Archives for March 2010

Orlando, Florida’s Innovative Madcow Theatre

Mad cow theater company in Orlando

The popularity of Orlando’s family friendly attractions is undeniable, but beyond the clubs and water parks, the city has much more to offer. Named “Best Theatre” by Orlando Magazine for two years in a row, Mad Cow Theatre stages the most innovative theatre in all of Orlando. This intimate downtown theater extremely talented performers, musicals, top quality plays and cabarets. Each year, they bring new acts and favorites from previous Cabaret Festivals.

The 250-odd seat Mad Cow Theatre is Orlando’s version of New York’s Off Broadway or London’s Fringe. Through the combination of insightful writing and skillful acting and compelling, this theatre represents a dynamic means of social understanding, as well as a hugely entertaining art form. Here you can meet the area’s most talented and gifted actors, designers and directors.
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Orlando’s Place of Relaxation At Leu Gardens

Lue Gardens in Orlando

Orlando has many attractions to offer to those who are ready to explore new places. Harry P. Leu Gardens has the mission to inspire people to appreciate and understand plants. It is oasis of peace and relaxation, suitable for the whole family. Here you can admire America’s largest Camellia collection outside California, palm, bamboo and cycad gardens, three acres of idea gardens for weekend projects and a house museum dating from the 1880’s.

This is a beautiful place – well worth a visit. The gardens are fantastic, being perfect for anyone who wants to get away from the bustle of the theme parks. It is beautiful just to walk through and enjoy the sights and smells of fresh flowers. Harry P. Leu Gardens features lots of unusual species and the rose garden, the lake and the gazebo areas are all simply stunning.
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Storm Force Accelatron ride at Universal Studios video

I’ve been going hog wild with my new camcorder! 😉 So far I’ve taken 11 youtube videos of the theme parks around Orlando. This one is the Storm Force Accelatron ride at Islands of Adventure in Universal Studios. It’s got a weak story to it, like most do.

Somehow it’s suppose to be about the sexy super hero Storm fighting Magneto, the villain. Since Storm controls the weather I guess the whirling ride is suppose to be like your in a storm she made, get it?

Located next to and behind The Hulk roller coaster, it’s never very full because it’s one of the tamer rides at Universal Studios. In fact many overlook this ride and just give it a passing glance. However it is fun for little kids and grown-ups who don’t like the extreme thrill rides.

You do have to be at least 48 inches tall to ride this. It last maybe 2 minutes or so. It’s a good ride for everyone in the family, a little break from the more extreme rides. As for just what it does, well,,, that’s what the video is for! Go click on it and watch the Storm Force Accelatron ride youtube video. :)

Shopping at upscale Winter Park Village shops

Winter Park Village shopping near Orlando

As an alternative to the indoor shopping mall, Winter Park Village is the place to spend time away from the city madness. Here you can enjoy an inviting combination of stores, lofts, restaurants and entertainment. With a large number of clothing stores, art galleries and boutique shops, Winter Park Village is a great place for you to walk, shop, and enjoy a unique village atmosphere.

Some of the most popular specialty shops include Justice Just for Girls, Ann Taylor Loft, Uberbot, Coldwater Creek, Liz Claiborne, and Patchington. Your kids will be delighted by Schakolad Chocolate Factory, Owen Allen, Learning Express Toys, Game Stop, Pier 1 Imports, Kidz Quest and Borders. At the end of the Village is the large Regal Winter Park movie complex where watching a film is easy and comfortable after a day of enjoying all that Winter Park Village has to offer.
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Jungle Adventures Nature Park Near Orlando

Jungle Adventures nature park near Orlando

Besides taking in Disney and the other theme parks on your Orlando vacation, it’s nice to actually see a bit of the real Florida. If you’re dreaming about going on safari, but want something more civilized and affordable, then Jungle Adventures Nature Park & Zoo is the best choice.

Located in the charmingly themed town of Christmas just outside Orlando, Jungle Adventures features a wildlife sanctuary and creature show. There are plenty of guided and do-it-yourself experiences, including nature walks, an up close alligator feeding adventure, boat rides aboard the Jungle Swamp Queen and much more.
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Bike week 2010 youtube video of bikers on main st.

Well in case you did not know, bike week 2010 in Daytona beach ended March 7th. It was colder than normal this year, so the crowds was not as big as usual. I went up twice and took about 3 videos.

This one here is a short one showing the bikers on main street. It’s not all that great, but it gives you an idea of how things look during bike week. I took another longer one of some fantastic custom bikes that was on display, I’ll show that later.

Then I also took one of the wet T shirt contest at Dirty Harry’s on main street. I’m not sure if I should post that one on here! Anyways check out the video above for a taste of bike week 2010 at Daytona beach this year!

