Magic Kingdom Park
Magic Kingdom Park is what springs to mind for most
people when you mention Disney. The park does get
busy so get there early and you'll see so much more.
Stop by the home of the world's most famous mouse
in 'Mickey Toontown Fair' and have a look at where
the big cheese actually lives. Take a thrill ride
across the galaxy on' Space Mountain', explore the
ghostly happenings at the Haunted Mansion, or prepare
to get wet with Brer Rabbit and friends on 'Splash
Mountain'. Do try and catch one of the wonderful
parades featuring some of your favorite Disney characters,
and don't come home before you've seen the fireworks
high above Cinderella Castle. It's a long day but
an absolute must!
Animal Kingdom Theme Park is an adventure involving
the very real, the imaginary and the extinct! Ride
'Kilimanjaro Safaris' where the animals are almost
close enough to touch. Come face to face with a
magnificent troop of gorillas, or travel back in
time on 'Dinosaur'. Asia is the newest area of the
park where you can cool off on 'Kali River Rapids'.
Animal Kingdom is a great combination of the magic
and fun of Disney and all that mother nature has
to offer. Make sure you get there early when the
animals are at their most active and don't miss
the 'Lion King Stage Show' and the highly amusing
'It's Tough To Be A Bug'.
a journey through 'tinsel town', courtesy of the
Disney Hollywood Studios. Battle imperial star-fighters
on Star Tours, then it's on to the exciting Indiana
Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, Jim Henson's Muppet
3D movie, and superb live shows like the Lights,
Camera, Action Stunt show. Try and make time for
the afternoon parade featuring characters from the
latest animated Disney blockbusters. The highlight
for many guests is 'Fantasmic!' as Mickey Mouse
battles the evil fantasy villains with a barrage
of fireworks, water and lasers and don't miss the
Rock N Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith.
Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow is
a showcase for cutting edge technology along with
an eclectic mix of international entertainment and
cuisine. In Future World you get an enthralling
look at how our modern world has developed along
the very latest developments in science and technology,
and it's all dine in a fun and often interactive
setting. Make sure you see 'Honey I Shrunk The Audience'-
Disney's 3D magic is not to be missed! World Showcase,
on the other hand, features the traditions and cultures
of people from around the world. Eat and drink your
way around the globe in a day and don't miss 'Illuminations:
Reflections of Earth' every night around the World
Showcase lagoon - it's truly a breathtaking event.
Disney West Side
West Side features a 20 cinema complex to catch
the latest films, live music at the House of Blues,
and numerous excellent eateries like Wolfgang Puck
Café and Bongos Cuban Care. Disney Quest
Indoor Interactive Theme Park is a video game fanatics
dream come true with 5 floors of high tech entertainment!
The amazing Cirque Du Soleil, a mix of street theater
and circus artistry, is hard to describe and it's
not the cheapest ticket in town - even though it's
worth every penny.
water parks are great fun and suitable
for all ages, Makes sure you have some good sun block
and keep re-applying it throughout the day. In the
blazing heat of the summer 3-4 hours without any shade
is plenty so don't overdo it.
Blizzard Beach Water Park is a highly unusual
ski resort where the snow has melted and turned
the place into a mecca for water rides and slides
- look out for the one and only 'Summit Plummet'
and hang onto that swimsuit.
Typhoon Lagoon Water Park is home to the
biggest surf wave ever to hit Florida and is a tropical
paradise full of slick flumes and giant slides like
the 'Humunga Kowabunga'. Makes sure you take time
to snorkel 'Sharks Reef'.
Quest is an Indoor Interactive Theme Park, combining
cutting-edge entertainment technologies such as
virtual reality and 3-D with Disney stories and
characters to create a one of a kind experience.
Climb into a real river raft, ride the rapids and
ovoid hungry dinosaurs in a Virtual Jungle Cruise.
Design your own roller coaster and then ride it
on Cyberspace Mountain. Explore five floor of virtual
fun with over 250 attractions, rides and games.
number one is where Hollywood, movies and television
come alive in numerous excellent rides, shows and
attractions. Jaws is always good value as is the
revamped ET. 'Back To The Future Ride' is still
one of the best simulator rides ever and Terminator
2: 3-D is definitely worth the wait. 'Twister' will
definitely put the wind up you and if you're a sucker
for 'Lassie' head over to Animal Planet Live. Men
in Black Alien Attack is the newest addition - how
it ends depends on the amount of aliens you happen
to ZAP! It's a very full day and lots of fun.
number two is an all new them park definitely designed
for the 21st Century. You'll experience some of
the world's most advanced ride and show technology
on five exciting islands. Seuss Landing is where
you'll find Cat In The Hat, hurtle around the Last
Continent on 'Dueling Dragons' and a monster of
a water ride in Jurassic Park. Toon Lagoon is full
of high spirited cartoon fun and Marvel Super Hero
Island is where you'll find Spider-Man (the best
ride of it's kind in the world) and the Incredible
Hulk Coaster with it's cheek chattering inverted
turns and loops.
is Universals nighttime entertainment complex where
you might grab a top notch dinner at Emerils, a
cocktail at Jimmy Buffet's Margeritaville or dance
the night away at The Groove. There's also a 20
cinema complex with stadium seating that serves
wine and beer - who cares if the film's not great!
