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Universal raises admission prices

Universal Orlando has raised the price of a one-day, single-park ticket to $92.

The price increase, up from $89, went into effect last weekend.

Single-day admission for both Universal parks — Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure — went from $124 to $128. Similar increases were applied to multiday passes.


Military families

get free admission

Two thousand museums across the country, including many in Florida, will offer free admission to active duty military personnel and their families. The National Endowment for the Arts, in cooperation with the Department of Defense and Blue Star Families, a nonprofit for military families, is supporting the annual initiative, which provides free admission to participating museums from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Some popular museums with admission fees are participating, including the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Some of the first-time participants include J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and the World Museum of Mining in Butte, Mont.

While many of the participating museums are fine arts museums, science museums and 75 children’s museums are also participating. Families of deployed members of the Armed Services are eligible for free admission, as well. Details at


Paying the cost

Of comfort

Most of us will put up with a cramped middle seat on a short flight. But on trips more than three hours long, we are ready to crack open our wallets and pay for a window or aisle seat.

That is one of the findings of a recent Harris Interactive poll of 2,276 adults on the subject of airline pet peeves and passenger fees.

On flights shorter than two hours, 33 percent of those surveyed said they would pay for extra legroom. If the flight lasts more than three hours, 58 percent said they would be willing to pay. Thirteen percent said they’d pay more than $25.

But even if fliers are willing to pay the fees, they won’t necessarily be happy about it. Creed Mamikunian, a doctor from Anchorage, describes all airline fees as ridiculous and offensive. “I would rather they charge an honest price and have most things included, not this a la carte price structure,” he said.


Be the life of the party aboard Virgin

Virgin America is making it easier to befriend other passengers at 35,000 feet.

The airline’s touch-screen entertainment units on each seat let passengers buy drinks, meals and snacks for fellow passengers and follow it up with a text message. If you are feeling really charitable, the entertainment system lets you swipe your credit card and open a tab so you can keep the party going throughout the flight.

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