Friday, December 30, 2011

New Years Eve in OrlandoTheme Parks.

Fireworks, Partying, and Theme park fun will be happening at The Walt Disney World Parks, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld on New Years Eve.

All parks are staying open until late to join in the festivities and give visitors a spectacular and memorable way to say goodbye to 2011 and say hello to 2012.

Wishing all our readers a very happy and enjoyable New Year.

New Years Eve in OrlandoTheme Parks.

Fireworks, Partying, and Theme park fun will be happening at The Walt Disney World Parks, Universal Orlando and SeaWorld on New Years Eve.

All parks are staying open until late to join in the festivities and give visitors a spectacular and memorable way to say goodbye to 2011 and say hello to 2012.

Wishing all our readers a very happy and enjoyable New Year.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Kissimmee 5K Race for Healthy Hearts.

The City of Kissimmee is hosting its annual KISS-I-MEE 5K race for promoting heart health on February 11th 2012. The race begins at Toho Square near the Osceola County Courthouse and takes you through historic Kissimmee and past the picturesque Lake Tohopekaliga.

To take part and find more information go to….

http://www.kissimmeemainstreet.com/

Friday, December 23, 2011

Electronic New Years Eve Party at Disney Quest.

At Disney’s indoor interactive theme park which is situated in the Downtown Disney area of Walt Disney World there will be a New Years Eve party with a difference, guests will have access to all the Disney Quest attractions including video games, virtual technology interaction, music, dancing, food, and a countdown to the New Year with a confetti drop at the strike of twelve.

The festivities start at 8.00pm. December 31st 2011 until 1.00am January 1st 2012.

 

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Orlando Weather Information for the Next Few Days – Monday 19th December 2011.

All predictions are approx.
Monday 19th December to Sunday 25th December.

Partly sunny weather is expected for most of the week. Temperatures start in the mid 70’s but rise to the low 80F through the week. The lows should start around the mid 50’s but rise to around 60F.

The winds could reach 10-15mph.

‘We wish all our readers a very merry Christmas’

For more general weather information please go to our web site….
http://www.kissimmee-us192.com/orlando_weather.htm

Friday, December 16, 2011

Legoland Florida Christmas 2011.

Legoland Florida celebrates its first Christmas by displaying a huge Christmas tree made from 270,000 ‘Lego’ and ‘Duplo’ bricks. Join in the festive sights and sounds that the park offers for the holiday season and catch a glimpse of Santa when he makes a daily appearance.

Visit the many attractions at the park including, more than 50 rides, shows and experiences for families with children from 2-12years or for anyone that loves ‘Lego’.

On New Years Eve. There will be fireworks at the earlier time of 7pm for children to celebrate the coming of the New Year.

You can find Legoland at Winter Haven in Florida approx. 45minutes drive away from the Orlando theme parks.

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Christmas Trees at SeaWorld Orlando.

SeaWorld Orlando has an amazing display of fibre optic ‘Led’ Christmas trees. The trees sparkle in time to festive music, giving an atmosphere of wonder and delight.

For pictures of the trees go:

http://seaworldparks.com/en/christmas_promo/Orlando/Sea-of-Trees

Friday, December 9, 2011

Epcot World Showcase WDW Florida.

For the Christmas season at Epcot Theme Park Florida, Disney is holding their annual ‘Holidays Around the World’ festive showcase, where you can explore Christmas traditions from around the World, there will be story tellers wandering through the park telling tales of seasonal customs, spectacular decorations, music and entertainment, traditional costumes worn, and a chance to meet and greet with Santa Claus in the American Adventure. On selected nights the Candlelight Procession is held adding to this Yuletide extravagance.

For more information please go to: http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/parks/epcot/special-events/candlelight-processional/

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Lake Buena Vista Orlando.

Lake Buena Vista is an area very close to Walt Disney World Florida, stay in one of the many hotels here and be in the heart of the magic. It is approximately 30 minutes drive from Orlando International Airport, 5 minutes from WDW and Downtown Disney, SeaWorld is 10-15 minutes away and Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure only 15-20 minutes away.

There are plenty of family restaurants to choose from and for something a little more special there is ‘refined’ dining at the Venetian Rooms, inside the Caribe Royale All-Suite Hotel, and the Victoria and Albert’s restaurant at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.

Lake Buena Vista also has several golf courses to choose from, a list can be found at -
http://www.worldgolf.com/courses/usa/florida/lakebuenavista/

Commonly referred to as LBV, the area can be found easily having immediate access to Interstate 4.

For routes for around the area go to -
http://orlando-maps.info/locations

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Friday, December 2, 2011

Christmas Holiday Festivities at Universal Florida.

Christmas at Universal Orlando begins December 3rd 2011, here you will find exciting Christmas entertainment for all the family, with festive events happening throughout the two parks right through to January 1st 2012.

At Universal Studios see the 10th Anniversary Macy’s Holiday Parade, with marching bands, colourful floats and of course Santa, visit the holiday village for crafts, gifts and tasty Christmas treats.

And at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, walk into a musical wintery wonderland of ‘Grinchmas’ at Seuss Landing, see the Grinch live show and immerse yourself in the holiday festivities.

More information can be found at……http://www.universalorlando.com/Events/Holidays/Overview.aspx

 

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Kennedy Space Center Florida-Next Stop Mars! Become an Astronaut of the Future.

