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Disney World Honored a Woman’s Unused Pass … from 1994

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This is why you should never throw anything away. LinkedIn insights analyst Chelsea Herline recently took a trip to Orlando’s Walt Disney World using a 22-year-old four-day pass. While it’s a pretty usual occurrence for people to use weekend passes to get into the place “where dreams come true,” it’s not very common that they use passes from 1994. Chelsea’s father was cleaning out her childhood home and came across a four-day Disney World pass from an old family vacation with one valid day left to use.

"It was a four-day pass, and I used to get sick all the time on vacation when I was little,” Herline told Upworthy of the family trip she took when she was four years old. “We went for the first three days and I got sick on the last day."

Herline, now 26 years old, figured there would be no harm in seeing if the last day on the pass was still valid to use when the Disney ticket taker gave her a very welcome surprise.

"I just went up to the window,” Herline explained. ‘I wasn't expecting to spend the day there; I didn't bring anything with me. They were pretty surprised. The girl working there was younger than me and said, 'Wow, I've never seen one this old before!’” she added. “She called her manager over and they were super nice about it."

Herline proceeded to spend the day at the Florida theme park and even got to visit one of her favorite Disney characters from when she was a kid, Chip (of Chip ‘n’ Dale). “Disney is just really nostalgic for everyone," she said.

[h/t Travel+Leisure]

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All National Parks Are Offering Free Admission on April 21
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Looking for something to do this weekend that's both outdoorsy and free? To kick off National Park Week, you can visit any one of the National Park Service's more than 400 parks on April 21, 2018 for free.

While the majority of the NPS's parks are free year-round, they'll be waiving admission fees to the more than 100 parks that normally require an entrance fee. Which means that you can pay a visit to the Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Yosemite, or Yellowstone National Parks without reaching for your wallet. The timing couldn't be better, as many of the country's most popular parks will be increasing their entrance fees beginning in June.

The National Park Service, which celebrated its 100th birthday in 2016, maintains 417 designated NPS areas that span more than 84 million acres across every state, plus Washington, D.C., American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

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Voodoo Doughnut Is Coming to the East Coast (Finally!)
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Voodoo Doughnut, the beloved Portland purveyor of creative pastries, is finally coming to the East Coast. The company is opening a shop at the Universal Orlando Resort in Florida, according to Travel + Leisure.

The original Voodoo Doughnut opened in Portland, Oregon in 2003. An early adopter of the maple-bacon dessert trend, it became famous for its Maple Bacon Bar and has since added doughnuts that incorporate other quirky flavors like bubble gum dust, Tang, and Fruit Loops. (At one point, the company sold doughnuts glazed with NyQuil, as well as one called a Vanilla Pepto Crushed Tums doughnut, but both of those have been discontinued by order of the health department.) Several of its unique flavors have also been turned into beers by the Oregon-based Rogue Ale.

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The popular Portland location usually features a line out the door and down the block, and the company now has outposts in Eugene, Denver, Austin, and Los Angeles. It has such a cult following that the stores will not just provide doughnuts for your wedding—they will host the ceremony. Now, East Coast doughnut lovers will be able to get in on the action, too.

The Universal Orlando CityWalk store has opened already, but it’s still in preview mode, meaning the hours can vary, and there's no guarantee it will be open every day. When it officially opens later this spring, it will be serving up more than 50 types of doughnuts seven days a week from 7 a.m. to midnight, and until 1 a.m. on weekends.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

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