Disney Secrets

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When you arrive at the condo make yourself familiar with our home. We would greatly appreciate if you conserve energy while you are visiting as heating and air conditioning in Florida is very expensive so if you know you are going to be gone for most of the day please adjust the thermostat to conserve excess energy.

Please use the ceiling fans as much as possible

The wifi information is located on the fridge.

The swimming pool and Community centre is open until 10 pm

Groceries – You will save lots of money by eating some of your meals at our home. There are three stores to choose from:

Marketplace Grocery Store:at the corner of Formosa Gardens and the 192 West Highway. Same plaza as the Outback Steakhouse

Target: on the 192 west at the Rolling Commons Plaza. From the condo: turn left off Formosa onto the 192 West. Go 1 Mile.

Walmart Super Store: On highway 27. From the Condo: Turn left onto the 192. Go APprox. 5 miles, veer right onto Highway 27 Cutoff. Approx. 2 Min on Right.

 

 

SHORTCUT FROM YOUR VACATION RENTAL INTO DISNEYWORLD

 

From the Condo turn right onto the 192. Go Approx. 3/4 mile. On your left side at the lights, turn left onto Sherbuth St. Go approx. 2 miles. You will pass all the Disney Audition Studios on your right. At the end of Sherbuth you will be at Osceola Parkway – The major highway for Disney. the Animal kingdom is to your left and the rest of Disney is to the right on Osceola Parkway.

 

RESTAURANTS NEAR YOUR KISSIMMEE VACATION RENTAL

 

1. Peiwee Asian Food – $8 Entrees. Fantastic Food located at the Loop Shopping Centre. See Driving Instructions under Shopping.

2. Mannys we prefer the old location on Hwy 27 near Haines City 20 min drive but their is a new one on the 192 west just pass the common mall on your left hand side.

3) 5 Guy Burger and Fries great burgers and cheap on the 192 west just past celebration on right hand side.

4) Pei Wei Chineese and Asian great food very cheap only $7.95 for full plate at the Loop Shopping centre on Osceola Parkway.

5) Chipotle great food and very resonable family of 4 for under $40 located same plaza as 5 guys burger and fries on 192 west just past Celebration

 

THINGS TO DO NEAR OUR LUXURY VACATION RENTAL

 

In the evening check out OLD Town a carnival-type park and its free to walk around. You do pay for the rides however. Check out the highest bungee jump in florida! From the Condo, turn right onto 192. Take it for 7 miles. You will cross over the 1-4 highway. Do not take the Tampa or Orlando cutoffs, just go straight. Once over the 1-4 highway, it is just past celebration on your right side. Look for the lights and bungee jump.

Celebration – A Disney Community. You will not believe these homes. Nice way to spend an afternoon. Visit Downtown Celebration with all the stores on Main St. you will have a great walk and see how the other half live. To get to Celebration, Turn right onto the 192. go about 7 miles over the I-4 Highway. About another mile on your right look for the celebration sign and turn right on Celebration blvd. past the hospital (Yes, that is a hospital) and keep going straight. turn left towards the golf course, past the golf course to downtown.

International Drive is about 7 miles long and is Full of Tourist attractions, stores and restaurants. Check out the building at Ripley’s Believe it or not Location. To get to International Drive, take the 192 down to the I-4 Highway. Take the Orlando Exit. Go for 2 Miles. Get off at vineland. Turn Rights onto vineland and International drive will be a couple of lights down. Turn left and follow international drive for 7 miles through the tourist area.

 

 

SPEND A DAY AWAY FROM THE PARKS

 

Our Favourite place to get away for the day

Clearwater/St. Petersburg Ocean on the Gulf of Mexico- White Sandy Beaches, Fantastic Restaurants on the ocean. The best ocean in the florida Area. Take the I-4 to Tampa. Stay on it for 50 minutes, takes you straight into Clearwater. Should take you 1 hour from the house to the ocean.

Cocoa Beach Atlantic Side – Spend a day on the Atlantic Ocean. Only 1 hour from our home. Take the 192 to the I-4 Highway. Take the Orlando Exit. go 14 Minutes. Exit the Bee Line Highway 528 Highway. Take the 528 for 45 minutes right thru the Port Canaveral. Check out the Disney and other cruise ships and follow right into Cocoa Beach.

 

 

SHOPPING NEAR YOUR ORLANDO VACATION RENTAL

 

The Loop: Huge shopping centre with Kohl’s (Our Number 1 Store), JC Penny, Beltz and so much more and lots of restaurants. Some of the best restaurants on our top 7 list are in this shopping centre. Take the Sherbuth Shortcut from the house. Turn right on Osceola parkway. go through Disney over the I-4 Highway and stay in this road for 15 minutes. Go Through the toll gate. Loop is on your left there are two phases.

