Easter Must-Dos at Walt Disney World

first_imgResort OfferingsWalt Disney World resorts love to celebrate holidays. At the resort hotels throughout Walt Disney World there will be special Easter events on Easter Sunday, such as Easter egg hunts, scavenger hunts, games and crafts. Some examples include an Easter Family Scavenger Hunt at Fort Wilderness (as part of a larger Easter party at the Mickey’s Backyard BBQ Pavilion from 8 AM-12 PM), an Easter Cake Walk and Bunny Bingo at the Contemporary (with events on the Lawn under the Skyway Bridge and at the Bay Cove Pool), and the Great Golden Egg Hunt and Bunny Hoppin’ Party at the Polynesian (with events at the Lava Pool Deck and the Great Ceremonial House Lawn). Similar events are held at all resorts, so check your resort activities guide for the events taking place an each individual resort.Easter Brunch at Disney WorldFive Walt Disney World restaurants are serving Easter Brunch.:Cape May Cafe (Beach Club)Captain’s Grille (Yacht Club)The Wave…of American Flavors (Contemporary)Trail’s End (Fort Wilderness Campground – the Settlement)Boma (Animal Kingdom Lodge – Jambo House).Religious ServicesLast, but certainly not least, Easter services will be held at the Contemporary in the Fantasia Ballroom. Catholic Mass will be held at 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM and a Protestant service will be held at 9:15 AM. Easter Egg Hunt at EpcotHeld annually during the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, the Epcot Egg-Stravaganza hunt is a family favorite. Oversized Easter eggs with pictures of favorite Disney characters are hidden throughout World Showcase. Although you can wander around to look for them on your own, for a nominal fee, you can purchase the scavenger hunt kit, which allows you to keep track of what eggs you find in each country. Once you are finished, you can show your completed map to receive one plastic character egg to take home.Easter Parade and the Azalea Trail MaidsAlthough an Easter Bonnet (with all the frills upon it) isn’t a requirement to watch the Easter Parade on Easter Sunday, you would fit in great if you had one. The Easter Parade prominently features the Azalea Trail Maids (the “Official Ambassadors” for the city of Mobile, Alabama) in their immense ball gowns, Easter bonnets, and parasols. The Easter Parade is also a great opportunity to see some rare characters, including Thumper and Miss Bunny, Clara Cluck, and the Rabbit from Winnie the Pooh. Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny also make appearance in the parade to celebrate their special day. The Easter parade is only offered on Easter weekend, so even though it is only a few minutes long, it does draw a crowd.Daisy Duck gets into the spirit of things, helping to lead the Azalea Trail Maids in the Easter Parade.Easter MerchandiseIf you want to keep the feeling of Easter around long after the eggs have been found, Disney has some Easter-themed merchandise for sale in the parks and through the Shop Parks app. This year’s limited edition MagicBand (2.0, of course) features a design similar to the eggs from the Epcot Easter egg hunt.In addition, the Easter Bunny helpers at Disney Floral and Gifts can make a custom Easter basket filled with a touch of Disney magic. Share This!Walt Disney World loves any excuse to celebrate a holiday, so it is no surprise that there are some special offerings only available during the Easter season.  Easter is April 16 this year, and here are some of the best that Walt Disney World has to offer for Easter.Meet the Easter Bunny (and Mrs. Easter Bunny, too)It isn’t a surprise to most people that you can meet Santa around the winter holidays, but at Magic Kingdom, Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny are available for a springtime meet and greet. Although they don’t sign autographs, you can get a picture and a special free “autographed card” as a souvenir. Mr. and Mrs. Bunny usually meet in Town Square at the Magic Kingdom from 9 AM to 2 PM daily through Easter.Easter Eggs and More at Grand FloridianEgg decorating at my house usually involves dunking hard boiled eggs into teacups of water mixed with food coloring. For real Easter Egg art, you have to think bigger–and better. At the Grand Floridian, skilled pastry chefs display their work with intricately decorated chocolate eggs, many with Disney and Pixar themes. The hollow chocolate eggs weigh 9-12 pounds each and take 3 weeks to make. This year, eggs at the Grand Floridian will be on display through April 16. Also on display in the  Summer Lace gift shop until April 16 are Cast-created Spring Bonnets. Stop by to vote for your favorite.last_img read more

