Orlando Travel Guide

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Orlando Highlights

  • Pro
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     no snow, very hip, cheap to live here 

  • Con
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     Eerily clean and fake surroundings... Stepford wives, perhaps? 

  • In a nutshell
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     Where all your dreams come true... 

Orlando Things to Do

  • Universal Studios

    I am not a Furry Potter--I mean Harry Potter-- fan in the slightest, but I still thought the Harry Potter World at Universal was pretty cool, other than the the throngs of people it attracts. The town is so authentic the wood is real wood, the stone is real stone, no plastic junk here. Even the butterbeer is real butterbeer, but only if you pay $5...

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  • Walt Disney World

    If you have young kids you may want to familarize them with some of the Disney songs before visiting the park this will substantially add to their enjoyment. A complete list is available at the following website but it is way too comprehensive: http://www.parktunes.com/resorts/2 Here is a list of Top Disney Songs - 37 minutes worth. I am not sure...

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  • Sea World

    Of all the theme parks in the Orlando area, Sea World may be my favorite. Of course, the park is most known for its animals and animal shows, but it does have a growing collection of impressive roller coasters as well. Personally, I'm not into roller coasters, but I love sea life a great deal. At Sea World, the viewing windows are such that you can...

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Orlando Restaurants

  • Planet Hollywood

    My family & I have loved Planet Hollywood for years, but we will NEVER go back again! The prices have increased dramatically. We are a family of six and our bill was over $212.00! This bill is not the result of any alcohol (we do not drink at all) and four of us ordered waters. I asked the waiter if Planet Hollywood did anything for birthdays since...

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  • Seafood

    This is a great place for seafood, the decor is bright and cheery colors and the service is great. My favorite is the dungeness crab legs! I get the 1 1/2 pound platter, it comes with boiled potatoes and cole slaw. Very good!

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  • American

    I love a trip to Fuddruckers. You make a choice from their extensive menu, decide how you want it cooked and what extras you would like. You pay up front and sit down to await you meal. Having received your meal you then visit the fresh produce bar and decide what you want to place on top of the burger and what sauces you what. Construction...

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Orlando Nightlife

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  • Nightclubs and Bars

    This is where I am to tell you why you would want to go there. Well when I was back to visit in 1996 the city had closed it down. It was a country bar. So if thats your thing go for it. I remember it for the concerts and the shear madness of an all night party. I was able to see Pearl Jam here April 24, 1992 when face value was just $10 for one of...

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  • Universal City Walk

    Universal's City Walk has something for everybody: shopping, entertainment and dining. There is plenty of entertainment from catching the Blue Man Group, watching a movie at AMc or listening to Music at Margaritaville. The restaurants are prety good we tried the Hard Rock Cafe and Emeril's. They also have the Nascar Grille, Margaritaville, Bubba...

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  • Pleasure Island

    the adventurers club is an oasis of calm in the noisy disco atmosphere of pleasure island. this bar caters to an older visitor to pleasure island. an update the adventurers club is now closed and soon will be demolished. in the near future disney plans to up grade the pleasure island complex

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Orlando Transportation

  • Buses and coaches

    Found out about this company here on virtualtourist.com and after receiving a reasonable quote booked our transfer from Orlando to Miami with Star Trans-VIP. We had 19 people with 10000000 suitcases! They offered a mini bus that would fit everyone plus luggage. Very satisfied with their service. Received a confirmation email within 2 hours, driver...

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  • Taxis

    We had 6 people in our group and we decided to rent a 7 passenger SUV to get around Orlando. We made a rental car reservation three weeks prior to our arrival, but when we got there we were told the car we reserved was NOT AVAILABLE! How is that possible?! They did not even apologize and offered two different vehicles, but we declined the offer....

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  • Cars/Motorhomes

    When you go to re-fuel your hire car the procedure is different to the UK and Europe. If you are paying by cash or credit/debit card you have to go into the gas station first and pre pay for the fuel. You estimate the quantity and pay by cash or credit card, if you do not use up what you have pay you go back in and obtain a refund. You can then use...

