Archives for February 2011

Disney’s Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride review

Disney's tower of terror ride review

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride is located in Disney’s Hollywood Studios park. This is a thrilling ride that will make your tummy drop to your toes as you experience the terror of the crazy freight elevator in the old Hollywood Tower Hotel.

The hotel’s design is based on the actual Hollywood Tower that was built in 1929 in the heart of the entertainment industry. According to legend, famous movie stars from Hollywood’s Golden Age often frequented the classy hotel, and some lived in its apartments.

On the witching night of October 31, 1939, there was a violent storm. Thunder and lightning filled the air, and the elevator was struck by a lightning bolt. The people on the elevator at the time disappeared into thin air, along with a whole wing of the building.
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Nickelodeon Suites Resort near Disney, Nickelodeon hotel

Nickelodeon suites resort in Orlando
Book a room at the Nickelodeon Suites hotel today!

Heading to Orlando with the kids in tow? If so, check out the Nickelodeon Suites Resort hotel. It’s on twenty-four beautiful acres and has two pools, two water parks, an arcade, games, parties, workshops, and even a spa for kids.

Several costumed characters will be on site, including SpongeBob, Patrick, Dora the Explorer, and Diego. Even better is that it’s only a mile from one of Disney’s entrances.

Kids will absolutely love the interactive water parks! They include heated pools, water towers, games, private cabanas, poolside shows, and huge twisting water slides – thirteen flumes and slides in all. If your kids like, they can even get slimed by the pool.
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Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World

Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports

The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort is an absolute must for sports enthusiasts. It covers a full 220 acres and hosts almost 300 sports-related events annually, including both professional and amateur athletes. In all, more than sixty sports are represented in nine different locations within the complex.

The nine venues at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex include the Jostens Center, with volleyball courts, basketball courts, inline hockey rinks, locker rooms, and wrestling competitions.

Champion Stadium is the home for the Atlanta Braves’ spring training, and when the team leaves, amateur athletes take their place. The third venue is the HP Field House, an indoor facility with more than 70,000 square feet, 5,000 seats, training areas, and great playing surfaces.
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Disney’s Animal Kingdom wild Africa trek tour

Disney's wild Africa trek tour

Many don’t know it, but you can go on a lot of special tours at all the Disney theme parks. One of the newest is at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, called the wild Africa trek tour.

This Disney adventure is aptly named – you’ll swear you’re in Africa, and it’s definitely wild! Wild Africa Trek is a three-hour private tour through areas of Disney’s Animal Kingdom’s Pangani Forest and Harambe Wildlife Preserve that are normally restricted to the public.

Your adventure begins in Harambe Village. Guests are strapped into a harness, much like one used for ziplining. Your two safari guides will communicate with you through a set of earphones.
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Universal’s Gradbash 2011, Gradbash at Universal Studios

Universal Studios Gradbash 2011

Each year Universal Studios holds Gradbash, a party for graduating seniors. This year there will be two different parties at two different times.

If you’re a high school senior, a teacher, or a high school administrator, make plans now to attend the 2011 version of Universal Studios’ GradBash. This year’s parties will be held on April 15 and 30, and on May 6 and 7.

This is the only two-park grad party in Orlando, as guests will have the chance to enjoy both Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
What will be going on at this year’s GradBash?
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Adding a new look to my Orlando tourist site today

Hey everyone, I just wanted to give you a heads up about the new theme I am putting on my site today. It’s a very professional look with a fun blue color. It also has a normal website home page.

So now you can search for all the articles and news about Disney, Universal Studios, Sea World and Orlando vacation information on the new top menu, two in fact.

If the site looks strange and changes a bit today, it’s because I’m working on it, making it look the best and tweaking everything. I should have it all done in a few hours, I hope! :)

Bands, Brew and BBQ at SeaWorld and Busch Gardens 2011

Bands, Brew and BBQ at Sea World

I am a weekend late for this event, almost two weekends late. But since there is still 3 more weekend events left for it I thought I would tell you about Bands, Brew and BBQ at SeaWorld and Busch Gardens 2011 event.

