We know that the majority of travellers visiting Orlando come for the theme parks, but there is much more to Orlando than parks! There is no shortage of fun activities and many of them have nothing to do with theme parks.
We feature blogs we like to call “Beyond the Parks” which offers you planning options that are outside the typical roller coaster thrill rides. We will show you the vast array of recreational activities and indoor attractions beyond the parks. Like this Underwater Light Show and Orlando’s natural lazy river .
Give Boggy Creek Airboat rides a try! Glide across the headwaters of the Florida Everglades at speeds up to 40 mph aboard six-passenger airboats. Discover territory that remains unaltered in the wilderness of the Central Florida Everglades. You will be taking into the breathtaking beauty of nature, including wetlands and wildlife. See alligators, turtles, birds and more in their natural environment.
Half hour tour: $28.95 for adult and $24.61 for children
1 hour tour: $48.95 for adult and $41.61for children
Private 1 hour: $63 per person
Sunset tour: $59.95 for adult and $50.96 for children
You drive: $349 2 people, 1 hour
Feeling super adventurous? They even offer a night tour! Glide through the trails of tall grass without knowing what lurks around the bend. $59.95 adult and $50.96 for children.
Is it possible for the most magical place on Earth to become even more magical? Yes!
If you’re thinking about visiting Disney, and just haven’t decided when yet then this year may be the time to do so. Disney has already released the 2019 dates for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and I’m sure we can expect more release dates for upcoming events within the next few months. There will be even more magic at Walt Disney World this year as Disney unveils several great new attractions for 2019 and we’ve got the scoop right here for you.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
A new Star Wars themed area is set to open at Hollywood Studios later this fall. Disney recently released artist renderings of what Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will look like and it looks out of this world.
A New Disney Studios Nighttime Show
A new show is set to take the stage at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Wonderful World of Animation, the new nighttime experience will debut in May 2019 using Laser projection technology taking viewers through more than 90 years of animation.
Mickey & Minnie Runaway Railway
Mickey & Minnie will celebrate a whopping 90 years in 2019. This beloved cartoon is transformed into a real-world experience in what is the park’s first ride-through attraction for Mickey. It will be a new, original story and theme song, drawing inspiration from the world of Disney’s Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts.
Early 2019 guests will see a transformed Pixar Place to include a new area for the Incredibles where visitors will encounter Edna Mode, Mike & Sulley from Monsters Inc. In the spring 2019, Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy will open where guests can meet Lightning himself along with his friend Cruz Ramirez.
Lion King Dance Party
The Lion King movie will celebrate 25 years in 2019 and with that guests can enjoy a special party at Discovery Land and party with Timon & Rafiki every day from January 18-September 30, 2019.
A New Disney Epcot Nighttime Show
Illuminations nighttime show will be ending 2019 and replaced with a new show that will celebrate Disney Music around the world. If you’re visiting in the latter part of 2019 you will get a taste of the two experiences in a show titled “Epcot Forever” which includes familiar music with new fireworks and special effects kites.
Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebration
Starting January 18th, Disney is honouring the pair with new entertainment, merchandise and food. Throughout the year there will be an array of specialty food, beverage and novelty offerings inspired by the famous couple. The Mickey sipper cup is absolutely adorable! The celebration runs through September at Magic Kingdom.
New Disney Skyliner
Disney guests will now be able to travel overhead in the fall of 2019 thanks to a gondola system called the Disney Skyliner. It will connect Hollywood Studios and Epcot to four resort hotels. It is rumoured that this new mode of transportation will not have air conditioning. If you’re travelling in the summer months, be sure to check out our blog 4 ways to beat the Orlando heat.
First timer to Disney? Don’t miss our quick guide to Walt Disney World here along with our 5 tips to planning your vacation here.
normally associate the word FREE with Disney but what many don’t know is that
Disney does offer up some free fun for guests.
In 2012 and
2013 Magic Kingdom opened 2 interactive games that not many people know of yet.
We’re here to tell you all about it. These games are fun for the entire family and
is a great way to pass the time when wait times are just too long. Plus, you’ll walk away with some pretty cool souvenirs
Adventure ~ Treasures of the Seven Seas
A Pirate’s Adventure ~ Treasures of the Seven
Seas is an interactive game located in Adventureland® Area. Each mission takes around 20 minutes to complete. You are given a
paper pirate map and RFID-chipped cards that serve as your “magic
talisman”. The objective is to help find all of the Treasures of the
Seven Seas and fight off various enemies that you encounter along the
way. There are 5 possible quests to play, so you can continue with the
fun once you complete one quest. You will need your magic band, or you
can make your way over to The Crow’s Nest and get your hands on a magic
talisman. You won’t be able to read the 5 maps without them. You will then be
able to help Jack complete each unforgettable mission. If
you succeed in completing all the tasks and gaining the treasures, you’ll
become an official pirate member of Captain Jack’s crew!
