A Dream of a Deal for Florida Residents at Walt Disney World

Posted by: Amy, Travel Guide Posted Date: 03/31/2010

Florida residents can enjoy incredible savings with the 4-Day Dream Pass at any of the Walt Disney World theme parks . On select dates from now until May 25, 2010, Orlando locals and all Florida residents can save on admission to the parks.

One Day, One Theme Park

Take your time and enjoy one park per day.  You won’t feel rushed and you can choose to go when the park isn’t overly crowded.  You don’t have to go on consecutive days either. Enjoy Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and Hollywood Studios on different days.  You might choose to go to a particular park when there is a special activity such as Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival.  With proof of Florida residency, $99 plus tax can get you a day at any of Walt Disney World’s theme parks.  Now, that’s a dream of a deal.

OrlandoTravelHotels.com  will help you locate all the fun filled activities at the theme parks  and throughout the Orlando area as well as help you plan your transportation , book flights , reserve hotel rooms  at more – all in one convenient place. Visit our website today where you will find great rates  to plan your entire trip to Florida!

Easter Brunch in Orlando

Posted by: Sandy, Travel Guide Posted Date: 03/30/2010

Easter brunch in OrlandoEaster is this weekend and what better time to celebrate family, friends and the arrival of spring than with a delicious Easter Brunch. Mom gets a break from the kitchen and everyone can enjoy good food and a time well spent together.

For many, Easter is a very important date beginning with a traditional sunrise or very early church service. So an Easter Sunday brunch may be the perfect follow up for friends and families to gather.

Orlando is loaded with wonderful restaurants all over the city and outlying areas. A small sampling of  local restaurants that will be geared up to welcome you for Easter Brunch include:

  • Luma on Park   in Winter Park offering a modern version of delicious American food.
  • Capriccio Grill  – I Drive – offering traditional American and Italian cuisine.
  • Funky Monkey Wine Company   on Mills Ave. offering a different twist with Asian & Pacific Rim, Fusion, and Japanese & Sushi fare.
  • Fiorella’s at Westin Imagine Orlando   on Universal Blvd. where a couple of the specialties include Lobster Ravioli and Chicken Rollatini and an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids.

If you’re planning a weekend in Orlando, start with OrlandoTravelHotels.com  where it’s easy to find the best of Orlando year round - restaurants , attractions , entertainment  and more.  You can also book flights and make hotel reservations. Best of all you can be sure with the 110% rate guarantee  that you will be getting a great deal.

Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit

Posted by: Amy, Travel Guide Posted Date: 03/29/2010

If you are one of those people who loves roller coasters, don’t pass up the chance to ride the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit at Universal Orlando.  Rockit opened late last year and has received rave reviews from roller coaster enthusiasts.

Rockit Uses Ground-Breaking Roller Coaster Technology

A friend of mine and her son road it last week and said it was one of the best and certainly, most unique, roller coasters they have ever ridden.  It has the world’s largest non-inverted loop and spiraling, negative-gravity move. Reaching 65 mph and stretching over 17 stories tall in spots, you will have the ride of a lifetime. 

You can even pick out the music of your choice from your very own touchpad at your seat.  Your ride is videotaped so you will have a truly visual memory of your experience.  Get the thrill of some “first-ever” roller coaster technology on the wild and crazy Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit at Universal Orlando. Check out all the fun at the Orlando theme parks  at Walt Disney World.

If you’re looking for great hotel deals , flights to Orlando , rental cars  and entertainment  while you’re in town, check out OrlandoTravelHotels.com  where you can find everything you need to make your trip a success.
 

 

 

Enjoy the Fun at Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Posted by: Amy, Travel Guide Posted Date: 03/26/2010

Who doesn’t love a trip to the zoo?  If you live in Orlando or are visiting the area, take a couple of hours or a day and visit the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens .  The zoo is a great place to take the kids for a day or to just relax and see some amazing animals and gardens.

A Fun Day for the Entire Family at the Zoo

Central Florida Zoo has over 400 animals and plenty of activities and attractions.  See the zoo from an animal’s perspective through the aerial adventure course, ZOOm Air Adventure Park .  You will find a host of animals including insects, birds, reptiles, mammals, and amphibians. 

