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The thrills of Orlando


As home to the biggest theme parks in the US, Orlando Florida has a lot to celebrate. Every year hundreds of thousands of people visit this warm neck of the woods. As a family break it’s unequaled, as a way of getting a widely distributed group together for a family vacation it’s perfect.
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Top of everyone’s Orlando hit list are the theme parks of course. You’ve got Walt Disney World Resort Universal Orlando Resort (which consists of two parks, Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure), plus SeaWorld, Gatorland and Wet ‘n’ Wild Water Park. Clearly, no shortage of things to do!

Don’t underestimate the theme parks; together they draw in some 51 million tourists a year, making Orlando the thirteenth busiest airport in the US. Therefore Orlando knows how to treat her guests. It’s a bright, clean, dynamic place where everything just… works.

But the theme parks aren’t the only game in town. Because so many people come to Orlando, other equally brilliant shows and sights get top billing. Le Nouba is Cirque du Soleil’s latest extravaganza and you’ll find it in Downtown Disney. Blizzard Beach is just north of Disney and is a great ski park as well as a water fun park. Sick of the standard zoo? Try the Disney version at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Animals plus rides – nice!

One of the original standouts is still going strong. SeaWorld Orlando is an up close and personal look at some of nature’s greats. See manatees and dolphins, stingrays and turtles and the famous SeaWorld show.

Food-wise, you’ll love Orlando. There’s thousands of choices from the standard chains all the way through to top-dollar places (there’s even one in the Disney Resort). Your best bet is to walk International Drive until you find the food style and budget you’re after. Our recommendation is Tutto Italia in Epcot.


Space, the final frontier!


Atlantis may have hung up her shield and NASA quieted the gantries, but space flight still reigns supreme at the Kennedy Space Center.

This special place in Orlando, Florida keeps the dream alive with a bountiful array of exhibitions, programs and interactive exhibits. If you loved the drama of a space shuttle launch, lived for the majestic flare of her wings as she touched down again and listened spellbound to mission broadcasts then a visit here is a must.

This isn’t just a place; it’s a journey into man’s greatest adventure. You’ll meet astronauts, and see the astronaut memorial. The men and women who died making space closer for all of us deserve our respect. You can check out how early space was explored; mostly with computing power less than your smart phone.

There are a raft of interactive displays and exhibits and two IMAX theaters to show the real power of a shuttle launch. There’s nothing on earth like the blast of 3,200,000 pounds of thrust ringing in your ears!

Tour the space center, explore space (yes, you can!), and just soak up the atmosphere. The shuttles may have retired, but interest in the program hasn’t and Orlando still gets plenty of visitors who love the smell of rocket fuel in the morning.


Summer’s here and the time is right…


…for a family trip to Orlando! Warm, sunny, full of fun – what’s not to love! Smack bang in the middle of Florida, this tourist hot spot has a few detractors – essentially if you don’t like family adventure, fun rides and a holiday atmosphere, don’t bother coming! But if you have a tribe of kids hankering after some solid entertainment then Orlando is your place.

The area is a major tourist destination and is the home of Universal Orlando Resort, and Sea World Orlando. Lake Buena Vista, Florida, located 21 miles (34 km) southwest of downtown Orlando, is the home of Walt Disney World. If you can’t have fun here, check your pulse quick!

Orlando is comfortable all year round in terms of temps – although summer can get humid and hot. If you’re there in peak summer, head to one of the waterparks to cool off – Disney operate Typhoon Lagoon and you can chill away from the theme park crowds. Plenty of rides and watery stuff, reasonable food and a good day’s entertainment for the kids.

Want something a little different from all the theme park stuff? Try the iFly adventure – this is a little like real skydiving with the wind tunnel experience as close as it gets to leaping out of a small plane… secure in the knowledge it’s not a long way down!

One of the better theme park attractions is the SeaWorld Orlando park. Terrific shows and educational exhibits; it’s a fun day.

The must do? You’re in town for the theme parks, I know, but… detour a little to Gatorland to see these prehistoric monsters in their native habitat. There’s over 3000 alligators and about 80 crocs. Imagine having to brush all those teeth.

Kids, don’t try this at home: