June 29, 2011 – Join hosts Jessica Steele Allen, Samantha Sanders, kid reporters Quinn and Mindy and teen reporter Thomas as they bring you the latest Orlando theme park and attraction news and more live from SeaWorld. [Read more…]
Column by Derek Burgan
It’s a good news, bad news situation for Florida residents as Walt Disney World announced it has brought back a very popular four day ticket option from last year, but it has raised the price almost 20 percent. [Read more…]
Column by Derek Burgan
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, one of the more overlooked experiences to the average Orlando traveler, is offering several deals. The first is an online coupon for Florida residents which will give one free admission with one paid admission. Click Here to access this coupon, or go to kennedyspacecenter.com. [Read more…]
Editor’s Note: We’re starting a new regular column today with PARKsaver. Writer Christopher Ollendorf will be bringing you regular news about many of the special offers for Central Florida attractions.
By Christopher Ollendorf
Looking for something special yet different for this Valentines Day? Well I found a few events that might just work out for you – everything from dolphins to dinosaurs.
First we have a special at Discovery Cover. Discovery Cove is a water based theme park that offers dolphin encounters, snorkeling in a tropical reef and a wonderful free-flight aviary with birds from all over the world. They are offering three different Valentine’s Day packages.
The Valentine’s Honey Package (Priced at $74.95 and up) includes a souvenir photo and frame, chocolates and a special keepsake buoy that has a personalized massage written on it delivered to your loved one by an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin.
The Valentine’s Sweetheart Package (Priced at $215.95) includes everything in the Honey Package above plus a dozen red roses, a private cabana, a bottle of champagne, and two toasting flutes. Sounds romantic.
The Valentine’s Romance Package (Priced at $295.95) includes everything from both the Honey Package and the Sweetheart Package and adds a champagne chiller as well as a souvenir DVD of the Discovery Cove day. What more could a person want?
To check out these special packages and make reservations Click Here.
Another Valentine’s special I found was at Pirate’s Dinner Adventure. They are offering a special dinner package on Feb. 12, 13, and 14.
The package includes admission to the show with Captain’s upgraded seating (second row), access to Governor’s VIP lounge and upgraded appetizers. You’ll also get your own Valentine’s announcement during the King’s festival, a Champagne toast, souvenirs at your table, a photo opportunity on stage with cast members after the show and a flower for the ladies. The estimated value is $100 but they are offering it for $69.95 per person. Tax and gratuity are not included.
For information and reservations, call 1-800-866-2469. This package is available to a limited amount of guests at each show. More information is available Here.
If pirates are not your thing, then maybe you’d like something a bit more on the artsy side.
Fresh is a culinary performance art event for Valentines. Couples enter a Willy Wonka-like edible fantasy world where they’ll watch dancers perform with food (including coffee grounds, fruit juices and a 10-foot waterfall), stroll through an art and candy market, indulge in a four-course hands on dinner and have the option of participating in a couples body paint workshop.
The couples events will take place Feb. 11 and 12 at 8 p.m., Feb. 13 at 6:30 and 9 p.m. and Feb. 14 at 6 and 8:30 p.m.
There will also be a Friends & Singles Brunch at noon on Feb. 13, and The Big Gay Brunch at noon on Valentine’s Day.
Tickets range from $55 to $107.50 per person, which include all food and performance elements. Alcohol will be available for purchase at a special garden-themed cash bar. Complimentary childcare with art activities is available for children 2 to 10 on Feb. 13 and 14 during the evening performances.
All events will take place at the Cameo in downtown Orlando. Tickets are available at ILoveDRIP.com or by calling 517-449-3765
For the kids, Nickelodeon Suites Resort is offering “Cosmo & Wanda’s Sweetheart Exchange”. Kids can meet the couple from The Fairly OddParents at 1 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, where they will be waiting with a hug and a special Valentine just for them.
You can reach Nickelodeon Suites at 407-387-5437 or visit nickhotel.com
Finally, Dinosaur World is having a ‘Bring your Sweetheart for Free” on Valentine’s Day special. This is one adult free with one paid adult admission (one sweetie per person). They are also offering 50% off admission every Sunday in February if you bring in two canned goods. All canned goods will be donated to the local food bank so it’s for a great cause.
Dinosaur World is located in Plant City, Fla. Take I-4 west to exit 17 and stop when you see the big Dinosaurs. Rawwwwwhhh!
I hope you can take advantage of one of these fun adventures and have a great Valentine’s Day.
• Christopher Ollendorf is just your average Orlando guy who loves the theme parks. He has worked in the retail field for most of his life but spent 15 years of that time working for Walt Disney World. At Disney, he worked in entertainment, guest services, retail management, front desk and training. He’s had extensive experience selling theme park tickets.
Starting Monday, Florida residents will have a new option for annual passes to Walt Disney World. For $169, the Florida Resident Weekday Select Pass will allow access to all four of the Walt Disney World theme parks on weekdays, but with a few restrictions.
The new Weekday pass will have the same blockout dates as the current Florida Resident Seasonal Pass. So the weekday pass will allow access each weekday except between these dates:
Dec. 21, 2009 to Jan. 3, 2010
March 29, 2010 to April 11, 2010
June 14, 2010 to Aug. 19, 2010
Dec. 20, 2010 to Jan 2, 2011
The cost of parking, currently $14 per day, is also not included with the pass. A child’s pass is $149.
Here are all of the current annual pass options for Florida Residents:
Premium Annual Pass: $489 – No blockout dates – Free parking – includes DisneyQuest, Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach and Disney′s Oak Trail Golf Course.
Annual Pass: $369 – No blockout dates – Free parking
Seasonal Pass: $249 – Includes blockout dates – Parking not included
Weekday Select Pass: $169 – Weekdays only – Includes blockout dates – Parking not included
Epcot After 4 Pass: $139 – Valid for Epcot only – Valid only after 4 p.m. each day – No blockout dates – Parking not included
Lisa Ann Schreier is a local expert in the business of buying and selling timeshares. We met Lisa Ann at a recent travel expo and thought her insights would be of interest to our readers. Unfortunately, we didn’t have room for her article in the magazine, so we bring it to you here in its entirety.
What You Need To Know About Timeshares and Timeshare Offers
By Lisa Ann Schreier
So, you’re visiting Orlando. Whether this is your first or 51st visit to our area, we welcome you and appreciate that you’ve chosen us to be your vacation destination. No matter where in the area you visit; theme parks, restaurants or shopping, you are bound to encounter the timeshare offers that our little slice of vacation paradise is rife with.
First things first – timeshare, or vacation ownership as it is sometimes called, is nothing more than the difference between renting your vacation accommodations, such as a hotel or motel; and owning your vacation accommodations. And while you can of course return to your home resort every year, timeshares offer you upwards of 6,000 resorts worldwide that you can trade into. While that seems straightforward enough, the various forms of ownership and how to use those products can be confusing. [Read more…]