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Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin

Posted in DISNEY RESORT REVIEWS, FLORIDA ADVENTURES with tags on June 2, 2012 by disneychronicles

We stayed a night at the Walt Disney Dolphin before we visited Hollywood Studios for Star Wars weekends.

The surrounding grounds of the Dolphin are lush with vegetation and plant life. There is a small body of water with a white sand beach between the Dolphin and Swan that adds to the tropical theming. Crescent Lake is located to the left of the Dolphin and provides easy access by boat to both Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The fountain between the hotel and the boat landing is beautiful, especially at night. The fountain is several stories high and water flows from giant seashells into the fountain, which is supported by giant dolphins. The pyramid shaped tower provides an outstanding backdrop.

There is plenty of room to relax with 5 swimming pools, the Balinese-themed Mandara Spa, whirlpools and saunas. Guests also enjoy a wide range of recreation facilities including 2 health clubs, 4 tennis courts, jogging trails, a white sand beach, Swan paddle boat rentals and seasonal poolside activities. It is located just about 5 minutes from the Boardwalk and across the street from mini golf  at Fantasia Gardens.

You do also get Disney Perks such as Extra Magic Hours in theme parks, complimentary transportation, on-site character dining, and advance tee times on championship golf courses.

There is plenty of room to relax with 5 swimming pools, the Balinese-themed Mandara Spa, whirlpools and saunas. Guests also enjoy a wide range of recreation facilities including 2 health clubs, 4 tennis courts, jogging trails, a white sand beach, Swan paddle boat rentals and seasonal poolside activities.

Fees Associated with staying here…..

  • There is a mandatory $14 per day Resort Service Package. The Resort Service Package includes unlimited access to the Resort’s health club facilities, in-room High Speed Internet Access, up to 60 minutes of free local, toll free and credit card access calls, 2 bottles of water daily, and 20 minutes of domestic long distance per day.
  • Self Parking Fees –   $15 + tax per day
  • Valet Parking Fees – $20 + tax per day

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Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando

Posted in FLORIDA ADVENTURES with tags on May 23, 2012 by disneychronicles

A great resort option in Orlando that is outside of Disney is The Rosen Shingle Creek Resort.

It is located on 230 acres of lush landscapes in Orlando on Universal Boulevard, within a mile of the Orange County Convention Center, SeaWorld and Universal Studios are within 3.5 miles.

Dining options include 14 restaurants, lounges and bars.Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational activities include a championship golf course, 4 outdoor pools, 2 spa tubs, 2 tennis courts, a basketball court (available upon request), and a sand volleyball court. Guests can also enjoy fishing trips (seasonal, by reservation), nature and walking trails, and a video game room. The property’s full-service health spa has massage/treatment rooms and beauty services.

It is a very large resort known for conventions and beautiful for weddings.

Parking is $16 per day and NO resort fee :)!

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Busch Gardens……a little more then a zoo…

Posted in FLORIDA ADVENTURES with tags , on April 29, 2012 by disneychronicles

We had a fun day at Busch Gardens. We went on a Monday and there were no crowds and no lines. It was a great combination of amped up roller coaster rides and zoo animals.

Yes, a strange combination! but somehow it works!

The park has eight areas, each with its own theme, animals, live entertainment, thrill rides, kiddie attractions, dining, and shopping.

A Skyride cable car soars over the park, offering a bird’s-eye view of it all.

 

 

The animals are active and photogenic and very close. That was truly my favorite part. It is worth it just to come for the animal interactions.  The Jungala exhibit is amazing (added in 2009) it brings Bengal tigers to center stage and puts them at eye level—allowing you to view them from underground caves and underwater windows. The big cats are just one of the reasons the theme park attracts some 4½ million visitors each year.  This area is the best viewing area I have seen! Bravo Busch Gardens!

The rides are fast!  so if you love roller coasters you will LOVE it!

They do have a “Sesame Street” area for younger kids but in my opinion nothing for the tweens! Sesame Street Safari of Fun is a 5-acre kids’ playground with Sesame-themed rides, shows, and water adventures.  In my case my boys are 6 and 9 and they do not do the big roller coasters and they would not want to do the younger rides. So you have to figure it out what would work for your family.

If you’ve never been it is a good stop while in Florida!

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ESPN WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS

Posted in EVERYTHING DISNEY, FLORIDA ADVENTURES with tags , , on April 13, 2012 by disneychronicles

It is a 220-acre sports complex, host of more than 60 sports and thousands of events for athletes of all ages and skill levels. From the state-of-the-art broadcast center and the ESPN Innovation Lab to professionally kept fields and courts, there is no other place like this to play at the next level. This place is pretty awesome 🙂

It was our first time here (at least to see a game) It was Spring Training…Atlanta Braves Vs. New York Mets (Mets won)!

Mickey was on hand and of course Donald threw out the first pitch!

You will immediately recognize this as a Disney facility. It is very clean and believe it or not the parking is FREE! (shocking! I know)

We bought lawn seats for our first time. They are located right along the third base line. We thought it would be nice to spread out. No chairs are allowed in this area and they wouldn’t work anyway, the lawn is pretty steep. So steep that everything will kept rolling down the hill! (no worries there’s ways to work around this) we propped our drinks up against our bags.

The concessions themselves have been “Disneyfied”….in the sense you may be better off packing a lunch. They will allow you to bring in food as long as it is not in a large hard cooler. Drinks you may need to buy especially if it’s HOT! Which it was when were were there! Scorching! Don’t forget the SUNBLOCK!

Tip… DO NOT USE TICKETMASTER to pay for your tickets. There is no need. You can go directly through Wide World of Sports box office and pick your tickets up at will call along with the people who paid via ticketmaster. The only difference is that you’ll have paid about $5 per ticket less!

and after the game they did the all time favorite for the kids! Letting them run the bases! We had a lot of fun and we will do it again!

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