A listener told me she'd never thought to visit Orlando because she doesn't like to ride rides, so I'm dedicating this blog to her and anyone else who thinks Orlando is just theme parks and fun for the kids. Translation: That's CRAZY thinking!
Sure the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train at Disney is a great ride for the entire family (because it's a pretty tame roller coaster with Happy and the other Dwarfs making appearances inside the mine). And YES, going to Universal Orlando to experience the Wizarding World Of Harry Potter is completely EPIC for anyone who's loved the Harry Potter books and movies. Yet if that's not your bag, you could go on a safari at Animal Kingdom to see some Hippos up close and in person. (Not to mention tons of other animals I'd never even heard of before!) Or there's always Sea World Orlando to feed the Sea Lions, visit the penguins in Antarctica, and watch an amazing Dolphin show.
Even more off the beaten path, Wild Florida is a short drive away from Orlando and offers airboat rides and an animal park where many rescued critters live out their lives fat and happy. It's a family owned and operated business and fun for people of all ages.
Did I mention the shopping Orlando has to offer? To put it mildly, Ramona would stroke out trying to decide whether to start at the quaint boutiques of Winter Park, the Orlando Premium Outlets, or at Fashion Square Mall.
And if you're a foodie you need to book a trip to Orlando because the area is rich with fine dining and James Beard nominees at area restaurants. Speaking of, I enjoyed the best Italian meal I'd ever had in my life at Vivo's at Universal's City Walk. Keep in mind, I went to Italy in the Fall and had a lot to compare my Squid Ink Pasta with. Vivo's was CRAZY good! Eddie V's on restaurant row offers great steaks and seafood and the food at The Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and Waldorf Astoria is so delicious a lot of guests eat every single meal at the resort. From Zeta sushi to Bull and Bear for steaks, there are 13 restaurants at Bonnet Creek that will not disappoint.
Bottom line, Orlando is a dream vacation waiting to happen and the folks at Visit Orlando want to help you experience the trip of a lifetime. Go to VisitOrlando.com/September to find out about their Magical Deal Month and all the money you can save if you book your trip in September….up to 50%!
Thanks to Paul, Jessica, Rachel and the entire Visit Orlando gang for the great time. My buddy Suzanne from The Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek for the great digs and AMAZING meals! Also to Tina, Lauren, and Julie from Clear Results Marketing and Thomas and Brian from Silver Lake Audio for allowing me to do my job while having a great time with fun people. I can't wait to come back next year! (Odds are I'll be back sooner that that. Orlando ROCKS!)