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50’s Prime Time Café – Disney Hollywood Studios
Our teenage daughter’s love this restaurant, just off the main street running through the centre of Disney Hollywood Studios. As the name of suggests the restaurant is linked very closely and designed in the style of the 1950s. However it doesn’t end...
Viewed 2415 times since 8 February 2011.

A day at EPCOT
Having only been to EPCOT around 5 Years ago, I was really looking forward to our family trip in 2009. EPCOT is one of 4 Disney Theme Parks and is regarded by many as the best. The Theme Park is sub divided into 2 main areas ‘Future World’ and ‘World...
Viewed 4284 times since 3 November 2010.

A day out at the Gulf Coast
The Gulf Coast is only about an hour and a half from Orlando and has some of the most amazing beaches in Florida. If you fancy a break from the Parks then why not plan a different sort of day which will still appeal to all of the family. Start...
Viewed 2743 times since 1 September 2008.

A Hot Air Balloon Ride in Orlando.
What a fantastic experience! At about 5. 30am in a Macdonald’s car park in the Champions Gate area we met with Bob Wilamoski, the pilot of our balloon. After checking the wind strength and direction, Bob drove us to a close location t...
Viewed 1503 times since 21 August 2014.

A Quick Visit to the Florida Mall
In the first few years that we visited Orlando we used to spend most of a day at the Florida Mall delighted with the goods on sale and their competitive prices. This was before the outlet malls had really got established and these days although we st...
Viewed 2132 times since 15 December 2012.

Advice on Theme Parks
Advice from an expert (me!) on theme parks I have been going to Orlando for 30 years now, have owned a villa for 10 years and still have not grown tired of theme parks. I love ‘em! Therefore I feel very qualified to advise you on how to appro...
Viewed 3024 times since 20 March 2009.

After Dragons Challenge at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
By the exit of Dragons Challenge there is a shelter with seats, so you are able to protect and cool down from the sun. There are souvenir shops up the village full of Harry Potter merchandise. You can even buy the school Uniform. On the right side of...
Viewed 2001 times since 8 February 2011.

All Change at Christmas
After Thanksgiving everything changes in Orlando – Christmas is on its way. And what a superb effort everyone makes. In the shops you are serenaded with continual Christmas music and smells of Christmas spices. Summer goods make way for d...
Viewed 2021 times since 14 November 2012.

American Idol Experience
An avid follower of American Idol on ITV2 at home, I headed straight for the American Idol Experience at Hollywood Studios. You can audition here or simply take a seat and become part of the judging process. However, I think the auditionees take it v...
Viewed 2210 times since 2 November 2011.

An Enjoyable Quiet Morning in Celebration.
An Enjoyable Quiet Morning in Celebration, FL. After experiencing all the fun of the big rides in the many parks of Orlando. Having early starts and late nights and too many large meals and drinks. ! My family and l look forward to sp...
Viewed 1466 times since 10 September 2014.

ANIMAL KINGDOM, DISNEYWORLD, FLORIDA
What a fabulous place this is. Animal Kingdom has everything you could wish for to entertain and excite all age groups. From Safaris to Water Rides to thrill rides interspersed with flamboyant shows, Animal Kingdom caters for every taste in entertain...
Viewed 3320 times since 1 September 2008.

Another View of Town of Celebration
We have always loved visiting the town of Celebration as we find it extremely charming and almost a world away from normal life. It’s always seemed to us a most surreal sort of place with the piped music along the main shopping streets, the deck chai...
Viewed 2544 times since 1 September 2008.

Apart from the theme parks
Apart from the theme parks, why else would you go to Orlando. One of my favourite reasons is the wide and varied choice of restaurants offering everything from cheap burgers to high class fine dining and everything in between. It is possible to stay ...
Viewed 2393 times since 12 February 2011.

Applebees
On a recent trip to our villa on Highlands Reserve, we were delighted to see the opening of an Applebee’s restaurant at next door Berry Town Centre. The moment we walked in we were impressed with the relaxed atmosphere and the frien...
Viewed 2527 times since 10 November 2011.

Arriving at the airport in Orlando
If this is your first trip to Florida then the arrival into either of Orlandos airports can be a little daunting and we have done this trip many times and have a few tips to help with a smooth and stress free transition into you arrive at your holida...
Viewed 3084 times since 1 September 2008.

Arriving in Orlando
We usually travel by Virgin Atlantic from Manchester and arrive at Orlando International Airport between 2. 00pm and 3. 00pm. It always amazes me that when the seatbelt sign is turned off everyone jumps to their feet and stands there for the next 10 ...
Viewed 2503 times since 3 February 2011.

As I finish my day at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
As you move on you can see a ride which is called Flight of the Hippogriff, which used to been the Flying Unicorn. This has changed a lot as there is a new train – a hippogriff as its body and matching scenery. Queuing times vary around 10-15 minutes...
Viewed 2349 times since 8 February 2011.

Bargain hunting in Florida Mall Part 1
A visit to Central Florida cannot be complete for me without a trip to Florida Mall. I feel the excitement as I approach The Mall and drive around the extremely large car parking area so I can park not too far away from the Food Court which is at the...
Viewed 2839 times since 21 September 2008.

Can you still get bargains shopping in Orlando?
Can you still get bargains shopping in Orlando? Yes you can. Even with the dollar rate as low as 1. 35 it is still possible to get some good bargains shopping in America. Mainly it is the brand names that offer the best bargains. For ...
Viewed 3097 times since 18 March 2009.

Try a baseball game!
As well as visiting the many theme attractions Central Florida has to offer we decided we’d like to watch a baseball game – a traditional American game. We found out that the Tampa Rays played at Tropicana Field, St Petersburg and that t...
Viewed 2808 times since 1 September 2008.

Be Prepared… what to take to the parks!
This article follows on from “Be prepared…what to wear to the Parks!” where we looked at the best clothing to be worn. So we’ve got you dressed and ready for action. Now you just need some tools to assist you during the day. Remember y...
Viewed 2933 times since 1 September 2008.

Florida's Beaches
The beaches in Florida vary greatly, those on the ‘Gold‘ coast, Cocoa for example, known as the Surf capital, famous for the surf shop called RON JONS and where professional surfers can be seen riding the waves. Although it is a great favourite wi...
Viewed 3470 times since 1 September 2008.

Beauty in the parks.
In our hurry to rush around the theme parks, trying to get everything done in one day, we often miss out on the beauty in the parks. Being very lucky owners of a villa in Orlando, all our holidays are spent in Florida so there is never any rush and w...
Viewed 2101 times since 23 December 2010.

The Best (and worst) Rides in the Theme Parks
Of course I can only comment on the rides I have done myself, but after 30 years of visiting Disney parks, I have done most. However I have never done the thrill seeker rides that turn you inside out and upside down. Having said that, ...
Viewed 3472 times since 3 April 2009.

Getting the best out of the theme parks
There is an art to doing the theme parks and getting the most enjoyment out of them. First, shoes! It is essential you wear the most comfortable shoes you possess as you will be on your feet for most of the day. High heels are a complete no, ...
Viewed 2944 times since 17 April 2009.

Best Time to visit Florida
When to visit Florida is very often determined by your childrens school holidays, however if that is not an issue then these tips should help you pick the best time to visit. To avoid the crowds on your Florida holiday, beware of peak seasons...
Viewed 4827 times since 17 June 2009.

Best and Worst Rides at Universal Studios
When time is tight it is sometimes worth knowing which rides are worth queuing up for and which are not. This can depend a lot on the ages of your party obviously. Some rides all ages will enjoy, some are only for older children and adults an...
Viewed 4889 times since 17 April 2009.

Bibbidi Bobbidy Boutique
Bibbidi Bobbidy Boutique The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is a kind of Beauty Salon where girls of all ages can enjoy some pampering and be transformed into a Disney Princess. There are two locations for these special experiences. One is at Do...
Viewed 2671 times since 20 March 2011.

Blizzard Beach (11)
Florida sun meets Alpine Snow in the coolest water park around. Hang on to your swimwear as you take the slide of a lifetime down Summit Plummet. Yes Blizzard Beach the most recently built Disney water park in Orlando is themed on an Alpine Sky Resor...
Viewed 3281 times since 1 September 2008.

Blizzard Beach Part 1
Blizzard beach was the second Disney water park that we visited, our first was Typhoon lagoon and that was great and so we just had to check out Blizzard Beach and the famous summit plummet that we had all heard so much about At entrance of B...
Viewed 2946 times since 1 September 2008.

Blizzard Beach Part 2
If you have younger children there is an area dedicated to them so they can have just as much fun as the grown ups. This area is called Ski Patrol Training Camp and I have to say I was jealous as I was too big to try out the features there, including...
Viewed 2647 times since 1 September 2008.

Blue Spring State Park
For a great day out away from the hustle and bustle of the Theme Parks why not visit Blue Spring State Park in Seminole county. The park lies to the north east of Orlando, an hours drive from the main attractions. Blue Spring State Park covers more t...
Viewed 2574 times since 9 May 2010.

Boating off the Cape Haze Peninsular
Boating off the Cape Haze Peninsular. The barrier islands and warm waters of the Cape Haze peninsular offer a safe environment for even the novice boater and offer a magical half or full day of relaxation and an opportunity to see the bar...
Viewed 1890 times since 18 July 2012.

Boggy Creek
If you want something to do for half a day whilst visiting Central Florida that’s a bit different from the large commercial theme parks, visit Boggy Creek and take an airboat ride. It’s about 30 minutes drive out into the local Florida co...
Viewed 4086 times since 1 September 2008.

Boggy Creek Airboat Rides
Of Course, Florida is the place to go for theme parks and high tech attractions but sometimes it’s nice to see what else Florida has to offer. With this in mind we took the trip out to Southern Kissimmee to Boggy Creek Airboat rides, located on South...
Viewed 2835 times since 1 September 2008.

Bok Sanctuary
One of the most relaxing ‘chill out’ afternoons you can spend in Central Florida is at Historic Bok Sanctuary. Whenever we want to unwind and get away from all the hustle and bustle of the theme parks for a change, we drive down Highway 27 towards La...
Viewed 2830 times since 1 September 2008.

Breakfast at Celebration
Celebration is only three miles from our villa so we often go there to enjoy the tranquillity and get away from the hustle and bustle of Orlando and the theme parks. It is rarely busy unless they host special events and then it draws quite a crowd. ...
Viewed 2599 times since 27 February 2011.

