NCD Amateur basketball set for season 2020

first_imgBasketball The National Capital District Amateur Basketball Association is set to start its season 2020 next month. The competition will be held at the Hohola basketball courts. Speaking from Mt Hagen, match coordinator Silas Nicky said the association did not start its season because there were a lot of issues that needed to be resolved. “We were tied down with a lot of things and couldn’t start our competition in time but we will start our pre-season next month,” he said. Nicky, who is also the president of the annual off season basketball league, said the month of November and December were also a busy time for him. He had to run the National Souths basketball tournament in Lae and later had to attend to his father Nicky Longer’s funeral in Erave, Southern Highlands. “The other reason for the delay also was that the clubs that took part in the 2018-2019 season had no control over their players’ movement,” Nicky said. “Players had play from different association and leagues and that is something we at NCDABA will tighten that up for this season.” Nicky said the NCDABA competition sets a pathway for the elite competition, the PMBL and he hopes that PMBL introduces women’s challenge in the near future. “We will still continue with the men’s and women’s A-grade competitions as well as the Under 15 boys and girls and the Under 17 boys and girls competition this year,” Nicky said. He has also aware of the setting up of another basketball association, the Port Moresby Basketball Association. However, Nicky has warned that the players should be wary and be careful when choosing the association to participate in because there could be repercussions. “In my days, when we were affiliated to an association, we did not go and play in another association as there are rules and regulations there and players or coaches that break these rules were penalised. I am not sure how it works today or I have not seen a lot of players with us at NCDABA and I hope they are not taking part in that (other) competition,” Nicky said. Further information can be obtained on the start of NCDABA season from league officials on 72784445 or 71169073.last_img read more

From Mexico: Raúl Jiménez not looking to leave Wolves, but ‘great…

first_imgThat’s why it’s pretty interesting to see what Record brings today, as columnist Jonatan Peña has some inside information about the striker.The journalist writes that Raúl Jiménez’s form at Wolves has attracted interest from clubs such as Arsenal, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham.But that still doesn’t mean the 29-year-old is looking for the exit. It’s claimed that he likes living in Wolverhampton, where he’s just become a father, and plans to achieve more things at the club.Embed from Getty ImagesHowever, he also knows that anything could happen in football. A source close to the player spoke to Record, and talked about this double scenario.“Raúl is happy in Wolverhampton and wouldn’t like to leave. As far as I’ve talked to him, he says he doesn’t come out. But it’s true that there is interest from great teams and for a great offer everything can happen.”Record points out that Wolves paid €40m to sign Raúl Jiménez, and would like €80m to sell him now, as they’re not concerned about the financial crisis. It’s also said the club should receive some offers in the coming Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameBuild a City, Trade With Your Neighbors, Play With Your FriendsForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoCNBC InternationalThese Millennials Are Building Businesses for a Post-Pandemic World.CNBC InternationalUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoDating.comThe Most Handsome Guys In Hong Kong On This Dating SiteDating.comUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥Undo Even though the Mexican media provides big coverage of Raúl Jiménez’s steps at Wolves, they rarely have exclusive reports on his situation at the club.last_img read more