After the successful launch of the rocket to Mars mission from Kennedy Space Center in Florida last week, youngsters may be interested in finding out more about becoming an astronaut at ‘Camp Kennedy Space Center’ they can have this opportunity, taught by specially trained and certified teachers.

The week long summer day camp programme offers:- meeting and talking to astronauts, touring the Kennedy space Center, experiencing, imagining and interacting with teams to investigate space travel in the future, design space exploration vehicles, take part in space shuttle mission simulations and learn the challenges faced with space exploration.

Ages 8-14

Open June To August 2012.

Hours: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Payment in advance: $295 per week.

http://kennedyspacecenter.com/groups-camp-kennedy-space-center.aspx

Friday, November 25, 2011

Auto Show weekend at Orange County Convention Center.

The International Drive Convention Center in Orlando is hosting this holiday weekend the ‘Central Florida International Auto show’.

Open on Thursday November 24th to Sunday November 27th 2011.

Friday and Saturday 10am-10pm.

Sunday10am-5pm. ‘Kids day’ when children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by an paying adult.

I-Ride Trolley.

For getting around the International Drive area in Orlando Florida there is a transport system called the I-Ride Trolley. It gives guests easy access to the attractions and theme parks in the neighbourhood.

This highly successful transport system has been operating since 1997 and used by thousands of vacationers every year.

It operates daily from 8am.-10.30pm every 20-30minutes.

For more info go to…http://www.iridetrolley.com/maps.asp  

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Turtle released near Cocoa Beach Florida.

A Loggerhead Turtle was released back into the wild by the SeaWorld animal rescue team, near Cocoa Beach, read the article from The Disney Blog, with video.

http://thedisneyblog.com/2011/11/22/seaworld-orlando%E2%80%99s-animal-rescue-team-releases-loggerhead-sea-turtle/

Also see more information of what the team achieve when rescuing wildlife.

http://www.seaworldcares.com/media/images

Family Events at the Orange County History Center Orlando.

Wednesday 30th November 2011. The festive lighting of Heritage Square at 6.15 pm with musical performances, refreshments, crafts, explore the museum and have a visit with Santa.

Saturday December 10th 2011. Family Adventure Day: Drop and Shop.    Leave the children with museum staff chaperones to have an afternoon of craft making and watching movies. Whilst the grown ups do their Christmas shopping.                                 Register and book beforehand.

Sunday December 11th 2011. The museum will be holding ‘The Serious Art of Make-Believe Exhibition’  where the Universal Orlando Resort design team are holding a Meet and Greet session and talking about their exciting art and design work.

The History Center is situated on Central Blvd. Orlando.

For more information go to…http://thehistorycenter.org/education/youth/special

Monday, November 21, 2011

International Drive Orlando.

International Drive is a very popular choice for families on vacation, it has many hotels to choose from and has easy access to the main area attractions Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, SeaWorld, Discovery Cove, Aquatica and Walt Disney World a short distance away. It is about 30 minutes form Orlando airport.

If you choose to stay and don’t have a car you can use the I-Ride trolley bus service which will take you to brand name Outlet stores, entertainment complexes and cinemas, eating at the many restaurants and don’t forget to spend some time at Wet’nWild Water Park. International Drive also has a large convention centre. often hosting trade shows and conventions.

 

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Thanksgiving meals at Orlando restaurants.

If you are on vacation in Orlando for Thanksgiving and want to find a restaurant to celebrate. Disney have a list of Restaurants at WDW.

http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/holidays/#/thanksgiving

Reservations are suggested.

And for other areas in Orlando information can be found at….

http://orlando.about.com/od/orlandocalendar/qt/thanksgiving.htm  

 

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Orlando Routes: MCO to Bahama Bay Resort.

Google maps route from Orlando International Airport MCO.to Bahama Bay Resort.

http://orlando-maps.info/locations/mco_bahama_bay_resort.htm 

 

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Entertainment Events at UCF Arena Orlando.

For festive fun and entertainment visit ‘Light Up UCF’ at Knights Plaza where you will find Ice skating, Santa’s workshop, a free holiday film festival and pictures with Santa!    

Operating from November 11th 2011- January 1st 2012.

 

At the UCF Arena Orlando Paul Simon is appearing in concert on December 4th. 2011, he will share the stage with guests The Wild Feathers.

The concert begins at 7.30pm.

For other events and concerts go to….http://www.ucfarena.com/    

 

Need a route to UCF  ask here - http://orlando-maps.info/locations

Friday, November 11, 2011

Veterans Day Parade in Orlando.

Today is Veterans Day in the United States of America, a day when thoughts are turned to the men and women in the armed forces that have bravely fought around the world past and present.

As a tribute to them there will be a parade on Saturday 12th 2011 at 11.00 a.m. In Downtown Orlando.

For more information go to……..

http://www.cityoforlando.net/executive/communications/events/veterans/

Monday, November 7, 2011

Friday, November 4, 2011

Downtown Kissimmee’s Festival of Light Parade December 2011.

Kissimmee Florida will be holding the ‘Festival of Lights Holiday Parade’ on Saturday 10th December, bringing the community together, inviting groups, citizens and businesses to take part.

