first_imgTravel planning: To be one of the first ones in the park, you need to leave your resort two to two and a half hours before the official open for most Disney resorts. Continuing our example, catching a bus between 6:30 and 7:00 AM will be your best bet. For whatever reason, most Disney literature and even some Cast Members still say that transportation to the parks from on-site resorts begins at one hour before the official park open (8:00 AM in our example). However, due to these early morning reservations and parties, that is no longer the case. Again, my experience is that for something like our example, buses will start running to the parks by 6:30 AM.Arriving at a deserted Magic Kingdom entrance for an early breakfast When? Reservation Scheduling: Reservations can be set for up to an hour before the official park open. As an example, if Magic Kingdom opens at 9:00 AM, the earliest reservation you can book for Be Our Guest Restaurant is 8:00 AM. Unfortunately, this does not work on days when the park opens early to on-site resort guests for Extra Magic Hours. If the park is scheduled for a regular 9:00 AM open, but on-site resort guests have Extra Magic Hours starting at 8:00 AM, the first reservation will be for 8:00 AM when all on-site guests are already allowed into the park. Share This!Did you know that it’s possible to enter the parks at Walt Disney World before they officially open for the day? A valid park ticket and dining reservation for one of seven restaurants is all you need to get into the park before regular guests. Read on to learn about the who, what, where, when, and why of these reservations.Who?Regardless of whether you’re staying on or off site, guests with valid theme park admission are eligible to enter the park early if they have an Advanced Dining Reservation scheduled for before the park’s official opening time. Since these are some of the hardest reservations to score, guests staying at a Disney resort have an advantage due to the extended 180 day + length of stay window for dining reservations for on-site guests. Our dining Reservation Finder can also help you snag those hard to get reservations.A perk of early reservations – walking through a nearly empty EpcotWhat?Assuming you can drag yourself out of bed bright and early, start your day off right with a leisurely stroll through a nearly empty park. Enjoy breakfast at some of the best Disney restaurants, and get a head start on crowds for the day.Where?Hardly a soul to be foundMagic KingdomBe Our Guest Restaurant ($24 adult / $14 child): Enjoy French-inspired breakfast cuisine in one of three rooms themed after Beast’s castle from Beauty and the Beast. Of the seven restaurants discussed here, this is the only one without character interactions, and one of only two that are not all-you-can-eat. Using My Disney Experience, you can pre-order your meal up to 30 days in advance to save time at the restaurant. You can see Seth’s review from last year here.Cinderella’s Royal Table ($58 adult / $36 child): Like Be Our Guest, Cinderella’s Royal Table is fixed-price rather than buffet or family style. Cinderella welcomes you as you enter her castle, and you’ll make your way to the banquet hall where other princesses grace you with their presence as you eat.Crystal Palace ($27 adult / $15 child): Winnie the Pooh and friends greet you at this all-you-can-eat character buffet featuring American cuisine. Inspired by Victorian greenhouses, the restaurant is surrounded by glass windows and brimming with tropical plants.EpcotAkershus Royal Banquet Hall ($44 adult / $27 child): Dine in a medieval castle while princesses visit your table at this all-you-can-eat buffet featuring authentic Norwegian dishes liked smoked salmon in addition to typical American breakfast fare. Some food is served family style, but there is a buffet as well.The Garden Grill ($32 adult / $19 child): Meet Chip ’n’ Dale and other Disney classic characters while the restaurant rotates through Epcot’s Living with the Land attraction. Breakfast is served all-you-can-eat family style which means they bring the food to your table rather than the typical buffet line. Julia reviewed this offering when it became available late last year.Animal KingdomTusker House Restaurant ($30 adult / $18 child): Featuring Mickey, Donald, Daisy, and Goofy dressed in their Safari gear, this all-you-can-eat character buffet serves up American and African inspired cuisine in the setting of an African market.Hollywood StudiosHollywood and Vine ($32 adult / $20 child): Disney Junior fans will enjoy seeing Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Handy Manny while diving into an all-you-can-eat buffet at this 1930’s inspired American diner.Note that prices listed are for breakfast only and may vary based on the day of the week or time of year.Guys, I’m not sure I can find my way through all these people in Epcot’s World Showcase! Arrival Timing: In order to give everyone enough time to walk back to the restaurant, Cast Members typically