Monthly Archives: January 2009

Its Showtime in Las Vegas!

Liberace MuseumIt’s show time in Las Vegas! From a tribute to the legendary Liberace to a modern rendition of the Phantom of the Opera, Las Vegas is full of shows that will entertain from start to finish. With its glitzy lights and penchant for showy performances, you cannot beat Las Vegas for fun and excitement on stage.

Phantom

Come experience all the suspense, drama, comedy, music and romance at the Phantom! In a theater that is custom made to place you in the Paris Opera House, you can witness the Phantom of the Opera in the ultimate setting. Marvel at the giant chandelier and watch the show come to life!

Jubilee!

Relive the Old Las Vegas with this critically acclaimed showgirl extravaganza. The cast boasts of having over six dozen showgirls performing a variety of dance maneuvers in an impressive array of different outfits. The show is augmented by dazzling lights and strobe effects. See a number of different skits including a tribute to Fred Astaire and a tribute to the Titanic.

 
A Musical Tribute to Liberace

At the Grand Gallery in the Liberace Museum, you can watch Wes Winters, an accomplished pianist, perform a tribute to the late, great Liberace. With his rhinestone piano and his knack for playing by ear, you may think you are watching Liberace himself.

Enjoy Orlando and the Florida Strawberry Festival

Arabian Nights Dinner ShowWith its warm climate, Central Florida is a wonderful place to travel to in the winter months, and this winter is the perfect time to come to the Orlando area and enjoy The Florida Strawberry Festival in nearby Plant City, which runs from February 26th to March 8th. You can enjoy parades, pageants, exhibits, music, comedy, and lots of delicious strawberries. This year’s entertainers are set to include George Jones, Travis Tritt, Jeff Foxworthy and Taylor Swift.

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction

After you have had your fill of strawberries, sit down for a fairy tale dinner in the 1,200 seat Horse Palace where romance, suspense and drama come together during the Arabian Nights Dinner Theater Show. Watch stellar horsemanship and riveting melodrama as you feast from your seat. Feel the romance and charm of the Arabian Nights performance.

 
Sea World – Orlando, FL

Immerse yourself in family fun at Sea World Orlando, where heart pounding roller coasters and performing killer whales are just a few of the attractions. Enjoy sights from the sea and its many acrobatic creatures as you thrill to all of the entertainment that Sea World Orlando has in store for you.

Center Your San Diego Vacation Around a Theme Park

Sea World San DiegoSan Diego area theme parks are a wonderful way to enjoy your San Diego area vacation. The San Diego Metro area has many different theme parks that are appropriate entertainment for children and grown ups of all ages. Enjoy your next San Diego vacation with a visit to one or more of the citys wonderful theme parks.

Universal Studios

For a full day of fun and adventure you cannot beat Universal Studio San Diego. Here you can visit backlots and dressing rooms for actual Hollywood productions. You can also take an exhilirating ride on Hollywood blockbuster themed roller coasters like the Terminator and the Jurassic Park. Universal Studios San Diego is sure to leave you begging for more.

Disneyland Parks

In the San Diego area you can choose from one of two amazing Disneyland Parks—Disneyland or the newer California Adventure. Disneyland will put you face to face with characters like Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Buzz Lightyear, while California Adventure will offer you the same Disney charm but with a uniquely Golden State focus.

SeaWorld – San Diego

For ocean fun and high performance marine animal tricks, visit Sea World San Diego where Shamu and the gang will keep you on the edge of your seat. Feed the dolphins, watch a Sesame Street 4-dimensional movie or thrill to a high speed water ride at Sea World San Diego.

Myrtle Beach Comes Alive With Music and Fun

Carolina OpryMyrtle Beach is a desirable vacation location for many reasons including its nice resorts, its lovely beaches, and its pleasant climate. Myrtle Beach is also a great place to enjoy good music. Though it may not have the same musical reputation as Nashville or Memphis, you can make an entire vacation out of just taking in the sounds around Myrtle Beach. The next time you come to Myrtle Beach, check out the following musical attractions.

The Carolina Opry

Experience the best of country music, not to mention gospel, pop and rock, at the Carolina Opry where live music and dance are the order of the day, each and every day. Every single seat in the 2200-seat theater is a good seat so come and check out the Carolina Opry.

Legends in Concert – Surfside Beach, SC

The Surfside Beach Legends in Concert show will introduce you to some of the best musical impersonators anywhere. Watch your favorite performers like Garth Brooks, Celine Dion, Barry White, Roy Orbison, and of course, Elvis Presley, come to life before your very eyes.

Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede
  
Enjoy what appears to be a music concert and a rodeo all at once with Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede. Music, comedy, variety, and horsemanship collide in this incredible show that also includes a tasty four course dinner. You will hoot and holler and have a great time!

History Comes to Life in Memphis, TN

Historic Memphis Walking tourHistory comes to life in Memphis, Tennessee. If you are looking to take a vacation and get in touch with the past, there is no better place to visit than Memphis.  With a historic walking tour, the National Civil Rights Museum and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, you can explore the country’s cultural and social history as you wander the streets of Memphis.

Historic Memphis Walking Tour

Memphis’ rich past can be examined on an informative 90 minute walking tour that will allow you to view the old Shelby County Jail, the Battle of Memphis site, the Mageveny House, Cotton Row and other historical landmarks. Walk along Beale Street and other historical thoroughfares as you make contact with the city’s vibrant history.

Stax Museum of American Soul Music

Just a few miles off of Beale Street is the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, home to hundreds of pieces of memorabilia about Memphis’ soul music past. Stax Records was pivotal in bringing soul musicians like Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes to national prominence from their humble Memphis roots. Music fans will love the museum’s many displays and its celebration of the Memphis neighborhood that became referred to as Soulsville, USA.

National Civil Rights Museum
 
If music is Memphis’ claim to fame, the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King lives on as the city’s moment of infamy. However, the Lorraine Motel, were Dr. King was assassinated in 1968, has been converted to the National Civil Rights Museum, which now pays tribute to Martin Luther King and other heroes of the movement who captured the nation’s attention and transformed America from a deeply racially segregated society to the nation we live in today, where Dr. King’s dream has begun to unfold. Look back in time through the Little Rock High School incident, the Montgomery Bus Boycott and so much more by paying a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum.

Washington DC Museums Enthrall and Enlighten Visitors

Koshland Science Museum ExteriorsWashington DC is the ultimate vacation destination for those wishing to learn about the nation’s heritage and its political history. However, DC has more to offer than Presidential monuments and views of the White House and the US Capitol Building. Washington DC is also home to a phenomenal number of interesting museums, not only the well known Smithsonian Institution, but also many other intriguing centers of learning, some of which remain undiscovered by many travelers to the area. Let us at Vacations Made Easy suggest three museums you might enjoy on your next visit to Washington DC. 

Marian Koshland Science Museum 

The Marian Koshland Science Museum offers cutting edge exhibits on contemporary issues of scientific concern such as global warming and the spread of contagious diseases. Check out the Global Warming Facts & Our Future exhibit which looks at the implications of global warming on our planet’s future. Then explore the Infectious Disease, Evolving Challenges to Human Health exhibit to examine the emergence of new disease threats and how our response affects the rate the diseases spread. 

Spy City Tour  

Enter the world of clandestine operations and global intrigue with a 2 ½ hour tour that includes admission to the International Spy Museum, where you can learn about past espionage efforts. As you visit the city’s espionage sites, you can participate in a fun secretive interactive mission of your own.  

Madame Tussauds Washington D.C.   

For a truly interesting wax museum that includes political and historical figures, as well as celebrities and athletes, do not miss Madame Tussauds where you can walk in the company of  wax versions of Barack Obama, Tiger Woods, Jennifer Lopez and so many other recognizable celebrities and prominent historical figures. There is also a “Behind the Scenes” exhibit where you can learn how the wax figures were made.

 

 

Gatlinburg Spells Fun in So Many Ways

Wonder WorksAgainst the backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg Tennessee and neighboring Pigeon Forge are towns full of fun, adventure and excitement. Whatever season you want to travel, consider Gatlinburg, Tennessee as your vacation destination. Gatlinburg is full of opportunities for fun in a variety of different ways.

Hoot ‘n’ Holler Dinner Show
  
Take your whole family out for a one of a kind dinner experience at the Hoot ‘n’ Holler Dinner Show. You will be treated to delicious Italian cuisine and live entertainment that encourages audience participation. The Vaudeville style song and dance show will give you an opportunity to shout and sing along with your two cents worth as you delight to the playful atmosphere of the performance.

WonderWorks Pigeon Forge

At WonderWorks you can challenge your mind and your senses at a unique amusement park that enables you to physically appreciate a 5.3 magnitude earthquake, lie on a bed of nails, or feel hurricane force winds against your face. You can also simulate a space shuttle landing and marvel at bizarre optical illusions. The exhibits at WonderWorks will tease and test all your five senses.

