Orlando Travel Guide

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Orlando Things to Do

  • Universal Studios

    I love universal studios I have a year pass, but I wish they would do a couple things diffenet like the Harry potter , not have so many people in that park at one time. You can't enjoy it. I think they should have a time for each group to come back and enjoy it. So there isn't a lot of people at once. I know that would never happen. But I wish. I...

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  • Sea World

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Such a disgusting place. Going to Sea World shows zero compassion for the magnificent species of Cetaceans that Sea World enslaves for "entertainment." It is simply sick to see some of the smartest species on the planet being forced to do stupid circus tricks in pools that are so small they drive the animals to madness. Imagine spending your life...

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  • Walt Disney World

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This is the daytime parade at Magic Kingdom and showcases an array of characters and floats. The music is pumping throughout the parade and it really is a fun time. We had a great viewing spot on Main Street and enjoyed all the fun characters and entertainers.

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Orlando Restaurants

  • Seafood

    4 out of 5 stars

    Fulton's Crab House is a favorite dining option for us in the Downtown Disney area. My wife and I both love seafood; and this place has it in abundance. The restaurant is aboard a replica of a riverboat called the Empress Lilly. My wife first ate here as a child with her family; they served the first character breakfast at Disneyworld. When this...

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  • American

    4 out of 5 stars

    The Artist's Palate is located at Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa. This is their casual; quick service restaurant/take away. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner here and have a large selection of snacks, beverages and alcoholic items for purchase to enjoy here or back in your room. The decor here is very bright and colorful and their are...

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  • Planet Hollywood

    3 out of 5 stars

    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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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

    Disney's Magical Express is a great option for transport when staying at the Disney Resorts. Before your trip; you will recive a packet from Disney. Inside the package are your vouchers for Magical Express as well as bag tags. Affix the bag tags on your luggage before you check your bags at the airport. When you arrive at the Orlando airport;...

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  • Taxis

    Cruise to the Caribbean from Port Canaveral, Florida: 1. We booked a hotel room right next to the port (Radisson hotel) - $75. 2. I arranged our transportation from MCO to the hotel ahead of time - $100. 3. We arrived a day before our cruise and took a private shuttle to our hotel in Cape Canaveral (travel time 1 hour). 4. In the morning we had...

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  • Monorail

    I wanted to experience the monorail so I persuaded my husband and some of the other family members to take a spin on it. My husband and I went from one of the big hotels to another one for dinner on the monorail.

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Orlando Shopping

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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

    The World of Disney Store is the ultimate store for souvenirs. There is a huge figure of Stitch dressed as a pirate on top of the building that spits water below onto the people passing by. The store has everything Disney themed from housewares, clothing, jewelry, artwork, bathing suits, baby items and children's costumes. The store is deivided...

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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

    In today's world security checkpoints are a must everywhere. All Disney Parks have security check points right at the entrances. If you have a bag or backpack you must submit them to search. If you are bagless then there is a separate line to skip the checkpoint. I don't mind this as would rather be safe than sorry.

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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

    Florida can have some pretty bad rain at times so it's best to be prepared. Having an umbrella handy can help but the heavy Florida downpours can still soak you pretty good. We have rain ponchos that fold up neatly and fit in Liz's bag. The ponchos also came in handy for riding the Kali Rapids in Animal Kingdom....you definitely get soaked on that...

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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

  • Pack a Poncho!

    Often stray showers happen while you are visiting a park. This fact is not lost on Disney! Most all gift shops sell Mickey ponchos costing about $8 or so for the adult size. The first time we got caught in the rain, we had to buy these ponchos. Now when we make return visits to Walt Disney World, I pack one for each of us so that we don't have...

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  • Be prepared

    A small portable rain poncho is helpful, depending on the time of year you visit. Rain showers come up quick. Although obvious, comfortable, non-blister causing footwear is a must! Flip-flops or unsecured sandals may be lost on some of the rides at the theme parks.

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  • 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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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

    When we go to Disney it is normally with very little cash. We stay on property and use our agic Band to charge purchases back to the room (it's a good way to have a record of where they money is going). We use the Disney dining plan so no money is needed for meals and snacks. There are several ATMS throughout the parks and resorts mostly at guest...

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  • Universal Studios

    Love Harry Potter and on a recent trip to Florida my niece took me to Diagon Alley. Iam a senior citizen and found the one day pass much too expensive. I am on a fixed income. I stayed with family and was surprised there was no senior citizen discount. I did enjoy my stay, but due to time and lack of physical strength I found it much too expensive...

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  • Sea World

    VISIT SEA WORLD By the mid-eighties SEA WORLD was starting to lose it’s appeal. The park was beginning to look shabby so Sea World began to add rides and shows to the usual stuff. 1-Sea World Sea Lion and Otter Stadium 'Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island' features sea lions, otters and walrus . 2-Terrors of the Deep Exhibit four large...

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  • 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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