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14 days in Orlando - what to do

14 day stays and what to do. Visiting Florida and especially Orlando area is one of the best holidays a family can have. Deciding what to do can become a real headache if you leave it until the last minute. Most people always say if g...
Viewed 1110 times since 23 December 2015.

7 days in Orlando - what to do

When staying in Orlando for less than 14 days most people will have to be very smart as to what they try and pack into their stay. With so much to do and so many places to visit, sometimes choosing what to do and where to go can be a real headache fo...
Viewed 1111 times since 23 December 2015.

A California Wine Valley Tour Part 2

The first vineyard we visited was the Martinelli Vineyard which was a small family run winery. It was built into the hillside and we were were told of some of the challenges of growing grapes on a terraced hillside rather than in the more traditional...
Viewed 1124 times since 16 January 2015.

A Day at Busch Gardens

If you like roller coasters, animals and getting wet this is the park for you. If you are traveling from Orlando be sure to get to the park early as there is so much to do. You can visit Jungala which is an exotic jungle and here you will fin...
Viewed 2646 times since 8 November 2009.

A days sightseeing in Tarpon Springs

If you fancy a little flavour of Greece during your Florida holiday then head off to Tarpon Springs. Greek people were brought to Tarpon Springs to dive for sponges in the heyday of that industry. Today, Tarpon Springs has more Greek/ American reside...
Viewed 3123 times since 8 July 2010.

A Glimpse To Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Animal kingdom was opened in 1998, a mixture of ecology, zoo with more than a thousand animals and a theme park with its usual rides and attractions, parades and fireworks. Is the greenest of the theme parks, has seven main areas all built around a s...
Viewed 911 times since 6 March 2016.

A great place to stay Orange Tree

A great place to stay Orange Tree There are lots of communities in Florida where you can rent a home from home to keep your family happy during their visit to the Sunshine state of Florida. Renting a villa is perfect for a family holid...
Viewed 1174 times since 25 August 2014.

A Holiday in Orlando

A holiday in Orlando is not just about the theme parks, but they are great! The whole atmosphere of excitement that you see in the faces of the children about to meet Mickey Mouse for the very first time is unbelievable. The whole thing is just so sp...
Viewed 2546 times since 26 August 2011.

A Morning At Epcot

As with all the Theme Parks if you traveling without children try to visit on a school day as the Parks are noticeably less crowded. If you need to visit during a school holidays, try to visit Epcot earlier in the week, as most visitors go to Magic K...
Viewed 2982 times since 31 December 2009.

A peaceful afternoon in Celebration

Celebration has to be one of my most favourite places to visit when I am staying at the villa. Every time we go to Florida, Celebration calls to me: I love to walk down Market Street, from the Post Office, towards the lake, browsing in the shop windo...
Viewed 3009 times since 15 February 2010.

A quick Christmas Shop at Premium Outlets

There is normally nothing like “a quick shop” in Orlando but this time it had to be as we had promised the girls we would be back in time for them to go to Celebration Town to see the last “Snow” of the night which was at 9. 00pm. We ...
Viewed 1170 times since 6 November 2013.

A Review Of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

As a very dedicated but somewhat disillusioned Potterphile, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter had a lot to live up to in my mind. When I think of Harry Potter, I remember what I fell in love with when I first began the series. Hogwarts an...
Viewed 3904 times since 4 April 2011.

A stroll around Celebrations lakes and residences. Part 1

If you fancy some time away from the hustle and bustle of the theme parks, then why not spend a couple of hours strolling around the lakes and the residential area of Celebration. Leave your car in one of the free car parks or in one of the m...
Viewed 2801 times since 18 June 2010.

A stroll around Celebrations lakes and residences. Part 2

When you have almost completed three quarters of the lake’s circuit take the bridge to your left and head away from the lake, cutting through the conservation area. You will emerge at Lake Evalyn where you can stop to admire the pretty houses on its ...
Viewed 2460 times since 18 June 2010.

A stroll around Celebrations lakes and residences. Part 3

As you reach the end of the path, the lake will disappear and after crossing the bridge you will find yourself in the heart of residential Celebration. Turn right and pass in front of half a dozen white clapboard houses with their fully furni...
Viewed 2609 times since 18 June 2010.

A visit to Celebration

Something that we do on most of our visits to the Disney area is to spend a half day visiting the Disney Celebration community. If you are in the general area of the Disney Main Entrance on Route 192 then you are only a short distance away from this ...
Viewed 2577 times since 1 September 2008.

A Visit To Discovery Cove

Discovery Cove is owned by the same people that own Busch Gardens and Seaworld, so you know it is going to be really good. Having a limit how many the park can accept really makes it feel very exclusive and you really do feel like you are being well ...
Viewed 2309 times since 9 November 2011.

A Visit to Panera Bread

For several years we had seen Panera Bread restaurants opening in Orlando and before we even got chance to visit the new one on the 27 at Cagan’s Crossing another one opened at Rolling Oaks and hence we made our first visit to Panera Bread. <...
Viewed 1237 times since 12 November 2013.

Booking in advance or last minute?

Is it best to book a villa in advance or to leave it a little nearer the time and book last minute? With many people planning well in advance it has become more and more harder to get the right property and flights so close to your intended travel da...
Viewed 4083 times since 1 September 2008.

Adventureland In Magic Kingdom

Adventureland is a lovely part of the Magic Kingdom Park that we never seemed to visit when the girls were young. However although now twelve years old one of our girls likes to visit every nook and cranny of Magic Kingdom and when we were last at ou...
Viewed 2886 times since 31 December 2009.

Advice for taking small children and babies to Orlando.

First, I would always suggest a villa rather than a hotel. Most have cribs, strollers and high chairs and you have so much more freedom than in a hotel room. For example, baby can be put down to sleep in his/her own room while you can have the freedo...
Viewed 3572 times since 8 July 2010.

Affordable Dining

Longhorns Steakhouse We were introduced to Longhorns Steakhouse on our first visit to Florida several years ago and we now make sure that we pay at least one visit to this excellent restaurant each time we visit our villa. If you like ...
Viewed 3116 times since 13 October 2010.

After Ice

If you have been to visit ICE you might as well make the most of your visit and enjoy everything else that is on offer on the site. We would strongly recommend that you combine your visit with a meal at the Villa de Flora. Our excuse is that you then...
Viewed 3816 times since 1 September 2008.

Afternoon Tea at the Grand Floridian (1)

On their return from Florida our friends had enthused about the Garden View Lounge at Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel, and so, it was put on our wish list of things to do next time we were on holiday in the Orlando area. Well, that trip took p...
Viewed 4032 times since 1 September 2008.

Airboats at Boggy Creek

Florida is well known for the Everglades, an area which fascinates a lot of visitors. However, if you are staying in the Disney area, a trip to the Everglades will eat a chunk of your holiday. The next best thing is to sample an air boat ride at Bogg...
Viewed 3893 times since 1 September 2008.

Animal Kingdom Dinoland: Chester and Hester's

There are gift shops everywhere you look at Walt Disney World and most families buy something each time they visit a park – Disney mania just takes over and you get carried away – just keep asking yourself “how can I get this huge cuddly toy home”...
Viewed 4099 times since 1 September 2008.

Akershus Royal Banquet Hall, Norway Epcot

When visiting Epcot we always plan to eat at Norway at the Akershus Restaurant whenever possible. We have always found the food excellent and the service very good. We couldn’t get a reservation in 2011 but we could get a lunchtime spot last summer s...
Viewed 1735 times since 8 January 2013.

All aboard!

So at long last you are on the plane; you will be on board for almost 9 hours so a little preparation is a jolly good idea. Particularly if you have children with you! Firstly, make sure everyone is wearing comfortable clothes; trackie bo...
Viewed 2876 times since 31 December 2011.

All about Cinderella’s Castle

One of the most renowned images across the world is the picture of Cinderella’s castle. This is an image that is now completely synonymous with the World of Disney and is used extensively as part of their brand. The significance of this image descend...
Viewed 4358 times since 1 September 2008.

All about Universal’s Islands of Adventure Florida

Universal’s Islands of Adventure opened in May 1999 as part of a large expansion to the existing Studios. This was part of a large plan to turn the whole facility into a resort complex with hotels, restaurants and shops. The theme of the park is port...
Viewed 3232 times since 1 January 2009.

All about Universal Studios Florida

Universal Studios in Florida started life in June 1990 inspired by its fellow location in California, namely Universal Studios Hollywood. From the very beginning it was decided that the facility take on the role of both theme park and studio ‘all in ...
Viewed 4030 times since 1 January 2009.

All You Can Eat Breakfasts

The key to a great start to the day is have a hearty breakfast that will take you through to early evening – of course you have to keep hunger at bay with some kind of ice cream sundae! All you can eat buffets are perfect to start the day. Remembe...
Viewed 7696 times since 1 September 2008.

Alternatives to theme parks

As villa owners who travel to Florida every year, it is often a challenge to find something new to do. However, Orlando never disappoints and here are a few ideas you may like to try. Hot air balloon ride. There is nothing quite...
Viewed 2442 times since 25 December 2011.

Amusing Children of Different Ages at Universal and Island of Adventures

What do you do with a Harry Potter mad child and a toddler at the same time. Well that happened to us last year so the family had to split in two. The one with the toddler had to enjoy hours of Doctor Seuss, Camp Jurassic and the kiddies playground. ...
Viewed 1416 times since 26 September 2014.

An Evening at Downtown Disney

Having had recommendations from guests who had stayed at our villa we decided to spend a few hours at Downtown Disney to go on the new Characters of Flight balloon ride and then have a meal. It has been variously advertised as a bird’s eye vi...
Viewed 3132 times since 8 November 2009.

An Introduction to the Florida Keys

The Florida Keys conjure up visions of an island paradise with swaying palm trees and dazzling sunsets, far removed from the strains and stresses of every day living. Here, you would be correct in assuming, is a jewel of a place set in just about the...
Viewed 2610 times since 29 September 2010.

Animal Kingdom - Asia

Asia has to be my favourite area within Disney’s Animal Kingdom, especially now they have opened Expedition Everest. You are transported to a mythical kingdom, Anandapur, which translates as ‘Place of all Delights’. The setting is based on various cu...
Viewed 6857 times since 1 September 2008.

Animal Kingdom - A Great Day Out

Animal Kingdom is Disney’s fourth theme park in Orlando Florida, opened in 1998, and with 500 acres, it is Disney’s largest worldwide theme park and five times the size of the Magic Kingdom. Home to hundreds of animals, Animal Kingdom’s gentl...
Viewed 3468 times since 1 September 2008.

Animal Kingdom In a Morning

Disney' s Animal Kingdom is the newest of the four Walt Disney World theme parks and like the others it is open every day of the year although opening and closing times vary. I find Animal Kingdom usually closes earlier than the other Disney Parks bu...
Viewed 3303 times since 13 October 2009.

Animal Kingdom Parade

We usually visit Animal Kingdom in the first couple of days of our holiday as this park is not too tiring and easy to stroll around. However do not miss the Animal Kingdom Parade which starts in Africa and finishes in Africa so you can see it...
Viewed 4147 times since 1 September 2008.

Animal Kingdom-Kilimanjaro Safari

I always enjoy visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom and one of my favourite features of the park is the Africa section and the Kilimanjaro Safari in particular. This year we only visited the park for half a day but our first stop was the safari. ...
Viewed 4259 times since 1 September 2008.

Animal Kingdom with Toddlers

Of the four Walt Disney World theme parks, Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom are best suited for small children. There are several attractions which would not be recommended for the little ones, but the majority of Animal Kingdom can be enjoyed by all...
Viewed 3453 times since 20 August 2009.

Annual Events at Celebration

If you have never been to Celebration it really is a Must Do on any Disney holiday even if it is just to stroll around the shops or sit and relax in a rocking chair around the lake. It is situated on the 192 about 4 miles before you reach the 27. Viewed 2654 times since 31 December 2009.

Applebees at Orange Lake

Whilst we were delighted when Applebee’s at Berry Centre opened near our villa a couple of years ago we were thrilled when another branch opened on our doorstep at Orange Lakes Shopping Centre. There had been a lot of speculation about what was being...
Viewed 2715 times since 2 November 2011.

Arabian Nights – a dinner show

Colourful, beautiful costumes, handsome horses, enjoyable family entertainment, a pleasurable evening – just a few words to describe our visit to Arabian Nights. As frequent visitors to Orlando I wanted to take my family for an evening out whi...
Viewed 3778 times since 1 September 2008.

Arabian Nights VIPs

For someone who enjoys good food and wine and is not particularly keen on horses, this show is not one I have rushed to see. However this time we were travelling with two 14 year old girls who are mad on horses, so we were beaten into submission! Viewed 3526 times since 1 September 2008.

Arriving at Magic Kingdom

Part of the thrill of the Parks is the arrival and anticipation of a great day ahead. We always ensure everyone has the suitable sunscreen on before we leave our villa because ignoring the strength of the sun can make for an uncomfortable day. I also...
Viewed 1513 times since 4 November 2014.

Arriving at Magic Kingdom Part 2

As you approach the Ferryboat terminal you will see great views across the water to Magic Kingdom and Cinderella’s Castle. The Ferry crosses the water quite frequently and we have never waited more than 15 minutes for one to arrive. Last time we trav...
Viewed 1250 times since 26 December 2014.

Artist Point Restaurant

If you want to discover one of the best kept secrets in Disney’s culinary array then take a trip to The Wilderness Lodge. It is modelled on the historic Old Faithful Lodge in Yellowstone National Park and is worth a visit in its own right. However ne...
Viewed 3976 times since 1 September 2008.

AstroVan - NASA’s Famous Silver Motorhome

After watching many Apollo and Shuttle launches on the TV and internet, and many visits to Kenny Space Centre I became interested in the AstroVan, the vehicle you see transporting the astronauts to the launch pad in. Silver in colour, I thoug...
Viewed 4631 times since 5 October 2008.

Attractions not to be overlooked at Future World

Although you may have been on “Living with the Land' in the Land pavilion several times you may not know there is a one-hour walking tour called ' Behind the Seeds' which will take you into the Greenhouse area you only get to pass by on t...
Viewed 3174 times since 18 January 2009.

Backlot Tour - Hollywood Studios

If you pass under the archway located to the right of the Chinese Theater, take a left turn into Mickey Avenue, walk to the end of the street you will find Disney’ s Hollywood Studios Backlot Tour. The Tour takes about 25 minutes as Shuttles ta...
Viewed 4026 times since 1 September 2008.

Bahama Breeze at Rolling Oaks Common

Bahama Breeze is the most recently opened Rolling Oaks restaurant and although there are several other branches around the Orlando area we had not eaten at Bahama Breeze until our last trip. Here you will find steak, chicken and fish dishes as well a...
Viewed 3063 times since 15 August 2011.

Balloon Ride over Orlando

I must admit, I was quite apprehensive about flying in a hot air balloon, with no parachute and nothing between the balloon and land but a big drop! It took a lot of convincing from my family that I’d enjoy the ride and had nothing to worry about. Viewed 6945 times since 1 September 2008.

HOT AIR BALLOON RIDES IN FLORIDA

Have you ever wanted to feel like a bird gently gliding through the skies? It’s an amazing feeling words cannot express. Today more and more people take part in a hot air balloon rides, looking down on nature’s beauty and Florida’s many lakes and par...
Viewed 4114 times since 1 September 2008.

Bands Brew and BBQ Part 2

All the beers could be found in a separate Beer Garden which we decided to stroll around before we saw the rest of the event. The first stall we came to was the Estrella Beer stall. We decided to sample this whilst we read all about the Estrella hist...
Viewed 1880 times since 2 December 2012.

Bands Brew and BBQ Part 3

As we entered the VIP area of the stadium where Kenny Rogers was to appear we quickly realised what the staff member who told us we could go to our seat when we arrived a few hours earlier meant. We had supposed that if we had gone to our seat then w...
Viewed 1783 times since 2 December 2012.

Bands Brew and BBQ Seaworld Part 1

BANDS BREW and BBQ at SEAWORLD part 1 My parents have 2 year passes to Seaworld which they find extremely good value as it includes free parking. They also receive regular emails telling them of any new promotions offers or events. It was ...
Viewed 1870 times since 2 December 2012.

Bargains in Florida

You will find prices in the US incredible particularly with the current weak dollar rate (July 04).  This is the beauty of staying in a villa – you don’t need to take too many clothes as there are washers and driers in all so don’t take...
Viewed 7424 times since 1 September 2008.

Bass Pro Shops – Outdoor World

If you are looking for somewhere a little bit different to visit during your Orlando holiday why not head to the Bass Pro Shop/Outdoor World at the junction of International Drive and Oakridge Road (I. Ride trolley stop 2). This store is the ...
Viewed 3403 times since 19 July 2009.

Beaches at Fort de Soto

We recently spent a fantastic day at the amazing beaches of Fort de Soto. Situated on Florida’s stunning west coast this island is close to Tampa and Clearwater and only takes about 90 minutes to drive to from the Disney area. Fort de Sota is...
Viewed 2963 times since 29 November 2010.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

This is a real favourite with our family in fact I do not think my Mother has ever been to this park without seeing Beauty and the Beast! It is a mini-version of Disney’ s 30th animated classic, Beauty and the Beast, and it features the...
Viewed 3928 times since 1 September 2008.

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and Beast first started in Hollywood Studios in 1991 a couple of years after the parks initial opening. This is a must see for our family and whenever we visit Hollywood Studios we do not leave until we have been to see it. The show lasts appr...
Viewed 2054 times since 1 September 2008.

The Best Dates to Visit Disney World Florida & Tips

Are some months better to visit Orlando Disney in Florida than others? The answer to that question is YES! Most visitors tend to visit during the summer months of July and August, when children are out of school. That may be your best op...
Viewed 18842 times since 1 September 2008.

Best Places to Watch the Fireworks at MK

Over the years we have found many great places to watch the Fireworks from in Magic Kingdom and I would like to share them with you. Main Street One of our favourite places is up in the train station overlooking Main Street. The...
Viewed 4202 times since 1 September 2008.

Best rollercoasters in Orlando

Having been to Orlando a few times now and sampled some of the best rides Florida has to offer I thought it only right I now shared my views on the best and worst rides in Orlando, Florida. If you are after a white knuckle experience then you have co...
Viewed 5635 times since 1 September 2008.

Best Time to Go to Disney

Many visitors to Florida can only go in the school holidays and when this happens it is best to plan well ahead. Flights from Europe are often cheaper when booked long in advance and some villas offer discounted rentals for early bookings. If...
Viewed 11509 times since 1 September 2008.

Beyond Disney

Many of our guests come back year after year and it’s not just because they’re addicted to Mickey Mouse and his buddies, although of course many are! There are so many other wonderful places to visit within an hour or so of the theme parks so if you’...
Viewed 2737 times since 6 February 2010.

Big Thunder Mountain

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Magic Kingdom is situated at the far end of Frontierland, just past Splash Mountain. It opened in Magic Kingdom 1980 and there are now similar rides in Tokyo and Paris. This is a great themed roller-co...
Viewed 3530 times since 1 September 2008.

Bird watching in the Theme Parks

One of the many unexpected joys of visiting the theme parks for me is the bird life which abounds there. If you are not a person who loves the rides then the parks still hold many thrills and fun experiences and not the least for me are the m...
Viewed 3817 times since 1 September 2008.

Blizzard Beach Review

One of two Disney’s water parks, the other being Typhoon Lagoon. These water parks are unbelievable fun and I’m amazed that I can still spend all day in these parks. The idea behind Blizzard Beach is to take a Ski Resort and place it in the...
Viewed 4255 times since 1 September 2008.

Blue Horizons at Seaworld

Apparently after the success of Busch Gardens KaTonga the owners of Seaworld tried to duplicate that success with their latest show Blue Horizons and I think they have definitely succeeded. When you enter Seaworld if you go straight to the in...
Viewed 3273 times since 7 February 2009.

Lovely Blue Spring State Park - A Great Day Out

If you want to see some of Florida’s natural beauty, take a ride out to the Blue Spring State Park. One of many State Parks to be found in Central Florida, this is a tranquil area of Florida - a renown manatee refuge in the cooler months around Decem...
Viewed 3669 times since 1 September 2008.

Blue Spring State Park - Part 1: The Boardwalk Area

Kevin and I experienced a wonderful day at this peaceful and beautiful State Park, during a trip to our Florida home, January 2006. Blue Spring is the largest spring on the St. Johns River and the best time to visit is from the end of November throug...
Viewed 3685 times since 1 September 2008.

Blue Spring State Park – Part 2: The St. Johns Boat Trip

Having spent an enchanting couple of hours walking the Boardwalk and watching the aquatic wildlife, we were absolutely captivated by the whole area, thoroughly relaxed and pleasantly anticipating our leisurely 2 hour boat trip down the St Johns river...
Viewed 4022 times since 1 September 2008.

Disney's Boardwalk

If you fancy a day off from the Theme Parks, an evening stroll, or would like to dine somewhere different go to Disney's Boardwalk. This is located off Buena Vista Drive near Epcot and the Swan and Dolphin Hotels: Disney's Boardwalk 210...
Viewed 4849 times since 1 September 2008.

Boardwalk - Part 1

Boardwalk is a Disney Resort complex which is also open to the general public. Except for the hotels and pools, Boardwalk can be enjoyed by everyone. Boardwalk is designed to be like the 1920s and has a definite 1920s feel to it. It is bu...
Viewed 1996 times since 17 November 2012.

Boardwalk - Part 2

Part of Boardwalk features a wedding arch where wedding ceremonies and pre-reception drinks are conducted before the main receptions which are held in one of the hotels. It is a beautifully romantic setting for a marriage ceremony. When not being use...
Viewed 1940 times since 17 November 2012.

BOCA GRANDE LIGHTHOUSE MUSEUM AND VISITORS CENTER

We recently spent a few days away on the Gulf Coast and while there one of the places we visited was the Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum and Visitors Center. It is situated on Gasparilla Island State Island Park which marks the deep water channel into ...
Viewed 3543 times since 1 September 2008.

Boggy Creek Air Boat Rides

Most people who have travelled or travelling to Florida will have heard of The Everglades and the fantastic Airboat Rides on offer to go and see some of Florida’s best wildlife. Well if you can’t travel south to the Everglades don’t despair...
Viewed 2737 times since 11 August 2011.

Boggy Creek Airboat Rides - Great Fun

What an exhilarating experience these airboat rides prove to be. Nestled at the end of the Kissimmee chain of lakes at Southport Park is what I believe to be one of the best rides in Florida. You can take a tour in a US Coast Guard in...
Viewed 3388 times since 1 September 2008.

Bok Sanctuary

Now, Historic Bok Sanctuary was hardly on our radar for a visit. It had always conjured up thoughts of somewhere serene, with spiritual or religious connotations that didn’t really fit, or appeal as part of a fun holiday around the Orlando metropolit...
Viewed 2860 times since 16 October 2010.

Bok Tower Gardens

For a quiet day out away from the hustle and bustle of the Parks you can do no better than visit Bok Tower Gardens – situated at the highest point in Florida, just under 92 metres. It is situated at Lake Wales, on highway 27. From the 192 you travel ...
Viewed 3847 times since 1 September 2008.

Bongo's Cuban Cafe

Bongos Cuban Café is a blend of authentic Cuban cuisine with the culture of old Havana, with a bit of South Beach glamour. The two story pineapple design fills the skyline of Downtown Disney. No detail was spared by the designer from the dazz...
Viewed 3272 times since 25 January 2009.

Breakfast at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

Whether you are staying in a villa or a hotel when you are visiting Walt Disney World one thing for certain is that you will be eating out quite a lot. In the UK we are used to eating out for dinner and lunch but eating out for breakfast ...
Viewed 2635 times since 8 February 2011.

Breakfast at The Market St Cafe

Breakfast at The Market St Cafe in Celebration is an absolute must for us on any trip to Orlando, in fact, if we don’t go at least two or three times each trip we feel badly done by! ! Apart from loving the whole ambience of Celebration itsel...
Viewed 3665 times since 1 September 2008.

Breakfast Options in Orlando

We are lucky that we can stay at our villa in Orlando and when we do we often stay in for breakfast. We tend to have completely different breakfast from what we would have at home. Granddad goes to Publix which is less than a mile away and buys fresh...
Viewed 4262 times since 1 September 2008.

Bubba Gump Restaurant

We were recommended to eat at the The Bubba Gump Shrimp Co Restaurant and Market by friends who had recently returned from Orlando. We were not dissapointed! As usual our busy schedule when we visited Orlando in December left us with “too muc...
Viewed 4979 times since 1 September 2008.

Bubba Gump - Treasure Island

We had previously eaten at the Bubba Gump restaurant at Universal Studios but on a recent day trip to Treasure Island we decided to eat at the newly opened one at St Johns Pass at Madeira Beach. St Johns Pass is a turn-of-the-century fishing ...
Viewed 3974 times since 12 January 2010.

Bubba Gumps

There are many Bubba Gump’s Restaurants within Florida, however the one I am talking about is the one I have visited (Universal City Walk). The restaurant is designed around the 1994 film Forest Gump with all the memorabilia coming from the film or m...
Viewed 3227 times since 22 December 2009.

Buffalo Wild Wings

Although we had seen this restaurant tucked away just off the 192 junction with Formosa Boulevard we had never tried it but decided to go there when my Grandpa wanted to try somewhere different and it had been recommended by our painter. So off we we...
Viewed 1568 times since 20 January 2014.

Build a Bear Workshop

If you are travelling with younger (or indeed not so young) members of your family/group, boys or girls, a visit to the Build-a-Bear-Workshop in the Florida Mall is an absolute must! Although already franchised in the UK I must admit I had never h...
Viewed 6295 times since 1 September 2008.

Busch Gardens

Wild Life, Rides, Show’s and much more. A fantastic action packed day out at one of Florida’s premiere theme parks. Situated at Tampa, approximately 1 hours drive from Orlando, Busch Gardens should be treated as a long day out. We lef...
Viewed 4386 times since 1 September 2008.

Busch Gardens for Thrlll Seekers

Nowhere else in Florida rivals Busch Gardens for thrill rides and for the serious coaster fanatic it is well worth the 60 minute drive from the Orlando area. It really is a very easy drive over to Tampa - the park is well signposted and we have gener...
Viewed 2856 times since 1 November 2008.

Busch Gardens - A great day out

We set off for Busch gardens at the crack of dawn (or what seemed like the crack of dawn)to get to the park and avoid the traffic. We did not want to be late and have to queue up to get in the park. It was August after all. It took around 1 hour to g...
Viewed 3007 times since 1 September 2008.

Busch Gardens In Tampa

If you enjoy thrill rides, Busch Gardens Theme Park, is a great choice. From our house west of Orlando it takes just over an hour to drive down the I4 to the nearest outskirts of Tampa to enjoy a family fun day out! As the name sugges...
Viewed 2877 times since 7 February 2010.

Busch Gardens – Water Rides

Busch Gardens – Water Rides As a family, we consider Busch Gardens a really fantastic day out. It takes a little travelling to get there, but it is definitely worth the extra driving time. Each time we have visited, the queues have been insign...
Viewed 4106 times since 1 September 2008.

Busch Gardens Tampa

Our latest trip to Busch Gardens started with a tasty, if slightly unhealthy, breakfast at Denny’s on the 27 and then we headed off into the sun for a day in Tampa. It took us just under an hour to get to Busch Gardens. It was a Friday and we were...
Viewed 3858 times since 1 September 2008.

Bush Gardens

When many people visit Orlando a lot do not realise there is so many great places to visit up to an hour away. From Orlando you can get to either coast (East or West) in around an hour. Located just outside Tampa (around 1 hour) from Kissimmee is Bus...
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BUZZ LIGHTYEAR

When we get to Tomorrowland we usually head straight for Buzz Lightyear as this is a Fastpass attraction. This is a great interactive ride that is fun for the whole family, my Mother loves it and the girls laugh at how competitive their Nanny becomes...
Viewed 3872 times since 1 September 2008.

BUZZ LIGHTYEAR AT MAGIC KINGDOM

Up until last year we had not been on the Buzz Lightyear ride at Disney Magic Kingdom, so we were looking forward to it. The ride is located in the Tommorowland part of the park and is a great ride for the whole family. While you queue for the ride y...
Viewed 3871 times since 1 September 2008.

Cagan Crossings

On a trip to our villa this year we decided to totally re-furnish the lounge area and were recommended to Four Corners Furniture at Cagan Crossings. Leaving our villa on Highlands Reserve and heading along the US27 towards the 192, we passed the majo...
Viewed 1582 times since 8 September 2014.

Cagan Crossings Update 2011

It is now a few years since Cagan Crossings was developed and it has seen some changes and now looks much more established. It is located on the 27 near its junction with the 192 in Clermont. If you approach it from the 192(you head north...
Viewed 2158 times since 12 October 2011.

Calabay Parc Villas and Community

Situated a mere 9 miles from Disney and less than an hour’s drive from both the Atlantic and the Gulf coast, Calabay Parc is a beautiful upscale community primarily made up of high quality vacation homes. On arrival at Calabay Parc, visitors will be ...
Viewed 4730 times since 1 September 2008.

Cassadaga Spiritual Retreat

If you want something different on your Florida holiday away from the theme parks and the hustle and bustle of Orlando why not visit Cassadaga Psychic Village which is located at Exit 114 on I4 - but don’t be disappointed if the residents of t...
Viewed 3057 times since 1 December 2010.

Celebration at a glance

Celebration at a glance South of the US-192 exit is the town of Celebration, it is a town built by Disney over a period of 15yrs. Disney’s intention was to be a nostalgic recreation of the days when life was simple and wholesome and st...
Viewed 1492 times since 12 February 2015.

Celebration – a breath of fresh air!

When you feel like a change of pace away from the busy theme parks and the crowds, Celebration is a lovely place to visit. Head for Market Street which is an area of shops and restaurants in the centre of Celebration, all set around a beautiful lake....
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Celebration - the place to celebrate your trip to Florida!

A visit to the Orlando area of Florida would not be complete without a visit to the town of Celebration, it is one of our favourite places and we are sure you will love it just as much as we do. Situated off Highway 192, close to the I4 junction, you...
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Celebration - A Brief Guide

One of our favourite places to visit, apart from the numerous theme parks in and around Orlando, is called Celebration. Celebration is a little town just south of the US 192 adjacent to Interstate 4. One of the best ways of finding it, if you have ne...
Viewed 2722 times since 5 January 2010.

Celebration Restaurants – Update

There have been some changes at Celebration over the last year or so but it remains a great place to go for a lunch or for an evening meal. It is such a pleasant environment and people there, including the drivers tend to be polite and considerate. <...
Viewed 2631 times since 28 December 2009.

Celebration Town

Celebration is a lovely place to visit when you want a change of pace from the theme parks and more noisy and hectic activities. Head for Market Street which is set around a beautiful lake – a delightful area of shops and restaurants in the centre of...
Viewed 5042 times since 1 January 2009.

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 2397 times since 1 September 2008.

CHAMPIONS GATE

CHAMPIONS GATE: GOLF AND SHOPPING - THE PERFECT COMBINATION Champions Gate is situated just off the Interstate 4 West at exit 58 and is home to a PGA 36 hole golf course designed by Greg Norman and it also has a David Ledbetter golfing sch...
Viewed 4509 times since 1 September 2008.

Meet And Greet The Disney Characters

The most important part of the holiday – WHERE TO SEE THE CHARACTERS!! This is always at the forefront of most parent’s minds. All the videos give the impression that the characters are walking ar...
Viewed 3779 times since 1 September 2008.

Characters in Flight

Next time you visit Disney in Orlando, Florida, look up in the sky – you may well see the latest attraction based at Downtown Disney Waterside – a giant helium balloon which will take you soaring above the park to a height of 400 ft, in absolute sile...
Viewed 3031 times since 26 April 2009.

Charlotte Harbour on the Cape Haze Peninsular.

Charlotte County is home to two freshwater rivers, the Myakka River and Peace River both of which flow into Charlotte Harbour and Lemon Bay and on into the ocean. Charlotte Harbour’s bay is located at the bottom of the Cape Haze peninsular an...
Viewed 3420 times since 1 September 2008.

Charter vs Scheduled Airlines - Which is best

Charter Airline v Scheduled Airline. If there is one thing people, especially from the UK, ask when booking their luxury villa in orlando, is what is he best way of getting there. For many the flight is an integral part of their holiday and as such t...
Viewed 1401 times since 9 August 2013.

Children at Animal Kingdom

There is so much for children to do at Animal Kingdom and I thought I would share some tips we have discovered since the park opened in 2001. We used to play Animal ABCs. As we went around the park to see the animals, rides and attractions, t...
Viewed 2906 times since 25 January 2009.

Chilis at Cagan Crossings

Cagan Crossings is a fairly new retail development situated on the 27 near its junction with the 192. If you need to access it from the 192 just head north onto the 27 and after half a mile on the right you will see Chili’s. On the right hand...
Viewed 3670 times since 6 February 2009.

choosing the right villa (part 2)

Now that we have chosen type/ Size of villa, location, type of community the villa is on we need to look at a little more detail of each one. By now you would have got a short list together of all of the above and started to narrow the search...
Viewed 3686 times since 1 September 2008.

Christmas at Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens is one of our favourite theme parks and we try to visit it at least once on each of our trips to Florida. This trip was our first visit for Christmas to Busch so we were excited to see how the park differed from our normal trips. Viewed 2910 times since 22 December 2009.

Christmas at Christmas

Christmas at Christmas Some of the family were at the villa in Florida; Christmas was looming and we wanted to contact friends and family back home . We decided that we would visit the small township of Christmas in order to secure its uni...
Viewed 2994 times since 18 March 2011.

Christmas at Seaworld

All the parks put on wonderful displays at Christmas and Seaworld is no exception. There are Christmas trees and lights and many other displays such as Snowmen and Sleighs full of toys. On the large lake which in the summer hosts a fantastic ...
Viewed 1402 times since 23 December 2013.

Christmas Events at Disney

Disney is always so magical but never more so than at Christmas. Each of the main theme parks have their own way of decorating and celebrating. Most of their events start mid November and go on for about six weeks. EPCOT Be sure...
Viewed 3656 times since 3 January 2009.

Christmas at the Ford Edison Winter Estate, Fort Myers.

Built on a breathtaking setting on McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers are the winter homes of Thomas Edison and his great friend Henry Ford. Edison, one of America’s most prolific inventors, collapsed from exhaustion and was advised by his Doctor to find...
Viewed 3809 times since 15 December 2008.

Christmas in Celebration

Large numbers of tourists travel to Florida for the Christmas vacation, or simply “The Holidays” as it is affectionately known by our US neighbours, and whilst they are unlikely to be expecting the traditional Christmas, one or two may exhibit a few ...
Viewed 3038 times since 8 January 2011.

Christmas at Disney

The residents of Orlando put up the most amazing lights around their houses, in their gardens, on their roofs etc! Visit CELEBRATION off the 192 where for approx 4 weeks there are nightly snow sessions which the children will love. MAGIC KI...
Viewed 18141 times since 1 September 2008.

Chuys - Mexican Restaurant

We always try to visit a new restaurant on each of our Florida trips and this holiday we decided it should be Chuys (pronounced Chew-ees). We had not heard of this Mexican restaurant before but the online reviews were excellent, so we thought we woul...
Viewed 832 times since 6 July 2016.

Chuy's Mexican Restaurant - Kissimmee

Arriving for our holiday as we joined the 192 to get to our villa there was a very bright restaurant surrounded by lots of lights. None of us had heard of Chuy’s before but understood from the front of the building it was a Mexican Restaurant. Althou...
Viewed 1313 times since 27 June 2013.

Cinderella Castle

Every little girls dream must be to visit Cinderella’s castle. It is the place where dreams are made, and is such a fabulous building. Not only for the little girls though, as all ages seem to find the castle magical, romantic and full of chil...
Viewed 4299 times since 1 September 2008.

Cinderella - Some Interesting Facts

Cinderella just has to be the ultimate Disney princess, and the one most loved by everyone. Generations have been held spellbound by the charming story of poor Cinderella, whose dreams of romance eventually come true, despite the cruelty of her wicke...
Viewed 19681 times since 1 September 2008.

Cinderella’s Castle at the Magic Kingdom

Cinderella’s Castle has to be the most famous fantasy castle in the world! The imposing castle, with its towers and turrets can be seen from miles around as you approach Walt Disney’s famous Magic Kingdom in Orlando, in the centre of Florida. This is...
Viewed 3408 times since 1 September 2008.

Cinderella's Golden Carousel

Cinderella’s Golden Carousel is the centrepiece of Fantasyland in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. It was actually built in 1917 by Italian woodcarvers for Detroit Palace Garden Park. In 1928 it was taken to Philadelphia to be renovated and...
Viewed 2900 times since 1 August 2009.

City Walk

Our evening usually City Walk, which is situated between Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, is a great place for an adult’s night out. We usually take the I4 and follow the Universal Studio signs. starts with a gentle stroll through t...
Viewed 4835 times since 1 September 2008.

Citywalk At Universal

Citywalk is located between Universal two theme Parks, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. It is a 30 acre entertainment complex! A lot of the shops and restaurants are open all day, however it really comes into it’s own during the evening. <...
Viewed 3291 times since 1 September 2008.

Clearwater Beach

No visit to the Orlando area is complete without a visit to one of the gorgeous beaches in this lovely part of the world. Our particular favourites are on the Gulf Coast and if you want a quick fix the nearest is at Clearwater Beach. It’s roughly abo...
Viewed 3937 times since 1 September 2008.

The Columbia Restaurant, Celebration

One of our favourite restaurants is the Columbia which is located on Front Street in the town of Celebration. The restaurant overlooks Celebration’s main lake so it's a great setting for a fantastic meal. The Columbia is one of a chain of seve...
Viewed 3594 times since 1 September 2008.

Crabby Bills

CRABBY BILLS RESTAURANT Crabby bills restaurant is located in St Cloud and is well worth the run down to it from Kissimmee. It is on the shores of Lake Toho at 1104 Lakeshore Drive To get to here you go down the Hyw192 into St...
Viewed 3876 times since 1 March 2011.

Cracker Barrel-Old Country Store

Cracker Barrel is quite unique as it is both a store and a restaurant, hence the name so you can shop, eat or do both. This is a country wide chain with various locations through out the Orlando area. They are easy to spot with the traditional cou...
Viewed 4483 times since 1 September 2008.

Cracker Barrel Restaurant And Retail Store

For several years our only experience of Cracker Barrel was looking down on them as we passed exits on the I4 and wondered why their car parks were so full and there were always a lot of people sitting in rocking chairs outside. Our initial percep...
Viewed 7425 times since 1 September 2008.

Cracker Barrels Specialities

We usually manage to eat at Cracker Barrel at some time during our stay at our beautiful villa, and at different times each year they introduce special menus. Breakfast is probably one of our favourite meals at Cracker Barrel as we find i...
Viewed 2701 times since 28 January 2011.

Cristmas Canal cruises at Punta Gorda

If you are staying in the Rotonda West area in December one of the best trips to really get you in the Christmas spirit is to take a boat trip from Fisherman’s Village, Punta Gorda. Boat trips can be taken all year round but for many years the boats ...
Viewed 1285 times since 17 December 2014.

Picking up a cruise in Fort Lauderale

Although we love Orlando and visiting our villa, sometimes we like to combine it with a Caribbean cruise. If you, too, have decided to combine a trip to Orlando, with a cruise that departs from Fort Lauderdale, then you will need to make your way to ...
Viewed 4134 times since 1 September 2008.

Cruises at St Johns Pass

If you decide to have a break from the magical world of Walt Disney in Orlando try heading towards the St Petersburg or Clearwater areas on the Gulf Coast. These are less than a two hour drive from Orlando but seem a world away with their laid back a...
Viewed 3731 times since 1 October 2010.

Cruising – Jamaica Part 2 – Martha Brae River Rafting

After journeying through torrential rain in our dilapidated coach we arrive after an hour and a half at our destination – the Martha Brae River Rafting Centre. The River Rafting centre at Rafters’ Rest is set amongst lush tropical vegetation,...
Viewed 2617 times since 11 October 2010.

CRUISING - THE TENDERING PORTS

When cruising around the Caribbean it is almost inevitable that you will find yourself visiting an island where the ship is unable to dock alongside. Many of the Caribbean islands are very small, and do not have the facilities for the larger cruise s...
Viewed 3739 times since 1 September 2008.

Crystal River

Crystal River – Visit the Manatees Looking for something a little different, we decided to take a drive up to Crystal River to see the manatees. The drive took around 1 hour 40 minutes from the Davenport area and once we reached Crysta...
Viewed 3764 times since 1 September 2008.

DAY TRIPS FROM ORANDO

Orlando and the buzz it creates for tourists and locals alike with its heady mix of theme parks, shopping, eating and drinking is a Mecca for millions of tourists every year, but sometimes you have just got to escape from this buzz and relax a little...
Viewed 4299 times since 1 September 2008.

Daytona Beach (1)

Daytona Beach may not be renowned as the prettiest beach in Florida, or indeed the United States, but it has to be one of the most fun beaches with so much to do and watch! And it’s legendary throughout the world for being able to drive right onto th...
Viewed 4393 times since 1 September 2008.

Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach is located on Florida’s Central East Coast, just an hour’s drive from Orlando, and is accessible from Interstates 4 and 95. This is a reasonable distance for a day trip although some families like to stay overnight to enjoy everythin...
Viewed 2182 times since 1 September 2008.

Daytona Beach - Alternative day out

When looking for a day out away from the hustle and bustle of Disney why not look towards the Florida coastline to get away from it all. The East coast of Florida is around 1 hour from Orlando and is within easy reach due to the excellent freeways th...
Viewed 2344 times since 25 January 2012.

Dearborn Street – Englewood, South Gulf Coast

Old Englewood Town maintains its charm and “Real Florida” appeal on Dearborn Street. From Venice side turn right into Dearborn from North Indianna Avenue Hw776. Half way down the street is a collection of small shops and bars. There you will ...
Viewed 2989 times since 4 May 2009.

Deep Sea Fishing

If you ever find yourself at or near Madeira Beach on the Gulf Coast and you and/or your family would like to do some deep sea fishing go to Hubbard’s Marina at Madeira Beach. Deep Sea Fishing Trips take place as follows: Spring and Su...
Viewed 3125 times since 22 January 2010.

The Delights of Mount Dora

Our intention was to drive for no more than an hour from our base just south of Clermont and find a lakeside retreat where we could enjoy a relaxing afternoon. After looking through our road maps we plumped for Mount Dora, which is situated i...
Viewed 6368 times since 1 September 2008.

Diagon Alley at Universal Studios

The second of Universal’s themed Harry Potter lands opened just before we visited our villa this summer and we couldn’t wait to see it! We purchased unlimited two park tickets as we had heard queues could be long and we wanted to be able to ride on t...
Viewed 1200 times since 9 September 2014.

DINING AT DOWNTOWN DISNEY

I definitely recommend a visit to DownTown Disney simply to take in the atmosphere, stroll around the shops (and obviously buy if you want to!) and then finish the evening with something to eat. There are plenty of options but here are some we have v...
Viewed 3800 times since 1 September 2008.

EATING/DINING AT MAGIC KINGDOM

There are of course many restaurants to chose from in Magic Kingdom so I have highlighted a few that we have visited during our years of holidaying in Orlando – I highly recommend character meals but there are also great “snack” type places here t...
Viewed 3848 times since 1 September 2008.

Discounts and Vouchers in Florida

These can be found in abundance and you can get some very good savings and don’t have to just shop in the sales! RESTAURANTS You will find money off vouchers for most restaurants in the various free publications you can...
Viewed 45484 times since 1 September 2008.

Discovering Discovery Cove

Discovering Discovery Cove! The decision was easy; of course everyone in our family desperately wanted to visit Discovery Cove. The hard bit was justifying the money. At over $1, 000 for a family of 4 it’s a decision which cannot be taken lig...
Viewed 2890 times since 23 August 2009.

Disney Boardwalk

The Boardwalk, close to Epcot, and signposted from within Disney World is a wonderful relaxing place to visit, particularly in the evening. It is themed on an Atlantic seaside resort from a bygone era. You can almost see the ladies in their long dres...
Viewed 3882 times since 1 September 2008.

Disney by Helicopter

Always on the lookout for something different to do on our annual trip to our villa in Floirda, my 17 year old niece and I decided on a helicopter flight. We were recommended to try Helitours Orlando and booked on-line for a ten minute trip over the ...
Viewed 1141 times since 8 September 2014.

Disney Celebration Cruise...Wishes

I wanted to do something special for my husband’s 50th birthday and after looking on the Disney World website at all the behind the scene tours, came across the Speciality Cruises under the More Magic, Other Recreation section and thought this sounde...
Viewed 3378 times since 30 July 2009.

Disney Christmas Celebrations

Why not visit Disney’s Epcot anytime after Thanksgiving and get to watch the Candlelight Processional. This is a massed choir, a 50 piece orchestra and an A list celebrity narrator. Some of the narrators this year(2010) include names such as Whoopi G...
Viewed 3138 times since 21 November 2010.

Disney Fastpass

The Disney Fastpass system is designed to make your park experience even more enjoyable by reducing your time waiting in lines. It is available at many of the most popular attractions and shows throughout the parks and the park map leaflets (readily ...
Viewed 3099 times since 16 January 2009.

Is Disney for Kids or Adults? Part 1 – Epcot

Is Disney for kids or is it for the grown ups? Well, of course those with children will undoubtedly say it’s for kids, but don’t let that put you off. Now don’t get me wrong, I love children, especially my own, but sometimes it is nice to do things w...
Viewed 2792 times since 10 January 2009.

