 45,000 full-time and 25,000 part-time employees. Union officials say the contract freezes employee health care costs in 2015. Disney World and union officials have been negotiating since March, when the previous contract expired. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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An optimist's guide to off-season travel bargains - CNN.com

Travelers will find deep discounts in Arizona in the summer. Just be 100% sure there But travelers who notice the crowds (Munich during Oktoberfest, Indianapolis during the 500 or a Thai party beach on a full moon, to name a few) and go the other way not only find lowball prices, but reap rare experiences that those lemmings chugging $12 steins in Munich beer tents could never appreciate. So sure, Rio de Janeiro is a kick during Carnival, but now that the World Cup is over and the Brazilians have turned their attention to such civilized affairs as work, its famed beaches are practically deserted (it's the winter there, after all) and prices are falling like ripe acai berries. Savings: Any destination with the infrastructure to host roughly a fourth of its international tourists during the same week (Carnival when 2 million revelers per day fill the streets) is inevitably faced with fluctuating occupancy rates. That means Rio's beach hotels are all but giving rooms away right now. Most Cariocas, as the locals call themselves, think a 75-degree day, the average winter temp, is unworthy of their skimpy bikinis, so that means North Americans looking for beach vacations can score big. Airfare to Rio might be more than flying to say, Cape Cod or Santa Cruz, but once you get there, off-season deals, many at half what you'd pay during the hotter (and much more humid) summer can be found up and down Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. The silver lining: It rarely rains this time of year and ocean waves are bigger and better for surfing Adventures in storm chasing During hurricane season (June 1 to November 30), resorts in the Caribbean, Mexico and the Bahamas slash their prices by 40% to 70%. And get this: the average number of named hurricanes in the Northern Atlantic is a mere 10.1 per year with fewer than half of them becoming actual hurricanes. Of those, only 2.5 become Category 3 or greater. So out of 183 days of official hurricane season, your odds are pretty good.
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Festival of the Lion King New location; same show. Photo by Steve Russo. Im not sure how many times Ive seen this show but it never fails to entertain. Its now in its new home in Harambe but the show remains the same and one Im sure to enjoy for many years to come. (tie) Pangani Forest Exploration Trail and Maharajah Jungle Trek I could spend an hour. Photo by Steve Russo. I upped the ante from Top Three to Top Four so I could include these walking tours and I called it a tie because it would be difficult to choose one over the other. Tigers, bats, Komodo dragons, hippos, meerkats, naked mole rats to name just a few of the animals youll spy along the way. You can take as little or as much time as youd like to enjoy these walking exhibits. Heck, I could sometimes spend an hour with the gorillas alone.
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