There will be floats decorated with the theme ‘Santa’s Workshop’ street performers, costumes and an evening planned with fun filled activities.

The parade begins at 6.00pm.

Clocks go back in the USA. November 6th 2011.

In Orlando and the rest of the United States the clocks go back an hour to Standard time this week-end. Sunday November 6th at 2 a.m. in the morning.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Handy Storage Lockers for Numerous Vacations in Orlando Florida.

If you have a timeshare or go to Walt Disney World or Universal a couple of times a year and stay in self catering accommodation there is a company that have lockers for your vacation stuff to be stored safely and conveniently, for more information go to……… http://www.ownerslocker.com/lockers/

Monday, October 31, 2011

Some of the Halloween events happening today in Orlando.

Have a happy Orlando Halloween time at these links from WFTV.com

Free Trick-or-Treat at Orlando Fashion Square | www.wftv.com

Friday, October 21, 2011

Horror Make Up Show at Universal Florida.

On the theme of Halloween why not take a look at Universal Orlando’s Horror Make up Show, where you can see how the special effects artists create outrageous make up from the movies with creatures and spine tingling scenes in their demonstration show, you will also be shown movie clips and props up close.

It is an indoor show located in the Hollywood back lot area.

Parents beware, there may be scary scenes, but no height restriction.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Hotel and Resort Hopping at Walt Disney World.

If you want to do something a little different on your vacation, why not spend some time visiting the many different Resorts Hotels.

On a recent trip we stopped off at a few of Disney’s on site resort hotels, the first being Animal Kingdom Lodge, we had a look around the amazingly decorated lobby and went outside for a short walk, we saw giraffes and African wildlife as if we were in African Wildlife reserve park.

Another day, that we allocated for Hollywood studios we parked the car and went to the landing stage for a boat ride to the Swan and Dolphin Resort Hotel, to me it had a wonderful, exclusive, expensive feel [I wished I had been dressed a little smarter] very lavish and tastefully decorated.

We then walked along the Disney Boardwalk, it was early and very peaceful. We sat on the wicker sun lounges of the Disney’s Boardwalk Inn drinking in its beauty.

Further around we found Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort, with a New England Yacht Club theme, there is a small beach area in front for visitors to relax and various nautical activities behind for paying quests staying at the Hotel. We then boarded the boat back for a fun filled day at Hollywood Studios.

Next day we drove to the Grand Floridian Resort, we parked in the car park, walked up to the Grand entrance to be greeted by a costumed concierge who was very friendly and took our photo as we posed in front of an old Victorian classic car. As we walked into the lobby I was awestruck at how everything was decorated so beautifully and grandeur. We walked outside to the jetty and saw in the distance the wedding pavilion. We continued our tour and found a café type restaurant and sat outside in a peaceful and opulent setting.

From here we boarded the mono-rail to the Polynesian Resort, again decorated tastefully in a Hawaiian theme, with sandy beaches outside and lush tropical gardens.

We again boarded the mono-rail going through Disney’s Contemporary Resort on the way back to the Grand Floridian.

We then drove to The Caribbean Beach Resort, I couldn’t believe how big the area was, it covers 200 acres and has five island villages around the shores of a huge lake, it really does have the atmosphere of being in the Caribbean.

Last but not least on this trip, my favourite of the resorts we visited is Disney’s Fort Wilderness. Which is situated in a ‘forest’ with it’s rustic cabins for accommodation or campout at one of the campgrounds, there are horse back and carriage rides, forest walks, water craft rental at the ‘beach’ Segways to ride, tennis and of course wildlife.

Here I have covered just a few of the Disney Resort Hotels, it seems that whatever theme you desire for your vacation Disney can accommodate your wishes.

For more information on these and more Hotels go to……http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/resorts/

If you need help in finding routes to your hotel ask at......http://orlando-maps.info/locations/

Friday, October 14, 2011

Orlando Routes: MCO to Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa

A Google Maps Route showing directions to Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa from Orlando International Airport.

http://orlando-maps.info/locations/mco_lake_buena_vista_resort.htm

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Legoland opening in Florida.

A reminder that the new ‘Legoland Florida’ will be opening 15th October 2011.

It is located at Winter Haven Florida, which is 45 minutes away from The Orlando theme parks or from Tampa.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Today is World Smile Day. Friday October 7th 2011.

In downtown Orlando in front of The Orange County History Center, Free snow cones will be given out to make you SMILE.

Friday October 7th. 2011  from 11.30am to 2.00pm

Friday, September 30, 2011

Halloween in Orlando Florida 2011.

To celebrate Halloween in Orlando Florida there is fun for all ages, here is information on a few venues……..

Disney’s Magic Kingdom will be holding it’s ‘Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party’ this after hours party will take place on 23 selected nights from September13th to November 1st. 2011. http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/parks/magic-kingdom/special-events/mickeys-not-so-scary-halloween-party.

All the Disney parks will have a Halloween theme with special events and decorations throughout.

