Returning After 25 Years

The last time I had been to Florida was in the late '70s. Lakeland, the city where my grandparents had lived during the winter, was much larger. The whole area had undergone many changes. My family, sister, and I were looking forward to a nice leisurely holiday. And we weren't disappointed.


Returning After 25 Years

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by Mr. KLH on May 6, 2005

The best things to do in the central Florida area are to see the theme parks and Kennedy Space Centre. We visited Gatorland, Universal Studios, and the Kennedy Space Centre in our short week. We also managed to see the Cirque du Soleil show "La Nouba" at Disney World.${QuickSuggestions} Before you go to the area, you should visit some Internet sites to find out information of the area. I purchased multi-day passes for Universal Studios via the Internet. This saved money and time, as we did not have to get in ticket lines at the theme park gate. Orange Lake Resort had an Activities Centre where we could purchase vouchers for tickets to Kennedy Space Centre, Gatorland, and Disney World, as well as other attractions.${BestWay} A rental car is a must-have for the best flexibility in getting around the central Florida area. Orange Lake Resort is too large to conveniently walk around.

Orange Lake Country Club

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Mr. KLH on July 1, 2005

The resort unit that we had the privilege of using for our group of four was a three-bedroom that could sleep a maximum of 12 people. The bedrooms were spaced apart, allowing a degree of privacy for all. The kitchen was adequate for our group, but a larger group of 12 would find it challenging to feed everyone. The kitchen was not equipped with enough pots and pans to feed 12 people. The view of the golf course from the screened-in balcony was nice. At night, we had a good view of the fireworks going off at Disney’s Magic Kingdom.
Holiday Inn Club Vacations Orlando-Orange Lake Resort
8505 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy.
Kissimmee, Florida, 34747
(407) 239-0000

Orange Lake Country Club

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Mr. KLH on June 27, 2005

Best Things Nearby:
Disney World, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld are just minutes away. The Kennedy Space Centre is a 2-hour drive away.

Best Things About the Resort:
The resort has so much for people to do. There are a number of golf courses, swimming pools, a lake, and several tennis courts. The units are new and well furnished.

Resort Experience:
Check-in at the main reception was fast and efficient. The three-bedroom unit we had was very large and well furnished. The kitchen, however, was not stocked very well with pots and frying pans. Feeding 12 would've been a challenge, but feeding the four of us was just manageable.

The view of the golf course and the Magic Kingdom fireworks from the balcony was great. The balcony is screened off from insects. All of the bedrooms had comfortable beds and were well separated from each other.

The resort is too large to walk around, so a vehicle is required. The activities centre was a good place to go to get discounted tickets for the various theme parks and Kennedy Space Centre.

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Orlando-Orange Lake Resort
8505 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy.
Kissimmee, Florida, 34747
(407) 239-0000

Universal Islands of Adventure

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Mr. KLH on July 10, 2005

A good way to cool off during the hottest part of the day is to do the Jurassic Park and Ripsaw Falls water rides, as you'll get wet on both. The Hulk roller coaster is a good one to ride after the water rides so you can air-dry. It also moves at a good pace. Lots of fun! The lines are not long on days when it's raining.
Universal's Islands of Adventure
Universal Orlando Resort
Orlando, Florida

Gatorland

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Mr. KLH on July 10, 2005

You can't leave Florida without seeing at least one alligator. If you want to see hundreds and to learn about them, this place is a must. After touring the facility and watching the shows, you'll have a better appreciation of this prehistoric creature. The alligator ribs and nuggets taste just like chicken. They are very tender.
Gatorland
14501 South Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, Florida, 32837
(407) 855-5496

Kennedy Space Centre

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Mr. KLH on July 10, 2005

If you want to see a place of great scientific and technological achievement, it's at the Kennedy Space Centre. The story of NASA and the United States space exploration is shown and described fantastically. The displays, bus tour, and shows are very interesting. Seeing this facility creates a better understanding of shows most of us have seen on television. You can't leave Florida without seeing this place.
Kennedy Space Centre
Cape Canaveral
Cape Canaveral, FL, Florida

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