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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 your own.
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
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) 566-GOLF
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) 351-2187
Golf & Country Club - Also designed by
Lloyd Clifton with 18 holes and a driving range. (407)
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
- 18 holes and a driving range. (407) 281-7535
Fire Golf Club -
Designed by Rees Jones with 18 holes and a driving range.
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.(407)
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
- 18 holes and a driving range. (407) 239-6909
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) 238-6800
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. (407)
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.