Tropical Plants and Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Ground

View a tropical paradise of lush plants and flowers.  Once you’ve seen all the animals and plants, take a break and dip your toes in the cool waters of the Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Ground.  There is an abundance of activities to keep the entire family entertained at the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens .  Make your plans to attend today!

 

 

Whether you’re local or visiting in the Orlando area, OrlandoTravelHotels.com  can help you stay on top of upcoming events  and fun things to do in the Central Florida area. If you’re coming into or leaving Orlando, you can find great vacation packages  too

Orlando Information for All Activities

Posted by: Amy, Travel Guide Posted Date: 03/25/2010

You've booked your travel to Orlando and got great deals on your flight , hotel , and rental car  through OrlandoTravelHotels.com .  Maybe you have a main reason for visiting Orlando such as going to the theme parks or going to see your favorite baseball team in spring training.  But what will you do with the rest of your time?  Orlando and Central Florida offer so many exciting activities; you almost need a local tour guide.

Orlando Offers Local Expert Advice for Your Trip

When in an unfamiliar place, how many times have you asked questions like, "Where is a good Italian restaurant?" or "How do I get to a certain location?"  Some places to get answers to your questions are at the local Visitor's Bureau or any number of travel centers located in the Orlando area.  These are wonderful resources for expert tips and advice on things to do in the area, local restaurants, and directions.  Explore all Orlando and Central Florida have to offer by taking some time to stop in at a travel center or visitor's bureau while you’re in town.

It’s easy to find the best of Orlando - restaurants , attractions , entertainment  and more.  You can also book flights and make hotel reservations. Best of all you can be sure with the 110% rate guarantee  that you will be getting a great deal when you plan your trip through OrlandoTravelHotels.com .

Florida Film Festival 2010

Posted by: Amy, Travel Guide Posted Date: 03/24/2010

This year’s Florida Film Festival begins April 9th and continues for 10 glorious film, food, and festive days.  The Florida Film Festival is one of the top and most respected regional film festivals in the country.  The films will be shown at 4 different theater venues in and around Orlando.  You can find unbelievable deals on hotel accommodations  close to any of the venues for films or special events. 

A Film Festival Offering True Southern Hospitality

The theme surrounding this year’s festival is the celebration of home.  The festival itself will provide the best of Southern hospitality.  There will be the wildly popular Film, Food, and Wine Celebration on opening night aptly entitled No Grits, No Glory.  You will see premiers of cutting-edge films and can have plenty of opportunities for socializing at special events.  Get your tickets now to participate in the 19th annual Florida Film Festival.

It’s easy to find the best of Orlando - restaurants , attractions , entertainment  and more.  You can also book flights and make hotel reservations. Best of all you can be sure with the 110% rate guarantee  that you will be getting a great deal when you plan your trip through OrlandoTravelHotels.com .

 

 

Ellen DeGeneres Heads Back to Orlando March 28th

Posted by: Amy, Travel Guide Posted Date: 03/23/2010

The Ellen DeGeneres Show  is coming back to Universal CityWalk in Orlando for another taping of her show.  DeGeneres will once again bring back her unique sense of humor for two tapings on Sunday, March 28, 2010.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show is an Emmy award-wining daytime program.  Her tapings are always sell-outs and abound in good humor, music, and guests.  The CityWalk tapings will include a “Riff Raff” Street Party where you can view the shows on huge television screens and enjoy musical guests. 

Stay at a hotel  near Universal CityWalk so you can be in close proximity to the show and other popular Orlando attractions.  Don’t miss your opportunity to see the hilariously funny Ellen DeGeneres as she tapes two of her episodes at CityWalk.

OrlandoTravelHotels.com  will help you locate all the fun filled activities in the Orlando area as well as help you plan your transportation , book flights , reserve hotel rooms  at more – all in one convenient place. Visit our website today where you will find great rates  to plan your entire trip to Florida!
 

