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Fun Spot America trip report – April 2014 (new attractions, the Sweet Spot & deals to save you money)

The first time I wrote about Fun Spot America, they just had their grand re-opening. Almost a year has gone by since then, and I am pleased to say that Fun Spot is still adding all kinds of goodies and specials to enhance your visit. I am also very happy to say that White Lightning […]

Embassy Suites Orlando South on I-Drive: Vacation the way it should be

At the Embassy Suites Orlando, you’ll find a friendly staff; spacious, clean rooms; and some really wonderful amenities. These are the things that all add up into helping make your vacation enjoyable and special – the way it should be! Located just half a mile from the Orange County Convention Center, this is an all-suites property. […]

THE BIG 5: Top five best ways to find romance at Universal Orlando on Valentine’s Day

When thinking about Universal Orlando and its theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure, one might not think of much in the way of romance. But the resort does have quite the romantic side (don’t we all?). With Valentine’s Day upon us again today, we thought we’d take this opportunity to present our […]

Step into a World of Wonder at WonderWorks on International Drive

It’s not every day you can say you’ve experienced a hurricane or earthquake, felt the icy waters of the Titanic, built your own roller coaster (and rode it too!), flown a fighter jet and laid on a bed of nails — all under one roof. But if you visit Orlando’s Wonderworks, you can do all […]

Reader poll: Do you prefer when Halloween Horror Nights is based on popular stories or original concepts?

Universal Orlando is known for transporting guests into their favorite movies, TV shows, and books. Over the years, Universal has even turned some of our favorite stories into attractions and experiences at Halloween Horror Nights. During HHN Carnival of Carnage in 2007, Universal made the dream world of Freddy Krueger a reality in A Nightmare […]

Reader poll: Your favorite time of the year to visit Universal Orlando Resort

Each season of the year offers unique and fun happenings at Universal Orlando Resort. In this week’s poll, let’s find out which one is your favorite! Spring at Universal means it’s time to kick back with a drink, enjoy the tastes of New Orleans and dance the night away at Universal’s Mardi Gras celebration. The […]

Reader poll: If you could, which closed USF attraction would you bring back?

Universal Orlando is recognized around the world for their collection of first-class attractions. Unfortunately, as we all know, to make room for new attractions sometimes old ones have to be replaced. Over the years we’ve seen attractions that we hold near to our hearts disappear from Universal Studios Florida, the original theme park at Universal […]

Reader poll: The best place to party in Orlando

There are an endless amount of fun things for people of all ages to do in Orlando, but for this poll — inspired by all the twerking in the news and the extended Labor Day weekend — let’s focus on an adult activity: your favorite place for a little naughty vacation fun and party thrills. […]

Reader poll: Your favorite on-site hotel at Universal Orlando

One thing I love about Orlando is the variety of beautiful hotels that are in the area. At Universal Orlando specifically, guests will find three AAA Four Diamond award-winning luxury resorts: Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Hard Rock Hotel, and Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. Not only are these properties visually stunning, but they offer a lot […]

Reader poll: The best water park in Orlando

There are plenty of amazing theme parks in the Orlando area, but it is also home to many first-class water parks as well! In case you need a little help remembering their specific characteristics, here’s a rundown of each one: Aquatica – SeaWorld At Aquatica, SeaWorld’s water park, you’re surrounded by pristine beaches, beautiful landscaping, […]

Reader poll: Dragon Challenge’s Chinese Fireball vs. Hungarian Horntail

This week we have a duel on our hands — Dueling Dragons to be exact, a real Dragon Challenge. That’s right, we’re putting up the Chinese Fireball dragon versus the Hungarian Horntail (formerly known as Fire and Ice.) Dueling Dragons was the original name of this attraction when Islands of Adventure opened its gates on […]

Reader poll doubleheader: Dole Whip vs. butterbeer & Spider-Man vs. TRANSFORMERS

If you’ve ever been to Disney World, you’ve probably had a taste of their ever-popular Dole Whip or Dole Whip floats. We know how much people love Dole Whips, so with butterbeer establishing itself as the clear winner in last week’s What’s your favorite Universal drink? poll, we decided to set up a face off […]

Reader poll: What’s your favorite specialty drink at Universal Orlando Resort?