Heads You Lose: Race against Captain Barbossa to steal the Treasure of the Pacific
from a tribe of headhunters.
Guardian’s Curse: Lure an evil British Captain into a trap and lay claim to the
Treasure of the Indian Ocean.
Haven Defense: Collect ingredients for a powerful spell to hide the secret Pirate
port and reveal the Treasure of the Caribbean.
A King’s Ransom: Follow Jack’s clues to locate a
pirate ship where the Treasure of the Arctic is hidden.
Blackbeard: Battle Blackbeard and win the Treasure of the Mediterranean.
Those of you brave enough to take on the 5 missions at hand—or hook—can
collect a set of treasure finder cards!
As you cross off each task, simply locate a Cast Member at the entrance
to receive a card for the mission in question. Then, after you collect all 5,
you can even pick up a final completer card signed by Captain Jack Sparrow
What to know before you go:
Aspiring marauders can enlist in this activity up until 30 minutes
before Adventureland closes.
Use your MagicBand or card or pick up a magic talisman—a special card for
this attraction—at The Crow’s Nest in Adventureland.
Each of the 5 missions takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.
Missions have no time limit. In addition, you can stop and restart each
raid at your convenience throughout the day.
Sorcerers Of The Magic
Cast Merlin’s magical spells throughout Magic Kingdom park to
defeat the dastardly Disney Villains who get in your way! Learn how to thwart the
forces of evil by becoming Merlin’s apprentice sorcerer!
Embark on an interactive scavenger hunt to halt Hades in his tracks. The
Greek god of the Underworld must retrieve 4 missing shards to reassemble
Merlin’s Crystal of the Magic Kingdom and make the park his new summer home.
He’s enlisted a brigade of Disney baddies—Yzma, Cruella, Scar, Jafar,
Maleficent, Ursula, Ratcliffe and Dr. Facilier—to help track down the
fragments, which are hidden throughout the park. It’s up to you to foil their
Stop by the Firehouse on Main Street, U.S.A. for everything necessary to
begin 9 exciting quests, including a Sorcerer Key Card, Merlin’s mystical map,
spell cards and training on how to unlock Magic Portals and defeat the
Use the clues on Merlin’s map to locate 20 Magic Portals situated
throughout Adventureland, Fantasyland, Frontierland and along Main Street,
U.S.A. Upon arriving at the first Magic Portal, hold up your Sorcerer Key Card
to unlock and gain access—one of Hades’ henchmen will pop up prepared for
Present a spell card to crush the creep; once victory is yours, move on
to the next Magic Portal. Different Disney pals will also appear to guide you
along your way. Your challenge is to eliminate each Portal’s outlaw by
presenting the right spell card or combination of cards—some scoundrels are
tough, so it may take several spells to triumph. After annihilating his
minions, you’ll be spell-to-spell with Hades himself!
Finish as many missions as you wish—the keepers of the Magic Kingdom are
grateful for your help! Merlin will appear in the final portal, welcoming you
to the ranks of “Master Sorcerer” upon completing the full game. Hold onto your
wizard wands and get ready for spellbinding adventures at every turn!
What to know before you go:
Sign up for the game at the Firehouse at Main Street, U.S.A.
Players will receive one map and pack of spell cards per day.
Missions last from 20 to 30 minutes, sometimes longer depending on
degree of difficulty.
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is included in your theme park admission.
The cards and maps from these games have proven to be popular collector’s items as fans try to collect as many as they can. So on your next visit to Magic Kingdom don’t forget to try these out and don’t forget to read our tips before you do!
We all know that Halloween time is fun for children and throw in some Disney magic and its bound to be a Halloween they never forget. But what about adults? Is it possible that adults could have just as much fun at Disney? Well we say absolutely! And we’ll tell you how at Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party
The Haunted Mansion – Although Disney attraction is scary 365 days out of the year, on Halloween, the ghosts and ghouls bring some extra spooktacular surprises. During the Halloween party be on the lookout for Lady Carlotta who likes to heckle visitors from the front lawn as well as others who decide to come out and say “Boo!” You’ll also want to be sure to have your photo taken in front of the Haunted Mansion by one of Disney’s PhotoPass photographers. We’ve heard that around Halloween a few of the 999 Happy Haunts that call the mansion home may just show up in your picture. Frightening!
