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August 19, 2007|Jane Engle; Mary E. Forgione; Catharine Hamm; Sara Benson

Disney dollars

The Mouse wants more cheese. Walt Disney World in Florida has raised admission prices for the third time in less than two years. Its one-day, one-park tickets now cost $71 for adults and $60 for children ages 3 to 9, plus taxes. Universal Orlando matched the $4 increase. (For both parks, you'll pay less per day if you buy multiday passes, and Universal also discounts tickets bought online.) Disneyland in Anaheim, at $63 per adult and $53 per child ages 3 to 9, including taxes, remains a comparative bargain.

-- Jane Engle

Yosemite snaps

The superstars of early Yosemite photography come together at an exhibition of 50 photographs and related items through Oct. 28 at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University in Palo Alto. In "Yosemite's Structure and Textures," images of the valley taken by Carleton Watkins, Eadweard Muybridge and George Fiske date to the 1860s and '70s and are displayed side by side with 20th century works by Ansel Adams. Maps, guidebooks and stereo prints round out the show. Info: (650) 723-4177; museum

-- Mary E. Forgione

Good manners

The ugly American? Mais non, said 1,500 European hotel managers when asked to rank tourists' traits by nationality. American visitors, they said, are the most generous, most interested in local cuisine and most willing to adopt the local language. On the downside, they said, we're the worst dressed. The managers, polled online by the German branch of, ranked Americans No. 2 as "overall best travelers," next to the Japanese. The worst travelers, they said, are the French.

-- J.E.

Personal software

Instead of that sheaf of papers slopping around in your carry-on bag, you can create order by entering pertinent information on the Portable Travel Profile, a USB drive that's smaller and flatter than a Bic disposable lighter. When plugged into your PC, it gives you password-protected access to forms on which you can enter medical (prescriptions, a scan of your EKG), personal (home address, fingerprints), legal (a scanned copy of your medical power of attorney, your wishes for organ donation) and travel information (names of hotels, rental car companies, airlines, confirmation numbers). The software (including a mini-CD that can be burned) and drive come in a DVD-size case. $49.95 plus $5 shipping. Info: (877) 977-0389,

-- Catharine Hamm

Island access

The Hawaii Superferry service is accepting reservations for daily inter-island departures, scheduled to begin Aug. 28, from Oahu to Maui and Kauai. The base fares for one-way trips are $42 to $62 per adult; $41 to $51 for seniors, retired military, and children ages 2 to 12; and $17 for infants. A lounge upgrade costs $20 per passenger. Vehicles will cost $34 to $104. But the big catch is a fuel surcharge, which varies monthly (for tickets purchased during August, it's 30.8%), on each passenger and vehicle fare. There are discounts for buying tickets in advance and on the website. Info: (877) 443-3779, www.hawaiisuperferry .com.

-- Sara Benson

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