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A different Magic Kingdom firework experience

Imagine the scene. It is a quiet evening in the Magic Kingdom, the Spectromagic Parade is at seven pm, the Wishes firework display is at eight. We arrive at the park at around six, nicely cool and relaxed and meet a hoard of people leaving the park l...
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A Few Do’s And Don’t’s On Your Trip To Florida

It may be obvious but there are lot things you can and can not take or do in Florida. First of all we all now know the restrictions for security of things you can not take onto the aeroplane but not every one is aware of the restrictions that you can...
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A free day at Disney?

No it is not a catch. There really is a part of Disney World that you can go to completely free of charge. It is called Downtown Disney. It is split into three areas at the moment, Market Place, West Side and Pleasure Island. At the momen...
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A glimpse at Epcot theme park

EPCOT was opened in 1st Oct 1982. This park is divided into two sections, Future World and World Showcase. This offers visitors a look into technology. It presents a vision of tomorrow’s world - today and to celebrate the cultures of the World’s nati...
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A glimpse into Magic Kingdom theme park

A glimpse into Magic Kingdom theme park Magic Kingdom theme park was opened on the 1st Oct 1971, by far the largest of all the Disney parks. It is the first theme park Walt Disney built and is dedicated to the Disney Characters, Mickey’s magic...
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A Great day out - Busch Gardens

Located around 1 hour from Orlando, Busch Gardens is a must for all Rollercoaster mad individuals. Being a little distance from Orlando, the park tends to be a lot quieter than Universal and Disney parks. This is only good news if you want to get you...
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A Visit To Islands of Adventure

Having spent nearly a full day exploring the Harry Potter area of Islands of Adventure, we had a little time left to look at the rest of the park. To be honest you do need more than one day to see and experience everything this park has to offer. br...
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Adventureland - Magic Kingdom

As you walk along Main Street, U. S. A. , toward Cinderella Castle, the first path on your left will bring you into Adventureland Here you will find an exotic combination of Africa, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, Polynesia and the Caribbean. ...
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Alligator Encounter - Boggy Creek Air Boat Rides

If you are after an alternative day out from the hustle and bustle of the Disney and Universal Parks, there are other options. Most people who visit Florida have heard of their Alligators and there are plenty of places to see them. You can go to Gato...
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An Evening visit to the Flower and Garden Festival

We love visiting Epcot and although we only had a few hours to spare on the last night of our holiday we decided to spend those hours visiting their Flower and Garden Festival which we had not managed to go to on that particular holiday. br ...
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Disney's Animal Kingdom

Our children are 4 and 8 and we had a wonderful day out at this park. Having visited once before when it first opened a couple of years ago, we were wary as we did not find it that enjoyable, but it was Easter Sunday and...
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‘Must do’s’ at Animal Kingdom

As villa owners our guests often ask us what are the ‘must do’ attractions at each of the parks. Obviously this does depend on the age and make up of your party however these are our ‘must do’ rides and attractions at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. ...
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Around the World at Epcot -Segway Tour

For years now I have seen Disney staff whizzing along on Segways and often thought to myself that it looks like great fun and how could I possibly have a go on one? Also, how do they manage to stay upright on them? Well, imagine how excited I was whe...
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Around the World on a Segway - Epcot

I had not even heard of a Segway although I had seen them not knowing what they were! However some friends of my brothers had taken this tour and had really recommended that we go on it. Children must be over 16 years so we left the girls with Grandd...
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Arriving at Seaworld

We find Seaworld to be one of the most relaxing Parks to visit everyone seems to be strolling around and apart from the end of the day it never gets mega crowded. We usually buy our tickets before we visit my parents who go regularly tend...
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Asia - Animal Kingdom

You can move from Africa into Asia by crossing over the bridge and here you will find the mythical Kingdom of Anandapaur. The name means a place of delight and it has many old ruins as well as its own temple and a maharajahs palace. In Asia y...
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Bahama Breeze on the 192

We have always been great fans of Bahama Breeze and often tried without much success to have dinner at the one in Vineland Avenue by Premium Outlets after an afternoon’s shopping. We did however manage to have several very nice lunches there without ...
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Beauty and The Beast

The Magic Kingdom at Disney World is undergoing a make-over to update the park. They have started in the Fantasy Land and will not be complete until 2014. However some new parts are already open and one of the newest is a special area featuring the c...
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Biergartin - Epcot Germany Pavilion

Before visiting this restaurant in the German Pavilion at World Showcase I do not think any of us had understood the true meaning of the Oktoberfest tradition. Apparently on October 17, 1810, Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria celebrated his marr...
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Birthday Treat

I have just and i mean just celebrated my 50th birthday, we had already booked flights last year to go to Florida in January, to get some lovely sun as we know that just after xmas its dull gloomy cold and usually raining at home. I had decided to go...
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Bubba Gump’s at Universal Florida

Well we have eaten at many places in Orlando on our many holidays but have never eaten in the Citiwalk area of Universal Studios main due to the fact that it tends to get very busy in the evening with people out for the evening going to the bars and ...
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Busch Gardens - Near Tampa Florida

Busch Gardens is located on the West Coast of Florida and is around a 1 hour drive from the short term rental villas in Davenport and Clearmont, getting to Busch Gardens could not be easier. Drive straight down the Interstate 4 and then pick up the s...
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Busch Gardens – Roller Coasters

