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    Attend Theme Parties of your friends

    by Hexepatty Updated Jan 19, 2004

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    Uhhh.... I suspect I will not keep this photo up very long. Consider yourself blessed to have seen this. Chris King Pop Icon (the Victim) is being molested by me and Shelly at the White Trash Party. I naturally had to find my White Trash Roots among the multitudes of ethnicites that coarse through my veins.... Obviously I did. Yikes!

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    Avoid the crowds!

    by Ischyros Updated Nov 25, 2003

    Are you a night person? Do you want to be at Disney but can only go during the busy season? Do you hate waiting in line and fighting crowds? Then Disney has the answer for you! On select nights, Disney holds an E-Ride night at the Magic Kingdom that allows guests to stay in the park an extra 3 hours after it closes and ride some of the most popular rides! There are, of course, a few rules.

    1) You MUST be staying at a Disney resort, the Swan or Dolphin Resorts, Shades of Green Resort, or a resort on Hotel Plaza Blvd. YOU WILL HAVE TO SHOW YOUR RESORT ID.
    2) You must have a multi-day pass (Length of Stay, Park Hopper, All-In-One Hopper, Seasonal, Annual, or Premium Annual).
    3) You must user your multi-day pass to enter the Magic Kingdom on the day of the E-ride night. Your E-ride ticket will NOT grant you admission to the park.

    So how does an E-ride night work? First, you purchase a ticket at Guest Services at your resort. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for chilren 3-9 (plus tax). Go to the Magic Kingdom and after 4PM exchange your E-ride ticket for a wristband at one of three places: City Hall, Tomorrowland Arcade, or Splashdown Photo. Only the people with the E-ride wristbands will be allowed to stay in the park after it closes. You will have 3 hours to enjoy the park! Tomorrowland, Main Street USA, Liberty Square, Frontierland, and Adventureland (minus Jungle Cruise) are open for E-ride nights. In these areas, at least 9 of the more popular attractions, as well as some food stands and shops, are open. There are a limited number of tickets so Disney recommends you buy yours early! E-ride nights are NOT publicized and not printed in any guidebooks as they are only announecd the month before. For example, E-ride nights for July would typically be announced in late May or early June. If you would like to know upcoming E-ride nights, e-mail me and I will be happy to tell you!

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    Fly over Orlando!

    by Hexepatty Updated Sep 22, 2003

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    I like to fly since I have a pilot license. So, I go up w/ CFI's and fly in the general area of where I visit. Since I was in Orlando for quite a few weeks, I took the time to get checked out (which meant I was able to take a plane out by myself after they verified I knew what i was doing.) I flew for 2 hours w/ a local CFI and got checked out. Frankly? I was spooked by that. I mean... 2 hours? Sheeze. Oh well. Good thing I'm a okay pilot and NOT a terrorist, right?! Having said this, I LOVED flying in Central Florida. It's flat, confusing, everything looks a like. REALLY made me do work w/ the sectional. LOVED it. Look forward to returning to Orlando Country Airport (Lake Apoopka!) Call Orlando Country and ask for a Intro Flight. It's cheap, and you'll learn to fly AND see Orlando from above it all!!!

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    The Ocala National Forest

    by Scotsgal Written Jun 14, 2003

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    The Ocala National Forest is a gigantic, old established Florida park with several natural springs and lakes, and fantastic hiking, canoeing, fishing and swimming. You can camp anywhere in the park. Three major spring areas make up the park: Juniper Springs (at the park's center), Salt Springs (at the northern end) and Alexander Springs (to the southeast).

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    Dive Quest Epcot

    by grandmaR Written Feb 25, 2003

    If you are a certified diver, you can dive into the Living Seas tank (a misnomer as while the fish are alive, all the coral is fake) at Epcot. I did this. In addition to being surprised that the coral was fake (I expected something like the coral reef tank at the Smithsonian), I was *really* surprised at how COLD the water was. You really had to have a wet suit to be comfortable. It was $140 each and includes all your equipment, although I think they allowed me to use my own mask with prescription diopters in it. You can buy a video tape of yourself for a souvenier.

