By Suzannah Mitchell DiMarzio and Beci Mahnken
The holiday decorations may be put away but that’s no reason for the fun to end in Florida. Here are some amazing ways to chase the winter blues away and enjoy some great deals in the process.
For something truly unique, head over to Dinosaur World in nearby Plant City. Right off I-4 between Orlando and Tampa, Dinosaur World features dinosaur models up to 80 feet in length, based on the latest scientific discoveries, made of fiberglass, steel and concrete. The dinosaurs are arranged in groups of as many as 11 of a single species, in a variety of settings. On Sunday, Jan. 27, bring two canned goods and Dinosaur World will give you half off admission. This is per person per two canned goods. Donations will go to the United Food Bank of Plant City.
For a limited time, CoCo Key Hotel and Water Resort in Orlando is offering 30 percent off stays through Feb. 28, 2013. This special package includes a voucher for an exclusive Pointe Orlando coupon book and four one-day unlimited I-Ride trolley passes. Pointe Orlando is a shopping and entertainment venue located approximately two miles from CoCo Key on International Drive. In addition to the three pools, 14 water slides, poolside entertainment, and splashing good times, all specially designed for kids in a safe and friendly environment, guests can also enjoy convenient access to various parks and free scheduled shuttle service to Universal Studios, Aquatica, SeaWorld and Wet ‘n’ Wild. Hotel stays also include parking, wireless high-speed internet access and three dining options at Tradewinds Restaurant, Callaloo Grill and Pizza Hut Express.
For a “Dream” come true, sail away on a three- or four-night cruise on the Disney Dream from Port Canaveral. The following deals include up to $100 onboard credit and start as low as $399 per person based on double occupancy. Book departing Aug. 25 through Sept. 26, 2013 and receive a $50 onboard credit for an inside stateroom, a $75 onboard credit for an oceanview stateroom or a $100 onboard credit for a verandah stateroom.
The above deals are for most three- or four-night sailings and must be booked before March 15, 2013. Mention code DRM at the time of booking.
Prefer to stay on land? It’s a great time to take advantage of spectacular savings at the Walt Disney World Resort. You can save up to 30 percent at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels for stays most nights Feb. 18 to March 23 and April 2 to June 14, 2013. Add a minimum four-day Magic Your Way Ticket to make it a package and get a discount on the tickets too. Book by March 7, 2013, for travel Feb. 18 to March 23, 2013. Or book by March 31, 2013 for travel April 2 to June 14, 2013.
If riding the movies is more your style, Universal Orlando Resort has some great deals for Florida resident to stay close-by and enjoy some extra benefits. The latest Florida resident deal includes:
• Two-night hotel accommodations
• Florida Resident two-day park-to-park ticket
• Breakfast at the Three Broomsticks (one per person)
• Early park admission to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter before the rest of the general public
Prices start at $119 per adult, per night, tax inclusive.
• Suzannah Mitchell DiMarzio and Beci Mahnken work for MEI-Travel and Mouse Fan Travel, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner featuring a team of more than 75 affiliate destination experts located across the U.S.A. They’ve been providing magical vacation experiences for over 12 years, specializing in vacation packages and cruises to all major vacation designations.
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