There are so many reasons why we love Universal Orlando Resort! Not only do you get to ride out your favorite movies and mingle with your favorite characters, but you also get to indulge in delectable treats and beverages that you’ve always wanted to try. That’s because the resort has taken some of the most […]

Reader poll: What’s your favorite character at Universal Studios Florida?

There are so many new and exciting things going on at Universal Studios Florida this summer. We’ve got the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter expansion in progress, the newly opened TRANSFORMERS: The Ride – 3D, The Simpsons Fast Food Boulevard and more! When visiting Universal Studios Florida, not only do you get to ride […]

Drinking, snacking & quick bites at Universal CityWalk

Whether it’s because you don’t want to miss out on enjoying Universal’s many attractions, or whether it’s because you want a break, whether it’s just because you’re hungry… Universal CityWalk has a variety of quick bites for your taste buds! As you already know, there are plenty of full-service dining options at Universal CityWalk to […]

Minion Mayhem in the kitchen: How to make minion cupcakes

With all of the Minion Mayhem going on at Universal Orlando Resort lately, wouldn’t it be fun to have some of your own Minion Mayhem at home? You can with these super tasty and cute minion cupcakes! To make your Minion cupcakes you will need the following: Box cake mix (or your own from scratch […]

Fun Spot America celebrates grand re-opening; ride my new favorite Orlando coaster White Lightning!

Looking for a different type of park to visit in Orlando? A less expensive, lower key option perhaps? Look no further — Fun Spot is the place for you! The Fun Spot parks are a set of local, family-owned and operated amusement parks with locations in Orlando (on International Drive) and Kissimmee (on Hwy 192), […]

Icebar Orlando on I-Drive: Get your next drink served with 50 tons of ice

When you think of Orlando, the last thing you probably think of are parties in cold places. So you may not know that there is an arctic world awaiting you right on International Drive! It’s called the Icebar — and it’s gonna freeze your socks off. What is the IceBar you ask? It’s a bar, […]

Margaritaville Volcano Nachos – bring that volcano home!

If you have been to Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville at Universal CityWalk, then you most certainly are familiar with their famous Volcano Nachos. You can’t help but stare as you see a server walking by with that massive plate of tortilla chips topped with chili, cheese, guacamole, sour cream, jalapenos, tomatoes, and scallions. It is truly […]

Universal Studios Hollywood vs. Universal Studios Florida: An Orlando fan travels to where it all began

Every January for the past nine years we’ve had the tradition of vacationing to Orlando. But this year we stepped away from our usual winter escape and visited the great state of California. Even though we would be missing out on Universal Orlando, it was exciting to know that we would be visiting Universal Studios […]

The beaches of Clearwater & St. Pete: An award-wining destination when you need a break from Orlando

We had a free day during our recent Orlando vacation, so we decided to head over to Clearwater and St. Pete, home to world class beaches, an abundance of shops, dining and fun activities. What a wonderful time it was! When vacationing in the Orlando area, you have many beach options to choose from within […]

Hilton Garden Inn Orlando at SeaWorld: It’s earned my seal of excellence (and TripAdvisor’s too)

Hilton Garden Inn Orlando at SeaWorld is not only close to all of the SeaWorld attractions, but it is also just a mile from the Orange County Convention Center, all of the International Drive attractions, Universal Orlando and much more. The Orlando International Airport is also just twenty minutes away. This hotel is an Official […]

Leave Orlando and visit the world of odd at Ripley’s Believe It or Not

As you approach Ripley’s Believe It or Not on International Drive, you will realize something doesn’t look quite right… Indeed, the building appears to be upside-down and sinking right into the ground! This whacky exterior is just the start of all the oddities you will find inside. You might be wondering, who is this Ripley […]

Wawa convenience store: Hoagiefest arrives in Orlando!