 

 

MLB Spring Training and Spring Break Make a Combo

Posted by: Amy, Travel Guide Posted Date: 03/22/2010

Spring TrainingWe've talked about the number of Major League Baseball teams who call Florida home during spring training.  With spring break upon us, lots of families are visiting Orlando and the surrounding area.  Why not take in one of the games between your favorite team and an opponent while you’re in town?  Many families book flights   into Orlando from all parts of the country to see their favorite team during spring training.

Big Hot Dogs, Big Fun

A co-worker in Orlando recently drove over to Tampa to take in a game between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays. Tampa is just a bunt, slide, and line drive from Orlando.  It was a beautiful day for him and his fiancé, along with about 10,000 other baseball fans, to enjoy a day at the ballpark. He said the parking was close with easy access both in and out.

There is nothing like relaxing in the sun with a big ol’ hot dog and cold beverage while a baseball game is going on and he reports that the hot dogs were the largest he had ever seen! Adding to the excitement of the day was watching Evan Longoria hit a homerun in the first inning to start the game off right for Tampa Bay.

While you’re visiting Orlando, check out the MLB teams and spring training  in the area and enjoy a great game.  You can also get the most popular souvenirs, and if you hang out after the game, you might even get the autograph of your favorite player.

If you’re looking for great hotel deals , flights to Orlando , rental cars  and entertainment  while you’re in town, check out OrlandoTravelHotels.com  where you can find everything you need to make your trip a success.

Get Ready for the Wonderful, Magical, Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Posted by: Sandy, Travel Guide Posted Date: 03/19/2010

Scheduled to open very soon (May 2010), the world awaits the opening of the 20 acre theme park, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Orlando.

Inspired by J.K. Rowling's gripping stories and characters, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will provide visitors with an amazingly unique experience complete with exciting attractions, shops and restaurants.

Enter the Magical World of Harry Potter

Harry Potter fans can hardly wait to enter through the massive gates to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where they can visit Dumbledore’s Office, the Room of Requirement and much more.

The Castle and The Thrills

Hogwarts Castle awaits with thrills like never before via state-of-the-art attractions such as Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Dragon Challenge and Flight of the Hippogriff.

Treasures and Feasts

Shop for magical treasures to take home with you from the Shops at Hogsmeade and fill your belly at Three Broomsticks or the Hog’s Head.

It won’t be much longer before you can venture into the wonderful, magical, Wizarding world of adventure - Harry Potter Style.

It’s easy to find the best of Orlando - restaurants , attractions , entertainment  and more.  You can also book flights and make hotel reservations. Best of all you can be sure with the 110% rate guarantee  that you will be getting a great deal when you plan your trip through OrlandoTravelHotels.com .

 

 

51st Annual Winter Park Arts Festival Happens This Weekend

Posted by: Sandy, Travel Guide Posted Date: 03/18/2010

Everyone in the Central Florida Area and visitors from far and wide look forward to the fantastic Winter Park Sidewalk Arts Festival, and it’s happening this weekend, March 19th – 21st.

Art, Music and Entertainment

This is the 51st show and it is sure not to be disappointing for art lovers and anyone just looking for a wonderful way to spend a pleasant day in Winter Park. Not only are there some of the best artists from around the country displaying their work, there is also beautiful music including performances by jazz artist/original songwriter Peter White (Friday), soul-jazz flutist Althea Rene (Saturday), and smooth jazz guitarist Tim Bowman (Sunday).

Great Food

There is no shortage of great food to keep your taste buds delighted no matter what kind of food you love best. Food vendors include Hurricane Grill & Wings, Enrique’s Place Latin Grill, Vegetarian Oasis, San Francisco Puffs & Stuff, Inc and more.

Budding Artists

Be sure to take time to view the artwork created by elementary, middle and high school students from Orange County public and private schools on display in the Leon Theodore Schools Exhibit located in the big white tents across the railroad tracks, behind the post office, near the stage in North Central Park.

Take Home This Year’s Festival Poster

Take home this year’s festival poster created by Ken Bowser. It will look great framed and hanging in your home to remind you of a great day at the 51st Annual Winter Park Sidewalk Arts Festival . Don’t miss it!