Spend the day at Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens is a fantastic family day out. It is a 300 acre African themed park that has something for all ages, including thrill rides, live entertainment, animal shows and exhibits, shops, restaurants and games. There are over 3000 animals in sev...
Viewed 2461 times since 10 July 2009.

Busch Gardens - SheiKra
Well, this was the first trip to Florida without either of our two boys, and the sole purpose of the trip was to set up our new vacation home from scratch. We had nine days in which to fully furnish the place and sort out the snagging list on a new p...
Viewed 9139 times since 1 September 2008.

Bush Gardens
Just an hours drive from Orlando, heading out toward Tampa, you will find Bush Gardens. A fantastic zoo and theme park rolled into one. There are five big roller coasters and three water rides to wet your appetite, along with plenty of family shows a...
Viewed 10454 times since 1 September 2008.

Cafe D Antonio Celebration
Café D’Antonio in Celebration is part of a small chain comprising of Antonio’s La Fiamma Ristorante and Antonio’s café and deli both in the Maitland area and Antonio’s at Sand Lake rd as well as the subject of this article. It is a lovely restaurant ...
Viewed 2410 times since 18 July 2010.

Calabay Parc
Calabay Parc is one of the most elegant, stylish and celebrated vacation communities in the Disney Area. It is a highly exclusive development, which nestles quietly amongst conservation woodlands and orange groves. Its impressive entrance is easily d...
Viewed 2675 times since 1 September 2008.

Carrabbas
You will find this casual chain of Sicilian-American of restaurants with their open kitchens churning out wood-fired pizzas and fresh-made pastas throughout Florida. Our favourite one is located not far from our villa at 7890 W Irlo Bronson Hwy (US19...
Viewed 3248 times since 1 September 2008.

Celebration – a good afternoon out
The town of Celebration (on Highway 192 near the Disney turn off) was built originally as Walt Disney’s ideal of a modern suburb. It is supposed to be kept as litter free and clean as it is possible to get and all the homeowners have strict rules to ...
Viewed 2034 times since 15 November 2011.

Celebration, A Disney Town
Years ago when we first started going to Florida we heard about this Disney built community called Celebration. It was designed and promoted as an old style small American town and was to have the community feel of a friendly and neighbourly place...
Viewed 2909 times since 1 September 2008.

CELEBRATION - A Tasteful and Tranquil Retreat
Celebration is close to the Disney Theme Parks but is a world away from the noise and bustle. It was founded by the Walt Disney Co. in 1994 on Disney-owned land and consists of a series of developments, which are made up of homes built in various sty...
Viewed 2715 times since 1 September 2008.

Champions Gate
Champions Gate is slowly becoming an area that many more people are visiting. It’s location is superb being seconds away from Junction 58 on the I-4. As you come off the I-4 you drive through the ornate high gates and you are in Champions Gate. Viewed 2931 times since 1 September 2008.

Cherry Pocket 2011
We first visited the Cherry Pocket 4 years ago and at that time it was unknown to tourists. The people there were the local residents, cabin owners and boat owners, joined by people in the neighbourhood who were in the know. Since word got out, it is...
Viewed 2214 times since 4 January 2012.

Choosing a villa for your holiday
When you are faced with a website with hundreds of choices of villas, how on earth do you choose one. First, think of your party dynamics. How many people and their ages. How many beds do you need in total, how many bedrooms and then how many...
Viewed 2734 times since 18 April 2009.

Christmas at Pinewood Estates
Pinewood Estates at Christmas You have just got to love staying in a villa in Kissimme at Christmas time - one day you are at the Razzamatazz of Mickey' s Very Merry Christmas party and the next you can visit the elegant and elaborate decorat...
Viewed 2819 times since 24 December 2010.

Christmas at Disney
My favourite time of the year to visit Walt Disney World is in December, preferable before Christmas week when it becomes far too busy. You can enjoy the same Christmas attractions but without the crowds by visiting during the first two weeks in D...
Viewed 3330 times since 1 September 2008.

Christmas in Orlando? Why you should book now
You may think this is a funny subject to address now, just when the summer is about to start, but if you are thinking of going to Orlando for Christmas, now is the time to book. Havn’t decided yet? Here are just a few of the reasons why you s...
Viewed 2682 times since 24 April 2009.

Christmas Memories.
First Impressions A year ago today we made the trip to Florida for our first Floridian Christmas. The family was split up as we could not all get seats on the same flight. Both flights were to arrive at Orlando International Airport wi...
Viewed 2794 times since 1 September 2008.

Christmas Seaworld part 1
Had spent the day around the pool and decided to go to Seaworld for the evening Christmas celebrations. The park was very quiet when we arrived around 6pm on the 10th December 2010 Went straight to Manta as we hadn’t ridden this coast...
Viewed 2166 times since 14 December 2010.

Christmas Seaworld Part 2
We thoroughly enjoyed out night at Seaworld Christmas 2010 (see review) so we decided to head off up there for an afternoon. The day was sunny but the wind was harsh. We realized almost as soon as we entered the park that we couldn’t hear the coaster...
Viewed 2146 times since 14 December 2010.

Cirque du Soleil La Nouba
After hearing so many good things about this attraction I decide to take the plunge and attend a performance on 3rd January at 6. 00pm ( There are 2 performance nightly , the second one being at 9. 00pm ) I know I am Scottish and we a...
Viewed 513 times since 13 January 2017.

Clearwater Beach Florida
Situated on the west coast of Florida , Clearwater Beach has under gone a vast change in the last 4 years Located approx a 90 min easy drive west from my villa I would thoroughly recommend a day trip or even a stop over for a night . ...
Viewed 565 times since 17 January 2017.

Columbia Restaurant Celebration
We have visited Celebration, Florida on a regular basis for the past six years but have never sampled the cuisine at Columbia Restaurant. This summer a chance conversation with another visitor to Florida aroused our interest in the restaurant as they...
Viewed 2494 times since 1 November 2010.

Congo River Adventure Golf - 192 Kissimmee
Since playing our first crazy golf course in Florida and enjoying ourselves, our family try to find a different course on each visit. This time it we visited’ The Congo River Adventure Golf’. I have to say from the road it has very pretty scenery set...
Viewed 3769 times since 1 September 2008.

Cruise and Villa Bliss
We went to the villas for a chill-out session! I had forgotten how relaxing it was, and was pleasantly surprised on returning. I can’t wait to get back each year because nobody seems to mind how late I get up or if I swim all day! Mum and Dad just...
Viewed 2684 times since 1 September 2008.

Cruisin'at Old Town
On a Friday and Saturday at Old Town in Kissimmee, vintage motor bikes (on Friday) and vintage cars on Saturday arrive for Cruisin’ through the streets. By vintage, I mean cars and motor bikes from the 50’s and 60’s era. These cars and bikes are kept...
Viewed 2220 times since 25 November 2012.

Cruising - Hiring a Car in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands.
Whilst you can just book an organized trip on board the ship, this can be expensive for a larger family, and it may not give you the flexibility you would like. I would have no hesitation in recommending anyone to hire a car in St Thomas. The driving...
Viewed 1954 times since 5 February 2011.

Cruising – Jamaica and Dunns River Falls
Although we love everything that Orlando and the theme parks have to offer, we sometimes complete a hectic trip to our beautiful villa with a cruise from Fort Lauderdale or Miami. One of our favourite islands to visit is Jamaica, and we have ...
Viewed 2173 times since 11 October 2010.

Cruising - Princess Cays
Not really an island but just the southernmost tip of the island of Eleuthera, Princess Cays is the jewel in the crown of private cruise islands. Owned by Princess cruises, this island has been equipped with everything you could need for a relaxing o...
Viewed 2190 times since 11 January 2011.

A day trip to St Augustine
While everyone around you makes their way en masse to visit good old Mickey Mouse, why not take a day off to see the oldest city in America, St. Augustine, a well worth the effort two and a half hour drive away on Florida’ s Atlantic coast just...
Viewed 2856 times since 31 December 2008.

Days Out – driving on Daytona Beach
Just about an hour’s drive from Orlando is Daytona Beach. The name alone instantly conjures up images of everything and anything to do with motor vehicles, speed and excitement. For many of us a quintessentially Floridian experience has to be to driv...
Viewed 2021 times since 29 July 2011.

Decorated Homes at Christmas
When it comes to Christmas decorations, nobody does it better than our American cousins. But it is the way they decorate their houses at Christmas time that makes the festive season so special. This task takes place usually on the weekend af...
Viewed 3356 times since 2 December 2010.

DeLeon Springs
For some beautiful natural Florida countryside, head out a little to DeLeon Springs - a beautiful state park an hour or so north of Orlando. One of Florida’s earliest ’resorts’, the springs were opened as a small tourist cen...
Viewed 2809 times since 1 September 2008.

Dennys at Anytime
I expect when you travel around Orlando you have seen many Denny’s restaurants. We are fortunate that we have one about a mile away from our villa at Lindfields and we always have at least one meal there every time we go to the villa. Thi...
Viewed 2396 times since 3 February 2011.

Devenneys Irish Pub
When my parents returned from a visit to our villa in Orlando they were eager to tell us about a new Irish pub that had opened at the end of 2008 and was opposite Cagan Crossing which is about a mile and a half from our villa at Lindfields. <...
Viewed 2929 times since 31 December 2009.

Dining in Orlando
If you find yourself feeling hungry and you are near to Orlando Premium Outlets (just off the I4) take a visit to Bahama Breeze. The tasty Caribbean cuisine (although all the usual steaks and burgers are served here) makes this restaurant gro...
Viewed 2292 times since 13 October 2010.

Discovery Cove
What a fantastic place to visit, we had always wanted to swim with dolphins and here we were able to do just that. On arrival at the park, get here as early as you can, parking is free, we were seen by an efficient host and ' checked ...
Viewed 1508 times since 8 March 2015.

Discovery Cove - A Review
Visiting Discovery Cove was a Christmas present for the whole family. With prices around $259 plus tax per person it is an expensive day out for a family of five. However, we had an amazing time and with some of the add-ons, it turned out to be qu...
Viewed 3047 times since 1 September 2008.

Discovery Cove in Orlando
- Our Day OutLast year we were lucky enough to be able to visit Discovery Cove. We were advised to book 6 months in advance to avoid disappointment and we were glad we did. We did deliberate when we saw the admission prices but decided that we mig...
Viewed 3192 times since 1 September 2008.

