Shanghai Disneyland; Leap Year and TSA Rules on Bug Spray

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Beth J. Harpaz, The Associated Press, February 11, 2016


Tickets for Shanghai Disneyland go on sale beginning March 28.

The park opens June 16 with six themed lands: Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Treasure Cove, Adventure Isle, Mickey Avenue and Gardens of the Imagination. Attractions will include Disney's largest and tallest castle along with familiar rides and beloved characters: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Peter Pan's Flight, a Pirates of the Caribbean boat ride, a Buzz Lightyear adventure and Dumbo the Flying Elephant among others.

Disney also has parks in Tokyo and Paris. The company has said that the Shanghai park will be "authentically Disney and distinctly Chinese."

Tickets can be purchased at or from Disney's official travel partners at .



Feb. 29 only appears on the calendar once in four years, and this time it happens to fall on a Monday. Some hotels and other businesses are offering Leap Day specials. Here are a few examples:

—On Sea Island, Georgia, $29 accommodations on Feb. 29 if you book a two-night stay at The Cloister, The Lodge or The Inn at Sea Island. Use booking code LEAP29 and book through hotel website.

—At the new Taconic hotel in Manchester, Vermont, one night for $29 if you book a total of three nights. Book between Feb. 26 and March 11 for stays between Feb. 26 and May 31, using the booking code LPYR.

—In New York City, Refinery Hotel rooms for $229 on Feb. 29 with in-room breakfast. The hotel's rooftop and lobby bars will offer cocktails that day for $2.29.

—On Long Island in New York at Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa , 29 percent off bookings made on Leap Day on all rates through May 26 using code 022916.

—Book a three-day stay including Feb. 29 at the Embassy Row Hotel in Washington D.C., and you get one of those nights free plus a $50 daily credit for valet parking or food and drink at two onsite options.

—At the Vanderbilt Grace in Newport, Rhode Island, book two or more nights and get Feb. 29 free, plus free daily breakfast and free meal at Muse restaurant.

—In Tucson, Arizona at the Tanque Verde Ranch, located in Saguaro National Park, a fourth night is free when you book three all-inclusive nights between Feb. 25 and March 4.

—At DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Park City in Utah, get a $29 discount on each night booked between Feb. 15-29 for stays before April 10.

—At the ART hotel in Denver, 29 percent off stays on Leap Day and cocktails for $2.29 each.

Booking restrictions include dates, limits on availability and blackout periods, and most require going to the hotel website and using the appropriate code.



Kathy Rodeghier was surprised recently when three 9-ounce bottles of Off! insect repellent were confiscated from her checked luggage. The Transportation Safety Administration left a note inside her bag saying the items were not permitted. The screeners did not remove the shampoo, Clorox wipes and baby liquid Tylenol she'd packed as well.

Rodeghier, of Western Springs, Illinois, was headed to India. But travelers heading to Zika-affected areas this winter and spring may want to take notice of the rules on bringing insect repellent on airplanes — or they'll risk having their precious bug spray confiscated.

Insect repellent is allowed in checked baggage only if the volume is less than 4 ounces, contains less than a 2 percent active ingredient, and is in a container that prevents the repellent from being expelled during transit, the TSA said in an email to The Associated Press.

That size restriction might surprise some travelers — as it did Rodeghier — who think they can bring larger quantities in checked luggage, the way you can for certain other personal care items like shampoo.

If you're taking repellent in a carry-on bag, the 3-1-1 rule applies: The item must be in a container that is 3.4 ounces or smaller and fits comfortably in a single, quart-size, clear plastic resealable bag.

The Transportation Safety Administration recommends that passengers purchase insect repellent at their destinations rather than taking them on airplanes. Rodeghier, like many travelers, brought the product with her because of the uncertainty of availability and cost in the destination. If you decide to bring DEET, Off! or some other repellent with you, make sure you're in compliance or you'll risk losing the item altogether.

A variety of repellents packaged in small amounts are available online and at camping stores, such as a Coleman 100 MAX Insect Repellent spray pen, in a .5-fluid ounce dispenser that's small and easily packed in a carry-on bag. The downside, of course, is that smaller quantities will quickly be used up.


This article was written by Beth J. Harpaz from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.