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Fun Spot USA

“Fun Spot USA” next to “Old Town” in Kissimmee, Florida have recently added a couple of new additions to the park.

The new “Power Trip Coaster” allows up to 4 people to ride together side by side in each stand-alone car.
This attraction is very different from the traditional roller coasters that we all know and love in the sense that the car spins in a circle while moving along a track that curves and dips throughout. The Power Trip coaster is 42 ft. high and boasts a top speed of 29 mph giving guests an extended 1 minute 30 second ride experience.

Also open at Fun Spot USA is an air conditioned arcade which includes the newest arcade games out today. Included is a prize redemption center as motivation to play hard and win each game. The number of tickets won at the end of your stay will allow you to choose from a series of prizes available at each reclamation level.

As visitors take notice of the new attractions, don’t forget why people come here in the first place…..the Thrills! Ride the World’s Tallest SkyCoaster standing to 300 ft. in the air. After being slowly pulled to the top, riders pull their own rip cord and experience a 120 ft. free fall straight down reaching speeds of up to 85 mph before swinging out like a pendulum over the water. Guests are able to share the thrilling fear of this ride with friends and family as up to 3 can ride together and capture their emotions up close on video available for purchase afterwards.

Along with all of the adrenaline pumping rides are 4 exciting Go Cart tracks with 20 other
rides and games
throughout the park for all ages. The park is open daily 10am – Midnight rain or shine and is conveniently located directly beside Old Town. If you have the time, check it out as you have nothing to lose. Parking and admission is all free and there is restaurants and shopping for those who are not so excited about rides. This attraction is only 20 minutes for guests staying at SunShinyFlorida.com. Have a great time!

Dining at Miller’s Ale House

Experience a dynamic atmosphere and all-encompassing menu at Miller’s Ale House on I-Drive in Orlando. As you walk in, it is evident that this isn’t your mother’s restaurant.

There is a grand array of HD TV’s displaying any and all current sporting events and these flat panel TV’s appear to be strategically placed everywhere! This makes it the perfect place for a get to together with friends to watch some sports or just to bring the whole family in for some casual but quality dining. Take note though, that on game day……get there early or be prepared to wait.

There are 2 large dining rooms based on your preference of eating inside vs. outside. The difference being outside has large windows open and subject to a cross winds or bright sun depending on the time of day and location of your table. Inside you will also find a couple of pool tables and arcade games to choose from which can keep little ones busy while the rest of the family enjoys the meal.

The menu choices seem endless. Whether in the mood for steak, chicken, pasta or fresh seafood the huge menu offers it all. Not to mention, two full service bars including wine, liquor and over 75 different variety’s of Beer. Needless to say there are some very aggressive drink specials daily. It should be noted that music plays all the time and as good as some of the tunes are, it can be a bit too loud. The last thing you want to do is yell so that your party can hear you whenever talking.

This restaurant is most convenient for anyone spending the day at Sea World, Universal Studios or the Orange County Convention Center. It is a 30 minute drive from SunShinyFlorida Villa but this is worth the commute. Take advantage of the area by doing shopping or one of the many attractions found directly on International Drive and make great memories.

Congo River Golf

So you are on vacation in Orlando and looking for something to do without breaking the bank. One such option is Congo River Golf. This African themed adventure offers two challenging courses of 18 hole miniature golf.

As visitors putt their way through each passage, they can play the “Exploration Game” at the same time. The game consists of finding specific items had by explorers Henry Stanley and David Livingstone as they trekked the Safari more than a century ago. Locate all items and win a prize.

As mini golfers are banking shots for par, other guests can be seen enjoying more ventures such as the Congo Queen Paddleboats as they make way downstream of the blue and turquoise waters. This isn’t all fun and games though, there is some serious peddle power to be had to keep these boats in motion.

For those who want to be entertained without working as hard and breaking a sweat, there is an arcade of video games, air hockey, racing and more. Play by yourself or against family and friends. The adrenaline flows as you fight for bragging rights that will not be easily forgotten…….ever.

Lastly, take this opportunity to see Florida’s ambassador up close. Feed the live alligators that are onsite. These guys are small and medium sized and well fed. Food is looped on the end of a pole allowing you stay far enough away to not become an accident. Just do the right thing and not tease these living fossils since it is a privilege to be able to see and interact with these “dinosaur like” reptiles outside of their native habitat.

Guests staying at Orlando’s SunShiny Villa are only minutes away from this fun night out. Visitors staying in other parts of Florida should review the website to see where the closest of 9 locations is to their community. The most important thing is just be there.

Casual Dining and Good Times in Orlando

Logan’s Roadhouse offers a casual, open atmosphere with unique memorabilia affixed to the wall. Music plays from the juke box as you are escorted over the broken peanut shelled laden floor to a table with its own pail of peanuts. Soon after you will meet your server and experience possibly some of the best table side service ever. The experience is conducive to food, fun and great conversation especially when shared with good friends as we do every time.