Busch Gardens – Roller Coasters Busch is one of our family’s favourite places to spend the day. Although popular, it is never as crowded as the Disney/Universal Parks. One thing that they excel at is Roller Coasters . Up until this year...
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Camp Minnie Mickey - Animal Kingdom

As you cross the wood-hewn bridge from Discovery Island to Camp Minnie-Mickey you will find yourself beside a brook with life-like images of Mickey, Goofy and Donald Duck at their favourite fishing hole. We have always been very lucky seeing ...
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Canada Pavilion - EPCOT

Just a few years ago we had been fortunate enough to enjoy a holiday on the west coast of Canada taking in the delights of Vancouver Island and the wonderful scenery of British Columbia and Alberta. So, I guess that had some bearing on our de...
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Celebration at Christmas

One of my favourite places in Central Florida is Celebration. I like the peaceful atmosphere. The houses look like they came from the early 19th or 20th Century, with their verandas and pillars. One can imagine the families with their rocking chairs ...
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Character Breakfast at Chef Mickey’s

Located in Disney’s Contemporary Resort this is a really fabulous way to get lots of photos of your family with the characters without having to stand in line. We tried it out for the first time this Easter, our party was made up of four ad...
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China Pavilion - Epcot

After a long day at Magic Kingdom mostly spent in Fantasyland we decided to spend a few evening hours at Epcot where we had parked our car at the beginning of the day. When we went to get the Monorail back to the Transportation Centre it had temporar...
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Christmas at Epcot – You need to book early

If you wish to see Orlando at Christmas you will need to book early as these weeks get booked up way in advance. If you are planning a holiday over or near the Christmas period, do go and see the Walt Disney World, Epcot Theme Park. There t...
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Christmas in Orlando

Orlando is a magical place at any time of year but never more so than at Christmas. If you go to Universal Studios do not miss Macy’s Holiday parade which takes place from early December until January. This is one of the world’s most famo...
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Christmas in Orlando - A wonderful Treat.

The first thing you will notice about Christmas in Orlando is when you arrive at the airport, the enormous Christmas tree decorated in beautiful colours and lights. This is a sign of what is to come. Every where you go you will see decorations the li...
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Christmas Market at Seaworld

About a week before Christmas we visited Seaworld on the last afternoon of our holiday. We had previously bought a one day pass and this was a free second day entry. It was a weekend night and before we went I had checked the opening hours on line ex...
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Dining at the Mall at Millenia

If you spend the day at the Mall at Millenia you will be able to enjoy some wonderful food. On the top floor is the Orangerie. This is a food court with all the cafes and food outlets centred round a seating and table area and a soft floored playing ...
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Dinoland - Animal Kingdom

We tend to go to Dinoland at cooler times of day because the girls love to play in the Boneyard and it does get very hot during the middle of the day. Whatever time of day you go be sure to take some water with you. If you head to the right, ...
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Discovery Cove with Elderly Relatives

It was in 2004 that we last visited Discovery Cove when my niece was six. In 2015 we were visiting Florida in September where we were due to celebrate her eighteenth birthday and she was given the choice of where she wanted a day out. Her response wa...
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Discovery Island - Animal Kingdom

Discovery Island is the central part of Disney's Animal Kingdom rather like Magic Kingdom's Main Street. From the Discovery Island section, the other parts branch off, from left to right: Camp Minnie-Mickey, Africa, Rafiki's Planet Watch, Asia, and D...
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Disney’s Miniature Golf Courses

Fantasia Gardens Golf Course This course is located near to the Swan hotel in the EPCOT Resort area and is open from 10am – midnight daily. There is a small gift shop at the entrance and when we were last there at Easter you could bo...
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Disney Rides With Height And Age Restrictions

Although Disney has less of the “white knuckle” rides there are still some rides with height requirements – a few rides are kept exclusively for smaller guests, which helps even things up a little! Magic Kingdom Big...
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Disney Parks

When visiting Orlando, no visit would ever be complete without a visit to Disneyland and their theme parks. In this review I will concentrate on their 4 main theme parks (Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom), although there are...
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Tips for First Time Disney Visitors

There is no doubt that a holiday in Orlando is great fun but can be very tiring.  The first time we went, we made sure we were at the parks as soon as they opened and left when they closed - we have now learnt to pace ourselves otherwis...
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Downtown Disney shopping experience - Marketplace

Downtown Disney is not to be missed on a trip to Florida. Even if you don’t go to the parks then you can get all your Disney souvenirs from the wide range of Disney shops to keep you and the family amused for hours. One of my favourites is the...
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Downtown Disney - West Side

Downtown Disney is set into three sections and is a free area which gives you a taste of what is to come when you hit the parks. The three sections are, Market Place, Pleasure Island (about to be refurbished) and West Side. WEST SIDE W...
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Eating at the Magic Kingdom

If you are going to one of theme parks for the whole day and evening, which is quite possible in the peak season months, then you will be eating at least two meals and several snacks out. . I know a lot of people who stock up on a very large breakfas...
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Eating Options at Seaworld

You really are spoilt for choice for eating options when you visit Seaworld. When the girls were younger we treated them to Dine with Shamu on the last day of our holiday. We did not tell them we were going until they got to the entrance gates. br...
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Epcot - a theme park for adults and children Part1

Epcot a theme park for adults and children Part1 Epcot has to be my favourite park out of all the Disney Florida parks, although Magic kingdom has that something magical making it a special place, the park I like visiting best is Epcot b...
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Epcot Flower and Garden Festival 2012

