Long lines at Walt Disney World theme parks in Florida are not uncommon, but Insider, on hand for last month's grand opening of the Asia section at Disney's Animal Kingdom, overheard a new definition of crowded. Partly because of spring break, partly because of the newness of it all, the park was packed, so much so that there were times when you could not move just while strolling through common areas of the park. As a visitor immediately behind us put it, "We're standing in line even when we're not standing in line!"

Swing time

A release that caught our eye was from the Fantasy Inn & Wedding Chapel in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. The release contained a top-10 list -- said to be penned by "Cupid" -- of reasons clients would want to book the Fantasy Inn for their wedding. A few of the reasons follow:

  • "The Fantasy Swing: Guaranteed you don't have this one at home."
  • "Your wedding guests can have as much fun on your wedding night: With 13 different theme rooms to choose from, everyone in your wedding party can enjoy themselves as well."
  • "Coffee makers in every room: Let's face it -- romance sometimes requires a little energy and rejuvenation."
  • Sounds convincing enough, but we wonder when or where Cupid picked up the attitude of a wisecracking PR scribe.

    Don't be a bloody fool

    Wales The sign pictured on the left appeared near a military installation outside Llangammarch Wells, in central Wales. The graphic on the sign speaks for itself, and we're at a loss to parse out the Welsh-Gaelic part of the warning. But we just adore the English rendition.

    No governmental, lawyerly, passive-voiced shilly-shallying here; no "hazardous materials may detonate, and bodily injury may be incurred by a tampering person or persons."

    No. Rather: "Do not touch any military debris. It may explode and kill you."

    We're loath to invoke Central Casting, but can't you just hear David Niven (in smoking jacket and ascot) or, for that matter, Hugh Grant speaking this line? Perhaps adding, as a droll conversation-closer, "You bloody fool"?

    Slaves to 'AP'

    Time to turn the flashlight on ourselves a moment. In the April 19 Travel Weekly, in the Florida section, we ran a short item headed "Atlanta-Melbourne service slated," under which appears the dateline "Melbourne, Australia." What were we thinking? Well, we weren't.

    You see, in the widely used "Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual," there is a list of about 50 cities that can stand alone, without reference to state or country, in datelines, and neither Melbourne, Fla., nor Melbourne, Australia, is one of them.

    So before Page 59 of April 19 got shipped to the printer, an eagle-eyed copy editor noticed the "hanging" dateline and penciled in Australia, not realizing the notice was about new Atlantic Southeast Airlines service to Florida's east coast aboard 50-passenger regional jets. For passengers' sake, let's hope the airline's baggage handlers in Atlanta are a little more careful than our Copy Desk was on that day.

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