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LP101: Data Mining

first_imgData Mining is the process of extracting hidden predictive information from large amounts of data. Becoming an increasingly important tool in the retail environment, this technology can be utilized for a spectrum of projects with great potential to help companies focus on and utilize the most important information in their databases. Most companies already collect and refine mass quantities of data. Data mining techniques can be implemented rapidly on existing software and hardware platforms to enhance the value of existing information resources, and can be integrated with new products and systems as they are made available.Data mining techniques are the result of a long process of research and product development. This evolution began when business data was first stored on computers, and has continued to develop with improvements in data access and technologies that allow users to navigate through data in real time. In the evolution from business data to business information, each new step has built upon the previous one.Data mining tools can help to predict future trends and behaviors, allowing businesses to make proactive, knowledge-driven decisions. It can be used for tracking and documenting sales, or for managing functions such as inventory/stock levels, product replenishment, customer purchase patterns, and other business applications. With the ability to scour extensive information from our databases searching for hidden patterns loss prevention applications are clearly evident, and data mining has become one of the most useful tools in the loss prevention toolbox. As retail databases continue to grow at unprecedented rates, data mining will become an increasingly important tool for transforming this information into useful knowledge.- Sponsor – Exception ReportingAn Exception Report is a data mining program designed to pull out data from the company computer system by identifying data anomalies, or “exceptions” above or below expected parameters. Exception Reports are commonly used to flag register activity that is outside of the ordinary in report form so that these situations can be further investigated and resolved. Depending on which POS system your company uses and the reporting capabilities of the particular system, a wealth of information may be available that can assist in any number of investigations or metrics analysis.The limits of this important loss prevention tool are only restricted by the bounds of technology, the sophistication of the program and the data that is available. Many systems come with their own exception reporting capabilities, while other systems have the capability of adapting to 3rd party exception reporting programs. While most loss prevention professionals are very familiar with the use of exception reporting, the value of this management tool cannot be overstated and will certainly continue to hold merit as we move forward.By capitalizing on opportunities to enhance our knowledge and education, we are making an investment in our own future. To learn more about data mining and the certification process, visit losspreventionfoundation.org. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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ALTO US Announces Appointment of New COO, Board Members

first_imgALTO US has recently announced the appointment of a new chief operating officer and two new board members, bringing diverse experience and exciting new guidance and direction to the ALTO team.Ray AdamsRay Adams has been named as ALTO Alliance chief operating officer (COO). Adams most recently served as senior vice president of retail operations, strategy, and analytics for the sales and marketing firm Acosta. He has also held leadership positions with increasing responsibilities at companies such as Mattel, where he served as director of strategic planning; MOSAID as director of strategic planning and development; TXU Energy as director of performance excellence and customer quality;, and other US and internationally based positions with the Boston Consulting Group, KPMG, and Bennett Brooks, among others.Ray holds an MBA from the Wharton School (UPenn), a master of engineering degree from Imperial College London, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).- Sponsor – ALTO is also pleased to announce Bob Hull and Stefan Weitz as new board members.Bob HullBob Hull is currently founder and CEO of Integrity Strategic Solutions, an advisory services firm leveraging finance and business management expertise. He was formerly chief financial officer at Lowe’s Home Improvement, where he served for more than seventeen years. He holds a bachelor of science degree in accounting and a bachelor of arts degree in business administration and management from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.Stefan WeitzStefan Weitz is currently founder and managing director at Indefinite Horizon, LLC, a holding and investment company. He was formerly at Microsoft where he was one of the founding members of the Bing search engine and built other products and services used by over one billion people during his eighteen years there. He most recently was executive vice president at Radial, Inc., where he led technology and product. He holds a master of arts degree in political science and physics from Gonzaga University.Karl Langhorst, ALTO’s EVP operations said, “I am pleased to welcome Ray, Bob, and Stefan to the ALTO US team. Their extensive experience mirrors the innovative and diverse business expertise that ALTO is committed to delivering to our client partners.”For more information, visit www.alto.us.  Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Big Data’s Impact on Personalized Medicine

