If you know of an odder tourist attraction in Orlando than the Peabody Duck March, I’d like to hear about it. What is the Peabody Duck March? First some background …
Looking for a few yucks after returning empty-handed from a weekend hunting trip, the general manager of The Peabody Memphis decided to drop his live duck decoys in the fountain of the hotel’s grand lobby. This was high humour in 1932, and 89 years later the novelty of seeing ducks indoors hasn’t worn off. Now Peabody Hotels across America honour the grand tradition of the Peabody Duck March.
In Orlando the tradition dates back to 1986. Every morning at 11AM five mallards waddle down from their $100, 000 penthouse (I swear I’m not making this up, they call it the “Royal Duck Palace”) and are ushered along the red carpet to the fountain in the Grand Lobby. Then at 5PM they run through the whole thing again in reverse.
Going to see the march is free, and it’s obvious from the video above that kids love it. Credit to the ducks too—they seem awfully humble considering they walk the red carpet twice a day, every day.
*Find other fun, although slightly more conventional, things to do in Orlando on the Travergence website.
According to the Daily Mail, hotels aren’t the only ones to blame for fake reviews on TripAdvisor. Is it surprising these accusations have been made? No. Do the accusations have any basis in reality? Almost definitely. Should you be upset other travellers are engaging in this type of behaviour? You bet. TripAdvisor is the most popular destinations and accommodation website in America. For many people, it is the first place they go to research a travel destination, or activity.
Swann Auction Gallery’s annual Rare and Important Travel Poster sale was full of neato vintage Canadian bid bait this year. Travergence is a travel company with roots in Canada (we are in the U.S. too!), so naturally we got a little geeked when we saw these posters.
It looks like we could have got a bit of a deal if we’d entered a bid (the auction was held two weeks ago). None of these posters came close to the top lot—which was a 1912 Titanic poster that went for $72, 000. The Canadian poster that was assessed at the highest amount didn’t even sell. Is this proof that Canada is priceless? Maybe …
With its endless opportunities for outdoor adventure, it’s not surprising Lonely Planet has named Vancouver one of the top 10 picks for city breaks with kids. If you’re planning a trip to Vancouver with kids, we suggest you check out Delicious Baby’s great guide to the city’s kid friendly hotels, restaurants and more.
Travel industry workers do the darndest things! Or at least the ones interviewed for Budget Travel’s “10 All-Time-Best Confessions! From Flight Attendants, Hotel Housekeepers, and More” do. Take, for instance, the housekeeper who admits she’d often skip vacuuming, and instead just pick the bigger crumbs up off the carpet. There’s also the Rome tour guide who fesses up to the fact a number of guides just make things up about the landmarks they walk people around.
The most appalling confession, however, comes from a lifeguard. In the interest of maintaining decency, I won’t tell you what he admits to doing in the water …
In addition to theme parks, hot air ballooning, airboat tours and other activities; there are a lot of free things to do in Orlando. So many things, in fact, that there are almost too many to list directly on this blog.
Therefore, here is a list of lists to help you find free activities in Orlando:
As an addendum to our Travel Like a Nerd post, I have to add this article from Amateur Traveler on 8 Ways to Travel Like Captain James T. Kirk. My favourite tip from writer Chris Christensen’s list: meet the locals, which for Kirk often came down to just making out with space babes.
Just getting an airline meal that’s edible can sometimes be a shot in the dark, but having it be healthy too? Luckily for diet-conscious travellers there is the 2011 Airline Food Survey. Turns out a number of airlines are actually doing a pretty good job. Air Canada wins top marks, while Virgin America gets kudos for being most improved. Unfortunately the survey only includes data from nine airlines, but it is still very useful. Want to know how long a walk you’ll need to burn off a United Airlines “Rustic Ciabatta Sandwich”? This survey has the answer. It would be nice if photos were included, but for that you can always go to the excellent Airplanefood.net
Do you consider your diet when ordering airline food, or do you just load up on the free cookies?
If third grade art classes were made to produce infographics, they’d probably look a little like this (except the focus would likely be on the nuclear family rather than travel). Although it’s a little hard to follow, I love this amazing infographic from Rove Magazine. Kevin Landry, the creator of the infographic, says “Infographics probably only look cool when they style looks better than something you could draw yourself.” Don’t be so hard on yourself Kevin, you’ve done alright with this one.