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.
Walking to the theme parks is out of the way, and just from the highway to the gates of Disney is about 3 miles.
Location is great, as you're only a mile from the front gate of Disney. To get there, you call in the shuttle service and they pick you up -- it only costs US$18.
They also have two outdoor pools and two outdoor hot tubs.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 6, 2003
Vacation Village At Parkway
2949 Arabian Night Blvd.
Kissimmee, Florida 34747
Restaurant | "The Melting Pot"
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 all melted and you have fresh fruit and brownies that you dip into the chocolate and eat. Absolutely yummy.
This restaurant is perfect for vegetarians like myself as you can have your own fondue pot with just vegetables.
Melting Pot The
7549 W Sand Lake Rd
Orlando, Florida 32819
Attraction | "Sterling casino Line"
Sterling Casino Cruise
Cape Canaveral, Florida
The next day we had VIP passes to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. These VIP tickets are in the price range of $175 per ticket -- it is expensive, but you bypass all the long queues – often, the queues are really long for each ride and sometimes you have to wait up to 40 minutes just to get onto a ride. Half your day gets wasted waiting for the rides and it is really tiring, so purchase the VIP Pass. You get your own tour guide who knows everything about the rides and explains everything to you before you even get on. The best ride is Jurassic Park. You sail on this boat through the dinosaur times and then you climb up this huge tyrannosaurus rex and then suddenly do a 60 degree drop into a huge splash. The other really cool rides and sights to see are Spiderman, Dual and Dragons roller coaster, and, of course, the Incredible Hulk. The Incredible Hulk is definitely not for the faint hearted as it shoots you out of a rocket at 40 miles in just under 2 seconds.
After the Islands of Adventure, we went over to Universal Studios and Twister was really good. A definite must see. Other attractions at Universal include Earthquake, Back to the Future, Shrek, Jimmy Neutron. ET, Terminator 2, and Men in Black.
Other attractions in Epcot are Honey I Shrunk the Audience, Test Track, Circle of Life with animated bits and pieces from the Lion King featuring Simba, Timon, and Pumba. The Living Seas is a real waste of time -- do not even bother unless you like fish. The best way to end your day at Epcot is to wait around until 9pm for Illuminations, a spectacular fireworks display that lasts about 10-15 minutes.
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