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    Dr Phillips Community Park

    by alancollins Updated Feb 16, 2015

    One of the delights of going on extended breaks to Florida is, it gives you more time to live like a resident. One of the things I have discovered is the local parks tend to be well equipped compared to the ones in the UK. One that I went to was Dr Phillips Community Park. Just a short drive from Lake Buena Vista, this is a fairly new, well equipped park. It is situated next to Big Sand Lake. There are concrete paths around the park for walking or cycling. Children's area with different equipment, an area with with waters jets and canons. There are well equipped, clean and free toilets. Covered picnic and barbeque areas, a grassed pitch and a sand covered volley ball area.

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    Universal Studios

    by gwened Updated Jan 21, 2015

    Lots written on it here but after living in Florida for 18 years and going here and there concerts and all, it remains my favorite park at them all. Universal studios;now some old pictures I can post.

    The Incredible Hulk Coaster welcomes you to an incredible journey through Universal Studios' Islands of Adventure. Kind of scary when you first see it, the Hulk is a high-speed launchpad to the sky, soaring 150 feet.

    The coaster rolls at 67 mph through seven inversions (that's upside down) and through two subterranean trenches (that's below ground!). And the Hulk is tame compared to the Islands' other major ride, The Dueling Dragons -- a pair of twisting and turning inverted coasters that actually duel -- as in your head passing within inches of heads on the other coaster at 55 mph. Not for the faint of heart.

    There are certainly many theme-park choices in the Orlando area, and most of us have seen them all, or at least think we have. But if you haven't been to Islands of Adventure yet, it's worth another visit. The park is divided into five "Island" themes.

    parking is 15 USD now,and all rates can be found at official site
    http://www.universalorlando.com/Theme-Park-Tickets/General-Admission.aspx

    Venice at EPCOT by resto margaritaville at Citywalk inside park with islands of adventure tower back
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    Disney world

    by gwened Updated Jan 8, 2015

    well so much written on it,while living in Florida for 18 years I came here at least 20 times, from teen years to father who brought his kids. And then guest friends and family visiting, and in between going to concerts here, wild parties indeed. And finally found some old photos!

    I let you do the reading in VT. Just some notes ;there are very few experiences available to us everyday mortals that offer the dizzying heights, speed thrills and Top Gun maneuvers of roller coasters -- without a great deal of risk. From bone-rattling wooden giants to high-tech steel serpents, these rides inspire equal parts joy and terror, making us laugh and cry with equal intensity.

    The newer Animal Kingdom, open just when I left the area and now there is an even newer show call Expedition Everest, sending park guests on a mildly wild runaway-train ride through simulated Himalayas, the lair of the mysterious and dangerous Yeti.

    The park is now the parks, love them all thus. info on buying tickets
    http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/tickets-passes/

    and find your park hours here
    http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/calendars/

    HEre is full directions to the parks
    http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/faq/directions/#/subCategory5

    Magic kingdom entrance Venice at Epcot Center and the pirates are sleeping and yes we were here early ::)
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    wonder works

    by gwened Updated Jan 8, 2015

    wonder works in Orlando international drive by Pointe shopping center is great, just like an earthquake lol!

    Walk into Wonder Works and you'll think your world has been turned upside down --literally. The most striking feature of this structure is the way the building appears to have been uprooted and then landed on its head. There are lots of great things for families to do. Wonder Works tries to combine science with entertainment. There are more than a hundred exhibits for kids young and old to get their hands on.

    Guests can feel what it's like to be standing in the middle of an earthquake or brave the winds of a hurricane. Virtual reality is a reality at Wonder Works. There are exhibits that put you right in the middle of the action. Guests use their flight skills at Shuttle Landers to take the controls of a spacecraft and land it somewhat safely on an airstrip. Then you can put your engineering skills to work as you design your own roller coaster and ride it at the WonderCoaster.

    All indoors !!! admissions adults,check site for updates, and now a night shot from the vaults !!!

    wonder works from international  drive a shot at night!
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    Sea World Orlando

    by gwened Written Mar 6, 2014

    another site that we frequent a lot and finally found me a photo lol!
    sea world is like an aquarium but an active on display shows one, so its like a mix water park and attraction ride park. In Orlando Florida.

    Park open from 9am to 7pm, by bus see no 4 ,i came by car as I-4 West to exit 72 (Beachline Expressway/FL-528/Airport). Once on the Beachline, take the International Drive exit (exit #1). At traffic light, turn left. (You will be driving on International Drive.) At the second light, turn right onto Central Florida Parkway. The entrance to SeaWorld is on the right hand side of Central Florida Parkway.

    they have several pricing scheme better explained here
    http://seaworldparks.com/seaworld-orlando/book-online/tickets/mostpopulartourist/?source=OPT_pass_hours_tourist

    Shamu rides and killer whales , and sea lions shows were our favorites but there are several like
    http://seaworldparks.com/en/seaworld-orlando/attractions/?from=Top_Nav

    Inside dining ,the buffet was for us, and then we went outside the park
    http://seaworldparks.com/en/seaworld-orlando/dine-and-shop/dining/

    and plenty of shopping souvenirs
    http://seaworldparks.com/en/seaworld-orlando/dine-and-shop/shopping/

    one of the main parks of the Orlando area, so plan on seeing it; unique experience.

    the killer whale rise to the occasion Sea Lions show at Sea World killer whale joking at you!
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  • Test Track

    by missmommy19 Updated Dec 15, 2011

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    Test Track was awesome! The ride simulates that of a crash test dummy. You are the dummy and get strapped into a car and go through the different tests that an automobile goes through, steering, braking, heat, cold, etc. The best part is when the car starts to accelerate to the brick wall as if you were going to do a crash test, then the wall miraculously opens and you get flung outside. You then accelerate to 60 mph with a 50-degree bank, riding around the outside of the building. It's not a roller-coaster type of thrill, but going that fast is pretty cool. Get a fast pass, as the lines are long, or get there early.