Disney Hollywood Studios
This fantastic theme park is Disney’s answer to Hollywood with its real life working film studio, there are TV productions being filmed here all the time. With its 12 storey hire Sorcerer Mickey hat at the centre of the park being the symbol of Disne...
Viewed 2628 times since 1 September 2008.

Disney Parks
As you may already know there is more than just one Disney park there are 4 (Magic Kingdom, M. G. M Studios, Epcot and animal kingdom). Animal kingdom is an amazing place to visit. If you like nature then it is the best Disney Park because you can se...
Viewed 3164 times since 1 September 2008.

Disney's Animal Kingdom
Disney Animal Kingdom is the newest of the four Disney theme parks. The park design following a tried and tested Disney method of a central feature to the park with different areas spanning out like a huge wheel. At the centre of Animal Kingdom is th...
Viewed 2104 times since 25 January 2012.

Disney Springs Orlando
Having visited the new Disney Springs in July 2016 mid afternoon, I was put off by the oppressive heat and humidity , it was no fun walking about in temps in the high 90s. However in late Nov 16 and early Jan 2017 I revisited but this...
Viewed 638 times since 12 January 2017.

Disney’s 4 Main Parks
The four main Disney parks make up the magical and wonderful Walk Disney World and each park has it’s own unique characteristics. The Magic Kingdom is the flagship of Disney and the place where some of the most beloved characters come t...
Viewed 4747 times since 2 January 2009.

Disney''s Animal Kingdom
This is Disney’s newest park and has a totally unique character. The pace is here is much slower than the other parks & the landscaping is just breathtaking. As you pass through the entrance pick up a map to plan your day and head through ‘The...
Viewed 2514 times since 1 September 2008.

Disneys Hollywood Studios
Just off Hollywood Boulevard, Echo Lake is a lagoon surrounded by several attractions and dining establishments. Three of the attractions are based on characters and movies by LucasFilm owned by George Lucas. Raiders of The Lost Ark is a ...
Viewed 2340 times since 23 January 2011.

Disney's Magic Kingdom
The Theme Park where all your dreams come true. Magic Kingdom, a very special place for all the family, as soon as you enter the park you will see smiling faces from the very young to the very old. Once you arrive you have the choice of...
Viewed 2866 times since 1 September 2008.

Disney's Magic Kingdom, Orlando
“The place where the magic began & storybook fantasy is everyday reality” From the moment you arrive at the main gate you can feel the excitement! Through the turnstiles & you’re into Main Street USA, a replica of a small town of th...
Viewed 2605 times since 1 September 2008.

Disneys not just for children
Disney World is not just for children. In fact when we go in November there are very few children about. Deciding what to do and see at the theme parks is obviously very different for adults. The rides I would recommend for adults at the Magi...
Viewed 2580 times since 17 June 2009.

Disney's Typhoon Lagoon
“Legend has it that a furious storm once roared across the sea, hurling surfboards into trees, blowing small boats through roofs & impaling a shrimp boat on a peak of a great volcanic mountain. Left in the typhoon’s wake are twisting tides, ro...
Viewed 2548 times since 1 September 2008.

Shhh - Don't tell the tourists!
Most visitors come to Florida to see Mickey Mouse - and of course Mickey and friends have been the main attraction for many years. Florida is addicitve! After a few visits many visitors start to look for some of the other things to do and see ...
Viewed 2650 times since 1 September 2008.

Do’s and don’t’s when selecting what to do in Orlando
With a limited time and so much to do in Orlando it would be helpful to have some idea what each attraction is all about. Different age groups will want different things to do. For example if all you want to do is lie on a beach and relax for 2 weeks...
Viewed 3167 times since 23 April 2009.

Downtown Disney Restaurants
Bongos Cuban Café Bongos is owned by Gloria and Emilio Estefan and as the name suggests serves Cuban food. Specialities include “Cubana” (a Cuban sandwich) and Paella de Mariscos (a seafood paella). The restaurant is in the shape of a huge pin...
Viewed 2659 times since 19 September 2010.

Eagle Ridge Mall
Eagle Ridge Mall is a shopping centre on Highway 27 which is often missed by tourists to Orlando which I think, is a shame. Go to junction 55 off I4 and south on H27. The Mall has all the usual department stores like J C Penney, Sears...
Viewed 3179 times since 15 December 2010.

Easing Nervous Visitors onto Theme Park Rides
I realise this may sound like a strange topic, but I expect many of you are travelling with someone who is nervous of the attractions. Some don’t like the fast motion, others don’t like being jolted and others will suffer from vertigo. ...
Viewed 1900 times since 3 May 2014.

Celebration Town Tavern
We have been visiting the Celebration Town Tavern for a number of years now. It is a family owned seafood and steakhouse restaurant located across from the lake front in downtown Celebration. It is a place for meeting friends for happy hour, taking t...
Viewed 2517 times since 21 November 2010.

Eating out in Florida
If you are staying in a villa, you will need to think about your meals as they are all self catering. A lot of Mums (and of course Dads – sorry) will want to take it easy and not have to worry about cooking at the villa. You could just have s...
Viewed 2770 times since 16 April 2009.

Eating Out in Orlando
Food and drink is very much cheaper than in Europe when you are looking at the non fine dining end of the range. A steak house or restaurant will charge $11-$24 for an main course, but it is usually big enough to share or take half away with you. Wit...
Viewed 2105 times since 26 August 2011.

Enjoying City Walk
When we go to Citywalk in the evening we usually go early so we have a leisurely stroll along the front between Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure first. When the girls were younger on the hot summer evenings they used to love to ...
Viewed 2085 times since 17 May 2012.

Enjoying Jaws at Universal Studios
No visit to Universal Studios is complete for our family without going on the boat ride Jaws. No matter how many times we go on this ride although it is a little bit cheesy we always manage to scream a little as well as laugh a lot. I believe it orig...
Viewed 1988 times since 2 November 2011.

Enjoying Kidzone at Universal Studios
If you have younger children try to leave plenty of time to go around Kidzone at Universal Studios. If possible try to go to this part of the Park early in the day as it does get very busy and there is nothing worse than having to queue in the heat w...
Viewed 1935 times since 2 November 2011.

Epcot - the quiet park - Never!!
The number of attractions in Florida is staggering and when visiting Florida (particularly for the first time), it can be quite overwhelming. If you invest in a ‘park hopper’ ticket available at the best prices from the link on this site, then you...
Viewed 2570 times since 1 September 2008.

Epcot Flower and Garden 2010
This will be the seventeenth time the flower and Garden Festival has taken place when it started in March 2010. My Mother had her birthday whilst in Florida last year and so qualified for free entry to one of the Disney Parks. As she was busy on her ...
Viewed 2361 times since 10 June 2010.

Epcot - IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
I am sure that many people have watched this award-winning night time spectacular but does anyone know the background? IllumiNations first premiered on 1st October 1999 but it was named IllumiNations 2000: Reflections of Earth as it forme...
Viewed 2553 times since 1 March 2011.

We have lift-off!!
As one of the newer attractions at Epcot, I am sure many have heard of the arrival of “Mission Space”. This amazing experience was opened in the summer of 2003. It is a spectacular feature, designed as an array of planets in orbit!! Basic...
Viewed 3407 times since 1 September 2008.

Epcot – The Thinking Mans Theme Park
I know many husbands who dread going to Disney World – but they love Epcot. Epcot appeals to all ages and caters for all ages, but it especially appeals to men. All the rides are educational, from little tots in the Living Seas with Nemo and Friends,...
Viewed 2031 times since 6 September 2011.

Epcot World Showcase - Japan
The Japan Pavilion is a serene journey into the culture of this enchanting country. As you look at Japan with Showcase Lagoon behind you, the building on the right is a replica of the principle building of the Japanese Imperial Palace. The ...
Viewed 2647 times since 22 January 2011.

Epcot World Showcase Overview
The concept of Epcot formed in the mind of Walt Disney when he was developing ideas for the California Disney Land. He imagined an ' International Street' and that vision is today known as Epcot. The largest of all the Disney parks, Epcot is divided ...
Viewed 2397 times since 23 December 2010.

Epcot World Showcase - The American Adventure
Epcot World Showcase - The American Adventure The American Adventure is, as would be expected, one of the larger pavilions in Epcot' s World Showcase and is the southern most point of Epcot. The US display is the official host of World Showcas...
Viewed 2284 times since 23 December 2010.

Epcots World Showcase Gardens – part 2
This is the second section of my tour on the gardens in Epcot. China Gardens in China are totally different to a typical garden in the West. Plants have to appear to have been naturally placed without a central plan. Water is an...
Viewed 2029 times since 16 October 2010.

Everglades National Park
We combined the Everglades National Park with a visit to Naples and Miami, in a round-trip, as it is definitely too far to do in a day from Orlando. Take Route 41 south from Naples (also known as the Tamiami Trail) to Everglades City. If you ...
Viewed 2751 times since 1 September 2008.

Expedition Everest - Animal Kingdom
One thing you can be sure of when a new ride comes to town at Disney is the quality of it. Expedition Everest was first introduced in 2007 to enhance the ride portfolio at Disneys Animal Kingdom. Up until this point the park had been a little lacking...
Viewed 2587 times since 22 December 2009.

Explore The Magic Kingdom – a guide to the attractions
Although everybody will probably want to see The Magic Kingdom in Disney World it is doubtful it would suit older adults unless they are accompanying their Grandchildren. Likewise, there are some attractions that have special appeal only to a...
Viewed 2688 times since 24 April 2009.

Fantasmic
The first time my parents went to see Fantasmic they completely misjudged the time it would take to get there and only saw the last ten minutes of the show! It is located off to the right almost at the end of Hollywood Boulevard in the Hollywood Hill...
Viewed 3215 times since 1 September 2008.

Favourite Meals in Florida
There is so much variety for eating in Florida I thought I would share just a few of our choices with you. Breakfast On the first morning we are at our villa we always go to Shoneys for an all you can eat breakfast. That first ...
Viewed 2266 times since 3 February 2011.

Five Things You Must See, Do and Eat at Disney
Wishes Nighttime Spectacular The crowds gather, the lights dim and Jiminy Cricket starts his narration telling us how dreams really do come true. Tinkerbell flies in front of the castle and the eagerly awaited show in the sky burst into action...
Viewed 2819 times since 15 August 2010.

