Movement and scare guides, Travel Guide, Universal Studios/Sea World
1

Movement Guide: Islands of Adventure

Scared of the coasters? You can’t always tell from the front of the ride. Islands of Adventure rides are listed here clockwise as “None” (slow, even movement or none at all), “Some” (not a coaster, but a hill or other jerky movement) and “Lots” (a coaster or its equivalent). Further explanation is given if necessary. […] Read more...

Other fun things, Travel Guide, Universal Studios/Sea World
0

Discovery Cove

September 2011: Is it a water park, a get-in-the-water version of Sea World, or both? For guests willing to spend almost $300 per person (or  as low as $140 if traveling in slow season and pre-booking), Discovery Cove creates the illusion of a tropical paradise where visitors can swim with peaceful (usually) sea creatures. It’s […] Read more...

Movement and scare guides, Travel Guide, Universal Studios/Sea World
1

Scare Guide: Sea World

Some rides scare children, either because of the movement or the scenes along the way. Sea World rides are listed clockwise here as “None” (not scary to the typical five-year old), “Some” (scary to a sensitive five-year-old) and “Lots” (bad choice for all five-year olds due to movement or scenes). In general, no Sea World […] Read more...

Movement and scare guides, Travel Guide, Universal Studios/Sea World
1

Movement Guide: Sea World

Scared of the coasters? You can’t always tell from the front of the ride. Sea World rides are listed here clockwise as “None” (slow, even movement or none at all), “Some” (not a coaster, but a hill or other jerky movement) and “Lots” (a coaster or its equivalent). For Sea World, we rate only the […] Read more...

Shopping, golf, and more, Travel Guide
1

The ‘real Florida’

August 2011: That’s a marketing term – “the real Florida” – used by every roadside vendor trying to talk visitors into seeing an alligator. (Visitors love alligators.) It’s also true, though – the real Florida cannot be found in the theme parks. Or if it can, visitors never know if it’s real, or if Disney […] Read more...

Other fun things, Travel Guide
1

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

August 2011: Located a little over an hour from Disney, Kenney Space Center attracts science fans and visitors who consider it the one true Central Florida attraction. The Visitor Complex disappoints visitors who compare it to the theme parks, but it’s overwhelming when allowed to stand on its own. While most exhibits fall into the […] Read more...

Other fun things, Travel Guide
1

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...

Other fun things, Travel Guide
1

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...

Other fun things, Travel Guide
0

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...

Other fun things, Travel Guide
1

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...