Doctor auctions Jordan’s ’92 Olympic shoes, Dream Team ball

first_imgThis April 27, 2016 photo courtesy of Heritage Auctions shows a 36″ x 18″ signed poster of the “1992 USA Baseball Team” personalized from the players to Dr. David A. Fischer, the team physician. All 12 players signed the poster, including Magic Johnson, John Stockton, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Larry Bird, Chris Mullin, Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, David Robinson, Patrick Ewing, Clyde Drexler, and Christian Laettner. Head Coach Chuck Daly and Assistant Coach Lenny Wilkens. (David Fewell/Heritage Auctions via AP)By JON KRAWCZYNSKIMay. 6, 2016 12:23 PM EDT6 photosDream Team For SaleThis April 27, 2016 photo courtesy of Heritage Auctions shows Michael Jordan’s 1992 Barcelona… Read moreAs the team physician for the Dream Team, Dr. David Fischer was up close with the most star-studded team ever assembled as they rolled through the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.Nearly 25 years later, Fischer has decided to let other fans and collectors share that experience.Fischer has put almost all of the memorabilia he acquired during that historic summer up for auction, providing a rare chance for people to get their hands on some unique pieces from the United States Olympic men’s basketball team that helped the NBA reach into households the world over.“This was such a unique team,” Fischer told The Associated Press. “It was the greatest sports team ever put together. There are other basketball fans and collectors out there. It’s just a good time to let other people enjoy them.”Sponsored LinksLossy Compression for Optimizing Animated GIFsCloudinarySee How Americans 62+ Are Accessing Their Home EquityAmerican Advisors GroupThe team was assembled to reclaim the United States’ place atop the basketball hierarchy after the Americans finished third in the Seoul Games in 1988. For the first time, NBA players were allowed to compete for the United States, and the result was a collection of talent unlike any other.Michael Jordan just reaching the height of his powers. Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone and David Robinson in the primes of their careers. Magic Johnson and Larry Bird nearing the end of theirs. The group inspired a young generation of players, captivated a global audience and had opponents asking to take pictures at center court before the game started.“Every shoe that I handle, every basketball brings back a very vivid memory of the exact time and circumstances around that,” Fischer said.This April 27, 2016 photo courtesy of Heritage Auctions shows Michael Jordan’s 1992 Barcelona Olympics “Dream Team” signed basketball shoes presented by Jordan to Dr. David A. Fischer, the team physician.(David Fewell/Heritage Auctions via AP)Fischer has made available for bid a pair of game-worn, autographed shoes from nearly the entire roster, the Dream Team Olympic championship ring he was awarded after they won the gold medal, a host of other memorabilia signed by the entire team, including basketballs and photographs and the gold medal from the Tournament of Americas qualifying event that took place prior to the Olympics.Despite the crush of marketing surrounding the team at the time, Jordan, Bird, Magic and the rest of them were only together for a short summer run, which makes the most collectible items involving the team harder to come by.“With players of this caliber, their stuff is not coming to market anytime soon,” said Chris Ivy, the director of sports memorabilia auctions for Heritage Auctions, the auction house that is handling the process.What makes Fischer’s collection potentially more valuable, Ivy said, was what collectors call provenance. In an age of skyrocketing values for sports memorabilia, collectors and auction houses can sometimes have difficulty validating the authenticity of an item. But because Fischer was a member of the team and is the original owner of the items, the authenticity is unquestioned.“There were a lot of people that were seeking material from the team at the time and I’m sure some of it made it out there,” Ivy said. “But having it come from someone like this is great. I don’t expect Barkley or Magic or Jordan or Bird or players of that caliber to be offering their personal material anytime soon. So this is a great opportunity.”The auction has already started online at and will continue until 10 p.m. on May 13, at which point anyone who has placed a bid on an item will be able to participate in an “extended bid” process. Once a bid has stood for 30 minutes, the item will be awarded to the winner.Ivy estimated that the entire package of items could fetch between $150,000-200,000. The most sought after items, Ivy said, figure to be Jordan’s game-worn shoes, Fischer’s Olympic ring and a special basketball signed by the entire team that was only given to members of the team.“I have to live with the reality they are going to belong to someone else,” Fischer said. “Whatever the value is, that’s determined by the people that want to buy them, not by me.”last_img read more