How do some cold beer, mouth-watering barbecue, and great music sound to you? If you have a hankerin’ for a combination of all three, don’t miss the 2011 edition of Bands, Beer, & BBQ at SeaWorld and Busch Gardens in Florida. The fun will be available at SeaWorld Orlando and at Busch Gardens Tampa for four amazing weekends this winter.

The fun starts at SeaWorld on Saturday, February 12 with Huey Lewis and The News. The next day, Sunday, February 13, Montgomery Gentry will be performing at Busch Gardens.
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Daytona Beach Bike Week 2011 events

Very soon it will be the Daytona Beach Bike Week 2011! Many people stay in Orlando and drive their bikes to Daytona each day to enjoy bike week. I go there each year and take pictures and videos.

The bike week video above is one I took last year. I hope to get a lot more pictures and videos of Bike Week 2011 this year. So just what is bike week, for those not into motorcycles?

Bike Week in Daytona Beach is ten full days of fun and excitement. This year’s event will run from March 4 through March 13. A crowd of half a million is expected to attend the 2011 event.
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Going to try a new look for my site, what do you think?

New site look

Hey everyone, hope your all doing as best as you can in this cold month! I’ve been thinking about how my site looks for a while. It’s always been in a blog format, very plain.

Lots of people prefer a full website look because they don’t really understand a blog. I also am getting a lot of pages on here and want some way to showcase them better.

So I thought of trying a new look, making the home page into a normal website format with a bright, fun blue color as you see in the sample picture above. I like how the menu is at the top so you can see everything up there.

Then in the content I can make sections on my latest blog post, new theme park events, cruises, rides and so on. That way people know where to go to find stuff. Right now I think people get confused.

So I will be changing my site to the new look soon. I have to make some changes so all my pages fit right and figure out where everything should go. It will look better and easier to find stuff. :)

Disney’s Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival 2011

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2011

Once again it’s almost time for Disney’s Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival 2011! Each year it gets bigger and better, and this year is sure to offer lots of new things to see and do.

If you’re a gardener, or even if you’re not but you appreciate the natural beauty of flowers, you won’t want to miss the Disney’s Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. It’s held at the Epcot park from March 2, 2011, through May 15, 2011.

At this event, you’ll be surrounded by millions of blossoms, in a rainbow of vibrant colors. There’ll also be live music and growing gardens. The kids will love the whimsical topiaries created into Disney characters. Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and the gang will be featured – all consisting of flowers, vines, and other live plants.
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The Daytona 500 NASCAR Speedway races 2011, parking, events

Daytona 500 NASCAR races 2011

Once again it’s almost time for the Daytona 500 NASCAR races 2011! Each year thousands of die-hard NASCAR race fans converge on the Central Florida area for the races and lots of tail gate partying.

The Daytona 500 NASCAR race is the pinnacle of stock car racing. In fact, you might say it’s the Holy Grail of NASCAR. On February 20, 2011, you can see 43 of the best NASCAR drivers on the planet compete for the ultimate prize in stock-car racing, with 200 laps of edge-of-your-seat excitement.

The big race begins at 1 p.m. EST, but you’ll want to arrive early to take advantage of the pre-race festivities. In fact, you might want to arrive really early to get in on some of the Speedweeks action.
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Southern Caribbean cruises, Caribbean cruise deals

Southern Caribbean cruises

Featuring clear warm waters and sandy beaches, the Southern Caribbean is an excellent destination for those who are planning to go on a cruise. Tourists have the opportunity to explore tropical islands, dive in Aruba, watch flamingos and feed reef sharks.

Southern Caribbean cruises cater to the whole family, offering a variety of attractions for people of all ages. As one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Southern Caribbean, Aruba features many restaurants and cafes, as well as sun drenched beaches, tropical beaches and water sports.

Visitors can test their luck at different casinos, shop for deals on cigars and jewelry, go on submarine tours or play mini-golf. Bonaire cruises are perfect for those who are passionate about snorkeling and scuba diving.
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