I already miss Hawaii

Aren Elliott watches the sunset from the cove at Ko Olina.
Saying good-bye. Our monthlong adventure in Hawaii is almost over. We’re at Ko Olina today, where we’re checking out of a vacation rental property my family has fallen in love with. But we’re also excited, because for the next few days, we’ll be staying at the Holiday Inn Waikiki Beachcomber Resort (only four more Holiday Inn Resorts to go on our ambitious Away is Home project to visit every one).
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Disney promised me fireworks! Where are the fireworks?

It may sound insignificant, but to Mona Ogden, the fireworks at Disneyland are a big deal. She even spent $900 to upgrade into a “club-level” room at the Disneyland Hotel on a recent visit because they promised “a view of the Disneyland Park fireworks show from above with in-house soundtrack.”

“Night after night we planned around the supposed show time and hauled back to the hotel, up to this special room,” she says. “And nothing happened.”

What, no pyrotechnics?
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Hey, where did this resort fee come from?

Question: I checked into the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, and was unexpectedly charged a resort fee. I had booked the stay with my Starwood Preferred Guest points.

The desk staff could not have been less helpful when I questioned the fee. They advised, “It is mandatory on all rooms, whether paid with cash or points, and clearly indicated during booking.”

They also said the resort fee was required by Florida state law.
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