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Week in Sunny Florida

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An October 2005 trip to Orlando by Tori_rw

Pat OBriens Photo, Orlando, Florida More Photos
Quote: Recently we explored a lot of what the Orlando area had to offer and found out that it's more than just a place for Disney and kids!

Week in Sunny Florida

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The highlights of our trip were our day trip to St. Augustine and the days we spent at the amusement parks. We went to Universal, MGM, and Magic Kingdom. It was a blast.Quick Tips: When you get to Orlando, make sure you have money for toll roads. They are everywhere. Do one of the dinner shows because even if they are a little campy, they are still fun. Make sure you have a map because the roads are a little confusing, but once you have one, you're fine. Last but not least, if you don't normally get a lot of sun, bring sunblock!Best Way To Get Around: We rented a car, but I noticed that there is a shuttle that runs around the Orlando area and will take people to theme parks. If ...Read More

Vacation Village At Parkway

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Vacation Village At Parkway Photo, Kissimmee, Florida
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Best Things Nearby:Restaurants, Disney, Universal, shopping, etc.Best Things About the Resort:Proximity to everything and the clean, nice resortResort Experience:This was my first resort experience, so I was a little timid at first about what I would find. I have to say that Vacation Village was a great place, and I would happily return. The resort units here are all two-bed units split into an A side and a B side. We were in the A side of the unit. The A side of the unit is very spacious, with a full kitchen, pullout sofa in the living area, big-screen television, VCR, and an entrance onto a balcony. The bedroom has a king-size bed with a second TV as well...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 7, 2005

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

Pat O'Briens

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Restaurant | "Pat O'Briens at Universal City Walk"

Pat O'Briens Photo, Orlando, Florida
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We were originally scheduled to go to New Orleans but had to cancel due to Katrina. After a long day at Universal, we decided to take in Pat O'Briens so we could still have a little of our New Orleans vacation. We ate early, around 5pm, so we just walked right in. The pub is set up just like the one established in the early 1900s in New Orleans. There is an open-area walkway that takes you past the bar area (a little dark for my tastes), with a singer and settings there, into an open-area courtyard. The courtyard is set up with two fountains (after dark they turn off the water long enough to light the tops of both fountains and turn them back on--really neat!), lanterns, and lights, and it is done ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 6, 2005

Pat O'Briens
Universal City Walk
Orlando, Florida 32801
407/224-2100

Cinderella's Royal Table at Cinderella Castle

Restaurant | "Cinderella's Royal Table"

Cinderella's Royal Table at Cinderella Castle Photo, Orlando, Florida
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I had to visit this restaurant while in Magic Kingdom. On Disney's website it says that reservations are highly recommended. They aren't kidding. We wanted to do dinner, so around noon we went to make reservations and were informed they were already booked up for the entire day. We were told to come back at 4:30pm to see if anyone had cancelled or if we could just do a walk-in. We were apparently lucky, because we were the first ones there and they sat us right away. The place was absolutely packed the entire time we were there. I had been last time but wanted to go again so that my fiance could see the inside of the castle. I love the decor and props they have set up. Eating there is worth that ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 7, 2005

Cinderella's Royal Table at Cinderella Castle
Magic Kingdom
Orlando, Florida 32830
(407) 824-4321

Pirate's Dinner Adventure

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Attraction | "Pirates Dinner Adventure Show"

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The tickets for adults are $45 a piece. We paid in advance when we booked through Expedia and were given vouchers. They recommend you call 3 days in advance to make the reservations and then show up 1.5 hours in advance so you don't have to wait in line. When you present these vouchers, you are offered the chance to upgrade to VIP for another $5 a ticket. This allows you to be one of the first people through the door and front and center for your seating (it's basically stadium seating in the show, around the tank that has the ship, and you are in the front row). For the $5, I guess it was worth it. After you are through the door, they take your picture (which you can purchase later at $20 per phot...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 7, 2005

Pirate's Dinner Adventure
6400 Carrier Drive
Orlando, Florida 32819
+1 407 248 0590

Halloween Horror Nights

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Attraction | "Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights"

Halloween Horror Nights Photo, Orlando, Florida
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For the month of October, Universal, after 6:30pm, transforms their parks into a Halloween-themed park. Tickets run around $65 apiece, and the attraction is not recommended for children under the age of 14. Universal has more money than most places to put on a good Halloween show, but other than a few exceptions, it wasn't that different than your normal haunted house. When you enter, you are greeted by some pretty neat decorations and lots of fog. If you have issues with the machine-generated fog, this probably isn't the attraction for you, because it's everywhere. When you are actually in the park, you come up to a stage set up for performances (or sacrifices to their demon queen) that are...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 7, 2005

Halloween Horror Nights
1000 Universal Studios Plaza
Orlando, Florida 32811
+1 407 363 8000

Day Trip to St. Augustin

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St. Augustin downtown Photo, Orlando, Florida
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We decided that while in Orlando we should at least see a beach somewhere. A friend of ours had suggested taking a trip up to St. Augustin to see the fort. We decided to head on up the coast to see what it was all about. We took Interstate 4 all the way to Daytona and then the A1A up the coast to St. Augustin (I highly recommend this route, as it is very scenic and worth the extra 30 minutes it tacks on the trip). We had a convertible, so we dropped the top and enjoyed the ocean breezes. It was about a 3-hour drive to St. Augustin on the route we took (we took the faster and less scenic trip on the way home, which was 2 1/2 hours). When we arrived, we went straight to the Fort Castillo de Sa...Read More