let guests with these reservations into the park around an hour and fifteen minutes before the park’s official open time. Again, using our example, this means that if you’re already through security and the ticketing area, Cast Members will let you into the park around 7:45 AM. In my experience, the security area typically opens around 7:30 AM, so if you want to be one of the first people into the park, plan to arrive before then. Due to larger crowds, you may want to be even earlier if it’s a day and park offering Early Morning Magic (a separately ticketed event currently offered at Magic Kingdom on Sunday and Tuesday and Hollywood Studios on Monday and Wednesday). Why?Only a couple families joined me for the walk to breakfast last fallFor starters, imagine walking into a nearly empty Magic Kingdom. As you stroll down Main Street, U.S.A. towards your dining destination, you can spread your arms out wide without hitting anyone – a far cry from the suffocating and sometimes downright stressful feeling of a typical rope drop. If you’re a photographer looking for that picture without hordes of people in it or if you’re looking for that family photo without groups of strangers in the frame, this is the perfect time to snap away.And let’s not forget about the food. Most of these are buffets, so you can enjoy as much as you want of whatever you want. Even picky eaters should find something to their liking. Plus, you get to relax in a nice, comfortable, air conditioned restaurant while everyone else jockeys for their rope drop starting position outside of the park.Last but not least, you get a head start! Depending on how quickly your family can eat (I may or may not be guilty of bribing the kids in our group to eat faster during one of my recent trips), you can be out of the restaurant before the throngs of rope droppers come stampeding towards you. In Magic Kingdom, this means you could ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and be on your way to Peter Pan by the time they catch up with you. At Epcot, being near the front of the line for Frozen, Soarin’, or Test Track certainly has its advantages. Sign up for Jedi Training Academy before others at Hollywood Studios, or at Animal Kingdom, be some of the first to experience Kilimanjaro Safaris. Not only do you get a lead on the first attraction, but now you’re off to your next as others are still lining up for their first.Bonus! How?Step 1: Reference our Crowd Calendar and park hours to choose the morning you plan to visit. Avoid days with early entry.Step 2: Use My Disney Experience to reserve at 180 days + your length of stay window or keep checking for availability as your trip gets closer.Step 3: Review park hours occasionally to make sure that they haven’t changed for that day. If the park opens earlier, you may want to consider cancelling the reservation or checking for a different day.Step 4: Plan to arrive early. If you’re taking a bus, this may mean leaving two to two and a half hours before official park open.Step 5: At the park entrance, find the line specifically for those with early morning dining reservations.Step 6: The hard work pays off. Relax and enjoy!Do you have a favorite restaurant for pre-park-open dining? Are you planning to try one of these on your next trip? Tell me your thoughts or plans in the comments below!last_img read more

first_imgFor the Hub City Times STEVENS POINT – The Central Wisconsin Racing Association (CWRA)Stars to Legends Tour and the Marshfield Motor Speedway kicked off their raceseasons May 4.CWRA has scheduled an 11-race schedule at four differentracetracks for the 2019 racing season. Events will be contested at Marshfield MotorSpeedway, Marshfield; Golden Sands Speedway, Plover; Dells Raceway Park, WisconsinDells; and the State Park Speedway, Wausau. All are paved short track ovalsthat will feature Late Model racing.The Marshfield track is the longest on the circuit and featurestight, side-by-side racing. Following the Marshfield opener, a May 17 CWRA event willtake place at Golden Sands Speedway.The circuit returns to Marshfield on June 1, with a “Saluteto America.” Marshfield Motor Speedway will host the tour once again on Aug. 17.The CWRA Stars to Legends Tour features a unique format inthat it holds group qualifying similar to what is done in NASCAR to determinestarting line ups. For more information on the Marshfield speedway, contactWayne Brevik at 715-533-0796. or visit Motor Speedway is located at 10853 County Rd. HH, Marshfield.For more information on CWRA, visit (company) orthe Central Wisconsin Racing Association Facebook page, or call 715-344-9072.last_img read more