Don’t bring your pets to the festival, but do bring a hearty appetite for food, fun and great works of art!

It’s easy to find the best of Orlando - restaurants , attractions , entertainment  and more.  You can also book flights and make hotel reservations. Best of all you can be sure with the 110% rate guarantee  that you will be getting a great deal when you plan your trip through OrlandoTravelHotels.com .

Flower Power at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

Posted by: Sandy, Travel Guide Posted Date: 03/17/2010

When you think of a flower and garden festival, you might think it would be only for moms or gardeners, but not so – not at the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival! True to form, Disney doesn’t put on boring events, and you can always count on there being something for everyone of all ages to enjoy. And so it is with the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

Butterflies and Flowers! Oh the Joys of Mother Nature

In full swing from March 3 through May 16, 2010, the entire family can have a wonderful experience at Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival . You’ll see the best and most colorful of Mother Nature’s beautiful plants and flowers, stunning topiaries, and more. If you’re a gardener on any level whether master gardener or amateur, you’re sure to discover beautiful plants that you will want to try in your own garden.

And who at any age doesn’t love the sight of beautiful butterflies flitting around colorful flowers. Minnie’s Magnificent Butterfly Garden is sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face.

Flower Power, Music and Fun at Epcot

Flower Power is still alive and well at the American Gardens Theatre where you can enjoy great music of the 60s and 70s on weekend evenings.

For the Kids at the Flower and Garden Festival

The younger set is sure to enjoy the fantastic topiary characters and enjoy the fun at Let’s Get Moving, Pixie Hollow Fairy Garden, The Princess and the Frog Wedding Bayou and much more.

So whether you’re local or heading to Orlando for a little fun in the sun, don’t miss this wonderful yearly event at Epcot from now through mid May.

OrlandoTravelHotels.com  will help you locate all the fun filled activities in the Orlando area as well as help you plan your transportation , book flights , reserve hotel rooms  at more – all in one convenient place. Visit our website today where you will find great rates  to plan your entire trip to Florida!

 

 

Boston Coffee House in Orlando Helps to Jumpstart Your Day

Posted by: Amy, Travel Guide Posted Date: 03/16/2010

Business travelers are among some of the heartiest coffee drinkers.  Most of us need that extra caffeine to make it through the presentations and meetings of the day.  As a business traveler, I like to find unique coffee shops during my travel in Orlando.

Boston Coffeehouse Received Florida Award

Florida Monthly Magazine recently awarded Boston Coffeehouse  the "Best Coffeehouse in the State".  There are several locations around the Orlando area and you should stop in on your next trip to see why Boston Coffeehouse has been featured in Southern Living.  I don't know about you, but I often need a little bit more than a muffin to jumpstart me in the mornings. 

Great Lunches and Specialty Drinks

Boston Coffeehouse offers a varied menu with a little more meat to it than some traditional coffee shops.   Their lunches are substantial and their specialty drinks will be just the thing to get you over that afternoon slump.  Get the boost you need to start your day off right or to be able to finish out your day with a visit to Boston Coffeehouse in the Orlando and the Central Florida area.

If you’re traveling to the Orlando Area for business, discover OrlandoTravelHotels.com  where you can plan your entire trip and find the best rates around. You can book flights , reserve hotel rooms , rent a car   and find the best restaurants  in town – all in one convenient place.
 

 

 

Head to Orlando for the Ultimate Tile and Stone Experience

Posted by: Amy, Travel Guide Posted Date: 03/15/2010

Orlando is host to Coverings 2010 , The Ultimate Tile and Stone Experience.  Coverings is one of the largest tile and stone exhibitions in the Western Hemisphere.  This year’s exhibition will be at the Orange County Convention Center April 27-30, 2010.

Coverings Showcases the Latest in Tile and Stone Designs 

It is the perfect opportunity for those in the industry from architects and designers to fabricators and contractors to see a global representation of products from more than 600 exhibitors. 