At Disney’s Fort Wilderness you can ride in a horse driven haunted carriage whilst listening to the ‘Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ [Booking is advised, price is $60 per carriage.]http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/resorts/campsites-at-fort-wilderness-resort/recreation/

SeaWorld is attracting families to come and join in their Halloween events with sea themed games and art activities, ‘spooky shows’, and sea creature characters. SeaWorlds Spooktacular runs each weekend in October from 12.00-8.00pm. http://www.seaworldspooktacular.com/

Green Meadows Petting Farm in Kissimmee has a special ‘Fall’ theme, where children can pick their own pumpkin. http://www.greenmeadowsfarm.com/

And not for young children or for the faint hearted…..Universal Studios is holding its annual ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ the event runs on selected nights through October. [Booking is advised].

http://www.universalorlando.com/Events/Halloween-Horror-Nights.aspx

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

‘Walgreens Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival’ at Downtown Disney.

Downtown Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex will be hosting the ‘Walgreens Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival’ on Saturday 15th October 2011. The event begins at 8.00am.until 4.30pm.

For more information please go to… http://espnwwos.disney.go.com/events/more/international-dragon-boat-festival/

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Disney’s Annual Food and Wine Festival 2011.

At Epcot Walt Disney World Florida the annual ‘International Food and Wine Festival’ will be commencing on September 30th 2011 until November 13th.

It is a great opportunity to experience culinary produce from all around the globe. The event takes place at the ‘World Showcase at Epcot,’

There will be seminars, food tasting, demonstrations, wine tasting, food purchasing, merchandise, dining in the parks restaurants [although pre-booking is advised]. Many tempting ideas and culinary experiences for all the family.

Also…

‘The Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon’ event will be held on September 30th 2011. This night time race will run through the Disney theme parks and afterwards there will be an ‘extra hours’ event exclusive party for competitors and spectators.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Legoland Florida 2011

A reminder that the new Legoland Florida is due to open on October 15th 2011.

Reported to be the largest Legoland park in the world, this interactive theme park offers rides, attractions and shows suitable for all the family, it is to be found in Central Florida between Tampa and Orlando where Disney and Universal are situated, there will be a shuttle service which will depart from Orlando Premium Outlets-Vineland Ave daily from 9.00am. [arrive 30mins before] and return in the evening after the park closes. It is recommended that your book a seat in advance. http://florida.legoland.com/

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Labour Day September 5th 2011.

Labour Day is on Monday September 5th 2011. It is the time when workers in the United States celebrate a long week-end as an end to summer.

Families go for picnics, have barbecues, visit the outdoors, go to the theme parks and beaches, or go shopping. Some sporting events are also held to celebrate the start of the football season.

Government offices and some businesses close and the public transport system may have altered time tables.

For ideas of how to spend the Holiday week-end go to….http://www.orlando-maps.info/

Enjoy!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Orlando Route:- MCO to IPG Welcome Centre

A Google Maps Route showing directions to IPG Welcome Centre from Orlando International Airport MCO

 http://orlando-maps.info/locations/mco_ipg_welcome_centre.htm

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Celebration Town Segway Tours.

Segway tours are becoming more popular at vacation destinations as an added leisure pursuit. At the Town of Celebration, Orlando, Florida you can try this fun and eco friendly way to get around, choose a short ‘ride around’ or book a tour to glide and explore the community and its nature trails in this picturesque town with it’s unique atmosphere.

It is recommended that you book in advance and arrive a little early for safety training at the beginning of your tour. The following web site will give you all the information needed for your Segway experience

http://www.zetours.com/Home_Page.html

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tropical Storm Season in Florida.

There is a warning out for a tropical storm that maybe heading towards Florida towards the end of the week, as it is the season for storms I thought it might be an idea to write about how to be prepared if you are on vacation and a storm hits.

Keep checking media coverage and tropical storm tracker sites on the internet.

Follow the guidelines set by your hotel or accommodation.

Keep your mobile phone charged.

Make sure your car gas tank is full.

Have extra food supplies if self catering, bearing in mind there may be power cuts.

Stock up on water.

Make sure you have access to cash in case ATM’s are out of order.

In the event you have to evacuate have a handy bag with toiletries, medications needed, and drinking water.

Be prepared for closures at the theme parks if a severe storm warning has been issued.

If severe stay indoors and wait.

Listen and adhere to what the authorities say.

Use common sense.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Bike Trails and Bike Hire in Orlando Florida.

There are several bike trails in the Orlando area for a more outward bound aspect to your vacation where you can get back to nature and see Florida’s wildlife up close.

You can hire bikes by the hour and have them delivered to your Hotel.

For more information go to….

http://outdoortravels.com/biking_fl_overview_orlando.php

http://orlandobikerental.com/

http://www.eliteroadbikerentals.com/Bikes-for-Rent.aspx

http://www.kylesbikeshop.net/

http://advanced-cycles.com/articles/bicycle-rentals-pg79.htm  

 

 

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Lilly the baby Gorilla at Animal Kingdom Florida.

If you are visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World Florida, one of the many attractions is a baby gorilla who was born February 2010. You can see the Western Lowland Gorilla named Lilly and her family at the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail. She began her life with speculation as she seemed slow in developing in the expected way but she has caught up and is thriving well.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida.

The Harry Potter series of books, and films, can be argued by many as the most important, and popular series of the last 10 years. With children growing up with the characters, and the films bringing these imaginations to the screen, there was only one thing left. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios allows the fans of this immensely life-changing franchise to step into its magical world, and to experience all things Harry Potter. With a ‘Forbidden Journey’, and the famous shops from the books on Hogsmeade’s high street, imaginations are bought to reality.

