Disney World, Restaurants
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Downtown Disney restaurants

Fulton's Crab House Downtown Disney Orlando

Downtown Disney restaurants are organized by location. The area hosts a few fast-food restaurants, but if referring to this list via smartphone, a scrollable, location-based list seems more intuitive. How to use this list: Downtown Disney circles a lake with parking on the non-lake side. If you’re standing in the parking lot, the West Side […] Read more...

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Universal to update rides

Spiderman ride Universal Studios Islands of Adventure

Island of Adventure’s Spiderman – one of Orlando’s coolest rides tech-wise – will get a facelift soon. And Universal Studio’s Jimmy Neutron ride will soon nix Neutron and focus on the movie “Despicable Me.” While Universal is billing the latter as a new ride, it’s really the third incarnation of a ride that began as […] Read more...

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Disney’s Halloween and Christmas 2011 parties

Magic Kingdom train station at Hallowen

treatment for genital warts Disney World’s two major holiday parties – Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – are selling tickets for the 2011 season. Both take place in the Magic Kingdom starting around 7 p.m., though many guests arrive earlier. In no case does Disney schedule a party for a […] Read more...

News, Planning an Orlando trip
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Flying on the cheap

monorail at Orlando airport

It’s easy – well, easier – to book a cheap airline flight if you only care about price. It cuts out other variables that further confuse the issue, such as “Who can pick me up at the airport at 1 a.m.?” and “Do I want to change planes in Chicago?” However, a cheap flight can […] Read more...

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Universal Studios summer concerts

Universal Studios concert Mannheim Steamroller

No one – well, almost no one – books a summer vacation around a theme park concert. Still, Universal Orlando’s summer concert series offers more almost-top current groups (no Lady Gaga) than its Disney competition. The Summer Concert series schedules shows on Saturdays from June 11 through July 16. Theme park concerts appeal primarily to […] Read more...

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Sea World’s new whale show

Orlando Sea World One Ocean Shamu show

Sea World killer whale (aka orcas, aka Shamu) shows never change the most important part. While Sea World can adjust themes, rebuild stages, and add new music, it matters little. Guests want to see a 10,000-ton mammal leap from the water like a ballerina and belly flop like an overfilled water balloon, spraying the first […] Read more...

News, Other fun things
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Fishing in Florida

Florida Orlando fishing stream

Florida has almost every fishing environment known to man, from small streams to on-the-ocean trophy hunts. To find an ideal spot in the Orlando area or a nearby ocean – Cocoa Beach is about a 55-minute drive – refer to the state’s newest visitor website, FishingCapital.com. The state can’t say one city is better than […] Read more...

Planning an Orlando trip
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Do I have to go to Orlando?

“I don’t like theme parks, hate tourists and never liked Walt Disney and his stupid G-rated cartoons. Now my kids (grandkids) insist we go to Disney World. How can I get out of it?” Is this you? Here’s a philosophical response: Travel is an adventure no matter where you go. Life is short. Enjoy the moment. […] Read more...

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Fantasyland upgrade is more than rides

Disney Fantasyland upgrade Magic Kingdom Orlando

Don’t underestimate Disney’s proposed Fantasyland upgrades in the Magic Kingdom debuting in 2012. Some families should even consider postponing Disney vacation plans if they can’t get to Orlando very often. The new Fantasyland doesn’t look “new” at first glance because it focuses on decades-old movies available only on DVD: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs […] Read more...

Disney World, Planning an Orlando trip
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DisneyQuest

DisneyQuest Downtown Disney Orlando

DisneyQuest is an arcade, which means pinball machines or video games or computer games, depending on how old you are – but DisneyQuest has all three plus some unique items, making it a really cool arcade. From the outside, it’s a semi-square windowless building with an interesting paint job. On the inside, it’s five themed […] Read more...