Consumer Reports, usually the source for information on toasters or Toyotas, tackles the theme park in its June issue. Nearly 2,500 readers responded to a survey on the best parks in the nation. The conclusion: Disney rules -- with a few exceptions.

The three top-rated parks: Epcot, Disney-MGM Studios and Magic Kingdom -- are all located in Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The next two are also Orlando-area attractions: Sea World and Universal's Islands of Adventure.

They're followed by Sea World (San Diego), Disney's Animal Kingdom (Lake Buena Vista, Fla.), Disneyland (Anaheim, Calif.), Cedar Point (Sandusky, Ohio), Busch Gardens (Tampa Bay, Fla.), Universal Studios (Orlando), Knotts Berry Farm (Buena Park, Calif.), Universal Studios Hollywood (Universal City, Calif.), and Disney's California Adventure (Anaheim, Calif.)


Travelers no longer have to gamble on leaving Fido at home when visiting Las Vegas. A partnership between and America Dog and Cat Hotel allows for Internet bookings for pet suites. Travelers can visit, book a room at a city resort, and then place an online reservation for their pet. Pets can be dropped off at the hotel or be picked up at the airport or resort.


The 7,500-square-foot facility offers private pet suites with color television, a free-range area for day care, overnight stays, an enclosed private yard, super-soft beds and loving care. Soothing jazz and doggie videos, such as 101 Dalmatians and Lassie are played. Information: 1-800-851-1703 or the Web site. Nightly rates begin at $29 for cats.


While other airlines sought larger ways to increase revenues, BWIA West Indies Airways is wooing the youngest passengers. The airline's BWee Babies in-flight program includes extra diapers, blankets and pillows, changing tables on all aircraft, reserved bulkhead seats available so that infants and toddlers will have crawl space, bottle warming, milk and juice, and VIP boarding.

Contact: 1-800-538-2942.


Trinity House, the organization responsible for the upkeep of lighthouses along Britain's rugged coastline, has made staying in a lighthouse possible. The cottages beside the lighthouses where the keepers lived have been modernized and are being leased. Available year-round, they're managed by Rural Retreats. Contact:


"Gangs of New York" may not have won the Best Picture Oscar, but it has stirred interest in the seamy side of New York City's past. A three-hour guided walking tour devoted to that hoodlum history departs the 46th Street lobby of the Hotel Edison at 1 p.m. each Saturday. Visit and click on Walking Tours or call 866-474-3247.

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