The Mountains – If you think the final plunge on Splash Mountain is scary, try doing it in the darkness! Though not all attractions remain open during the party you do have the incredible trifecta of mountainous coasters – Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain and Space Mountain as well as the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. With all of the kids trick-or-treating use this as an opportunity to enjoy the thrills during lower crowd times. Also be sure to check out Pirates of the Caribbean as well as Space Mountain, witch have some spooky touches added especially for the season.
The Sanderson Sisters – Though the Disney film Hocus Pocus may not resonate with tiny tots, I guarantee you that the film conjures up beloved Halloween memories for many of the adults visiting Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. That’s why you’ll be delighted to know that Winifred, Mary and Susan make several appearances a night just outside of Cinderella Castle for the Hocus Pocus: A Villain Spelltacular. You’ll be tapping your toes and singing along with this calamitous coven as they welcome some of their favorite Disney Villains to wreak havoc on the Magic Kingdom.
HalloWishes Dessert Party: During this special VIP event, you’ll be treated to a variety of Halloween-inspired treats including sparkling cider, chocolate dipped strawberries, cupcakes, ice cream, and more. After dining you’ll enjoy Magic Kingdom’s Happy Hallowishes Fireworks display which is exclusively for Halloween party guests.
We told you that adults can have just as much fun at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party as the kids- if not more! And for the kids at heart, this is the one time of year where adults are allowed to show up in costume. So get ready to release your inner child and and make your way over to Mickey’s Not So Scarty Halloween Party to experience your best day ever!
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party runs on select nights until October 31, 2018. The party is a separate ticketed event with tickets starting at $74 and running up to $104 depending on the date. Tickets can be purchased directly via My Disney Experience.
Our abundant sunshine, pleasant temperatures and numerous lakes make Polk County a year-round prime fishing destination for hardcore anglers, outdoor enthusiasts, and those looking to land a 10+ pound trophy bass.
It’s not difficult to understand why we earn consistent recognition as one of the top freshwater fishing destinations in the world. Polk County is home to more than 550 lakes that occupy over 135 square miles that along with the diversity of freshwater habitats and the variety of fish species that inhabit area waterways is what draw fishing enthusiasts here. Its the reason we earn consistent recognition as one of the top freshwater fishing destinations in the world.
The best known and most popular game fish in the world – The Largemouth Bass – just so happens to be Florida’s state freshwater fish. The title “Largemouth Bass Capital of the World” is a testament to the king of the Polk County waters, the Largemouth Black Bass. Our temperate climate not only produces an abundance of largemouth bass, but allows them to reach impressive sizes. Polk County is home to the record Florida Largemouth bass weighing in at an impressive 17.27 pounds!
Polk County produces quality bluegill, crappie, bream, sunshine bass, catfish, gar, tilapia and chain pickerel. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission includes a high percentage of Polk County lakes in their rankings of top fisheries for specific species.
The Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, Tenoroc Fish Management Are, Mosaic Fish Management Area and the Winter Haven Chain of Lakes regularly produce catches of 10+ pound bass.
Magic Kingdoms annual Halloween party – Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) – started in August this year. While some think its much too soon to start thinking about Halloween, it is evident that others do not based on the sold out party opening night. Here’s what you need to know about about Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.
New for this year are three party-exclusive ride overlays that offer special experiences for guests. Pirates of the Caribbean, Mad Tea Party and Space Mountain transform under the moonlight for an extra special experience. Pirates of the Caribbean invites a live-action character in its queue to warn you of Gunpowder Pete, followed by a man holding a “Wanted” sign in the loading zone explaining your search for the latest pirate villain.
Be sure to check out Mad Tea Party after dark when it truly comes alive! Special lights and exciting, new music enhance the already spinnin’ ride. Meanwhile on Space Mountain, the lights are out. The red and blue tunnels turn pitch-black (along with all lighting effects) providing a thrilling, new ride experience with galactic rock music playing.
You can dress up and enjoy some trick or treating around the park, but there are some restrictions:
General Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Costume Guidelines:
Disney may deny admission to anyone or remove anyone who is wearing attire that is considered inappropriate or could detract from other guests’ experiences.
Guests may dress as their favorite characters, but cannot pose for pictures or sign autographs.
Costumes must be family-friendly and not obstructive, offensive, violent or objectionable.
Costumes must not contain weapons that resemble or could be mistaken for real weapons.
