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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!

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.

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.

How to get a Cheap Luxury Orlando Vacation on a Budget

The economy is slumping, 401K’s are shrinking and the future of jobs are in a state of uncertainty. Most people have never seen it so bad and don’t know how to react. Many will cancel the family vacation as a precaution. However, knowing your options can allow a luxury vacation in an Orlando Vacation Home rental at a very modest and affordable price. Comprised below is a list of criteria to get a cheap luxury Orlando vacation.
 
Learn the dates and rates of Orlando tourist seasons

    • Hotel rooms, vacation homes, car rentals and theme parks lower their prices and/or offer incentives to compete for lower number of visitors to the area during low season.

 

Rent an all inclusive vacation home

Choosing a home with many all inclusive amenities may cost a bit more but will end up saving with less trips to Disney World and eating out at restaurants. The many benefits may include the following and more:

  • 5 Bedroom homes and larger allow families to vacation together and split the cost
  • Homes have their own private pool and spa. Hours for swimming are when convenient
  • Private game rooms including pool table and full size luxury games
  • DVD libraries, big screen TV’s, xBox360 and free Wi-Fi
  • Clubhouse amenitiesPC and Internet access, fitness room and sports courts
  • Kitchen facilities including all dishes and utensils allow buying of food at the grocery store for at home meals
  • Square footage. You are not trapped in one room.

Look into Car Rentals

  • There are many travel portals available to help find the cheapest rental. Consider location as some agencies are not at the airport. The inconvenience may be worth the extra discount.
  • Fuel service is commonly offered in which the price per gallon is very cheap but you should know that a service fee is usually charged so it should always be cheaper to deny the service and return with a full tank.
  • Many visitors have rental car insurance as part of their primary policy at home. Know before you go so that you can save money and be covered for incidentals.

Arrange theme park tickets in advance

  • There are many locations that will sell your park tickets in advance at a discounted price.

Save money with coupons

  • By going online to tourist information or picking up brochures in restaurants, gas bars and shops that will allow discounts on merchandise, meals and attractions.

As an Orlando vacation home owner, I routinely receive feedback that our all inclusive home near Disney had something for everyone and gave further savings by enjoying the offerings of the vacation home rather then make trips to the surrounding theme parks. Take an opportunity to see pictures and learn more on all inclusive Orlando vacation home offerings at affordable prices.

Orlando’s Haunted Theme Park

Visitors to Orlando, Florida looking for heart pounding and adrenaline flowing excitement need look no further. Universal Studios which is best known for its movie themed thrill rides and cartoon attractions, features a scary Halloween Horror Nights attraction yearly in the month of October. The rides are mostly closed as it showcases the following:

  • Scare Zones
  • Haunted Houses
  • Live Shows
  • 1000’s of Scareactors in uniquely created costumes

The gates open just after 6:00 p.m. as the sun starts to set and opens way to darkness. Machines cast out a fog that hovers throughout the park and provides an eerie atmosphere that leave guests vulnerable to unexpected scares or disturbing sights. As patrons make their way from one attraction to the next it will be necessary to walk through a scare zone. Screams heard from nearby victims indicate that a startling confrontation with mutants and monsters may be imminent. Visitors who lose focus of their surroundings are in danger of being rushed upon or snuck up on with maybe a deep breath into their ear. Don’t look back, just run! Although the Universal crew can jump out at any given moment and get right into your face, it seems that the one clear rule is to not physically touch anyone.

The haunted houses are each unique with new themes each year. The mood is usually set with darkness and dim lighting at best. As guests walk through narrow maze-like hallways, entrances from room to room give way to frightening images and alarming live encounters. Walls can open up as maniacs reach for you in hopes of adding another trophy to one of the disturbing houses that guests are viewing. Strobe lighting and ominous sounds of knives being sharpened sets the stage for what lies ahead.

Lastly there are live shows for those who don’t want to scream and jump out of there shoes. The Rocky Horror Picture Show was very well done whereas the magic show was disappointing. While there are disclaimers about the event being a bit much for children, there were some in attendance and they seemed to be fine. Parents will need to evaluate if appropriate for their own kids. Please note that guests are not permitted to wear costumes.

Save money on your attraction tickets and skip all the lines with the express pass. While others wait 45 minutes you will be in within 5. If travelling to the Disney area for vacation, stay in a luxury Orlando Vacation Home at affordable hotel prices.