Disney Quest

Disney Quest is located in Downtown Disney, and is usually included as one of the extra options, alongside the Water Parks, and Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex. It might be something you could consider visiting if the weather is inclement. Howe...
Viewed 2631 times since 14 July 2010.

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge -- part 4

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge -- part 4 The final part of this article will deal with the grounds and accommodation options at the Wilderness Lodge resort. As you may have gathered by now if you have read the previous three article...
Viewed 762 times since 30 November 2015.

Disney Shopping

Everybody wants to buy souvenirs for either themselves or for friends and family back home. Ideally they want to buy from the park they are visiting. One thing to bear in mind is that all the parks owned by Disney World, sell the same souvenirs inclu...
Viewed 1259 times since 21 October 2014.

Disney Water Parks – Blizzard Beach

We are frequent visitors to Florida but this was our first visit in February and we were not sure what the weather would be like. The first two days there were very cold, but the temperatures soon picked up and we started to look forward to our plann...
Viewed 3719 times since 1 September 2008.

Disney's Wilderness Lodge -- part 1

Disney's Wilderness Lodge -- part 1 We have stayed here a few times and I can truly say that the really magical time is the Christmas season. The hotel is one of Disney’s better with regard to the architecture from my point of view. Ho...
Viewed 814 times since 31 October 2015.

Disney's Wilderness Lodge -- part 2

Disney's Wilderness Lodge -- part 2 In the first part of this article I had been describing the lobby so I will continue in that area. The next thing you will see at the back of the lobby area are the large windows that almost bring th...
Viewed 894 times since 31 October 2015.

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge -- part 3

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge -- part 3 I have left the best till last and that is Artist Point. Disney calls this a signature restaurant because it is one of their best. It is not cheap but if you want a special night out then you will no...
Viewed 863 times since 31 October 2015.

Disney's Windows - Part 1

DISNEY’S WINDOWS part 1 If ever you find yourself at one of the Main Streets in Disneyland or the Magic Kingdom look up at the windows and you will notice each one has an inscription of the name of a fictional vendor who owns the busin...
Viewed 1031 times since 2 June 2015.

Disney's Windows - Part 10

DISNEYS WINDOWS part 10 ELIAS DISNEY Elias Disney, Walt and Roy’s father, became a contractor in Chicago in 1895. Starting out as a carpenter, he later built houses that were designed by his wife, Flora. He eventually bu...
Viewed 1042 times since 13 June 2015.

Disney's Windows - Part 11

DISNEYS WINDOWS part11 BLAINE GIBSON The winner of a soap-sculpting contest as a child, Blaine Gibson was actually an animator at the Studio when Walt recruited him in 1954 to sculpt for Disneyland Park after taking note...
Viewed 1118 times since 13 June 2015.

Disney's Windows - Part 2

DISNEYS WINDOWS part2 CHUCK BOYAJIAN Although his Disneyland Park window states, ‘’We keep your Castle Shining’’ Chuck Boyajian was known for keeping entire Disney parks sparkling clean. He was hired by Walt in 1955 as t...
Viewed 999 times since 2 June 2015.

Disney's Windows - Part 3

DISNEYS WINDOWS part 3 RON DOMINGUEZ Ron Dominguez family home once stood in the Anaheim orange groves that Walt purchased for his park. (It was situated what are now the sites of pirates of the Caribbean Attraction and ...
Viewed 1057 times since 2 June 2015.

Disney's Windows - Part 4

DISNEYS WINDOWS part 4 Here are but a few to read about , Windows of Walt Disney World: BUDDY BAKER Buddy Baker began his Disney career in 1954, when his former student at Los Angeles City College, Compose...
Viewed 1087 times since 2 June 2015.

Disney's Windows - Part 5

DISNEYS WINDOWS part5 ROY O. DISNEY (Walt Disney brothers) In 1923, Roy O. Disney started the Walt Disney Studio with his younger brother, Walt. Roy contributed $250, Walt had $40, and they borrowed $500 from an uncle. W...
Viewed 994 times since 2 June 2015.

Disney's Windows - Part 6

DISNEYS WINDOWS part6 ROB MATHEISON A former Walt Disney World Resort executive vice president, Parks, Bob Matheison started at Disneyland Park in 1960 as a sound coordinator, teaching Jungle Cruise guides to talk into m...
Viewed 1001 times since 2 June 2015.

Disney's Windows - Part 7

DISNEYS WINDOWS part7 JOE POTTER General William E. “Joe” Potter was executive vice president of the 1964-5 New York World’s Fair when he was hired by Walt in 1965 to work on his secret Florida project. While Admiral Joe...
Viewed 986 times since 2 June 2015.

Disney's Windows - Part 8

DISNEY S WINDOWS part 8 CARD WALKER E. Cardon Walker started in the Studio mailroom in 1938 and later held positions in marketing, operations, and advertising, and he was also involved In the Florida land acquisition for...
Viewed 976 times since 2 June 2015.

Disney's Windows - Part 9

Disneys windows part 9 CLAUDE COATS An animation background painter at the Studio since 1935, Claude Coats went to work for WED in 1955. His first assignment was to create the model for Mr. Toads wild ride. He later pain...
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Disney Water Parks – Tips + A Few Fun Facts!

General Don't forget your sunscreen! Measure your child's height before you arrive at the Park so you know which attractions they will be able to ride. Many Disney Cast Members can speak more than one lang...
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Disney's Animal Kingdom

I have to admit that I think I have under estimated this park. Animal Kingdom is Disney’s newest theme park which opened its doors in April 1998. I had only visited it twice, just after its opening and three years later - maybe because I have ...
Viewed 3729 times since 1 September 2008.

Disney’s best restaurants

When you start with a title like that you just know that someone else will have another view. Mine is based 30 years of visits to Disney and many meals in most of their restaurants. I have tried to pick out 6 different styles where hopefully none wil...
Viewed 3990 times since 1 September 2008.

Disney’s Boardwalk Dining

There are a variety of ways to reach the Boardwalk, but for the majority of visitors the most convenient approach is to park at the Boardwalk Inn car park. If challenged at the entrance just tell the guard that you are going for a meal, snack or even...
Viewed 4330 times since 1 September 2008.

Dine out at Disney's Polynesian Resort

Looking for a change from the everyday eateries in the Orlando area? Need somewhere to eat where the children will be entertained? Why not try Ohana at the Disney Polynesian Resort? Parking is free - the driver will just need to show pi...
Viewed 3978 times since 1 September 2008.

Disneys Summer Nightastic 2010

Disney is always way ahead with its planning and this year 2010 is no exception. Starting in early June and continuing until mid August Disney “Summer Nightastic”plans several new evening features to make visiting the Parks even more exciting. Viewed 2800 times since 10 June 2010.

Disney’s Tower of Terror

The Tower of Terror is a thrilling experience like no other located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It is set in a hotel from the television programme ‘The Twilight Zone’. To begin with you queue up in themed lines with eerie smoke being spray...
Viewed 4395 times since 1 September 2008.

Disney's Windows - part 12

RICHARD IRVINE A set designer with a degree in architecture, Richard “Dick” Irvine joined the studio iin 1942 and was chosen by Walt in 1953 to act as a liaison with the outside architectural fir...
Viewed 1097 times since 27 June 2015.

Disney's Windows - part 14

WATHEL ROGERS Wathel Rogers was a founding member of WED’s model shop in 1954, having started with the company in 1939 as an animator. His two-week WED assignment to build architectural models fo...
Viewed 1094 times since 27 June 2015.

Disney's Windows - part 13

JACK LINDQUIST Jack Lindquist was working for a Los Angeles advertising firm when Disneyland Park officials contacted him to ask if he could recommend an advertising firm when Disneyland Park off...
Viewed 1044 times since 27 June 2015.

Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf – Summer Course

The tale behind this wonderful miniature golf is that on a moonlit Christmas Eve Santa Claus found the ideal spot for a vacation for both himself and Mrs Claus. It turned out to be Blizzard Beach. In no time at all Santa and Mrs Claus had moved their...
Viewed 3171 times since 15 February 2009.

DISNEYWORLD FAIRYTALE WEDDING

I would imagine any young girl visiting Disney World, would think that one day they would love to find their prince and get married in Disneyworld after all that’s where the stuff small children dreams are made? Disneyworld over the years hav...
Viewed 2856 times since 29 April 2010.

Do you have to be a child to enjoy Orlando Part 1

Do you have to be a child to enjoy Orlando? Absolutely not. You do not even have to be a child to enjoy Disney World and all it’s parks. First, let me dispel some of the myths about Disney World. It is not Alton Towers only Bigger – not by a long way...
Viewed 2471 times since 31 October 2010.

Do you have to be a child to enjoy Orlando part 2

Do you have to be a child to enjoy Orlando? ? Absolutely not. You do not even have to be a child to enjoy Disney World and all its parks. But for now let me tell you about some of the other parks that are just as much fun for adults as they are for c...
Viewed 2563 times since 31 October 2010.

Do you have to be a child to enjoy Orlando part 3

Do you have to be a child to enjoy Orlando? Absolutely not. There other theme parks to enjoy as well as some other exciting activities for grown ups looking for something different. There is the Kennedy Space Centre. This is a wonderfully edu...
Viewed 2421 times since 31 October 2010.

Dolphins in Depth - Epcot

We took this behind-the-scenes experience for guests a couple of years ago. It is great for anyone interested in learning more about the dolphins and research at The Living Seas, as well as those wanting to know more about dolphin counterparts in the...
Viewed 3980 times since 1 September 2008.

Don Pablo's

This Tex-Mex restaurant is situated directly on International drive. It serves good Mexican food in a large cantina style environment. If you go early in the evening you should have no problem getting a table straight away but be warned it is...
Viewed 2997 times since 19 June 2009.

Don Pedro – A Florida State Park

Don Pedro Island is one of an extensive chain of barrier islands which skirt the coastline of the Cape Haze Peninsular. Located between Knight Island and Little Gasparilla Island, Don Pedro is accessible only by private boat or ferry. Cars ar...
Viewed 3549 times since 1 September 2008.

Downtown Disney

A great way to spend an evening (or even a day if you prefer), I just think it’s lovely at night all lit up, is Downtown Disney. Inspired by traditional American downtowns with an infusion of Broadway and Hollywood. The 120 acre Downto...
Viewed 3651 times since 1 September 2008.

Downtown Disney Fun

Downtown Disney is the Disney version of a town centre with shops, restaurant and leisure activities. It is quite simply the best place to shop eat and be entertained Disney Style. Downtown in fun and friendly and well worth a visit. Downtown...
Viewed 3177 times since 1 January 2009.

Downtown Disney – Market Place

Downtown Disney is a great place to visit when on your holiday in Orlando. It’s a place you can visit to pass a few hours if you arrive before your house is available for check in, during your holiday if you want to get more ‘Disney’ without ...
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Downtown Disney Dining - West Side

There are some really great restaurants at West side, whether you’re looking for a light lunch, or blow-out belt busting dinner, you won’t be disappointed. All the restaurants are non-smoking. Bongos Cuban Café Open from 11am ...
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DRAGON CHALLENGE - UNIVERSAL ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE

There are many good rollercoaster’s in Orlando, some being up there with the World’s best. Dragon Challenge at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure is well renowned as being one of the best in Florida and in the US. The ride is situated in the back...
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Early Morning at Universal

As with the other parks we find it is always best to arrive as close to opening time as possible, this gives you the advantage on getting on the popular rides while the Parks are still relatively quiet. You have a choice of how to plan th...
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Easter At Disneyworld

People often ask me, “What is the best time to go to Disney”? My answer is always the same – Easter. The trouble is, everybody agrees with me. The weather is perfect, the flights are not at the premium summer holiday rate and it hardly ever rains at ...
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Eating/Dining at the Loop

The first time my Mother and I tried to go to The Loop without my Father we must have spent two hours driving up and down the 417 trying to find it. So much so we expected the sheriff’s car to pull us over after reports of two women behaving strangel...
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Eating on a Budget – Hollywood Studios

I suppose planning your meal stops when visiting a theme park is hardly high on the agenda but, for families with children or those on a budget, it is worth considering what options are available. Disney’s Hollywood Studios is well represente...
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EDEN GARDENS

Eden Gardens State Prk is locted in Santa Rosa Beach in Point Washington in Floridas pan handle. It is just off u. s. 98 on C. R 395. This is one of those lovely State Parks where there is a house as well as lovely grounds to visitand it make...
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Ellenton Prime Shopping Outlets

If you are travelling to the Gulf Coast beaches or just fancy a break from Disney and a day out for some retail therapy Ellenton Prime Outlets is well worth a visit. The Outlets are situated just off I-75 at Exit 224 (old exit 43) between T...
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Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

On our last trip in April, we were determined to finally take a long promised trip to see the Manatees in their natural environment, so we did some research and decided to visit a recommended area, Crystal Springs and The Homosassa Springs area in We...
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Enjoy a Morning at Hollywood Studios

If you get up early enough it is possible to enjoy a morning at Hollywood Studios concluding with lunch at the Hollywood Brown Derby. However we always make reservations for lunch prior to our visit to the Studios as this is a popular restaurant. Viewed 2802 times since 8 November 2009.

Enjoying Animal Kingdom Part 1

We love this park and always have a wonderful day out although the first time we went we did not really find it enjoyable so were wary about going back. However it was Easter Sunday we wanted to go to a Park but we had been warned that on...
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Enjoying Animal Kingdom Part 2

We had already had a lovely few hours on our visit to Animal Kingdom on Easter Sunday having been to Expedition Everest had our photos taken with the characters at Camp Minnie Mickey seen Lion King and then been on the Kilimanjaro Safari. Viewed 2536 times since 19 March 2011.

Enjoying Animal Kingdom Part 3

We were having a lovely day at Animal Kingdom having been to the shows and rides as well as having our photo taken with Mickey and after all that stopping for lunch. We then decided it was time for a rest, a drink and to watch the Parade....
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Tips on enjoying Blizzard Beach to the full

Always remember to take your sunscreen with you – even when it is cloudy you can get burned! Apply sunscreen often, especially as you will be in and out of the water. Parking is free at both water parks! Buy an insul...
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Enjoying Celebration Part 1

Although our villa is only a few miles from Celebration it was several years before we went there as there always seemed to be so much more Disney and other Park visits to do. This we realised in hindsight was a mistake as Celebration town is a great...
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Enjoying Celebration Part 2

To the left on the lake in Celebration you will find the town’s impressive hotel. It is another great place to people watch with the arrival of guests in their upmarket cars or being chauffeured in by the hotel’s cars. We have never been into the hot...
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Enjoying Seaworld

Seaworld Orlando is located at the intersection of Interstate 4 and FL 528 (the Bee Line Expressway) and is just 10 minutes south of downtown Orlando and 15 minutes from Orlando International Airport. It is open all year-round from 9 a. m. to 7:00 p....
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Epcot (1)

Epcot is one of the four Disney world parks. The most stunning imaginative place to visit while you are in Florida. It is divided into two parts so give yourself time to explore this mind-blowing place. Most visitors that have already been ke...
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EPCOT

If you have never been to Walt Disney World before one of the best parks is EPCOT. Situated around a large lake area, there park is orientated around science and technology theme, with many of the rides and attractions taking on this type of theme.Viewed 2127 times since 1 September 2008.

Epcot a real must

To me theme parks are for other people, I do not like the noise, the smell of the burger vans, the garish decoration, or the over exuberance of the clientele. It would seem to me that the inevitable queue to enter is enough to stop you frequenting th...
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Epcot a theme park for adults and children Part1

Epcot a theme park for adults and children Part1 Epcot has to be my favourite park out of all the Disney Florida parks, although Magic kingdom has that something magical making it a special place, the park I like visiting best is Epcot Viewed 1797 times since 10 October 2012.

Epcot Dining

You really are spoilt for choice whether you want enjoy a snack, down for lunch or have a relaxing meal when you visit Epcot. If you want just a quick bite you can go to Showcase Plaza’s Refreshment Port where you can get drinks, McDonald...
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Epcot Flower and Wine Festival for Children

Friends of ours have just returned from the 15th Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival and were delighted with the fun their children had when they took them there. They initially realized there could be fun for the children when the...
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The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2009

We enjoyed the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival quite by chance one year, when we visited Orlando. This annual festival usually takes place between March and May, and this year the 16th festival starts on March 18th and finishes on May ...
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Epcot's Butterfly Garden

Epcot' s Butterfly Garden The annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival has a number of attractions depending on your particular needs. However one that seems to appeal to visitors of all ages is the Butterfly Garden. Thi...
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Epcot The World Show Case Part 1

The World Show Case Part 1 One of the must visit places on any trip to Disney has to be Epcot and in particular the World Show Case, this in my view is still one of the greatest attractions in the whole of Disney. Epcot is split into t...
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Epcot The World Show Case Part 2

The next country along from Norway is China, to fully enjoy China I recommend you check the show times as there are a band of Chinese Dragon Legend acrobats that put on display at the entrance to China a number of times in the day they are not to be ...
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Epcot The World Show Case Part 3

Following on from America you visit Japan. Here you can visit the Bijutsa Gallery set amongst a Rock Garden with pools filled with Koi Carp fish it is a very peaceful and serene place, if you pick the right time you can see the astounding Taiko drumm...
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Epcot-World Showcase (1)

I have always had a bit of a love/hate relationship with Epcot over the last few years. Sometimes I love it-especially in springtime if it’s now too crowded and they have the flower festival on and other times when it’s really hot and busy I feel lik...
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Epcot World Showcase - Canada

Canada has it all - beautiful landscaped gardens, cascading waterfalls, the awesome Rockies, a premier restaurant and intricately carved totem poles. Visitors coming in through the main entrance of the Canadian pavillion are met with the ...
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Epcot – World Showcase – Mexico

For priority seating in the San Angel Inn call 407 939 3463 There are 11 countries in the World Showcase, Mexico is the 1st if you are going clockwise around the lagoon. As you enter Mexico you cannot fail to be impressed by the Gian...
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Epcot – World Showcase – United Kingdom

For priority seating at the Rose and Crown call 407 939 3463 There are 11 countries in the World Showcase, the United Kingdom is the 10th if you are going clockwise around the lagoon. Walking into the UK at Epcot is great, there are ...
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ESPN Club

Walt Disney World Resort and ESPN have teamed up at the Boardwalk to present the ESPN Club. This is the place to go if you’re a sports fan as it provides a 13,000 square foot club which includes a multimedia entertainment centre, a television and ...
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Evie’s Florida Holiday

Evie’s Florida Holiday Since I was about 3 years old all I wanted to do was go to Florida. I’d constantly watch Disney videos and learn every single word by heart (Beauty and the Beast was my favourite). When I was 5 my mum bought me a compute...
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Expedition Everest

I am lucky that my parents have a house in Orlando and I have watched the mountain grow over two years. First it was a small base with scaffolding, then last summer a complete mountain which was brown in colour. On my visit this time it has snow! ...
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Expedition Everest - Animal Kingdom

This is Animal Kingdoms newest ride and as such is very popular. It is a Fastpass attraction so I would suggest you go and get your Fastpass as soon as you enter the Park. There is a height restriction of 44 inches but some children over this...
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Experience a Shuttle Launch!

My secret ambition would have been to be an astronaut … one of my favourite films is Apollo 13. Having grown up as a young child watching Neil Armstrong land on the moon I guess my opportunity has long gone! ! ! But the Shuttle Launch Experience give...
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Explore Sea World

Sea World is one of the non-Disney attractions but with the advent of three major thrill rides it has become one of the “must sees” of Orlando. Although there are three high speed thrill rides there now, by far the most popular attractions ar...
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Exploring Main Street

Every time I enter Main Street that tingling sense of magic comes back. The sounds of laughing people mingling together, the vast arrays of Mickey-head balloons combined with the smell of fresh-baked cookies and sweet candy greet you as you pass thro...
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Extras to be enjoyed in Orlando

What else can be enjoyed in Orlando apart from theme parks? The answer to that question is simply, so much. Culture and Heritage. Apart from many museums and art galleries, there are often festivals such as the Florida Film Festival, the Fl...
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Facts about Busch Garden

You will find that Busch Garden is an extraordinary African themed park. In one fantastic park it brings together a combination of rides, animals, and shows. The floorless dive coaster, SheiKra takes you 200 feet up, then you come 90 degrees straight...
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Travelling "en-famille"

What shall we do to celebrate the Millennium?" That’s how it started. "Lets go to Disneyland"! "All of us together?" "Why not?" Now for a small group of lik...
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Fantasia Mini Golf

You may well have seen these courses as you travel home from the parks. Although we always put them on our “must do” list for our next visit it was several visits after our initial sighting that we actually visited them. Walt Disney World op...
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Fantasmic

For anyone visiting Disney a trip to Hollywood Studios is a must, always popular with the whole of the family the park really has something for everyone. One of the main attractions at Hollywood Studios is the Mickey’s Fantasmic show. The...
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Fantasmic at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

If there was one live show that I had to pick out of all the brilliant Walt Disney World shows, Fantasmic would be my first choice. It combines twenty-five minutes of drama, action, originality, fireworks, lasers and animated water to provide guests ...
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Fantasy of Flight

We have often passed by the sign on I4 for Flight of Fantasy its about half way between Tampa and Orlando in Polk City and really never gone in but last time in Florida we decided to give it a go and what a success. We did think that it would...
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Fantasy of Flight

Fantasy of flight for craft enthusiasts, just outside Plan city. Essentially a very large private collection of aircrafts from all eras of flight up to 1950’s and from all around the world. A large array of Biplanes, Monoplanes, Autog...
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Fantasy of Flight - Polk County

Just a short way off Junction 44 on the I4, Fantasy of Flight is within easy reach of anyone staying in a villa in the Kissimmee area. We find this place and its owner Kermit Weeks, who was performing a fly past the last time we visited, absolutely f...
Viewed 2601 times since 19 March 2011.

Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom

On our last visit my 7 year old niece was adamant she wanted to spend as much time as she could in Fantasyland. As the Easter holidays were fast approaching we set off, after an all-can-eat breakfast at Golden Coral of course, shortly after 9.00am...
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Farmers' Market at Celebration

We have only just discovered the Farmers’ Market held at Celebration each Sunday morning. It is now going to be a regular visit for us the first Sunday we visit. It operates October though May from 9 am to 3 pm. The main road down to the lake...
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Farmers Market: Dearbourn Street Englewood

Farmer’s Market on Dearborn Street Englewood Gulf Coast. One of the largest Farmer’s market is held on Thursdays 9am -1pm from October through end of May on Dearborne Street, Olde Englewood. Here you can buy the freshe...
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My Favourite Disney Park Part 2

OK so in my last article I started to change my mind after stating the Epcot was my favourite Disney Park to visit and now it’s Magic Kingdom! One of the main reasons that Magic Kingdom is my favourite Disney park has to be to do with the fac...
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My Favourite Florida Restaurant

On my first trip to Florida we decided to take a trip down to Downtown Disney one early evening and thought we would perhaps try to find somewhere to eat. After a short while we decided that we would try the impressive looking Fulton’s Crab house ...
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Festival Bay

Festival Bay is situated at the end of International Drive opposite Prime Outlets (formerly known as Belz Factory Outlets.) We often visit here as we can combine it with a visit to Prime Outlets for those of us trying to “shop until we drop” w...
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Festival of the Lion KIng - Disneys Animal Kingdom Theme Park

For our family this is a must do on every visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. Festival of the Lion King is performed in an air conditioned theater at camp Minnie-Mickey at regular intervals during the day. The show itself lasts approxi...
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Finding Nemo - The Musical

This show opened mid November 2006 and we were lucky enough to go and see it during our visit in December. The day we visited Animal Kingdom opened at 9. 00am and there were performances at 10am, 11:30am, 12:45pm, 3pm. My daughter liked it so...
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Fireworks Dessert Party Pt 2 The Desserts

The hostess took us to our table which displayed a reservation card with our name on it. She explained that the table was ours for the evening to enjoy our desserts. We were also told that when the fireworks began we could move further forward to the...
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Fireworks Dessert Party Pt 3 The Entertainment

The fireworks were scheduled to start at 10pm but at 9. 45pm ' The Magic, The Memories and You' was scheduled to be projected onto Cinderella' s Castle. Well before this people started to gravitate to the edge of the terrace and selecting prime locat...
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First Time Visitor to Magic Kingdom

If you have never been to the Magic Kingdom before you really are in for a treat it is so very magical for all ages but particularly young children. If you want to be there at opening time plan to get to the car park about half an hour before this to...
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My first Villa experience

Why book a villa when there is so many hotels and choice in the Orlando and Kissimmee area? Well in years gone by when I used to visit Florida (Disney area) I did not know about the fact that people rented out their own properties to people wanting t...
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First visit to Disney

We’ve often had guests who have said they want to do all of Disney – some staying just five days – including travelling time. However, they don’t recognise a fact we read recently that Disney is 47 square miles, the size of two Manhattan Islands or n...
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Flights

When is the best time to book flights to Florida? To be honest there is no hard and fast rule on this subject and many people find they are either lucky or not. There are some golden rules when booking flights and hopefully I can explain some reasons...
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Florida - A great place for a holiday

If you have never been on holiday to Orlando, Florida before it is really a very unique experience. Florida offers almost every type of holiday you could ask for, Theme parks, Beaches, nature trails, water based and cruising. All these holidays are g...
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Florida Keys part1

Florida Keys part 1 Few places in the world have the scenery, history or the romance to match that of the Florida Keys. It is a chain of islands that spread from the Florida mainland to Key West, the most southern point of America. If ...
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Florida Keys part2

Florida Keys part 2 If you enjoy a Jet ski you can hire individually or join a group with a guide who shows you for example part of the Naval base, where the Navy seals train occasionally. The Jet Ski guide will also ta...
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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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Florida weather

Have you ever wondered why so many people choose Florida for their vacation? Maybe it has something to do with the great weather and on average 265 days of sunshine per year! It is not called the SUNSHINE STATE for nothing. Being located in southern ...
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Florida Wildlife

One of the intriguing things about visiting Florida is spotting the wildlife it its natural habitat! There are some wonderful examples – animals, birds and even reptiles that for most Brits are a thrill to see! Most people will only ever see some of ...
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Flying to Tampa with British Airways

It never ceases to thrill me to know that we are crossing that huge pond, the Atlantic, on our way to our villa in Florida. For years we were avid watchers of ‘Miami Vice’ and the first time we drove round this amazing city we were just holding our b...
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Epcot Concert Schedule at the International Food and Wine Festival

Held annually from the end of September through October and into November this popular event has now expanded to 45 days, we have visited for the last 4 years and each time it has been bigger and better! We’re off again this year! Normal park ...
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Fort Island Gulf Beach - A hidden gem.

If you find yourself in the Crystal River area with time on your hands then I can strongly recommend a trip to Fort Island Gulf Beach. Situated where the mouth of the Crystal River meets the Gulf of Mexico this a wonderfully secluded beach, perfect f...
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France - Epcot

If you have been visiting the United Kingdom, cross over the English Channel (known in Epcot as the International Gateway Bridge) into France. This Showcase shows France from 1870-1910, a period known as La Belle Epoque, the beautiful time. <...
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Free things to do in Las Vegas

The pirate show called ‘Sirens of TI’ at the Treasure Island Hotel is a free show that can be seen from the side walk 4 or 5 times a day, depending on the season. It features high diving, acrobatics and flamboyant swordplay. The Sirens try to enchant...
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The Friendly Fisherman Restaurant, Madeira Beach

If you have had a wonderful day on one of the Gulf beaches, why not bring the evening to a close by visiting the Friendly Fisherman Restaurant, at John’s Pass Village and Boardwalk, located just off Highway 699, south of Clearwater, and just north of...
Viewed 3978 times since 1 September 2008.

Fun Spot Action Park

After finding the Fun Spot by accident on our last visit and having had a great time on the go-carts there, we decided to revisit on our recent trip in February this year. Fun Spot is based off International Drive (near Wet and Wild) and has ...
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Garden of Discovery - Seaworld

On our visit to our villa last March we encountered unseasonably hot weather for that time of year. Whilst we were very happy to enjoy it by our final day my parents were feeling the strain of the hot weather. We always check our luggage in at Virgin...
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GASPARILLA ISLAND

Gasparilla Island State Park is in Lee County on Floridas south west (Gulf) coast. It is near Boca Grande and is one of the chain of Gulf Coast barrier islands. According to Folklore, it was so named after a pirate called Jose Gaspar, who was...
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Gatorland in Florida

Gatorland, on South Orange Blossom Trail, is ideal for a half day outing, although you can take longer and stay all day. It makes a great break from the busy, big theme parks. The huge, gaping gator jaws with big white teeth make an unmistakable entr...
Viewed 2746 times since 16 February 2010.

Dining At Gaylord Palms

If you are looking for somewhere that little bit extra special then Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Centre is an experience not to be missed. The showcase piece is the striking glass dome atrium that houses everything under its roof. From th...
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Getting Wet at Universal and Seaworld.

You cannot visit the many theme parks in Orlando without experiencing the water rides at least once – after all, on a boiling hot summer’s day there is nothing more refreshing than getting a soaking, or so my children would have me believe. Personall...
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Glenbrook – a popular place to stay

Glenbrook is a very popular attractive community just north of H192, on H27 – an ideal location for that magical vacation you’ve dream of in Orlando. Easy to find just one mile north on the 192, Walgreens marks the right turning into Glenbroo...
Viewed 4006 times since 1 September 2008.

Golf at Providence

If you are staying anywhere around Poinciana, Champions Gate or along Ronald Regan Parkway then Providence is handy for a game of golf. Open to the public, the rates are competitive with a twilight fees costing between $30 and $50 depending on the ti...
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Golf in Orlando

Golf courses in the Orlando area provide for the beginner to the Pro. To a beginner it does seam rather intimidating but if you want to have a go Florida is the place to try it. All equipment is availably to hire you can hire golf carts, club...
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Golf on the Cape Haze Peninsular, Rotonda West.

For the avid golfer, Rotonda West offers five challenging golf courses, with another, the Pine Valley course, under construction, due for completion in 2008. There are many other pristine courses within a 30 minute drive of Rotonda West which also...
Viewed 3396 times since 1 September 2008.

Gospel House of Blues Brunch

We had wanted to go to the House of Blues in Downtown Disney, West side for some time. Here there is a Gospel Brunch every Sunday and it is billed as “A musical celebration of the ' good news, ' praise & thanksgiving, with a delicious all...
Viewed 2729 times since 1 January 2010.

Grand Floridian Cafe - Atmosphere and location

When we are in Florida we always make at least one stop at the Grand Floridian Resort. It’s a great place to just wander around but we always try to dine at one of Disney World’s most underrated restaurants. It’s a real hidden gem and just does not g...
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The Grand Floridian Hotel

The Grand Floridian is a wonderful display of the splendor of the old grand style Victorian hotels that were built after the railroad made Florida accessible. This style of hotel was built when Florida became the place to go in the winter of the mid ...
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Day Out at Green Meadows Petting Farm

Right – so you’ve been in Florida for a while now and, to be honest, you’ve seen enough of the “mouse” to last a lifetime! ! You’ve probably been on every ride under the sun (and vowed that each one would be your last) and have watched every parade a...
Viewed 4205 times since 1 September 2008.

Gulf Coast Airports

If you are visiting the Gulf Coast beaches you have a good choice of airports to fly into. Anywhere from Fort Myers up to Clearwater is easily accessed by the airports of Tampa, Sarasota and Fort Myers. You may find the following information of inter...
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Gulf Coast Beaches close to Orlando

Florida is renowned for having some of the best beaches in the USA. Many are beautiful, with soft white sand, easily accessible and with good facilities. With the year round sunshine everyone can enjoy the smooth, silky sand and the gentle warm water...
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Gulf Coast beaches in the Rotonda area

To access the closest beaches from the Rotonda area drive up Hw 776 towards Englewood. Take a left at the lights at Beach Rd. Cross over the bridge and continue up to the roundabout. You now have a choice of four beautiful beaches. Go left at...
Viewed 3036 times since 4 May 2009.

Gwazi Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens at Tampa Bay with its many different styles of roller coaster has one quite unusual offering – Gwazi. As you enter Busch Garden, bear left through some of its prettiest gardens with beautiful flowers and plants, towards Stanleyv...
Viewed 2734 times since 14 February 2010.

Hard Rock Cafe

I have visited Florida on many occasions and never eaten in a better place, this is without doubt one of the best places to visit in Florida. If you have not been to The Hard Rock Cafe before they serve good old traditional American food (Burg...
Viewed 4258 times since 1 September 2008.

Dine at the Hard Rock Cafe

After many years of visiting Orlando and Universal Studios we finally managed to book a table at the Hard Rock Cafe. The Cafe in Orlando is the largest Hard Rock Cafe in the world, is very impressive and is next door to Hard Rock Live with its mock R...
Viewed 4402 times since 1 September 2008.

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey - Rumours and Facts

FACT: This Thursday (25 March), Universal will be announcing the opening date for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. RUMOUR: At the same time, Universal will also announce more details about the new ride, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Jour...
Viewed 4288 times since 22 March 2010.

Harry Potter...Not a fan?

I have never read a Harry Potter book or seen a Harry Potter film; there I have said it! But I bet there are many of you out there who could say the same. So when we visited Universal recently I wondered how much enjoyment I would get out...
Viewed 2688 times since 5 March 2011.

Harry Potter - Universal Studios Orlando

One of the newest rides in Universal Studios Islands of Adventure is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Build on the back of the huge movie and book franchise, the ride is one of the most impressive and popular in Florida. No expens...
Viewed 1177 times since 11 October 2013.

Harry's Seafood Bar - St Augustine

One afternoon in St Augustine when we got off our Trolley Bus on its final session of the day it suddenly started to rain heavily. Opposite our trolley stop was Harry’s Seafood Bar and Grille and we decided to dive for cover in there. It was ...
Viewed 2620 times since 22 January 2010.

High Grove – A Great Place to Stay

High Grove is a new (completed late 2005) top class resort development of 3, 4 and 5 bedroom homes situated in one of the most convenient locations in the Disney area. I must point out that I am biased as this is where I decided to buy my home when H...
Viewed 8739 times since 1 September 2008.

High Grove Resort – an update

I can’t believe it’s almost a year since I wrote my first Florida guide article about High Grove but it is so I thought I’d better up date it as a few things have changed, all for the better I might add. High Grove is a first class resort dev...
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Hints and tips for UK visitors

Having purchased our home in the sunshine state, and visiting a couple of times a year for our vacations, we have compiled a few hints and tips for the first time visitor. There is no 'rocket science' here - just a few ideas to help make the holiday ...
Viewed 3628 times since 1 September 2008.

Historic Bok Sanctuary

Historic Bok Sanctuary is described in their leaflet as “A Remarkable Experience that Will Elevate Your Mind and Spirit” and I think that this sums it up perfectly. Situated in Lake Wales, easily reached from the theme parks and attractions of Orland...
Viewed 2930 times since 1 September 2008.

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit

On our last visit to Orlando in Sep of 2009 we were looking keeping our eyes peeled for the start of the new ride to hit Orlando’s Universal Studios, Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit. This new ride can be seen from the entrance to Orlando (right behind the ...
Viewed 2893 times since 24 September 2009.

Hollywood Tower of Terror - Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios is one of Disney’s smallest and best theme parks. Located right at the heart of Disney the park has seen a great transformation over the years with new rides and shows being added. One of the main attractions to the park is the ride...
Viewed 2006 times since 13 February 2013.

Hoop De Doo

Want a great family night out that’s a little bit different? Then try Disney’s Hoop de Doo. It’s loud, it’s colourful, it’s noisy, it’s crazy with slap stick humour, but most importantly it’s fun! We had not tried it until this summer...
Viewed 4668 times since 1 September 2008.

Hooters Restaurant

If you fancy a pitcher of beer or sangria and do not want to wait ages for your food, then Hooters is worth a visit. There are a few dotted around Orlando and you can’t mistake them as the logo is in Orange – there’s is a nice one at Lake Buena Vista...
Viewed 4373 times since 1 September 2008.

My Ride at Horse World!

Every year we come to Florida , and stay in our house ‘Seventh Heaven’ in Emerald Island, Kissimmee. This year we planned to do some different activities, one being Western Horse back riding. My Nan, my Brother (aged 6), my Sister (aged 9),...
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Horse World Riding Stables

If you have children or even adults that enjoy horse riding do try and spend some time at Horse World Riding Stables. These can be found just south of the Disney World Resort area situated at 3705 Poinciana Blvd, Kissimmee that is 12 miles south of t...
Viewed 4105 times since 1 September 2008.

Hot Air Ballooning in Florida

As a birthday treat, my husband had booked a trip in a hot air balloon for me and my youngest son (one child goes free). As Stuart (hubby) and Jamie (eldest son) were afraid of heights, it was left to us two to try this. We booked in for the ...
Viewed 3903 times since 1 September 2008.

hot air balloons

I recently decided to take a hot air balloon ride. This was something I was very nervous about initially because I am very scared of heights. I was told that I would be fine and there was nothing to worry about. Well we were up at the crack o...
Viewed 3445 times since 1 September 2008.

House Of Blues - Downtown Disney

Having spent a very enjoyable evening wandering around Downtown Disney we came upon the House of Blues and tried to get a dinner reservation. Unfortunately they were extremely busy and we could not be seated. We decided therefore to return one lunch ...
Viewed 3481 times since 11 April 2009.

House of Blues – Part I

I have quiet an eclectic musical taste, from King Crimson to Simon & Garfunkel and The Rolling Stones to Coldplay with a bit of Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby thrown in for good measure. So in many respects it is a bit surprising that it has taken...
Viewed 2755 times since 3 January 2010.

ICE at Gaylord Palms Hotel

Having, for the last few years intended to visit this annual festive season exhibition at Gaylord Palms but never quite managing to fit it in to the hectic Xmas schedule we always seem to have, but during a month’s holiday at our villa last December ...
Viewed 3973 times since 1 September 2008.

ICE! 2005

This article is the second in a series and should be read in conjunction with the others which give details of the location and how this amazing attraction is constructed. This year, ICE! will feature several new or updated scenes these will i...
Viewed 3723 times since 1 September 2008.

ICE 2010

Each year Gaylord Palms Hotel and Convention Centre hosts “ICE” as part of their Christmas programme and it is really worth seeing. This is the second time that we have been and most of the display was completely new to us so it was well worth it. Viewed 2823 times since 17 January 2010.

ICE at the Gaylord Palms

Having never visited Florida at Christmas time before the one thing I was determined that we should see this year was ICE at The Gaylord Palms. I had heard good and bad reports of it but was going to make my own mind up. I therefore booked our ticket...
Viewed 3082 times since 2 January 2009.

ICE - Gaylord Palms (Seasonal Exhibition)

2008 is the sixth year of the ICE exhibition at the Gaylord Palms hotel in Orlando and its biggest to date. This is also our first visit to the exhibition. The exhibition is a walk-through celebration of ice carvings, and this year included nearly tw...
Viewed 3744 times since 31 December 2008.

ICE! - How they do it

This article is the third in a series and should be read in conjunction with the others which give details of the location and the scenes you will see inside. First let’s look at the raw figures to see what it takes to create this display. It ...
Viewed 3717 times since 1 September 2008.

Ice in Florida

If you want to see ice in Florida then look no further than Ice spectacular at Gaylord Palms resort. The ice its self has been hand carved by Chinese artisans from Harbin, using over 2 million pounds of Ice and took over a month to completeViewed 3726 times since 12 December 2008.

IllumiNations Cruise at Epcot

Have you ever stood in “France” watching the amazing pyrotechnics and lasers over the lagoon at Epcot and seen the privileged few enjoying a glass of champagne while watching the fireworks from their private launch and wondered how they mana...
Viewed 4289 times since 1 September 2008.

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

They call it ' an incredible symphony of lasers, music and fireworks. ' But for me, I think ‘Illuminations: Reflections of Earth’ is the ultimate firework and laser show, and nothing I have ever seen comes close to beating or matching it. It is full ...
Viewed 2126 times since 10 January 2013.

Indian Restaurant - The Clay Oven

Although we have been going to Florida for over twenty years we always seemed to be searching for a good Indian restaurant. The Passage to India used to have a restaurant on International Drive near the Belz Outlet Shopping area (this is now Prime Ou...
Viewed 3272 times since 7 January 2011.

Indiana Jones – Epic Stunt Spectacular

Everyone will love this spectacular stunt show at Disney Hollywood Studios, especially if you have ever seen the movie “Raiders of the Lost Ark” starring Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. Scenes from the film are re-enacted on stage by professi...
Viewed 3651 times since 1 September 2008.

Interesting Facts About the Haunted Mansion

The Haunted Mansion at Magic Kingdom, Disneyworld, Orlando, is one of the most popular attractions. Although it opened in October, 1971 it recently underwent a big refurbishment and re-opened in September 2007, with improved animatronics and upgraded...
Viewed 3832 times since 1 September 2008.

International Drive - Part 1

If anybody tells you that you don’t want to go to International Drive because it is like Blackpool, take it with a pinch of salt. International Drive starts a few miles before Sea World and Aquatica Water Theme Park and carries on northwa...
Viewed 2177 times since 8 December 2012.

International Drive - Part 2

After the Conference Centre and luxury hotels on International Drive, you will arrive at some very up-market restaurants, one of the best is the Ming Chinese Restaurant or at the entrance to Pointe Orlando there is Maggiano’s Italian restaurant. Also...
Viewed 1959 times since 8 December 2012.

International Drive - Part 3 - Pointe Orlando Center

Pointe Orlando is a shopping and night club complex on International Drive which also houses a huge Imax multi-screen cinema in which the largest screen cinema has a giant screen several stories high included which usually shows the most popular film...
Viewed 1917 times since 8 December 2012.

Is it Walt Disney World, or is it The Magic Kingdom?

The very first time I travelled to Orlando to visit Walt Disney World I was slightly confused. I had read some guide books and so I was aware that it was split up into different areas but I still mistakenly thought that the Magic Kingdom was just ano...
Viewed 3018 times since 20 April 2009.

Islands of Adventure at Universal Studios

This is the second Universal Studios Park to open in Orlando and is the thrill seekers Mecca in Orlando. Situated adjacent to the original Universal you park at the same place and walk through City Walk to reach both parks. Once through the ga...
Viewed 3289 times since 1 September 2008.

Islands of Adventure for little kids

Whilst Disney is brilliant for little kids Islands of Adventure tends to cater more to the older kids and teens, however if you are taking younger ones to Islands of Adventure don’t despair - there is still plenty to keep them amused. You just need t...
Viewed 3421 times since 27 July 2009.

Islands of Adventure Information

For those that have not been to Islands of Adventure before I hope you will find this information useful. I feel you need a full day here because there is so much to see and do that you will be occupied non stop from park open to park close. ...
Viewed 3122 times since 22 October 2009.

Islands of Adventure

As the name suggests, Islands of Adventure is a little more white knuckle than say the Disney Parks and probably aimed at the teenage bracket and above, although there is plenty of entertainment for the younger child. You would gain entrance ...
Viewed 2890 times since 9 June 2009.

Islands of Adventure - Universal Orlando

Islands of Adventure at Universal, Orlando is in my view the best park in Florida. It was built in 1999 right next door to Universal Studios to cater for the slightly older guests who like a little more thrill rides as well as keeping the younger one...
Viewed 2360 times since 11 November 2011.

Its a Small World - Magic Kingdom

This was one of the original attractions when Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom opened in1971. Walt Disney had designed the attraction for the Pepsi-Cola Company to benefit UNICEF at the 1964-65 New York World’ s Fair and when the Fair cl...
Viewed 4552 times since 1 September 2008.

Japan - Epcot

You will find the Japanese Pavilion between United States and Morocco in World Showcase. In designing the pavilion, Disney tried to create samples of traditional Japanese structures. You can see the bright red torii gate, which welcomes visit...
Viewed 3695 times since 1 September 2008.

Jaws Ride at Universal Studio

The Jaws ride must have been running for 20 years now at the Universal Studios Park in Orlando and rumours are that it will close its doors in 2012 for good to make way for a new attraction so visit this attraction soon if you get the chance. ...
Viewed 2416 times since 23 December 2011.

Joe's Crab Shack

When we first bought our villa there were only a couple of restaurants nearby now we are lucky to have so many we are spoilt for choice. We go back home after every visit with at least one on our To Do list! The one left to visit from our last holida...
Viewed 1390 times since 4 July 2013.

Journey to Atlantis – Sea World

Our initial reaction when heading for Journey at Atlantis at Seaworld was that we were about to sample another water-chute ride. Little did we know what to expect, but the ride designers have excelled themselves by combining the very best in thrills ...
Viewed 3797 times since 1 September 2008.

Jungle Cruise

The Jungle Cruise is one of Disney’s original rides and is never the same twice due to the ongoing narration from the boat’s captain. Some skippers are more enthusiasts than others and give it “all they’ve got” and you are made to feel that you are i...
Viewed 3251 times since 27 February 2009.

Jungle Cruise - Magic Kingdom

The Jungle Cruise in Adventure Land, Magic Kingdom is a ride taken from the original in Disney Land in 1955. You will board a 1930’s style safari boat and be taken on a very unusual cruise on untamed rivers, through several continents in a matter of ...
Viewed 2770 times since 22 December 2010.

Jurassic Park IOA

It was not until I visited Islands of Adventure with my brother and niece that I really appreciated this park. This was in early December and the parks were quite due to most people rushing around getting ready for Christmas. On my previous visits th...
Viewed 3988 times since 9 April 2009.

