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Theme parks

Disney raises admission price

Disney’s Magic Kingdom guests will have to fork over a few extra dollars for single-day park admission. The tickets now cost $95 for adults and children 10 years old and up. For children ages 3 to 9, tickets cost $89. This $6 price hike makes Magic Kingdom the most expensive of the Disney theme parks. A one-day ticket for the other parks costs $90.

For park visitors who want multiday tickets, there is a bit of good news: Those passes can be used at any park for one set price. The amount varies depending on the number of days purchased. This announcement comes less than two weeks after Universal Orlando became the first local theme-park operator to lift base prices above $90. The price of a one-day, one-park Universal ticket is now $92.

Airport security

‘Nude’ body scanning is history

TSA’s “nude scanners” are gone.

The full-body scanners that used X-rays to create what look like nude images of passengers have been packed away and removed from airports across the country.

But privacy advocates aren’t satisfied, noting that the Transportation Security Administration is still using full-body scanners that employ a different technology.

“They’ve never made a case that these scanners are better than using metal detectors or swabs to detect the use of explosives,” said Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a research center that sued the TSA in 2010 over the use of all full-body scanners.

The TSA now relies solely on millimeter-wave scanners, which previously generated similar nude images but have been upgraded to portray a generic figure on which they point out objects concealed on travelers’ bodies.


U.S. travelers

are good tippers

So much for the U.S. travelers’ reputation as the “ugly Americans.”

Americans are second only to Germans in the rate at which they leave tips at hotels and restaurants, according to a survey of more than 9,000 travelers in eight countries by the travel website TripAdvisor.

When asked how likely they are to tip, 69 percent of Germans say they always tip, compared with 57 percent for Americans, 53 percent for Russians, 40 percent for Brazilians and 39 percent for the French and British. Italians came in last with 23 percent, behind Spanish at 36 percent, according to the survey.

The top three reasons Americans tip are when staff at restaurants or hotels is helpful, friendly or polite, the survey found.

Adventure travel

Mountain trail opens in New Mexico

A mountain biking, hiking and equestrian trail near Las Cruces has been added to the National Trails System.

Interior Secretary Jewel Hall announced that the Sierra Vista Trail in the Organ Mountains and 27 others trails around the country have been added to the system.

Built by the Bureau of Land Management, local mountain biking and running groups and other volunteers, the 29-mile trail runs the length of the west side of the mountains.

National recreation trail designation recognizes existing trails and trail systems that link communities to recreational opportunities on public lands and in local parks across the nation. Communities and other partners supporting the trails receive a certificate of designation, a letter of congratulations from Secretary Jewell, and a set of national recreation trail markers


New Service

American Airlines said it will begin daily nonstop service between Miami International Airport and Malpensa Airport (MXP) in Milan beginning Nov. 21.

National Parks

Statute of Liberty screening moved

Security screening for visitors to the Statue of Liberty will be held in lower Manhattan instead of on Ellis Island when the site reopens on July 4 after cleanup from Superstorm Sandy.

The National Park Service originally had planned for visitors to board cruise ships in Manhattan or in Liberty State Park, N.J., and stop at Ellis Island for security, but New York officials criticized the plan. U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and police Commissioner Raymond Kelly urged federal authorities to reverse the policy, saying it could leave visitors vulnerable.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced Monday that establishing a temporary screening facility at lower Manhattan’s Battery Park would address security concerns while security procedures are further reviewed.

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