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The Smart Traveler

May 13, 2007

NEW YORK — NEW YORK

ZAGAT WALT DISNEY WORLD INSIDER'S GUIDE

Zagat Survey / $15.95

This first-time release from Zagat Survey rates and reviews all six of Disney's Orlando, Fla., theme parks, from Magic Kingdom to Animal Kingdom. But what sets this guide apart from the many other Disney travel books is that it's based on a survey of 4,841 Disney-goers. Participants had visited Disney World an average of 36 times. (Talk about insiders.) Using Zagat's system of awarding points based on a 0-30 scale, surveyors were asked to rate parks, rides, hotels, shopping, dining and nightlife. From the responses, Zagat culled several most-popular and top-ratings lists, revealing that Soarin' is the most popular attraction, while Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge is the most popular hotel. If you're looking for quick tips, lists and expert ratings, it may be the only guide you'll ever need.

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[MICHELLE DEAL-ZIMMERMAN]

PETS

Pamper your pooch on the road

Picture a hotel room where you sleep on a velvet bed with orthopedic pads, a down-filled cushion and Italian sheets. A knock tells you that your beef sirloin patty has arrived. Now picture the recipient of these amenities: your dog. Auberge Resorts is offering pet beds and a doggy menu, available at resorts in Napa Valley, Calif; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; and Bluffton, S.C. Details at aubergeresorts.com.

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[NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE]

ENGLAND

London district goes Wi-Fi

The heart of London's financial district has gone wireless. The Square Mile, Europe's premier financial center, has been turned into an oversized Wi-Fi hot spot that offers high-speed Internet over the airwaves to laptops, mobile phones and personal digital assistants. Access will be free for a one-month trial period, but subscriptions to the operator, The Cloud Networks Ltd., will cost about $24 per month thereafter. The radio signals are broadcast over 127 Wi-Fi nodes hidden from view.

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[ASSOCIATED PRESS]

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