Jurassic Park River Adventure – Islands of Adventure

I usually give the water rides at miss at theme parks, one because I’m a whimp and don’t want to get soaked and secondly because I don’t want to spend the rest of my day walking around dripping wet. However, my daughter convinced me that ...
Viewed 5938 times since 6 January 2011.

Kayaking on Lemon Bay to the Hidden Lagoon

Not being an experienced kayaker it was with some trepidation I agreed to go and experience, once again, this little known water sport. I have only been in a kayak once before and that was on the River Thames, a very busy river and as the kay...
Viewed 1453 times since 28 December 2013.

Kelly Park (2)

We spent a very pleasant morning at Kelly Park on our recent trip to Florida. Something a little different and a brilliant way to have a good time without spending a fortune. This 248-acre Orange County park is built around one of the Apopka ...
Viewed 5112 times since 1 September 2008.

Kennedy Space Centre

Kennedy space centre is a truly awesome place to visit. The visitor complex is the best place to start. Here we have an IMAX theatre were they show 2 different films on stunning screens which are more than 5 storeys high. The first film we saw was Ma...
Viewed 3470 times since 29 December 2008.

Kennedy Space Centre, Florida

No trip to Florida should end without a visit to the Kennedy Space Center. When you are so close it would be criminal not to visit the most historic place in America – from where all the space missions leave. It is situated about one hours drive from...
Viewed 3131 times since 1 May 2010.

Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie – Interesting facts and a recipe Everywhere you go in Florida you will see Key Lime Pie on the menu. It is said to have originated in Key West in the late 1800’s. Legend says that millionaire William Curry had a cook named Aunt Sa...
Viewed 3641 times since 30 September 2010.

Key West, Florida

If you like lively holidays, or vacations, Key West, Florida is just such an energetic place to visit. It has a fantastic atmosphere unlike any of the other Keys in the chain of islands that outstretch from the mainland, south of Miami, reaching out ...
Viewed 5967 times since 7 February 2010.

The Key West Express Part 3: Paradise porters.

So here we are, right in the heart fabulous Key West with so much to see and do and it' s only lunch time, the majority of people cannot check in to their accommodation until 3 or 4 pm so what do you do with your bags? Do you waste time taking a trip...
Viewed 1156 times since 29 March 2015.

Key West - The Trolley Tour

Whenever we visit a town or city for the first time as tourist we usually take the bus tour to get to know the local area. Our visit to Key West was no exception - we took the Key West Hop on Hop off Trolley Tour. This tour is as its name suggests, a...
Viewed 3064 times since 7 November 2009.

Key West (3)

If your in Florida for an extended period or you have done all the parks and are looking for something else to do why not consider a trip to Key West. You can do the drive in one day and if you do I would suggest you think about stoppi...
Viewed 4682 times since 1 September 2008.

Kissimmee Old Town – Thrill Rides

It’s difficult to recall the number of times we must have driven down the 192 from the airport and passed the huge metal frame of, what we now know to be, the Skycoaster at Kissimmee Old Town…. . and every time we promise ourselves that we will inves...
Viewed 4663 times since 1 September 2008.

Lake Buena Vista Outlet Mall

This Mall is not as often visited as Belz or Orlando Premium Outlets but we always find a half day to pop down there as there are lots of good bargains available. First stop is Swimart to get your discount booklet – you should see coupons f...
Viewed 6568 times since 1 September 2008.

Lake Fishing in Orlando

When we think of Orlando, the images that immediately spring to mind are that of Mickey Mouse, The Disney Parks, Universal and SeaWorld, but did you know that Orlando is known as The Bass Capital of the World? What better way to experience the real F...
Viewed 4359 times since 2 November 2009.

Beautiful Lake Louisa State Park

Lake Louisa State Park is situated off H27 approximately 15-20 minutes north of the I4 junction. Set in the northeast corner of the Green Swamp, a vast wetland in Central Florida, Lake Louisa is the largest in a chain of thirteen lakes connected by t...
Viewed 3753 times since 1 September 2008.

Lake Louisa State Park (3)

Lake Louisa State Park is an award winning park covering four thousand five hundred acres .It is noted for it’s six beautiful lakes. The park is situated a short drive from Orlando off of the US27 in Clermont. It is open from 8am until sun...
Viewed 3867 times since 1 September 2008.

Lake Louisa State Park - A Great Day Out

Despite passing it every time we went up Highway 27 we had never visited Lake Louisa State Park so this time we made the decision to go so one Sunday morning off we set. Drive 5 miles north on Highway 27 from Highway 192 and you will find thi...
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Lake Placid, New York. Pt 1

The village of Lake Placid, New York is situated in the Adirondack Mountains not far from the U. S. border with Canada. Along with Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake it makes up the Tri Lake region of the Adirondacks. Those of you old enoug...
Viewed 1215 times since 10 January 2015.

Lake Placid, New York. Pt 2

The first stop on our Olympic Passport tour was The Olympic Museum, housed in The Olympic Centre. A trip to the museum was on our ' to do' list as was a trip to Whiteface Mountain but we hadn' t realized that we would be able to visit other Olympic v...
Viewed 1238 times since 10 January 2015.

Lake Placid, New York. Pt 3

It was a short car journey to Mount Van Hoevenberg and the Olympic Sports Complex. This is the home of the 1932 and 1980 Olympic in ground bobsled run, which, in 2010 was placed on The National Register of Historic Places. The site now also houses th...
Viewed 1474 times since 10 January 2015.

Lake Placid, New York. Pt 4

The Olympic Passport includes a visit to the ski area at Little Whiteface Mountain with a ride up the Cloud Splitter Gondola and admission to the Veterans Memorial Highway where we could drive to the top of Whiteface Mountain. It took us another half...
Viewed 1204 times since 10 January 2015.

Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards, Clermont, Florida

Most people think of Disney when they visit Orlando, but there are a million and one other things to do if you have time. If you enjoy wine then why not visit the Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards, approximately 25 miles west of Downtown Orlando, in Cle...
Viewed 3524 times since 30 December 2008.

Le Cellier Steakhouse – Epcot

After listening to lots of rave reviews we were so disappointed on our last visit to miss out on Le Cellier Steakhouse as the restaurant was fully booked throughout the duration of our stay. This time I booked well in advance (strongly recomm...
Viewed 3592 times since 1 September 2008.

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...
Viewed 57700 times since 1 September 2008.

Liberty Square - Magic Kingdom

Liberty Square was a part of the Magic Kingdom we often rushed through on our way to Fantasyland when the girls were younger. It is situated between Fantasyland and Frontierland and we spent a very pleasant afternoon there last year. This is a...
Viewed 3883 times since 1 September 2008.

The Lighthouses of Florida

I have to confess that, until I started some preliminary research for a trip to Key West and read about it’s lighthouse, I had not really considered the need or existence for such structures along the (in my mind) sandy shores of Florida. Cli...
Viewed 3801 times since 1 September 2008.

Lights Camera Action Extreme Stunt show

This is one of the newest attractions in Disney Hollywood and in my view it is one of the very best, without doubt it is one of the most exciting shows with lots of noise and action, it is definitely not one to be missed! Lights Camera Action...
Viewed 3221 times since 19 October 2009.

Lights, motors, action extreme stunt show - Hollywood Studios

Lights, motors, action extreme stunt show is located in the newly named Disney Hollywood studios (formerly Disney MGM Studios), the show takes the form of a stunt show set in Europe where you are shown how they do the stunts real time. When t...
Viewed 4136 times since 1 September 2008.

Lights, Motors, Action! at Hollywood Studios

Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show We always enjoy spending Christmas in our beautiful villa in Orlando, but this year we had something new to look forward to when we visited the Disney parks. The new ‘extreme’ stunt show, ‘Lig...
Viewed 3696 times since 1 September 2008.

Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show at Hollywood Studios

We first saw this spectacular stunt show four years ago at Disneyland Paris and have been eagerly awaiting its arrival at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The show opened in early May this year (2005) and we were one of the first to see it duri...
Viewed 3211 times since 1 September 2008.

Logan's Roadhouse

On our recent trip we have experimented with a number of restaurants just for a change and tried the Logan’s Roadhouse tucked away at the Rolling Oaks junction of the 192 and the 429. It is easily missed but on the same side of the road as Millers bu...
Viewed 1180 times since 9 July 2014.

Logan's Roadhouse

For some reason we had never got around to visiting a Logan’s on any of our previous trips to Orlando so this time we decided to give it a try on the recommendation of some friends. We chose the one on the corner of highway 192 and Internati...
Viewed 3163 times since 1 September 2008.

Longhorn Steakhouse

On our last visit to Florida at Easter 2009, we were delighted to see that a new Longhorn Steakhouse had just opened, situated off highway 192, quite close to our vacation home on highway 27. We have previously eaten at a Longhorn Steakhouse and had ...
Viewed 3801 times since 13 June 2009.

Longhorns Steaakhouse

We were introduced to Longhorns Steakhouse on our first visit to Florida several years ago and we now make sure that we pay at least one visit to this excellent restaurant each time we visit our villa. If you like steak (and you have to if yo...
Viewed 2457 times since 8 January 2010.

Lunch at Bahama Breeze

My parents love Bahama Breeze and the one they go to is at Lake Buena Vista. As it is usually very busy at night there is often a long wait for tables so is not always a good choice when we have tired girls with us. This is why we decided to take the...
Viewed 2945 times since 22 October 2009.

Little ones at Magic Kingdom - Adventureland

Magic Kingdom is big…. very big! And as little legs can get tired with all the walking it’s a good idea to do a couple of ‘lands’ within Magic Kingdom and then head back to the villa for a swim or a nap – with your hopper tickets you can always come ...
Viewed 3150 times since 1 September 2008.

Magic Kingdom in Half a Day

Magic Kingdom was the first theme park at Walt Disney World, opening in 1971. Although it is open 365 days a year obviously it gets very busy during school holidays Christmas and Easter. I believe Magic Kingdom can sometimes close the gates early on ...
Viewed 3797 times since 22 October 2009.

Little ones at Magic Kingdom - Main Street

The wonderful thing about all the Disney Parks is that there is ‘something for everyone’ and Magic Kingdom is especially wonderful for younger children. From the moment you park the car (don’t forget to take a note of which car park you’re in! ) and ...
Viewed 3456 times since 1 September 2008.

The Magic of Seaworld

See World is another one of the 7 must visit parks in Orlando. Over the years there has been a lot of heavy development in this theme park and they have added many attractions to try and temp the guests away from Disney. Located just off the I...
Viewed 3308 times since 1 September 2008.

A magical place to be on christmas eve

Last year we were in Florida for Christmas and the new year and what made it special was that we had all the family with us even the grandchildren aged 3 and 5 years So what could we do to make it special? We went down to celebration <...
Viewed 4239 times since 1 September 2008.

Main Street Magic Kingdom

Just walking into the Magic Kingdom is a treat, isn't it? The busy sounds of laughing people hustling and bustling, the bright bouquets of silvery mylar Mickey-head balloons, the luscious perfume of fresh-baked cookies and sticky-sweet candy wafting ...
Viewed 3843 times since 1 September 2008.

Making the most of Disney Fast Pass

In 1999 Disney lead the way for theme parks by introducing the fast pass system. Many parks have since followed suit but none have been as bold as Disney were from the onset – allowing all guests to use fast pass, rather than those who were prepared ...
Viewed 3669 times since 1 September 2008.

Mallory Square - Key West

Several years ago we decided to go down the Florida Keys and stay at Key West for a couple of nights. There is a fabulous laid back atmosphere here and fun to be had in Mallory Square day or night, spring, summer, autumn or winter you will find there...
Viewed 3300 times since 12 January 2010.

Mama Melroses - Hollywood Studios

We decided, long before our holiday, to book the Fantasmic package and dine at Mama Melrose’s . We booked some months in advance direct with Disney. I believe this can be booked up to 180 days in advance. On the advice of friends we booked an...
Viewed 3224 times since 1 September 2008.

Manny's Chop House (1)

Ever wondered what a great American Diner should be like, look no further than Manny’s Chop House. Situated on the southbound side of the US27, just on the outskirts of Haines City, this extremely busy and vibrant restaurant has it all. From m...
Viewed 5070 times since 1 September 2008.

Manta at Seaworld, Orlando

I was lucky enough to be one of the first people on this ride. The day we visited Seaworld Manta, their newest ride, was only open for park employees and their families. It was due to open to the general public about a week later. As we went round th...
Viewed 2797 times since 16 February 2010.

Mardi Gras comes to Orlando!

Having not been to Universal Studios and IOA for a few years, we were pleased and surprised to find that on a visit in April, your ticket into Universal (if used on a Saturday) has the added bonus, of the Mardi Gras celebrations. Not being too sur...
Viewed 3077 times since 1 September 2008.

Mardi Gras Universal Studios

If you are going on holiday to Orlando between February and April, a ‘not to be missed’ night out is the Mardi Gras nights at Universal Studios. In 2009 the theme was ‘Let the Music Move You’, and featured concerts from various bands includin...
Viewed 2897 times since 14 February 2010.

Market Place Downtown Disney - Part 1

When you wake up on your first morning in Orlando, a good way to immerse yourself gently into the spirit of Disney is with a visit to Market Place in Downtown Disney. Here you will get the feel of what you are about to experience when you do your fir...
Viewed 1951 times since 4 November 2011.

Market Place Downtown Disney - Part 2

When you have exhausted the shopping, it may be time for lunch. There are many novelty restaurants in Market Place. One I mentioned in Part 1 of this article is the Earl of Sandwich. As the name suggests they sell sandwiches (and salads) but these ar...
Viewed 1834 times since 4 November 2011.

Market Place Downtown Disney - Part 3

Having told you about the wonderful, shopping and dining in Market Place Downtown Disney, I will now tell you about the attractions there. There is the cutest little miniature train for the tiny people up to the age of about 8 called, Rio...
Viewed 2179 times since 4 November 2011.

Meerkats at Animal Kingdom

I simply love meerkats – can’t get enough of them. I am an avid watcher of ‘Meerkat Manor’ on Animal Planet, and stop everything when the ‘Compare the Meerkat/Market’ advert comes on. So I bet you can guess where I head straight for when I visit Disn...
Viewed 3677 times since 26 April 2009.

Meeting Characters at Walt Disney World - Part1

One of the highlights of visiting Walt Disney world is meeting with Disney characters face to face, having your photograph taken and filling your autograph book. If this interests you then there are several different ways to experience this. ...
Viewed 986 times since 18 January 2016.

Meeting Characters in Walt Disney World - Part 2

Continued from part 1 Character meet and greets at Disney' s Hollywood Studios are mostly scheduled appearances for which you will need to consult your park schedule. Be prepared to stand in line to meet Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and char...
Viewed 961 times since 18 January 2016.

Men in Black - Universal Studios

Universal Studios in Orlando is located around 30 minutes from the short term rental properties and communities in Davenport and Clearmont. The park is joined by its sister park Islands of Adventure and forms part of the ‘Universal Studios Resort’ co...
Viewed 1433 times since 8 August 2013.

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

On our recent February visit to Florida we took the opportunity to revisit Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. We had been here many years ago when our children were younger and went body boarding at the beach. The refuge roads, various trails a...
Viewed 1243 times since 28 February 2015.

Hollywood Studios - A Kid's Guide

A great movie park but not just full of facts – many many things for kids to enjoy – lots of characters appear at this park and as it is not as busy as the other Disney parks, often easier to get a photograph, autograph or ...
Viewed 3499 times since 1 September 2008.

Miami Beach

When most people refer to Miami, they are in all probability actually talking about Miami Beach. Downtown Miami is on the west bank of Biscayne Bay while Miami Beach sits on a long spit of land bordered to the west by the bay and to the east by the A...
Viewed 3103 times since 7 July 2009.

MIami

There are some amazing places to visit in Florida. Most people head for the hustle and bustle of Disney and Orlando area, but around 4 hours drive from Orlando is Miami and its amazing art deco area and World famous beaches. If flying...
Viewed 1055 times since 8 July 2015.

Miami Duck Tours

When I first saw the name ‘Miami Duck Tours’ my first thought was that it was some kind of trip for birdwatchers or maybe even an experience similar to that of visiting the Peabody Hotel on International Drive, Orlando, to see their world famous duck...
Viewed 2787 times since 19 September 2010.

Mickey's Not so Scary Halloween Party

Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without a visit to Mickey’s not so scary Halloween party! It is great for the children (old or young! ) and I can thoroughly recommend it. It is exactly what it says and is “ not so scary “ as some of the other parks a...
Viewed 3035 times since 1 September 2008.

Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party 2009

Friends of ours are staying at our villa in mid October and plan on taking their three young children to this party. To save them some time going through various websites I have compiled the information in this guide for them. The party takes...
Viewed 2419 times since 13 October 2009.

Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party 2010

If you are in Orlando between now and November 1st and have young children or even young at heart adults with you this party is one I highly recommend. My parents even go to it when they go to the villa on their own! The dates for this year’s...
Viewed 5714 times since 14 September 2010.

Mickey's not very scary Halloween party

This was our first time in Disney 's Magic Kingdom for two years. we haven't been for quite some time as we have been waiting for our little grandson to be a little bit more aware and now at the grand age of almost three we felt the time was ready-an...
Viewed 3525 times since 1 September 2008.

Mickey’s Philarmagic

This is one of the newer shows at Magic Kingdom and takes place in the PhiharMagic Concert Hall in Fantasyland, This is just opposite “It’s a Small World” and the Small World attraction gets very busy as people exit PhilharMagic. This really ...
Viewed 3551 times since 1 September 2008.

The Mall at Millenia

The newest and most stunning mall of all, the Mall at Millenia is one of our favourites – even if we can only ‘window shop’! It is spacious and sparkling, with huge areas of glass, marble and palm trees. Whilst it is not an outlet, so prices...
Viewed 4348 times since 1 September 2008.

Montu – Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens, Tampa has some wonderful rollercoaster rides – Sheikra being the most well known. However as you park your car and take the tram ride to the entrance, looming 150 high above into the sky is Montu’s towering cream coloured track. Turnin...
Viewed 3481 times since 14 February 2010.

More about Universal Studios

Men in Black Alien Attack is one of my favourite if not my favourite ride in Universal Studios, not only do the adults like this ride but the kids will also. You undergo training which includes riding through an alien strewn town, but best of all you...
Viewed 2985 times since 1 September 2008.

Mount Dora

If you ever want to go and see another part of Florida historic Mount Dora is certainly worth a look. It is 20 minutes North of Orlando an easy drive away from the hassle and bustle of buy Orlando and the most wonderful little place you could ...
Viewed 2968 times since 1 September 2008.

A day out at Mount Dora

If you''re thinking about a time-warp day, free of theme parks then think about an escape to the New England of Florida, the antique capital as well as the rose capital of Central Florida, Mount Dora. Located 25 miles northwest of...
Viewed 5754 times since 1 September 2008.

‘Must do’s’ at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

As villa owners our guests often ask us what are the ‘must do’ attractions at each of the parks. Obviously this does depend on the age and make up of your party however these are our ‘must do’ rides and attractions at Universal’s Islands of Adventure...
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"Must Do's" at Typhoon Lagoon

First for those that have never visited Typhoon Lagoon let me give you a little background knowledge… According to Disney sources a few years ago there was a furious storm out at sea that was so violent that surfboards were blown into trees, s...
Viewed 5754 times since 1 September 2008.

My fantasy Orlando Theme park.

If you could build your own theme park, what rides would you put in there? In other words, select your favourite rides from all Disney, Seaworld and Universal. I am going to start by choosing the wonderful safari at Epcot; it is such ...
Viewed 1619 times since 19 April 2013.

My favourite Universal experience.

So having thought long and hard about my favourite Disney experience I turned my attention to Universal Studios. The first park opened way back in 1990 and I well remember seeing it built. This was followed by Islands of Adventure which h...
Viewed 1663 times since 22 June 2012.

My first loop the loop ride - AeroSmith's Rock n Roller Coaster - Disney Hollywood Studios - April 2006

After many years I finally got to go on my first ever looped roller coaster. Being small can be good when I do gymnastics but it’s a thousand times bad when you’re waiting to be the right height to go on a ride. This week I finally made it! I went to...
Viewed 4888 times since 1 September 2008.

Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort Narcoossee’s is a signature restaurant at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa and is one of Walt Disney World’s best restaurants. It’s certainly one of the resorts most expensive re...
Viewed 851 times since 5 October 2015.

Narcoossee’s - For that special occasion

During our Easter holiday in Orlando this year we celebrated the 30th wedding anniversary of my sister and her husband. Some time previously we had decided to take them out for a surprise meal, which meant finding the right restaurant and mak...
Viewed 3420 times since 1 September 2008.

NASA Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB)

As you cross over the causeway on your journey to visit the Kennedy Space Centre, you see a huge, monstrous concrete building standing high above anything else you can see. Not the prettiest of structures but a very important one – the Vehicle Assemb...
Viewed 7189 times since 5 October 2008.

What you might need to know at Hollywood Studios

We have been going to the Disney Parks for many years now and have compiled some information that you may find useful. In Guest Relations on Hollywood Boulevard you will find the following: Lost children/lost-guest messages Upgr...
Viewed 2912 times since 18 January 2009.

New Fantasyland Part 1

NEW FANTASYLAND - MAGIC KINGDOM part 1 I seems such a long time since Disney first announced the transformation of Fantasyland and although the construction has been going on for a couple of years it has been well worth waiting for. Viewed 1121 times since 12 November 2013.

New Innovations on Cruise Ships

In the twelve years or so that we have been cruising in the Caribbean there have been enormous changes and innovations in cruise ships. When we sailed on ‘Enchantment of the Seas’ in her inaugural season she was regarded as one of the large ships, bu...
Viewed 2596 times since 5 January 2010.

New Rides in 2009

When we visited Seaworld last year we were in awe of the new ride being built called Manta. Not only did it dominate the skyline in the Park but also looked as though it was going to be immediately over the heads and very close to visitors as they wa...
Viewed 2594 times since 8 November 2009.

New Roller Coaster at Universal Studios

A visit to Universal Studios or Islands of Adventure in Orlando is always an exciting prospect as these parks have some of the wildest roller coasters to be found in Florida. My children love to experience ' The Hulk' and ' Duelling Dragons' , but so...
Viewed 4761 times since 31 December 2008.

New Years Eve at the Theme Parks

Christmas is a magical time to be in Orlando whether you visit the Theme Parks on Christmas Day itself, stay by the pool at your villa and cook that extra special meal or dine out at one of the many fantastic restaurants. Remember for the latter alth...
Viewed 2753 times since 22 December 2009.

New York – Lake George

If you visit New York during winter then Lake George is a good place for a weekend winter getaway. Once the lakes freeze and the trees have a snow blanket it’s time to embrace the winter season. You will find downhill skiing and snowboarding, over 20...
Viewed 804 times since 2 June 2016.

XMAS DECORATIONS: A NIGHT OUT WITH A DIFFERENCE

Here is something you may not have thought about adding to your must do list when you visit Florida over the festive season. It is not just the theme parks and shopping malls which get into the festive spirit and decorates everything in sight so if y...
Viewed 3719 times since 1 September 2008.