Monster Truck Rides

If you are looking for raw power and adventure, hop inside a 12-passenger monster truck with a 454 horsepower engine and massive 66 inch tires for a powerful joyride that will get your adrenaline flowing. Experience the thrill as you grind up the dust and take laps around a dirt track in a hulk of a vehicle.

 
So whether you want to feel an earthquake, feel a truck shake, or just hoot and holler at a great show, Gatlinburg is the place to be.

Branson’s Variety of Shows Provide Fun for All Ages

The Shoji Tabuchi ShowBranson’s exciting variety of live shows promise another year of thrills for visitor of all ages. With a mixture of comedy, music, magic, theater and just good time fun, Branson’s shows always leave you hungry for more. Whatever your pleasure, Branson is sure to have show after show that will keep you coming back. Plan your next vacation to Branson, by considering one of its many great shows to choose from. 

Noah the Musical at Sight & Sound Theatre Branson 

Noah the Musical, is a dramatic rendition of the biblical story of Noah’s ark. This exciting show uses laser lighting, pyrotechnic displays, and a menagerie of live animals to bring Noah’s Ark to life right before your very eyes in colossal proportions. With awesome lighting and sound, and a set that includes an on stage ark, this presentation is sure to thrill everyone in the family. 

Acrobats of China featuring the New Shanghai Circus 

If you are looking to see superhuman stunts you cannot miss the Acrobats of China. This show will amaze you with aerial ballet, trapeze acts, jar juggling, and more! See contortionists and dancers defy the laws of gravity with there incredible ability to twist, jump and fly through the air, in this one of a kind human display of style and agility. 

Shoji Tabuchi Show 

For first class talent and showmanship, the Shoji Tabuchi Show is unrivaled. The Tabuchi family is legendary and has earned the nickname as being the “First Family of Branson”. Once you see Shoji Tabuchi’s incredible prowess on the violin you will see why, especially as you are entertained by accompanying dancers, singers and music in as many genres as you can imagine from gospel, to country, to contemporary. Don’t miss the music and marvel of the Shoji Tabuchi Show. 

No matter what kind of show you like best, Branson is sure to offer it this travel season. So come see us in Branson!

Australia & New Zealand Theme Included in Vacations Made Easy’s Most Recent Site Update

Sydney, AUIn an effort to make researching and reserving your vacation a truly easy experience Vacations Made Easy has introduced over two dozen new ‘themes’ to its site, including the Australia & New Zealand theme. The new theme section of the site will easily allow you find all of the Australian and New Zealand cities featured on Vacations Made Easy, allowing you to compare your many options with ease. The initial release of the theme has seen the following cities highlighted:

  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Bay of Islands, New Zealand
  • Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • Mount Cook, New Zealand
  • Queenstown, New Zealand
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Wellington, New Zealand

From treating yourself to luxury in sprawling metropolitan areas such as Auckland and Sydney to taking in the more natural areas of the islands including Bay of Islands and Mount Cook, potential travelers will find a wealth of varying destinations and planning tools to ensure that just the right vacation is found.

Take a few moments to browse the new Australian & New Zealand theme and find the adventure that awaits below the equator!

Honor America’s Heritage with a Mt. Rushmore Vacation

Mt. RushmoreMt. Rushmore is one of the most familiar American landmarks with its impressive lifelike carvings of four American Presidents. It is also located in the scenic Black Hills region of South Dakota, an area rich in recreational opportunities.

Mount Rushmore Tour

Take your vacation with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abe Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt, as you embark upon the fascinating Mt. Rushmore tour. Not only can you stand in awe of Mt. Rushmore’s design from the Borglum Historical Center (named after the Mountain’s designer Gutzon Borglum), but as a bonus you also can see the in progress Crazy Horse Memorial, and enjoy a ride through Custer State Park, where bison still roam the plains in large numbers.

1880 Train

If you really want to get in touch with the Black Hills, try an authentic 1880 steam engine train tour that will take you through the Black Hills on a whistle stop tour through breathtaking scenery that might make you nostalgic for the Wild West.

Flying T Chuckwagon Supper and Show

If you are looking for food and fun for the whole family, don’t miss the Flying T Chuckwagon Supper and Show. Delight in the music and comedy of a Western Stage Show, and enjoy some good country cooking at the Flying T Chuckwagon Supper and Show. Bring your appetite and be prepared for a mouthful of food and a bellyful of laughter.