Disney World, Resorts and hotels
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Disney’s Contemporary Resort

Disney’s Contemporary Resort The top reason for staying at the Contemporary Resort is not the linens, the service, or the style, though all are fit a luxury resort – it’s because “the monorail goes right through the middle of it.” That was cutting edge technology when Disney debuted the hotel, and it still brings squeals […] Read more...

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Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

As an Orlando website, the obvious must be stated first: The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has no impact on Disney, Universal, Sea World, or any other Orlando attraction. The swimming pools remain crystal clear, the water park slides still flow, and Shamu (Sea World’s killer whale) does not leap from the water […] Read more...

Disney World, Planning an Orlando trip
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Dining within Walt Disney World

People who love a five-star restaurant consider it a priority on at least two or three nights. In fact, everyone should plan at least two decent, relaxed dinners over a one-week vacation. An evening with seared salmon, wine, and candlelight gives bodies time to unwind from a frenzied theme park pace. However, two nice dinners […] Read more...

Disney World, Resorts and hotels
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Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

The Caribbean Beach is Disney’s first economy resort as well as Disney’s first moderate resort. (The resort lost its economy status when the “Pop” resorts debuted.) It has the best location of the moderate bunch – close to Hollywood Studios and Epcot. It’s also the largest Disney hotel and can feel that way in the […] Read more...

News, Planning an Orlando trip, Tips: Save money – beat crowds
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Make FAQOrlando a phone app

FAQOrlando.com is on the cutting edge of phone apps. (Hector, the technical half of our web team, says so and I trust him.) In the beginning and today, phone carriers act as a clearinghouse for phone apps, accepting proposals and approving ones that meet some internal standard. However, the newest phones allow users to turn […] Read more...

Disney World, Resorts and hotels
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Disney’s Grand Floridian

The Grand Floridian is the pinnacle of Disney luxury, though that demands analysis of what luxury entails. In the real world, you expect the style and service at a Waldorf Astoria to surpass a Motel 6, and you willingly pay more for the upgrade. At the Waldorf, you expect high thread-count bed linens, sumptuous in-room […] Read more...

News, Universal Studios/Sea World
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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter debuts in one month as I write. Harry Potter fans wait with bated breath. Featuring one new ride, two repositioned rides, and one “interactive experience,” this section of Universal’s Islands of Adventure will boost Universal’s revenues and, collaterally, every other park in Orlando. The section recreates the major architecture […] Read more...

Disney World, Resorts and hotels
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Disney’s Port Orleans – The French Quarter

From Disney’s perspective, there is one resort, Port Orleans, and it has two sections: Riverside and The French Quarter. Functionally, that’s true. One big management system encompasses both sections, and there’s no size/amenity difference, in general, with the rooms. Pragmatically, however, people do not book a room based on the number of Disney management systems, […] Read more...

Disney World, Resorts and hotels
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Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside

If The French Quarter represents New Orleans, Riverside represents the homes along the Mississippi that a steamboat might pass en route to the Gulf of Mexico, making them both part of the single entity, Port Orleans. However, a name Disney nixed around 2001 for this section – Dixie Landings – might be a better description […] Read more...

Travel Guide
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Contents

Chapter 1 “Maybe we should take the kids to Disney this year.” Why should I vacation in Orlando? When to visit: The challenge of crowds and weather Seven things to consider when planning a trip Chapter 2 “Will the car make it? We could fly.” A tour package makes it simpler, but is it your […] Read more...