Asia Cup 2018- India vs Pakistan Preview: Arch-rivals clash for group supremacy

first_imgAdvertisement taiNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs1Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre El( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) gxWould you ever consider trying this?😱50vCan your students do this? 🌚9zpRoller skating! Powered by Firework Image Courtesy: Indian ExpressAdvertisement Less than 24-hours after their unconvincing victory over Hong Kong, the Men In Blue have to gear up again to face joint favourites Pakistan. Having rested some of the key players for the first clash, the Blues will have a few fresh faces at their disposal for the high octane encounter.Advertisement Meanwhile, Pakistan have gone from strength to strength in the 50-over format since their monumental Champions Trophy triumph in 2017. Having covered all the bases, the Men In Green would love to keep the momentum going by clearing a huge obstacle in the form of their neighbours.Despite the match being relatively inconsequential with both the nations qualifying for the next stage, the intensity of the rivalry will edge the squads to get the bragging rights as the business end of the tournament approaches.Advertisement When: September 19, 2018, 3:30 PM Local time, 5:00 PM ISTVenue: Dubai International Cricket StadiumWhere to watch: Star Sports Network, HotstarIndia Predicted XI:  Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, KL Rahul/Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Khaleel AhmedPakistan Predicted XI: Fakhar Zaman, Imam Ul Haq, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Usman Khan, Mohammad Amir/Junaid Khan, Hasan AliRead Also:Asia Cup 2018: The Blues ready to kick things off against wounded Hong KongCricket: National selector threatens to drop players if they don’t perform! Advertisementlast_img read more

Eric, 100 not out

first_imgBy Aneeka Simonis FROM five years of age, Eric McCraw was milking cows on his family’s farm in Catani. Now,…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Galway Triathlon Club – Supporting the Community

first_imgGalway Triathlon Club (GTC) recently held another successful Aquathon Series which involved six weekly 750m Swim and 5km run events. In total, over 70 members from GTC, Predator Tri Club and Tri Sport took part. As part of engaging with the community, GTC agreed that any funds generated through the Aquathon Series fee would be donated to support the Octopus Swimming Club.Octopus Swimming Club, which was founded in 1981 and based in Kilcornan, Galway, is no ordinary swimming club. It operates using the ‘Halliwick’ concept, which is suitable for all and is particularly suited to people with disabilities – be it spinal cord, amputee, head injury, stroke, spina-bifida, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, visual impairment and also people who are fearful of water – to become “water free”.Mary Arrigan, the founder, explains that “If somebody is in a wheelchair all day, it is great to see their reaction when you put them in water and see their body move and be free. When they start, we teach them to become balanced in the water and to have good breath control so they become relaxed. And when somebody is completely relaxed, they can float and eventually they can move and swim.” The club, which has over forty members ranging in age from 8 to 74 are extremely grateful of the support from Galway Triathlon Club.The Galway Triathlon Committee identified the connection between the clubs with both clubs promoting physical activity through a strong emphasis on swimming, and also social connections. Like GTC members, the members of the Octopus Swimming Club are extremely positive and determined in taking on new challenges.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Pictured is David Kennedy (Octopus Swimming Club) receiving the donation from Karl Prendergast (Galway Tri Club Committee). Also included are Fiona Donovan (GTC and Octopus Swimming Club), Breda Burke (Octopus Swimming Club) and Mary Arrigan-Langan (Octopus Swimming Club Founder).last_img read more

Athenry claim U21 A hurling title

first_imgAthenry defeated Clarinbridge on Saturday 2-9 to 0-11 to win the county U21 A hurling title for the 11th time. First half goals from Man of the Match Donal Parr and Darren Collins helped the winners to a 2-4 to 0-6 half time lead and they maintained that five point advantage throughout the second half to dent Clarinbridge back to back titles. Reporting from Kenny Park was Tommy Devane… After the game, Tommy spoke to Athenry manager Niall Sunderland… print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

