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Capture the magic of Disney

An October 2003 trip to Orlando by Nereen

Quote: Orlando is a place where childhood dreams are turned into reality. It is a place where all your favorite Disney animated characters are turned into real live characters.

Capture the magic of Disney

Overview

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The highlight of this trip was Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. At the Islands of Adventure, there is a roller-coaster ride called the Incredible Hulk. It is a massive roller-coaster ride that shoots off from a rocket at 40 miles in just 2 seconds. It is the most terrifying experience, but after the shoot from the rocket, it is amazing.Quick Tips: Do not eat before you go on the Incredible Hulk. I can 100% sure say that you will not be feeling okay if you eat and then go on the roller coaster.Best Way To Get Around: Taxis are really expensive. From the airport to the resort it cost us .00. Just from the resort to the theme parks it is .00, so the best and the cheapes...Read More
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Best Things Nearby:Near International Drive, where all the factory outlets are. great for cheap shopping and just under 6 minutes to Disney.Best Things About the Resort:The one-bedroom units have a 60-inch big screen TV in the lounge area and there's also a king bed and a jacuzzi tub in the unit. A full kitchen and a full bathroom with a shower. They give you complimentary doughnuts and coffee at the reception area from 7am-1030am every morning.Resort Experience:It is a RCI Gold Crown resort. Very modern design inside and the highlight of this unit is that it has its own Jacuzzi. Full kitchen included dishwasher, washing machine, and tumble dryer. The apart...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 6, 2003

Vacation Village At Parkway
2949 Arabian Night Blvd.
Kissimmee, Florida 34747
(407) 3969086

Melting Pot The

Restaurant | "The Melting Pot"

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This is a dining experience you will not find anywhere else. You have your own private enclosed tables with a relaxed atmosphere and attentive service. They offer a four-course dinner menu. Your starter is a cheese fondue, where they mix 3 cheeses together and melt it in the fondue pot. You dip bread and rolls into the cheese. Then you have a salad. And for the main course, they have a variety of red meat, chicken, duck, shrimp, and a wide variety of vegetables that are all already marinated to perfection, and you cook everything yourself. Cooking time is around 3-5 minutes per portion. Then the final and most rewarding course is the chocolate fondue. Here they have a selection of chocolates...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 6, 2003

Melting Pot The
7549 W Sand Lake Rd
Orlando, Florida 32819
(407) 903-1100

Sterling Casino Cruise

Attraction | "Sterling casino Line"

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This is arranged by the resort that you are staying at. They arrange for a tour bus to collect you from the resort and take you to Cape Canaveral, which is an hour from Orlando. You board a luxury cruise liner and for 5 hours, you eat, drink, and gamble. All drinks and snacks are free, as well as a US$5 gambling chip. The main and only purpose of this trip is to get as many people on board so they can gamble. They just go out of port in a one-hour radius -- they dock and you gamble. You can also have a massage, but that is on your own cost. There is shopping in duty-free shops and the best part of it all is that you watch the sun set from your balcony.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 6, 2003

Sterling Casino Cruise
Cape Canaveral
Cape Canaveral, Florida

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I am from South Africa, and traditionally in South Africa, we do not have Halloween. We know that it is Halloween, but no one really goes out and celebrates this day. So this year was my first Halloween experience in the USA and the best place to celebrate it was at Islands of Adventure. It is called horror nights. It was the most scary experience and well worth a visit at that time of the year. They convert many of the rides into haunted houses and have fog all over, so you can barely see where you are going and have people dressed up as the weirdest ugliest people walking around, scaring the life out of you, even men holding chainsaws come right up to you and scare you. Lots of fun if you like h...Read More

Epcot

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After you have done Universal and Islands of Adventure, everything else seems boring. Epcot was really good, but not as good. On the Disney channel in your resort room, they have the top ten Disney attractions and the number one attraction is none other than Mission Space. This is found in Epcot and I really like this one. You get into the shuttle and it seems like they shoot you into space and you move through space and then your brakes fail and you have to crash land. Really exciting and it is no wonder it is rated as the number one attraction. This is definitely no for someone who suffers from motion sickness. Other attractions in Epcot are Honey I Shrunk the Audience, Test Track, ...Read More

Magic Kingdom

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The Magic Kingdom is really for children. It’s where Cinderella and all your favorite Disney cartoon characters all come to life. You can meet Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto, and Donald Duck. At 3pm daily, they have a parade when all the characters walk through for everyone to see them – it’s amazing and I really enjoyed it. Then at regular intervals, the Magic Kingdom has Cinderella's Surprise -- she comes out of her castle and, with all the Disney characters, performs a half hour show, that features Peter Pan, the Seven Dwarfs, and the rest of the Disney cast. This is sure to thrill the young ones and also the adults. After that, you can wait to have your picture taken out with the characters.