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The Three Musketeers Conquer Orlando!

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An April 2013 trip to Orlando by Wildcat Dianne

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Quote: My friends Danielle, Pam, and yours truly qualified for the Florida State Health Occupations Student Association competitions for Pensacola State College and enjoyed a fun-filled four days at Coronado Resorts when we were not competing in medical related events. Enjoy the ride!

We Came, We Saw, WE KICKED BUTT, Part 2!

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Now with my trip to Nationals booked, it was a good night's rest before our next morning's Medical Assisting Competition. Pam, Danielle, and I planned to dress in identical Grey's Anatomy scrubs in the color Cabernet for States, but Pam got a pair of pants too big and couldn't order another pair before States, and Danielle got ones too small and couldn't order another set on time either. So Pam was in her shirt and brown pants from school and Danielle wore her tan and brown scrubs from school, while I was the only one in a complete Cabernet outfit. Oh well. We were just happy to be competing in the final events which was hands on stuff and would determine our placement in Nationals should we qual...Read More

We Came, We Saw, WE KICKED BUTT!

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The purpose for our trip to Orlando was because as the only Medical Assisting students in our class, Danielle, Pam, and I automatically qualified for the State HOSA Spring Conference. Danielle finished first, yours truly second, and Pam finished in third. If we did well in the State competition, we could move on to the National HOSA Conference in Nashville, Tennessee from June 25-30 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort.HOSA is short for Health Occupations Student Association and its a great way for one to improve medical skills and do some traveling. Danielle,. Pam, and I qualified for the State Medical Assistant and Medical Issues Exam Competitions. We also had to go to all of the openin...Read More

The Dig Site

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Attraction | "A Little R & R In Between Competitions."

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Once we knew that we were going to the State HOSA Spring Conference, I immediately looked up Disney Coronado Springs Resort's website on the computer to see what it looked like and what amenities it had to offer. Since we couldn't afford Disney World itself, we were looking at a lot of rest and relaxation in between competing, judging, supervising, and ceremonies. I noticed that there was a pool and hot tub at the resort called the dig site and that was where I was planning to spend some time while we were there. There are two pools at the Coronado Springs Resort. The first one was near our hotel on our side of the lake, but Pam said the water was too cold and moved her R & R ti...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 19, 2013

The Dig Site
1000 Lake Buena Vista Drive
Orlando, Florida

The Pepper Market

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Restaurant | "Coronado Springs Resort's Cheaper Option for Dinner."

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Danielle, Pam, and I were in Orlando for the HOSA Spring State Conference and Competition for four days. We were treated to an all-expenses paid trip to the Coronado Springs Resort and received a $174 cash stipend to dine wherever we desired. Due to time constraints and all three of us having different times we liked to eat dinner, we didn't have the chance to go to Planet Hollywood or House of Blues or other eateries off campus. Food was pretty expensive and Pam almost dehydrated herself refusing to pay $3 for a bottle of water. Pam and Danielle made a Wal-Mart run with some members of our HOSA group when the bus driver generously offered to drive them to the nearest Wal-Mart and stocked up on sn...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 19, 2013

The Pepper Market
1000 Lake Buena Vista Road
Orlando, Florida

Downtown Disney

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Attraction | "Two Musketeers Do Downtown Disney! No Mickey or Tigger! WAHH!"

Downtown Disney Photo, Orlando, Florida
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Before we left for our trip to Orlando, Pam, Danielle, and I debated whether to take a trip to the Magic Kingdom or not. After looking at admission prices to get into the parks, we decided it was going to be too expensive for us poor students, and decided our time would be spent poolside at our hotel and getting ready for our HOSA competitions. But we were not disappointed when our coordinator, Ms. Ponson, mentioned that it was free to get into Downtown Disney and there were several buses that would take us there from Coronado Springs Resorts. YES! Danielle, Pam, and I made plans to go to Downtown Disney together our first morning in Disney World. After breakfast, we made our way t...Read More

Downtown Disney
Walt Disney World Resort
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32821
+1 407 828 3056

Cooke's of Dublin

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Restaurant | "Fish and Chips for Lunch Irish Style!"

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My friend Danielle and I spent our first morning in Disney World touring around Downtown Disney. We had a ball looking in the shops and at the bands that were playing there for a competition. We could only spend the morning in Downtown Disney World because we had to be back at the Coronado Resorts in order to get ready for the HOSA orientations and other mandatory events we had to go to in order to compete. So Danielle and I had to find somewhere to eat an early lunch and since I had been up early, I was starting to get hungry. Danielle had slept in a little more that morning, so she said she would eat a light lunch.In our travels in Downtown Disney, we noticed this restaurant in th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 18, 2013

Cooke's of Dublin
1640 E Buena Vista Dr
Orlando, Florida 32830
(407) 938-0300

Maya Grill

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Restaurant | "The Three Musketeers Splurge Mexican Style!"

Maya Grill Photo, Orlando, Florida
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My friends Pam, Danielle, and I had arrived at the Coronado Springs Resort about 5:30 in the afternoon of April 3. We were tired, sore, and hungry and didn't want to be running all around the Magic Kingdom in search of a meal. Pam, Danielle, and I just wanted a good, hot meal and to enjoy each others' company before retiring to our room to relax and go to bed early in anticipation of the next's days activities, which for us included a trip to Downtown Disney World for Danielle and me, rest for Pam, our Medical Assistant qualifying test the next night followed by the HOSA Spring Conference Opening Ceremonies.Lucky for us, the Maya Grill was only a short walk from our room in Casitas 3,...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 14, 2013

Maya Grill
1000 West Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
+1 407 939 3463

Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

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Hotel | "Four Days in the Lap of Luxury!"

Disney's Coronado Springs Resort Photo, Orlando, Florida
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Let's just say that the Florida and Pensacola State College HOSA organizations sure know how to take care of their members when they are competing in State and National competitions. Some folks when having to compete with their schools might be stuck in a Motel 6 or Super 8 Hotel. Not to knock those hotel chains since that's where I stay when I am paying for accommodations. The 2013 HOSA Spring Conference was held at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort located a short bus ride to all of the fun and sun of the Magic Kingdom.The PSC HOSA group was lodged on the 4th floor of the resort in a group of the smaller hotel rooms not the suites. The rooms were really nice rooms with two queen-si...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 13, 2013

Disney's Coronado Springs Resort
1001 West Buena Vista Dr.
Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830
(407) 939-1000

Ready for Orlando Photo, Pensacola, Florida
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It is not fun being crammed into a bus with over 40 other fellow HOSA members and chaperones for a nine-hour trip from Pensacola to the Coronado Resorts in Orlando. Just about every seat was taken and there was no where for us to stretch out but out front and under the seat in front of us. I sat near Laura, who was competing in Medical Terminology in the HOSA Competitions, and my friends Pam and Danielle were seated across the aisle from me. With our blankets for warmth and in sweats, we felt like sardines crammed into one big can, but we were all excited to be going to an all-expenses paid trip to Orlando for four days of competition and fun.Stefan, one of the sweetest guys on the t...Read More