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Studios Orlando and Islands of Adventure - Two Parks in One
Sporting Holiday in Orlando by German Tran
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Orlando, Florida is more
and more becoming a mecca for vacationers. There are many reasons for this,
and one I want to explore now is the sporting or active side of the Orlando
Now, talking to a friend
recently about sporting holidays I almost didn't bring up Orlando's numerous
sporting attractions. He was talking about going hiking in the Rockies
a week or two. And he also mentioned distance bicycling holidays as a great
way to spend the summer (and he meant the whole summer, not just a short
holiday!). Marathon running? Sure, why not. (Although even he agreed that
running a marathon is not exactly a holiday. But he did insist that when
you travel to a city to run a marathon you get to visit great cities that
you may have never otherwise seen.)
Orlando's active side can
include such intense activities, but for the family, or for anyone who
wants activity but doesn't want to feel they're in training for the Olympics,
it can be ideal.
One famous active attraction
is Boggy Creek Airboat Rides. Started by a couple in 1994, it's blossomed
into one of Orlando's top 10 attractions, according to the Orlando Business
They offer high speed airboat
rides on Lake Tohopekaliga (or "Sleeping Tiger Lake") a 12,000 acre lake
where you can board a 6-passenger or 18-passenger boat and really take
off on that lake. Like up to 65 mph. That may not seem so fast on the highway,
but in an airboat it can thrill you or chill you (both, actually, if you
go out early in the morning).
Speeding along on the lake
you can glimpse a wide variety of its wetland birds, such as bald eagles,
cranes, egrets and ospreys. Which brings up an important point: the airboats
virtually float on the water so they are less invasive to the lakes plant
and wildlife inhabitants than regular propeller driven boats.
For something a bit more
mundane, how about a round of golf? Or if you are really a golf enthusiast,
you can play a round each day at a different course for, oh, say about
5 straight months, since Orlando has about 150 golf courses with all of
them reputed to be essentially world class facilities.
Some resorts are just for
golf. ChampionsGate Golf Club, for example, provides two 18-hole championship
golf courses, said to be among the best in the US. The resort hosts several
tournaments including the popular World Points Father/Son Challenge.
But if you're not up to championship
play yet, most courses have professional coaches to help you improve your
game. The city even has six golf instruction academies that use personalized
teaching methods and state of the art equipment.
And if you want a change
of pace from big time (and big course) golf, many resorts here also feature
miniature golf courses.
For example, one new adventure
style miniature golf course is designed as a Hawaiian oasis. Fire and lava
pour from a fifty-foot volcano. Hawaiian Rumble Adventure Golf attracts
people with their rhythmic music and sophisticated design. Holes range
from beginner to advanced, and are thematically designed.
There's also the Congo River
Adventure Golf course where you can take the whole family high atop giant
waterfalls and rocky summits or deep down to mysterious caves.
You mean you've never golfed
your way through tropical rainforests, jumping over river rapids, and thoroughly
enjoying yourself regardless of how high your score is?
Well, maybe then Orlando
is the place to golf (or mini-golf) like you've never dreamt of.
There's much more to the
sporty side of Orlando than this, but for golf enthusiasts, maybe I've
said enough and I should just let you make your reservations for this grand,
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Studios Orlando and Islands of Adventure - Two Parks in One
by Kirby Collins
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matter if you have come to Florida to escape the cold and stay warm, or
just to enjoy the cool breezes; the time of year to visit Florida is not
always relevant due to it's relatively close temperatures all year round,
which makes perfect for places like the beach or theme parks. Well skip
the beach today and head on over to Orlando, the Theme Park Capital of
the World! Orlando offers many different competing companies who each host
their own theme parks, however I am biased on this issue and I must say
that Universal Studios has the, not one but, two parks that are best worth
your time and money. Not only that, but the parks are literally right across
the street from each other, making it easy to visit both parks in one day
if you're able to land one of those Two Parks for One deals available,
or just visit both over a couple of days. Alright, put on that sunscreen
and pop that Dramamine, cause we're going on a non-stop hop from ride to
ride, which in my opinion, are the most important aspects of a theme park.
We'll start off at the original
Universal Studios which was made famous for "riding the movies". Overcome
your fears and take each ride's terror with a grain of salt, because remember,
it's only fake... or is it? We'll start off with the thrill rides that
are based on some previous Universal films, such as Jaws! You've seen the
movie, now take a boat ride out on the water where nothing is safe from
the terror of the deep. Everyone thought he was dead, but Jaws proves he
still very much alive and extremely hungry in this thrill ride for families
and people of all ages. Like shoot 'em ups? How about slaying aliens? Working
for the Men in Black? Well here's your chance to try and join their ranks
by competing with your friends and family in a M.I.B. Training mission
that goes wrong, pitting you up against evil aliens in order to save the
world. The outcome of the mission/ride is determined by how high your score
is, so become trigger happy. Earn enough points and they just might make
you into an M.I.B. Agent!