Night time at the Parks – Part 1

The theme parks in the day time are spectacular, but at night they really come into their own. Magic Kingdom As soon as it gets dark in the Magic Kingdom, the park comes alive with lights and trolleys selling illuminate...
Viewed 1101 times since 24 December 2013.

Night Time in Orlando

There is something so magical about Orlando and it can be even more magical (if that is possible) at night. Although our girls are in, or nearly in their teens now, we still go to Magic Kingdom at night. With the Castle all lit up everything ...
Viewed 4121 times since 1 September 2008.

Nine Dragons Epcot - re-opened

This restaurant was extensively refurbished earlier this year being closed for many months. We had last dined here a few years ago and the food had been good so we thought we would try the revamped restaurant. The refurbishment looked great e...
Viewed 3142 times since 13 July 2009.

Not to be Overlooked at Animal Kingdom

The Theme Parks are so exciting with so much to see and do it is often easy to overlook some of the attractions they have to offer. One of the best, yet most overlooked probably because not all guests are aware of it , experiences at Disney&#...
Viewed 2950 times since 17 January 2009.

Old Town - Kissimmee

Old Town Kissimmee is a rather an unusual place. It used to be a celebration of all that was good about the USA in the past. It now is just a place for people to browse, eat and shop. It is laid out as a couple of cobbled streets but is not accessibl...
Viewed 3299 times since 25 November 2012.

One of my Favourite Rides in Universal Studio

I sat down at my desk today and thought “ what is the best show or ride in Universal studios” at first writing such an articles seems easy but then I started to think what the best ride in universal studios is really Jaws has to be one of th...
Viewed 2138 times since 5 January 2012.

Orange Lake Golf Courses

Our family has never been great golfers but many guests who have stayed at our villa have spoken enthusiastically about the courses at Orange Lake. As you travel along the 192 towards the 27 you will see Orange Lake Golf courses on your right...
Viewed 2538 times since 6 January 2010.

Orange Tree Community, Florida

We are proud owners of a five bed roomed single story vacation home with its own private pool and spa, built on the Orange Tree community and here in this informative article you will find some useful information should you be lucky enough to be rent...
Viewed 3295 times since 27 December 2009.

Orchid World

If you travel around the south of the Walt Disney World area you may see signs still left up for Orchid World. Many years ago this was a place that was worth a visit especially as it was free to enter. I think this may have been what caused its undoi...
Viewed 1357 times since 15 April 2015.

Orlando City MLS - Part 3

Continued from part 2 We started to follow The Citrus Bowl website directions to our designated parking lots only to find the streets around the stadium closed to traffic and road blocks in place, every intersection we came to we would...
Viewed 728 times since 15 January 2016.

Orlando City MLS - Part 4

Continued from part 3. Putting our frustrations aside we settled down to enjoy the atmosphere and the game. How different to a Premier league game! There were whole families sat together, sometimes three generations wi...
Viewed 670 times since 15 January 2016.

Orlando’s Lesser Known Attractions - Part II

While the big names, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and Sea World, are the main crowd pullers to the Orlando Metropolitan area, there are also a great many smaller attractions that are well worth a visit if you are holiday...
Viewed 2552 times since 1 August 2009.

Must-Do Snacks In Orlando

We have been visiting Florida for some 20 years now and have found many snacks that we love and we keep on trying more! If you like your food, Florida is a great place to vacation……..here are some of our favourites and “you must try” snacks! <...
Viewed 3889 times since 1 September 2008.

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights at Hollywood Studios

If you are visiting Orlando anytime between Thanksgiving and the New Year then you should definitely visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios to see one of the most amazing displays of Christmas Lights in the world. The display itself is breathtaking ...
Viewed 3490 times since 1 September 2008.

Our First Disney Cruise

In January 2015 we took our first ever cruise. It was a five day cruise aboard the Disney Wonder to Grand Cayman and Disney’s private island in the Caribbean, Castaway Cay, sailing from Miami. I had always said that I would never crui...
Viewed 1018 times since 6 July 2015.

Our Last Visit to Islands of Adenture Part 2

After enjoying chicken and fries at the Fire Eaters Grill the adults in our party went over to look at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This attraction opened recently on some vacant land plus some land previously home to a part of the Lost Conti...
Viewed 1673 times since 14 December 2012.

Our Last Visit to Islands of Adventure Part 1

As we visit our villa at least once a year, and my parents who are retired have the luxury of going twice, we tend to have multi day passes for all the Parks. When the girls were younger we tended to spend the majority of our days at Universal Studio...
Viewed 1684 times since 14 December 2012.

Our Stay at Treasure Island Part 4

If you walk to your right on the beach from the Thunderbird you get to St John’s Pass however there is also a nice walk if you turn left. As there is a public car park close by the beach gets busy with families ( although still loads of space) and th...
Viewed 2009 times since 25 January 2012.

Outback Restaurant at Orlando Airport

Before we return home on our transatlantic flight to the UK from our villa in Orlando we usually have one last meal at the airport. Over the last few years we have eaten at the Outback Restaurant at Orlando International Airport. Outback is l...
Viewed 3289 times since 4 January 2010.

Outdoor World - Part 1

On our first shopping trip to Festival Bay was a bit of an eye opener as we turned into the car park we saw a huge sign for Outdoor World, outside which stood what we in the UK would call speed boats and cruisers. We made our way into Festiva...
Viewed 3914 times since 1 September 2008.

Outdoor World - Part 2

The biggest area of clothing was without doubt the area of camouflage clothing this was simply unbelievable! The Americans really do take there hunting seriously there was every kind of clothing from boots through to hats in different types of camouf...
Viewed 3784 times since 1 September 2008.

Overview Of Islands of Adventure

Twinned with Universal Studios, the Island of Adventures is my favourite Orlando theme park. The recent addition of the Harry Potter Wizarding World has cemented its' popularity in my child-like mind. In the world before Harry, the Islands ha...
Viewed 2392 times since 23 December 2010.

Panera Bread

If you are looking for somewhere for lunch that does not include burgers, pizzas, chicken nuggets or fries, then Panera Bread is the place for you. There are a good few of them opening up now all over Orlando and the surrounding areas. They have wi-f...
Viewed 1933 times since 29 November 2012.

Pangani Forest Exploration Trail

It is easy to overlook the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail which is located near the exit of Kilimanjaro Safari. ' Pangani' is Swahili for ' place of enchantment' and when you visit here you will see that it is aptly named. Here visitors get...
Viewed 2628 times since 1 January 2010.

Paradiso 37 Restaurant - Downtown Disney

Next time you go to Downtown Disney you might like to visit the Paradiso 37 restaurant which opened in the summer of 2009 and is situated in the Pleasure Island district of Downtown Disney, between the Adventurer’s Club and Harley Davidson Orlando. <...
Viewed 3103 times since 31 December 2009.

Passe-a-Grille Beach, St Petes

One of our favourite places to visit in Florida is Passe-a-Grille beach at St Petersburg. We take a drive over and spend the day there where they have being laid back down to an art. It is worth waiting for the spectacular sunset, so make sure you ha...
Viewed 2720 times since 31 December 2010.

Pay a visit to Disney West Side.

Located next door to Disney Marketplace, West Side offers a great mix of shopping, places to eat and entertainment. At one end of this area of Downtown Disney is the fabulous Cirque du Soleil big top. It is the permanent home to La Nouba, a b...
Viewed 3543 times since 1 September 2008.

Disney Pin Trading

One of the things which has taken off in Disney is Pin Trading. If you’ve visited Walt Disney World in the last few years, you’ve probably noticed people, including Cast Members wearing large numbers of pins. Did you know that trading thes...
Viewed 4307 times since 1 September 2008.

Pirates and Buried Treasure

So is there truth in the myths and legends of pirates and buried treasure on the Cape Haze peninsular, if it is true will you be the lucky one to find it. Up to the early 1900’s Florida was in the main a wilderness including many parts of the...
Viewed 3766 times since 6 November 2008.

Pixie Hollow at EPCOT

Pixie Hollow at EPCOT When Disney decided to close down the Toon Town area of the Magic Kingdom to create a whole new expanded Fantasyland area they needed to evict a number of popular features. One of those was the Pixie Hollow meet and g...
Viewed 2549 times since 8 March 2012.

Places for Snacks at Hollywood Studios

There always seems so much choice so I thought I would write about some of the places we have had a drink, snack or meal at Hollywood Studios. At the ABC Commissary you will find and Art Deco themed counter service restaurant with the Posters...
Viewed 2884 times since 31 December 2009.

Planet Hollywood at Downtown Disney

Planet Hollywood makes its impact on the skyline at Downtown Disney west side, and is even more spectacular when viewed at night. It is an amazing building looks like a massive bright blue globe, sitting in a lake, with lights beaming out around to d...
Viewed 4122 times since 1 September 2008.

Planning your holiday in Orlando

Planning your trip to Florida if you have never been before, can be a bit of a concern. Apart from the obvious sun clothes and swimsuits do remember to pack some very comfortable shoes – you will be doing a great deal of walking. Also, don’t be tempt...
Viewed 2783 times since 22 January 2010.

Playhouse Disneys Hollywood and Vine Lunch

At the Hollywood and Vine you have a choice of two character meals either Breakfast or Lunch. Having been to several character breakfasts we opted for lunch and were not disappointed. As with all character meals be prepared to book well in ad...
Viewed 3934 times since 1 September 2008.

Pleasure Island - the story

For the time being, Pleasure Island is a shadow of its former self. It was in June of 2008 that Walt Disney World Resort announced that Pleasure Island would change dramatically, with the closing down of all its night clubs and comedy clubs in Septem...
Viewed 3523 times since 11 October 2010.

Popeye and Blutos Raft Ride

Popeye and Bluto’s Raft Ride at Universal Islands of Adventure Florida Do you want to get wet? No, I mean really, really wet. This ride is the most fun that you can ever experience, the rafts sit around ten people who strap in with lap seat be...
Viewed 2984 times since 17 August 2010.

Portobello Restaurant

Portobello Restaurant When Pleasure Island opened its doors for business in 1989 one of the original restaurants that were a part of the area was the Portobello Yacht Club. The restaurant was Italian in style and tried to convey the atmosp...
Viewed 1775 times since 30 November 2012.

Poseidon’s Fury At Universal IOA

As you wind your way around the Islands of Adventure at Universal Studios you will come across a hidden gem ( tucked away behind the talking tree that squirts water over everyone) is Poseidon’s Temple This is a very impressive looking setting lo...
Viewed 2311 times since 23 December 2011.

Publix Supermarkets

One of the great advantages of staying at a villa is that you enjoy shopping for household goods and food at the local supermarkets. At home we tend to do a Supermarket dash at the weekends but whilst in Florida we have time to have a leisurely brows...
Viewed 2984 times since 3 February 2011.

The Rain Forest Cafe - Orlando

“Your adventure is about to begin” is how you are welcomed to the Rain Forest café and it’s true. Visiting Rainforest Cafe is unlike any other dining experience. Your adventure begins as soon as you check in. However be warn that at popular...
Viewed 4789 times since 1 September 2008.

Rainforest Cafe

We visited the Rainforest Cage at Downtown Disney, but there is also one at the entrance of Animal Kingdom – you do not need to enter the park to dine here however. This a great place for the kids and now that they offer priority seating I ...
Viewed 3876 times since 1 September 2008.

Rainy Days at Downtown Disney

Although it is unusual there can be rainy days at Disney but they need not spoil your enjoyment. If rain is forecast we tend to plan ahead and initially enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the villa rather than the usual dash to get to the Parks as early ...
Viewed 4528 times since 1 September 2008.

RAINY DAYS AT EPCOT

Occasionally during your holiday in Orlando you may experience a rainy day. If you stay indoors and you are at a hotel it can be hard to keep the children amused in a confined space. If you are staying at a villa it is far easier to entertain the chi...
Viewed 3442 times since 1 September 2008.

Red Lobster revisited

This restaurant is still top of our list of must visit places to eat. The menu is mainly seafood as the name suggests, but steaks and chicken as available as well. The lobster, shrimp, crab legs and scallops are wonderful and the service is always go...
Viewed 3106 times since 19 June 2009.

Renting a Vacation Home Explained, To Americans, Part III

Let’s talk about destinations outside Disney, first non-Park ones. There’s the usual assortment of chain restaurants. Actually, more than the usual assortment. Orlando is considered a “test-market” for many restaurants because they get customers from...
Viewed 3502 times since 1 September 2008.

Restaurant Row

There is an area around Dr Philips and Sandlake Road that has become known as “Restaurant Row”. There is a great choice of dining although some of it is quite pricey but perfect for that special occasion. In this guide I will try to list some of the ...
Viewed 3807 times since 31 December 2009.

Restaurant Row Part 1

Restaurant Row is located in an area of Orlando called Dr Phillips and is just off International Drive. It is home to a great selection of restaurants and has more upscale restaurants than the traditional tourist areas of Orlando. Although some disce...
Viewed 2858 times since 9 February 2010.

Restaurant Row Part 2

Bonefish Grill is located on Sand Lake Road near Barnes and Noble book store. This is a lively location and offers good value for an upscale restaurant. The original restaurant opened in St Petersburg in Florida back in January 2000 and since then th...
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Restaurant Row Part 3

MoonFish Restaurant has a very enticing entrance with its fake waterfall and is a Seafood restaurant with an Asian themed accent. It is located on Sand Lake Road in The Fountains Plaza at Bay Hill on the east end. It is part of the Talk of Th...
Viewed 2685 times since 9 February 2010.

Restaurants at The Loop

While Orlando’s newest open air shopping complex is now open some of us look forward to that shopping break when you can have a coffee and snack or maybe a larger meal at the end of the day. The Loop located at the intersection of John Young Parkw...
Viewed 4124 times since 1 September 2008.

Retail Therapy in Orlando

You will find Orlando is great for shopping. We usually take one suitcase each with us with an extra case flat-packed inside. Do not worry if you do not have a spare case because they are very cheap to buy in Orlando. However do not forget the excess...
Viewed 2327 times since 22 October 2009.

Review of Blue Horizons at SeaWorld

If you have not visited SeaWorld in Orlando for some time you may be surprised to discover that the Whale and Dolphin Show has been completely revamped. Even though the original show was excellent, you will not be disappointed with the new attraction...
Viewed 2770 times since 23 September 2010.

Ricky Ts Bar and Restaurants

If you ever go to the St Petes/ Treasure Island Gulf Coast area Ricky Ts Bars and Restaurant are worth a visit. Ricky Ts in Treasure Island is located on Gulf Boulevard (opposite the Bilmar Beach Resort) which is the coast road. It is probabl...
Viewed 2866 times since 1 October 2010.

Ride Guide – Expidition Everest

This is the newest mountain that Disney has added two Disneyworld and, if it were real, would in fact be the second highest peak in Florida! The roller coaster has some really unique features about it and consistent with the other major D...
Viewed 2555 times since 27 July 2011.

Ride Restrictions for Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure – updated October 2010

Every ride and attraction within these two theme parks has a sign at the entrance that lists the height requirements for the ride and also warnings about certain medical conditions Children under 48' (1. 22 meters) must be accompanied by an a...
Viewed 3555 times since 17 October 2010.

Rides for Small Boys in The Magic Kingdom - Part 1

At first sight some of the more cynical small boys take one look at Cinderella’s Castle and let out an audible groan, “Aw it’s just for soppy girls”. So where to go to appease them. First, head to the left of the castle and go straight to Adv...
Viewed 2084 times since 22 December 2010.

Rides for Small Boys in The Magic Kingdom - Part 2

The Liberty Square Steam Ship is an old fashioned paddle steamer and all the fixtures and fitting are faithfully reproduced for every one to explore and look at. From the announcement of “All aboard” to the sound of the crew making ready to cast away...
Viewed 2401 times since 22 December 2010.

Rip Ride Rockit

Universal has a new roller coaster ride called Rip Ride Rockit, which had a soft opening while we were in Florida in August 2009, but on our August trips to Universal, either the ride was closed, or the queues were two hours plus long, and we did not...
Viewed 2789 times since 29 December 2009.

Robbie's Marina - feed the tarpon

During our recent stay in Florida we decided to spend a few days away from our villa and drive down to the Keys. We stayed overnight in Key Largo - at a small community of town homes, overlooking the ocean. It was an ideal break in the journe...
Viewed 2922 times since 29 September 2009.

Roller Coaster History

Always subjective I know, but Florida must surely be one the world locations known for its fun attractions and superb roller coasters. The roller coaster is built to allow us to experience a few minutes of thrill and to allow us to simply forget ever...
Viewed 2664 times since 21 February 2010.

Roller Coasters

There are numerous Roller Coaster rides in the Orlando theme parks. My personal top three would be The Incredible Hulk Coaster at Universal Islands of Adventure, Kraken at Sea World and Aerosmith’s Rock ’n’ Roller coaster at Disney Hollywood Studios....
Viewed 3582 times since 1 September 2008.

Rollercoasters in Florida

When you go to holiday in Florida one of the main attractions must be the theme parks and all the great attractions on offer. When I first visited Florida many years ago we were a little overwhelmed with all the attractions and the size of some of th...
Viewed 3532 times since 1 September 2008.

Rolling Oaks Common

We were very pleased when this retail/restaurant development opened a couple of years ago as it is only a couple of miles from our villa. It is situated on the 192 about two miles from the 27 and is near the entry/exit for the 429 Toll Ro...
Viewed 4058 times since 7 January 2011.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill

We have often driven past various Macaroni Grill restaurants on our way to, or from shopping trips in Florida but had never got around to stopping to see what any of them were like. We usually opt for Olive Garden if we fancy Italian which I...
Viewed 3254 times since 1 September 2008.

The Rose & Crown Pub - Epcot

One of our favorite places to visit while in Orlando is Epcot and especially The Rose & Crown Pub in England around the World Showcase Lagoon. One of the most popular places to eat around the lagoon it is advised to pre book on arrival in Epcot o...
Viewed 3490 times since 1 September 2008.

Sandy Ridge

Sandy Ridge is a new community located near the prestigious Championsgate and only 10 minutes from the heart of Disney. The community is around 30 minutes from Orlando International airport and around 1 hour from Sanford airport. To visit Disney and ...
Viewed 7307 times since 1 September 2008.

Sandy Ridge community - Orlando Florida

Sandy Ridge is a prestigious community located near to Championsgate and Reunion Resort area of Orlando. The community is made up of around 200 family homes intermingled with large conservation woodland. The area is an ideal base to locate yourself i...
Viewed 3786 times since 7 January 2009.

Sanibel/Captiva Beaches

If you want a really relaxing time on the beach and a few days away form Orlando head to Sanibel and Captive Islands. Here you can enjoy 5 miles of unspoiled beaches, 22 miles of bike paths, good fishing, many types of birds and of course its famous ...
Viewed 2546 times since 8 February 2011.

Santa Fe Restaurants

What can I say about the Santa Fe chain. Well, fine dining it aint! But. If you want perfect steaks cooked exactly as you want them, then you will never need to go any where else. I am lucky enough to have a Santa Fe just a mile away from...
Viewed 2692 times since 4 December 2011.

Santa Fe Restuarant

I have always been one of those people who have said, ‘I will try anything once but may not try it again. Far too many are prejudiced just because they have heard from someone that someone else did not like it. We arrived in Florida last week...
Viewed 2867 times since 25 November 2009.

Scenic boat tour Winter Park

Close to the attractions is the suburb of Winter Park, a little known town with its own scenic boat tour. Located on Lake Osceola, this is ideal for a quiet, inexpensive day out, or a leisurely alternative for those who want a day of from the thrill ...
Viewed 2815 times since 8 February 2011.

Scheduled vs Charter airlines

There are many people who are looking for flights to Orlando, Florida who are unsure in the differences and pro’s and cons of different types of airline. There are 2 different types that service the Orlando area. These are Scheduled and Charter airli...
Viewed 4504 times since 1 September 2008.

Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater

Having a meal at the Sci-Fi Diner is probably one of the most original dining experiences we have ever had in a Walt Disney World restaurant. The Sci-Fi Dine-in Theater is located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and guests are seated in miniature, six ...
Viewed 3389 times since 10 April 2009.

Sea World

When looking to book tickets for your stay in Orlando you tend to spend a long time working out which parks to visit to help you choose what to do during your time in Orlando. For me Sea World has always been a great day out and a definite must for a...
Viewed 2985 times since 24 November 2009.

Sea World 2005

I love Sea World! Although I was a bit disappointed with the Dolphin show last time around and the fact that the Bayside Stadium had been lying idle for a few years, my wife and I decided to buy Annual Passes. A no-brainer really. Single day tickets ...
Viewed 3870 times since 1 September 2008.

Sea World 2011

Sea World was the first theme park that we ever visited but that was 6 years ago and another visit was long overdue. Sadly we are getting older and the legs are not what they were so one of the advantages of Sea World is that you sit down while you a...
Viewed 1967 times since 30 December 2011.

Sea World Revisited

We have made many visits to Sea World, but it had been awhile. I hadn’t realized how long until my youngest (he’s 12) made the comment recently that he didn’t remember ever going to Sea World! Wow – I hadn’t realized it had been that long. So, we ret...
Viewed 3533 times since 1 September 2008.

The Seas with Nemo and Friends - Epcot

The Seas with Nemo and Friends is located in a corner Future World, to the right of The Land. As you approach it you will see a garden area with eight sculptures of Finding Nemo characters including Nemo, Marlin, Dory, and Gil. Be sure to go ...
Viewed 3227 times since 1 September 2008.

Seasons 52- fewer calories

If you are looking for a restaurant in the Orlando area, away from the hustle and bustle of the theme parks, I can highly recommend Season 52 on Sand Lake Road. Less than twenty minutes from Walt Disney World this restaurant offers sophistication, a ...
Viewed 2859 times since 8 December 2009.

Seasons 52 - Orlando

7700 Sand Lake Road, Orlando , less than 5 minutes from International Drive and junction 74a of the I4. Reservations are welcomed but not required 407 354 5212 Open nightly for dinner. Located in the Dr Phillips area of...
Viewed 4029 times since 1 September 2008.

Seaworld at Christmas

We often visit our villa in Orlando in early December. To visit at this time of year has many advantages for example air fares are usually much cheaper so sometimes it is possible to get an upgraded seat for nearly the same price that you pay for an ...
Viewed 2398 times since 15 January 2011.

Seaworld in 4 Hours

We find that this is usually one of the less crowded Parks and if you are pushed for time and organize your day it is possible to visit Seaworld and enjoy all the attractions you want to in 4 hours. The rest of the day is then yours to do oth...
Viewed 2631 times since 22 October 2009.

See the alligators – without going all the way to the Everglades

If you would like to see alligators in their own habitat then a trip to the Everglades is well worth while. The trouble is they are about 300 miles away from Orlando. So what is the alternative? Go for a day trip to Gatorland Zoo right in the heart o...
Viewed 2697 times since 2 February 2011.