A global coral reef monitoring system is coming soon

first_imgCoral reef conservation efforts will soon get a major boost with a global monitoring system that will detect physical changes in coral cover at high resolution on a daily basis.The satellite-based system will enable researchers, policy makers, and environmentalists to track severe bleaching events, reef dynamiting, and coastal development in near-real time.The system will leverage Planet’s daily high resolution satellite imagery, running the data through cloud computing-based algorithms to map reefs and chart changes over time. Coral reef conservation efforts will soon get a major boost with a global monitoring system that will detect physical changes in coral cover at high resolution on a daily basis, enabling researchers, policy makers, and environmentalists to track severe bleaching events, reef dynamiting, and coastal development in near-real time. The satellite-based system — which is the product of a partnership between Paul G. Allen Philanthropies, Planet, Carnegie Institution of Science, University of Queensland, and the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology — will launch at five pilot sites this fall, before rolling out globally in 2020.“This system could be a game-changer for coral reef conservation,” Carnegie scientist Greg Asner, told Mongabay. “It will be the first large-scale monitoring system that can detect where reefs are changing thereby enabling direct action to mitigate losses.”Planet satellite image of reef off Moorea Island in Tahiti.The world’s coral reefs have been hard hit by a combination of rising sea temperatures, which trigger bleaching; coastal development that damages reefs directly and indirectly; unsustainable fishing practices, including overexploitation of key species and fish bombing; and run-off and sedimentation from agriculture, aquaculture, deforestation, and other forms of land use. Ocean acidification is another looming danger, threatening to undermine the very structural basis of reefs. Given the importance of coral reef ecosystems in supporting local livelihoods through fishing and tourism, mitigating coastal erosion, and housing up to a quarter of ocean biodiversity, there are deep concerns about these trends. But current systems for monitoring coral health are spotty, usually based on scuba or aircraft surveys — which are limited in extent — or blunt proxy data like sea surface temperatures, which don’t account for differences in resilience among coral communities.The new system will change that by combining technology with field survey data. The system will leverage Planet’s daily high resolution satellite imagery, running the data through cloud computing-based artificial intelligence (AI) that corrects for “distortions from the atmosphere, sun glint, materials in the water column and surface waves” and then applies algorithms from ocean researchers at the University of Queensland’s Remote Sensing Research Center to classify the reefs. Carnegie will then apply a change detection algorithm to the data, giving the system its the monitoring capability. Asner said the system will retain pixel history, eventually enabling researchers to potentially monitor changes over time, including coral recovery after bleaching events.Four representations of Heron Island on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The upper left shows the 2010 dataset from the United Nations Environment Program’s World Conservation Monitoring Center (UNEP-WCMC). The upper right shows the partnership’s benthic data overlaid on UNEP-WCMC’s map. The lower left shows shows the partnership’s benthic data overlaid on a satellite image from Planet. The lower right show’s the Planet satellite image.In the first year, the project will produce an initial mosaic of coral reef sites globally and do validation at five sites: Heron Island on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Moorea in French Polynesia, Belize’s Lighthouse Reef, Hawaii’s Kaneohe Bay, and Karimunjawa, off the Indonesian island of Java. The initiative chose these sites because they “represent a variety of reef types and status from across the globe and where field verification data are readily available”, according to a statement from Paul Allen Philanthropies. The project will also develop a community engagement plan to work with researchers, conservationists, policymakers, and others to implement and share findings from the initiative. After that first phase, the initiative will scale the mapping from specific sites to entire regions and deploy the AI-based alert system. By the end of 2020, the project aims to scale the mapping from regions to the entire world, potentially enabling the first high resolution global reef monitoring system, rivaling what Global Forest Watch is doing for the planet’s forests and Global Fishing Watch endeavors to do for fishing on the high seas.Planet satellite image of Heron Island. “We need to know what is occurring in this hidden world of shallow coral reefs if we have any hope to save them,” said Art Min, vice president of impact for Paul Allen Philanthropies, in a statement. “Coral reefs cover less than 1 percent of the ocean surface and yet nearly 1 billion people and 25 percent of all marine life depend on them.”Planet satellite image of coral off Belize’s Lighthouse Reef. Taken March 28, 2018.Andrew Zolli, vice president for global impact initiatives at Planet, said the initiative could usher in a new era for coral reef managers and conservationists.“Seeing change is the first step in taking responsibility for it,” Zolli stated in a press release. “By putting the most complete, up-to-date picture of the world’s corals in the hands of scientists, conservationists, and communities, we hope to accelerate action on the coral crisis before it’s too late.” Article published by Rhett Butler Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Biodiversity, Climate Change And Coral Reefs, Conservation Technology, Coral Bleaching, Coral Reefs, Great Barrier Reef, Oceans, Remote Sensing, Satellite Imagery, Technology, Technology And Conservation, Wildtech center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Animal Kingdom AtMousePhere: The Music of Africa