Save on travel expenses to Coverings by finding deals for hotels, rental cars, flights, and more at OrlandoTravelHotels.com .  Book rooms close to the Orange County Convention Center.  You will also find plenty of restaurants  in the area.  Stay close to ensure you have plenty of time available for networking with those in your industry.  Register today for Coverings  and see the latest and greatest in materials and trends.
 

 

 

Central Florida Airshow

Posted by: Travel Expert Posted Date: 03/12/2010
If you love airshows, make sure not to miss the 33rd annual Tico Warbird 2010 Airshow. Get a great deal on your own flight into Orlando International Airport and take a short ride over to Titusville for this memorable event on March 12-14, 2010.

Lisa Lampanelli in Orlando

Posted by: Travel Expert Posted Date: 03/11/2010
See “Comedy’s Loveable Queen of Mean”, Lisa Lampanelli, at Hard Rock Live in Orlando on April 9, 2010. Known for her no-holds barred insults,, she plays to packed houses everywhere she goes.

Seven Fun-Filled Orlando Day Trips

Posted by: Travel Expert Posted Date: 03/10/2010
While there are plenty of things to do in Orlando, there are some wonderful top destinations within driving distance. Rent a car and take a couple of day trips while you are in town.

Top Ten Things Business Travelers Want in a Hotel

Posted by: Travel Expert Posted Date: 03/09/2010
Orlando is a hot spot for travel, not just pleasure either. Orlando is a top destination for business travel. There are many conventions held here during the year and many companies are headquartered in Orlando. If you are a frequent business traveler in the Orlando area, there are many Orlando hotels catering to the services you need and want.

Orlando Rated Top Summer Travel Destination

Posted by: Travel Expert Posted Date: 03/08/2010

In a recent poll conducted by the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), Orlando has once again ranked #1 as the top summer travel destination in 2010.  Florida also came out #1 as the top state destination for the upcoming summer.

Orlando Has Something for Everyone

It’s no small wonder Orlando comes out as the favorite.  There is a plethora of activities for the entire family.  The top theme parks  in the world are located in Orlando along with luxurious accommodations , and restaurants  to suit any taste. 

Pristine beaches  are just a short drive from Orlando.  Simply put, Orlando and the surrounding Central Florida area has something for everyone.  Get fantastic travel deals  to Orlando today and experience for yourself why everyone wants to come here. OrlandoTravelHotels.com  is the place to plan your entire trip.

Discover Orlando Boutique Hotels for the Ultimate Comfort and Style

Posted by: Travel Expert Posted Date: 03/05/2010

Maybe you are one of those travelers, whether it is for business or personal pleasure, who just doesn’t like a huge hotel housing thousands of guests.  Or perhaps you are looking for personalized service not normally available at larger hotels.  If you fall into either of these categories, a boutique hotel could be perfect for your stay in Orlando.

Uniquely Designed Hotel

Boutique hotels are normally unique in their designs.  It might be the style of architecture that makes it unique or maybe it’s a theme.  Orlando has many boutique hotels to provide you with a wonderful experience while in town. 

The EO Inn and Spa  located in downtown Orlando is one example of a boutique hotel.  But there are others located in different parts of town.  Locate the Orlando boutique hotel for you at great prices at OrlandoTravelHotels.com .  Get away from the crowd and enjoy your stay at any of the Orlando area boutique hotels.

It’s easy to find the best of Orlando - restaurants , attractions , entertainment  and more.  You can also book flights and make hotel reservations. Best of all you can be sure with the 110% rate guarantee  that you will be getting a great deal when you plan your trip through OrlandoTravelHotels.com .

 

 

Bring Some Change for the Central Florida Toll Roads

Posted by: Travel Expert Posted Date: 03/04/2010

Toll Roads in OrlandoLaptop, check.  Presentation, check.  Pocket change for tolls, uh-oh.  When you spend a lot of time traveling for business, you don’t often think about having cash on you when you charge most everything to the company credit card.  If you are meeting with customers in and around Orlando, it’s a pretty good idea to bring some cash with you for toll charges.

Be Prepared for Toll Roads When Traveling in Central Florida

Florida has almost 700 miles of toll roads so it’s a pretty good bet you are going to run across a couple of toll booths.  There are five different toll roads in the Orlando area including the Florida Turnpike, Beachline Expressway, and Seminole Expressway. 

