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In the 'air'

FlyOver Canada, the country's first virtual-flight attraction, will open at Vancouver's Canada Place next spring. Sixty "riders" at a time will be strapped into seats and then elevated for a virtual flight from coast to coast. The landscape images will be projected on a 20-metre-wide screen. The film crew from Sherpas Cinema has been shooting scenes across the country using a specially outfitted helicopter. The $15-million attraction will be housed in a former IMAX theatre.

In the room

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The Italian island of Sardinia is home to four of the world's 10 most expensive hotels, including the priciest of all, according to a survey from Topping the list at an average rate of $2,539 (U.S.) a night was Le Dune in the seaside resort of Santa Margherita di Pula. Third, fourth and sixth spots went to Hotel Pitrizza ($2,041), Villa del Parco ($2,031) and Hotel Cala di Volpe $1,904, all in Sardinia. The Royal Mansour ($2,060) in Marrakesh, Morocco, came second.

In the park

First it was foaming Butterbeer, served at Universal Orlando's Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Now Disney plans to serve its own family-friendly theme drink at the expanded Fantasyland, opening Dec. 6 at the Magic Kingdom in Florida. Dubbed Le Fou's Brew, the beverage will be served in the new Gaston's Tavern, which will be part of Belle's World, an area based on Beauty and the Beast. The ingredients are frozen apple juice, a hint of toasted marshmallow and passion fruit-mango foam.

In the museum

To find the Berkeley Art Museum in Berkeley, Calif., look for "snitch" written in giant letters on the side of the building and red paint sprayed on the front doors. The fake graffiti are part of an exhibit honouring outlaw artist Barry McGee, who started his career spray-painting tunnels, freeway posts and abandoned buildings. Among more recent works on display are a tower of flashing TV sets and a store recreated in a salvage yard. The show runs through Dec. 9.

Sources:, Theme Park Tourist, Canada Place, Museum News

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