first_imgShare This!Photo Courtesy Brian McNicholsIn our second segment of music from Disney’s Animal Kingdom, we go to the section of the park that revolves around Africa. This area includes a village called Harambe and the attractions Kilimanjaro Safaris and Festival of the Lion King.Harambe Village (and its market) has a nice variety of music in its area. It doesn’t stick to the norm, but mixes styles that make you feel like you’re in a real African village.The village was created as a good connection to the savannah that you see in Kilimanjaro Safaris. The idea was that people who lived in the village would be in charge of the savannah and the safari rides. There’s a lot of history shown through the weathered buildings, fort, and canons. But the area music brings out the modern style.Let’s take a listen!Video courtesy of the Disney Hipster Blog. Check out their YouTube channel and website!The Village SoundPhoto Courtesy Brian McNicholsHarambe Village has a nice mixture of pop and cultural sounds. All of the artists you can hear in the village are artists from all over the African continent. Here are a few of the pieces heard in the area:“Sala Keba” by Papa Wemba“Effet Placebo” by Werrason & Wenge Musica Maison Mère“Celebrate” by JoJo Kuo & Chet Samuel“Malaika” by Malaika“Khokho” by Wouter Kellerman“Uyo Mussiya Kwini” by Ghorwane“King Sa” by Tabu Ley Rochereau & M’Bilia Bel & Afrisa International“Noblesse Oblige” by Koffi Olomidé“Damaa” by Steve Shehan & Baly Othmani“Yolele” by Papa Wemba“The Click Song” by Miriam Makeba“Wakafrika” by Manu Dibangoand much more!The entire loop is huge, so you probably won’t hear all of it when you are wandering the village. But it covers so many wonderful styles, and most of it can be purchased on music sites!Tam Tam Drummers of HarambeThe Live SoundThere are two acts currently that perform in Harambe Village. The first is called the Burudika Band, which uses keyboard, saxophone, and percussion in their set. Their sound is a lot like the area music that is heard in the village.The second group you can hear is the Tam Tam Drummers of Harambe, which I heard in my last trip. Not only do they use a lot of different percussion sounds – from drums to shakers and the like – they also get the audience involved through clapping and dancing. This group really brings in the energy, and it’s hard not to get caught up in their act! If you’re in the Animal Kingdom, just listen for the rhythmic drums. That probably means they’re playing their set, and you should go find them!The Make-Your-Own SoundNear Harambe Village is a set of percussion instruments, very similar to the ones found in the African Outpost in Epcot. There, anybody can pick up an instrument and start playing whatever they want. There isn’t any area music playing in this section, so anybody can create their own sound for that part of the park.You probably won’t get a big crowd like the Tam Tam Drummers or the Burudika Band, but bring a big enough group together and you can create great music! Which live group do you enjoy at Harambe Village? Have you created some great percussion music on your own in the parks? Do you have a favorite song heard in the Harambe Village area of Animal Kingdom? Comment below!last_img read more