    I was sorry that I did this without any of my family there (I did it in the evening of my conference before they got there). It would have been nice to have someone to wave to in the restaurant that surrounds the tank.

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    You can get a parking space...

    by jake22 Written Sep 7, 2002

    You can get a parking space down town and you can still get parking tickets. Church Street Station a large entertainment center is also downtown, but I consider it a tourist trap and stay out of it.

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  • Celebration is Disney's little...

    by miromi Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Celebration is Disney's little planned community that almost everyone I know has heart a rumor about and would be a creepy urban legend if it weren't even creepier as truth! It represents everything scary and obscene about American society in the last 50 years, even though its architecture is a reaction against the suburbs, as it strives to emphasize 'small town' community and battle car-ruled housing projects. It's a sociologist's wet dream, and a little fun to creep around at night--that is, if the residents don't chase you out with shotguns! I actually liked a lot of the innovations--porches and close-set homes with driveways on back streets and no garages at the front of the house. of course this came with all the strict community rules and bizarre multiple jeep-in-retention-pond deaths...
    you really have to see it to believe it!

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  • There isn't much of an 'off...

    by Shellabella Written Aug 26, 2002

    There isn't much of an 'off the beaten path' here. All is centered around the attractions. However, if you are looking for a more relaxing atmosphere, come closer into town where normal life is. REstaurants like Fridays, Bennigans and Red Lobster are around and they don't get as crowded. Also the malls further away from the parks are less crowded.

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    Kelly Park -...

    by FloridaGirl Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Kelly Park - Central Brevard
    2550 North Banana River Drive, Merritt Island
    An internationally recognized windsurfing area, this 15.37-acre community river park is on the Banana River just south of the Beeline Expressway (Toll Road 528). Providing river access for residents and visitors, Kelly Park features a natural catamaran/sailboard launch area, and lighted 4-lane boat ramp with adjacent parking for cars and boat trailers. In addition, Calema Sports provides windsurfboard rentals/lessons . Near a small scenic lagoon, there are barbeque grills, restrooms, a playground, horseshoe pits and volleyball courts perfect for picnicking by the river’s edge. See http://www.brevardparks.com/map_bch.htm for map.

    And, if you get tired of the river, just hop back onto the Beeline (528) going east, until you get to A1A, then hang a right to Cocoa Beach!

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    If you get tired of doing the...

    by FloridaGirl Written Aug 25, 2002

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    If you get tired of doing the theme-park thing and are really a culture-vulture, try St. Augustine, Florida. It is about 2 1/2 hours from Orlando (100 miles). Being the oldest city in America, it naturally has a fort, on Matanzas Bay. It you have a day or two you can break away from Orlando, you can stay on the beach and take in the old city, which can be done by walking or by tram. See http://bestreadguide.excursia.com/destinations/USA/FL/st.augustine/

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    If you enjoy theater there is...

    by Michael_D Written Aug 24, 2002

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    If you enjoy theater there is a nice one in Mt Dora 25 miles north of Orlando...ok...truth is I have done 27 plays there since 1990...and another 25 at other theaters in Central Florida...everything from CAMELOT to Annie Get Your Gun to Look Homeward Angel...check it out if youre here..the phone number is 352-383-4616.

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    Orlando's Loch Haven Park is...

    by cobrioc Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Orlando's Loch Haven Park is alive with world-class cultural opportunities best are
    Orlando Science Center, CineDome is an eight-story domed screen,which is the world's largest domed theatre.It display IMAX films,Florida's largest public telescope.
    Admission: $9.50-$14.25 Adults
    call 407-514-2000

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    Orange County Convention Center

    by loisl Written Mar 6, 2005

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    One of the largest conventions centers, totaling an exhibition area of 1,103,538 sq.ft. (approx. 100'000 m2)
    A great spacious place for doing business.

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