The Best Week in Orlando



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You could spend a month in Orlando and still not see and do everything. That being said, if you’ve got a week to tackle this magical play land, you’ll want to hit the best and most exciting spots. For the first half of the week, stay at one of the Disney hotels. This will save you tons of travel time to and from the parks so that you can maximize the amount of time you can spend at Disney World. Have dinner at your hotel or take the shuttle over to Downtown Disney. There are tons of options for dining and snacking there. Plus, it’s just a cool place to stroll around. Then, as you switch over to SeaWorld, Discovery Cove and Universal, you’ll want to move to a hotel close to I-Drive. Like Downtown Disney, you’ll find that Pointe Orlando on I-Drive offers a good concentration of restaurants, shops and bars so you can stroll around and choose the best option for your family. There’s lots of parking there and it’s close to many of the other I-Drive attractions. This is a non-stop week and you’ll probably need a vacation after this vacation. But when you want to see all the best that Orlando has to offer, this go-go pace is worth the effort.

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Author: Kristen Manieri


Day 4 - Kissimmee, Orlando, Lake Buena Vista


You may want to spend another day at Disney or perhaps it's time for something different. In that case, check out one of Orlando's stupendous water parks either at Disney or on I-Drive. Call it an early day so you've got time to check into the Nickelodeon Hotel (make sure to check out the 'slime' schedule) and then head out to the Medieval Times Dinner Show where you'll spend the evening eating with your hands and cheering on your honorable knight.


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Medieval Times

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4510 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy
Kissimmee, (U.S. 192)
Kissimmee, FL 34746

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tel: 888/935-6878
fax: +1 407 396 2167
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Wet 'n Wild

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6200 International Dr
At Universal Blvd
Orlando, FL 32819

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tel: 800/992-9453
fax: +1 407 363 1147
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Nickelodeon Family Suites Resort by Holiday Inn

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14500 Continental Gateway
Off Hwy. 536
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32821

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tel: 877/387-5437
fax: 407/387-1489
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Day 5 - Orlando


Your day at Discovery Cove will likely be your most memorable thanks to the up-close encounters you'll experience with dolphins, ray, even white tailed deer. DC takes care of every detail, even providing guests with complementary sunscreen and their own personal snorkel. Eat and drink to your heart's delight... everything is included with admission. Get there when it opens and stay until it closes - you won't want to miss a second of your Discovery Cove Day. Top the day off with your most memorable meal at Melting Pot where mouthwatering fondues are cooked table side. Be sure to save room for dessert - several chocolate fondues await.


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Discovery Cove

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6000 Discovery Cove Way
Orlando, FL 32821

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tel: +1 407 370 1280
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The Melting Pot

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Location:

7549 West Sand Lake Rd
Orlando, FL 32819

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tel: 1 407 903-1100
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Day 6 - Orlando


You receive a free pass to SeaWorld with your admission to Discovery Cove so you might as well use it right away. Expect great shows, lots of opportunities to feed the animals, and the new Mantra ride, opening Spring '09. At night, head over to Pointe Orlando, a few miles from SeaWorld (on I-Drive) where you'll find several restaurants (such as Oceanaire and my favorite Italian spot, Maggiano’s). There’s also a movie theater with an IMAX, and a handful of bars including the new BB King eatery featuring a live, 11-person band every night. Check out the restaurants, bars, and shops of Pointe Orlando at www.pointeorlando.com. If you still have the energy, Howl at the Moon's dueling piano bar is an excellent spot to sing what's left of the night away. The live musicians provide some of the best entertainment around and constantly engage the rowdy crowd.


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SeaWorld Orlando

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7007 Sea World Drive
Orlando, FL 32821

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tel: +1 407 351 3600
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The Oceanaire Seafood Room

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9101 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819

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tel: 1 407 363-4801
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Howl at the Moon

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Location:

8815 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819

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tel: 407 354 5999
fax: 407 354 5992
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Day 7 - Orlando


Spend your last day at Universal or Islands of Adventure (or both). If it's not too crowded, tackling both parks is totally do-able, especially if you buy an express pass. Pass through CityWalk at day's end to peruse a bevy of dinner options from seafood (Bubba Gump) to Caribbean (Jimmy Buffett's) to Jamaican (Bob Marley's). There's truly something for every taste. For $21.95 you can opt for the Meal and a Movie deal which gets you an entree at one of several eateries plus a movie ticket at the theater at CityWalk. You might also want to purchase a party pass which will allow you to barhop your way through this nightlife Mecca. Red Coconut Club, with its Top 40 dance floor and generous pours, is my favorite when I feel like dancing. Otherwise, you'll find me at Rising Star, the coolest karaoke bar in Orlando thanks to the live band that performs with the uninhibited songbirds that take the stage.


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Universal Studios Florida

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1000 Universal Studios Plaza
Orlando, FL 32809

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tel: +1 407 363 8000
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Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville

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Location:

6000 Universal Boulevard
Suite 704
Orlando, FL 32819

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tel: 407 224 2155
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The Groove

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Location:

6000 Universal Boulevard
Suite 700, Universal Studios CityWalk
Orlando, FL 32819

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tel: 407 224 2165
fax: 407 224 8290
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