Florida Barbecue Contests
When it comes to dining out, we' re spoiled for choice here in Central Florida. Famous chains offer us a plethora of locations where we can gorge ourselves on meat, fish, salads of the highest order and anything else that takes our fancy. Viewed 2356 times since 31 January 2012.

Florida Beaches
Florida is blessed with many excellent beaches and visiting one can be inexpensive and make a pleasant change from the hustle and bustle of the theme parks. The sun kissed sands are an excellent place to top up your tan or just recharge your batterie...
Viewed 2384 times since 13 January 2010.

Florida Crazy Golf
Previous visitors to Orlando are bound to be familiar with the landmark on the 192 which is Bonanza Golf. There is a large ‘mountain’ with cascading fountains, making it hard to miss but even though we have been going to Florida for many years we hav...
Viewed 2278 times since 18 November 2012.

Florida Facts and Figures
We all know and love the state of Florida, but here are some facts you may not know: Florida was the 27th state to be admitted to the United States on March 3rd 1845. The state has 67 counties and covers 58, 560 square miles. Florida h...
Viewed 2485 times since 11 August 2010.

Florida Mall - A Shopping Extravaganza
If, like me, you are a shopaholic, then one of the best places to visit whilst in Orlando is the Florida Mall. This is the best mall for normal shopping. If you want serious designer shopping with shops like Dior, Burberry and Chanel or stores like N...
Viewed 2373 times since 10 January 2011.

Florida Wildlife
If you have been to Orlando more than once you may feel like doing something completely different from visiting all the theme parks. Are you interested in wildlife? If so, Florida has an abundance of exotic wildlife much of which you will be ...
Viewed 2632 times since 17 June 2009.

Gatorland - A Relaxing Alternative to the Parks!
If you’re sick of the parks would like to get a taste of the real Florida, go to Gatorland! We went in May, and what a great place it is! Much more than just alligators, the property is over 100 acres. We started off walking on the boardwalk, where w...
Viewed 2532 times since 1 September 2008.

Gaylord Palms - Villa de Flora
We were lucky to be taken to Gaylord Palms by a friend as we would not have thought of venturing into the enormous convention centre. It is worth visiting just for the experience of seeing what can be done in an indoor atrium but the Villa de Flora a...
Viewed 3573 times since 1 September 2008.

Golfing in Florida for all Ages
When you’re fed up of lying by the pool all day (or at least the kids are!), you know its time for some activity & Florida is the ideal place for those with their eye on golf! Up until now our sport mad twelve-year-old has only played on medio...
Viewed 2563 times since 1 September 2008.

Great Meals at Applebees on Highway 27
The more we go to this restaurant the more we are impressed with the service and the standard of the food. Our villa is at Lindfields situated just off the 192 about a mile before it meets the 27. Applebees is about one mile south on the ...
Viewed 2636 times since 1 January 2011.

Great Meals in Applebees on Highway 27
The more we go to this restaurant the more we are impressed with the service and the standard of the food. Our villa is at Lindfields situated just off the 192 about a mile before it meets the 27. Applebees is about one mile south on the 27 i...
Viewed 2220 times since 29 December 2010.

Great Reasons to Visit Disney World Orlando
Nobody on earth does entertainment quite as well as Disney. They take a touch of pixiedust and sprinkle it over everyday adventures to create special occasions and memories that last a lifetime. Disney is always reinventing itself and introducing new...
Viewed 2565 times since 2 January 2009.

Happy Shopping
Having lived for the last quarter of a century on the small Greek island of Corfu, safe in the cocoon of shopping at small local stores, the transition to huge superstores in the Kissimmee area had the potential of sending my already high blood press...
Viewed 2499 times since 15 August 2010.

Hard Rock Café, Universal Studios
Florida offers so much in the way of differently styled restaurants, cafes, bars, buffets, take-aways; there’s something for everyone! Whatever you fancy whether it be quick snack or more substantial meal, then everyone has their favourite but dur...
Viewed 3262 times since 1 September 2008.

Highlands Reserve Golf Course
I’ve been going to Florida with my family for the last 4 years and always looked longingly at the fabulous courses there but, with everything else on offer, there’s just never seemed to be the time to try them out. How I’ve itched to put a bag of ...
Viewed 2589 times since 1 September 2008.

Hire a Pontoon and Sail the St John River
If you want a lovely relaxing day away from the theme parks then something I would recommend is hiring a pontoon boat and sailing the St Jonh River. We found this place by pure chance, I love hummingbirds and while searching for somew...
Viewed 1523 times since 11 January 2015.

Historic Bok Sanctuary and Spook Hill - Lake Wales
This is Florida’s hidden gem. If you want a couple of hours relaxation in a perfectly tranquil and calm place this is it – only don’t tell the tourists! ! Just South of Haines City, you need to follow the signs for Lake Wales and the Bok Sanc...
Viewed 3117 times since 1 September 2008.

How to get the best out of your holiday in Florida
Just knowing a few little tricks will help you get the best you can out of your holiday in Florida. Here are my top ten tips. If you are under 25 or indeed if you just look under 30, always carry photo ID on you. This applies especially i...
Viewed 2806 times since 17 April 2009.

Honeymoon in Florida?
When planning a wedding, where to stay on your honeymoon is in most cases more important than the actual wedding itself. For us this was the case as we were looking for a two centre holiday that allowed us time to relax and also time to enjoy ourselv...
Viewed 3059 times since 1 September 2008.

Honeymoon in Orlando
Although many see Orlando as a children’ s magical playground, it is also geared up to adults and couples wanting some romance and alone time and is today one of the top wedding and honeymoon destinations in the world. A honeymoon in Or...
Viewed 3240 times since 2 January 2009.

Horse World Riding Stables, Kissimmee
This is our 6th year on a ‘trot’ visiting Orlando and we thought we would like to try some alternative days out. We have never been horse trekking before and the stables website - made it look interesting – none of us are really horse riders ( ap...
Viewed 4449 times since 1 September 2008.

A Hot Air Balloon Adventure
Often the best way to see an area is from the air, a hot air balloon provides the ideal way to do this. Unlike a light aircraft or helicopter a balloon flies relatively slowly and not far above the ground. This provides an ideal viewing platform from...
Viewed 2716 times since 1 September 2008.

How to get the best out of your Orlando holiday.
There is so much to do in the Orlando area that you will need to do a bit of planning to make sure you see all the best bits and what all the various members of your family want to do. If you just arrive and think “Now what”? you may be a bit overwhe...
Viewed 2548 times since 28 July 2009.

Independence Day 4th of July
Independence Day is a big celebration in America and there are always lots of events taking place. This is just one suggestion of a place to visit for the afternoon and evening - Kissimmee Downtown Lakefront. And it’s totally FREE. We...
Viewed 2501 times since 1 September 2008.

Indiana Jones - The best show!
The Indiana Jones show at Disney Hollywood Studios is one of my most favourite shows. Make sure you get to this show a good 25 minutes ahead of its start time; it tends to fill up quickly and you certainly want a good seat so that you can see...
Viewed 3013 times since 1 September 2008.

Information and Tips for Visiting Seaworld
Be sure to note the location of you car in the car park before you enter the Park. This is often hard to remember at the end of a long day we usually put it in one of our mobile phones. Seaworld one day Passes allow a second day entry fre...
Viewed 2488 times since 9 February 2011.

Islands of Adventure
Whenever I go to America, one of the things that I most enjoy is going to the theme parks. I love doing them because it brings unimaginable things to life. It takes you on an adventure of your own. One of the parks I most enjoy going to is Islands of...
Viewed 3299 times since 1 September 2008.

Islands of Adventure (10)
Islands of adventure, is now regarded as one of the best theme parks in Orlando, Florida. Aimed mainly at people who like the thrill of a rollercoaster and enjoy getting wet it is located right next door to Universal studios. To enjoy both par...
Viewed 1892 times since 1 September 2008.

Islands of Adventure.............a history.
Islands of Adventure is the 2nd theme park in Florida owned by Universal. This park opened in 1999. However, the concept for Islands of Adventure was in the planning even before Universal Studios opened. Jay Stein wa...
Viewed 3495 times since 20 March 2011.

Italian Eateries
I love Italian food, especially if it good and not too pricy. These are my two favourites which i am sure you will enjoy too. The Olive Garden At the Olive Garden the servers are some of the friendliest in Orlando, and in a place where...
Viewed 2245 times since 31 October 2010.

Italian Restaurants
Italian Restaurants There are a few good Italian restaurants in the Kissimmee area The olive garden is a great Italian and have lots of locations in the area the one we prefer is the one at the Loop shopping area, but lately we have us...
Viewed 2404 times since 12 December 2010.

Its a Small World
I have been going to Disney World for so many years now I should be blasé, but I’m not. I have seen many changes at The Magic Kingdom and I am aware that there are many more to come with the proposed re-vamp of all Walt Disney World’s parks. ...
Viewed 2433 times since 21 December 2010.

Jaws at Universal Studios
If you have seen the film ‘Jaws’, and in all honesty who hasn’t, you will want to take this ride if only to see how the film has been adapted into a theme park attraction. Jaws is a five minute water ride, so if you don’t want to get wet ...
Viewed 2822 times since 17 November 2011.

Kennedy Space Center
It takes about an hour to get to Kennedy Space Center from the Davenport villas but it is an easy drive and it is well worth the journey. It would probably take more than a day to do everything justice and you can go on two consecutive days fo...
Viewed 2834 times since 1 September 2008.

Kennedy Space Center IMAX
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 60 minutes drive fro...
Viewed 2459 times since 8 January 2010.

Kennedy Space Centre
On our last visit as we were going with friends we decided to take a look at Kennedy Space Centre. On previous vacations other members of our family had visited and all really enjoyed it but it was not something I was that keen to do it just did not ...
Viewed 3065 times since 1 September 2008.

Key West
We have just visited The Florida Keys and stayed at the furthest point Key West. Fabulous. If you want a really laid back almost Continental atmosphere in the evenings then this is the place you need to visit. The trip to Key West from Davenport, Orl...
Viewed 2825 times since 1 September 2008.

Kissimmee Old Town (7)
Kissimmee Old Town is certainly worth a visit, lined with shops and bars there is something here for everyone to enjoy. At the head of the town is a small fun fair that has one of those rides that strap you in a harness, hoist you up to some ridiculo...
Viewed 2407 times since 1 September 2008.

