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Photographing Illuminations

I am a huge fan of Illuminations, the Epcot fireworks show. I’m also a keen photographer, and have spent many a happy night trying to capture on film (well, a Nikon digital sensor) a feel of what the Disney Imagineers achieve night after night aft...
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Photographing Wishes Without a Tripod

I have long been a fan of photographing the Disney fireworks shows at Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Whenever I am asked about how best to photograph these shows my usual answer involves a tripod and a lot of patience. But I’m also aware that carrying arou...
Viewed 3747 times since 1 September 2008.

Celebration Town (1)

You may well pass Celebration on the 192 on your way to Disney but when you get time either take a detour to drive around the town or even go for a browse around and maybe take in a film or a meal. When you drive down the boulevard you will in...
Viewed 2916 times since 1 September 2008.

December in Celebration

A visit to the town of Celebration, in the evening, during December is a definite must. Not only will you see some of the most fantastic Christmas decorations on the houses, but you can enjoy the hourly ‘snowfalls’. The Americans are known for...
Viewed 4010 times since 1 September 2008.

Guide to Tipping

Finding out about and using the customs of the place that you are vacationing is one of the best ways to really relax into your holiday and not feel like a tourist. Yet the custom of tipping is one that often causes the most friction between holidaym...
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The Legend of the Sand Dollar

There are many legends surrounding the Sand Dollar, but my favourite has to be that they are the coins of mermaids, who accidentally drop them, and which are then washed ashore on stormy nights. These small, round and fragile white discs are v...
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The Sand Dollar

I had never seen or heard of a sand dollar until we visited Treasure Island Beach, on one of our trips to our villa in Florida. It had been a stormy night, and people were walking up and down the beach searching for something. I couldn’t resist askin...
Viewed 4212 times since 1 September 2008.

BUYING YOUR DREAM HOME - HINTS AND TIPS

Today, due to an increase in levels of disposable income, low interest rates, and an increase in the number of people who are approaching retirement age, the purchase of a rental home in Florida has never been more attractive. Or has it? Having had t...
Viewed 3463 times since 1 September 2008.

Alligators

To many people alligators are simply predatory, dangerous animals to be avoided at all costs. After all, they can grow up to 14 feet in length and weigh as much as 1,000 pounds! While this may be true, these magnificent reptiles are also part of t...
Viewed 5607 times since 1 September 2008.

Orlando Isn’t Just Theme Parks!

Friends often ask me why I like theme parks so much. I answer “I like them but no more than many with a young family. Why do you think I do?” To which they respond with “You go to Orlando so often - you must!” I find this an amazing view as Or...
Viewed 3508 times since 1 September 2008.

Go on - pamper yourself!!

What better way to relax on your vacation after a hectic few days at the attractions than to indulge in a little pampering? There is a great choice of salons and spas in the area catering for all your beauty needs – hair, nails and even a relaxing ma...
Viewed 3571 times since 1 September 2008.

Child Swap

No, sorry to disappoint you, although at times you may want to this doesn’t mean you can trade your tired, hot and naughty child for a very well behaved robot version. Sorry if you got all excited. This little service is the next best thing for peopl...
Viewed 3814 times since 1 September 2008.

Safety first!

A holiday in Florida is often a holiday of a lifetime - and we all want to go home not just with our holiday photos - but also with fantastic memories that will stay with us for many years to come. There are a few simple tips to remember when ...
Viewed 3498 times since 1 September 2008.

Florida, the Sunshine State

In 1565 the first permanent settlement was founded in St. Augustine. Pensacola was given the nickname of 'City of Five Flags' because at one time or another it was under the rule of Spain, France, England, the Confederacy, and the United States. Even...
Viewed 4009 times since 1 September 2008.

Shhh - Don't tell the tourists!

Most visitors come to Florida to see Mickey Mouse - and of course Mickey and friends have been the main attraction for many years. Florida is addicitve! After a few visits many visitors start to look for some of the other things to do and see ...
Viewed 3663 times since 1 September 2008.

Famous Floridians

In my best school teacher voice, raise your hand if you can name 5 famous showbiz Floridians… Anyone? Nope me either, so I thought I would do some research and find out. It’s amazing what you can find with very little effort and Florida has its fa...
Viewed 11511 times since 1 September 2008.

An ice cream or an original creation?

If it’s the latter then why not try The Cold Stone Creamery? I swear you will not be disappointed. There are several locations in Orlando but we visited the one in The Watertower Place at Celebration, just off the 192. We were greet...
Viewed 4082 times since 1 September 2008.

Television in Florida

No-one chooses to spend their vacation in Florida because of the television on offer. But your Orlando Villas Vacation Home will provide at least one television, and this will be a welcome addition to the entertainment on your vacation. And wh...
Viewed 4208 times since 1 September 2008.

Florida for music and film lovers

When planning a Florida holiday, most guests tend to plan their trips around the fabulous theme parks, perhaps with a trip to the wonderful Gulf Coast beaches, a bit of shopping - and, of course, lazing by your own private pool at one of Orlando Vill...
Viewed 3696 times since 1 September 2008.

Professional Sport 2

There is already an article within this guide on the vast array of professional sport in the Disney area. That article focuses on Baseball, Basketball and Ice Hockey. This article follows on from that with some more ideas. American Football...
Viewed 3406 times since 1 September 2008.

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