first_imgAs we arrive at the $1,000 genome, we find the fundamental challenges with next generation sequencing have shifted. The issue is no longer about shrinking the cost of sequencing but the explosive growth of big data: the downstream analytics with rapidly evolving parameters, data sources and formats; the storage, movement and management of massive datasets and workloads; and perhaps most paradoxical of all, the challenge of articulating the results and translating the latest findings directly into improving patient outcomes.This topic, and more, will be front and center at the Personalized Medicine World Conference (PMWC) coming up in January 2016. As we transition from a “one-size-fits-all” approach and a focus on treatment rather than prevention, it’s a good time for the industry to gather to make personalized medicine a reality.Combining patient, clinical, diagnostic and ‘omic data will give us more diversified data, allowing us to view health data differently with the potential for new personalized treatments. To analyze such diverse and large data sets will require new technical approaches. We will need to collect and store patient data in central and secure repositories when we can. We will also need solutions that can accommodate large amounts of genomic data which isn’t efficient to move from the clinics that generate and store it.The challenge of analyzing data is also the reason that Intel, along with Oregon Health & Sciences University, launched the Collaborative Cancer Cloud, a precision medicine analytics platform that allows institutions to securely share patient genomic, imaging and clinical data for potentially lifesaving discoveries. It will enable large amounts of data from sites all around the world to be analyzed in a distributed way, while preserving the privacy and security of that patient data at each site.The end goal is to empower researchers and doctors to help patients receive a diagnosis based on their genome and potentially arm clinicians with the data needed for a targeted treatment plan. By 2020, we envision this happening in 24 hours — All in One Day. The focus is to help cancer centers worldwide—and eventually centers for other diseases—securely share their private clinical and research data with one another to generate larger datasets to benefit research and inform the specific treatment of their individual patients.Genome CentersI’m honored to be part of the PMWC 2016 agenda. On the third day of the event (January 26), I will be addressing how Genome Centers, including core facilities, are handling these challenges along with ethical and privacy issues. Several center directors will be on hand to discuss how they work with clinical data and how they share data with their customers.Learn more about the Personalized Medicine World Conference on January 24-27, I hope to see you there as treating patients as individuals becomes the norm in healthcare delivery.What questions do you have?last_img read more

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Motorola launches Moto Maxx, global variant of Droid Turbo

first_imgMotorola on Wednesday launched Moto Maxx, global variant of its recently launched Droid Turbo. However, Droid Turbo was made available exclusively in the US via Verizon. With Moto Maxx, the company will try to reach out to the global markets with almost similar specifications.The Moto Maxx is now up for grabs in Brazil via Motorola’s online store at a price tag of BRL 2,199 (roughly Rs 54,000) for the 64GB model. The device will be available in Mexico by mid-November and will reach other Latin American countries soon enough, confirmed Motorola. There is, however, no word regarding the device’s availability and pricing in India.Like Droid Turbo, Moto Maxx also comes with a layer of DuPont Kevlarfibre. The company claims it to be protected inside and out withnano-coating.  The Moto Maxx smartphone features a 5.2-inch QHD display with a 1440×2560 pixels resolution and 565ppi density and comes covered with protective Corning Gorilla Glass 3 screen. The device is powered by a 2.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor and Adreno 420 GPU coupled with 3GB of RAM.It sports a 21MP rear autofocus camera with dual-LED flash, and a 2MP front-facing snapper. Connectivity options include: 4G LTE with LTE Cat 4, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Micro-USB, and GSM/ EDGE/ HSPA+. The device runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box and decks in a 3900mAh battery rated to deliver up to 48 hours of mixed usage, according to Motorola. In addition, it comes with Motorola’s Turbo Charger that the company claims to provide 8 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes of charging.  advertisementlast_img read more

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