Epcot’s Annual Flower and Garden Festival 2012 I went to take a sneak preview at the 2012 Annual International Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot, just before it officially opened This is the first time that my stay had coincide...
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Epcot International Food and Wine Festival

Held annually in October & November this popular event is now expanding from 30 to 45 days, promising to be bigger and better than ever! Normal park admission is all that’s needed to partake in this event. You can sample vintages f...
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Epcot – IllumiNations Reflections of Earth

This is surely one of Disney’s most spectacular shows, thunderous fireworks and brilliant lasers fill the skies above the World Showcase Lagoon. Amazing video images from around the World are displayed across a giant sphere in the middle of the la...
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‘Must do’s’ at Epcot

As villa owners our guests often ask us what are the ‘must do’ attractions at each of the parks. Obviously this does depend on the age and make up of your party however these are our ‘must do’ rides and attractions at Disney’s Epcot. Mission S...
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Epcot

Whatever your age there is something to interest you at Epcot. I will give you just a taster of what to expect and leave you find out the rest when you visit yourself. Your are greeted by Spaceship Earth, a very large silver ball which contai...
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Epcot's Miniature Railway Train Garden

Disney put on certain events at quieter times of the year to attract more guests to EPCOT. The major two are the Food and Wine Festival in the fall and the Garden Festival in the spring. While many of the popular things do appear for many years they ...
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Epcot World Showcase - United Kingdom

It may be my imagination, being British, but the United Kingdom Pavilion always seems to be one of the busiest areas of the Epcot World Showcase. We haven' t lived in the UK for over 20 years so for us personally, it' s great to be able to take a tri...
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Estate homes at Celebration

Many people visit Celebration just to look around the shops. Some make a trip to the town to visit one of the many well know restaurants that are on Front Street which is in the town centre and borders on a large lake. While both activiti...
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Fantasia Crazy Golf, Disney World

If you have got a couple of hours to spare try a game of crazy golf. (This is a great way to spend time on an afternoon when you have checked out of your villa but have time before catching a flight home). We went along to Disney’s Fantasia Gardens M...
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Florida Firearms Experience

Want to spend a day away from the parks and still do something with an American feel then the Florida Firearms experience could be what you are looking for. The range is situated South of I4 and West of US27 but good directions are given. If ...
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For the younger members of the family - Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom is the newest of all the Disney parks. Set around a large tree of life the park is small in comparison with other Disney parks. The park is aimed at the younger Children with lots of opportunities to look at animals and wildlife. There...
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Fort de Soto

Fort De Soto, a beautifully scenic state park located at the entrance to Tampa Bay, is a great day out for all ages and well worth a visit if you are heading south towards Tampa or St Petersburgh. Located just across from Tampa Bay, Fort De S...
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Frontierland - Magic Kingdom

Spend a few hours in Frontierland and you will witness what it was like to live in America’s past. You will see frontier America in the days of the covered wagon and the stage coach, and understand how the railroad played such a big role in the futur...
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Going with the Flow – Lazy Rivers Part 1

Lazy Rivers Part 1 Aquatica I consider myself to be rather an expert on lazy rivers in Orlando. This is mainly because I am such a wimp that this is one of the only things I am brave enough to experience at the wonderful water parks in Orlando...
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Great Movie Ride - Hollywood Studios

If you are spending a day ay Hollywood Studios and you have time to queue this ride, that was one of the Disney Hollywood Studios' original attractions when it opened in May 1989, really is a great ride for the family. You will find it at the...
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Heritage - Eco River Tour

When visiting Crystal River many people take commercial boat trips to swim with the manatees, but if you are looking for something a little different, why not try a Heritage -Eco River tour? These tours leave The Crystal River Preserv...
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Hidden Mickey's at Disney World Florida

The next time you're standing in line for a ride at The Magic Kingdom look at the walls. Check out the sculptures. Survey the landscaping and then look closer. You might just see three circles - two small, one large. Doesn’t that look a mouse head...
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Highlands Reserve

Highlands Reserve is an executive villa community set within a championship 18 hole golf course. Surrounded by pine trees and a nature preserve it offer s beautiful relaxing base for your holiday. Villas range from 3 beds to 6 beds and are well sprea...
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Hiring a boat on Seven Seas Lagoon Bay Lake.

Many people never seem to have time to experience anything other than the fantastic Theme Parks but on our recent holiday we had stayed for our first night at one of Disney’s Deluxe Resorts before heading down to the Gulf Coast for a week of pure rel...
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Hollywood Boulevard - Hollywood Studios

As you enter Disney Hollywood Studio through the turnstiles onto the main street you are in Hollywood Boulevard where you will see lots of neon and chrome, art deco and modern architecture. Here you will find an assortment of “Streetsmosphere...
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Hollywood Studios

Which theme park is the best depends on your own personal preferences. One of my favourite parks is Hollywood Studios (one of the Disney Parks). The park is designed around a movie theme and really brings the movies to life through the various rides ...
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Homeland Heritage Park Bartow

When a Reporter for a Local Polk newspaper was attending a meeting of the school board -he noticed an item on the agenda that caused him concern. The old Homeland school was to be disposed of as it was no longer needed as a functioning school. ...
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How to survive the parks

I am often asked by guests if I have any advice on how to go about visiting the parks and getting the best out of them. I am well aware that some of you will have to visit during the school holidays which will always be the busiest time. So here is m...
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Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular at Disney Hollywood Studios

