Orlando Insider’s Guide

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Our Orlando Insider's Guide is a sampling of fun things to do in Orlando and to help you decide on what is best for your family.

There is so much to see and do in the Orlando area.  Our Insider's Guide can help you plan for the best visit.  Curl up in a comfortable chair and get a glass of your favorite beverage.  Enjoy.

 

The Orlando Eye

I Drive 360

Orlando Eye Complex I Drive 360 is Orlando's newest entertainment destination. I Drive 360 is home to the ICON Orlando,
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Disney Trading Pin Kiosk

Pin Trading at Disney

Beginning during the Millennium Celebration in 1999, Disney Pin Trading has become a popular sport for Walt Disney World Visitors. 
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Discover EPCOt

EPCOT

EPCOT was the vision of Walt Disney himself. His intent was to build a utopian world that was an experimental
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Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom was the first of the four parks to open in Walt Disney World. Beginning construction in 1967,
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Walt Disney World, Orlando

Walt Disney World, Orlando

Welcome to Disney World Walt Disney World Theme Parks Walt Disney World is comprised of four theme parks and two
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Entrance to Nemo at EPCOT

The Seas with Nemo & Friends- Discover EPCOT’s Best Kept Secret

Just keep swimming... This gentle ride is located the Future World of EPCOT. It is a favorite for young children
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The Official Florida Blueberry Festival

The Official Florida Blueberry Festival

The Official Florida Blueberry Festival is to be held at the brand new Formosa Garden’s Event Center in Kissimmee. This
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The International Flower & Garden Festival

The International Flower & Garden Festival at EPCOT

EPCOT transforms into a large garden for the festival. There are about 70,000 bedding plants arranged like giant paintings.
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Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

2019 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

Yes, it is January. And yes it is time to talk about Halloween! Tickets went on sale this week for
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Hogwarts High on the hill

Universal Studios Florida

Universal Studios Florida is a major theme park complex located at 6000 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32819.  It consists of two
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Disney Springs Town Center

Disney Springs

Nightlife in Orlando has many options. Disney Springs is just one of the major nightlife options available. This venue offer
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CityWalk

CityWalk

Creative Commons The entertainment district of Universal Studios, Florida CityWalk is the entertainment district of Universal Studios, Florida. It is
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Cocoa Beach Pier

Florida’s East Coast Beaches

When I think of Florida, two images come to mind. A day at the theme parks and a day with
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Cover of Discover Manatees Blog- Taken at Three Sister's spring

Discovering Florida’s Manatees

Your winter trip to Florida will be more exciting if you take the time to experience the manatees in their natural habitat. These gentle giants are fascinating to watch and you may learn something about them along the way.
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March of the Order at Hollywood Studios

How Has Disney’s Hollywood Studios Stood Up Over Time?

Disney's Hollywood Studios has a history of undergoing major changes and the present is no different. Originally, a team of
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Fireworks over Cinderella's Catle

New Years Eve 2019

The Orlando area offers lots of choices when it comes to ringing in the new year. Read about the events
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oh boy its raining

The Rain Survival Guide; 5 Ways To Enjoy The Rain In Orlando

Oh no! You've arrived in Sunny Florida to find out there is a rainy day in the forecast. Although the
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Flurry of Fun Christmas tree at Hollywood Studios

Flurry of Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Returning again this year to Hollywood Studios is the Flurry of Fun Holiday Celebration. This show debuted in 2017, replacing
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Strawberries

The Florida Strawberry Festival 2019

Plant City is famous its 10,000 plus acres of strawberries that are planted annually. Don't miss out on The Florida
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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is a special event held on select nights in November
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The Paddling Center sign

Steffee Landing Paddling Center on Shingle Creek

Recently, we had some time on our hands so we visited the Steffee Landing Paddling Center located on Shingle Creek.
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Hogsmeade Village at Island of Adventure, Orlando

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter If you are a Harry Potter fan, a trip to The Wizarding World of
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Windows Keys to the Kingdom

Disney’s Keys to The Kingdom Tour

Keys to the Kingdom tour Have you ever wondered what the Keys to the Kingdom Tour at the Magic Kingdom
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Pandora; The World of Avatar- The World Awakens After Dark

Pandora; The World of Avatar- The World Awakens After Dark

In May of 2017, the new attraction Pandora; The World of Avatar finally opened in the Animal Kingdom. And it
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Friends Gather

Drink, Eat, Gather & Shop; The Best Winery in Kissimmee

Experience Island Grove Wine Company in many ways. Whether you stop by to drink, eat, gather or shop, this newly
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mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Once again, in 2018 Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will be held at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. This after dark
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Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