Look out for top name acts at Hard Rock Live and
check out the infectious beat of the Motown Café.
You have to walk through CityWalk to exit the two
main theme parks so maybe take a break from the
crowds and stop for dinner or a drink at the end
of a very enjoyable day.
Orlando favorite draws visitors back time and time
again year after year. Grab a show schedule upon
arrival and plan your assault on the park. Touch
and feed dolphin, pet some perfectly harmless sting
rays or get face to face with Shamu and family.
If it a hot day a front row seat at the whale show
is a guaranteed way to cool off, then dry your clothes
in 60 seconds flat on the all new Kraken, a roller
coaster without a floor! Journey to Atlantis is
part water ride part roller coaster and Wild Artic
also features a somewhat bumpy ride en route to
some very cool encounters.
Aquatica, where fun is as endless as the sea itself.
It's a place the whole family is sure to love.
it may be, but it will simply be like no other in
the world. Aquatica is inspired by the rugged beauty
of the South Sea Islands. In amongst those lush,
exotic surroundings, you'll find wide, open white
sand beaches, two river rides, two huge wave pools,
whimsical animals, 36 water slides, and plenty of
spacious areas to relax. It'll be a waterpark that
really does have something for everyone.
signature ride, Dolphin Plunge, will be one of the
most unique water rides ever created. Two 300-foot
long clear tubes will zoom riders through a 42 foot
vertical drop, straight through a crystal blue lagoon
- home to our Commerson's dolphins. You'll be able
to see them all around as you zip through an underwater
section of this amazing ride.
will also be home to a world first in wave pool
technology. You'll find the world's only side-by-side
wave pools, which can be operated independently
or together and will offer two very different surf
experiences. Cutback Cove will feature gently rolling
surf and Big Surf Shores will provide huge 5 foot
waves to test your senses. Or, if you'd prefer you
can just sit back and relax on one of the white
sand beaches. Make your day at Aquatica as relaxing
or energetic as you want it to be.
really is something for everyone at Aquatica. The
little ones havent been forgotten. The park
will feature one of the world's largest interactive
play areas, Kata's Kookaburra Cove, where there
are plenty of climbs, slides, water cannons and
pure watery fun, just for the kids. Even the smallest
of tots will be entertained in the huge children's
pool, along with plenty of rides that the entire
family can join in on.
original Beach Within Reach is very conveniently
located on International Drive right in the heart
of 'Tourist-ville'. It's well known for some great
multi-person rides where the whole family or group
can splash around together. All ages are well catered
for and tiny tots have a very safe water playground
where they can paddle and slide in complete safety.
'Der Stuka' is quite a ride as is 'The Bomb Bay'
- the names say it all! If you aren't into a daredevil
descent then head over to the aptly named Lazy River
the best place in town to get a tan. The Surge is
a great place for a family get together as is the
Bubba Tub and it's a lot more fun than riding on
in Tampa and hours drive from Orlando, Busch Gardens
is a 335 acre African themed park featuring cleverly
designed animal attractions, thrilling rides and
live entertainment. Edge Of Africa is a lot of fun
or take an off-road adventure on Rhino Rally. The
park is best known for an incredible collection
of roller coasters like Montu, Kumba and the new
dueling wooden roller coaster Gwazi. The Tanganika
Tidal Wave, is as the name suggests, a good way
to cool off but if that sounds a bit strenuous the
park is owned by Budweiser, so a free sample may
be in order.
home of America's space program, Kennedy Space Center
features a variety of exhibits, shows and tours
which are both interesting and informative. An hour
away from Orlando its very family friendly and whether
you're of the Apollo generation or a Shuttle space
cadet there's plenty to enjoy. Don't miss the stunning
Imax movie or the Spaceport USA bus tour which gets
you out to the observation gantry overlooking the
biggest rockets you're ever likely to see - if you're
not careful this could be the most fun you ever
had in a science lesson!
Gator Capital Of The World is home to over 5000
of Florida's original residents. The park is very
concerned with the conservation of the Florida Alligator
so fun shows like Jumparoo and Gator Wrestling have
an educational side to them as well. A lot of the
activity centers around a beautiful breeding marsh,
which is also a haven for hundreds of birds-any
amateur ornithologists will have a great time. Jungle
Crocs Of The World features some more fearsome imports
and feeding time is not to be missed! Gatorland
is a reasonably priced and entertaining half day
attraction that kids particularly will enjoy.
something completely different, the world famous
Daytona Beach is definitely worth the drive - literally!