Factory Outlet Stores: International Drive. See our driving instructions to international drive. These outlets are at the end of international drive. There are hundreds of Brand Name Stores.

Walmart & Target: One the 192 Highway and Highway 27. See driving Instructions for groceries

Factory Outlet stores on Vineland: Take the 192 to the I-4. Take the Orlando Exit. Go for 7 minutes. Get off on Vineland and when you hit the light go straight through. Turn left. your first left you come to stay on this road for 1 mile. Outlet Stores are on your right. Runs parallel to the I-4 Highway.

Millennium Mall Indoor: Very Upstale but lots of stores and some great restaurants. Take the I-4 Highway Orlando for 20 minutes past Universal Studios. get off on Millennium Exit. Turn Right. The Mall is on your right.

The Florida Mall: The largest mall in Florida. Take the I-4 Highway to Orlando. Exit on the Bee Line #528 Highway. Go for 7 minutes. get off at Orange blossom Trail. When you get to the light turn left. Go for 1 mile. Turn right on Florida Mall Rd. Look for the signs.

 

 

GOLFING AT YOUR VACATION RENTAL

 

Use www.golfnow.com and view hot deals in Kissimmee area

For the average golfer

Orange Lake Reserve only 5 minutes from the Condo and only $20 to $30 round with cart

For the more experienced golfers

Mystic Dunes right across the street from condo $40
Orange Lake Legends 5 minutes $40
Orange Lake National 2 courses Fantastic $50
Falcons Fire $60 10 min away
Grand Cypress 5 star $75
Celebration 10 min away $50

Try the Lake Mary area just north of Orlando 30 min drive but fantastic deals and courses
our favourite courses are

Timicuan $40
Mount Dora $25
Red Tail $30

 

ATTRACTION RECOMMENDATIONS AT DISNEYWORLD FLORIDA

 

For families with smaller children, your best bet is the Magic Kingdom at Disney and the Animal Kingdom at Disney.

For Families with Teenagers, your best bets are Epcot at Disney, the DisneyStudios, and Universal Studios

Best Roller Coasters at Universal Studios: Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit (Also the Scariest), The Mummy Ride (Indoor Coaster), The Hulk Coaster, and Dueling Dragons

Best Roller Coasters at Disney: Aerosmith Rock & Roll Roller Coaster (indoors) at Disney Studios. At Animal Kingdom: “Everest”. At Magic Kingdom: Space Mountain.

Everyone has different opinions on which parks are the best but for the money, Universal studios is something you shouldn’t miss, especially if you have teenagers or kids who love excitement. You can get a 2 day Pass for both Universal Parks for around $99.00 for 2 days. If you do not like lines you can buy a pass to get you to the Front of the Line for Approx. $50 more. For more information visit www.universalorlando.com

 

 

OUR FAVORITE RIDES AT UNIVERSAL (THERE ARE MANY!)

 

In the Movie Park: Jaws, The Simpsons Movie Ride, ET The Ride, Men In Black, Tornado, Earthquake, Terminator, Rip Roarin’ Rockit, The Mummy, Shrek

Right next door is Universal’s Island of Adventure. Our Cannot miss rides are teh Hulk Coaster, Ripshaw Falls, Spiderman, Jurassic Park, and Dueling Dragons.

BEST PLACE TO EAT AT UNIVERSAL WAS BUBBA GUMP’S SHRIMP

Parking is approx. $15.00 per car. It does get busy so get there early!

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DISNEYWORLD

 

Magic Kingdom for young Kids – it is the greatest Disney experience. Take the Monorail to Magic Kingdom, or take the Ferry for a great way to see the Magic Lagoon.

Top Rides: Splash Mountain, Big Mountain Railroad, Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear, The Haunted House, Pirates of the Carribbean, It’s a Small World, and the Dumbo Ride.

The Fireworks are on Every Night at 8 or 9pm. Check the schedule for times, but do not watch them from the magic kingdom. Look for our Number 1 Secret later on as to the best strategy to view the fireworks and avoid the mad rush afterwards.

Disney Studios: Star Wars, Aerosmith Rock & Roll Roller Coaster, Back Lot Tour, and our Favourite ride – Tower of Terror (Looks scarier than it really is). At night time there is an amazing show called Fantasmic with Beauty and the Beast Characters – You won’t want to miss this!

