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Universal Studios Orlando and Islands of Adventure - Two Parks in One

A 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 holiday.

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 for 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.)

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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 Journal.

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.

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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, beautiful city.

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Universal Studios Orlando and Islands of Adventure - Two Parks in One   by Kirby Collins

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No 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!

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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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Best 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).
Buena 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. 
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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
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