first_imgBongani Nkosi Ernest Maduna was all smiles after buying his tickets for the 2010 Fifa World Cup matches. Youssef Moola spent a night at a queue at Maponya Mall for the tickets. Charmaine Brown (left) and fellow Bafana Bafana supporters were also in the queue for tickets. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Fifa Delia Fischer Media Officer +27 11 567 2010 +27 11 567 2524 +27 83 201 0470 • Local Organising Committee Jermaine Craig Media Manager +27 11 567 2010 +27 83 201 0121 RELATED ARTICLES • World Cup ticket sales simplified • Soccer Cinema to inspire SA • SA starts the 2010 countdown • World Cup ticket sales soar • World Cup fever spreads abroad • Interpol: a safe World Cup • Top 32 for 2010 Fifa World Cup Ernest Maduna, in his early 20s, spent the night outside Maponya Mall in Soweto, just to be part of history – to be in the stadium at 2010 Fifa World Cup matches in his home country.From Carltonville, about 75km west of Johannesburg’s city centre, Maduna knew scores of football fans from Johannesburg and beyond would descend on the mall, home to one of the Fifa Ticketing centres, when over-the counter sales opened at 9am on 15 April. So he decided to get there the day before, to beat the queues.“I came here yesterday,” he said, three tickets clutched in his hand. “I slept out in the cold.”The 11 Fifa Ticketing centres, in the nine host cities, make it easier for fans to get their hands on tickets, as they can be bought directly over the counter instead of via complicated application forms. The 600 First National Bank (FNB) branches used for applications are also open.The Fifa centres, as well as Shoprite and Checkers retail stores, are also collection points for tickets purchased from FNB, the Fifa call centre and on the Fifa website.Maduna had wanted tickets for a Bafana Bafana match, but settled for three for the Ghana versus Germany game, a Group D match to be played at Soccer City in Johannesburg on 23 June.“I wanted tickets for Bafana Bafana. But they got sold out,” he said. But that didn’t dampen his spirits. Approached by an international journalist, he flourished his tickets and said: “I am happy. This is what I came here for.”Maduna got his tickets just after noon, an indication of the scores of people who also spent the night in the queue, ahead of him.“When I arrived here at 6am there were already about 400 people waiting for us to open,” said Richard Lalla, a Maponya Mall ticketing centre manager.Enjoying the tournament with friendsYoussef Moola, a medical student at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), also spent the night in the queue, arriving at 5pm the previous day. His friends, Saad Khan and Abdullah Ismail, joined him later.Between them they bought more than 50 tickets between the three of them. Mohammed Manga, another friend and also a medical student at Wits, said the tickets would be distributed among the group of friends and family members.They were able to get 10 tickets for the final match, to be played in Soccer City on 11 July. “It was a long wait, but it’s worth it,” said Moola.Manga didn’t spare praise for Moola’s overnight vigil. “He made history,” he said. “He’s the main man, the mastermind behind the plan to get tickets.”For Manga, and the thousands of other South Africans snapping up tickets, it’s all about supporting a spectacle to be played in Africa for the first time since its inception in 1930. “It’s coming to my country,” Manga said. “I have to support it; I have to be there.”‘It’s closer to home’Charlotte Brown, from Soweto’s Eldorado Park township, brought a camping chair to the snaking queue. With a large South African flag draped over her shoulders, she moved her chair bit by bit as the queue slowly proceeded.She knew tickets would be sold out for the matches she really wanted, for the opening match between South Africa and Mexico on 11 June, or any Bafana group match. So Brown went for tickets to Brazil versus Côte d’Ivoire, a Group G match on 6 June in Soccer City. The match, she said, was “my son’s favourite”.Brown, who was hoping to get about 20 tickets, said she was only buying tickets for matches to be played in Johannesburg’s Ellis Park and Soccer City stadiums. “The stadiums are convenient, they are closer to us.”‘The turnout was brilliant’All the ticket centres and FNB branches across the country had massive turnout. The country was abuzz with news of scores of people queuing up for tickets as from the evening of 14 April.About 53 000 tickets were sold countrywide within eight hours of the first day. A total of 23 matches, including the opening game, the final and the two semi-finals are sold out, said Fifa.“[The turnout] was absolutely brilliant,” said Lalla, the ticketing centre manager.The huge volume of ticket sales eventually crashed FNB’s computer system, but service was restored by about 2.50pm. The bank, which operates between 9am and 4pm, extended its working hours to 5pm.“Ninety per cent of the ticket requests were done at the 600 FNB branches and we appreciate their work and cooperation even when under enormous pressure,” Horst R Schmidt, chair of the Fifa Ticketing Sub-Committee, said in a statement.Ticketing centres and all the other sales channels will be open throughout the tournament.last_img read more