Kraken - Sea World, Orlando
Sea World is a great place to start off a theme park holiday, since it is less busy and intense than the others and has a more relaxed feel about it. It is a celebration of aquatic life – mainly of the largest varieties – and is, effectively, a zo...
Viewed 3521 times since 1 September 2008.

Kraken At Sea World
“Why is the queue so short?” I wondered, as I got nearer to the embarkation point for Kraken. Is it because I have hit a good time? Is it because there is a hint of rain in the air? I couldn’t decide. I reached the end of the queue and esti...
Viewed 3443 times since 1 September 2008.

A Most Spectacular Show – La Nouba
The reputation of Cirque Du Soleil is world renown – and up until this summer I had yet to experience it. Having persuaded my husband and two daughters, who are both musical and gymnasts that they would enjoy it, I bought tickets for the evening show...
Viewed 2723 times since 1 September 2008.

Not just one for the boys this attraction!!
Not just one for the boys!! Explosions, flames and flying cars – its all in a days work for the stunt team at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida!! Even the less adventurous of us may at some point have thought how exciting it wo...
Viewed 2695 times since 1 September 2008.

Lights, Motors, Action at Hollywood Studios
I wasn’t sure about going to see Hollywood Studios’s new stunt show – Lights, Motors, Action, but everyone else in my group had seen it before and said it was fantastic, so I went along, and at the end of it I had to agree that it was certainly worth...
Viewed 2644 times since 1 September 2008.

Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show
Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios as a fantastic display of how they film stunts using cars and motor bikes in the films. It follows a stunt manager and production crew as they work on a live film set to...
Viewed 2552 times since 28 November 2010.

Marie Selby Gardens Sarasota - a great place to visit!
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens Sarasota If you are looking for a day out with a difference then try the Marie Selby Gardens in Sarasota. Their mission is:- “to further the understanding and appreciation of plant life, with emphasis o...
Viewed 2210 times since 29 September 2011.

Marine Mammal Keeper - Sea World
Sea World Marine Mammal Keeper Experience. The day was described as a mammal keepers experience, spend the day behind the scenes with a keeper, a maximum of 3 people per group at a cost of $400. I arrived at Sea World at 6.25 am ready f...
Viewed 3970 times since 1 September 2008.

"Market street Cafe" Celebration
If you fancy a taste of something a bit different from the standard all you can eat buffet, why not try out a meal in the town of Celebration. Celebration is easily reached from the 192 and has a nice array of shops and restaurants located along a la...
Viewed 7334 times since 1 September 2008.

Menchies Frozen Yoghurt at The Loop
As villa owners it has always been a chore to try to persuade the children to shop – there are always things that need replacing, so a trip to ‘house’ stores is always necessary but not their idea of fun. Now I finally have the answer, and no longer ...
Viewed 1909 times since 22 November 2012.

Hollywood Studios Part 1
Although not one of our favourite Disney parks at our first visit the more times we visit Florida the more we come to like Hollywood Studios , there is well loved and spectacular Indiana Jones show which is some what old now but is still one of the b...
Viewed 2768 times since 1 September 2008.

Hollywood Studios Part 2
If you interested in how the animation of the Disney characters is done then a visit to The Magic of Disney Animation is just what the doctor ordered although this can be a little boring for the younger children, for the older ones and the adults its...
Viewed 2815 times since 1 September 2008.

Hollywood Studios
Why not step into the bright lights of Show Business, Disney Stile. Hollywood Studios yet another fantastic attraction where you can enjoy all that Disney has to offer in the film industry. Meet your favorite Disney characters as you wander ar...
Viewed 2906 times since 1 September 2008.

Mickeys 'Not so scary Halloween'- Magic Kingdom
Around Oct time each Year Mickey Mouse throws a large Not-so-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom. For an extra admission fee (not covered by your Hopper pass) you can go into Magic Kingdom at night and ride the rides, meet Mickey and his friends a...
Viewed 2146 times since 10 November 2011.

Millers Orlando Ale House (6)
I must admit before the Millers Ale House opened last year near our villa at Lindfields I had never heard of them. When my parents visited there before Christmas they were very impressed by the venue, the service and the value for money of the food. ...
Viewed 3687 times since 7 January 2011.

Millers Orlando Ale House
On the odd occasion I have travelled up the Orange Blossom Trail to the Florida Mall, I have noticed a restaurant called the Orlando Ale House shortly before reaching the said mall. Being a beer, as opposed to lager, drinker I was always tempted to s...
Viewed 2672 times since 23 December 2010.

Mission Space
On our last visit to our villa we managed to persuade my Mother to go with us to this ride at Epcot. We went after spending the afternoon at the Park so it was quite late in the evening when it was not so crowded. The reason we managed to per...
Viewed 2415 times since 29 December 2009.

Mission Space - EPCOT
Mission space is one of the newest rides at Disney’s EPCOT. The ride is designed on a space rocket mission to Mars where 4 crew take a trip to visit a space centre located on Mars. Having never been on the ride since it was built I must s...
Viewed 2123 times since 15 June 2012.

Eating Out in Magic Kingdom, Florida
A lot is spoken about the price of eating out in the Disney parks but in Magic Kingdom there are a lot of options. We’ve not tried them all yet but we are getting there!! Like all the Disney parks there are various stalls and cafes serving ...
Viewed 2698 times since 1 September 2008.

A Terrified Mum’s view of Mission Space
Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am a real wimp when it comes to the Big Rides at the theme parks. I am scared of heights, hate anything that will turn upside down and get car sick on long journeys when I am a passenger. So for the benefit of...
Viewed 2781 times since 1 September 2008.

Mount Dora
The large, beautiful lake which the town overlooks is named after Dora Ann Drawdy (1819-1885). In 1846, Federal Surveyors named the lake " Lake Dora" after her, and in 1883, the small but growing town was named after the lake. Today, Mount ...
Viewed 3138 times since 1 September 2008.

'Must See'in the Theme Parks
Things not to be missed at the theme parks The fireworks at Epcot. Illuminations: Reflections of Earth is a fireworks and laser light show at Epcot and can be seen from all around the lagoon in the World Showcase but canny exper...
Viewed 4312 times since 14 April 2009.

My favourite things to do in Orlando
My favourite things to do in Orlando I have been going to Orlando on and off for 30 years now and since buying a villa there seven years ago, I have been going at least once every year. I love everything about Orlando as I would be bored to de...
Viewed 2680 times since 8 July 2010.

NBA City – Universal
Those of you who love basketball, will enjoy NBA City, established in 1999 and which is situated between Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios. As you approach, you can see a huge 30 feet+ statue of the NBA logoman. If you are feeling daring you...
Viewed 2506 times since 20 December 2010.

New Year's Eve 2009/2010 Part 2
Continuing with our great evening on New Year’s Eve, we decided to make our way to Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom as we thought what could be more magical. We did wonder whether we would ‘get in’ as sometimes Magic Kingdom is so busy on New Year’s Eve, ...
Viewed 2195 times since 10 January 2010.

Shows not to be missed at the Theme Parks
You may think fireworks are just for children and when you have seen one display you have seen them all. Trust me – this does not apply to the fireworks at Epcot. I hear so many returning visitors saying “Oh we didn’t bother to stay for the fireworks...
Viewed 2706 times since 8 April 2009.

Often Missed Attractions
Some of the often missed attractions at the magic Kingdom in Disney world can be the most entertaining. So often people arrive full of anticipation and head excitedly straight up Main Street, USA and completely miss the Walt Disney World Rail Road. <...
Viewed 2494 times since 22 December 2010.

Old Town
Old town is located in Kissimmee at mile marker 9 on highway 192. It is a very unusual place and is supposed to represent Florida as it was in its old days. The shops are all set out as they would have been back then. The shops do however sel...
Viewed 2494 times since 27 October 2010.

One day out at Louisa State Park
For the nature lovers, Lake Louisa State Park is a Must Do. Located on US Highway 27 just a few miles North of the West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway (also known as 192) or a short drive from Orlando, this park is highly noted for its bea...
Viewed 1951 times since 24 February 2012.

Orlando Ale House – A Tale of Two Sittings (well three, actually)
We visit Florida regularly as a family and each time we try to visit a restaurant we have not eaten at before. Since our last visit at Christmas 2010 a new Orlando Ale House had opened on the 192 which had been given great reviews. This is a sport’s ...
Viewed 1953 times since 9 September 2011.

Orlando in November
A lot of villa owners choose November to visit Orlando for many reasons so if I tempt you, you will have to book early (No owner can resist a booking! ) First, the weather. The humidity has gone and the days are beautiful and sunny. The ev...
Viewed 2022 times since 20 December 2011.

Orlando weather (7)
Florida is called the sunshine state because of one reason, it has over 280 days of sunshine per year. Not many holiday destinations in the world can boast this record. Choosing a time of year to go on holiday can be a hard decision, especiall...
Viewed 3424 times since 1 September 2008.

Osborne Lights
These spectacular lights are shown at Hollywood Studios from around the first week in November through the holiday season. With no extra charge on your park ticket, it is so worth staying to see them light up and dance in the dark. You would be forgi...
Viewed 2127 times since 15 November 2011.

Other things to do in Orlando besides theme parks
Theme parks are what holidays in Orlando are all about. However, some who visit regularly may be a little tired of theme parks. So what else is there to do. Plenty! There is a place quite near to the Disney area called Winter Garden and this ...
Viewed 3374 times since 18 April 2009.

Our Three favorite Steak Houses
These are 3 of our favourite Steak houses. The First is by far the best for my husband and myself and that is Mannys Chophouse Mannys chophouse is situated on Hwy 27. From the start of Hwy 192 you go south on Hwy27 about 14 /15 ...
Viewed 2229 times since 12 December 2010.

Our Visit To Typhoon Lagoon
We were having dinner one night with some of our Florida Friends when the subject of water parks arose. Our friends were astounded to discover that, in all the years that we have been coming to Orlando and Florida, we had never been to a water park! ...
Viewed 2649 times since 5 April 2010.

Paddleboard at Kelly Springs
If you fancy doing something different, away from the theme parks that isn’t expensive and will also help shed a few calories you’ve put on eating the massive restaurant portions, I can recommend paddle boarding. You can get sessions for about $30 pe...
Viewed 1561 times since 11 January 2015.