Ask Us: How We Travel

first_imgThere you have it–our comments about how we get to and around Disney. How do you get around? What airline works best for you, or are you someone who prefers to drive (or a rare gem that likes to travel by train)? Let us know in the comments.Got a question for us? Feel free to Ask Us! Share This!One thing is for certain–TouringPlans bloggers get around. Unfortunately, most of us don’t get around by the super luxe corporate jet, so when we travel for Disney vacations, we’re traveling just like you. Here’s our replies to the question:How do you get to and around Disney?James RosemergyI live in Missouri and we often do short trips, so a 15-hour drive just cuts into our vacation time and wears us out too much to be practical. As such, flying makes a lot more sense. My airline of choice is Southwest – they have frequent flights between St. Louis and Orlando, including several non-stops per day and free checked bags. Perhaps more importantly, however, Southwest has one of the best and most flexible reward programs and it’s the airline I fly regularly. That means I can take advantage of my Rapid Rewards status to make the trip easier with things like early boarding, free internet, and my wife flying free as my companion. For more on maximizing your Southwest experience, check out my article, Flying Southwest Like A Boss.Regarding ground transportation, we’ve gravitated away from relying upon Disney’s Magical Express, and now we either use Lyft to get from the airport, or we rent a car, depending upon what sort of trip we have planned. Once we’re on Disney property, however, we tend to rely upon a combination of Lyft and Disney Transportation – I check the bus times as we’re about to leave, and just call a Lyft if it’s going to be more than a couple of minutes before the next bus arrives. It’s often not necessary, but even when it is, most rides around Disney property are around $10 or less, and particularly on a shorter trip, the time saved and convenience is well worth the minor upcharge.Joseph MattI’ve moved around a lot in the past few years and have switched airlines and airports several times. Right now I find Southwest flights out of Pittsburgh are the best ratio of price, availability, dates, and convenience.My local grocery store offers a rewards program for discounts on groceries and gas and offers Southwest gift cards. Whenever there is bonus rewards discounts on gift cards I pick up $200-$300 of Southwest gift cards for my trip which adds up to free tanks of gas and heavily discounted groceries!While I’m not a Southwest Rewards Card member yet I am considering it. I’m usually flying alone so I bring a backpack of items for the plane ride and one carry on.Speaking of Pittsburgh, there’s a hidden alternate security line that cuts TSA lines by over half; I once skipped a half hour line and walked, stress free, through security. Check if your airport has a similar less obvious security area to save you time and hassle.When I’m in Orlando I typically take a cab, there’s less chaos than having an Uber or Lyft pick you up and I just want to get to my hotel at that point. On the way to the Orlando airport I’ll take a ride sharing service since I have more time (and don’t have to determine who’s Lyft is for who).Neil TramaI am a big fan of Southwest Airlines and a participant in their Rapid Rewards program and thus fly with them whenever possible. I have a family condo in Clearwater, so I usually split Florida trips between there and Walt Disney World, flying in and out of Tampa International Airport, and renting a car to get to and from our Disney destination. Tampa International, currently near completion of a massive renovation, is a bright, airy, easy to navigate airport with some amazing in terminal concessions from local staples like Rumfish Grill, PDQ, and Cigar City Brewing. It’s also closer to Walt Disney World than you might think, as a drive to Animal Kingdom Lodge takes around 80 minutes. (Orlando Sanford, a popular choice for those flying with low-cost and local carriers, by comparison is 70 minutes.) For car rentals I opt for National. Their free Emerald Club loyalty program allows members to pay mid-size price and then choose their own car in the lot from the “Emerald Aisle” – a selection of cars ranging from standard midsize vehicles to larger luxury cars, SUV’s, trucks, and more. I’ve personally rented a convertible, a large SUV, and a Prius using Emerald Aisle. It’s a great choice if you don’t need to be locked into a certain vehicle due to party size or special needs.If you’re staying on Disney property, you qualify for free transportation from the airport to your hotel.Angela DahlgrenIf the trip is five hours or less, we’ll drive. Longer than that and we tend to fly. Since