Disney World & Orlando--Where the fun nevers stops

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Sheraton Vistana Resort

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Houdini2 on February 22, 2003

Best Things Nearby:
Walt Disney World. Universal Studios. Holy Land, The Experience. Sea World. Restaurants and shopping.

Best Things About the Resort:
Has everything for a family to have a great vacation.

Resort Experience:
Sheraton's Vistana Resort, an RCI Gold Crown Resort, is an incredible place to spend a week on vacation. To take a virtual tour of Vistana, click here Vistana Resort .

This gated resort has as many amenities as any other I have come across (e.g. seven pools, seven recreation centers, six cafes, tennis, basketball, volleyball, shuffleboard, fitness trail, mini-golf, billiards, ping-pong, karaoke). The units are spacious, well-equipped, and well-maintained. Some are a bit dated, but certainly nothing that detracts from one's stay.

We tried to hit all of the seven outdoor pools. There is a pool to fit everyone's taste - quiet, mostly adults, mostly kids, cool, warm, peaceful, activity filled, waterfalls, etc.

For your convenience, there are several fitness centers on the property to help you keep in shape during your stay. There are plenty of tennis courts, so be sure to bring your racquets. Additionally, there is mini-golf, a wide range of activities, walking trails, store, gift shop, etc.

If it wasn't for the fact that Disney was so nearby, you could easily stay on the property for the whole week and never run out of things to do.

Additionally, Vistana is conveniently located to Disney, Universal, Sea World, and all other attractions, malls, dining, etc.

The staff was very warm, friendly, and efficient.

Sheraton Vistana Resort Villas, Lake Buena Vista/Orlando
8800 Vistana Centre Drive
Orlando, Florida, 32821
(407) 239-3100

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Houdini2 on February 22, 2003

Whether or not you have ever experienced a Japanese steak house where the table-side chef prepares your food as entertainment "right before your eyes," you will want to try this one. The food was excellent and the chef was not only gifted at his trade, but also a riot!

We went for the early-bird menu, so it made the great experience very affordable. Everyone enjoyed their food very much and still talks about the evening.

To learn more about Kobe Steakhouse in the comfort of your home, click on this link: I'm hungry--let's go out to Kobe's!

Kobe Japanese Steak House
8460 Palm Parkway
Orlando, Florida, 32836
(407) 239-1119

Disney World - Magic Kingdom

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Houdini2 on February 22, 2003

The Magic Kingdom offers a wide range of things to see and do. To begin your exploration of the Magic Kingdom online, click here: Take me to the Kingdom.

One tip is to use the "Fast Pass" system to get on some of the marquee events, which tend to have longer lines. Plan out your route and try to stick with it. That will ensure you get to see and do what is most interesting to you.

Be sure to keep your eyes and ears open, so as not to miss all the many intricate details on the rides. There are so many wonderful and creative "props." The music can only bring back fond memories.

Try to eat during the less prime mealtimes to avoid the crowds. Some of the character lunches or dinners allow you to make reservations ahead of time. If eating with Mickey or Donald is important, try to call ahead.

The simulation rides are quite real, so be sure to not pass these up.

You may want to consider a multi-day Park Hopper Pass, which will allow you to come and go as you please in all the Disney parks during your stay. That way you can leave if tired or if a sudden storm blows in. and you will not feel like you must stay to get your money's worth.

Highlights by Land:
Tomorrowland: Alien Encounter, The Timekeeper, Buzz Lightyear, and Space Mountain
Fantasyland: Peter Pan's Flight and Legend of the Lion King
Liberty Square: Hall of Presidents and Haunted Mansion
Frontierland: Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Railroad, and Shootin' Arcade
Adventureland: Treehouse, Tiki Room, and Pirates of Caribbean

Enjoy!

Walt Disney World Resort Magic Kingdom
Interstate 4 At U.S. Highway 192
Orlando, Florida
(407) 824-4321

Universal Studios Orlando

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Houdini2 on February 22, 2003

Universal Studios finds a good balance between an amusement park and a behind-the-scenes glimpse at movie making. The pace of the day is up to you and what all you want to see.

A good way to plan your time at Universal Studios Orlando is to spend some time on its website. To begin your time of fun, click here!!

The marquee attractions are certainly worth seeing and waiting in line for, but walking through some of the set areas also gives you a rush.

Some of the rides we enjoyed most were: Men in Black, Jaws, Twister, Earthquake, Kongfrontation, Back to the Future, Alfred Hitchcock . . .

