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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

August 2011: With seven major theme parks in Orlando, why would you travel two hours west to see Busch Gardens? One word: rides. The African theme is nice and the zoo animals interesting, but for breathtaking coasters and heart-stopping thrill rides, nothing beats Busch Gardens. It doesn’t have many special-effect ride extravaganzas, but it has […] Read more...

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Orlando water parks

August 2011: You may not need a water park day. Massive, kid-friendly hotel pools attract guests, and many Orlando resorts now have swimming pools waterfalls and slides and fountains because they look great on websites and in brochures. They hope kids will see the picture and say, “Oooo, Mom, I want to stay there.” Still, […] Read more...

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Orlando dinner shows

August 2011: Dinner shows come and go in Orlando. Visitors listening to the “take a day off from theme parks” advice really like them. They’re staying in a hotel and have to eat dinner anyway – why not add a show and make a night of it? A few observations: People do not go to […] Read more...

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Orlando’s small attractions

August 2011: Orlando has hundreds of small operators hoping to collect a few dollars from tourists with free time. If you’re one of them, these smaller attractions can be found within 30 minutes of Disney World. Important note: Since they’re skimming for tourist dollars and competing with each other, most offer some kind of discount. […] Read more...

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Orlando area museums

February 2012: You rarely hear the words “Orlando” and “museums” in the same sentence. It’s not why people make the pilgrimage to Central Florida. Still, the area has a few unique collections. It’s home, for example, to the largest collection of Tiffany glass in the world (Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art) and the […] Read more...

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Orlando theater and movies

July 2011: It could be successfully argued that Orlando is theater, from the theme park workers to the rides and shows. Given that creativity, it’s only natural that employees and children of employees have a high interest in acting, directing, and the jobs that go with it. If looking for a night out – dinner […] Read more...

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Where to drink and be merry

July 2011: Orlando has unique bars and taverns located throughout town, but then what city doesn’t? Tourists and many locals, however, focus on three high-party areas: • Universal’s CityWalk: To access Universal’s two theme parks, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, all visitors must park in two huge garages and walk through CityWalk. Universal, of […] Read more...

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Gambling

July 2011: For casino gambling near Orlando, you must drive a bit, though Jai Alai and dog races (in season) are nearby. The Florida Legislature discusses gambling options almost every year, however, and a tight budget makes the additional income attractive. Things could change. Current gambling options include: • Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Located […] Read more...

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Cruises

July 2011: Port Canaveral offers a number of cruise options, and a three- or four-day cruise coupled with a Disney vacation attracts a lot of guests. Currently, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and the Disney Cruise Line host regular excursions, but ships – since they float – can be relocated easily, and the number of cruise lines/ships […] Read more...