This was one of the first stunt shows that we watched upon our first visit to Disney many many years ago, although it’s been around for quite a few years now it is still very popular and rightly so. Almost everyone of any age group must by now have s...
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Indiana Jones - Hollywood Studios

Even if you have never been to see this show if you have ever visited Hollywood Studios you will surely have heard it! The show, which is located in Echo Lake, is a 35-minute live show that features daring stunts and thrilling special effects...
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Indy Speedway - Magic Kingdom

Tomorrowland Indy Speedway is located just before you reach Space Mountain and is home to about one hundred and fifty racing cars. This was one of the original Walt Disney World attractions when it opened in Magic Kingdom in 1971 I know most b...
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Information for Visiting Old Town

When you are traveling along the 192 if you pass Old Town you cannot miss it, you will be very aware of the giant Ferris Wheel. You can see the Bunjee Jumping from other roads miles away. It is like an old fashioned fair and is a combination ...
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Islands of Adventure

The second universal park to open in Orlando and is a real must for the for the daredevils among you, a thrill seekers paradise it has to be said. It is situated next to Universal studios and you can purchase a one day two park pass which is great va...
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Italy Pavilion - Epcot

The city of Venice was the original inspiration for the Italian Pavilion. The shops and architecture are really the featured attractions in this Pavilion. The architecture is a reproduction of the Doges Palace in Venice. As it was impossible ...
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The Journey into Imagination Pavilion - Epcot

This Pavilion, which is sponsored by Kodak, has been a part of Epcot since it originally opened and I can remember going to it with my family for the first time in the late 1980s. I find over the years it has probably changed more than any o...
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Journey to Atlantis

This is one of our favourite Parks and always guarantees a more tranquil day out than the busier Disney Parks. My parents, who visit our villa twice a year, have two year passes which are not that expensive as they give unlimited access to Se...
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Kilamanjaro Safari

This safari ride is a must for us every time we go to Animal Kingdom. It is usually necessary to get a Fastpass to avoid the long queues. If you are at the Park when it opens it is best to head straight for Kilimanjaro and get a Fastpass and ...
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Kilimanjaro Safari Ride, Animal Kingdom

Kilimanjaro Safari is one of our favourite rides, but it is very popular, so go straight there when you arrive, or use your Fast Pass. Situated at the far left hand end of the park, in Africa, it is a long torturous walk, round bends and turns, to...
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Kilimanjaro Safari - Animal Kingdom

FastPass is almost always a must here. We often get our FastPasses when we are ready for breakfast or lunch and by the time you finish eating, it's time to ride the Safari. However we were told by one of the guides that the best time to ride is in th...
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Kilimanjaro safaris at Animal Kingdom

I would recommend not missing this safari ride. We have ridden several times now, and always enjoy the experience, which is different every time. On walking through the queue area you find yourself in the Harambe Reserve where overhead TVs ex...
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Kracken - Sea World

Kraken takes its name from a mythical sea creature and Seaworld has depicted this in the form of a large multi-coloured monster dragon eel, a distant relation of the moray eel. Next to Krakens viewing area is a cave where you can view incubating embr...
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Lights, Motors, Action!

This was a new attraction that none of us had seen before. It was being built on part of the old Backlot Tour the year before when we were over in Florida and we were eager to watch this attraction as it had been heavily advertised. As with a...
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Lunch at Celebration

No holiday at our villa is ever complete without at least one visit to Celebration. For us it is just a couple of miles along the 192 but if you are approaching from the I4 west you get off at Exit 64 onto the 192 east and at the third set of traffic...
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The Magic Behind our Steam Trains - MK

My brother is a bit of a train enthusiast, so a couple of years ago I took him on this tour at Magic Kingdom as a birthday present. It takes place every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and you have to be at the Magic Kingdom turnstiles...
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Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom is the flagship of Disney. The 100+ acres are arranged into different lands surrounding Cinderella’s Castle. Once you have parked  your car ( and carefully noted the row it is in – many hours later this is easy to fo...
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Magic Kingdom - Fantasyland

The Magic Kingdom, Walt Disneyworld is the most famous and the most popular of all the parks. It is split up into five different sections, Fantasy Land, Adventure Land, Future Land, Frontier Land and Toon Town which is due to be updated very soon. Di...
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Magic Kingdom Night time Parade and Fireworks

Wishes Fireworks and more! Amazing, awesome, fantastic, marvellous, incredible – just a small selection of the words I heard being exclaimed after we saw this display at Easter and none of them do justice to Disney’s newest night tim...
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Magic Kingdom - Futureland

Future land follows on from Fantasy land. As you pass the Tea Cup ride you will find the go- karts on your left. Children absolutely love this. They drive on a large circuit at a very slow speed on tracks but they can steer to a certain extent. ...
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Magic Kingdom holiday Parade and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party

Magic Kingdom holiday Parade and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas party The Christmas holiday celebrations are special, even more so when you are lucky enough to spend them at Disney world in Florida! We love Christmas and...
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Must do’s at Magic Kingdom

As villa owners our guests often ask us what are the ‘must do’ attractions at each of the parks. Obviously this does depend on the age and make up of your party however these are our ‘must do’ rides and attractions at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. ...
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Making the Most of Disneys Fast Pass

Disney realised that time management to get around the parks was vital to helping guests see as much as they could during their visit and the Fast Pass system seems to be the answer. The computerised virtual queuing system allows guests t...
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Manta - SeaWorld