If you're a fan of Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat, you will want to make a little mischief in his town. Check out the pictures to get a glimpse of some of the fun. Oh, and watch out or you might be on the receiving end of some of George's or his friends mischief!

P.S. You will also want to use Universal's version of the "fast pass" to help you get into, and with limited waiting, some of the more popular attractions.

Universal Studios Florida
1000 Universal Studios Plaza
Orlando, Florida, 32819
(407) 363 8000

Epcot

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Houdini2 on February 23, 2003

Epcot provides a different experience than the other Disney Parks. Epcot gives you a glimpse of other cultures (e.g. dress, food, music, history), all in a setting that engages your senses and imagination.

You will want to give yourself most of a full day to experience all that Epcot has to offer. As you leisurely stroll about the grounds, be sure to look all about and enjoy the vegetation, plants, flowers, and music.

I'd suggest you just walk around "the lagoon" and experience each country as you come to it.

Canada: O'Canada the 360 degree Circle Vision Show is worth seeing.
United Kingdom: Fish-n-Chips at Rose and Crown Pub is pleasing to the taste buds.
France: A picture by the Eiffel Tower and a glass of wine may be in order.
Japan: The acrobatic show is definitely worth seeing, and how can you go wrong sampling some of the food?
Italy: A little of the music puts a smile on your face and bounce in your step.
China: The Circle Vision Show is worth seeing.

The Rides/Attractions: Test Track is very interesting and fun to experience. This is a good place to use a Fastpass. The Universe of Energy is petty cool as are Spaceship Earth, The Living Seas, and Living with the Land.

If you want to go to Epcot now, just click on this link and you'll be on your way to making memories - Take me to Epcot please!.

Walt Disney World Resort Epcot Theme Park

Orlando, Florida

Blizzard Beach

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Houdini2 on February 23, 2003

Blizzard Beach brings out the "kid" that is in all of us. What could be better? The sun is shining, the water is cool and refreshing, there are rides for all tastes and fear levels, sand, lounge chairs, food - everything!

I would suggest you bring as little extra clothing as possible. As soon as you are in the gate, secure a convenient locker to put your valuables and dry clothes in. Next on the list is to secure a lounge chair or spot on the beach, claimed by your towel. We had no trouble leaving our towels out as everyone seemed to honor this practice.

The marquee events have the longest lines, so I would suggest you ride them first: Summit Plummet and Slush Gusher, provided you are not afraid of heights, the feeling of freefall, or speed! They are awesome rides, but wow, they are fast!

We had a lot of fun on Teamboat Springs for a group experience. But we probably spent the most of our time on the racing-type rides: Runoff Rapids, Snow Stormers, Toboggan Racers, and Downhill Double Dipper.

I'd suggest getting your lunch either a bit early or a bit late. As is usual, everyone seems to eat around noon. Old habits die hard, even on vacation!

If you want to take many trips on the rides, I'd suggest using the stairs whenever possible and as long as your heart can take it. However, it is fun to ride the Chairlift to get an aerial view of things.

Finally, as the day lingers on and the "rush" of the marquee rides wane, enjoy some time at Melt Away Bay or a leisurely float in Cross Country Creek.

Enjoy the day and rest assured you will be "squeaky" clean and wrinkled when it is time to go home!

To check out all that Blizzard Beach has to offer online, just click here: Transport me to the Beach, Scotty.

Walt Disney World's Blizzard Beach
1534 W Buena Vista Dr
Orlando, Florida, 32830
(407) 560-3400

WonderWorks

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by Houdini2 on February 24, 2003

Wonderworks is a great alternative for those days when you don't want the hustle or bustle of the main parks in the Orlando area, or you are looking for something to do on a rainy day.

The attraction is not hard to spot, as it is the only upside down building in the City! If you drive along Intern'l Drive, you can't miss it. But just to be sure you can find it and what it has to offer, click on this link: Woderworks.

The best place to park is in the adjacent parking garage. It's an hourly rate thing, but worth it for the convenience.

The interactive games are a riot, especially Lazer Tag. When we played, and they posted the scores for all to see, we all had a good laugh when mom had zero, zip, natta points. Can you believe that, she played the whole game and did not score a point! She got her revenge though when she took the prize on the Buzz Lightyear Ride at the Magic Kingdom (i.e. Galactic Warrior).

You can easily spend a few hours at Wonderworks. Be a kid and have fun!

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

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