The giant Hogwarts castle that towers over the park houses the ‘Forbidden Journey’ ride, within which guests can soar above the grounds and take part in a journey with Harry himself, and encounter some of the fantastical creatures featured in the book. The queue area of the ride is an attraction in itself, winding through the many rooms of Hogwarts, including Dumbledore’s office, and some of the classrooms, where every detail has been perfected to feel like it has come right from the book.

Dragon Challenge lets the fearless race dragons, either a wild Hungarian Horntail, or the ferocious Chinese Fireball, on a fast, exciting ride. The two ‘dragons’ race against each other, on intertwining courses, and a near miss is sure to make it feel as if you really are flying in the sky on a speeding dragon.

Try out one of Hagrid’s infamous Care of Magical Creatures classes, and ride the ‘Flight of the Hippogriff’. Learn how to approach it, just as Harry Potter did, and then be rewarded with a fantastical flight, that circles Hagrid’s hut, and swoops down and around his pumpkin patch.

Dining in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is purely magical. The Three Broomsticks is the local restaurant of Hogsmeade, and is the perfect place to stop and have a taste of the famous Butterbeer, or to have a hearty English lunch. Meals include Fish and Chips, Turkey Legs, and Shepherd’s Pie, with many other dishes to please all, while sitting in the traditional wooden tavern style surroundings. Included in the back of The Three Broomsticks is the Hog’s Head pub, within which guests can try Butterbeer, pumpkin juice, and a range of alcoholic beverages for the adults.

There is a wide range of shops for young wizards to supply themselves with their Wizarding goods. Including Dervish and Banges, Zonkos, Honeydukes, for magical treats and sweets, and Ollivanders, where guests can have their wand choose them, there is something for everyone.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Orlando Route: Sanford International Airport Florida to Windsor Hills, Kissimmee.

A Google Map route showing directions to the Windsor Hills, Old Lake Wilson Road, Kissimmee, FL 34747 from Orlando Sanford Airport.[SFB]http://orlando-maps.info/locations/sfb_to_windsor_hills.htm      

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Farmers Markets within easy reach of Walt Disney World Area Orlando Florida.

Vacationers who are staying in self catering accommodation may like to take the opportunity of buying food from one of the farmers markets in and around Orlando.

In Orlando itself at Lake Eola the farmers market has been flourishing since 1987, it is held every Sunday 10am-4pm and has turned into a meeting place for locals and visitors, with live entertainment, food, wine and beer garden, it encourages families and pets.

The town of Celebration also has a smaller farmers market on a Sunday morning, worth a visit as you can also look around the rest of Celebration and visit the towns restaurants and shops or go for a walk along the picturesque waterfront and enjoy the unique atmosphere of the town.

The Osceola Flea and Farmers Market offers a wide range of goods including fresh fruit vegetables and plants. Located at E.Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8.00am to 5.00pm.

At Toho Square Kissimmee there is a year round farmers market which is open every Thursday from 7.00am to 1.00pm.

If you need help finding a route to these locations please go to….http://orlando-maps.info/index.html

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Celebrity Mascot Charity Event at Orlando’s Amway Center Florida.

In Orlando there is a charity event at the Amway Center Friday July 29th and Saturday July 30th. It starts at the Stetson University on Thursday July 28th, and is called the Celebrity Mascot Games it is an annual event where 30 sports mascots ranging from American Football League and League Baseball gather from around the country to compete in gladiator type games. Proceeds will go to the charity ‘New Hope For Kids’ which is based in Orlando.

For more information go to……

http://www.mascotgames.org/index.html

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Walt Disney World Art of Animation Resort Viking Ceremony.

A Viking tradition was upheld at the construction site for Disney’s Art of Animation Resort recently, the tradition is that an evergreen tree is placed at the top of the building when the highest piece of the structure has been built, the Vikings believed it bought the construction good luck. Workers gathered for the ceremony at the Lion King wing of the new resort Hotel. Part of the Walt Disney World Resort which is opening in 2012.

http://conservation.wdwpublicaffairs.com/ContentDrillDown.aspx?DisplayItem=2f51f523-45cd-469f-9834-edad03fe4d7e

Friday, July 22, 2011

Finding Orlando Vacation Routes.

If you need help finding a route in the Orlando area here is an example of one of the services we provide. One of our readers e.mailed us with this Question…

Dear Sir / Madam

I have a vacation at Chatham Circle, Kissimmee, Florida, please can you provide direction details from Orlando International Airport?
Many Thanks
Regards
Mr *** ***

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Hi
Thanks for using my sites.
I have a page for you -
http://orlando-maps.info/locations/mco_chatham_park.htm

Note the reference to the 'tricky' left turn onto R-535.
If you are a First Time USA Driver, I would recommend continuing on to Celebration Avenue and avoiding all left turns except for the last onto Siesta Lago Drive.

Hope this helps.

Steve Crowther
Orlando-Maps.info

Friday, July 15, 2011

Disney and Nature Conservancy near Orlando.

Near Kissimmee in Florida there is an area of land which is called The Nature Conservancy’s Disney Wilderness Preserve, found at 2700 Scrub Trail.

Here you can escape to nature and be surrounded by wildlife in its own habitat.