first_imgGerman courts have confirmed that Google’s fight for the G-mail trademark has been lost. 33-year old German businessman Daniel Giersch has won a case against Google, meaning that Google is not permitted to use the “Gmail” name in Germany. Giersch had registered ‘G-mail’ in 2000, four years before Google came out with its web mail service of the same name.This is the second time that Google has had to give up the Gmail name – two years ago Google handed over the rights to the name in the UK. At that time Google changed the name to Google Mail, after its run-in with research firm Independent International Investment Research (IIIR) – which used the name G-mail to refer to a part of its financial analytics software.Indeed Google is having trouble holding its own in Europe as a whole, in the Gmail battle. Again Giersch is at the center of it, as he also won in Austria and claims to own the name in Spain, Portugaland Switzerland. Meanwhile in Poland, Google’s Gmail adversary is “a polish group of poets”.Back in Germany, Giersch claims he is not cyber-squatting but has actually created a business around the name G-mail. He even issued a press release comparing himself to German entrepreneurs post-second world war:“…the 33-year-old is putting himself in theentrepreneurial tradition of the so-called “men of the first hours,” whoput Germany on the road to success in the post-war years. Backbone,innovation and courage are the values that are important for Giersch.”Continuing the war motif, Giersch also declares this “a legendary victory” – noting that “for many Daniels fighting “Googliaths,” confidence and financial means run out in the long course of battle.”So what is G-mail, the German version?Giersch’s G-Mail is a “hybrid mail system”. He claims it “is an ingeniousblend of innovative and well-tried communications solutions”. Well if he can build software as good as he fights court battles, then he’s onto a winner. Related Posts richard macmanus 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Giersch’s press release concludes by saying that that “the confirmed, unambiguous legal situationis helping Daniel Giersch and his “G-mail” name finally go full steam aheadand realise their catchy motto: “…und die Post geht richtig ab!” (“…andthe post is really taking off!”)”The court victory will certainly do no harm in promoting G-Mail in Germany. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Google#news#web last_img read more

first_imgADT has recently unveiled its new ADT Commercial brand and positioning video as part of its multi-year expansion plans. Since the merger with Protection 1, ADT has built upon its commercial capabilities and customer-focused approach, combining more than ten strategic acquisitions, bringing decades of experience to commercial and national account customers. ADT’s announcement is part of its participation in ISC West, one of North America’s largest security industry trade shows, with more than 30,000 industry professionals and 1,000 exhibitors.“Today marks the official start of significant expansion plans for the ADT Commercial brand as we bring together numerous strategic acquisitions and alliances we’ve recently achieved, including industry leader, Red Hawk,” said Dan Bresingham, executive vice president, ADT Commercial. “We are delivering an expanded product portfolio and geographic reach to our enterprise customers, combined with an obsession for customer service, high quality and commitment to excellence.”Led by Bresingham, the ADT Commercial leadership team has a single-minded focus on security and life safety—having spent the majority of their careers in the industry. The ADT Commercial vision is to offer a unified approach to its customers’ security and life safety needs.- Sponsor – ADT Commercial brings together experience, capabilities and offerings from acquisitions made since merging with Protection 1, with the goal of creating a best-in-class security and life safety provider. Most recently, these acquisitions include Red Hawk Fire & Security, Aronson Security Group, MSE Security, Advanced Cabling and Commercial Protection Systems, Inc.ADT Commercial will serve customers with a broad portfolio of solutions such as enterprise risk management services, IP-based video and access control technologies; intrusion detection; fire/life safety; sprinkler installation and maintenance; banking and ATM sales and services; managed services; remote monitoring via its owned and operated monitoring centers; security only networks design, management and monitoring. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