Costumes may not contain sharp or pointed objects, or materials that might strike another guest.
Guests who do not abide by the guidelines may be refused entry or removed unless their costumes can be modified to acceptable standards.
For guests ages 14 and up:
Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged and subject to additional security screening.
Costumes may not reach or drag the ground.
Capes should not go below the waist.
Themed T-shirts, shirts, sweatshirts and hats are acceptable.
Transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords and tutus are OK. Headwear must not cover the face.
Masks are not allowed.
For guests ages 13 and under:
Costumes and some masks may be worn. Masks cannot cover the entire face, and eyes must be visible
Got an allergy? No problem. Disney had made sure guests with a nut allergy can still enjoy some safe candy options.
The party is a special ticket event and offers entry into the park at 4:00pm, but the festivities commence at 7:00. Guests who purchase a regular park ticket will also need to purchase the party ticket in order to stay in the park past 6:00. Otherwise, guests with no ticket will be escorted out.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party tickets start at $70 for children age 3 to 9 ($74.55 with tax) or $75 for those over 10 ($79.88 with tax). You can purchase tickets from the Disney website, or from Undercover Tourist.
That’s right. Craving a pizza while lounging at the beach? Domino’s can help. The pizza chain has announced that will be be offering delivery to beaches, parks and other unexpected sites.
The company has reportedly added 150,000 of these new addresses — or “Domino’s Hotspots” — to its online and mobile-ordering platforms. Customers taking advantage of Domino’s new delivery options first need to place prepaid orders via the online platforms, then choose from a list of available nearby “Hotspots.” As their orders near, customers will be alerted to go meet the driver at the pre-determined location.
“We know that delivery is all about convenience, and Domino’s Hotspots are an innovation that is all about flexible delivery options for customers,” said Russel Weiner, president of Domino’s USA, per the press release.
Domino’s new “Hotspot” ordering options are currently available at Dominos.com or via the company’s mobile ordering app.
There are plenty of water activities and dining options in Central Florida despite not being on the coast.
Central Florida has many lakes, and Winter Haven is home to 50 of them with 24 of them interconnected on what is called “The Chain of Lakes”.
The Living Water Boat Cruises offers several cruises of these lakes, which include dining at lakeside restaurants, watching the Legoland fireworks, ski show, 1 hour tours, day tours, or a romantic sunset cruise! You can even cruise by the chain of lakes baseball complex, the former spring training grounds of the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians!
All cruises include a complimentary bottled water, and also carry sunblock, They supply a cooler packed with ice for any drinks and snacks you may like to bring on board. Discounts are offered on groups of 6 or more. You can also reserve private boat tours.
Currently Kids ride FREE until August 31st with the purchase of an adult ticket.
VRBO, a third party vacation rental platform, has awarded Sunshine Villa Florida with their Premier Partner status.
What is a Premier Partner?
Among other factors, Premier Partners have the following qualities in common:
Their guests have great traveler experiences and it shows. Exceptional owners and property managers offer clear expectations, provide unique experiences — and travelers respond with great feedback and reviews.
They provide quick responses to inquiries and booking requests, process all bookings through HomeAway checkout, follow through with bookings and avoid cancelling on guests. These things assure timely, secure and reliable bookings— getting the traveler experience off to a great start.
Travelers are attracted to their properties because they include high-quality photos and descriptions of the incredible stays their guests will have. By maintaining detailed and accurate content along with listing amenities, travelers know what to expect when booking with those properties! And part of attracting travelers includes rates that are competitive, priced right for the market and priced right for the property.
The Premier Partner Program recognizes owners and managers who consistently deliver outstanding traveler experiences and the Premier Partner badge shows travelers that they can expect a great stay at your property.
We are honoured to have been recognized as providing exceptional guest experiences. While you always have the option of booking with us direct to save on fees, those who choose to book through VRBO can take comfort in knowing that we have met these requirements.
Have you ever wanted to be part of a live studio audience? Well now is your chance! Deal or No Deal is filming 30 episodes at Universal Orlando between July 20 and August 10 with Howie Mandel returning as host.
“Deal or No Deal” first premiered on NBC in 2005. Contestants are challenged with choosing between 26 briefcases in hopes of finding the one containing $1 million.
To request tickets, visit on-camera-audiences.com. Audience members must be at least 13 years old. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, according to Universal.
The tickets are FREE.
“Deal or No Deal” is set to premiere later this year on CNBC. Sadly, I think it’s safe to say Meghan Markel won’t be making a return appearance.