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort Hotel-French Quarter In Orlando

Disney's Port Orleans French Quarter resort hotel
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Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter reflects the style and architecture of New Orleans’ French Quarter. The resort features willow trees lining a river, a food court with a view of a paddlewheel and an outdoor playground complex. It is a very peaceful resort for Disney that any family with teens and young couples would enjoy.

This wonderful place has a great location, being close to Epcot theme park, Downtown Disney Area and Disney’s BoardWalk Area. The resort is approximately 20 miles from Orlando International Airport. The buses run regularly and you can talk a boat to Downtown Disney.

The food court is convenient and has a good selection of family safe options. Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory Food Court are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Here you can serve real American food including baked goods, burgers, pizza and ice cream. Other restaurants and pubs are available at nearby Disney’s Port Orleans Resort –Riverside.
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Orlando’s Finest Broadway Limousine Transportation

Orlando Broadway limo services

Broadway Limousine is a transportation company in the Orlando area which provides limousine services such as local town cart charters, wedding limousine charters, airport transportation, Disney world transfer, corporate events and other deluxe facilities. The company offers complete luxury and the best services, in order to ensure a perfect event.

With over 10 years of services, Broadway Limousine is one of the most popular Limousine providers Company. They  feature a fleet of luxury vehicles including Lincoln Town Car, Mercedes Benz S550, Luxury Coach, H2 – Hummer Limo, Navigator Stretch Limo, 300 Chrysler Stretch Limo, Cadillac SUV, Lamborghini Gallardo, Phantom Rolls Royce, 14 Pass Luxury Van and Bentley Continental Flying Spur. Start your Orlando experience the way you really deserve with Broadway Limousine!
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Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course in Orlando

Disney's magnolia golf course

As one of the two original Disney golf courses, the Magnolia was field of choice for the PGA Tour Qualifying School finals until the early 1980s. Disney’s 18-hole “Magnolia” course features 7,190 yards from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course design uses the natural features of the area to emphasize the beauty of the rolling greens and sparkling water hazards.

The Magnolia course is the longest of all the Disney courses. What makes this course so special is the state-of-the-art equipment available on site, which includes golf carts equipped with GPS, computer-generated images of course fairways and the ability to monitor time and pace of play.

It also features precise yardage to different fairway and green locations, professional tips that aid course strategy and 3D views of each hole. More than that, the Magnolia supports a greater abundance of wildlife than all the other Disney courses. Here you can see alligators, deer, wild turkeys, turtles and osprey in their natural habitat. The layout carves through more than 1,500 Magnolia trees.
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Youtube video of The Incredible Hulk roller coaster at Universal Studios

I’ve been going hog wild with my new camcorder at the theme parks! I really love taking videos of all the rides and attractions at Disney, Universal Studios and the other parks.

This one is a youtube video of The Incredible Hulk roller coaster at Universal Studios Island of Adventure. I’ve been on it dozens of times, but I still get a rush when it shoots you up from the start at 60 miles an hour, then puts you in a curving corkscrew!

I took the video from several different angles and viewpoints. From an overall view of the whole ride to close-ups of different curves and tricks. I highly recommend it if you love roller coasters. Enjoy this video of The Incredible Hulk roller coaster at Universal Studios!

Firestone live, hot Orlando area nightclub

Firestone night club in Orlando, Fl.

Firestone Live is the place to be in Orlando, Florida if you want to have a great time. There’s a huge dance floor and stage as the club’s centerpiece, as well as lighting effects, several video screens and DJs spinning hip-hop. They have the best service and the best lineup.

This place used to be a primarily a club for dancing, but now it is becoming known as a venue for live music. The patio area is also a nice change from the smokey indoors every now and then. Much of the 13,000-square-foot building is dedicated to dance floors, including a large stage on which bands perform nightly.
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Marriott World Center hotel resort in Orlando

Orlando World Center Marriott Resort

Located less than 2 miles from Walt Disney World, Orlando World Center Marriott Resort hotel offers the convenience you need and the indulgence you would expect from a superior resort. The hotel features 2,000 guestrooms and offers four sparkling swimming pools, an 18-hole golf course located footsteps from the lobby, 6 spa tubs and a 106-foot waterslide.

All guest rooms are wired for high speed Internet access with wireless service available in meeting space and public areas of the hotel. Rooms are decorated in warm colors with pine furnishings and provide air conditioning, premium television channels, climate control, in-room childcare, balcony, desk, pillow top mattress, pool view, multi-line phone and many other deluxe amenities.

Orlando World Center Marriott Resort features a wide range of restaurants, including a sports bar, a poolside bar, a Japanese style restaurant, a French restaurant and a buffet style restaurant. Ristorante Tuscany offers Italian Tuscan cuisine including tiramisu and pasta dishes. Hawk’s Landing Steakhouse is the place to go if you’re craving for boneless rib eye, shrimp, prime beef and steak.
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