Another hot spring day as we approach Sea World probably our favorite theme park in Orlando. Through the picturesque entrance we make our way through the busy turnstiles and head towards the attractions. Looming large and impressive is a mass...
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MANTA - Seaworld, Orlando

MAMTA first opened in 2009 at Seaworld, Orlando to accompany KRACKEN as their flagship rollercoaster. Wanting to design something different the ride is based on a flying Manta Ray that faces the riders horizontal unlike the conventional rollercoaster...
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Marvel Super Hero Island at Universal studios

This is a real treat for fans of the Marvel comics and in my view the best part of Islands of Adventure and without doubt the best attraction is “ The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman' The Amazing adventures of Spiderman This is a 3D s...
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‘Must do’s’ at Hollywood Studios

As villa owners our guests often ask us what are the ‘must do’ attractions at each of the parks. Obviously this does depend on the age and make up of your party however these are our ‘must do’ rides and attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. ...
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Mickeys’ Backyard BBQ

If the children are regularly on your back to meet some of their favourite Disney characters during your vacation in Orlando then there are a number of avenues open to you. The simplest and cheapest way is to meet up with them in the them...
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Mimis Restaurant

This restaurant is located at the loop shopping plaza on the Osceola Parkway, opposite Lowes Diy store. The restaurant is different from the usual chain restaurants When you first go in it reminds me of an Italian restaurant. The staf...
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Magic Kingdom - Live Shows, Parades and Fireworks

Cinderella’s Surprise Celebration : Performed daily on the forecourt stage right in front of Cinderella Castle, this vibrant and colourful spectacular features over 20 of your favourite Disney characters, and a fabulous supporting cast of d...
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More Ideas For What To Do If It Rains In Orlando.

If it is really wet, you could head down to Pointe Orlando, park under cover in their multi story car park then visit the 20+ Imax Cinema for an amazing experience in movie watching. There is also the Upside Down House, which is well worth a visit an...
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Morroco Pavilion - Epcot

Epcot's Morocco pavilion is located between France and Japan and from across the World Showcase Lagoon you can see its Prayer Tower. Morocco is the only country in World Showcase sponsored by the government and not a corporation. When the pav...
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Muppet Vision 3D - Hollywood Studios

This show that you will find in New York Street opened in 1991 and we have been to see it every time we have visited Hollywood Studios since its original opening. It is enjoyed by all members of our family from the Grandparents down to the youngest c...
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New York

On our latest trip to Florida we continued our quest to see more of the USA and decided on a couple of nights in New York. The flight was just under two hours and we made our way by taxi to The Hudson Hotel which we had found on line. The hotel was b...
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Old Town

Old Town is located at mile marker 9 on Highway 192 If you are like all our family (motor mad) you will certainly enjoy a night at old town . there are various evenings going on at old Town. Thursday evening has a themed night of all m...
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Old Town Kissimmee

Believe it or not we have never been to Old Town Kissimmee before in all our years visiting Florida. We hadn’t realized how easy it was to get to Old Town from our villa on Southern Dunes. Simply up H27 onto I4 and straight onto H192 next to ...
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Our 4th July Celebrations. Pt 2

As we approached Celebration via the I4 and World Drive, the roads were unusually quiet. With the excision of one notice, advertising the free park and ride from Celebration Place, there was nothing to indicate that the town would be busy or parking ...
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Our 4th July Celebrations. Pt 3

Apart from the food on offer there was plenty of entertainment to be had. We had missed the judging of the fancy dress competition whose theme was An All American Salute To The Cinema, but those contestants who had not opted to change in to...
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Our 4th July Celebrations. Pt 4

By this time we had resigned ourselves to being inside the restaurant when the fireworks display began, but in the hope that we get seated early and have finished our meal, we arrived at the restaurant some 10 - 15 minutes before our scheduled time. ...
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Our Bibbidi Bobbidi Experience Pt 1

The location for our Bibbidi Bobbidi experience was within the Magic Kingdom. We had been asked to arrive 15 minutes before our appointment time and to bring our own hair brush (in the event this was not required as we were given a comb). It was requ...
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Our Bibbidi Bobbidi Experience Pt 2

On completion of the makeover Leah was given both of the make up palettes, both of the nail varnish' s, the face jewels that had not been used and a pink princess comb, everything was wrapped carefully in tissue and put into a Disney carrier bag. How...
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Our Evening Visit to Bubba Gump

On our last visit to Universal Studios as we got off the walk way at the start of the paths to Universal and Islands of Adventure we passed the Bubba Gump restaurant we took a vote and unanimously decided this is where we were to eat that night. b...
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Our Long Day at Hollywood Studios Part 1

As the girls have got older they have become less interested in the Magic Kingdom (although a visit is always necessary) and more interested in Hollywood Studios. When we visited our villa last March they were only staying for eight days so only one ...
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Our Long Day at Hollywood Studios Part 2

We then wandered back down Sunset Boulevard and as we did outside the cinema we encountered a noisy crew making a film in the street. We joined the crowd which was gathering and spent about ten minutes laughing at the crew’s antics. Farth...
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Our Long Day at Hollywood Studios Part 3

All the family enjoyed watching the special effects and explosions on the film set and were chattering happily about the battle scenes as we exited the set and set off towards the tram on which we were to continue our tour. On the way to this we pass...
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Our Long Day at Hollywood Studios Part 4

My parents went on this tour in the first year that Hollywood Studios (then known as MGM) opened 20 years ago and have subsequently been on every time they visit the Park. It depicts what it is like to be on a life movie set and the tram trundles ont...
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Our Long Day at Hollywood Studios Part 5

The girls were slightly disappointed that we were not going to the Starring Rolls Café as they wanted one of their famous cup cakes however we said if they didn’t have a dessert at the Brown Derby they could have one later. We were all ve...
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Our Stay at Treasure Island Part 5

One of the original reasons my parents decided to stay at Treasure Island was its easy access to shops restaurants and beaches and it allowed different family members to do what they wanted rather than tagging along in a group. If you wan...
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Pirates of the Caribbean.