Next, we'll discover the
two roller coasters, my favorite type of attractions, which are located
almost right next to each other for convenience. Venture deep into the
desert, into the forbidden sacred temple, and unleash the wrath of the
mummy! Fast, dark and scary, this ride becomes a sensory overload for anyone
riding it for the first time where your adrenaline is pumping due to the
combination of fear and excitement. This next ride drives people... crazy.
The new Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit is a roller coaster designed to push
you to the limit with the insane speed, loops and drops of a roller coaster
combined with fast rock or techno music that you get to pick. The entire
ride is videotaped and can be viewed afterwards to see your shock and awe.
The park also has many rides
and attractions for the entire family, such as the E.T. Adventure, Jimmy
Neutron's Nicktoon Blast, Terminator 2 in 3-D, Shriek in 4-D and the new
Simpsons Ride! So come on down to Orlando and enjoy all of the excitement
with your family or a group of friends.
Our next stop is right across
the street, and is by far, my favorite park out of any in the state of
Florida. Universal Studio's Islands of Adventure has out-done itself and
many other parks when it comes to making the scenery fit the theme of the
rides of the areas it holds them in, and in this case, islands. Make your
first stop to the Super Hero Island and take the job as a reporter in the
Adventures of Spider Man, a 3-D motion simulator that takes your around
the city as all of the Spider Man villains team up to overwhelm Spider
Man and hold New York City for ransom. Jump to the sky and fall to the
ground in Doctor Doom's Fearfall. Then hit up the Incredible Hulk roller
coaster which I'm sure you saw on your way into park, screaming at rageful
speeds. This is a must ride roller coaster for any coaster jockey, as you
go from 0 - 40 miles per hour in exactly 2 seconds. Speaking of roller
coasters, head over to the opposite side of the park at some time during
the day and face the Dueling Dragons! Choose your side, Fire or Ice, and
ride your dragon as you face off against the other, blazing right past
the other dragon in this dual coaster phenomenon.
Other must experience rides
are Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls, Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges,
and Jurassic Park's River Adventure. You will get wet and you will be scared,
so be prepared! Some other family style rides would include The Cat in
the Hat ride that pushes your mind to a whole new extreme.
A friendly reminder from
myself, a well experienced theme park explorer, to always follow a few
simple rules when attending Universal's Parks or any other Theme Park:
1. Always wear sunscreen.
You will burn without it or the shade.
2. Keep hydrated. Florida's
heat will keep you thirsty.
3. Bring extra clothes or
a swim suit for those water rides.
4. Always pay attention to
height restrictions for kids. These are for safety only.
5. Never ride more than you
can handle. This will keep you from getting sick
With that said, I know you
will enjoy your time in Orlando, especially when exploring these two fabulous
theme parks at Universal Studios!
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Studios is one if the Best Orlando
Attractions in the Central Florida theme park area. Visiting the theme
parks in Orlando is one top things
to do in Florida as part of your vacation getaway.
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Western Orlando Gateway Near Universal Studios
Directly across from the
Wet ’n Wild water park, this Orlando hotel provides complimentary scheduled
shuttle service to Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, and SeaWorld--all
less than 4 miles away. Walt Disney World® is 7 miles from this Best
Western. There’s plenty to do right at the hotel, which features an outdoor
pool, 2 spa tubs, an arcade room, a tennis court, and a basketball half-court.
A poolside bar is open in the summer. Sharky & Jack’s Bar & Grille,
located in the lobby, serves breakfast and dinner. A deli is also on site.
Air-conditioned guestrooms include 37-inch plasma TVs with pay movies,
premium cable channels, and video games (surcharge).
Vista Suites Orlando
Located less than six miles
from Walt Disney World®, Epcot® and Disney's Hollywood Studios™,
the Buena Vista Suites in Orlando, Fla., offers complimentary scheduled
transportation to all four Walt Disney theme parks and the Lake Buena Vista
Factory Stores. The Valencia Room serves complimentary buffet-style breakfasts.
The Vista Bistro serves lunch and dinner fare, houses a bar, and offers
poolside service. A total of 1,872 square feet of function space provides
theater-style seating for 150 people. Internet access is available for
a fee. A small, complimentary fitness room is open during limited hours
and contains cardiovascular equipment and one weight-training machine.
The hotel includes a lighted tennis court and a basketball court.
The all-suite Caribe Royale
stands less than two miles from Walt Disney World® Resort in Orlando,
Fla. SeaWorld Orlando is located five miles away. Dining options include
the Venetian Room which places emphasis on Northern Italian cuisine and
an extensive collection of reserve wines. The Tropicale serves traditional
American cuisine. The lower lobby-level Falls restaurant prepares tapas.
Cafe Largo is a 24-hour "grab-and-go" market. Parrot Isle Lounge features
wide-screen televisions and piano music, and Calypso's offers poolside
service. Wireless Internet access is available for a fee in public areas.
