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Mickey Mouse Romance
By FELICIA DOMES
Who would have thought that Mickey Mouse and romance go together? Not exactly unknown to all of us Florida residents, Disney's Magic Kingdom
can be a wonderful surprise for lovers of all ages.

Mostly filled with families, the happiest place on earth also doubles as quite the romantic oasis. Every day the popular theme park is host to an average 45,000 guests most of whom depart with the descending sun. Noisy full service restaurants become intimate boudoirs often revealing facets which often go by unnoticed. Where else in America can two love birds take a walk along peaceful water channels slowly curling around a seventeen century castle? Or enjoy enchanting fireworks from a skyway shuttle riding 150 feet above ground? Walt had no idea his vision would one day become a lover's paradise, aren't you glad all this romance is only minutes away?

As if this culinary splendor wasn't enough, Florida residents get to enjoy discounted rates almost all year round. From specials on annual passes to rebates on single day admission, locals benefit from a wide array of deals. "We come out at least once a year for a romantic night out" says Don Langston, an Orlando business man. Don adds "We also loves bringing the kids around thanksgiving but one night each winter, we book a room at the Grand [Floridian] and let grandma look after Johnny and Gen. I love the prime rib at the Royal Table and [my wife] Lori usually has the salmon. It's just a perfect night with the Mouse!"

A romantic walk by magnificent fountains is only the beginning. The Magic Kingdom also offers the utmost in poetic scenery. Steps away from Cinderella's castle you will find numerous havens where couples can quietly share a magical kiss giving way to spectacular fireworks-- Disney's trademark throughout the world!

Staying off the beaten path is key to enjoying a lover's night out at any Disney theme park, this is specially true of the Magic Kingdom. Luckily the park was designed according to specific themes which all cater to different elements of entertainment. It is at the center of the park, within the castle itself that you will find the parks most romantic eatery, Cinderella's Royal Table. Though reservations are strongly recommended, walk-ins can often be accommodated. Well worth the wait, the Royal Table is exactly that and then some. Five star meals served by an extraordinary staff among a charming seventeen century dining room always seem to work their magic.

But wait! there's more! If medieval isn't your thing, then how about succulent French delicacy? Or Mexican? Norwegian maybe? Japanese anyone?

Offering incredible gastronomic diversity, Walt Disney World has come a long way since fast food and ice cream bars. Catering to a more discriminating clientele, Disney resorts and theme parks feature mouth watering dining as well as a delightful ambiance for those looking to rekindle a romance or simply take a night off from the commotion brought on by everyday life.

Remembering to thank the Lord is key to the perfect night at Disney, after all if He didn't approve of Mickey Mouse romance, He would let us know!

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Oktoberfest year' round!
By REEB OKSHOOZE
Every year in September Germans celebrate Oktoberfest, a fall harvesting and country fair that began in 1810. It first started when a big folk festival was staged on the outskirts of Munich to celebrate the wedding of the crown prince of Bavaria, later King Ludwig I, to Therese, princess of Sachsen-Hildenburghausen, and has continued ever since.

Although celebrated throughout the United-States, Oktoberfest is best enjoyed within a German setting-- What better place than Epcot's Biergarten! Host to more than award winning buffet dining and genuine German draft beer, this electrifying dinning hall offer live music, dancing and an ambiance true to Munich's annual event only at Disney World, Oktoberfest is year' round! Fun for kids of all ages, Epcot's Biergarten welcomes you 365 days a year during park hours. Prost everyone!

Epcot's Biergarten Restaurant
http://www.disneyworld.com
By phone: (407) W-DISNEY

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