While surf may be a little rough, you can actually
enjoy this beach from the comfort of your car, since
it's one of the few beaches in the world on which
you can drive and park. Take I-4 east and drive
for about 60 miles. Daytona is approximately 1 ½
hours drive from Orlando.
on Florida's Space Coast, (named after the Kennedy
Space Center). You'll find lots of amenities and
a seemingly endless stretch of sand. Cocoa Beach
is approximately 1 hour drive from Orlando. Head
east on Bee Line Expressway (Hwy 528).
of Orlando's closet beaches, New Smyrna features
a historic district, plus shops, marinas and restaurant.
New Smyrna Beach is about one hour from Orlando.
Petersburg & Clearwater
west coast beaches are where you want to be! Close
to everything, yet miles away. A beautiful peninsula
located on Florida's West coast, the area is bordered
by the Gulf of Mexico to the west and by Tampa Bay
to the east. There is 35 miles of white-sand beaches
on some 20 barrier islands. Located just 30 minutes
to Busch Gardens in Tampa and 90 minutes to Walt
Disney World Resort in Orlando.
offers over 1,100 golf courses with endless tree-lined
fairways and perfect greens. It's no wonder that
Florida is the worlds number one golfing destination
and home to the PGA tour. Here are just some of
the many golf courses located around the villa.
Dunes Golf & Country Club - Rated among
the "Top 100 Courses" by GolfWeek with
18 holes designed by Steve Smyers. (941) 421-1047
Golf Club - Designed by Robert Trent Jones
(both Sr. & Jr.), this course offers 18 holes,
a driving range, and a junior course. (407)
Golf Club - With 36 holes of championship
golf designed by Greg Norman, Championsgate is
like no other golf club. (407) 787-GOLF
Lakes Golf and Country Club - 18 holes with
a driving range. (863) 424-8688
Creek Country Club - Offers 18 holes designed
by Lloyd Clifton and a driving range. (407)
Golf & Country Club - Also designed by
Lloyd Clifton with 18 holes and a driving range.
Island Club - Features 18 holes designed by
Joe Lee and a driving range. (352) 343-7550
Players Club Wekiva - 18 holes and a driving
range. (407) 862-5116
Country Club - 18 holes and a driving range.
Fire Golf Club - Designed by Rees Jones with
18 holes and a driving range. (407) 239-5445
Lakes Golf Club - With 18 holes designed by
Clifton, Ezell, & Clifton and a driving range.
Golden Bear Club at Keene's Point - 18 holes
designed by Jack Nicklaus and a driving range.
Cypress Resort - Features a whopping 45 holes
designed by Jack Nicklaus. (407) 239-4700
Golf and Tennis Resort - Robert Trent Jones
Sr., Ed Seay, & Ron Garl all took part in
designing these 54 holes. (836) 422-7511
Landing at Orlando World Center Marriott -
18 holes. (407) 238-8659
Creek Golf Club - A Lloyd Clifton designed
18 hole course with driving range. (407) 240-4653
Golf Club - 18 holes and a driving range.
Bay Country Club - A Lloyd Clifton designed
18 hole course with driving range. (407) 348-4653
Golf Club - 18 holes. (407) 847-2816
Oaks Golf Club - 18 holes designed by Karl
Litten. (407) 933-4055
Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes - 18 holes with
a driving range. (407) 444-9995
Grande Vista Resort - Home of the Nick Faldo
Golf Institute with 27 holes, a 9 hole teaching
course, and 35 acres of practice area. (407)
Country Club - 18 holes with a driving range.
County National - Home of the Phil Ritson
Golf Institute, 36 holes (with 18 more planned),
putting green, and a driving range. (407) 656-2626
Lake Country Club - 54 Holes, including "The
Legends" designed by Arnold Palmer. Also
has 36 holes of mini-golf. (407) 239-1050
Golf and Racquet Resort - 18 holes with a
driving range. (407) 933-5300
Golf Club - 18 holes, and was nominated for
"Best New Public Course" in the U.S.
Golf Club - Reunions outstanding golf
is recognized as the greatest 36 holes (soon to
be 54 holes) of golf in central Florida. Polish
off your clubs and experience three Signature
golf courses designed by some of the greatest
names in golfTom Watson, Arnold Palmer and
Jack Nicklaus (Nicklaus course to open in 2006).
These unique courses of ingenuity and distinctive
beauty are guaranteed to thrill golfers time and
time again. Both golf courses at Reunion were
listed on Golfweek's list of "America's Top
40 New Courses for 2005." (407) 662-1000
Golf and Country Club - 18 holes with a driving
range. (407) 321-0010
Disney World® Resort - Five 18 hole courses
and one 9 hole course.