    That
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    Orlando Local Arts & Entertainment Info

    by virtualpatrick Written Jun 13, 2009

    Check out the following for guides to events while you are in town:

    - TheGuide.OrlandoSentinel.com
    - OrlandoWeekly.com (check out the "Best of Orlando" for the top yearly picks by locals)
    - Orlando.Metromix.com

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    Orlando Meal Deals

    by booryan Written Dec 6, 2008

    Hi Gerorgie
    can't be to much use on the buses as we usually have a car but there are ways to save money in the parks, in universal you can get a wrist band for $18.99 I think, can't remember the exact amount but it is well worth it as you can eat all you want in 6 resturants within the park, look it up before you go, Aquatica also has a similar deal going on, however, we had a very bad experience with Aquatica this year and will not go back (long story so I won't bore you), but the other Busch Anheiser parks are excelent (Seaworld, Busch Gardens.
    Hope you have a great holiday
    Lee

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  • ICE and Luminescence at the Gaylord Palms Resort

    by HSC123 Written Aug 5, 2008

    During the Christmas season the Gaylord Palms Resort hosts "ICE," a cold but fun experience. Rooms of the hotel's convention center are chilled to I believe they said 8 degrees (F) and are converted into a wonderland of professionally carved ice sculptures that include a Nativity and usable ice slides. Giant parkas are provided so you don't need to worry about that - but I would suggest closed shoes instead of flip flops for this attraction.

    Also present at the resort in conjunction with ICE are an ice skating rink, model train display and a spectacular live rock and laser show called Luminescence. Luminescence takes place in the giant atrium of the main hotel building and features Christmas favorites performed with a modern rock flair. The concert also includes some acrobatic ballet and an aerial drummer suspended high above the stage.

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  • What to do in Orlando 5 days

    by touristips Written Jun 23, 2008

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    You'll have to decide which parks are best for you.
    Info can be found on theme parks at tourist bureau site http://orlandotouristinformationbureau.com

    There are 7 theme parks in Orlando 8 if you count Busch Gardens in Tampa.
    4 water parks.

    I'ld go with Islands of Adventure & Universal since they have the most thrill rides.
    They also have the best deal on tickets at http://usf.com

    Consider a 1 day Disney hopper this will let you visit the best of Disney parks in a day.

    Sea World Aquatica water park is brand new and very tropical.
    Touristips

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    Local habitat

    by BruceDunning Updated Feb 2, 2008

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    There are numerous things to do in the Orlando and Kissemmee area. They continually expanded from the original Disney and now driving can be tedious to get anywhere during summer months especially. The beach is only 50-60 miles away and Daytona is close.

    Sun set is lovely All are real pink to see tourists The beach is the other reason to go to here
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    Penny Press Collection

    by Cielo_Algaeed Updated Aug 18, 2007

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    Penny Press collection became a hobby of mine when we visited Orlando. One of the cheapest way to get a souvenir from an attraction. Either from the themeparks, waterparks or museums.
    Just look for a penny press stand which are usually located at the corner of every store/merchandise outlet in Disney, Universal etc.
    Prepare 2 quarters and a penny. Pick the design you want to engrave and thats it! You'll have a penny press souvenir.

    Check out photos for samples.

    Penny press sample My own collection of Penny press

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    Meet d Superheroes and other Characters

    by Cielo_Algaeed Updated Aug 14, 2007

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    Meeting the superheroes or the disney character upclose and personal always excites me. It gives me the feeeling of being young again :-) I do make it a point that whenever i see a character I make it a point that i will take their photos. weird? Well, im just enjoying taking photos of them for keepsake and souvenirs. So, grab a brochure for the schedule of character appearances in Disney, Universal, Pleasure Island etc.

    My Boys with Capt. America Mansour with Wolverine Moi with Mr. Spidy More superheroes

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    LYNX BUS TERMINAL

    by Michael_D Updated Dec 2, 2006

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    Orlando now has a new BUS TERMINAL with a slightly futuristic look.

    The best bus for tourists is the #50 WDW express, makes four stops and gets to Disney in about 30min for $1. Its mostly filled with Brits on holiday every time Ive ridden it.

    The $3 all day pass is a steal if you want to see alot of Orlando on the cheap. The busses are all new and quite safe I might add.

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    Saturday Thursdays at Firestone

    by Marinel Written Nov 18, 2006

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    Orlando's premier Indie. electro, dance and DJ party with Concerts every week.

    Update: (1) FREE KEG OF STELLA ARTOIS - I think this keg will be devoiured in the first hour so here's your first incentive to come party early, and here's the second (2) EVERYONE IS IN FREE BEFORE MIDNIGHT (no need to get on the list anymore), and last but certaily not least, (3) THE ULTRA DEBAUCHERY LATE NIGHT HAPPY HOUR. Nothing says party like cheap late night drinking so from 1AM - 2AM every night we'll be doing 2 4 1 cocktails. This is not a joke. See you Thursday!

    P.S. - In case you haven't noticed, the GALLERY IS UP at http://www.saturdaythursday.com/gallery

    Rocking at The Ladytron Concert Firestone Flyer
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