Animal Kingdom: The Kali River Rapids, The Dinosaur Ride, Kilimanjaro Safari, The Tree of Life, It’s a Bugs Life, and the Everest Roller Coaster.

Epcot: Probably the most diverse park of them all. In the first part of Epcot, do not miss Honey I Shrunk The Audience, Imaginations Pavilion, Innoventions for Kids (Voted the Best at Epcot). Journey into Imagination with figment, Spaceship Earth, Seven Seas, and my 3 favourite rides: Mission to Mars (Great ride but hard on the stomach), Test Trac,and Soarin’. Do not miss it – Great for all ages.

If that’s not enough, Epcot then has a second part – Countries of the World – built around the lake and boasts pavilions from countries around the world. There are some great replications such as France, Norway China, Japan, Morocco, Canada, and Germany to name a few. This is a fantastic place for Adults. Kids may not enjoy it as much, but some wonderful places to eat and taste food from all over the world, but be prepared – Eating at Disney is expensive!

To finish your day off you cannot miss the Epcot fireworks called Illumiations – Usually at 8 or 9pm. Get your spot early. My best place is the bridge by the english pavilion. The fireworks show is the greatest i’ve ever seen. Do not miss it!

Blizzard beach is a fantastic waterslide park. If it’s hot, try and make a visit to either one of the 2 water parks. Blizzard beach is like a ski hill but with water instead of snow. All kinds of slides and tube rides with the biggest of them being “Summit Plummet”.

My favourite water park is Typhoon Lagoon – a wave pool but so much more. True Disney imagination, Sandy White Beach, great for the young and old. Also has some smaller water slides.

 

 

HIDDEN GEMS AT DISNEYWORLD

 

Here are a couple of secrets most people do not even know about
but I am sure you will enjoy them and it will save you both time and money.

 

TOP 5 DISNEY SECRETS

Visit the boardwalk – it is on the Osceola Parkway in Disney right beside the Disney Yacht Club Hotel and Boardwalk Hotel. It is like the early 1900’s boardwalk and you will love it. Everyone I tel comes back andsays I didn’t even know it was there!

Parking at Disney: If you go to a Disney park like Epcot for the day and you drive, they charge you $15/day for parking on top of your ticket price. We recommend you drive your car to Disney Springs park in the parking lot close to the big white Cirque de Solei tents. Right behind the tents is the Disney bus terminal. There will be over 20 buses all going to various parks or Hotels. Jump on the bus for the park you are going to and they will drop you off at the front gates free of charge and you avoid the parking lot when you leave. If you are going to Magic Kingdom or Epcot, get on the bus that says “Transportation centre” and take the monorail to those 2 parks.

Magic Kingdom Fireworks: this is one of my favourite tips for many reasons. every night Magic Kingdom does an amazing fireworks show over the top of Cinderella’s Castle. While watching it inside the park is good, when the show is over the park closes and over 30,000 people head directly for the monorail and parking lot – it can take an hour and a half to get out but we have a solution to that!

60 Minutes before the fireworks go off, leave the park entrance and get on the Monorail for the Frand Floridian Hotel (It’s the first stop- Make sure you take the right Monorail!). When you get off at the Grand Floridian go through the hotel – it is an amazing hotel and at the top end of the Disney Hotels. Go out the back doors of the hotel and you will see the swimming pool. Veer left and follow the path past the pool towards Narcossees Restaurant. behind this restaurant is a boat dock. Go to the boat dock and sit on the benches 15 minutes before the fireworks. keep your eyes on Cinderella’s castle and enjoy the show. When the show is over, go back on the Monorail to the transportation center and then on the bus back to downtown Disney. I bet you won’t go to the car because Downtown Disney is a buzz of excitement in the evening!

Alternatively, you could also just park your car at the Grand Floridian Hotel and tell security you’re coming for a meal and they will show you where to park and you can go see the fireworks show.

Go to Disney Springs , park the car, and get on the buses and visit some of the Disney Hotels – some are incredible. My favourites are Wilderness Lodge, Grand Floridian, The Contemporary Hotel and the Polynesian village. 3 of these can be accessed from the monorail.

Go to the Animal Kingdom Lodge – When you take the Sherbuth St. Shortcut – when you hit Osceola Parkway turn left and the lodge is just up the street. Tell Security you are coming fora meal, park the car, go inside and at the back of the hotel, go outside and there is Safari (Best during daylight hours) this is where we park our car for the day when going to the parks and then use Disney transportation for free.

We hope you enjoy our recommendations.