Friday, November 28, 2008

Festival of the Seasons.

From November 28th 2008 to December 24th 2008 Downtown Disney is a great place to shop for Christmas, it has a wonderful atmosphere with a sparkling array of lights, window displays to feast the eye, great restaurants, music and entertainment throughout, carol singers creating the sounds and aura of Christmas.

More information can be found at

Sunday, November 23, 2008

The ‘Now Snowing Event’ returns to Downtown Celebration

This is a Wonderfully Magical Event…

I saw it for myself last year and, well, it just makes you cry. If Disney brings out the kid in you and makes you smile so much - then this is even, even better.

Running from 11/29/08 to 12/31/08 with 10 minute shows at 6pm, 7pm, 8pm & 9pm.

Go with kids or grown ups (?) for a snowy old time.

Covered in this article from the Gaylord Palms site…

Now Snowing in Downtown Celebration - Christmas in Orlando

A House Sales boost for Orlando and Kissimmee.

If you have spare cash or are looking for an investment that will surely hold up in an always developing area. Now is the time to buy in the Orlando area, as told in this following news item from the Orlando Sentinel.

On our web sites, our Associate Realtors, Jaime and Vanessa Barnes, are very likable people and effective in analysing what you may need. Visit them here…

Foreclosed houses boost existing-home sales in Orlando area --

Friday, November 21, 2008

Disney cruise ships are updating their on-board theatres.

Disney's Cruise Ships will be featuring 3-D movies and plan to add lasers, and new effects with the latest technology. Orlando Sentinel has more information in the following news item…

Orlando Sentinel - Disney cruise ships will feature 3D movies on Tourism Central Florida

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Happy Birthday Mickey!

Today is the 80th birthday of the most famous mouse ever, well done Walt Disney, did you ever have a good idea.

News story found at WDW News Today.

Happy 80th Birthday Mickey!!! | WDW News Today

Monday, November 17, 2008

Looping bike trail flows from St. Johns River to the sea

In what should be a great boost for tourists who enjoy cycling. A new cycle trail, due to open in 2013 a cycle trail, which involves a seven day journey through 260 miles of Florida Counties. This could be a vacation in itself.

Story found at

Looping bike trail flows from St. Johns River to the sea --

Friday, November 14, 2008

Dogs love Santa, too

This one may be only for local residents…

Go to Downtown Disney and have a photo taken of your dog with Santa! Well, if you're into that sort of thing!

Pets are, of course, great companions to all. You should though take a few minutes to check out reality first – or maybe just have a good time in this most joyous of seasons… Merry Christmas to all.

Story from OrlandoSentinel

Orlando Sentinel - Dogs love Santa, too by

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Happy birthday, young Lancelot and Guinevere

Medieval Times have a great idea for a children's birthday party. A Right Royal Occasion is guaranteed for all with feastin and joustin…

Story found at Orlando Sentinel

Orlando Sentinel - Happy birthday, young Lancelot and Guinevere by

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Christmas Celebration at Magic Kingdom Park

Mickey’s Christmas Party with special parade, stage shows, fireworks and much more.

November 10th to December 19th 2008

For more information see here…

Monday, November 03, 2008

Disney's Hall of Presidents prepares for it’s new arrival

The only downside to this election is that the Hall of Presidents closes for an extended period while new audio animatronics figure is added.

Story found at Orlando Sentinel

Orlando Sentinel - Disney's Hall of Presidents prepares for new arrival on Tourism Central Florida

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Olympic diver Tom Daley in SeaWorld

Fourteen-year-old British diver Tom Daley will be making an appearance Wednesday, Oct. 22, at SeaWorld Orlando. Daley, who finished seventh in the 10-meter platform competition of the Beijing Olympics this summer, will be performing several of his dives in a special exhibition before the last performance of the park's "Blue Horizons" show.

Theme-park visitors will be allowed into the Whale & Dolphin Theatre at 5 p.m. for the 5:15 appearance. "Blue Horizons" begins at 5:30

Orlando Sentinel - Olympic diver Tom Daley to jump in before SeaWorld show by

Neals' "Complete Walt Disney World" wins book award.

Julie and Mike Neal residents of Celebration, have just won a Writers Digest international award for nonfiction.

