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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Professional Sport in Central Florida

Many visitors to the Orlando area are attracted by the more obvious attractions - Disney, Universal, SeaWorld, and, of course, the wonderful weather. Whilst there is no doubt these attractions on their own are enough to fill even the most dema...
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Flights of fancy?

The first time I flew to Orlando, it was on a Monarch flight from Luton airport to Orlando via Bangor in Maine!! It was a completely new experience for me, at the time I think my longest flight was around 5 hours at that point. So, I was understandab...
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Buying electrical items in the US

The first question on everyone’s minds ‘Is Florida cheaper than the United Kingdom?’ Well from my experience buying electrical equipment in the United States is much better value than buying back home. Here are some reasons why. Firstly yo...
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Cold Stone Creamery

If you are an ice cream lover then this is definitely a place you should not miss! I recommend that you don’t go there unless you have plenty of time to spare as there is such a large choice that you will be certain to take quite a while to make your...
Viewed 3266 times since 1 September 2008.

Orlando Thrill rides

You can’t beat Florida for fantastic thrill rides. With so many parks to choose from there is something for everyone. New rides are being built all the time, so there is always a new one to try. Here are just three of my all time favourites. ...
Viewed 3357 times since 1 September 2008.

Art at Orlando International Airport

It is always a pleasure to fly in or out of Orlando International Airport (MCO), and we look forward to stepping off the ‘plane and walking through its stunning interior. Many airports are introducing art to make them more vibrant and friendly, and O...
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Amounts to Tip in the U.S.

The term, ``TIP'', was considered to be an acronym for “To Insure Promptness''. Nowadays, tips are more or less expected. The wages in the service industries in the United States are very poor and they rely on their tips to make a living and unles...
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