first_imgAt this point, BYOD is nothing new in the enterprise space. Businesses have been learning how to manage and enforce their device policy for years, leading to a multitude of equally vague terms — BYOA, BYOP, BYOPC, BYOT, COPE, etc. And within those terms lies an even greater multitude of possibilities for your mobile device management (MDM) strategy. Yet within the traditional coverage of BYOD, thought leaders tend to stay high level and talk about the big picture. We’re here to get down to the brass tacks of BYOD.Imagine you’ve done everything in your power to ensure that your mobile employees are taken care of within your enterprise. You’ve equipped allowed them usage of the best devices, the strongest CRM platform, the most convenient apps — you’ve taken the time to guarantee their security and productivity.  You know that they will have perfect connectivity. But as soon as they depart to go on a business trip to London, you realize the tablets you sent them with have the battery life of cheap flashlight. You also realize their W-Fi access will be greatly diminished upon landing and they’re not equipped with international hotspot capacity. Then you realize they’ll be lucky if their technology keeps up with their agenda.The practicalities of MDM are often overlooked in favor of ironing out the overarching strategy, but losing sight of the minutiae can prove disastrous for your mobile workforce. Consumerization means that your mobile employees will be making more consumer-like demands with each coming day; if you aren’t analyzing the trajectory of their needs, you’re missing out.Either IT leaders stay on top of consumerization trends — like the need for broad network access and devices with exemplary battery life — or their mobile employees will find a way in a less-than-secure manner. When you’re ironing out your MDM strategy, be as practical as you can when analyzing the needs of your users. Walk a proverbial mile in their shoes. Don’t ever hesitate to get in the weeds.Here at Intel, we’ve been eyeing the effects of consumerization for years. In 2005, we built a guest Internet network for those visiting our campuses. With the evolution of smart technology and the rise of the smartphone in the enterprise, this concept grew outdated and ineffective. In 2010, we enabled a mobile employee hotspot service that would accommodate personal devices attempting Internet access. Today, we’re still reaping the rewards of this choice. Our users are happy, but the business is even happier. And as IT professionals, that’s our ultimate goal.To read the full report on our implementation of the employee hotspot, please read “Evolving the Mobile Employee Hotspot for IT Consumerization.” And to learn more about mobility and how you can embrace it within your own enterprise, we have resources for you here.To join the social conversation on Twitter, be sure to follow us at @IntelITCenter or use #ITCenter.last_img read more

first_imgThe union says the deal, announced on 12 December, is the first of its kind in the world. It also includes an agreement for the union and government departments to work together to develop broader science integrity policies and guidelines. It will include rules to protect government scientists from political interference in their work, and from having their findings manipulated to support a particular political position.The union began pushing for the provision in 2014, in response to the restrictive communications policies of the previous Conservative government led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The policies left many researchers feeling they had been muzzled, unable to speak about even the most uncontroversial aspects of their work. A report by the union in 2013 found that 86% of federal scientists felt that they could not publicly share concerns about government policies that could harm public health, safety, or the environment without facing retaliation from their department leaders.The broader scientific community has welcomed the deal, says Kathleen Walsh, executive director of the scientific advocacy group Evidence for Democracy in Ottawa. “It’s a signal of the change in science in Canada in the past year,” she says. Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government, which came to power last year, has reversed many of the Harper government’s communication policies, and stated that federal researchers are free to speak about their work. Scientists working for the Canadian government have successfully negotiated a clause in their new contract that guarantees their right to speak to the public and the media about science and their research, without needing approval from their managers.“Employees shall have the right to express themselves on science and their research, while respecting the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector … without being designated as an official media spokesperson,” the new clause states. The ethics code says that while federal employees may talk about their own work, they should not publicly criticize government policy.“This agreement was extremely important in order to ensure that Canadians could trust public science and the decisions that governments make with that science,” says Debi Daviau, president of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, the Ottawa-based union representing about 15,000 federal scientists. “The Institute is proud to be able to be in a position to ensure that no government will be able to take this away from Canadians again.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more