Pauls Florida Diary Day 1
Day 1 Ok, so today is the day, its Saturday morning we awoke at 6am. Will and Karlie were already up and ready to as normal I was the last out of bed, I didn’t take long to get dressed and get t...
Viewed 1296 times since 2 July 2015.

Part Two - Restaurants as the 192 approaches Highway 27
In Part One of this guide I listed restaurants as you leave the Parks starting at Angels Seafood Bar and ending with the Clay Oven Indian restaurant. This guide details the other restaurants as the 192 leads directly onto Highway 27. In t...
Viewed 4441 times since 11 January 2011.

Pauls Florida diary Day 2. Afternoon
Break time for lunch…afternoon on Day 2 We made our way to Richter’s Burger Company for a quick lunch unfortunately it appeared that the IT system has failed and no place in Hollywood Studios cou...
Viewed 1284 times since 2 July 2015.

Pauls Florida diary Day 2. Evening
Break time…. evening on day 2 Next just had to be the Simpsons ride this is a really great ride I reckon its one of the best in the park the lines were not too long and soon we were in the air-co...
Viewed 1398 times since 2 July 2015.

Pauls Florida diary Day 2..morning
The first morning I woke up pretty early around 7am to find glorious sunshine, something I am not used to as the weather in May and June back home in England had not been that great so it made a nice change I had a little toast and jam...
Viewed 1372 times since 2 July 2015.

Planning your trip to Orlando
We all like to plan for our holidays, but planning a trip to Disneyworld is slightly more involved. If this is your first trip to Disney you will need to plan your days out whilst in Florida and not just for the journey. Unlike your normal ho...
Viewed 2841 times since 27 March 2009.

Planning your trips to Theme parks
Having visited all the main theme parks over a number of years with children both young and old I have found it best to make a plan. Look before you travel at any information you have including tips from friends, the internet and so on and bri...
Viewed 2730 times since 1 September 2008.

Pre Plan Your trip
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 temp...
Viewed 2583 times since 27 October 2010.

'50s Prime Time Café - Hollywood Studios
If you do not enjoy your servers chastising you for not eating your greens or telling you off for having your elbows on the table this is probably not the restaurant for you. However if you fancy a bit of playful banter and can give as good as you ge...
Viewed 3238 times since 1 September 2008.

A relaxing Sunday in Winter Park
In days gone by, way before Walt Disney even had his dream, tourists had been visiting Central Florida to enjoy the simple beauty, mild climate, natural springs and crystal clear rivers. Wealthy Americans left the cold northern states to enjo...
Viewed 2660 times since 1 September 2008.

Restaurants at 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 never visited Celebration before, is to follow the directional signs around Walt Disney World. We love to visit Ce...
Viewed 2214 times since 16 October 2010.

Retail Therapy on the Gulf Coast.
Be rest assured your retail therapy needs will be met if you are staying in Rotonda West, by a visit to the Port Charlotte Town Centre Mall. This superb mall can be accessed either via state road 776 or via route 41 and is approximately 2...
Viewed 1937 times since 20 February 2012.

Ride Guide – Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
A classic Disney World ride and a definite must do for your Disney holiday, Big Thunder Mountain is a great coaster. Set in Frontier Land of the Magic Kingdom, it is set at one of the furthest places in the park from the main entrance and very close ...
Viewed 2304 times since 14 March 2011.

Ride Guide – Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
In Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith is one of the main attractions. It is a high speed inside coaster aimed at older children, teens and adults and launches from 0 to 60 mph in less than three seconds! Th...
Viewed 2712 times since 21 October 2010.

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster® Starring Aerosmith
You know you’ve found a good roller coaster when you can take someone who is terrified of them on it and they come out wanting to go on it again and again. Situated in Disney’s Hollywood Studios the ‘Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster’ is possibl...
Viewed 3702 times since 1 September 2008.

Rolling Oaks Common
Rolling Oaks Common Rolling oaks common is proving to be a great little area, wether it be to dine, shop or just get to Disney. or Winter garden. Located on Hew 192 next to the toll road of Hwy 429. The 429 toll road is a back way ...
Viewed 3529 times since 1 March 2011.

Rotonda West - In the Beginning
Rotonda West ……. . In The Beginning How did this unique area begin and become the residential area it is of today. Looking into the history of Florida it was in 1821 the Spanish handed Florida to the then President of the Unite...
Viewed 2345 times since 22 January 2012.

Safety on holiday
Safety in Orlando No one wants their holiday ruined by an accident that can be avoided if care is taken. Here are some things that might seem obvious but not always. First, children. Children in cars in Florida must have a child seat a...
Viewed 3241 times since 8 July 2010.

Santa Fe Steak Restaurant
Having often seen it from a distance on our many shopping trips to Walmart and after hearing good reviews we decided to finally try The Santa Fe Cattle Company Restaurant ourselves. We visited the one on the US27 in Clermont, just up...
Viewed 2666 times since 22 November 2011.

Saturday Nite Cruise at Kissimmee Old Town
My love of old classic cars has always simmered inside me and I was pleasantly surprised to learn of the weekly rally of old, veteran, classic and collector’ s cars held every Saturday night in Kissimmee Old Town. Known as the Saturday Nite Cru...
Viewed 3074 times since 31 December 2008.

Sea World (13)
Sea World, up close to International Drive and Universal is well worth a visit when you are in Florida, be sure to get your map with times of the shows and plan your day around the shows that you want to see. The Sea Lion show is well worth w...
Viewed 2935 times since 1 September 2008.

Sea World - Best Day Out
I love this place, when we go here it is one the most relaxing days I have when on holiday in Orlando. The best attraction within the park, are without a doubt the Manatees (Sea Cows easy to see why they called this), they move so grace ful...
Viewed 1997 times since 1 September 2008.

Sea World
Just wanted to share my experiences with you about the superb Sea World and what this great place has to offer Sea World is a park like no other and as the name suggests everything in the park is related to anything and everything Aquatic, fr...
Viewed 2446 times since 1 September 2008.

Seaworld
If you would like a break from the Disney Parks, Seaworld has got to be the place to go. You will find Seaworld on International Drive right next to its associate Park Discovery Cove. Another way of getting to the Park is by using Interstate 4...
Viewed 3063 times since 1 September 2008.

Seaworld - Aquatica
Aquatica waterpark is located right next door to Seaworld as part of the Busch parks experience. You can get Aquatica as part of a Busch Gardens or Seaworld park ticket combo, which makes good sense if you want to save on the standard entry rate. <...
Viewed 2115 times since 14 June 2012.

Seuss Landing at Islands of Adventure
Keeping very young children entertained and occupied can be a trial at the best of times and if you start to run out of ideas head for the Islands of Adventure at Universal. Inside you will find Seuss Landing, over ten acres designed almost entirely ...
Viewed 2307 times since 17 January 2011.

SHEIKRA (BUSCH GARDENS, TAMPA BAY)
The ride Sheikra is the name of an African hawk and also name to the United States only dive coaster, built in early 2005 at Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay. The ride carries victims to 200ft in the air and drops them at 90 degrees till they are rea...
Viewed 3114 times since 1 September 2008.

Shopping and Eating at the Loop
On our last visit to our villa in March 2011 we decided to have a restful day away from the Parks enjoying a day out together and strolling around the shops before eating so we headed for The Loop on St John’s Parkway. I do not remember which day of ...
Viewed 2138 times since 2 November 2011.

Shopping at Hollywood Studios
Whenever we visit a Theme Park we always seem to return to the villa with someone lamenting “I forgot to go to such a shop”. Therefore I thought I would try to detail the shops I am aware of after our many visits to Hollywood Studios. When yo...
Viewed 2277 times since 18 October 2010.

Shopping at Posner Park
Posner Park is a brand new shopping centre situated on the north bound side of the US 27 at the I-4 intersection. If you are travelling from Orlando/Tampa it is junction 55 of the I-4, exit and take the south bound lane signed Haines City. The park i...
Viewed 7125 times since 4 February 2009.

Shopping in Florida
Even though our exchange rate is not at its best at the moment, it is still a good idea to shop in Orlando. It is about the same in dollars as it is in pounds to buy clothes in America. A good example of that is Ugg boots which are £179 here in the U...
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Shopping In Orlando (10)
Even though our exchange rate is not at its best at the moment, it is still a good idea to shop in Orlando. It is about the same in dollars as it is in pounds to buy clothes in America. A good example of that is Ugg boots which are £179 here in the U...
Viewed 2525 times since 21 January 2010.

Short planned Visit to Animal Kingdom
Animal Kingdom is probably one of the easier Parks to do in half a day with careful planning. This is a great idea if you have children getting tired and therefore bad tempered and if you do the trip in the morning you can spend the rest of the day l...
Viewed 2251 times since 19 October 2010.

Silver Springs
If you fancy visiting a different sort of attraction, away form the hustle and bustle of the theme parks - why not try Silver Springs, a natural park covering many acres around the Silver River. This makes for an excellent day out and will be an expe...
Viewed 3042 times since 1 September 2008.

Simpsons Ride - Universal Studios Florida
The Simpsons Ride is located at the far side of Universal Studios in Florida. The ride replaces the old Back to the future ride which was a massive favourite with the public, but lost some appeal due to the younger audience not having watched the old...
Viewed 2213 times since 23 December 2011.

Sky Diving
Looking for something different to do during your stay in Orlando? Our daughter recently bought a skydive jump for her boyfriend! It was a nice easy drive out to Chalet Suzanne at Lake Wales. The signing could have been better from the main r...
Viewed 1699 times since 31 July 2012.

Sloppy Joes - Treasue Island
One cloudy day we decided to go to Treasure Island to see the “Bands on the Sands” festival they were having followed by a meal at Sloppy Joes which is on the beach. There a path along the beach that we strolled along stopping first at the Ti...
Viewed 2474 times since 16 January 2010.

Soarin' at Epcot
This really is a “must do” at Epcot and I do believe this is one ride that you should get a Fastpass for as the queues can be very long. Apparently since we rode on it Disney has introduced new technology to make the wait in the standby queue...
Viewed 2589 times since 31 December 2009.

SpectroMagic Parade at Magic Kingdom
Disney are currently running several different parades - there's the Dreams Come True Parade in the afternoon at Magic Kingdom, Mickey's Jammin' Jungle Parade at Animal Kingdom and the Stars and Motor Cars parade at Hollywood Studios. It is well wort...
Viewed 4476 times since 1 September 2008.