Pirates of the Caribbean is located in Adventureland, in the Caribbean Plaza of the Magic Kingdom and opened on December 15, 1973. Yo Ho! Yo Ho! A Pirates Life for Me! This is the song that is sung throughout the attraction, and your kids wil...
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Popeye & Bluto’sBilge Barges

I am not normally a great fan of the water rides at the theme parks in the UK as you either get wet and don’t dry out, or the ride is not that good. In Florida you don’t have that problem (the weather is very good) and the water rides are great. My f...
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R Bar Treasure Island

Usually at least once a year when we go to the villa in Orlando we have a few days at Treasure Island on the Gulf Coast. We found this place about 6 years ago when we wanted somewhere with a beach, a pool for the girls and easy access on foot if diff...
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Rafiki's Planet Watch

Rafiki’s Planet Watch in Animal Kingdom was originally called the Conservation Station. It is made up of several areas that are focused on the environment, conservation and animal care. The only way to reach Rafiki's Planet Watch is to take t...
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Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant

If you fancy a meal with a difference and an atmosphere to really enjoy be sure to visit Raglan Road Pub and Restaurant in Pleasure Island at Downtown Disney. We first found it when we visited Cooke' s of Dublin which is a counter service locatio...
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Rainforest cafe

There are two of these wonderfully themed restaurants in the Orlando area, the first is at the Marketplace in Downtown Disney and the second is just outside the entrance to Animal Kingdom. Both restaurants offer diners the chance to experienc...
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Restaurants/Eating Options at Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney’s Marketplace is a great place to visit whether for an evening out/a break from the parks or just a place to wile away the last few hours of your holiday before your evening flight. Here you will find over 20 venues with...
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Restaurants on a budget

If you want fine dining – go to France. If you want really good steaks – go to America. If you want really good steaks at a really good price – go to Orlando. Some of the best restaurants for excellent steaks and other good food d...
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Review of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

Review of Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey This ride is situated in Hogwart’s Castle, which is at the far end of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter within the Universal Islands of Adventure theme park. You enter through ...
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Review Of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Review It' s the talk of the town, well Islands of Adventure to be precise. For any Harry Potter fan, this is definitely a must see. From the moment you walk up to Hogsmead, you are transformed In to the m...
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Ride Guide – Kali River Rapids

Buckle in for a wet and wild river raft adventure down the Kali River Rapids! Based in the Asia area of Animal Kingdom, this fun river rafting ride is sure to entertain and perhaps even soak you! This is another ride within the Animal Kin...
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The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

For someone who has a fear of lifts this ride is something that you would never dream to go on. Why would I subject myself to a ride that 13 stories tall and the lifts plunge at varying stages? We have been visiting Florida since the children...
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A special Ride - Rip Ride Rickit at Universal Studios

One of Universal’s newest and badest rides (Rip Ride Rockit) was completed in the summer of 2009. The ride and the famous first drop now stand well above the famous Universal Studios entrance as one of the main stand out sights when you first walk up...
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RocknRoller Coaster - Hollywood Studios

The Rock 'n' Roller Coaster at Hollywood Studios which stars Aerosmith opened in 1999 and is a Fast pass ride. It is located on the left near the end of Sunset Boulevard, just before you reach the Hollywood Tower Hotel. This is a great attrac...
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Park Tickets- save a few bucks!

When is the best time to book park and attraction tickets? Well there are many ways to do this but some of them are more fraught with danger than others. When I first travelled to Orlando back in 1994 there was a lot of small kiosk building s...
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Seaside -The Truman Town

Jim Carey' s Seaside in Florida I dare say if it were not for the attention Hollywood brought to the coastal town of Seaside then it would just be be of a number of small towns dotted along the 30A in the Panhandle , but the fact it was ch...
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Sharks Underwater Grill at Seaworld

Sharks Underwater Grill at Sea World is full-service restaurant where you literally dine underwater amongst sharks and other sea life – a different and enjoyable dining experience. Located at the park's Shark Encounter attraction it h...
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Soarin Pt 2 The ride experience.

