Orlando Journals

Orlando Florida

An October 2004 trip to Orlando by coolmommy68

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Orlando-Orange Lake Resort Photo, Kissimmee, Florida More Photos
Quote: I just came back from a week's stay at this resort. I went with my husband, two small children, and my mother- and father-in-law.

Orlando Florida

Overview

Universal Studios Florida Photo, Orlando, Florida
Quote:
We really loved Cirque du Soleil. Our group ranged in age from 6 to 66. We all thought it was absolutely fabulous! It was colorful, fascinating, and beautiful. There is so much going on that you really don't know what to watch! We spent 3 days at Universal and loved every moment. There is something for every one here, from exciting rides to great shows. Spiderman seemed to be everyone in our group's favorite. It really is unlike any other ride we have been on. It may a little too intense for very young children and people who suffer from motion sickness. Quick Tips: Best Way To Get Around: A car is really necessary to get around this resort. They do offer a shuttle, but it really i...Read More

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Orlando-Orange Lake Resort

Hotel | "Orange Lake Country Club"

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Orlando-Orange Lake Resort Photo, Kissimmee, Florida
Quote:
Best Things Nearby:Disney, Universal, Cirque du Soleil, Sea World, Cape Canaveral (45 minutes away), and Busch Gardens Tampa (1 hour away)Best Things About the Resort:The poolsResort Experience:What can I say about Orlando?! If you have never been, go! My family and I go there almost every year, and there is always something to see and do. Our favorite part of the trip this year was Cirque du Soleil. It was enchanting and awe inspiring! Orange Lake is nice, but not our favorite (that would be HGVC). The unit was clean but very small. We had a two-bedroom for six, but I wouldn't recommend it for more than four people. There were no closets in the second bedr...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 1, 2004

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Orlando-Orange Lake Resort
8505 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy.
Kissimmee, Florida 34747
(407) 239-0000

Sheraton Vistana Resort Villas, Lake Buena Vista/Orlando

Best Of IgoUgo

Hotel | "Sheraton Vistana Resort"

Quote:
My husband and I had our first visit to this resort back in 1995, before we had children. At that time it was under different ownership. We found it to be just lovely. It was clean and well kept.This resort is now owned by Starwood. It has gone down hill. We went with our two children, ages 8 and 9. The complex is huge and is made up of several different phases going back to the 1980s. The phase we stayed in this time was called "The Fountains I." They were one of the most recent phases to be built but I'm not sure when that was. I do know that "The Lakes, The Fountains II and The Cascades" are the newest phases. Our unit was clean but it did show signs of aging. My biggest pet peeve w...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 13, 2007

Sheraton Vistana Resort Villas, Lake Buena Vista/Orlando
8800 Vistana Centre Drive
Orlando, Florida 32821
(407) 239-3100

Wolfgang Puck

Restaurant

Quote:
It was wonderful! There were six of us ranging from ages 6 to 66. We all loved it. The menu offers favorites and new and exciting dishes. I had the pumpkin ravioli, which was delightful! Others in my party had the roasted chicken stuffed with goat cheese-yummy! My husband had the best ribs he has ever tasted and he is a rib lover! My kids loved their dishes as well. The atmosphere is fun and colorful. We had a wonderful view of the lake as well. The service was the best ever. The waiter encouraged us to try something new, and if we weren't happy, he would replace it with something else off of the menu. That wasn't necessary as we were all more than pleased with our meals. It was a wonderful experience...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 1, 2004

Wolfgang Puck
1780 East Buena Vista Drive
Orlando, Florida 32830
(407) 828-0107

Bob Evans

Restaurant

Quote:
This is the place to go if you are vacationing with children. It is very family friendly. We found breakfast to be the best meal at this restaurant, but lunch and dinner were good too. They have a very extensive children's menu with very reasonable prices. My kids loved this place! The service was excellent. Our waitresses were always pleasant and happy to serve. The food always arrived quickly and hot. They offer specials as well. I was happy I tried the raspberry-stuffed french toast for breakfast. It was a real treat and something I wouldn't find back home.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 1, 2004

Bob Evans
4967 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Parkway
Kissimmee, Florida 34746
(407) 396-7377

Quote:
This was a wonderful little restaurant located across the street from our resort when we stayed at Vistana. The staff members are quite friendly and full of enthusiasm. Our waiter was very helpful and suggested a new shrimp appetizer that they had just put on the menu. It was a hit just as promised. The menu consists of the usual steakhouse fare but it is really quite reasonable. Fresh bread is served with a wonderful sweet cinnamon butter. My husband and I each chose a steak dish. He chose to try their signature "lettuce wedge" which was a massive chunk of iceberg lettuce covered with blue cheese crumbles and I believe a dressing. His steak was accompanied by a huge baked sweet potato...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 13, 2007

Lone Star Steakhouse
8850 Vineland Ave.
Orlando 32821
(407) 827-8225

Cirque du Soleil

Attraction

La Nouba Gift Shop Photo, Orlando, Florida
Quote:
I do not really know how to describe this show. It was truly awe inspiring. It was like no other show I have ever seen. It was colorful, magical, and a real treat for the eyes and ears. My group ranged in age from 6 to 66, and we all thoroughly enjoyed this experience. Your eyes are always darting from one corner to the next, as there is so much going on that you don't know what to watch. I would say pretty much every seat in the house would be a good seat, as the show not only takes place on stage but also in the air and in the aisles. This show was entitle La Nouba. After seeing this, we are very excited about the prospect of seeing the other Cirque du Soleil presentations around the country, as we ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 1, 2004

Cirque du Soleil
Downtown Disney
Kissimmee, Florida

Universal Studios Florida Photo, Orlando, Florida
Quote:
There are 2 parks at Universal Studios, "The Islands of Adventure" and "Universal Studios Florida." We were fortunate to get a deal with RCI online. We bought 2-day passes for each person and received a week's unlimited admission for both parks. I don't know the exact admission price but I believe the 1 day, 2 parks was about $75 for adults and $65 for children. There is so much to see and do I would recommend a 2-day visit. It is a lot of fun for all ages. The rides can be intense and lifelike. I wouldn't recommend many of them to people who are prone to motion sickness, or who scare easily. It is an incredible experience into the "make believe" world of motion pictures and my family loved it!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 18, 2007

Universal Studios Florida
1000 Universal Studios Plaza
Orlando, Florida 32819
(407) 363 8000