Waterfalls tumble over towering rocks above an outdoor pool that features
a 75-foot waterslide
Garden Inn Orlando Seaworld International Center
Welcome to the Hilton Garden
Inn Orlando at SeaWorld International Center hotel - where Orlando's most
exciting attractions are just around the corner! Conveniently located in
the International Drive Resort Area next to SeaWorld, our Orlando, FL hotel
offers leisure travelers easy access to: SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Waterpark,
Discovery Cove, Walt Disney World®, Universal Studios - Revealing the
Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Spring 2010, Gatorland, Daytona Speedway,
Kennedy Space Center and Bay Hill Golf Club. A multitude of restaurants,
shops and entertainment venues are also within a short ride from our Orlando,
Florida hotel on the I-Ride Trolley.
Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort
Situated in the entertainment
district, this Orlando property is close to Typhoon Lagoon, DisneyQuest®,
and Downtown Disney® area. Regional attractions include Orange County
Convention Center. Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort has 4 outdoor swimming
pools and 2 spa tubs . Other recreational facilities include a golf course,
a lazy river, a health club, and an outdoor pool. The onsite spa at this
4.0-star property offers massage and treatment rooms, facial treatments,
body treatments, and beauty services. Business amenities include a business
center, wireless Internet access (surcharge), meeting rooms for small groups,
and technology support staff. Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort has a
restaurant, a bar/lounge, and a poolside bar.
Hotel Orlando International Drive
This city-center property
is located in Orlando, close to Ripley's Believe It or Not, Wonderworks,
and SeaWorld Adventure Park. Also nearby are Universal Studios Orlando
and Orange County Convention Center. Radisson Hotel Orlando International
Drive has tennis courts, a health club, an outdoor pool, an indoor pool,
and a fitness facility. Radisson Hotel Orlando International Drive has
a bar/lounge, a poolside bar, and a coffee shop/café. Transportation
services at this 3.0-star property include a complimentary area shuttle
within 3 Miles.
International Drive Lakefront Orlando
Located in Orlando, Florida,
just 0.3 mile from Wet N’ Wild and 1.3 miles from Universal Studios Orlando,
Ramada International Drive Lakefront is 3.3 miles from SeaWorld Adventure
Park. This family-friendly hotel is situated on International Drive, a
major Orlando thoroughfare with an abundance of restaurants and shops.
Ramada International Drive Lakefront features landscaped grounds dotted
with palm trees. The hotel offers complimentary transportation to Walt
Disney World® Theme Parks. Guests can swim in the outdoor pool , heated
year round., or relax on the sundeck. Complimentary Continental breakfast
is served daily. Tour assistance is available. Parking is complimentar
Inn - Near Seaworld/International Drive Orlando
The Sleep Inn - near SeaWorld/International
Drive is located in Orlando, Florida , 0.5 mile fromSeaWorld Adventure
Park, and Aquatica, and 0.7 mile from the Orange County Convention
Center. This Sleep Inn features scheduled shuttle service to Walt Disney
World® Theme Park, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld. Discounted tickets
to theme parks and shows can be purchased at the Guest Services desk in
the lobby. The Village Inn restaurant serves American cuisine for breakfast,
lunch, and dinner. Complimentary amenities include Continental breakfast
each morning, wireless Internet access and newspapers in the lobby, and
self parking. An outdoor pool is on site.
Hotel Orlando Downtown
The Sonesta Orlando Downtown
Hotel borders Lake Ivanhoe, a 5-acre park with playgrounds and jogging
trails in Orlando, Fla. The property is within one-and-one-half miles of
the Orlando Expo Centre, Amway Arena and Orlando Science Center. The Florida
Citrus Bowl is 3 miles from the hotel and Winter Park Village is 4 miles
away. Floor-to-ceiling windows create the backdrop for a Starbucks
shop that stretches along one side of the lobby. Sixty South Bar and Trattoria
offers Italian cuisine fused with regional Florida flair. The eatery offers
specialties such as Spinach Taglionlini with a Gorgonzola Cream Sauce or
Veal Fricassee Toscana with Porcini Mushrooms.
The Peabody Orlando is a
custom-built Orlando hotel catering to the meetings and conventions industry
nationwide. The hotel is a masterpiece of contemporary design and luxurious
décor and furnishings. Since opening its doors in 1986, The Peabody
Orlando has established itself as the Orlando convention hotel of choice
for the nation's professional meeting planners. As one of only two Mobil
Four-Star, AAA Four Diamond hotels in the entire city, our luxury accommodations
match world-class lodging with a convenient setting. Conveniently located
in the midst of the 7-million-square-foot Orange County Convention Center,
and the only hotel located directly across the street from the center's
Quest Resort Orlando
World Quest Resort is located
off International Drive in the Lake Buena Vista area of Orlando, Fla. Walt
Disney World and Disney's Wide World of Sports are one mile from the resort.
Epcot is three miles away, and SeaWorld is six miles from the resort. Golf
is available four miles away at the Falcon's Fire Golf Course. This
Mediterranean-inspired resort combines Old World architecture with modern
finishes and conveniences. Complimentary continental breakfasts are offered
daily. Wireless Internet access is complimentary. A sundeck and Tiki bar
complement a freeform outdoor pool. The resort's clubhouse includes a fitness
center and a 24-hour market offering groceries, toiletries and assorted
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