When the ride begins keep your eyes to the front and you cannot fail to be impressed as your hang glider takes to the air. You will soar over the Golden Gate Bridge and the city of San Francisco before heading through the Giant Redwoods and off to th...
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Spider Man Ride at Universal Islands of Adventure

Spider Man Ride at Universal Islands of Adventure Up until very recently the Universal Spider Man ride was the most popular ride in the Islands of Adventure Park at Universal Studios until the new Harry Potter area was opened I would say t...
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Spiderman the Ride

Spiderman the ride is located In the Islands of Adventure theme park, next door to Universal. The park is made up of different themed areas, each one called a different name. The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman ride is located in Super Hero Island. ...
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Star Tours - Hollywood Studios

With the latest Star Wars release (the Force Awakens) being released in cinemas, Disney are keen to push the Star Wars brand as much as they can (not that they really need to push it all that hard! ). Until the new Star Wars Zone is built at Magic Ki...
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Star Tours - Hollywood Studios

Star Tours can be found on the far side of Disney Hollywood Studios, beyond Echo Lake. Characters from the Star Wars films, such as Chewbacca, can sometimes be seen outside the Star Tours attraction. My brother thinks this is the best ride in...
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Starting my walk though the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

As you walk under a cement archway, you can see a small village with buildings nearly identical to one another. Pointy roofs, snow on top - obviously not real snow as the Florida heat would melt it - and clever stone work. These are the shops and res...
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Stepping back into your childhood

What is a holiday in Orlando, Florida, really like. Well, it is like stepping back into your childhood. Do not try and fight it and tell yourself you are too sophisticated for Walt Disney World, nobody is. Going back to your carefree childhood, is li...
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Streets of America - Hollywood Studios

When we first used to visit Hollywood Studios this area was known as New York Street as it was meant to be a typical cosmopolitan city. It was renamed the Streets of America in 2004 and is located behind Commissary Lane and toward the Backlot area of...
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Surviving The Theme Parks

The parks make for a brilliant day out & with a little fore-thought the experience can be made all the more enjoyable. We have been to the parks in Orlando many times & these are just some of the hints we have picked up as we have gone alo...
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T J Maxx If You Like Bargains

If like my family you like a good quality bargain a visit to TJ Maxx is a must during your holiday in Orlando. It is very like TK Maxx in the UK and of course the bargains are even better because we get more dollars to the pound. I believe though hav...
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Tasty Treats of Orlando - Part 1

One thing not often mentioned about Orlando is its proliferation of tasty treats. I have wasted a good amount of time sampling these – all in the name of research of course! At the edge of Celebration and in the Florida Mall (and possibly...
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Test Track

Test Track at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT is an awesome ride and definitely recommended. Replacing the World of Motion, the attraction was scheduled to open in May 1997, and then again in August 1998, but the complexity of the computer systems ...
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The American Adventure - Epcot

When you enter World Showcase from Future World, The American Adventure is directly across the Lagoon. It is the centre -most pavilion in the World Showcase and is flanked by Italy on the east and Japan on the west. If our group splits up we ...
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The Country Bears Jamboree

If you are starting to wilt from all the walking round The Magic Kingdom in Disney World, it is always a good idea to stop for a break at a café or snack point for an ice cream or a box of pop corn. Alternatively, why not go to one of the man...
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The Disney Hollywood Studios Backlot Tour

This must by now be one of the oldest tours on the Disney Hollywood studios. We have been on this tour many many times but just because its been around for while don’t let this put you off because its definitely well worth the visit. As this ...
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The Dolphins at Discovery Cove

One of the highlights of everyone’s visit to Seaworld has to be either feeding the dolphins themselves or watching whilst others feed them. Friends of our decided to treat their family to an Up Close Tour with the Dolphins and they lo...
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The Haunted Mansion at the Magic Kingdom

The Haunted Mansion is one of the best-loved attractions at the Magic Kingdom. The attraction closed for several months for refurbishment and Walt Disney World’s Haunted Mansion re-opened with a new look in 2007 The Haunted Mansion is obviousl...
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The Hulk Rollercoaster

When visiting Orlando there are many different parks to visit. One of my favourite is Islands Of Adventure, next to Universal studios. There are many rides at this park and the best bit is they are aimed at rollercoaster junkies. The theme of the par...
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The Kennedy Space Center

Kennedy Space Center has to be one of the most famous places in the world and to be so close and not pay it a visit would be criminal! It is only about one to one and a half hours drive away from Orlando so can be a fascinating day trip. It m...
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THE MAGIC OF CINDERELLA’S CASTLE

Surely the most magical part of Disney has to be Cinderella’s castle? How many of us as children dreamed of castles, and princesses, princes and fairy godmothers, witches and dragons? I am sure that, like me, you cannot have failed to have been touch...
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The Magic of Disney through a Childs Eyes

The Magic of Disney through a Child' s Eyes My first memory of The Magic Kingdom is taking my three year old daughter. The excitement was mesmeric. “Are we there yet? ” We had just parked our car and were heading to the tram to take us...
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The Tower of Terror

The first time I decided to ride Tower of Terror I was with my two children. My daughter and I reached the lift doors and chickened out. Feeling highly embarrassed we were escorted to the shop, where we waited for my son to return from the Twilight Z...
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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – (part 2) The Village

After our Hippogriff ride, we double checked the queue for The Forbidden Journey and decided to abandon the thought of sampling the ride that morning, as the queue size had trebled and the ride had still not opened. This was a real disappointment, bu...
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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Roller Coasters

We have annual passes to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, so we were delighted that our Florida trip gave us the opportunity of sampling the newly-opened section of the park - the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. We had heard that the park...
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The World Show Case - Epcot

Epcot is one of my favourite parks but the world showcase sometimes gets overlooked. First, remember to wear your most comfortable shoes, you will be doing a lot of walking, especially around the world showcase. Plan to spend quite a few hour...
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Thrill Rides at The Magic Kingdom

