Archives for October 2010

New Disney snow globe store added, Disney snowglobes

Disney snow globes

Click here for the Disney snow globe page!

I’m trying to add stuff for the holiday season, and one of the things I did was add a Disney snow globe store! Snow globes are popular with everyone, and Disney snow globes are one of the most sought after type.

So I added a page of them. Actually I made four different pages to break them down a bit. I have a Mickey Mouse snow globe page, Disney Princess snow globe page, Tinkerbell snow globe page and then a mixed Disney snow globe one.

Little girls just love the Disney Princess snow globes, and you can find all of the Princesses here. Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Ariel, Belle and more can all be found in beautiful Princess snow globes.
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Orlando trick or treating events and activities

Orlando area trick or treat events

Well this weekend is Halloween, and there are many trick or treat events going on in every small town around Orlando. Now, I’ve already made post about what the theme parks are doing for Halloween activities.

So here I just want to point out some local, smaller trick or treating parties and events going on this weekend. These are great places to take your kids trick or treating without worrying about the neighborhood.

There also are many Halloween parties going on that are just for grownups also. Many bars and clubs have cool, sexy Halloween parties going on. Here’s a quick list.
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Halloween pet costume contest at Winter Park

winter park pet costume contest

With all the things going on for Halloween I thought I’d mention one for pet lovers! There’s a neat Halloween pet costume contest and trick or treat in Winter Park On Oct. 31st from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

It’s held on the corner of Park Avenue and Canton Avenue in the upscale part of town. This pet Halloween costume contest benefits a good dog organization and is very popular.

The Winter Park pet costume contest has a big dog costume contest at 11:00 AM, then a small dog contest at 1:00 PM. Some of the dog costumes get quite creative!
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Cheap Orlando hotels near Disney, theme parks

Orlando Days Inn International
Orlando Days Inn International, one of the nicer cheap Orlando hotels around

There are many kinds of people when it comes to Hotels. Some just want a cheap Orlando hotel that is clean and safe, close to the theme parks. They don’t see the need to spend a lot on a room they basically only sleep in at night.

Most people are surprised at how many nice, cheap Orlando hotels there are right near Disney, Sea World and Universal Studios. Many are right next door to 5 star hotels that charge hundreds per night!

Why spend $250.00 per night at a hotel when within a stone’s throw distance is another chain hotel that only cost $40.00 per night? Again it all depends on the type of person you are, there is no wrong or right to it.
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Disney’s Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Hollywood Studios 2010

Disney's Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Hollywood Studios

Soon once again it will be time for Disney’s Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Hollywood Studios! Each year it gets bigger and better, with millions of blinking, flashing and music themed Christmas lights.

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights is put up each year at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on the streets of America. Disney started displaying the lights in 1995.

It all started when Jennings Osborne from Little Rock, Arkansas put up 1,000 Christmas lights for his daughter. Each year he made the display bigger and bigger until people started complaining about the lights.
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Disney Thanksgiving day events, parades and dining restaurants

Thanksgiving dining at Disney

Disney Thanksgiving day events are often confused with other Holiday activities going on in that same month. Many think that there is a Walt Disney World Thanksgiving day parade, but that is not true, not at the Disney in Orlando.

There is a Disney Thanksgiving day parade at DisneyLand in California. Also many Disney floats are in the Macy’s Thanksgiving day parade. So just what is going on for Disney Thanksgiving day events?

Well there is a lot of other activities going on around the same time. All the parks will be open, and many of the big Disney park dining restaurants will be serving full Thanksgiving day meals, a list of which I made below.
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Disney Happy Haunting, trick or treating at Downtown Disney marketplace

trick or treating at Disney downtown Marketplace

Many don’t know it, but you can enjoy a free trick or treating experience at Disney’s downtown marketplace! Called Disney Happy Haunting, it’s held on October 30th and 31st.

Disney Happy Haunting is a nice way to enjoy a free trick or treat event for your kids at a Disney location. Select Disney downtown marketplace shops and Disney’s west side shops participate in this event.

Your kids can dress up in their trick or treat costumes and get goodies from the shops. Most stores will have maps you can get that shows what locations offer free candy.
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Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge Villas, Jambo House

Jambo house villas

If your looking for a Deluxe villa on Disney property, consider Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas, Jambo House villas. These villas are on the 5th and 6th floors of the main building of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, called the Jambo house.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is the best choice if you want to be away from the noise and hustle of Disney. This place is the newest of the Disney Vacation Club resorts. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is an African themed resort that offers incredible accommodations and spectacular room amenities.

Set in a 43-acre African themed wildlife preserve, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge stands in a half circle for the best views of the animals from viewing areas or your own private balcony in your villa.
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Zonko’s joke shop products, Harry Potter toys and jokes at Universal Studios

Harry Potter toys at Zonko's

Once again it’s time for another in depth look at one of the shops inside the new Universal Harry Potter theme park! This time it’s Zonko’s joke shop, filled with Harry Potter toys, jokes, games and very strange novelty items.

You also can see a picture gallery of it at the end of this article. Zonko’s joke shop Universal is located in the front left side of the main entrance to the new Harry Potter theme park at Universal Studios.

In fact it’s the first shop to your left you can get into as you enter Hogsmeade village. Zonko’s is connected to HoneyDukes sweets shop, you can move freely between the two inside.
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Manta roller coaster video youtube at SeaWorld

It’s hard to believe, but the Manta roller coaster at Sea World in Orlando is now a year old! So here’s a cool Manta roller coaster video from youtube that celebrates the first year anniversary of it.

The Manta roller coaster at Sea World has been very popular, and the ride has worked great with very little break downs. With the Manta roller coaster, you sit under the track.

Not only that, but you then are extended into a horizontal position, or close to it. Some call it the superman position, like your flying through the air on the roller coaster.

You feel like your going much faster in that position, and it makes you come close to a waterfall and the water below on some of the twist and turns it puts you through.

More than 1.4 million people have rode the Manta roller coaster at Sea World since it’s opened. The attraction also has great sea life exhibits you can walk around and see, with Manta rays and lots of aquatic life.

Make sure you ride it if you go to Sea World in Orlando. Watch this Manta roller coaster video youtube clip and you’ll see why it’s so much fun!

Disney Festival of the Masters 2010 art show at Downtown Disney

Disney art show at downtown Disney

Soon it will be time for Disney’s Festival of the Masters 2010 art show at Downtown Disney marketplace! This art show is one that I really enjoy seeing and go to it every year.

This year marks the 35th Festival of the Masters art show, sponsored by Sharpie (I assume the pen). It’s an open air juried art show that is spread out all over the Disney’s downtown marketplace area.

Each artist gets a white exhibit tent, and the art you can find there is top quality and fantastic. You can see paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry and more. There is always some very unusual and one of a kind exhibits to see.
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Daytona Beach Biketoberfest 2010 events

Biketoberfest 2010 at Daytona Beach

So many things are going on around the Orlando area right now! One of them is Biketoberfest 2010 at Daytona Beach and the central Florida area. Think of it as a smaller version of bike week.

But not much smaller. It’s getting bigger and bigger each year, as thousands of bikers ride their motorcycles into Daytona Beach and even the Orlando area for a good time and lots of beer!

This year Biketoberfest 2010 is from October 14th to the 17th. The main biker events are in Daytona Beach and the surrounding area. But many stay in the Orlando area and ride up to Daytona each day.
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