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  • Outlet Stores

    The transportation company we use in Orlando surprised us with a complimentary discount card. The driver explained that if we present the card in any mall/outlet mall in Orlando we can get the coupon book free of charge. The first shopping trip we made was to Premium Outlets on International Drive. We got our coupon book for free (i saw people...

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  • Souvenirs

    We went off and went through a few stores and looked around. I tried to explain who the Blues Brothers were - I knew John Belushi was one of them, but it was difficult for me to do as I've never seen the movie. They did not want any photos taken inside because of the 'original artwork'. So I just took photos of the outside. There was also a House...

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  • Malls

    Festival bay near the Belz outlets located on International Drive. I had Festival Bay seen being build and been there once. But after almost two years there still is a lot of shopping space open for lease. But festival bay is still worth visiting since it has indoor skatepark by Vans, movie theatre , shopping, food and a huge Ron Jon shop . We took...

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Orlando Local Customs

  • Tipping

    tipping at restaurants and bars is an american custom. by law in the united states servers only receive 1/2 of the minimum wage so to make a living they depend on tips. servers basically are outside contractors to bars and restaurants. this system helps to keep food and beverage prices low. the customary tip is 15-20% of the bill. in many...

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  • Crowds,Queues, etc.

    FASTPASS is Disney's answer to long lines. It is essentially a "virtual" queuing system. Just insert your park pass into the FASTPASS machine and obtain your ticket with a time to return to ride the attraction. It's a good way to save time by not waiting in incredibly long lines especially during peak visiting hours in the parks.

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  • Theme Parks

    After our second full day at SeaWorld shooting travelogue videos, this was our last venue. My camcorder quit 10 minutes into the Luau ceremonial dancing. As the performers enter the stage area through the large audience doors, they sing in a unified Polynesian voice and carry banners. Once onstage a ceremony hosted by the Kahuna and the Polynesian...

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Orlando Warnings and Dangers

  • Crime Related

    A robbery happens in Florida every 3 minutes. To protect your future, invest in a Del-Air security system. Previous Del-Air customers are eligible for 3 months free and insured homeowners will get a discount on premium. Medical pendants are also available for senior citizens or people with medical issues (included in monthly premium). Standard rate...

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  • Weather

    Some people seem completely ignorant to the idea that Florida can get quite cold in winter, though it is usually brief and I often make the reference that a Florida summer is just as bad as winter in the plains... just in reverse.. it is so hot sticky and humid no one wants to do anything. During winter it is not uncommon to find temps in the 50s...

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  • Animals

    Now, the chances you will actually see an alligator in a natural setting on your first trip to Orlando may not occur, but if you happen across one in the wild it is best to steer clear. The pictures I have listed here were actually taken at the Marriott resort we stayed at. I have seen a couple of alligator's floating in some lakes on a number of...

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Orlando Tourist Traps

  • Walt Disney World

    Unless you have hundreds of dollars to take your family to Cirque du Soliel then there is little here worth seeing. "It's free" they say....well walking is free. There is a Ghiradelli Chocolate shop and you'd think that would be a hit...well for $8.00 I got a sundae and I'm sad to say that it is tasteless and is nothing like the ones in San...

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  • Prices and Spending

    Be aware of these little booths they seem to have operating everywhere, buy your theme park tickets before you go, seriously it is cheaper on line, in most cases if you print off prices online your local travel agents will match them anyway. These booths try and convince you that they have tickets (Used) that they will sell you for half the price...

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  • Universal Studio's

    We went to Universal during the Mardi Gra. The parks were over sold by the thousands. Lines were long every where. The parks were so crowed a person could not walk without bumping into the person next to you. The bathrooms had lines out the door. I am disabled and asked if I could get into the bathroom to use the handicap restroom. The line was...

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Orlando What to Pack

  • you NEED panchos incase it rains !

    sunscreen,panchos\umbrella,sunglasses. shortshorts(girls) flipflops(both) bathingsuits w/ dress top(girls) swimtrunks(guys) sunglasses(both) need a fistaid kit [just in case] need a camera for memories 3 sunscreeen needed !!!! >.