If you thought The Magic Kingdom was only for the little ones, then think again; apart from the now world famous Pirates of the Caribbean, made so by the success of the three movies starring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, there are several thri...
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Tips for using the Theme Parks

There are quite a few tips that will help you get the best out of each of the theme parks. Here are just a few that I know of (I’m sure other people will know even more). When you are booking your tickets, book and pay for them in advance on ...
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Tomorrowland - Magic Kingdom

Tomorrowland is my Mothers favourite part of Magic Kingdom and takes up most of the eastern section of the Park. Disney say they have designed it in the hope it “offers new frontiers in science, adventure and ideals. . . the challenge of outer space,...
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Tower of more Terror

Having come to Florida for the past 10 years, we have always had affection for Hollywood Studios (Formerly MGM Studios). As a something for everyone family park, you can’t really can’t go far wrong with Hollywood Studios. From great shows, to first c...
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Try a Water Theme Park

For a cooling day away from the theme parks why not try one of the many Water Parks in Orlando. It is a great way to spend a day and is great exercise climbing up all the steps to the top of the slides. If you are more into a relaxing type of water t...
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Try Boggy Creek Airboat Rides

If you are looking for a way to spend a few hours or to get away from the heat on a hot Orlando day, why not try an airboat ride at one of the Boggy Creek locations? The most convenient location for visitors to the Walt Disney World area is s...
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Typhoon Lagoon - 2011

It’s been a while since we visited Typhoon Lagoon as a family, and we left it to the very last day of our holiday to visit on our August/September 2011 trip. The first good thing about Disney water parks is that it is Free parking! We wer...
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Typhoon Lagoon in June

This was the first time we had visited our villa in the month of June and although it was wonderful to see so much blossom on the trees and flowers on the plants it was hot and beginning to get humid as the summer advanced. We had only been a...
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Under the Sea Ride

Under the Sea is the Magic Kingdom’s newest ride in Fantasy Land and offers a view of the life led under the sea by Ariel, the little mermaid. The area which features the Under the Sea ride is typical Disney magic. There are rocks, water-...
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Ride Restrictions for Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure

Every ride and attraction within these 2 theme parks has a sign at the entrance that lists the height requirements for the ride and also warnings about certain medical conditions Children under 48" (1.22 meters) must be accompanied by...
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United Kingdom - Epcot

The history of the United Kingdom is depicted through the architectural styles ranging from 1500 to 1800. In United Kingdom in Epcot you will find buildings representing Victorian, London, Yorkshire Manor, Tudor, Georgian, Hyde Park, Regency and even...
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Universal

Universal Studios is situated around 25 minutes north of the vacation villas in Kissimmee and Championsgate. Getting to Universal could not be easier, follow the Interstate 4 north to junction 74 and then follow the signs for Universal Studios. br...
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‘Must do’s’ at Universal Studios

As villa owners our guests often ask us what are the ‘must do’ attractions at each of the parks. Obviously this does depend on the age and make up of your party however these are our ‘must do’ rides and attractions at Universal Studios. Reveng...
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Universal Studios, Orlando

Let's face it - the Mouse is attracting you to Florida, but he doesn't have to monopolise you for your entire visit.  When you need a change, go to Universal Studios, up near International Drive.  It's f...
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Universal Studios My Favourite Attractions

I am often asked what my favourite attractions at Universal Studios are and so I thought I would sit down and put pen to paper and list them A favourite attraction would have to be the Blues Brothers every time we visit the Orlando studios I m...
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Walt Disney World – Tips - Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom covers over 500 Acres – so make sure those shoes are comfy! For an insiders look at Disney's Animal Kingdom, check out the "Wild By Design" and "Backstage Safari" tours. Check the tip board on Disc...
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Walt Disney World – Tips - Epcot

Bring your e-mail address list. You can e-mail messages, pictures and video clips to family and friends back home from Mission: SPACE and from Imageworks at the Imagination Pavilion. ATMs at Epcot are located on the east side of the Entranc...
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Walt Disney World – Tips - Magic Kingdom

Did you know that you can get a haircut at Magic Kingdom? Visit the Harmony Barber Shop located beside the Car Barn on Main Street. On the Buzz Lightyear ride, aim for the little 'Z's,' they have the most points. And try to hit ...
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Walt Disney World Florida – General Tips

Try and remember to write down where you have parked your car! If you do lose it, then return to the poles (where you got of the tram) and flag down one of the Disney security vans and they will assist you, they will also help if your car wo...
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What’s so great about Universal Studios? Islands of Adventure 5

What’s so great about Universal Studios? Islands of Adventure 5 In the last part we ended in the very wet area of Toon Lagoon a great place to visit when it’s really hot , get yourself wet and cool down and if you go on any of the ride...
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What’s so great about Universal Studios? Islands of Adventure 6

In the last part of this series we explored the Jurassic Park area but the next area to explore is probably the most exciting of all for the younger boys and girls amongst us, the newest area to the islands of adventure The Wizarding World of Harry P...
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What’s so great about Universal Studios? Islands of Adventure 7

Here is Part seven of my Islands of Adventure Articles and I am going to start with the Harry Potter and the forbidden Journey as this is without doubt the most popular ride in the whole of the Universal theme parks due to the popularity of the Harry...
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Why holiday in Orlando?

Why not Spend your next family holiday in Florida' s theme park capital. There are a variety of exciting attractions and fun things to do in Orlando, Florida. An array of world famous theme parks, restaurants, shops and attractions offer hours of fam...
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