Archives for June 2011

Orlando airport, Disney and Port Canaveral taxi, transportation services

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If your taking an Orlando vacation it’s best to let someone else drive you around. Getting a rental car and trying to figure out where to go can be a big hassle and cost even more than a taxi or Orlando transportation service.

You should stick to one Orlando transportation company so you know what kind of service you will get. Star Trans is one of the biggest and best Orlando taxi and transportation services in the area.

They specialize in Orlando airport, Disney and theme parks and Port Canaveral taxi and transportation service. They have standard taxi cabs, mini vans and shuttle buses for any size party or needs.
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Walt Disney World’s Haunted Mansion ride at The Magic Kingdom review

Disney's Haunted Mansion ride review

It’s time for another one of my theme park ride reviews! Today I’ll give a quick review of an old classic, Disney’s Haunted Mansion ride in the Magic Kingdom theme park.

Located at Liberty Square in the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, this is a definite must-see for all ages. Actually, this is more than a “must see” – it’s more of a “must experience.”

Disney’s Haunted Mansion ride takes place in a large colonial manor, complete with wall sconces, cobwebs, caskets, eerie background music, screams, statues, moans, and plenty of creaks. There are also “cold spots,” so several of your senses are bombarded by the ghostly experience.
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SeaWorld’s Aquatica Water Park in Orlando, Florida

SeaWorld's Aquatica water park

Now that summertime is here the heat goes up super high in Orlando, Florida. That means it’s time to head to the local water parks. One of the best and newest is Aquatica.

Aquatica is SeaWorld’s water park, and it’s located just across the street from the famous SeaWorld Orlando. This is a perfect place to spend an entire day.

Rides and attractions range from calm and relaxing to heart-pounding and thrilling, so there’s something for everyone. You’ll even find venues reserved just for little kids.
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New Disney Star Tours 2 ride youtube video

Hi everyone! I’ve been busy with summer stuff here in Orlando, going to the parks and so on, work work you know! One thing I did recently is go to the new Star Tours 2 ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

As you may know they just got done re-doing the ride, making it better. I have to say they did a great job and the 3D video you see in the simulator really is much better than the old one.

You get to go to many more places and do more things. The Star Tours 2 youtube video above gives you some of the highlights of what you see on the ride. It looks much more real on the ride as it’s 3D, your moving around and the background scenery is more realistic then in this one.

But this gives you an idea of what you can look forward to when you go on the ride. So check out this Star Tours 2 youtube video and get a taste of what you’ll be experiencing once you go! :)

Universal Studios Orlando 4th of July fireworks, shows 2011

Soon the 4th of July 2011 will be here, and everyone wants to know what the theme parks will be doing to celebrate! So what about Universal Studios Orlando 4th of July fireworks and shows?

Well to be honest Universal Studios does not do much extra for the 4th of July. There are no fireworks over at Islands of Adventure. Nor are there any fireworks at CityWalk, the nightclub area.

However they will be putting on a bigger fourth of July fireworks show over at Universal Studios Orlando, the “old” park. It’s part of their Universal 360: A Cinesphere Spectacular show they hold each night during the summer.
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New Cheetah Hunt roller coaster at Busch Gardens

One park I don’t talk about too much here is Busch Gardens. But today I wanted to tell you about their newest ride, the Cheetah Hunt roller coaster ride! Busch Gardens has some of the best roller coasters around, and the Cheetah Hunt is a great addition.

Hang on to your safari hats, folks, and hop on board the Cheetah Hunt Coaster! This is a great new ride at Busch Gardens in Tampa that opened on May 27, 2011.

The ride mimics a cheetah on the prowl and in the pursuit of prey. Several times during the ride, the coaster reaches speeds of 60 miles per hour, but it’s incredibly smooth and quiet – almost as graceful as a real cheetah!
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Harry Potter Dragon Challenge roller coaster ride review

Harry Potter's Dragon Challenge roller coaster ride review

There are several great rides at the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. One of them is Dragon Challenge, and here’s my review of this cool roller coaster ride.

Dragon Challenge is a thrilling ride at Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It’s an update on the older Dueling Dragons ride. The coaster is unique because it includes not one, but two separate tracks and two different sets of cars.

One set of cars is the Hungarian Horntail dragon, and the other set of coaster cars is the Chinese Fireball dragon. The names are from the dragons you see in one of the Harry Potter movies.
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Walt Disney World’s Lake Buena Vista golf course

Walt Disney World Lake Buena Vista golf course

There are many golf courses to choose from in Orlando, Florida. Walt Disney World has several great ones. In fact they have some of the best golf courses around, some which host classic games.

If you’re visiting Orlando and want to get your golf game on, check out Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course. The course received a four-star rating form Golf Digest, so you know it has to be awesome.

The fairways and greens are meticulously maintained, and they’re beautiful, too. Included are lakes, forested areas, villas, and canals. Bunkered greens, winding fairways, and islands create a course that’s both fun and challenging. This course is so amazing that it’s been the site for numerous USGA, PGA, and LPGA events. You can play where the pros play!
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SeaWorld Orlando 4th of July fireworks, shows 2011

If your a SeaWorld fan chances are your wondering what will be going on there this 4th of July 2011. The park hours will be from 9:00 AM to 11:00 PM and will feature many cool things going on throughout the night.

Actually many of the shows and events on the fourth of July at SeaWorld Orlando are on every night during the summer. But there will be some special shows and fireworks for July 4th 2011.

At 8:30 p.m and 9:45 p.m you can see Shamu Rocks, a special show at the Shamu Stadium. Watch Shamu and other killer whales perform high energy tricks and stunts with cool music, lights and giant screens.
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Compare top Orlando travel deals with Trip Mama!

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It’s no secret that everyone wants to save money when they take an Orlando or Disney vacation. Often the best way to save the most is to get a package deal. That includes your airfare, hotel, rental car and even theme park tickets and more.

Every travel agent and company says they can get you the best deals. Well, if they all claim that then someone is not telling the truth! Actually each one has it’s own deals that they can get better prices with different airlines, hotels and so on.

So getting the very lowest deal depends on where your going and what your doing. It’s very time consuming to go to each travel site and find out their best deals. That’s where Trip Mama comes in!
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4th of July fireworks, shows, events in Orlando, Florida 2011

There are many local Orlando area 4th of July fireworks, shows and events in Orlando, Florida besides the big theme park ones. They all have their own special charms for both locals and tourist alike.

So below is a general list of the most popular fourth of July shows and fireworks for 2011 that are held in the Central Florida or Orlando area. It’s not all of them, but the most well known and popular ones. :)
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Walt Disney World fourth of July 2011 events, fireworks

Walt Disney World fourth of July 2011 events and fireworks

Once again it’s time to see what the Walt Disney World fourth of July 2011 events and fireworks are going to be like this year! For the most part it’s the same each year, or at least for the past few years.

The 4th of July at Walt Disney World is always one of the most crowded days of the whole year. Only Christmas day and New Years Eve has crowds as big at the Disney theme parks.

So let this be a warning to you, if your going to go to one of the Disney World theme parks on the fourth of July 2011, get there early, stay all day and be prepared for large crowds. It will be a long drive home also!
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