Orlando Sentinel - Neals' "Complete Walt Disney World" wins book award on Tourism Central Florida

Monday, October 20, 2008

Friday, October 17, 2008

Disney site features virtual tour of Bay Lake Tower

Story found at Orlando Sentinel -16 October 2008

Disney Vacation Club has launched a new promotional website to fuel sales in the Bay Lake Tower at its Contemporary Resort. [more…]

More on the Orlando Hotels Blog

Bonnet Creek to create 75-acre nature preserve

Story found at Orlando Sentinel - 16 October 2008

The developers of Bonnet Creek resort said Wednesday that they will include a private nature preserve as part of the 482-acre resort. [more…]

More on the Green Orlando Blog

Parking, car-renting, cabs to get more expensive at MCO on Tourism Central Florida

Looks like prices are`rising at Orlando International Airport (OIA)…

Orlando Sentinel - Parking, car-renting, cabs to will get more expensive at OIA on Tourism Central Florida

Green Works Orlando


City of Orlando unveils Greening Project. -

Story found at City of Orlando website

“Message from Mayor Buddy Dyer

I am proud and excited to unveil Green Works Orlando, the City’s first comprehensive plan to protect our natural resources, encourage environmentally-friendly lifestyles and business practices and engage everyone who lives, works and visits Central Florida in the effort to “go green.”

Green Works Orlando is an environmental action agenda designed to transform Orlando into one of the most environmentally-conscious cities in America. In order to achieve this ambitious goal, our plan focuses on immediate and dramatic actions to" [more]

We can all help as citizens and visitors. Just by turning off lights and driving carefully and safely.

Visitors can take care about water usage. Be sensible with showering and use those towels in an environmentally friendly way. It all helps.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

T-Rex Cafe now greeting customers at Downtown Disney

The T-Rex Cafe opened today at Downtown Disney, likened to The Rainforest Cafe. Landry's Restaurants Inc. is behind both Rainforest and T-Rex.


Orlando Sentinel - T-Rex Cafe now greeting customers at Downtown Disney by

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Wizarding World of Harry Potter

This  much awaited attraction is due to open  at  Universal’s Island of Adventure in 2010

Story found at-

Orlando Sentinel - Theme Park Rangers: Wizarding World of Harry Potter archives by

Friday, September 19, 2008

Free admission to Walt Disney World on your birthday.

Next Year you can get into Walt Disney World ‘free’ on your birthday

Orlando Sentinel - Free admission to WDW on your birthday by

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Titanic exhibit moving back to I-Drive Florida


The Famous Ship is sailing back to International Drive, with plans for new additions and renovations.

Sentinel - Titanic moving back to I-Drive on Tourism Central Florida

Friday, September 12, 2008

Living in Orlando

Imagine living in Orlando…

Warm (nay hot), busy and just begging for you to bring your ‘you’ to it.

Yes it’s boring and humdrum as all life is. But here you at least have an opportunity to ‘star’. It’s going to be down to you and the American Way to succeed and what better place to try.

A failure here is down to you.

OK the job market is overcrowded but you can stand out here if you have ‘it’.

Hold out for that job at a Theme Park. If you are the right person you will get it.

Start at the bottom and work your way up.

People live in Orlando and not everybody is a visitor.

The whole entertainment industry and infrastructure of this tourism based city is run by humans – just like you.

Find a place to live in Orlando.

This page shows the areas where you may want to buy a home to rent to visitors before your move with links to a Real Estate Agent who can find that home for you -

Orlando, Orlando, Orlando.

What is it about Orlando?

Is it just the Theme Parks?

Maybe it is but maybe it’s the fact that because it holds ‘The Happiest Kingdom’ it has become the ‘Happiest Place on Earth’.

There can be few places that all members of the family, even the kids, are happy to go to.

Every day hundreds of planes land filled with happy people.

Take the entire family any other place and somebody won’t want to go…

Kids don’t want to visit Grandma. Pop doesn’t want to spend two weeks with the kids. Mom just want’s a happy family and sun.

Well, here they can have it all.

Sure it’s over commercialised but so are our lives.

Orlando is a perfect reflection of modern life. Fast, busy and packed with all the things we would like to do all the time….

Food – everything you could ever want at almost any quality and price range.

Entertainment – come on Las Vegas has the casinos but Orlando has, well, everything. You can even gamble if you want (need to have your sea legs with you though)

Shopping – Discount Malls and ‘regular’ shopping. Discount Malls for all and regular shopping for international visitors to marvel at all those American things that they can’t get.

Transport – Well the car is king but as expected the Rental selection is vast. Warm weather tempts a convertible. Vacation mentality draws you to the special set of wheels that you can’t afford for everyday use. As a ‘Great American City’ Orlando has great communication by road and is improving and tweaking them constantly. Check out - - for an overview of the system.


Hi and welcome to this Blog…

Going to try and make visiting Orlando as easy an experience as possible for all visitors.

Will add hints & tips and news as regularly as possible.

Have a great visit.

Here's a good place to start -