It's Not Putting with Pluto, But It's Very Close

Not long ago, humor writer Dave Barry lamented that he and his wife had spent "two-thirds" of their disposable income taking their son to see Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. "If we weren't actually in Disney World, we were standing outside the fence," he said. "If the lines were too long, we just threw money over."

For families like the Barrys who are in need of an alternative, the answer may lie in one of entertainment's hottest new concepts: pint-size suburban parks that don't require a plane ride or two days of travel and don't take a $300 chomp out of...

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