Orlando Journals

Less Obvious Orlando

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A travel journal to Orlando by Meggysmum

Sheraton Vistana Villages Resort Villas,  I-Drive/Orlando Photo, Orlando, Florida More Photos
Quote: The theme parks are the major attractions here but there are other things that make the area worth a visit or are just worth trying when you need a quieter day.

Hints for Brits Driving in Orlando

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Perfect Parking in Orlando Photo, Orlando, Florida
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Driving in America is a whole new experience to a Brit. I am the map-reader in the family so the driving always falls to my husband, after four trips to Orlando we feel that we are starting to get to grips with it and there are some things worth remembering.The hire-car will be an automatic. Having always driven manual cars this does take a bit of getting used to. The best thing to do is to put your "clutch" foot well under the seat and just concentrate on using the accelerator (gas) and brake. Failure to do this will see you bunny-hopping out of the airport! The attendants at the hire station will run through the basics with you if you ask. You will have to be in "Park" before you ca...Read More

Sheraton Vistana Villages Resort Villas, I-Drive/Orlando

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Hotel | "Relaxation after all those Theme Parks!"

Sheraton Vistana Villages Resort Villas,  I-Drive/Orlando Photo, Orlando, Florida
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Location- This hotel is situated on the Southern end of International Drive. It is a set south of the attractions and restaurants which make International drive very busy so it is much quieter than many hotels. I-drive is easily accesible in about 5-8 minutes by car, there is also a stop for the I-drive trolley bus outside the hotel. Seaworld is about 5 minutes dive away, Universal studios area is about 20 minutes north and Disneyland entrance is less than 10 minutes south. The roads are easy and there are no tolls. There is a Publix supermarket about 3 mins drive away. The journey from the International airport takes about 25 minutes and the property is easy to find. Rooms- Th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 3, 2009

Sheraton Vistana Villages Resort Villas, I-Drive/Orlando
12401 International Drive
Orlando, Florida 32821
(407) 238-5000

Celebration

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Electric Cars, Celebration Photo, Orlando, Florida
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A vacation in Orlando is full of exciting days at theme-parks, long journeys to the beach or frantic visits to shopping malls to bag a bargain. Sometimes there is a need for a couple of hours peace and quiet to enable you to recharge you batteries. We had friends who had visited Orlando before us who told us to seek out Celebration for a quiet walk.Celebration is a town that Disney Development Company built in the early 1990s. The running of the town has now passed to another firm. This may account for why there are not many signs directing you to the town from the Disney site. However if you get onto World Drive and head south you will soon reach this quiet gem.The town a...Read More

Budget Food

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Inside Hard Rock Cafe, City Walk Photo, Orlando, Florida
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Holidaying in Orlando can get expensive so it is good to be able to save some money where you can. We actually found that food was an easy area for us to cut down on. My family like to be on the go most of the time and we found that restaurants took up a lot of our holiday time. There are places that we visit in the world where the dining is a large part of the experience, in Orlando we found that the dining options seemed to be similar no matter where we went it was just the surroundings that were different.We ate breakfast in our apartment; we filled up on cereal, juices, toast, yogurt and fresh fruit. We were able to buy all this at the local supermarket and this would then keep us ...Read More

Shuttle Launch

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Shuttle Launch Photo, Florida, United States
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On our last visit to Orlando we heard that a shuttle launch had been delayed and it was rescheduled for a day during our trip. My husband has always been very interested in anything to do with space and he was desperate to see the launch. I felt it would be a great opportunity to see something that doesn’t happen everyday so we decided that we would make the trip over towards Cocoa Beach to see the spectacle.We were not willing to pay the expensive entrance fee to the NASA space centre on launch day so we had to make an alternative plan. In the end we decided to just head out of Orlando on the Beeline Expressway and decide on a viewing location when we got closer.As we cross...Read More

Boggy Creek Ride

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Attraction | "Beware of the Alligators"

Boggy Creek Ride Photo, Kissimmee, Florida
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I have always had a yearning to visit the Florida Everglades and travel on an airboat. However as my family and I are Theme Park addicts we never seemed to have been able to afford the time for the journey to the Everglades. However before our last trip I read a guidebook which said that Boggy Creek Airboats were as good an experience as the Everglades. I don't know if this is true but I can give you a review of our trip. There are quite a lot of Airboat companies operating around the Orlando area. I did some research before we travelled and I found the best recommendations, especially for safety, were for the Boggy Creek Company so that was where we headed. The Bog...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 25, 2009

Boggy Creek Ride
2001 E. Southport Rd.
Kissimmee, Florida 34746
(407) 344-9550