Start off with drinks from the happy hour specials, an appetizer of onion petals and warm buttery buns. There are so many choices of great entrées served in generous proportion sizes of what you would expect from a classic roadhouse. If there is still room for dessert, there are many inviting high calorie options that can be devoured. I am not sure if vegetarians would have the same appreciation of the menu choices. This is a typical roadhouse in which meat is a main ingredient of most items including salad but I am sure it could be requested without.

So if you are visiting the Orlando area, take this as a recommendation and stop in for dinner before making your way back to your Orlando vacation home and resort community. Logan’s Roadhouse is a restaurant that is going to provide a good time at a reasonable price.

Florida Vacation Home Website Makeover

The Sunshiny Florida main site and blog have been revised with a fresh new look. We want to provide our site visitors and guests a pleasant experience in our vacation home and while they visit our online home, so we decided on a new Florida vacation home website makeover.

For now, visit the villa page to view our vacation home slide show as inserted below, and read more details about our Orlando area luxury vacation rental property.

SunShinyFlorida Vacation Home Slide Show

Avoid the crowds and hassles of a hotel or motel on your next Orlando vacation or holiday. For the cost and expense of a resort hotel for a family of 4 you can enjoy the privacy, games room, and at home convenience of our luxury vacation property.

We put a lot of thought into our property amenities and our Florida vacation home website makeover. Callif any questions. We look forward to having you as our next guest.

Scuba Diving in Orlando, Florida

Certified Scuba Divers wanting to experience a dive with perfect conditions and overabundance of sea life need not go to the Caribbean or South Pacific. Disney’s Epcot DiveQuest offers a unique experience in which guests swim with Sharks, Eagle Rays, Sea Turtles, Angel Fish and many other sea creatures within a faux Coral Reef aquarium. Although there are Dolphins in a neighboring tank you really don’t get to see them up close. All other sea life including sharks swim right there with you.

The dive is very safe as all of these underwater fish are fed very well. The only thing you really need to remember is that the Sharks run the show here. Divers on a collision course with these fierce looking fish need to be aware and get out of the way because they will not move for you. An adrenaline rush can easily be had during a close shark encounter because of their size, movement, and fierce looks which is mostly just a whole lot of sharp teeth.

DiveQuest guests should also realize that it’s not just the fish on display only for them. The under water creatures as well as divers are also being watched by visitors dining in “Coral Reef Restaurant“, non-divers watching from the observation deck and for the guests that are within the “The Seas with Nemo & Friends” exhibit. Diving guests proudly walk through public viewing area dressed in their wetsuit on the way to the tank as if they are a Disney Diver. Divers are encouraged to interact with guests and be part of the show and attraction. This is probably the only time when you really know what it feels like to be in a fish bowl.

The dive is an especially easy one. The depth is a max of 27 feet in 78 degree salt water. The diameter of the 5.7 million gallon saltwater aquarium is 200 feet which is also the visibility. Bottom time is roughly 45 minutes at which time I still came up with 1300 PSI. There are several safety divers that watch over diving guests. All equipment including shorty wet suit is provided but it is necessary to bring a bathing suit. This is a no think dive in which you don’t need to worry about weights, depth or safety stop. Just remember to equalize on decent, breathe and periodically check your air gauge.

This is a top notch Disney operation with well trained staff and very accommodating facilities. Each diver has their own private dressing room, hot shower and locker key for valuables. The cost is approximately $180 but some discounts are available. All proceeds are donated into Disney’s Worldwide Conservation Fund. This price doesn’t give you admission into Epcot, only the DiveQuest attraction. I tried booking the same day I wanted to dive through Disney and they made me aware that it wasn’t possible to reserve with such short notice. However, Scuba Quest was able to get me in that same day and with a discount. At the end of the dive, guests are released directly into the park and can take in some attractions if desired.

Guests interested in an approximate 15 minute drive to this attraction can stay in a luxury vacation home for the same price of a hotel room but have all the amenities wanted at their finger tips. Make this vacation different!

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Orlando, Florida has long been a major tourist destination for good reason. It is a mecca for people wanting to immerse themselves within the many adventures offered throughout the major theme parks and local attractions. For many visitors, the rides never get old. Year after year they let their imagination run wild on rides as if it were the first time on them. Others however, mark it off their checklist while moving on to new and different things.

After more then 3 years, Universal Orlando Resort is releasing a new attraction being that of “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey“. This magical experience is an extension of the Harry Potter series that has gained a loyal world wide following. Put yourself in the midst of the ever familiar “Hogwarts castle”, “Dumbledore’s office”, “Gryffindor common room” and more.

This newly designed attraction in which filmmaking, live actors, and mechanical revolution combine to make an unforgettable experience raises the bar for expectations of all future attractions. This is sure to be an Orlando “Must See” for the next few years. Vacationers interested in visiting Universal Orlando should consider avoiding long lines at the gate and buying tickets in advance at a discount.

