Orlando Journals

Orlando Tourist Destinations Other Than Disney

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A travel journal to Orlando by C.Kowalczik

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Quote: When I ask you to think of a vacation in Orlando, Florida, what is the first thing that comes to mind? That is what most people would say, but did you know there is so much more to see and do other than Disney?

Orlando Tourist Destinations Other Than Disney

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Overview

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If you are looking to spend a day away from the Disney theme parks, there are many things that you can spend a day doing within a short drive from anywhere you are staying in the Orlando area. On International Drive, within walking distance from each other, there is Ripley's Believe It or Not, where there are the unbelievable, the inexplicable, and the one-of-a-kind collectibles, and WonderWorks, central Florida's only attraction that is in an UPSIDE-DOWN building. There are more than 100 hands-on interactive experiences for the entire family. In the summer time, there is no...Read More

Ripley's Believe It Or Not Orlando Museum

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Attraction | "Ripley's Believe It Or Not!"

Ripley's Believe It Or Not Orlando Museum Photo, Orlando, Florida
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Robert Leroy Ripley was born in Santa Rosa California in 1890, and after his father’s death in 1905, he soon quit school to help support his mother, brother, and sister. In 1909, he began drawing for the San Francisco Chronicle but moved to New York to work for the Globe in 1912. At age 24, he took his first trip to Europe and began writing journals of his trips that were later published in 1929 with his first "Believe It or Not" book, which was translated into 17 different languages and read by more than 80 million readers. In 1931, he published his second book, and by 1933, Ripley opened the very first "Believe It Or Not" Odditiorium in Chicago, Illinois. It is hard to believe that in 2005, we a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 17, 2005

Ripley's Believe It Or Not Orlando Museum
8201 International Drive
Orlando, Florida 32819
+1 407 345 0501

WonderWorks

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Attraction

WonderWorks Photo, Orlando, Florida
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Right from the beginning, WonderWorks will captivate you with their story as to why the building is upside-down. Appearently, the building used to be a top-secret laboratory located in the Bermuda Triangle. A horrible man-made tornado then ripped it from the ground and carried it to Orlando, Florida, where it sits today. Strangely enough, after the long journey inside a tornado, the building and exhibits are intact. And although the building is upside down, all the exhibits are right-side up - go figure. The Orlando location is located on International Drive and open daily from 9am to midnight. The ticket prices at the door are $18.95 for adu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 17, 2005

WonderWorks
9067 International Drive
Orlando, Florida 32819
+1 407 351 8800

Wet 'N Wild

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This place is a great way to spend the day away from Disney. However, depending on when you go, you won't get away from the crowds of people. During the peak seasons, the lines at Wet ‘n Wild can seem just as long. However, I think most people who have visited this location in the past will agree that the payoff is much better when you land in a pool of water at the end of your ride. Wet ‘n Wild is located at 6200 International Drive. The park is open year round, but during the off-peak seasons, the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 17, 2005

Wet 'N Wild
6200 International Drive
Orlando, Florida 32819
+1 407 351 1800; +1

Vacation Success Through Proper Planning

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I have done a lot of traveling in the 32 years I have been alive and been to many wonderful places, some of which I get to write journals about. I have had some okay trips, some really good trips, and some "I can’t wait to do it again" trips. However, if there is one thing I have learned in my travels, it is that you make your own experiences and vacation what it is. You can make an okay experience one to remember by proper planning. We have found that the best two way to plan a memorable vacation are to spend hours researching and trying to find the lowest fares when booking on the Internet or giving...Read More