Go for a picnic by the lake, or a walk along the hiking trail, taking pictures of the various birds wildlife and plants.

The preserve is only 20 minutes from Disney World, is is advised that you wear comfortable shoes and there may be exposed areas where sun screen and a hat would be recommended.

For more information go to……

http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/florida/placesweprotect/the-disney-wilderness-preserve.xml

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Orlando Route: MCO to Walt Disney World General

A Google Map route showing directions to Walt Disney World General from Orlando International Airport MCO.

http://orlando-maps.info/locations/mco_walt_disney_world.htm 

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Friday, July 8, 2011

Countdown For The Space Shuttle 8th July 2011.

The Space Shuttle Atlantis is currently waiting for lift off at 11.26a.m. at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Florida. The fuel tanks have been filled and there are no problems other than the possibility of bad weather. Many people are gathering to view the launch of this last mission for a Space Shuttle.

For more information and to watch the launch live go to….http://www.nasa.gov/home/

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Kennedy Space Center’s Last Shuttle Launch.

The Space Shuttle last mission to the International Space Station is set to launch from Kennedy Space Center on Friday July 8th 2011. The crew have arrived and are doing final checks for Atlantis’s very last flight.

Monday, July 4, 2011

American Independence Day Celebration Wishes.

‘Happy July 4th’ to all our American readers.

To our other readers visiting, have a great day and enjoy the fireworks!!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Events and Fireworks in the Kissimmee and Orlando Area for July 4th American Independence Day 2011.

There is a choice of fourth of July celebrations to take part in around the Orlando Florida area 2011.

At the Disney Theme Parks, special presentations and performances will take place with a patriotic feel. The Magic Kingdom is presenting ‘Disney's Celebrate America. A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky.’ Beginning at 9.00pm

Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be celebrating Independence Day with a Rock and Roll feel. The show begins at 9.45pm.

At Epcot ‘IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth’ will have a traditional American sentiment added to the usual nightly firework spectacular event called ‘The Heartbeat of Freedom.’ Starting at 10pm.

The town of Celebration is holding an evening of re-living the 1980’s, with music and dressing up in the 80’s style. Fireworks will begin at 9.30pm.

At Universal Orlando a special patriotic ending will be added to their firework park ending show called ‘Universal 360: A Cinesphere Spectacular.’

Downtown Orlando’s festivities start at 4.00pm, where you will find food, entertainment and fireworks at Lake Eola Park from 9.30pm.

The City of Kissimmee are holding a free concert at Lakefront Park with arts and crafts, live entertainment and a water ski show, festivities begin at 5.00pm and fireworks to complete the evening at 9.30pm.

Have a great day.

If you need help in finding any of these venues please go to http://orlando-maps.info/feedback.htm

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Orlando Florida Weather Info. for the Next Few Days.

All predictions are approx.

Tuesday 21st June to Sunday 26th June 2011.

There may be a little sun today but the rest of the week is set to be cloudy, wet and stormy. The temperatures are in the mid 90’s F and the lows in the 70’s.

Winds should be moderate but fluctuating with the stormy weather.

For more weather information go to our web site….

http://www.kissimmee-us192.com/orlando_weather.htm

Friday, June 17, 2011

Kennedy Space Center, Star Trek Exhibition.

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is holding a Star Trek exhibition for the summer of 2011.

Star Trek enthusiasts and anyone interested in space will find this appealing as there will be lots to see and do on the subject of space fiction and non fiction.

Visit a recreation of the bridge from the U.S.S.Enterprise and quests can even sit in the Captains chair! On show will be the original costumes and props from the TV series and films. The exhibit is open until September 2011.

For more information go to…….

http://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/star-trek-exhibition.aspx

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Orlando Route: MCO to Indian Pointe Subdivision

Google Maps Route showing directions to Indian Pointe Subdivision from Orlando International Airport MCO.

http://orlando-maps.info/locations/mco_indian_pointe.htm

Need another route? Look here - http://orlando-maps.info/locations

Or ask via. this page - http://orlandoqna.blogspot.com/

Friday, June 10, 2011

Flights from Paris to Orlando now in service.

There is now an air France flight service from Paris, Charles de Gaulle Airport to Orlando MCO Airport.

For pictures of the arrival and a water salute to celebrate the first flight landing, go to the press release from Orlando International web site….http://www.orlandoairports.net/press/2011/20110608.htm

MCO to Disney's Port Orleans Resort, Walt Disney World.

Google Map showing directions to Disney's Port Orleans Resort Riverside and French Quarter from Orlando International Airport. MCO

http://orlando-maps.info/locations/mco_to_disney_port_orleans.htm

 

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Fathers Day Ideas in Orlando Florida.

With Fathers Day on the Horizon, June 19th 2011 why not plan a treat at one of the locations listed below and make it a family day out to remember.