When travelling to the Orlando area for vacation, stay in a luxury Orlando Vacation Home at affordable hotel prices. Enjoy luxury amenities and conveniences in a worry free home.

Orlando Vacation Home – Going Green!

The thought of Going Green can be intimidating to some folks. After all, it’s all about doing the right thing for the environment and ultimately saving mother earth. One might assume that it requires a heightened sense of responsibility and at a premium cost while delivering less.

Visions of trading in oversized vehicles for smaller cars running on solar batteries or getting rid of a perfect running refrigerator so that you can buy a new and shiny energy efficient perfect running refrigerator. Can the cost be justified?

It is probably safe to say that most people are not willing to sacrifice paying more or to proactively re-buy goods if they don’t need to. However, SunShiny Villa is doing it’s part to reduce energy usage and is taking the time to make people aware of the smart products and services that have been invested within our going green initiative. Guests can now feel good staying in a vacation home that is taking steps to be energy efficient without charging extra or sacrificing anything for visitors.

SunShiny Villa is a luxury Orlando vacation home that is going green. This is not a new concept for this villa. In fact, one of the first actions taken was a move towards going green. It wasn’t purposely done to save the world or to make us feel like martyrs but being in a situation that allowed for money to be spent up front so that it would be saved moving forward. It was about the color green of dollar bills in savings that just made sense.

The first energy saving move put into play is a programmable network thermostat. The primary goal is to save on HVAC maintenance and to control operational costs. Once installed, homeowners can log into a 3rd party website which brings up the interface seen above. An example of how our Orlando vacation home green program is setup is as follows:

  • Tier 1 – Vacation Home Status – Occupied versus Not Occupied
  • Tier 2 – Override Parameters – The number of degrees that can override the set points
  • Tier 3 – Set Back Schedule – Specify times in which the thermostat will change or hold temperature

This is just a synopsis of action that has been taken to make SunShiny Villa into a green and environmentally friendly Orlando vacation home. Please check back again for more in depth and complete analysis of the tools deployed. If you rally round this effort, please support the SunShinyFlorida.com website by book marking within your browser and sharing with anyone planning a trip to the Disney Orlando area. More progress can be made going green and will be subsidized by future rentals of vacation guests.

Orlando Weather is Hot Hot Hot!

There are more then a few reasons why Florida is a top vacation spot for domestic and international travelers alike. Although not the sunniest state, (Arizona wins that title) Florida’s overall subtropical weather is still a big draw.

Orlando’s annual average temperature is 72ºF while receiving an annual average 50 inches of rain. As a rule, summer is hot and winter is mild. This allows outside activities to be available year round and consequently is the home for many amusement parks and visitor entertainment.

However, as the “Fall Season” has settled in, the temperatures have been resilient and above average. October was giving highs in the 90’s with feel like temperatures well in the 100’s which was hotter then this past summer. The November lows on many nights were staying in the low 70ºF range. Residents have prolonged the pool season and guests have welcomed the above average temperatures. Not to mention that this is the least impacting hurricane season in 27 years. It appears that Orlando’s weather is picture perfect. What more could you ask for?

So what does all of this mean? Maybe this is related to El Nino. This weather phenomenon is expected to strengthen through winter and last into spring. If predictions hold true, Florida will be slightly colder and wetter then average. It should be noted though, there have seen no signs of that pattern in Florida up to this point.

Who knows what weather is really in store for 2010. This is just another reason to get out and enjoy every day to the fullest. Regardless of future forecasts, tourists with planned itineraries for the upcoming months should ensure that their accommodations are equipped with a backup plan. Choose an Orlando Vacation Home with full Games Room, Games Console and DVD Library of hit movies. Hopefully all of your vacation days will be sunshiny, warm and dry.

Orlando Vacation Home Summer Special

In the summertime when the weather is high, kids are out of school and you want to just drive, it’s the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time. It’s your summer vacation in a fantasy world, let me be the first to welcome you to Orlando.

The economy has been struggling since December 1997 but we are seeing signs of the recession being over with financial institutions starting to show profit and 3rd quarter GDP indicating growth. To furthermore ease concerns of guests, Sunshiny Villa is offering a fantastic end of summer deal for that last minute vacation getaway.

Sunshiny Villa offers a great deal of fun and activity for the whole family even if Theme Parks are not in the budget. You can enjoy the private screened in pool and spa, game room as well as the activities that the community clubhouse has to offer. The special rate that is being offered is $1395 for a 7 night stay. This is an all inclusive price which means pool/spa heat, cleaning and all taxes are included.

This Super End of Summer Deal is in effect for the dates of July 26/09 – Aug 23/09 so grab it up and take your family away for that all important vacation you deserve before Labor Day closes out the unofficial summer.

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