If anyone in your family is a space enthusiast, the Visitor Complex at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is a
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Don't Hold Back on Gatorland; A Must See in Orlando

Don’t Hold Back on Gatorland; A Must See in Orlando

Gatorland calls itself a Theme Park, but it could just as easily be called a Zoo. There are many animals
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Universal's Volcano Bay

Universal’s Volcano Bay

Universal Studios Florida is calling the Volcano Bay water park a Polynesian themed park.  Why call it a theme park? 
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Pandora

Pandora: The World of Avatar

Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida is about to open an all new world in the Animal Kingdom
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Apps to Use at Walt Disney World

Apps to Use at Walt Disney World

We have heard that technology and the use of apps make our lives easier, but at the parks, it is
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picture across Lake Rianhard toward Bohemian Hotel, Celebration, FL

Celebration, FL

Looking for an evening of quiet? No large crowds- no lines. Then spend an evening in Celebration, Florida. Let me
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Have you ever wanted to see a real-live rocket launch?

Have you ever wanted to see a real-live rocket launch?

Have you ever wanted to see a real-live rocket launch?  Luckily, just over an hour drive, you can experience the
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Animal Kingdom Tree of Life

Animal Kingdom

A trip to Animal Kingdom is not like any of the other parks. It is half zoo (like any zoo
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Birding in Orlando

Birding in Orlando

Birding in Orlando is something you will do while vacationing there, whether you mean to or not. You can't help
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Five Things You Need To Know About The New Security At The Parks

Five Things You Need To Know About The New Security At The Parks

This week is the busiest time of year for the Orlando theme parks so we have put together the five
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skeletons museum

Why Skeletons Will Make You Question Everything

When you visit the Orlando Eye complex you do not want to miss a fascinating little museum called Skeletons: Animals
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close up of alligator

Alligators… Love At First Sight

By Guest Blogger Dave   For me it was Alligators Love At First Sight. When we first visited Florida I
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Dining Out In Orlando with Food Allergies and Dietary Restrictions

Dining Out In Orlando with Food Allergies and Dietary Restrictions

  One of the primary reasons we own vacation rental homes is because of my extensive food allergies and other
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Five factors when booking

Five Most Important Factors To Consider When Booking A Vacation Rental Home

Renting a vacation rental home has changed the way we vacation.  If this is your first time renting a vacation
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Phineas & Ferb

Think You’re Cut Out For Stopping Evil With Phineas & Ferb?

Save the day and become your own special agent and work along with Agent P to stop the evil Dr.
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Insanely good entertainment at five family-friendly restaurants in Walt Disney World.

Insanely good entertainment at five family-friendly restaurants in Walt Disney World.

Did you know that if you ate at a different restaurant, in the Orlando area, for all of your meals
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What Wikipedia Can't Tell You: 12 Must Haves For The Parks

What Wikipedia Can’t Tell You: 12 Must Haves For The Parks

    A trip to Orlando is an exciting adventure for the whole family.  There is a lot of planning
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The Ultimate Theme Park Vacation Packing List

The Ultimate Theme Park Vacation Packing List

That long awaited vacation if finally coming up……………..fast. Time to start panicking about what to pack, or is it. Take
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This four bedroom, 2 bath home is located close to the resort Clubhouse.

Want to visit Disney World, but have to live within a tight budget?

Want to Visit Disney World, But Have To Live Within a Tight Budget?   Start thinking vacation rental homes, particularly
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Healthy and easy snacks for the parks

Healthy and easy snacks for the parks

It is always a good idea to bring some snacks for the kids to eat at the parks, and as
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So, what about this myth of the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game?

So, what about this myth of the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom game?

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom: Does it really exist and is it really free?  Well............yes and sort of.  It has
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Who Really Uses Disney's Photo Maker and How does it work?

Who Really Uses Disney’s Memory Maker and How Does It Work?

Yup, that’s right, I have never ever used Disney’s Memory Maker.  I am a bit of a skeptic by nature
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Pelican at Anna Maria Island Florida

Gulf Coast Beaches

About 90 miles west of the Orlando area, lies the Gulf of Mexico known for its warm, calm waters and
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Girl Biking

Biking

Thinking about squeezing in a little biking while you are in the Orlando area.........you won't be disappointed! Biking is a
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Fishing Central Florida

Fishing Central Florida

Central Florida has over 60,000 acres of freshwater fishing opportunities. Florida is the "Bass Fishing Capital of the World."  
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Orange Lake Legends Golf Vacation Rental near Disney

Golf in Orlando

If you love golf, then the Orlando area is the place for you because it is a golfer’s paradise. There
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