Rent a ‘Harley’ or ‘Honda’ motorcycle from EagleRider of Orlando……

http://www.eaglerider.com/orlando/orlando.aspx

Try out indoor skydiving, where no experience is required, at iFly Orlando……

.http://www.iflyorlando.com/ifly-indoor-skydiving

Go to Gatorland for thrills and wildlife adventure involving all the family……

http://www.gatorland.com/

‘Funspot’ provides multi level Go-Kart tracks, thrill rides and smaller rides for the younger children……

http://www.funspot.tutengraphics.com/

At ‘Paradise Cove Buena Vista Watersports’ make it a water fun filled day......

http://www.bvwatersports.com/2005/index.shtml

If fishing is your Dads sport he could go ‘freshwater’ fishing in one of Kissimmee’s lakes,

For more information……http://www.visitkissimmee.com/leisure/things_to_do/outdoor_recreation/fishing?gclid=CKGIyOOFkqkCFcod4QodL1YAkg

For an airboat ride and a feeling of being close to nature, a day at Cypress Airboat Tours might be the fathers day solution for you.….http://www.cypresslakeairboattours.com/

For fathers day Weekend visit Old Town Kissimmee and join in the fun filled atmosphere of the Friday and Saturday night ‘Cruise’ of American Classic cars, during the day there are more fun activities and rides to enjoy……http://www.old-town.com/

Another fun but also very interesting place to visit is The Kennedy Space Center a great and informative day out…….http://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/visit-us.aspx

If you need any help in finding routes to any of these locations go to…… http://www.orlando-maps.info/

Make the day special and have a lovely day.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Orlando Science Center/National Guitar Museum Exhibition.

The Orlando Science Center is holding a showcase called “Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World” the latest venue for the touring exhibition by the National Guitar Museum.

Starting June 11th 2011 through to September 11th 2011.

It will be held in 5,000 square feet and the exhibit covers history, the science, sound and cultural influences of the guitar, the collection includes lutes and lyres to modern day instruments.

There will be demonstrations interactive events, educational displays, videos, posters and guitars on loan from famous stars!

The general admission to the Science Centre is $17 for adults and $12 for children, The Guitar exhibit is included.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Orlando Florida Weather Information for the Next Few Days.

All predictions are approx.

Monday 23rd May to Sunday 29th May 2011.

This week should be mostly sunny, temperatures in the low 90’s and the lows in the mid 60F. There may be showers and thunderstorms starting Friday through the weekend. Winds should be moderate.

For more weather information go to our web site….

http://www.kissimmee-us192.com/orlando_weather.htm

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Downtown Disney Orlando new AMC Dine-in Theatre

Food served to your seat when you watch a movie has just become an option at Downtown Disney Orlando.

For more information on the recently opened AMC Dine in Theatre go to…… http://orlandoparksnews.blogspot.com/2011/05/amc-downtown-disney-24s-new-dine-in.html#more

and

http://www.amctheatres.com/DowntownDisney24

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Kennedy Space Center Florida/Shuttle Endeavour Launch.

NASA have announced that the delayed launch of the space shuttle Endeavour at Kennedy Space Center Florida, has been re-scheduled to Monday May 16th 2011. The engineers have been working on the problem which caused the delay and are happy with their results.

For info. on routes to The Kennedy Space Center from your location in and around Orlando go to….http://www.orlando-maps.info/locations/

Friday, May 6, 2011

Locations Offering Free Wifi Access in Kissimmee Florida.

For information on where you can obtain free internet/Wifi access when staying in or nearby Kissimmee go to http://www.visitkissimmee.com/leisure/area-info/libraries--internet-access/

Obtained from the Kissimmee Convention and Visitors Bureau website.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Butterfly Garden For Mothers Day Treat, Leu Gardens Orlando.

For a different treat on Mothers day, this coming Sunday May 8th 2011. Why not go to Leu Gardens in Orlando, walk around the peaceful gardens, visit the museum, and wander through the beautiful butterfly garden.

For more information go to…

http://www.leugardens.org/events.html

1920 North Forest Avenue, Orlando, Florida.3280

Monday, May 2, 2011

STS-134 delayed again by an electrical fault in the Space Shuttle Endeavour.

Endeavour’s launch has been delayed now until at least 8th May 2011 an avionics box in the engine compartment is the source of the fault the launch date though is not confirmed as of yet.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Expected Shuttle Launch on Friday 29th April 2011.

News from NASA’s web site about the upcoming Launch.

NASA - Space Shuttle

Epcot Beatles Tribute band is leaving.

The popular Beatles tribute band ‘The British Invasion’ will be leaving Epcot after performing at the United Kingdom Pavilion for 15years. New performers will be replacing them as soon as bookings are confirmed.

 

If you have any Questions on Orlando we would be happy to help you please go to…….http://orlandoqna.blogspot.com/

Friday, April 22, 2011

Celebrate the Royal Wedding at Walt Disney World Hotel Florida.

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel is putting on an event for the British Royal Wedding. Guests and visitors can watch the wedding broadcast live on screens in the lobby of the Hotel. The event begins at 5.00am and the ceremony at 6.00am [11.00am London time]on display will be a replica of the engagement ring and a royal tiara both made from sugar. A special English style breakfast will also be available.

For more information go to http://www.swandolphin.com/aboutus/whatsnew.html

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Earth Day in Orlando.

Earth day Celebrations in Orlando include ‘Party for the planet at Disney’s Animal Kingdom’ April 22nd 9am to 3pm.

At Universal Orlando special events with the theme of conserving the environment will be held around the park through the week starting 17th April 2011 to April 24th 2011.

At Lake Eola Orlando ‘Central Florida Earth Day’ will be an organised free event on April 23rd 2011.

