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A much needed vacation in Orlando

A February 2004 trip to Orlando by zinthar

Summer Bay Resort Photo, Kissimmee, Florida More Photos
Quote: My wife and I took our first vacation since our honeymoon without our kids. We had twin boys eight months ago and it was so nice to get a break.

A much needed vacation in Orlando

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My wife and I decided to get away for a few days after realizing that we haven't had a real vacation since our honeymoon because the past year has been really hectic and tiring after the birth of our (now) eight-month-old twin boys. The highlight of the trip was, actually, sleeping without getting up in the middle of the night for the kids! Actually, EPCOT was the highlight of the trip. It is a great place to go and it's not only fun, but informative, too. I don't think it's a place geared towards little kids like the Magic Kingdom, but for those 10 years old and above, it's great! Be sure to arrive early and it's best if you don't buy your tickets at the gate. There are several stores, gift...Read More

Summer Bay Resort

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Hotel | "Summer Bay"

Summer Bay Resort Photo, Kissimmee, Florida
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Summer Bay is a really nice resort. We had a one-bedroom condo unit and it was very accommodating. The resort has a Key West-like atmosphere and is painted in those kind of islandy pastel colors. They say that they have three pools, but we only found the main pool and the kiddie pool, which were nice and busy all the time. They also have an interactive water 'playground' for kids (and kid-like adults) that was great! The amenities were wonderful, including boat/wave runner rental, a man made beach area, and poolside bar. The unit itself was very spacious. The kitchen was fully stocked with everything anyone would need to cook a decent meal. We were impressed with the fact that it se...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 26, 2004

Summer Bay Resort
17805 U.S. Highway 192
Kissimmee, Florida 34711
352/242-1100

Key w Kool's Restaurant

Restaurant | "Key W. Cools"

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We went to this place because of a recommendation from another person on this website. Key W. Cools was a great place to eat! Our server was nice and kept up with our refills on our drinks really well. We had just gotten back from Epcot and were dying of thirst! My wife had the ribs and I had the NY strip. They cook everything over an open pit grill fueled by oak wood, so the flavor is wonderful and the smells in the place were great! My wife enjoyed the ribs, but she said that they got really charred at one end and tasted too burnt. Overall, they were good and fell off the bone when she tried to eat them. My steak was pretty good, even though it was a little more rare than I would have...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 26, 2004

Key w Kool's Restaurant
7725 W Irlo Bronsn MMRL Hwy
Orlando, Florida 34747
(407) 396-1166

Rainforest Cafe Animal Kingdom

Restaurant | "Rainforest Cafe"

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Rainforest Cafe is a place that is largely overpriced and overrated, but is kind of cool. The food is decent but very expensive for what you get, and the service we had wasn't that great. There were so many servers/buspeople and hostesses running around that it was VERY confusing and we didn't really know who our server was most of the time.

The atmosphere was cool. It was like you were in a rainforest and it had animatronic animals and jungle sounds/noises throughout the place. Every few minutes the lights would flicker and they would simulate a storm, complete with lightning and mist. Nice effects and all, but WAY overpriced.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 26, 2004

Rainforest Cafe Animal Kingdom
505 N. Rainforest Road
Walt Disney World, Florida 32830
(407) 938-9100

Walt Disney World Resort Epcot Theme Park

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Attraction | "EPCOT in Walt Disney World"

Walt Disney World Resort Epcot Theme Park Photo, Orlando, Florida
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I had been to EPCOT years ago, a couple years after it opened, but my wife had never been there. EPCOT is separated into two different parts, Future World and World Showcase. Future World is where the famous "ball" is located. The area has more attractions/rides than World Showcase. It is basically all about technology and science from ancient times into the future. I think the best attractions in Future World are "The Land," which is all about the Earth and environmental issues, and "The Living Seas," which is a huge aquarium housing dolphins, a huge sea turtle, and three manatees. World Showcase is the part of the park that is mostly shopping, but it's very cool. It is broken up b...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 26, 2004

Walt Disney World Resort Epcot Theme Park

Orlando, Florida

Titanic The Experience

Attraction | "Titanic Museum"

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The Titanic Museum is a really cool exhibit in a not so great area of International Drive. It is a guided tour though the building of the Titanic through the wreck and finding/recovery efforts. The tour is guided by a man who was dressed up and acting as an actual pastor who was on the Titanic. As you progress through the museum, each 'room' is a different area of the ship recreated as it really was. I don't want to spoil it for you, but the ending is VERY cool and thought provoking. On your ticket is a name of a person who was on the Titanic. At the end of the tour, there is a wall of everyone listed and if they survived or died. My person died and my wife's person (and her two handmaids) l...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 26, 2004

Titanic The Experience
7324 International Drive
Orlando, Florida 32819
(407) 248-1166

Downtown Disney

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Mr. Potato Head Photo, Orlando, Florida
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Downtown Disney is a 'free' attraction on the grounds of Walt Disney World. Keep in mind that you don't have to be in a park to be in Walt Disney World--you can drive around for hours and be on Disney owned property! Anyway, Downtown Disney is where Pleasure Island is located and it is an area that is basically stores and some eating places, all with that magical Disney feeling. Some of the cool things there are a Lego store and playground with statues and slides all made out of Legos! It's incredible. I can't imagine how much time it took to create some of them. There's also the Rainforest Cafe, Planet Hollywood, and a large Virgin Record Megastore. Downtown Disney is a good thing to ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 26, 2004

Downtown Disney
Walt Disney World Resort
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32821
+1 407 828 3056