Delta has a hub in the Twin Cities, that’s the airline we use the most when flying direct to MCO. We’ve always had a good experience and since we’re card members, there are many perks to take advantage of including free checked bags, priority boarding, and mile rewards. Just this year in fact, we’ve redeemed our miles to book SIX round trip flights. Once we arrive in Orlando, we’ll use Disney’s Magical Express as it’s included in our Disney resort hotel cost and we rarely leave Disney property once we get there anyway. We use Disney transportation while on property, but prefer to stay within walking distance to the parks when possible. As for car rental services, we’re Hertz Gold Plus Reward members so we’ll rent from them when needed.Tammy WhitingI fly in and out of Orlando frequently, so I have some recommendations for leaving Disney. Since Magical Express insists on picking you up at least three hours before your flight home because security lines at MCO range from reasonable to “oh my heck”, TSA pre-check is a must for me. TSA pre-check is only $85, and that’s for 5 years! Pre-check saves me enough time in line at most airports that it’s astounding. It’s like a gift from the heavens at MCO. An approval appointment was super easy to get, and the appointment itself only took about 15 minutes. Since I travel out of the country regularly, when I had to renew, I went all the way and got Global Entry. It’s only $15 more! So $100 for five years, and it includes TSA pre-check, as well as speeds up my wait anytime I am re-entering the U.S.. Bonus – some cruise terminals even let you use Global Entry to bypass the long customs lines upon disembarkation. Global Entry appointments are harder to get, and there aren’t many locations for it, so I took advantage of an early drop off at MCO, and made an appointment there. It was super quick too!I’d also like to put in a plug for the USO at MCO. If you are eligible and find yourself with a long wait at MCO, go visit the USO at MCO. It’s a great place to relax and its staffed by wonderful volunteers. Because of donations from Disney, Sea World and Universal, there are some cute themed areas to play video games, surf the web, eat, or just sit in big comfy chairs. It’s been a lifesaver for us if our flights were delayed!A typical Southwest gate at Orlando International AirportLiz ManganYet another vote for Southwest! They tend to be one of the least expensive out of my local airport, and I love that they don’t charge for bags or flight change fees. Whenever the price changes, you can rebook at the lower price! The flight attendants are usually hilarious, and it’s the least stressful for me. I recently flew another airline and thought that based on my spot, I’d be early to board. After all their special boarding groups, I realized I was no where near boarding early and almost had to check my carry-on bag with all my valuables that I specifically didn’t want to check. After years of flying Southwest, I prefer their system.I usually fly directly into Orlando (MCO), but I’ve been known to fly in and out of Tampa if the price is right. Lately I’ve been renting cars with a great discount through Costco to get to/from the airport and around the area (since I like to visit Universal too). I’m definitely reconsidering this with the addition of parking fees at the resorts though.Laurel StewartMy travel is just “I fly JetBlue”–not too exciting.I will add that I have found that sticking to one airline is usually your best bet if you fly often. (I’m still sad I lost my high status on Alaska after I left Seattle, though I’m nearly Mosaic on JetBlue now.)Heather KellerWe fly to WDW (and basically all our other vacation destinations), so I like the Hopper app for tracking flight prices to find the best option that works for us. Since that does not always mean we are using the same airline consistently, I rely less on frequent flyer miles and more on credit card rewards. Our AMEX also gives us an annual baggage fee reimbursement with one airline of our choice. Although we always stay on Disney property, we don’t always use Magical Express or the WDW buses. Especially for traveling within property, the time saved and the convenience of grabbing an Uber/Lyft is well worth figuring into our overall vacation budget.Julia MascardoI live within walking distance of Magic Kingdom (#humblebrag), although there’s not good walking paths to get from my house there, so I drive. When I lived up in Maryland, I opted to take the AutoTrain. It’s not as great of a value compared with what it used to be, but I did about 18 trips on it over the years. I haven’t flown anywhere in about a decade, but with a Disneyland trip possibly on the horizon, I guess I’ll need to figure out transportation things.last_img read more