Segway Tour

We have always wanted to try a Segway, but until now thought that Segway tours were only available at Disney’s Epcot theme park. This had previously ruled it out for our family, as the minimum age to sign up for the tour was 16 and both our kids are ...
Viewed 3094 times since 2 January 2010.

Share a Dream Come True Parade

The Share a Dream Come True Parade takes place every afternoon at 3pm in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. The parade winds its way from Frontierland into Liberty Square, past Cinderella’s Castle along Main Street and then into Main Street USA itsel...
Viewed 3855 times since 1 September 2008.

Sheikra – Busch Gardens

One of our favourite rides in Busch Gardens over in Tampa is Sheikra. Sheikra is a vertical drop roller coaster located in the Stanleyville section of the park, The name is taken from a Shikra, an African hawk that dives straight down for its prey. T...
Viewed 3455 times since 28 March 2009.

Shopping at Downtown Disney

Definitely make sure you visit DownTown Disney, as the shops are fantastic and different. We always go and can spend hours just window-shopping, there is something for everyone. Art of Disney has a fantastic array of limited edition animation...
Viewed 3666 times since 1 September 2008.

Shopping at Walmart

Ever since our first visit to Florida over twenty years ago the whole family have been great fans of Wal-Mart. We usually manage to make our first visit to a store within the first few days of our holiday. In the early years there was onl...
Viewed 3023 times since 11 January 2011.

Shopping Heaven

The Mall at Millenia is my idea of shopping heaven. It is two floors of the most beautiful shops you have ever seen outside of Paris or Bond Street. Shops that have names that you only usually read about in glossy magazines; Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Chanel...
Viewed 2063 times since 8 November 2011.

Guide to the Shops at Orlando International Airport

We love visiting Orlando International Airport, which is one of the finest in the world. It ranks 4th in the US and 1st in Florida, and has an expanding shopping facility of high-end shops to suit all tastes. The shops are located in the East and ...
Viewed 10782 times since 1 September 2008.

Short Breaks at Magic Kingdom

There is so much to see and do in Magic Kingdom that is nice to take short breaks and have a drink or snack and relax for a few minutes. The Main Street Baker is well known for its fresh baked goods and you can also get sandwiches and fresh f...
Viewed 2657 times since 31 December 2009.

Shows at Universal Orlando

Universal is probably best known for its rides/attractions based on recognisable movies. However between the two theme parks, there are shows that have maybe a little less publicity, but which certainly give the parks plenty of character. While not c...
Viewed 3804 times since 1 September 2008.

Shuttle – Last Few Launches

As homeowners we are often asked where to go for the best Shuttle Launch view. This is one of the most exciting, awesome sights you can see whilst visiting Florida. The memory of such power will stay with you for a very, very long time. If you see a ...
Viewed 2736 times since 20 February 2010.

Getting the Shuttle to the Launch Pad

Ever wondered how NASA got those tall, thin, towering rockets or the infamous space shuttle up on the launch pad? It’s not quite done like Thunderbirds! There are no sliding floors or vehicles being raised up level with the ground to lift off. NASA a...
Viewed 3143 times since 31 October 2008.

Snook Haven, Venice

For visitors to the Gulf Coast, something really unique is a visit to Snook Haven which really is a trip back into ‘old’ Florida. Although the official address is Venice, it is only a few minutes from junction 191 on the I-75 and only 20 minutes driv...
Viewed 3098 times since 4 June 2011.

Snowing Nightly at Celebration

I know we don’t go to Florida for snow but during December and early January it “snows” nightly in Celebration whatever the weather. Market Street closes during the afternoon and in early evening preparations start as workers lay a white foam...
Viewed 2770 times since 28 December 2009.

Softball and Baseball Practice Batting Cages – Near the Loop

With us having two boys, aged 12 and 8, we are always looking for new and fun things to do whilst in Florida. We read on the forums that some people had tried out the Softball and Baseball Batting Practice Cages which are situated near the Loop and t...
Viewed 6835 times since 1 September 2008.

Spectromagic

Just when you thought a Disney parade was fantastic the Spectromagic parade only makes it 100% better. Do you remember as a child how you felt on Christmas Eve, waiting in anticipation to see what Santa had brought? Do you remember believing ...
Viewed 3645 times since 1 September 2008.

Spiderman the Ride - Universal Studios Islands of Adventure

The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman is located in Universal Islands of Adventure. The ride is based on a state of the art 4-D experience that totally immerses the riders in a visual and physical onslaught from start to finish. If you have not been on...
Viewed 2652 times since 26 January 2012.

The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman at Universal Studios

The Amazing Adventure of Spiderman can be found in Marvel Super Hero Island at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. This 3-D ride is actually the first attraction in the history of theme parks to combine moving vehicles with specially filmed 3-D action....
Viewed 3706 times since 1 September 2008.

Splash Mountain

You will find Splash Mountain in Frontierland's west side, between Pecos Bill's cafe and the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. We sometimes use Pecos Bills as a meeting place with the rest of our party or a convenient place just to grab a burger or a sa...
Viewed 3467 times since 1 September 2008.

St Armands Circle – Gulf Coast Florida

As the sun sets on the St Armands Circle, the tinkling sounds of a wooden upright piano resonate thru the air, it is played by Ed Williams. Ed has been playing to the locals and tourists for the past 22 years and has become part and parcel of this qu...
Viewed 3571 times since 1 September 2008.

St Augustine Trolley Bus

On our first trip to St Augustine we decided initially to go on the Trolley bus to see all the attractions in the area and decide where we wanted to visit over the next couple of days. There are two trolley bus tours in St Augustine and we we...
Viewed 3416 times since 7 January 2010.

Star Tours – Disney’s Hollywood Studios

If you love the Star Wars movies and are fond of simulator rides then this is the attraction for you. Star Tours is on the far side of Echo Lake in Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios. You will meet R2D2, C3PO and other well-known characters from t...
Viewed 2309 times since 7 January 2011.

Starting the day at Epcot with children

We have many different ways to start our day with the girls at Epcot so I thought I would just share a few of them with you. If we have not had time to sit down together and plan our day before we get to the Park we head straight to Fountainv...
Viewed 2269 times since 22 December 2009.

Strollers at Disney

Although little ones love to run around at Disney many parents know that sooner or later they are likely to need a stroller for those under three years of age. There are several options for this the most obvious one being to rent one at the D...
Viewed 2963 times since 5 February 2009.

Sun Safety

You have been dreaming about the holiday for months, you have been at the parks for days so a few days at the beach is a great idea for a chance to relax but remember the sun in Florida is far more powerful than here in the UK so follow some...
Viewed 3390 times since 1 September 2008.

Sunset Lakes

Sunset Lakes is a small, exclusive lakeside community, ideally situated in the Formosa area of Kissimmee, just off the US192, and only 4 miles to Disney via an easy shortcut which will take you to the gates of Animal Kingdom in less than 10 minutes. ...
Viewed 3930 times since 1 September 2008.

Superstores

I once asked a little boy what he enjoyed most about his holiday at Disney World. Was it seeing Mickey Mouse, riding on The Pirates of the Caribbean or maybe the fireworks at Epcot? No. He said “Walmart” True story! Which brings me to my p...
Viewed 2243 times since 15 December 2011.

Swiss Family Treehouse - Magic Kingdom

This is often an overlooked attraction but be sure not to miss the shipwrecked Swiss Family Robinson’ s home in the trees. The 60-foot-tall treehouse has been in Magic Kingdom since it opened in 1971. The giant tree is situated in Adventureland...
Viewed 3513 times since 1 September 2008.

Taking Children to Disney's Epcot

It was named Epcot (Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow) when it opened some 30 yrs ago but don’t let people put you off re the kids – there is plenty for them to do. Epcot is divided in Future World and World Showcase. My chi...
Viewed 2812 times since 1 September 2008.

Tampa Bay Rays at the Tropicana Field, Tampa

As a treat for the whole family, we booked tickets online to see the Tampa Bay Rays versus New York Yankees Baseball game at Easter this year. The first two home games of the season happily coincided with our trip to Florida. The first game was a sel...
Viewed 3112 times since 2 June 2009.

Tampa International Airport

Tampa International Airport is located 6km west of the business district of Tampa. Close by are numerous hotels and two shopping malls, the International Plaza and Bay Street. It is a modern airport designed with a central hub from where passengers a...
Viewed 3107 times since 16 October 2010.

Teppanyaki Dining Room – World Showcase Epcot

We first came across this restaurant in 2003 on our first trip to Florida. Situated in Japan at the World Showcase at Epcot, this restaurant is probably one on the best Disney has to offer. Being very popular you may struggle to book on the d...
Viewed 4244 times since 1 September 2008.

TERMINATOR 3-D: Universal Studios

Terminator 2: 3-D ride is located in Universal Studios, Orlando Florida. The ride is based on the time between T2 and T3 films, where John Connor has to try and defeat Cyberdine Systems and stop the end of the World. The ride is a mix of 3-D ...
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Test Track at Epcot

This is one of the more recent additions to Disney well when I say recent I mean in the last 5 years! Anyway this has to be one of everyone’s favourite rides and judging by the queue it certainly is. Be aware though that if it rains sufficien...
Viewed 3483 times since 1 September 2008.

TEXAS DE BRASIL CHURRASCARRIA

We like to try out new restaurants which are often recommended by our guests, after all that' s what holidays are about and in Orlando you are spoilt for choice. You can find out all about it if you visit the website, there were two very close togeth...
Viewed 2731 times since 9 October 2010.

TGI Fridays, Orlando

This is one of our favourite restaurants in Orlando, made all the more enjoyable by the fact that the prices in dollars are usually the same as charged in pounds in the UK ie £14 = $14. We have visited several TGI’s in the Orlando area ...
Viewed 8029 times since 1 September 2008.

Thai Thani at Celebration

Celebration is one of those places we love to visit and enjoy the quiet streets and restaurants. Christmas time is a magical place at night with lots of tree lights horse rides snow and skating for all but it is just as pleasant on a warm summers eve...
Viewed 1460 times since 16 September 2013.

The Apollo/Saturn V Visitors Centre - Kennedy Space Centre, Florida

Millions of people held their breath back on the 19th July 1969 as Neil Armstrong searched for a safe place to land the lunar module on the moon. “The Eagle has landed” crackled through the radio to earth. Many back on earth gasped at the sheer thoug...
Viewed 3226 times since 1 September 2008.

The Aquatic Preserves of Charlotte Harbour

In 1975 Florida decided to protect the coastal and inland waters for all future generations to enjoy and also to preserve a unique biological and scientific area. The Aquatic Preserves Act of 1975 came into being and this ensured submerged lands whic...
Viewed 1777 times since 19 February 2012.

The Cape Haze Peninsula

This small peninsular is often referred too as Florida's best kept secret. To quote the locals: “Just another day in paradise” A sentiment I heartily agree with; it is located between Sarasota to the north & Fort Myer's to ...
Viewed 3389 times since 1 September 2008.

The Cherry Pocket

If you want a complete change from the chain and themed restaurants, fancy a taste of the real Florida and would prefer to mix with Floridians rather than tourists then a trip to the Cherry Pocket, on Lake Pierce, might be ideal for you. It is certai...
Viewed 3635 times since 20 December 2008.

The Florida Alligator.

When your mind wanders to thinking about Florida (and mine often does) what comes first to mind? Sunshine, of course, Disney, natuarally. beaches, probably but I wouldn' t mind betting that the next thought to pop in your head is alligato...
Viewed 2220 times since 26 March 2012.

The Great Movie Ride

Every time we visit Hollywood Studios we seem to miss some of the attractions that are furthest away from the entrance mainly because we visit so many of the attractions as we walk around but often missing some of the ones tucked away at the back ...
Viewed 3343 times since 1 September 2008.

THE GREEN ANOLE

Leapin’ Lizards! Have you ever seen something scurry over your pool cage ? Well it could well be a Green Anole - a little lizard. (pronounced: uh’ no-lee) one of Florida’ s true native lizards. You have no doubt seen them cl...
Viewed 4726 times since 26 November 2008.

The Hall of Presidents, Magic Kingdom.

It was on June 28th, 2009 that “The Hall of Presidents” was reopened, following a major revamp. Sited in a stunning replica colonial building in Liberty Square at Magic Kingdom, you cannot miss this attraction. Outside the attraction there is a new s...
Viewed 2380 times since 31 December 2009.

The Hard Rock Cafe

The Hard Rock Café in Orlando is right between right between Universal Studios Orlando and Islands of Adventure and it’s an excellent place to go for a nice cool rest whilst eating. Take a look around at the pop memorabilia on the walls, main...
Viewed 3718 times since 1 September 2008.

The Haunted Mansion - Magic Kingdom

This ride is reminiscent of the old fashioned “Ghost Train” rides I used to frequent during my youth but much, much more sophisticated. As you wait in line, just before you enter the mansion, read the amusing inscriptions on the headstones in...
Viewed 3808 times since 1 September 2008.

The History of The Pirates of The Caribbean

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirates life for me. Who hasn’t sung along to this on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride in the Magic Kingdom at Disney World. This famous ride was first introduced at Disney land in California in the early sixties and became the most ...
Viewed 2285 times since 22 December 2010.

The International Mall, Tampa

In June we visited our villa, and when we had to move out for the arrival of our next guests we decided to spend a couple of days in Tampa, just down the I-4. We were fortunate to find a wonderful mall nearby, the large, upscale Internati...
Viewed 3014 times since 1 February 2011.

The Key West Express and Paradise Porters Part 1

Having visited Key West some years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it we thought a return trip would be nice, but the thought of the drive was a bit off putting. It' s a long way, some 8-9 hours not including stops and the journey until you leave the main...
Viewed 1281 times since 29 March 2015.

The Key West Express part 2: The Journey

As soon as you board you can take your luggage to the back of the boat where it will be stowed until the end of the journey, so remember to remove anything you might require en route. The first deck is home to the cocktail bar and sna...
Viewed 1037 times since 29 March 2015.

The Kona Café at the Polynesian Resort Hotel

This is a restaurant that we often eat in as the range of food on offer is excellent. I suspect that many overlook it on their first or even second visit to the hotel. The Kona Cafe is located on the second floor of the hotel, to the left as you ente...
Viewed 2078 times since 1 March 2012.

The Kumba - Busch Gardens

For many people the attraction of visiting Florida falls into the following categories (great weather, great theme parks, great accommodation, great restaurants and great rides). Florida is constantly evolving and as such new rides are always designe...
Viewed 1237 times since 24 June 2014.

The Liberty Tree

Standing just across the street from the Hall of Presidents, in Magic Kingdom, is the Liberty Tree. I am sure you cannot help but have noticed it, with its wide spreading branches giving welcome shade from the heat of the sun. But have you ever thoug...
Viewed 2681 times since 6 January 2010.

The Lightner Museum

No visit to St Augustine is complete without going to the Lightner Museum which is located in the historic downtown. It is 20 minutes from I-95, one hour from Jacksonville and Daytona Beach, and two hours from Disney World, Epcot Center and Cape Cana...
Viewed 2653 times since 9 January 2010.

The Loop shopping complex

The Loop is Orlando’s newest open air shopping complex and it's now almost fully open with the final few shops just completing their fitting. The 440,000- square foot retail centre recently opened its doors to shoppers just before Christmas 2005 givi...
Viewed 5115 times since 1 September 2008.

The Magic Kingdom Fantasy Land

The Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World is the most famous and the most popular of all the parks. It is split up into five different sections, Fantasy Land, Adventure Land, Future Land and Frontier Land. I do apologise in advance if any of the rides I m...
Viewed 3249 times since 17 October 2010.

The Magic Kingdom - Fantasy Land

The Magic Kingdom, Walt Disneyworld is the most famous and the most popular of all the parks. It is split up into five different sections, Fantasy Land, Adventure Land, Future Land, Frontier Land and Toon Town. I do apologise in advance if an...
Viewed 2226 times since 22 January 2010.

The Magic of Disney

The Magic of Disney When people ask me what is so special about Walt Disney World, the answer is very simple. It’s the magic. When you park your car, for example, in the car park at Disney World, you don’t park in “Car Park A”, row 31,...
Viewed 2392 times since 11 December 2010.

The mansions of Newport RI Pt 1

We had visited Newport Rhode Island several years ago but only for the day and on this occasion were disappointed that we could take the mansion tour as due to its popularity it was fully booked and we resolved to visit again sometime in the future a...
Viewed 1076 times since 10 January 2015.

The Mansions of Newport RI Pt 3

When we left The Elms we decided to head for The Breakers, home of the Vanderbilt family and built by Cornelius Vanderbilt who had made his fortune in shipping and railroads. Our stroll to The Breakers took us further down Bellevue Av...
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The Mansions of Newport RI Pt 4

The Marble house was situated much further along Bellevue Avenue than the two properties we had previously visited and on our journey to the mansion we passed many other properties we would like to visit on another trip. The Marble Ho...
Viewed 966 times since 10 January 2015.

The New Dali Museum

The New Dali Museum The new Dali museum in St Petersburg opened at the beginning of 2011 so when we visited during the Christmas holidays that same year we should have expected exactly what we encountered…. lines longer than those for Soar...
Viewed 2055 times since 15 March 2012.

The new Town Center at Cagan's Crossing

When we visit our villa in Orlando we always enjoy a trip to Town Center at Cagan’s Crossing, which is two minutes away, just opposite the fantastic SuperWarlmart on Highway 27, north of the junction with the 192. This pretty development is continuin...
Viewed 4885 times since 2 January 2010.

The Old Jail and St Augustine History Museum

If you get time to visit St Augustine, and I strongly recommend that you do, it is possible to go for a day with a very early start and a late return to Orlando. However to see everything and explore this beautiful city it is good if you can stay at ...
Viewed 2944 times since 9 January 2010.

The Orlando Eye

We have been watching the Orlando Eye being built at the top of I-Drive for quite a while now and was really excited when we saw it was opening a couple of weeks before our arrival in June. We had already read on the main Orlando Eye website that it ...
Viewed 1003 times since 21 July 2015.

The Osborne Lights

If you go to Orlando at Christmas there are many “must do’s”. One of these is the Disney Hollywood Studios to see the snowy streets hosting the Osborne Lights. (Note the spelling – it is not Osbourne as in Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne). A friend travelli...
Viewed 2987 times since 26 November 2010.

The Panhandle

The Panhandle We made our first trip to the Panhandle this winter (January 2012) and stayed in a small townhome at Navarre Beach. It is usually about 10 degrees cooler there than in Orlando. Although we found this area ideal for a base, if...
Viewed 1821 times since 23 March 2012.

The right age for Disney

I am often asked what is the perfect age to take a child to Disney World. This is a very difficult question to answer. A great deal will depend on the child and how they view the world. For example: a very nervous, clingy child may be terrified of se...
Viewed 3154 times since 15 December 2011.

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 3668 times since 1 September 2008.

The T-Rex Restaurant building at Downtown Disney

The T-Rex Restaurant building at Downtown Disney A few years ago at Downtown Disney a part of the parking area was removed to create the new T-Rex restaurant. The part that was removed was the old shaded garden between what was McDonald’s ...
Viewed 2151 times since 7 March 2012.

The Tower of More Terror - Hollywood Studios

Having come to Florida for the past 10 years, we have always had affection for Hollywood Studios (Formerly MGM Studios). As a something for everyone family park, you can’t really can’t go far wrong with Hollywood Studios. From great shows, to first c...
Viewed 1008 times since 22 December 2013.

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror - Hollywood Studios

“The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror” is one of my favourite rides in Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios. It is a superb thrill ride, with a simulated freefall, and what makes it extra special is that it is never the same ride twice. The sto...
Viewed 3479 times since 10 April 2009.

The villa pool

One of the best things about renting a vacation villa is your own pool! Just think, you arrive at your holiday destination, tired after a long journey, possibly jet lagged and no doubt just a little hot as you have not yet acclimatised to F...
Viewed 2233 times since 6 June 2012.

The Villages Florida

Having visited the town of Celebration on our holidays to Orlando and always enjoyed the laid back feel of the place we were looking for somewhere similar when we happened to hear about The Villages Florida. So on our very next holiday we made plans ...
Viewed 2662 times since 6 January 2011.

The Villages Golf Carts

We were looking for somewhere new to spend the late afternoon on what had been, and still was, a glorious Florida spring day. We didn’t want to drive too far from our base on US27 near Clermont but as we had already been to Bok Gardens, Mount Dora an...
Viewed 3071 times since 7 January 2011.

The Wave - Contemporary Hotel

The Wave - Contemporary Hotel This recently refurbished restaurant in the Contemporary Hotel at Disney is situated on the very ground floor, below the main mezzanine floor. We booked a table for 9pm as, being Christmas it was busy, and...
Viewed 3043 times since 19 April 2010.

The Wells Built Museum

The Wells Built Museum is in honour of Dr William Monroe Wells. William was a black doctor in the times of strict segregation who did much to improve the lot of the down trodden black American of those times. In those times no white doctor would ever...
Viewed 2653 times since 26 February 2010.

The Wizarding world of Harry Potter

The Wizarding world of Harry Potter We were lucky enough to be offered the chance to go to universal studio this week on Monday for a preview of the new attraction of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter As you walk through the archway t...
Viewed 2801 times since 10 June 2010.

The World Showcase at Epcot

This is a great way to spend several hours and is always worth a visit. It can be enjoyed by people of any age and is great for a family day out. The world showcase is in the Disney Epcot Park, and is built in a huge circle, surrounding the W...
Viewed 3080 times since 1 September 2008.

Things I love about Floridian People

One of the nicest aspects about a holiday in Florida is the people: they are so friendly and helpful to all British people. They love talking about England and how different things are there. As soon as they here a British accent, that is it – you wi...
Viewed 1153 times since 29 November 2013.

Things to do if it rains in Orlando

What to do on a rainy day in Orlando? A good question. If it is in the height of the summer then you will probably get a short sharp shower at some time in the day. As long as you remember to bring a shower mac (or you can buy ponchos in all the them...
Viewed 3015 times since 13 September 2011.

Things you might not be aware of in Florida

There are some things the unwary first time visitor to Florida or even America itself may not be aware of. Many rules and regulations or just habits are quite different to that which we are used to in the UK. For instance all marked prices in...
Viewed 1386 times since 29 November 2013.

Tips when visitng Animal Kingdom

We have visited Animal Kingdom several times over the years and are always discovering tips worth considering when you go there. We love the gorilla exhibit but it is very popular and gets very crowded at the observation window. Last time we ...
Viewed 6114 times since 18 January 2009.

Tips for your first visit to Disney World

Tips for your first visit to Disney World Once you have decided to make the trip to Florida and Disney World you need to get a feeling for what you can do. There are any number of books you can buy, plus lots of Florida guides on this web s...
Viewed 3603 times since 1 September 2008.