Spoiling yourself on holiday – Ice Cream
One of the great traditions of being on holiday is, in a word, ICE CREAM! (OK so that’s two words but you know what I mean). This tradition is no better found than in Florida. Apart from the usual Haagan Daaz and the Disney character ice creams there...
Viewed 2351 times since 28 November 2010.

Sunset Cruise – Key West
On recent trips to Central Florida we have found ourselves flying into Miami rather than the usual Orlando or Tampa. Rather than driving up to the Orlando area immediately we have used the first few days of our vacation to visit Key West. Key...
Viewed 2551 times since 1 April 2010.

Sweet Tomatoes
I always think buffet restaurants offer great value for money especially when you are travelling with young children who are faddy eaters. Unfortunately they don’t always offer particularly good quality food or much in the way of variety. One of the ...
Viewed 2867 times since 1 September 2008.

Sweet Tomatoes at Rolling Oaks Common
Guests who had stayed at our villa have long been great fans of Sweet Tomato restaurants but we had never been to one until the latest branch opened in 2011 in the Rolling Oaks Common complex on the 192 as you head towards the 27. If you are travelli...
Viewed 1845 times since 6 May 2012.

Tarpon Springs - The Sponge Capital
Over on the Gulf Coast and an hour and a half away, Tarpon Springs is a delightful and historic town comprising new communities and old mansions blending together around waterways and bayous. The city, named after the tarpon fish which is fou...
Viewed 3086 times since 1 September 2008.

Tea at the Grand Floridian
It was not until we had friends over for the first time to visit us in our villa that we decided it was time to sample afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian Hotel in Disney. I had seen photos of it on the internet, and it looked lovely but not...
Viewed 2678 times since 14 July 2010.

Taking Older Teenagers To Orlando
Little kids love everything about a Disney holiday. It is just magic for them. But as a mother of kids now 17, 23 and 25 years, I have been through the period with each when they were fed up with Mickey but not quite old enough for Ibi...
Viewed 3368 times since 1 September 2008.

Other things to do in Florida - Ten Pin Bowling
Other Things to do in Florida – Ten Pin Bowling One of the things we like to do as a family in the UK is have a game of Ten Pin Bowling, and we try to make time to visit a local Bowling Alley whenever we are on holiday. This family pastime has...
Viewed 3978 times since 1 September 2008.

The American Idol Experience
A trip to Hollywood Studios wouldn’t be complete without dragging the rest of the family in to watch one of The American Idol Experience shows. None of our family can sing very well, so it’s always good to watch and listen to others who can. There ar...
Viewed 2046 times since 12 February 2012.

The Blue Man Group
Having seen the Blue Man Group in New York, we decided to check out the local performance at Universal Orlando Resort. The show is housed at The Sharp Aquos Theater which is situated between the 2 Universal theme parks, adjacent to the Hard R...
Viewed 2190 times since 26 November 2010.

The Boulevards of Disneys Hollywood Studios
America' s fourth most-visited theme park with almost ten million visitors annually originally opened on 1st May 1989 as Disney-MGM Studios, represented by the iconic Mickey Mouse Earful Tower, a safety first water tower found in most Hollywood back ...
Viewed 2175 times since 23 January 2011.

The Cherry Pocket Restaurant
Two of well known films are Southern Comfort and the Burt Reynold' s thriller, Deliverance. Both portray a group of men being ruthlessly hunted by murdering rednecks thirsting for blood, trudging with increasing exhaustion and diminishing manpower th...
Viewed 2918 times since 12 December 2010.

The Coral Reef Restaurant in Epcot
If you fancy a unique, one of a kind dining experience whilst you are in Walt Disney World’s Epcot, head over to the Living Seas in Future World. It is here that you will find the Coral Reef Restaurant. Don’t enter the Living Seas pavilion but walk t...
Viewed 2301 times since 7 January 2011.

The Electric Parade at Magic Kingdom
The Electric Parade takes place at The Magic Kingdom, Disney World at various times during the year depending on the light levels and during some times of year, normally the less busy months, only on certain nights. The parade starts at the e...
Viewed 2304 times since 2 December 2010.

The Everglades
If you are not in Florida for the theme parks then you could do a lot worse than travel down towards Miami and spend a day in the Everglades. This natural unspoilt part of Florida is as it was all over before residential housing and Walt Disney World...
Viewed 2201 times since 23 December 2010.

The Holiday of a villa owner
Just arrived at the airport exhausted as usual. Collect car and head off “home”. That first thrill of arriving and going to our villa never wears off. We stop at Publix on the way to pick up our groceries for the next few days, tea, coffee, milk etc....
Viewed 1654 times since 8 November 2011.

The Hulk, Islands of Adventure, Universal
People from my school had told me about Islands of Adventure, its roller coasters …. and The Hulk. I’d not been able to ride it before as I wasn’t tall enough (I blame my parents for not being taller!!). As we drove into Universal I felt...
Viewed 2692 times since 1 September 2008.

The Koreshan State Historic Site - Estero Florida
When we visited Florida last August we decided to 2 centre our holiday by spending a few days close to the West coast in a place called Bonita Springs and then following this with 2 weeks in Orlando. As part of our plan we researched the Bonita Sprin...
Viewed 2144 times since 8 February 2011.

The Liberty Square River Boat
The Liberty Square river boat ride is situated in Frontier Land in the Magic Kingdom. You will be faced with an enormous ship that towers up three floors. You will cruise on this authentic three paddle- wheel steam ship through the rivers of America ...
Viewed 2219 times since 22 December 2010.

The Market St Gallery Celebration. Part 1
Orlando is full of retail opportunities, the theme park stores, Downtown Disney, the outlet Malls and of course The Florida Mall to name but a few. However, if you are looking for gift, not necessarily a holiday souvenir, and want something quirky or...
Viewed 2334 times since 19 June 2010.

The Market Street Gallery Celebration. Part 2
Follow the ramp down in to the lower portion of the shop and the experience continues! At the bottom of the ramp you can browse the store’s selection of Demdaco Willowtree figurines. Here you can also find evening bags, embroidered and beade...
Viewed 2413 times since 19 June 2010.

The Orlando Experience - not just theme parks
Apart from the most amazing theme parks in the world, what else does Orlando have to offer? Well of course further afield there are the everglades in Miami, Miami itself, The Kennedy Space Center, fabulous beaches on both the East and West coast and ...
Viewed 2362 times since 29 July 2009.

The Osborne Lights at Hollywood Studios
From mid November to Early January, the Streets of America come to electric mega-watt life at Hollywood Studios with the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. Every inch of the New York and San Francisco back-lot are blanketed in millions of tw...
Viewed 2034 times since 12 December 2010.

The Parades - Magic Kingdom
Everyone loves a parade so they say and one of the best is the Parade at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. The parade called Celebrate a Dream Come True, takes place generally every morning at 11am and in the afternoon at 3pm but times do vary ...
Viewed 3096 times since 23 December 2010.

The Pipers Grille
Anyone who knows us will know that our all time favourite place for breakfast is the Market St Cafe in Celebration, but finding ourselves planning to travel West on the I4, our usual haunt was in the wrong direction from our home in the Championsgate...
Viewed 2094 times since 5 November 2011.

The Shuttles Retire
On the 24th October 2003 between 4. 01p. m. and 4. 05p. m. three Concorde flights landed to great fanfare at Heathrow Airport in London. These were the final flights of this fantastic aircraft, two being round-trips for VIPs and the third, a schedule...
Viewed 2221 times since 9 January 2010.

The Simpson Ride at Universal
The Simpson Ride at Universal Many of us regular visitors at Florida will remember the old back to the future ride at Universal Studio’s ride, although an old ride it was one of the best rides there in my opinion In line with m...
Viewed 2202 times since 1 August 2011.

The Story of Mr Walt Disney
Walter Elias Disney enjoyed a Hollywood career the spanned 43 years. He was at the heart of the development of the motion picture medium and firmly established himself as a genuine part of American film history. From his humble beginnings as ...
Viewed 3181 times since 2 January 2009.

The T-Rex Restaurant interior at Downtown Disney
The T-Rex Restaurant interior at Downtown Disney This is the second part of my review of the T-Rex restaurant so if you have found this part first then it would be best to go back and read the first instalment. The place ...
Viewed 2057 times since 7 March 2012.

The Town of Celebration
The quaint and pretty town of Celebration is an oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of the theme parks. Created by Disney in 1994 and launched to celebrate the life and times of a typical American town, Celebration is a pleasant mixture of bot...
Viewed 2371 times since 26 November 2010.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (11)
Headed along I4 to go to Islands of Adventure and experience the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Got ourselves parked in the Jaws area car park and wandered down to the park entrance. The crowds were not bad at all, probably because it was a...
Viewed 2149 times since 9 December 2010.

Things to do in Florida
Staying in a villa near to Disney World Orlando and surrounding areas is less expensive than most people think. These days it’s not considered to be a once in a life time holiday, more and more families go there on a regular basis because there is so...
Viewed 2623 times since 14 August 2009.

Tips on self catering at your rental villa
You will probably need to think about what you will want to buy if you are not planning on eating out too often and for breakfasts. The two best supermarkets are Publix and Walmart and are very comparably priced. American food is often packed in boxe...
Viewed 2878 times since 16 April 2009.

Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
The Twilight Zone's Tower of Terror is without doubt one of Disney's Hollywood Studios greatest thrill rides. It is designed to allow everyone in the family to ride and leaves people grinning when they leave. The ride itself is themed on an el...
Viewed 3253 times since 1 September 2008.

Transforming Fantasyland part 1
For the past couple of years Fantasyland has been undergoing an amazing transformation which will not be completely finished until 2014. When it is finished it looks as though it will be fantastic and in true Disney fashion they aim to keep visitors ...
Viewed 1855 times since 2 December 2012.

Transforming Fantasyland part 2
The Fantasyland Storybook Circus with its colourful big top tents should now be open. When we were there Dumbo the Flying Elephant was just opening and since then Barnstormer and the new water attraction Casey’s Splash and Soak have opened. <...
Viewed 1731 times since 2 December 2012.

A trip to Gaylord Palms
Well, after hearing so much about Gaylords, decided it was about time to go and take a look around this extremely large hotel complex. I decided to book a table at Villa de Flora and thought my excursion might make me feel hungary and I knew there we...
Viewed 2744 times since 23 September 2008.