Orlando Discount Attraction Tickets

Each year, more then 50 million tourists from around the world choose Orlando, Florida as their vacation destination. Orlando is not only known for the hot, sunshiny weather but more so for the many theme parks and tourist attractions that it offers to families and visitors alike. Some of the more notable Orlando parks include Disney World Resort, Sea World, Universal Studios and Wet and Wild.

A recent partnership with the largest Orlando theme park tickets discount store has provided visitors of SunShinyFlorida.com, direct access to low priced tickets for Orlando’s theme parks, dinner shows and attractions. Guests can be confident with their online purchase of discount Disney World tickets for the following reasons:

  • Authorized and full-service ticket provider
  • Active contracts with Disney World and Orlando’s major theme parks
  • More then 700,000 admissions sold yearly
  • No affiliation to time share

Vacationers looking to maximize their fun at affordable prices should look at staying in a 5 star all inclusive vacation home with pool and full games room entertainment including pool table, air hockey and pop a shot. Who says you can’t live in luxury accommodations while saving money over a hotel?

Orlando’s Unique Attraction

Visitors to the Orlando Disney area wanting a unique experience need to check out Old Town. Located just minutes away on US 192 in Kissimmee are the attractions of Old Town. The bright neon lights at night will guide you into the free parking and admission of the grounds. There are over 75 specialty shops along the brick lined streets featuring resort wear, sports apparel, jewelry, souvenirs and old fashioned collectibles. There are also a variety of dining options along the Old Town streets including 8 restaurants and bars.

There are amusement rides for the whole family to enjoy as well as 18 thrill rides one of which is “The Human Slingshot“. It will catapult you 365 feet in the air with radical force and 100% adrenaline. Also the “Windstorm Roller Coaster” will have you twisting and turning through 80 degree banks. Have you ever raced upon a “multi-level go-cart track“? That is here too! If you want to slow things up a little, take a ride on the “Century Ferris Wheel” which will give a great view of Orlando from 60 feet in the air. Also there is “Fun Town” which is just for the kids and guaranteed to bring smiles. There are many rides for everyone but nothing beats having the whole family ride one of the many uniquely painted horses of the “Merry-Go-Round“. All of the rides are open 12pm-11pm daily.

Old Town has many special nights designated just for Car and Bike enthusiasts. On Thursday of every week is Bike Nite which averages 700 bikes each and every week. The Friday Nite Cruise car show stars at 5pm with the car parade following at 9pm. Here you will see the cars cruise down the brick streets of Old Town one by one while the live band plays on the main stage for your entertainment. These amazing cars and motorcycles will be worth the trip alone for those with a true appreciation for America’s hotrods.

With so much to see and do be sure to include Old Town into your vacation for an evening of family fun. Also, just minutes away you can stay in an all inclusive vacation home with 5 star luxury amenities at affordable prices. Make your vacation the best it can be.

Orlando’s All Inclusive Dolphin Experience

Tourists vacationing in the Orlando, Florida area have many choices to make when it comes to entertainment. There are several attractions and theme parks targeted towards the demographics of a worldwide audience of all ages wanting to experience thrills, fun and adventure. One such park you may want to consider is Sea World’s sister park of Discovery Cove. Waterfalls, caves, sandy beaches and lush greenery make it feel like a tropical oasis.

Discovery Cove is open daily 9am – 5:30pm and runs on a reservations only policy. You will not find the crowds that you do at other traditional theme parks because they limit the number of guests to 1000 per day. When visiting Discovery Cove, enjoy the all inclusive day which includes a 30 minute dolphin adventure and many extras such as:

  • parking
  • snorkel gear
  • swim vest or wetsuit
  • towels
  • lockers
  • sunscreen
  • beach chairs

Breakfast and lunch are also provided along with snacks and beverages throughout the day.

Although the main attraction is the personal dolphin interaction, there are many other activities for tourists throughout the day. Visitors may choose to lounge around the resort pool or take a relaxing swim along the tropical river which could reveal some of the over 250 species of birds from all over the world. However, guests feeling adventurous may want to dive in with the snorkel gear and go for a swim amongst the colorful reefs with the thousands of stingray and exotic fish. You never know, some may even spot a shark or come face to face with a barracuda.

Guests enjoying the lush plantation, surrounding water and limited visitors of Discovery Cove may be interested in a Florida Vacation Home offering a similar experience at affordable prices.

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