Florida is the perfect destination for those who wish to be truly take part in Halloween celebrations.
If you’re visiting Universal Orlando Resort between September 21st and
October 31st you can experience this creepy and terrifying event on selected
dates. Prepare for the scare!
For those younger members of the family why not try Brick-or-Treat which comes to LEGOLAND Florida every Saturday and Sunday in October. This spooky, kooky event features themed treat stations with candy, snacks and a few surprises along the way
Families with young children can also dress up in Halloween costumes and head to Disney World to enjoy Mickey’s Not-so-scary party.
Walt Disney Worlds Magic Kingdom has become the first of the resorts theme parks to begin offering free Wi-Fi to guests.
Visitors to the park are able to connect smartphones, tablets and other devices to the wireless network, to browse the web and connect to social media services.
Free Wi-Fi will be rolled out at Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom and the Downtown Disney area by early 2013.
Why not visit the 9th annual Celebration Exotic Car Festival if you are in visiting Central Florida April 12th – 15th. Get up close to 250 of the world’s most exotic cars, race cars and Hollywood movie cars, all lined up for judging along Celebration’s spectacular lakefront promenade in this premier event. Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Lotus, Aston Martin, Bugatti, Spyker, Saleen, McLaren, Pantera, DeLorean, and other ultra-exotic marquees will be displayed and judged, culminating with an awards presentation, where the owners will drive their winning cars across the red carpet to receive their trophy!
This children’s charity four-day event showcases North America’s largest collection of exotic cars, race cars and iconic Hollywood movie cars, coming together to help children with life threatening medical conditions.
Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
Annual Event Bursts with Blossoms March 7 through to May 20, 2012
The 19th Annual Epcot Flower & Garden Festival starts soon with a new Sorcerer Mickey topiary conducting floral magic at the front entrance to Epcot. Sorcerer Mickey will conjure up a riot of colour in manicured shapes of dancing broomsticks, buckets, mushrooms, hippos, alligators and elephants reminiscent of the classic Disney film, "Fantasia."
Beyond the dazzling displays of blooms and topiaries, special gardens, events and children's play areas throughout the park offer more reasons to visit the festival than ever. The 2012 Festival highlights include:
• Bambi's Butterfly House will be three times the size of the festival's original and will be "a-flutter" with multiple species of beautiful butterflies.
• Disney fairy topiaries will greet young fans at the Pixie Hollow Fairy Garden This whimsical garden features play structures for children ages 2-5 and will be located at the Test Track walkway.
• HGTV celebrities will take to the HGTV Designers Stage each weekend (Friday through Sunday) and nationally recognized garden personalities Monday through Thursday at the Festival Center.
• Popular bands will rock the open-air America Gardens Theatre every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m. during the Flower Power concerts.
Lots of fabulous photo opportunities at this Festival of Blooms.
For those who love art of any kind, you should enjoy the 36th Festival of the Masters that will be held November 11 – 13, 2011 in the Downtown Disney area. This open air art festival features over 150 award winning artists displaying their photography, paintings, sculpture, jewelry and other works of art. Ranked as one of the finest outdoor art festivals in the country, this amazing show is world renown.
This vibrant art show features limited editions as well as one-of-a-kind paintings and other artworks along with live music and chalk art that will be enjoyed by the whole family. With specialty foods and many other family activities, you can be entertained while enjoying the wonderful art displays that collectors and artists alike take advantage of to see the versatile collection of art showcased here.
The Downtown Disney area offers free admission and parking making this an even better reason to see this wonderful showcase of artworks. The Festival will be held on Friday and Saturday, November 11, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday November 13, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. This event is wheelchair accessible and provides for hearing disabilities.
June 18, 2011 marked the one year anniversary of the opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida. This magical world created from the best selling Harry Potter books brings magical creatures to life so that muggles from around the world can explore this exciting world of wizardry that they have read and dreamed about.
With exciting adventure the moment you step through the towering Hogwarts castle gates, you will encounter Harry Potter and all his friends in the corridors of the castle and along the passageways and classrooms so familiar from the stories. You will be able to enjoy the Three Broomsticks tavern and experience a pint of Butterbeer and other refreshments plus enjoy the many rides, shops and attractions that will remind you of your favorite books.
Magical rides include an array of fun-filled adventures the whole family will enjoy:
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey – This new attraction takes you to all the familiar places like Gryffindor Common Room, the Defence Against the Arts classroom, Dumbledore’s office plus it will take you soaring above the grounds of the castle and face to face with many magical creatures you will love.
Dragon Challenge – You can choose from two different “dragons” to ride in – the Chinese Fireball or a Hungarian Horntail – that will take you on a high speed roller coaster ride across the sky to see the Goblet of Fire and the Triwizard Cup among other things.
Flight of the Hippogriff – This coaster ride passes by Hagrid’s Hut and teaches you how to approach a Hippogriff for a ride that will swoop and dive about the hut and the pumpkin patch.
Shopping will delight all with magical gifts and mementos and includes:
Filch’s Emporium of Confiscated Goods – You will find clothing suitable for a game of Quidditch and other toys and souvenirs like a Death Eater mask.
Honeydukes – A sweet shop filled with your favorite Cauldron Cakes, Chocolate Frogs and other delights.