Two Countries Separated By A Common Language And Other Differences
If you have never been to the United States of America before, you will find some very unusual differences, in particular, the language. Most of what we say to each other is very obvious and the main difference is the pronunciation, but sometimes it ...
Viewed 1758 times since 19 January 2012.

Typhoon Lagoon (12)
If you want a day at the parks but also need to chill out, why not try Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, it has everything that you need for a superb, but relaxing, or not, day out. Try to get there early to set up a central area with loungers on one of the m...
Viewed 2571 times since 1 September 2008.

Typhoon Lagoon Refurbished - Part 5
When you all leave your loungers together it is always advisable to leave some non valuable items on them to ensure you do not come back and find someone sitting on them! We like Leaning Palms for lunch and sometimes when Typhoon Lagoon h...
Viewed 1786 times since 13 July 2011.

Universal City Walk
Universal City Walk is Universal’s answer to Downtown Disney and Disney’s Boardwalk. It too is set around a lake and has a mix of restaurants, clubs, cinema screens and shops. Unlike its Disney rivals though it’s not located in a separate are...
Viewed 3142 times since 1 September 2008.

Universal Studios Orlando
When you are in Orlando, you must visit Universal. Be sure to buy a multi day multi entry ticket as you will wish to go back lots of times. The ticket also allows you to enter Universal’s sister park Islands of Adventure, this park has some b...
Viewed 3028 times since 1 September 2008.

Universal Studios - Rip Ride Rockit
One of my favourite parks in the whole of Orlando is Universal Studios. Over the years the park has evolved and morphed into one of the Worlds finest theme parks for the whole family. Key to their success is their constant upgrade of the older rides ...
Viewed 1980 times since 25 January 2012.

Universal Studios vs Disney
I often get asked is Universal Studios better than the Disney parks? Normally people who are on their very first visits ask this because they are trying to decide whether to visit just the Disney parks or both Disney and Universal Studios as ...
Viewed 3095 times since 24 December 2009.

Useful Tips for Visiting Florida
Florida seems to have it all – endless beaches, warm seas, year-round sunshine and world-acclaimed theme parks offering days of family fun. When you scratch beneath the surface, Florida has even more to offer. Natural Florida can be experienced on th...
Viewed 2653 times since 19 November 2010.

Vacation trip to Lowry Zoo, Tampa, Florida
As a change from the normal tourist agenda we decided to have a day away from Orlando and the normal attractions and visit the Tampa Bay zoo – named Lowry Park Zoo which is located on 56 acres of lush natural habitats and was voted number one family ...
Viewed 2004 times since 5 July 2011.

Vegetarian dining in Florida
The words you don’t want to hear when you’re in a restaurant and you’ve just declared yourself to be a vegetarian to the waitress is “Oh dear” or even “Huh? ! ” The concept that anyone, for whatever reason, is unable to eat meat is a difficult thing ...
Viewed 2113 times since 12 October 2011.

Villa now cheaper than Hotel
Is the Villa more cheaper and more popular than staying in a Hotel or Motel? Well I first went to Florida in 1995 and to be honest never ever considered a holiday or stay in a luxury villa while visiting Orlando or the Gulf Coast area. For ma...
Viewed 3047 times since 1 September 2008.

Visit Epcot - World Showcase
Epcot is one of my favourite parks but the world showcase sometimes gets overlooked. First, remember to wear your most comfortable shoes, you will be doing a lot of walking, especially around the world showcase. Plan to spend quite a few hour...
Viewed 2372 times since 30 March 2010.

Visit Fantasy of Flight
Fantasy of Flight 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 ...
Viewed 2292 times since 20 March 2011.

Visit Kennedy Space Center
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 60 minutes drive fro...
Viewed 2435 times since 17 June 2009.

Visit Mount Dora
If you have time to spare, away from all the excitement of the parks, and want to experience a relaxing and leisurely day out, then why not visit Mount Dora? This small town, with a population of just 10, 000 is an historic little settlement, which b...
Viewed 2556 times since 15 October 2008.

Old Town Kissimmee (8)
Old Town Kissimmee A rather unusual place to visit whilst in Orlando is Old Town in Kissimmee. It was originally built to represent what Florida was like back in the old days. It is mainly one street of old style shops se...
Viewed 3180 times since 28 July 2009.

Visiting Epcot on a cool day 2010
After a record breaking cold spell in Orlando, it is now day 11 so we decided to put a brave face on and visit Disney. Getting our newly acquired ‘bargain’ jackets into the car we set off in beautiful sunshine with clear blue skies. All records for c...
Viewed 2147 times since 12 January 2010.

Walmart; a shopping experience not to be missed!
For many UK visitors to the Orlando region, no trip is complete without a visit to Walmart. Now, we are not talking UK supermarkets here; forget Sainsburys, Tesco or even Asda Walmart, we are talking US Walmart, we are talking BIG! ! You will...
Viewed 2601 times since 21 August 2010.

Walt Disney World Monorail
When you visit Walt Disney World in Florida you are sure to see many amazing sights and wonders and Walt Disney World can boast some world leading statistics. One such claim is that the monorail system is the most heavily used monorail system in the ...
Viewed 2220 times since 7 August 2012.

Mum, I want to be an astronaut when I grow up....
SUMMER ‘07 Last summer we went to Kennedy space centre for kid’s space camp. We were put into groups depending on our age there was; Gemini Apollo discovery and robotics. My sister and I were put into the discovery team. The discovery t...
Viewed 2716 times since 1 September 2008.

Waterskiing.
Water Skiing Anyone who has the waterskiing bug knows that in the UK it consists of dry suits or wet suits, and a lot of praying for fine weather. It isn’t a recreation that anyone thinks of learning in the UK. Not so in sunny Orlando! Viewed 2283 times since 27 November 2010.

Webster Farmers' Market
We had heard about this a few years ago but had never actually got to visit it. Well, on our last visit we finally made it. From our home in Clermont it took us about 45 minutes to reach. This distance is not that far but most of the road once you le...
Viewed 2752 times since 6 March 2009.

Webster Flea & Farmers Market
At first glance, fifty miles seems an inordinate distance to travel to shop. And, under normal circumstances, I would be the first to agree. However, Websters is far from normal. Its' proper title is Webster Flea and Farmer' s Market, situated in the...
Viewed 2719 times since 23 November 2010.

Wekiwa State Park - Florida at its Best
Decided to do something different than just the Disney World and other theme parks so thought we would visit one of Florida’s State Parks. We had heard so much about a local park called Wekiwa we decided to take a look for ourselves. We drove to Weki...
Viewed 1892 times since 16 May 2011.

What is happening at Seaworld.
Well, what is happening at the parks in the Seaworld group? Seaworld is a theme park in the Orlando area that is often overlooked by holiday makers in favour of those 2 monoliths, Disney and Universal. However, many of my gues...
Viewed 2529 times since 15 October 2011.

What’s so Magical about Magic Kingdom Part 4
What’s so Magical about Magic Kingdom Part 4 In my last article I mostly talked about Fantasy Land, Liberty Square and Frontier Land but have not mentioned Tommorowland which although moves away from the traditional Disney Characters from my...
Viewed 1654 times since 7 September 2012.

Whats the Disney Effect?
What makes Disney so different? There are so many reasons why Disney World is different to every other organisation, but to my mind it is their attention to detail that makes the difference. In all their films just look at the detail in eve...
Viewed 2265 times since 8 January 2011.

When should you book a villa?
We get many questions from potential guests wanting to know when is the best time to book a property in Orlando? The answer to this question is not as simple as you might think, but hopefully I will put your mind at rest, using not only my own experi...
Viewed 1816 times since 27 June 2012.

Where to eat in the town of Celebration?
Market Street Café This fifties style diner is great for breakfast, lunch or even dinner. They serve typical diner food sandwiches, burgers, salads and classics such as turkey dinner and fish and chips along with good coffee and to die for mi...
Viewed 2432 times since 27 December 2010.

Why I hate the Hulk!
My wife (Sue) makes me go on all the roller coasters and I hate it! She absolutely loves it and gets a massive rush; smile from ear to ear. Why do I hate them? well I guess I am not designed to go upside down at 3 g 60mph! ! ! Viewed 2738 times since 1 September 2008.

Why I love a holiday in Orlando
Why do I love holidaying in Orlando? Well the obvious answer to this is the theme parks, but there are so many other reasons too. The whole atmosphere of excitement that you see in the faces of the children about to meet Mickey Mouse for the ...
Viewed 2099 times since 8 July 2010.

Winter Breaks in Florida
I am as mystified as the majority of people on the subject of Global Warming, but one thing I do know is that the further north you live in America, the colder it gets. It follows then that to recharge the batteries in the warm sunshine, a vi...
Viewed 2428 times since 23 December 2010.

Wishes Firework Display
The perfect ending to a perfect day at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom has to be Wishes firework display. This particular extravaganza of pyrotechnics began in 2003 when, in October of that year, it replaced the Fantasy in the Sky fireworks which h...
Viewed 2690 times since 2 September 2010.

New for 2009 – The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
At last it’s on its way in true Orlando Style – Harry Potter “A Theme Park within a Theme Park”! ! Scheduled to be unveiled late 2009 or early 2010 in what is currently the Lost Continent at Island of Adventure, Universal Studios, Florida the...
Viewed 2629 times since 1 September 2008.

Wonderworks 2011
We’ve passed Wonderworks on International Drive on many occasions – it’s easily recognised as the ‘upside down house’. After a hard morning decorating our villa, the kids deserved some time out so we headed to International Drive for a few hours of f...
Viewed 2038 times since 19 September 2011.

World Of Disney - Downtown Disney
No visit to Downtown Disney is complete without a visit to Disney’s famous World of Disney Store. However be prepared you may well be at least a couple of hours in here! This really is the ultimate Disney Character store and here you will...
Viewed 2123 times since 7 January 2011.

World Showcase - Epcot
Epcot is one of my favourite parks but the world showcase sometimes gets overlooked. First, remember to wear your most comfortable shoes, you will be doing a lot of walking, especially around the world showcase. Plan to spend quite a few hour...
Viewed 2305 times since 13 October 2010.

Yalaha Bakery
Yalaha Bakery A long way to go for bread but it’s worth it. Over the years we have come to accept the fact that despite the many great meals and food which we enjoy in Florida, we have never found a local bakery to rival the ...
Viewed 2287 times since 18 March 2011.

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