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Year-End Getaway to Sunshine State

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A December 2005 trip to Florida by MailaDai

upside down Photo, Orlando, Florida More Photos
Quote: Florida is an ideal vacationers paradise to escape harsh winter blues. We went there in search of some sunshine this past December.

Year-End Getaway to Sunshine State

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Overview

upside down Photo, Orlando, Florida
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Orlando is a great family getaway destination. It has a lot to offer as entertainment to all age groups. The best advantage, I think, is that its location is within driving distance from other places of interest, like Fort Lauderdale, Cape Canaveral, Daytona, Tampa, Palm Beach, and Miami. Well that is what we did. We had rented a car and drove to most of these places. Theme parks, Universal Studio, water parks, and outlet shopping malls are some of the major attractions of Orlando. Quick Tips: We went to Orlando on December 24 just to escape form the freezing weather of New York City. We did not carry enough warm clothes with us. The day we got off of the plane, the temperature was around 60°...Read More

Orlando Grand Hotel

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Hotel | "Orlando Grand Plaza Hotel"

Orlando Grand Hotel Photo, Orlando, Florida
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Orlando Grand Plaza Hotel is located right at the International Drive, which is a most happening place. I had this hotel in my package deal so I don’t know how much it was per night. With the name it sounds really fancy, but in fact it is not. But it is not bad either. They have nice and clean rooms and bathrooms. There is a restaurant, which usually opens late at night and early in the morning for breakfast. They have two swimming pools, one semi-indoor pool with hot water and second one is outdoors. The room is equipped with a small refrigerator, ironing board, iron, hairdryer, color TV with basic cable, phone, safe locker, Internet access, and pay-per-game video game. The hotel has ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 15, 2006

Orlando Grand Hotel
7400 International Drive
Orlando, Florida 32819
1-407-996-7400

Cirque du Soleil La Nouba

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Attraction | "Cirque Du Soleil, La Nouba"

Cirque du Soleil La Nouba Photo, Orlando, Florida
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For me, Cirque Du Soleil La Nouba was one of the best acrobatic shows I have ever seen in my life. They were just phenomenal. We had the best seats just two rows from the stage. We made the reservation a month ahead since the tickets are usually sold out before the show. We paid around $82 per person, which was really nothing for such a great show. Everyone would love this show, with 2 hours of ultimate entertainment.The show started with some clowns, which were not that funny to me. I thought for a while, "Am I wasting my time watching these clowns?" Then there was more: cycles show, aerial cradle, high wire, balancing on chairs, and flying trapeze—just amazing. But my favorites were German w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 15, 2006

Cirque du Soleil La Nouba
Downtown Disney
Orlando, Florida 32830
(407) 939-7600

Kennedy Space Center

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Attraction | "A Visit to the Kennedy Space Center"

Kennedy Space Center Photo, Cape Canaveral, Florida
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The Kennedy Space Center was one of my favorites during my vacation to Orlando. There are many sightseeing package tours available to Kennedy Space Center from Orlando. It took us an hour to drive down there. We got there and bought basic tour tickets for $35 per person, that included tours to International Space Station Center, LC 39 Observation Gantry, and the Apollo/Saturn V Center, except the tour to Hall of Fame. There are a couple of IMAX theatres in every center. Watching the space shuttle launch pads from the tower was thrilling. You see a beautiful view of Cape Canaveral coastline and launch pads lined up along the coast.Tour buses runs ever 15 minutes from each center, an...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 17, 2006

Kennedy Space Center
NASA Parkway East State Road 405
Orlando, Florida 32899
(321) 452 2121

Daytona International Speedway

Attraction | "Christmas at Daytona Beach, land of NASCAR"

Daytona International Speedway Photo, Daytona Beach, Florida
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Daytona USA is about 60 miles from International Drive in Orlando, Florida. We drove down there in 1 hour. It was Christmas day and the town was literally abandoned, we only saw a handful of people, and most of the shops and restaurants were closed. We headed straight to the beach first because it was pretty chilly and windy, and we wanted to enjoy the beach before it got colder.As we reached the beach, we parked our car and started walking to the beach. We were shocked to see that people were allowed to drive their cars in the sand. We didn’t waste our time, went back to our car, and headed to the beach. It was cool driving in the beach at 10 miles per hour with other cars following behind....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 22, 2006

Daytona International Speedway
1801 West International Speedway Blvd.
Daytona Beach, Florida 32114
(386) 248-3908

Rush Hour Miami

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Parade at animal kingdom Photo, Orlando, Florida
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While in Orlando, we decided to drive down to Miami Beach for a day. We got up early, had breakfast buffet at Ponderosa for just $2.99 per person, headed to Miami at around 8am. Drive to Miami was tiring and heavy traffic was getting into my nerves. I was feeling sleepy throughout the traffic congestion. Then finally we reached Miami at around 1pm. By the way, if you’re also planning on drive down to Miami from Orlando, be prepared to pay $14 toll on the turnpike. It’s ridiculous.Weather was much warmer and sunny in Miami. We decided to have our lunch at a Japanese restaurant. Lunch wasn't that great so I didn't even bothered to remember the name of the restaurant. After the lunch we...Read More