Tips for Meeting and Greeting the Characters at Disney Parks

If you want to see specific characters within a given time frame check the Park Times Guides because these include character greeting times and locations. These Guides are provided at each of the 4 main parks (Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Magic Kingdom and...
Viewed 6896 times since 1 September 2008.

Tips for Theme Parks

There are quite a few tips that will help you get the best out of each of the theme parks. Here are just a few that I know of (I’m sure other people will know even more). When you are booking your tickets, book and pay for them in advance on ...
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Tips for visiting Epcot

If you visit Epcot prior to opening you will find an assortment of the Disney Characters outside and they put on a little show to officially open the park. Once the park is open the characters are available to sign autographs and in Epcot this is usu...
Viewed 3813 times since 22 October 2009.

Tips for visiting Premium Outlets Ellenton

If you have a day to spare and fancy a ride to shop or are just keen to fit in as much shopping as possible I would recommend a trip to Premium Shopping Outlets at Ellenton which is just off junction 224 of the I75 south as it proceeds to Naples. Viewed 1348 times since 4 January 2014.

Tips when visiting Downtown Disney

The car parks at Downtown Disney are vast so do make sure you can remember where you parked your car! After several hours shopping and maybe even having a meal it is easy to forget – a good tip is to put your location in your mobile phone. S...
Viewed 3410 times since 13 July 2009.

Toddlers at Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios is popular with little ones as they get to meet friends from the popular ' Playhouse Disney' Channel. At ' Playhouse Disney Live on Stage' toddlers get to dance and sing along with Bear In The Big Blue House and his friends, plus Ro...
Viewed 2644 times since 4 January 2010.

Toddlers in Disney's Magic Kingdom

People are apprehensive when taking 2-4 years old to Orlando but there is so much to do and although they may not remember everything when they are older, the looks on their faces and the photos are such memories that they must not be missed...
Viewed 6678 times since 1 September 2008.

TooJays Restaurant

TooJay's began as a modest New York-style delicatessen on the Island of Palm Beach in the spring of 1981. Started by Jay Brown and Mark Jay Katzenberg, they used the common portion of both of their names to derive the name TooJay's Gourmet Deli. One ...
Viewed 5974 times since 1 September 2008.

Toon Lagoon at Islands of Adventure

At Islands of Adventures Toon Lagoon, there are more than 150 cartoon characters that inhabit this colourful part of the park. As you stroll down Comic Strip Lane you will see Betty Boop, Hagar the Horrible and Krazy Kat to name just a few of the fam...
Viewed 2504 times since 17 January 2011.

Toon Lagoon at Universal studios

Toon Lagoon! Well this is an area dominated by water rides I think that there is a clue in the name, another clue would be the signs that are dotted around the area saying ' You WILL get Wet! ! ' When you venture into the Toon Lagoon area you...
Viewed 2737 times since 24 December 2009.

Toon Lagoon at Universals IOA

Toon Lagoon is a great area within the islands of adventure which has a couple of really fantastic water rides such as Popeye and Blutos “Bilge Rat Barges” and Dudley Doo Rights ” Rip Saw Falls” Popeye and Blutos Bilge Rat Barges is a absolu...
Viewed 2091 times since 23 December 2011.

Top 10 things to do in Orlando for free!…….Part II

…………and following on from our first article, listing ten of the “Top Things to do in Orlando for Free”, here are the final five. Lake Eola Park Situated in Downtown Orlando Lake Eola Park is a popular destination for families. F...
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Top Rollercoaster and Rides - Florida

Since I last wrote my guide to the Rollercoasters and rides of Florida (back in 2005) there has been a lot of development and the inclusion of some World beating rollercoasters. What really impresses me with Florida is the way they re-invest a lot of...
Viewed 3359 times since 14 December 2010.

Tour of Undiscovered Future World - Epcot

Friends of ours took this tour last year and were very impressed. They learnt about the history and creation of Epcot and the legacy Walt Disney left for the Walt Disney World Resort. The tour, I think, is quite expensive, at about $50 plus y...
Viewed 3808 times since 1 September 2008.

Tower of Terror

At the end of Sunset Boulevard is the rundown Hollywood Tower Hotel; home to one of the premiere thrills rides at Hollywood Studios, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. At 199 feet tall it is the highest attraction at Disney. The Tower of Ter...
Viewed 4247 times since 1 September 2008.

Toy Story Mania

This ride opened as part of Disney’s “Year of a Million Dreams” in Orlando late May 2008 and also in California in mid June. We were lucky enough to ride on it when we went to our villa in Orlando at the beginning of June. We decided to go st...
Viewed 4773 times since 1 September 2008.

Toy Story Mania at Hollywood Studios – Part One

Toy Story Mania is Disney’s Hollywood Studios newest attraction and one that should definitely be on your ‘to do list’ when visiting the park. As you walk into the building, which houses the Toy Story Mania ride, you are reduced to toy size. ...
Viewed 3036 times since 19 September 2010.

Toy Story Mania at Hollywood Studios – Part Two

……. continuing on from my first article entitled ‘Toy Story Mania – Part One’ The first game is the Pie Throw Practice . This is the practice round in which you will have to splat the targets with pies (virtual pies of course, ima...
Viewed 2601 times since 19 September 2010.

Travelling to Orlando with young children

Many people ask me what the right age is to travel to Florida. Where there is never going to be a right or wrong answer to this question (due to different people’s perspective). All I would tell people is there are ways you can ensure children don’t ...
Viewed 773 times since 23 December 2015.

Try shopping at Kohls!

Kohls is a store that many visitors to Florida don' t discover! It' s a department store - selling all sorts of goodies - at bargain prices! There is a Kohls store along the Highway 27 close to Clermont. Travel towards Clermont (from the dire...
Viewed 3094 times since 21 December 2009.

Tutto Italia Restaurant – Italy - Epcot

Our girls love this restaurant in Italy at Epcot; we eat quite a lot of Italian food at home and find this a really authentic place to eat. We had made a reservation for lunch so we had a very light breakfast at the villa followed by a swim in the po...
Viewed 3485 times since 26 September 2008.

Twin Centre Holiday

Have you ever been to Orlando and wondered what it would be like to do a twin centre holiday. Being located where it is you could not be better placed to visit other areas of Florida and maybe even another country altogether. Having been to the Orlan...
Viewed 5661 times since 1 September 2008.

Two centre stay options

When looking to book a stay in Florida a lot of people do not realise that Florida it is a great location to journey further afield or maybe use the base as part of a two centre holiday. For many years we have been to Florida and also used the locati...
Viewed 1420 times since 9 April 2013.

Typhoon Lagoon

Typhoon Lagoon is part of the Walt Disney World theme parks and can be included on your 5, 7 or 10 day theme park tickets. We visited Typhoon lagoon back In 2007 and must say we were very impressed with the general overall feel of the place. Normally...
Viewed 6476 times since 2 July 2009.

Typhoon Lagoon Refurbished part 6

It was the afternoon of our visit to the newly refurbished Typhoon Lagoon and having had already had lunch and a ride on Gang Plank Falls my parents had gone for a drink whilst the rest of us decided to go on some more of the rides. Altho...
Viewed 1655 times since 9 October 2011.

Typoon Lagoon 2009

Typhoon Lagoon has undergone a refurbishment and reopened in time for Easter. If you have not been to Typhoon Lagoon you will find it based around Mount Mayday, which at its base boasts a 2. 75 million gallon wave pool. On top of its peak, is...
Viewed 2568 times since 22 October 2009.

Ultimate Roller Coasters

Our kids have spent many holidays in Florida so I guess it’s not a great surprise to us that they’re theme park junkies and for them the ultimate thrill is to be found on the many roller coasters on offer. Many people think that the ultimate roller c...
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Universal City Walk

Situated at the approach to the Universal Parks this is a great place that is really jumping in the evenings. You make your way from the car park, along the moving walkways, towards City Walk. There is a whole range of shops and restaurants aw...
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Universal Citywalk (3)

Located just in between Universal and Universal Islands of adventure is Universal Citywalk. Situated around a large lake, Universal Citywalk is an ideal place to arrive and meet people, having many shops, restaurants and things to do. Many pe...
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Universal’s Mardi Gras 2007

This year Universal are running their Mardi Gras extravaganza from the 2nd February – 14th April There are several ways to enjoy and join in the festivities… Firstly there are the concerts – these take place in the park. Feb 3rd...
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Universal Orlando – Part 1

Universal Studios, Orlando’s original movie theme park, Islands of Adventure and CityWalk, a dining and shopping as well as nightclub complex, are bordered by residential neighbourhoods near International Drive, Orlando, Florida. In an expansive but ...
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Universal Studios

Having not been to Universal for well over 3 years now, I was pleasantly surprised that they have updated some of the park and included even more rides and attractions than before. Some of the new rides have replaced the older ones (King Kong), but s...
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Universal Studios - City Walk

Universal City Walk is located at the entrance to Universal and Universal Island of Adventure. The area is made up of many restaurants, shops, clubs and a large cinema complex. To access Universal City walk is free apart from the car parking ...
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Universal Studios, a Dad's view

The alternative to the Disney parks are the excellent Universal Studios 2 parks, the Universal Studios park is one of my favourites because it has in my view more grown up rides than some of the Disney parks. The Universal Studios Park was the...
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Universal Studios for Little Kids

Whilst Disney is brilliant for little kids Universal Studios tends to cater more to the older kids and teens, however if you are taking younger ones to Universal Studios don’t despair there is still plenty to keep them amused you just need to do a li...
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Universal Studios - New York (3)

If ever you have visited New York or perhaps even just dreamed of doing so you are sure to enjoy a few hours in New York at Universal. Here you will see replicas of The Palace Theatre, NY Library and other famous Big Apple landmarks. If you a...
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Unusual things to see in Orlando

Apart from all the usual holiday attractions on offer in Orlando there are some amazing sights which will have you holding your breath in awe. Some of the most spectacular are at Sea World in the Shark Encounter. Apart from sharks there are...
Viewed 3236 times since 30 January 2011.

Updated Height Restrictions for Rides

Rides with height restrictions – Disney and Universal. Magic Kingdom Big Thunder Mountain Railroad - guests must be over 40 inches or 102cm Barnstormer - guests must be over 35 inches or 89cm Space Moun...
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Vero Beach - A Great Day Out

In Vero Beach, among the elegant subdivisions and hotels that have arisen over the years you can still find traces of the old Florida. Most obvious of these are the two beachfront buildings erected by Vero Beach resident Waldo Sexton. Whe...
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Victoria and Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel- Part I

If you are celebrating a special event during your holiday in Orlando, or want to really treat yourself to an occasion, which you will never forget, you won’t go wrong if you make a reservation at Walt Disney’s Grand Floridian’s ultra posh restaurant...
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Victoria and Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Hotel - Part II

continued Our third course was the Long Island Duck with Roasted Chiogga Beets and Turnip Kraut. This was one of my favourites. The flavours erupted in my mouth and as all the portions are quite small they can leave you wanting more. Ho...
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Virgin Premium Economy

If you have travelled across the Atlantic and hate the long flight of 10 hours in a cramped seat with little or no room to move then upgrading to Virgin Atlantic Premium economy may be the way forward for you. Premium Economy was introduced by...
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Visit The Beautiful Floridian Keys

I’ve always wanted to visit The Florida Keys – I’d heard so much about Key West and these islands that stretch out towards Cuba, often with views of the sea from both sides of your vehicle. To break up our journey we flew into Miami and staye...
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Visit The Loop

We were delighted a few years ago when we heard that a new retail area was to be developed in the Kissimmee area on the John Young Parkway. Although we often went to the Florida Mall it could be quite a trek there in the busy holidays when there was ...
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Visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

We were all very excited when what seems like ages ago Universal announced it was going to include the attraction of Harry Potter at its Island of Adventure Theme Park. In fact it is only three years since Universal announced this addition of a “Them...
Viewed 2623 times since 16 October 2010.

Fit in a visit to Celebration

Celebration is a small town situated just off the Highway 192, very close to the junction with the 417 and is well worth a visit. It may be an area that you will pass almost daily as you travel between your holiday villa and the parks. It is ...
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Visit Universal for Half a Day

If you have visited Universal Studios before you will know that visitors to both Universal Orlando theme Parks park in the same parking garage, then walk through CityWalk on their way into the Parks. You need to leave at least half an hour (an hour i...
Viewed 2770 times since 22 December 2009.

Visiting clubs in Las Vegas

If you’re going to Las Vegas then there are some things you must do even if it’s just to tick it off your list of things I have done. Even if you are not into the club scene some of these places are worth a visit. The whole ‘over the top’ approach to...
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Visiting Discovery Cove without the dolphin swim

This was to be our second visit to Discovery Cove. The first was when our youngest was 6 years old, barely able to swim, and not knowing what to expect from the day. 8 years on, neither of our boys wanted to swim with the dolphins again, but were loo...
Viewed 1526 times since 11 August 2013.

Voyage of the Little Mermaid

This seventeen minute, elaborate stage show is sure to delight both adults and children alike. The Voyage of the Little Mermaid premiered on January 7, 1992 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and runs continually throughout the day. Amazing puppetry, wat...
Viewed 2765 times since 1 August 2009.

Walmart

This is not Walmart as we know it in the UK – it is a huge mega-superstore that sells almost everything at great prices! And it is open 24hrs, so if you are jet-lagged and getting up at 4am, off you go shopping!! Ok, it’s not the best quali...
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Walt Disney World, did you know that....?

Disney World never, ever has any “lost children” at their theme parks. It is the parents that are lost! Cast members undergo special training to make sure that children who become separated from their parents are made to feel comfortable. This way is...
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WALT DISNEY WORLD MONORAIL

If you are anything like most visitors to Orlando, you will ride the Walt Disney World monorails without thinking too much about them. Certainly, alongside Disney’s fleet of buses, they are one of the workhorses of the parks, and are definitely an in...
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WaltDisneyWorld Railroad

Apparently Walt Disney developed a love of trains at an early age. When he was a young adult, he built a half-mile scale model railway in his backyard that he called the "Carolwood Pacific Railroad. " When he began designing Disneyland, a railroad wa...
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WALTER ELIAS DISNEY – PART 2

CARTOONS, DREAMS AND MICKEY MOUSE “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. ” Walt Disney arrived in Hollywood at the age of 22. He had a vision and a dream and he was determined to pursue them. With an injec...
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Watching the parades, at Walt Disney world.

An interesting part of visiting a Disney park is making time to watch a parade. Times vary but there are usually 2 parades daily, you have to look on your guide map (which is free) as you enter your chosen park for the times of the parade. We...
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Waterfront Park Historic Kissimmee

As you pass under the arch for Historic Kissimmee you leave the tourist world behind and enter a Historic Town which was once a trading post on the shore of Lake Tohopekaliga, then known as Allendale. In 1883, 33 citizens voted to call it Kissimmee C...
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Waterskiing and Tubing at Disney

We’ve been going to Florida for years and wanted to try something a little different to normal during our stay. Our boys have never had the opportunity to water-ski so we looked on the internet and found that Sammy Duvall’s Watersports Centre, based ...
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Walt Disney World – Tips - Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios is one of the smaller parks and we always like to do it first as it’s a great way to gear you up for really long days at the others. Don't forget the Backlot Tour featuring flash floods, fire and plenty of behi...
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Welcome Back Captain EO

As we have been going to Walt Disney World for over thirty years now, we have seen many changes. We saw the first building of the globe at Epcot and wondered what on earth it was. It was just this huge silver dome in a very deep hole surrounded by fo...
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Wet N Wild @ Christmas

Doesn’t sound like the normal thing to do on a Florida Festive Period Vacation, but 2006 was a great year weather wise with temperatures higher than the normal for this time of year, so getting the bathing costumes out and hitting the Water Slides of...
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What’s new at Disney World Part 2

What’s new at Disney World Part 2 An all new Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs ride will replace the existing original ride, which I feel was a bit too scary for the little ones it was intended for as it takes place in the dark nearly all of...
Viewed 2224 times since 22 November 2011.

What’s new in Disneyworld for 2012? Part 1

Walt Disney World is in the middle of a huge re-development program and most of it will be done by summer 2012. Downtown Disney, a free area for people to wander around to shop and dine, will not be finished for a while longer though. The...
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What’s New in Orlando 2013

At the time of writing this article, it is almost December 2013 so this could be entitled “What’s new in Orlando 2014”. What will appeal to Harry Potter fans, is that towards the end of 2014 you will be able to take the Hogwarts train...
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What’s so great about Universal Studios Part 5

So we have just done the Men in Black “Alien Attack” ride which is really great fun, it’s only a short walk to the next ride “The Simpsons Ride” now I can remember this ride when it was the “Back to the Future Ride”, yes I know I am starting to show ...
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What to do at City Walk

City Walk at Universal is a fabulous place to do some shopping and having older teenagers we often find that they want to spend more time in the parks than us, so while they’re getting their fix of the high speed roller coasters, shows and attraction...
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What to do in Orlando when Christmas is over

What to do in Orlando now that Christmas is over? All the decorations have come down the Christmas trees are all gone the home owners have all taken down their amazing array of lights and the shops and stores have all gone back to normal. Quite a dul...
Viewed 1584 times since 22 January 2014.

What to do with different age children at Universal Studios - part 2

On your second Day, start at Universal Studios and again split up and meet at lunch time to swap over. But first, both children will love Shrek the 4D movie. (So will the adults). Our toddler squealed with delight when the seats moved when Shrek and ...
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What to expect of your Orlando holiday.

For first time travellers to Orlando who want to visit Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World and all the other attractions, it may be a completely unknown experience. For instance, I am often asked by guests wishing to book my vil...
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What to Pack

If you've never been to a Florida rental home before, you may be tempted to pack too much! You don't need loads of clothes as most people in Florida dress 'casual'. This means shorts or a thin skirt and T-shirts during t...
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When to visit Florida

Choosing when to visit Florida is one of the main decisions you will make when planning your trip. Often people are tied to the school holiday periods, but if you can travel out of peak dates you really can experience so much more. Whether you can tr...
Viewed 2547 times since 27 November 2009.

Where Dreams Really do Come True

Walt Disney World is celebrating a “Year of a Million Dreams”. The main objective of this celebration named “Where Dreams Come True” is to surprise unsuspecting guests with wonderful experiences to make their Disney dreams come true. I would ...
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Where is the best place to stay in Orlando.

This is a question that came up on the Orlando Villas forum recently. It caused a bit of a stir as every body feels that their area is the best. But, the honest answer to that is they ALL are the best, depending on what your requirements are. ...
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which month for the best weather?

People often ask me when the best time of Year is to visit Florida. Due to the perfect weather and climate throughout the Year, Florida is one of the Worlds best all Year round destination. Florida has on average over 280 days of sunshine per Year an...
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Which park tickets to buy

When visiting Orlando more than likely you are going to visit the theme parks. With so many parks to visit there can often be confusion on what park tickets you are going to need. You can purchase park tickets from many places, the Internet, ...
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Whispering Canyon Restaurant – Wilderness Lodge

If you are looking for somewhere very different to eat – even whacky try The Whispering Canyon Restaurant at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge. I don’t think I have ever eaten in a restaurant like it! It is not for those who want a quiet, intimate venue. Fun...
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Why do we stay in a villa?

When we first visited Florida we booked a hotel for our stay mainly because we thought that was what you had to do. We had a fantastic holiday in a lovely hotel. The room was a reasonable size and there were two double beds one for hubby and me and o...
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Why I love Orlando

It is easy to answer that with two words. Theme Parks. But, Orlando has so much more. True it doesn’t have beaches, but if you just want to lie on beach all day and party all night, then you would go to Europe and save a fortune on air fares and car ...
Viewed 2923 times since 28 July 2009.

Why so many people visit Orlando

For many people choosing a holiday can be a stressful experience. Trying to balance the needs of the older members of the family with the younger ones can often be hard. Choosing the right location can make all the difference. Orlando has over the ye...
Viewed 1112 times since 23 December 2013.

Wildlife in Florida - A Short Guide

Florida’s wildlife covers a huge spectrum, from birds and butterflies to panthers and alligators. The most common birds include snowy egrets and ibis, which can often be seen wandering across your lawn in Florida, long necked herons a...
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Winter Park 1

If you want a change from the Parks give Winter Park a visit. To find Winter Park take I/4 north beyond downtown Orlando and take the ' Fairbanks Ave. ' exit ramp. Turn right onto Fairbanks Av. , and continue east until you reach the Park Ave. lights...
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Winter Park 2

You have now seen the Morse Museum and had a look round the town, the next thing to do is what Winter Park is renowned for. Drive or walk up Park Avenue and turn left down Morse Blvd. Keep going down Morse until you reach the end and park in one of t...
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Winter Park Orlando

Winter Park is an up-market area of Orlando and if you fancy a change of mood from the theme parks, are in the market for some serious, quality shopping, or if you just enjoy window shopping, or if you enjoy visiting museums and parks, then a visit t...
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Winter Summerland Miniature Golf – Blizzard Beach

Our family love mini-golf and have visited most of the “courses” in Orlando but our favourite is Winter Summerland. It is located next door to Blizzard Beach, so you can park for free! It is not too expensive at about $10 for adults and a little l...
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Wishes Nighttime Spectacular

‘Wishes’, which takes place almost every evening in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, has to be one of, if not the most, amazing firework show in the whole world. The first time we watched it I was dazzled and amazed, the second time I was enthralle...
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Sneak Preview - The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade Shops and Restaurants

As you enter the Wizarding World of Harry Potter through the iconic archway, the first thing you will see (on your right) will be Hogsmeade Station. The distinctive red steam locomotive (bellowing out steam) whistles to announce your entry into this ...
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Sneak Preview - The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Rides and Attractions

Just past Hogsmeade Village sits the Dragon Challenge, a ride based around the first task of the Tri Wizard Challenge. You must make your choice to challenge either the Chinese Fireball or the Hungarian Horntail dragon. Only the bravest, or most fool...
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Wolfgang Puck Restaurants at Downtown Disney

Wolfgang Puck Restaurants at Downtown Disney The Wolfgang Puck Restaurant in Downtown Disney is positioned between the AMC cinema and the lagoon. If you are planning on just going to the area for a meal then by pass all the earlier p...
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World Showcase for Children

As our girls started to out grow and therefore not want to make so many visits to Magic Kingdom we started taking them to Epcot a Park they always thought was boring when they were little. I will always remember the first day the younger girl...
Viewed 2931 times since 1 September 2008.

Xmas at Manny's Chophouse

Our latest trip to Manny’s Chophouse turned into a pre Xmas meal/celebratory Anniversary dinner for some close friends of ours. We were a party of ten, so were prepared for a bit of a wait for a table, especially as when we arrive at 7:30pm and there...
Viewed 3751 times since 1 September 2008.

The Yak and Yeti Restaurant - Animal Kingdom

A lovely time to arrive at Animal Kingdom is at opening time. The traffic is reasonable at that time of the morning and many of the characters are at the front of the Park only too ready to sign autographs and have their photos taken. When yo...
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