Being from the North, and neighbors to Pennsylvania, we were somewhat familiar with the Wawa brand and have even visited them before. Yet, for some reason we had never tasted their offerings. The closest Wawa to us is three hours away, so it’s not often that we are near one. When we visited Orlando in […]

Experience Disney magic with an enchanting phone call to Epcot’s UK Pavilion

If you’ve visited Epcot you’ve probably noticed the candy apple red phone booths that are located in the UK Pavilion. You may have even posed for a photo inside, tried to cram your whole family into the booth, or even picked up the receiver to see if the phone actually works. Well, you might just […]

Lone Palm tiki bar at Margaritaville Cafe: Happy times & Happy Hour!

The Lone Palm is an outdoor tiki style bar that sits directly across from Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Cafe at CityWalk. You may have passed by without even noticing it, though it is hard to miss with the 60′ Albatross airplane that is parked at the Lone Palm. A fun fact about the Albatross, also known […]

Tijuana Flats: Come for the fresh mex, stay for the churros

Tijuana Flats opened its first location in Winter Park, Florida in 1995 by a young gentleman named Brian. The concept now has over 79 restaurants in 5 states and more on the way! Not only was Brian successful with his restaurants, but he also created his own line of hot sauces including the “Smack My […]

Hilton Grand Vacations Suites at SeaWorld: Love at first stay!

This was the first Hilton Grand Vacations property that I have ever stayed at, and it was love at first stay! The pools, beautiful grounds, luxurious rooms and friendly staff will have you feeling like you’re in your own personal paradise! I was in eighth grade during the time of our first stay at this […]

Texas de Brazil on International Drive: Calling all carnivores!

Texas de Brazil, located on International Drive near Universal Orlando, is an authentic Brazilian-American Churrascaria, or steakhouse. It combines the cuisine of Southern Brazil with the spirit of Texas, or simply put, a meat lover’s dream. The signature cooking style at a Churrascaria is the technique in which they cook the meat: grilled over an […]

A taste of Disney at home: Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner

During our most recent vacation to Orlando we finally spent a day at Walt Disney World for the first time in years. Seeing as we only had one day to explore the entire property we wanted to get there as early as possible. We decided we would grab something to eat at the park rather […]

Wet ‘n Wild Orlando: A water park for thrill seekers and party people!

Having recently taken on a huge love for water parks over the last few years, it was time for me to make my first visit to Wet ‘n Wild, located on International Drive. I’ve been visiting the Orlando area for over 20 years and had never been — it was definitely time! You will want […]

How to have fun on a rainy day around the International Drive area

One of the many great things about Orlando is that there is plenty to do, even on rainy days. Don’t let the rain spoil your fun! Here are some great ideas for rainy days around the International Drive area when the weather tries to soak your good mood:     Attractions Explore a world of […]

Homewood Suites Orlando – International Drive / Convention Center: Oldie but goodie

I always come across this hotel when I am doing research for trips. Usually for some reason or another I end up booking another property over this one. Well last Labor Day Expedia was have an amazing deal on vacation packages – flight, hotel and rental car – and this was the only hotel, within […]

Discovery Cove at SeaWorld Orlando: Swim away the day in this tropical paradise

We’ve been thinking about visiting SeaWorld’s Discovery Cove for several years and finally decided it was time to stop thinking about it and finally go! We went with the non dolphin swim package, which still has plenty to offer! The package included: Snorkeling with thousands of tropical fish and rays Hand feeding exotic birds in […]

Hilton Grand Vacations Club on I-Drive – review, photo gallery

Hilton Grand Vacations Club on International Drive (also known as Hilton Grand Vacations Suites) is the first property in Orlando that we have made a return visit. Not because other properties aren’t wonderful — it’s just so fun to explore different hotels and try them all out. We loved this one so much, though, we […]

Aquatica by SeaWorld: Waves of relaxation with a kick of family fun

This is the first time we have ever been to Aquatica, the waterpark at SeaWorld Orlando, and it exceeded our expectations! The park is absolutely beautiful. With rock facades, lush greens, pretty landscaping, white sand beaches to relax on and seamless integration between the water rides and animal exhibits. Aquatica has a great variety of […]

Thai Thani Restaurant: Delicious goodness in a beautiful setting

We have passed Thai Thani quite a few times during our Orlando visits and it has been on my “want to try” list for a while. I often research restaurants before visiting them and I came across a few bad reviews, which had me a little worried, but I had also read (and heard) so […]