Look into a prepaid electronic toll pass if you travel the area frequently.  When you are making that travel checklist, don’t forget to add some pocket change for tolls.

Booking your hotel rooms through OrlandoTravelHotels.com offers the 110% rate guarantee in addition to great rates to begin with. You can book your hotels, book flights, rent a car and plan your activities for a great vacation in Orlando all in one easy place.
 

Don’t Miss the Central Florida Boat Show in Early March

Posted by: Travel Expert Posted Date: 03/03/2010

As in don’t miss the Central Florida Boat Show  to be held at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, FL on March 5-7, 2010.  This 43rd running makes the Central Florida Boat Show the longest running in the area.

Be Boat Ready for the Summer

This premiere boat show will feature more than 500 boats from more than 100 manufacturers.  Come check out all the new models and technology available in fishing boats, cruisers, yachts, runabouts, pontoons, ski boats, and many more. 

Listen in on informative seminars discussing specific topics regarding all types of fishing and Florida fishing locations.  Find great deals on area hotels  or find great restaurants  in close proximity to the Orange County Convention Center at OrlandoTravelHotels.com . See what all the excitement is about by attending the 43rd Annual Central Florida Boat Show.
 

Orlando for Chocolate Lovers

Posted by: Travel Expert Posted Date: 03/02/2010

Attention chocolate lovers!  The Orlando Science Center is playing host to The Festival of Chocolate.  Taste some of the most delectable chocolate creations, participate in making chocolate sensations, and watch some fierce competition between chocolate chefs. 

The Orlando Science Center offers four floors of exhibits and experiences which encourage learning in a fun way.  The Festival of Chocolate is just one of their many special events held during the year.   Book a hotel  room conveniently located near The Orlando Science Center so you can enjoy the two-day event.

A Chocolate Filled Weekend

The Festival of Chocolate will satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth.  Purchase your “chocolate chip” coins to purchase a variety of decadent chocolate items.  Visit the one-of-a-kind chocolate museum, view demonstrations by award-winning pastry chefs, and participate in classes or interactive activities. 

Kids Will Love The Variety of Events

Your kids will love Kids-4-Chocolate where they can design, create, and decorate chocolate goodies.  Complimentary entry to The Festival of Chocolate is included with your paid admission into the Orlando Science Center. 

Purchase your ticket in advance to be entered into the drawing to earn a spot as one of the chocolate judges.  Plan on being at The Festival of Chocolate March 6-7, 2010 for a fun, chocolate-filled weekend.

It’s easy to find the best of Orlando - restaurants , attractions , entertainment  and more whether you’re local or visiting.  Orlando visitors can book flights and make hotel reservations. Best of all you can be sure with the 110% rate guarantee  that you will be getting a great deal when you plan your trip through OrlandoTravelHotels.com .

 

 

Florida Car Rental Extras

Posted by: Travel Expert Posted Date: 03/01/2010

Car RentalBooking your travel to the Orlando, Florida area?  Don’t forget to reserve your car  so you can take some excursions to visit popular locations. 

Equipped for Fun and Riding Comfort

When making your rental car reservation, think about accessories that might come in handy while you are visiting the Sunshine State. 

  • Going to the beaches? Add a roof rack for your surfboards or luggage and a bike rack for bicycles. 
  • Do you know how to get where you want to go?  A GPS navigational system can help get you to the right location with relative ease. 
  • Got Children? Toddler or infant seat rentals mean you don’t have to lug yours on the airplane. 

Don’t crowd everyone on the inside of the car with all your accessories.  Add accessories to the outside of the car so you can travel in comfort.  You can find great travel deals, including rental cars and all the needed attachments, at OrlandoTravelHotels.com .

If you’re planning a trip to the Orlando Area and you’re looking for a way to decide what to do with your time, where to stay and how to get from one place to another, OrlandoTravelHotels.com  is your answer. You can book flights , reserve hotel rooms  and find the best entertainment  options around – all in one place.


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