Olivanders – Select a magic wand from this shop that also has other magical paraphernalia.
Owl Post – You will find stationery, writing implements and Harry Potter stamps among other toys and gifts.
Zonko’s Joke Shop – For novelty magic gifts you can find Extendable Ears, Screaming Yo-Yos and other fun souvenirs including t-shirts and mugs.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter offers hours of delightful fun and excitement for the whole family in a magical world that will amaze you with its characters that have come to life in an imaginary world of magic.
With just a hundred plus days to go before the LEGOLAND opening in Winter Haven, Florida on October 15, 2011, fans are eagerly awaiting this much anticipated park to provide entertainment for children ages 2 to 12 – with their parents of course! Everyone wants to get their vacation plans booked around the opening of this exciting new park that will provide fun-filled entertainment for the whole family.
Located in the former Cypress Gardens Park on 150 acres, this LEGOLAND will be the world’s largest - featuring a mix of unique attractions that includes more than 50 shows and rides that also provides interactive LEGO models for entertainment that everyone in the family can enjoy together. With beautifully landscaped grounds, the park will be a great excursion for one day or more of your planned holiday. It also offers shopping and restaurants to keep everyone happy throughout your stay here.
LEGOLAND has a huge park area that includes different areas of entertainment designed for every member of the family:
The Beginning – this is the entry to the park that features The Big Shop that is one of the biggest retail stores in the world plus the Market and Garden Restaurant where you can eat.
Fun Town – this is a LEGO village with shops and eateries plus there is a Factory Tour that shows how the LEGO bricks are made. The Studio Store offers merchandise while Granny’s Apple Fries is a great place for dessert. 4-D movies are shown in the Fun Town Theater throughout the day.
Miniland USA – this features themed areas that include the state of Florida, Washington, D.C., New York City, Las Vegas and a pirate themed area with pirate ships.
DUPLO Village – a town designed specifically for toddlers.
Castle Hill – this area takes children to medieval times with The Dragon that is an outdoor roller coaster and The Royal Joust where kids ride LEGO horses.
Xtreme – Rides include LEGO TECHNIC and AQUAZONE.
Imagination Zone – Exploration here includes Game Space, Build & Test, LEGO MINDSTORMS, LEGO Clubhouse, and Kid Power Towers to climb.
Pirates Cove – a live action water stunt show.
Land of Adventure – explore and hunt for treasure in Coastersaurus, Lost Kingdom Adventure, Pharaoh’s Revenge and Beetle Bounce.
LEGO City – Live your dreams at the Fun Town Fire Academy, Driving School, Junior Driving School, Flight School and the Big Test.
LEGO Club House – enjoy a multi-player online game where you become your own character.
You can purchase your LEGOLAND admission tickets at www.florida.legoland.com to plan your adventure at LEGOLAND for the family holiday.
If you are uncertain about Florida villa rentals and think you should stay in a hotel instead, here are ten good reasons that will make you change your mind.
1. Home Away From Home – Your villa in Florida will be just like your home because it will have all the same comforts that you have at home making it a better way to relax which is usually a primary reason for a vacation.
2. Cost – For families who need two or three bedrooms or more, a hotel would require several rooms so that you end up spending more on everything because of multiple rooms rather than condensing costs for one Florida villa. Everything in a hotel is more costly particularly food and for a family with children this can become very expensive.
3. Privacy – There are no restrictions on dining times that you would experience in a hotel being subject to eating when the dining room is open or room service is available. You could really relax and unwind in a villa and would not have interruptions from a maid to bring you more towels or make up the beds.
4. Space – In a villa in Florida you would have a whole house for your family to be together without being in cramped separate rooms in a limited amount of space where after a few days it becomes claustrophobic. Not only will you have multiple bedrooms, but you will have more bathrooms along with a dining area, living area and kitchen. Everyone will have areas that they can retreat to rest or relax instead of being stuck together in one room.
5. Bathrooms – There is nothing worse than having to wait for a bathroom because someone else is using it. When family members are crowded into a small hotel room with one small bathroom, only one person can get ready making others have to stand in line. With more than one bathroom at your vacation rental you will all be able to get ready at the same time.
6. Kitchens – With a kitchen you have the ability to cook your meals thereby saving you lots of money. Many vacation rentals have barbeques so that you can eat inside or outside. If you want a snack during the night you have it without having to call room service or go without because it is after hours.
7. Private Pools – The privacy of your own pool makes a huge difference in terms of relaxation and enjoyment for most families. You could sunbathe by your own pool without a lot of other noisy people disrupting your peace and quiet. If you want company you can invite others over but you won’t have to listen to people that you don’t know and don’t want to talk to.
8. Parking – Most people will have a rental car when they go on vacation or they have driven the family car. If you stay in a hotel there is normally an additional daily fee for parking the car depending on where you are. With a Florida vacation rental you will be able to park on the driveway of your Florida villa – just like you do at home.
9. Washing Machines – Although some hotels have facilities for washing clothes, you have to pay for it or you have to find someplace to wash your clothes. With a villa, you will have a washer and drier – just like you do at home.
10. Independence – A rental allows you the freedom to come and go as you like without worrying about leaving your possessions behind in a room.