Friday, April 15, 2011

The Kennedy Space Center will keep Atlantis.

The Kennedy Space Center in Florida will be building a new exhibit to house the space shuttle  ‘Atlantis’ when the shuttles retire. The announcement was given earlier this week.
The exhibit should open in 2013 at The Cape Canaveral location.
The remaining shuttles will go to museums in Washington and California. The prototype will be exhibited in New York.

For more information go to….
http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2011/apr/HQ_11-107_Orbiter_Disposition.html

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

On site Hotels at Universal Orlando Florida.

If you want to stay at a lavish hotel and be in walking distance of Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and Universal City Walk there is a choice of three outstanding AAA Four Diamond Award hotels.

The Loews Portofino Bay Hotel…With an Italian theme, based on the seaside village of Portofino, its outdoor cafe’s and cobbled streets create an Italian Riviera feel.

The Hard Rock Hotel…Is in the style of a Californian Mansion with the theme of Rock and Roll, stay here and pretend you are a Rock and Roll celebrity and be surrounded by memorabilia.

The Loews Royal Pacific Resort Hotel…Feel like you are staying on an Island in the South Seas when you reside at this tropical themed hotel were you can sit on it’s white sandy beaches surrounded by palm trees.

Each hotel has its own complimentary water taxi or shuttle bus service and you can enjoy access to the attractions all through the day by showing your hotel room key at each express entrance.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

‘The Great American Pie Festival’ will be once again held in Celebration Florida on April 9th and 10th 2011.

Pie lovers will gather from around the country to bake, compete and taste award winning treats, children can also take part in activities and competitions.

It is a free event, but if you want to enjoy The Never Ending Buffet there will be a charge of $10 for adults $5 for children.

The Location is Lakeside Park, Celebration.

Opening times

11.00am-7.00pm on Saturday April 9th 2011

12.00pm-5.00pm on Sunday April 10th 2011

More information can be found at…….

http://www.piecouncil.org/Events/NationalPieChampionships/

Friday, March 18, 2011

Ride Re-opens after New years day fire at Universal Orlando Florida.

A ride has been re-opened at Universal Islands of Adventure after closure due to a fire on New Years day.

The water flume ride Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls is now operating again after it was evacuated because of a fire.

The Orlando Fire Dept. made the area safe and there were no injuries.

After two months maintenance work on the ride it is now safely up and running.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival 2011

The International Flower & Garden Festival presented by HGTV is now being held at Epcot, Walt Disney World, Florida until May 15 2011.

There will be themed weekends, presentations from gardening experts and a Flower Power concert series, with live music hosting artists from the 1960s and 1970s including Davy Jones and The Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone

Toy Story 3 will be included in the topiary section which has 100 topiaries throughout Epcot, depicting Disney’s favourite characters. There will also be special events laid on for children including a bee scavenger hunt and Bambi’s butterfly house with gardening workshops etc.

Disney horticulturists will be holding seminars for those seeking garden advice and ideas.

Monday, March 7, 2011

The Florida Department of Transportation Info.

When visiting Florida you can check beforehand if there are any  transportation projects coming up, traffic alerts, lane closures and other information needed when driving.

Go to….http://www.trans4mation.org/default.aspx

Friday, February 18, 2011

Mardi Gras in Florida at Universal.

‘Mardi Gras’ is underway at Universal Studios Florida, it started February 12th and continues until April 23rd 2011. Every Saturday and selected nights there will be big name bands performing, surrounded by a New Orleans feel, with parades, costumes, stilt walkers, lots of Creole and Cajun food. A colourful, musical, and feast delight.

For more information…..

http://www.universalorlando.com/Events/Mardi_Gras/overview.aspx

Friday, January 21, 2011

Miniature Golf Courses in Kissimmee

There are several miniature crazy golf courses around the Kissimmee area for a fun family pastime when taking a break away from the theme parks. Most of them have a theme as their name suggests

River Adventure Golf, Found at West Irlo Bronson Highway.

Pirate’s Island Adventure Golf, also West Irlo Bronson Highway.

Bonanza Golf & Gift Shop, West Irlo Bronson Highway.

Pirate's Cove, Lake Buena Vista.

Million Dollar Mulligan, Kissimmee old town.

Disney’s Fantasia Gardens and Fantasia Fairways. Two courses near the Epcot area with the theme of the film Fantasia.

Disney's Winter/Summerland Miniature Golf Course, next to blizzard beach.

Pirate’s Cove, International drive and Lake Buena Vista.

Congo River, two courses on International Drive.

Putting Edge, glow in the dark, also International Drive.

Hawaiian Rumble, International drive with a tropical setting.

Tiki Island, International drive. With it’s volcanic atmosphere.

This activity can be a fun outlet to your holiday with a competitive edge. Have fun.

More information on Kissimmee can be found at http://www.kissimmee-us192.com/index.html

Monday, January 10, 2011

Orlando Theme Parks

An overview of the theme parks entertainment in Orlando can be found at these e-mail addresses

http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/parks/ 

http://www.universalorlando.com/Home/home.aspx

http://www.seaworld.com/orlando/

http://buschgardens.com/Bgt/default.aspx   

If more information is needed don’t forget our Questions and Answers page at…………http://orlandoqna.blogspot.com/