Orlando Journals

Once again in Orlando

A January 2003 trip to Orlando by karenkayp

Westgate Leisure Suites Photo, Orlando, Florida More Photos
Quote: This time in Orlando we visited Disney Animal Kingdom, Gatorland, Downtown Disney, a flea market, and Old Town in Kissimmee. We found a great "healthy" restaurant called Sweet Tomato. Be sure to check out my timeshare reviews on Leisure Resorts and the Hilton Grand Vacation.

Westgate Leisure Suites

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Hotel | "Leisure Resorts Orlando"

Westgate Leisure Suites Photo, Orlando, Florida
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Best Things Nearby:Close to all Orlando attractions, right off International Drive. Easy access to Hwy. 4 and 538.Best Things About the Resort:Very clean, well maintained unit. Grounds were well kept and pool and Jacuzzi were nice. The view from the entrance to our unit was across from the lake and was very beautiful.Resort Experience:The entrance to Leisure Resort is very attractive, but when you check in you have to drive almost all the way to the back. Check in went very quickly. We were pleasantly surprised when we arrived at our unit that they had upgraded us to a two bedroom, two baths. I was a little disappointed that they had evidently closed what on...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 17, 2003

Westgate Leisure Suites
6950 VILLA DE COSTA DRIVE
Orlando, Florida 32821
1407-239-8855

Hilton Grand Vacations Club at SeaWorld Intl. Center-Orlando

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Hotel | "Hilton Grand Vacations Club at SeaWorld Internatio"

Hilton Grand Vacations Club at SeaWorld Intl. Center-Orlando Photo, Orlando, Florida
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Best Things Nearby:The resort itself is the best thing nearby! It has everything you would want and more! Of course Sea World is just down the road, as well as Discovery Cove.Best Things About the Resort:There are so many great things about this timeshare. The big screen TV was definitely the #1 for the guys watching the Super Bowl. The pools are heated, which was a plus for us because it was very cold during the time we were there. The two bedrooms unit we had was like having a lockout unit, but without access to the outside, and was very spacious.Resort Experience:Staying at the Hilton was living like a king and queen. It was very luxurious and yet homey. We...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 18, 2003

Hilton Grand Vacations Club at SeaWorld Intl. Center-Orlando
6924 Grand Vacations Way
Orlando, Florida 32821
(407) 239-0100

Cafe Tu Tu Tango

Restaurant | "Sweet Tomato"

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We discovered Sweet Tomato when we were cruisin'' International Drive and what a discovery, especially for my husband who is on a diabetic, fat-reduced diet. This restaurant is billed as a salad bar buffet, but offers a lot more. Not only do they have all the fixings for a tossed salad, but several choices in fat-free dressings, as well as regular dressings. They have a variety of other salads such as pastas, potato, etc. They have a soup bar with several choices of fat-free and meatless soups. Their bakery offers delicious fat-free corn bread, a rice chocolate muffin, and other traditional choices. The pasta area has a variety of choices in pasta and sauces. For a dessert you can choose fat-fr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 17, 2003

Cafe Tu Tu Tango
8625 International Dr
Orlando, Florida 32819
(407) 248-2222

House of Blues

Restaurant

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We dined at the House of Blues in Downtown Disney for lunch. We were pleasantly surprised with the prices and variety of food on their lunch menu. We shared a shrimp appetizer, a chicken sandwich and a delicious dessert. The dessert was their signature item of banana bread pudding. If you are a bread pudding lover, be sure to save room for this wonderfully rich dessert. It is well worth the price!

We had a very friendly and talkative waitress who took the time to explain some of the items on the menu. The atmosphere in the House of Blues is unique. I would definitely dine there again.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 18, 2003

House of Blues
1490 E. Buena Vista Dr.
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
(407) 934–2583

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Attraction | "Animal Kingdom"

Disney Animal Kingdom Photo, Orlando, Florida
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Animal Kingdom is definitely a Disney theme park. However, I found that it wasn't as interesting as the other three parks. I probably won't return to Animal Kingdom another time. I love Disney and have been to the other theme parks multiple times. The DinoLand area was the best part of Animal Kingdom. The Tarzan Rock show and the Dinosaur Ride were the best part for us. Another show we enjoyed was Festival of the Lion King. The Kilimanjaro Safaris Ride was kind of neat because of all the animals that are very close, but still in captivity. In Discovery Island the 3-D show "It's Tough to Be a Bug!" was cute and the effects at the end are a nice touch of surprise. There is a lot of walking...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 19, 2003

Disney's Animal Kingdom
Walt Disney World Resort
Orlando, Florida 32830
(407) 824-4321

Gatorland

Story/Tip

Gatorland Photo, Orlando, Florida
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This definitely is not a "first" choice place for future trips to Orlando. We had been there about thirty years ago with our son when he was eight. I think we should have skipped it for another thirty years! If you have small children it probably would be an "okay" place to go, but as adults, it seemed rather boring. Of course, it didn't help that we were there when it was the coldest it has been in ten years. Therefore the gators were not very active and a lot of the activities that were on their brochure were not being presented on the day we were there. The train ride is a short spin around the area and all the areas you see can easily be accessed by walking. Don't waste the extra money to do ...Read More