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Will Disney’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ ride anchor a Marvel themed land?

One of the craziest and most improbable rumors ever to emerge from the secretive halls of Walt Disney Imagineering turned out to be true: The venerable Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney California Adventure will get a “Guardians of the Galaxy” overlay in time for the May 2017 release of the film’s sequel.

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Airlines waive change fees and attractions close as Tropical Storm Darby threatens Hawaii

As Tropical Storm Darby menaces Hawaii, most airlines flying from Southern California to the islands are waiving fees for reservations changes.

As of 7 p.m. Pacific time Saturday, the storm was 45 miles south of Hilo on the Big Island, where heavy rain was reported Saturday evening. Tropical storm, flash flood and high surf warnings were in effect there.

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Hawaii Island's lava-viewing sites, county campsites shut in anticipation of Tropical Storm Darby

The threat from Tropical Storm Darby, which as of Friday was heading toward Hawaii Island, prompted the closure of lava-viewing areas in and near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and campsites at the Big Island’s county parks.

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Web Buzz: offers centrally located boutique hotels with a personal approach

Get to the heart of the action with a city-centric hotel group that offers a mix of stylish design and connectivity.


What it does: A hotel group launched by three friends who were looking for hotels that they actually wanted to stay in. It began in Madrid and has expanded to 23 hotels in 12 cities in Europe, the United States, Mexico and Turkey.

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Sydney or Melbourne? Take your pick for less than $1,000 round trip on Qantas

You can fly round trip from LAX to Sydney or Melbourne along with a choice of  Australian seasons — the reverse of ours — for $929, including all taxes and fees, on Qantas.

You must buy this fare, which is subject to availability, by Wednesday, July 27. It  is for departures Mondays through Thursdays between Sept. 1 and 27, Oct. 9 and Nov. 1, and Jan.

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This intimate cruise showcases the beauty and culture of Portugal and Spain

If you want a more intimate cruise experience on your next trip, Variety Cruises next year is launching an eight-day Glories of Spain & Portugal cruise aboard the 25-cabin Panorama II.

The cruise will take passengers from Malaga, Spain, to Lisbon, Portugal.

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