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Friday Travel Ticker: Disney extends the season

December 21, 2012|By Chris Erskine
  • The Bellagio in Las Vegas gets plenty of Facebook love -- or at least "like" -- in latest rankings.
The Bellagio in Las Vegas gets plenty of Facebook love -- or at least "like"… (Associated Press )

Disneyland is marking Three Kings Day — also known as the Twelfth Night or Feast of the Epiphany — in a big way this season. It’s another milestone in the mainstreaming of a holiday that is beloved in Latin America and other cultures around the world. The Christian holiday takes place Jan. 6, ending the 12 days of Christmas. The park will host Three Kings Day Jan. 4-6 at the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree in Disneyland's Frontierland . . . . A group called America's State Parks is calling on Americans to start the new year by getting off the couch and taking a hike. Called First Day Hikes, more than 600 events will be held, including a cross-country ski outing in Alaska and a sunrise hike in Hawaii. Info: http://www.americasstateparks.org/first-day-hikes. . . . Fourteen wineries will come together in Paso Robles on Jan. 19 for Esprit du Vin, the Spirit of Wine. Cheese, olives, olive oils, breads, pastries and more will be served by local chefs and artisans. Tickets are $20 or $35 per couple; (805) 476-0014 or www.pasorobleswinerieseast.com . . . . San Diego is getting wine-y as well with the Family Winemakers of California tasting March 9-10, at Del Mar Fairgrounds.  The tasting spotlights 175 producers from California's small, family-owned wineries pouring upward of 750 wines . . . . Passenger volume at LAX is expected to increase 5.38% to nearly 2.24 million passengers this holiday travel season, compared with 2.13 million actual passengers last year . . . .  ARIA (No. 4), MGM Grand (No. 8) and Bellagio (No. 9) are three of the most “liked” U.S. hotel brands within the “Hotel” category on Facebook. The rankings are based off of PageData, Facebook’s data tracking service . . . . Thanks to recent snows, Mt. Baldy is opening lift No. 2 beginners’ area today . . . .  Lake Tahoe has already received 14 feet of snow this season . . . . Looking for gifts for the tough-to-buy-for teen? Consider season passes or gift cards to local resorts and theme parks . . . . Santa has himself a new toy. Look for him piloting a jetpack through Sunday, flying around as part of the Newport Christmas Boat Parade . . . . Review the TSA’s 3-1-1 guidelines for liquids, gels and aerosols in your carry-on, at www.tsa.gov . . . . The new Legoland Hotel at the resort  in Carlsbad is ahead of schedule and just announced an opening date of April 5 . . . . A two-day striping project will affect two stretches of Highway 1 next week: at Ord Village Overhead near Sand City and at Salinas River Bridge near Castroville, Dec. 26-27 . . . . Valentine’s packages are already on the travel horizon. Bernardus Lodge’s new Liquid Luxury Package features attractions from wines to waterfalls.  Two-night packages from $555 Feb.1 – March 28. Reservations:  www.bernardus.com . . . . Travel quote of the day: “My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was 60. She's 97 now, and we don't know where the heck she is.”  (Ellen DeGeneres )

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