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  • carry light to disney

    check your luggage and bags if you forgot everything make a list! take anything clothes and shoes and rain coats too! winter coats as well if your hotel has tolietries don't worry! but if you have Medical Supplies go to your local market! Don't forget your camera and film to shoot some characters in disney bring your towel! oh! one more thing...

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  • A quick packing list

    I found it very useful to carry a small backpack where I could stuff my camera, sunscreen, fastpasses and what not. However, you should know that as you enter the theme parks, security checks ALL bags (even small purses) so it can take a while if you carry a big backpack with many compartments (they'll check them all). Definitely bring a pair of...

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Orlando Off The Beaten Path

  • State Parks, Animals and Nature

    Northwest of Orlando, at the edge of the sprawl, the unfortunately named Kelly Park is just an unassuming dot of a county park. But it's actually fantastic. This is the sort of thing that you would love to see at a theme park but never do, because theme parks can't recreate it properly. Think of swimming in a huge, clear, cool pool with a lazy...

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  • Beaches

    new smyrna beach is located about 70 miles northeast of orlando. new smyrna is one of the few beaches you can drive on in florida. in my opinion new smyrna beach is much nicer than the more famous daytona beach to the north. just south of new smyrna on US A1A is the northern entrance to the cape canaveral national seashore which offers about six...

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  • Other Theme Parks

    The Airstream Ranch is the Stonehenge of campers, not too different from Carhenge in Nebraska. This odd roadside sight was created in 2008 by a man named Frank Bates, who buried eight Airstream campers nose-first into the ground along the highway. Two of the trailers predate 1965. Since constructed, the Airstream Ranch has faced numerous legal...

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Orlando Sports & Outdoors

  • Golfing

    Orlando has over 125 golf courses, private, municipal, and public. The Forelinksters guide is the only directory of public access golf courses which lists the better golf courses you can play, along with a map to find the best course closest to your destination: http://forelinksters.com/course/location/27928/state/Florida/city/Orlando Bring your...

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  • Best public golf courses in Orlando

    Orlando has over 125 golf courses, private, municipal, and public. The Forelinksters guide is the only directory of public access golf courses which lists the better golf courses you can play, along with a map to find the best course closest to your destination:http://forelinksters.com/course/location/27928/state/Florida/city/Orlando Bring your...

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  • Florida Dude Ranch

    Centrally located between Orlando and Tampa, Westgate River Ranch is dude ranch situatined on 1.700 acres of lush lanscape. This ranch is part of a resort that includes a lodge with a restaurant and saloon, a marina with access to both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, and a private airport with a 5,000 fo. lighted runway.For outdoor...

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  • Walt Disney World

    Arguably the second most iconic symbol of Disney World is the Monorail, a transportation system linking the parking lots, Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, and the luxury hotels. Twelve trains traverse three lines, identified by the colored stripes on the side and built by Bombadier ( JFK Airtrain and others ). Each carries 360 passengers, six to eight in...

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  • Universal Studios

    You are by far better off going for two days than just one if you can - you will get all kinds of coupons and discounts with a 2 day pass that you can't get with just one day. Now for the meal deal - are you okay eating and drinking at the specified eateries? Because you will be limited to those. If you are I would say go for it - it's a great...

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  • Driving

    Some things I've noticed that need to be commented on: 1. Do not be surprised if you're driving along at the speed limit and someone blows past you going 10-15 mph faster. It's customary for locals to drive that fast on pretty much every road. If you're on the freeways, do not drive in the left lane and go the speed limit, you will provoke the ire...

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Comments (2)

  • virtualpatrick's Profile Photo
    Aug 23, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    SeaWorld announced a special weekday only, one day admission pricing of $50 from August - December 20, 2013.
    Must be purchased online at SeaWorld.com
    You can also add-on Aquatica for an extra $25 in this deal.
    Busch Gardens can also be purchased at the $50 weekday pricing.
    orlandosentinel.com/travel/b...

  • Jun 15, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    i believe it's the perfect destination for family holiday particularly an Indian family

 
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