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Great Orlando Vacation Deals – Now is the time

Hilton Orlando offers great vacation deals

Luxury hotels team up with Orlando theme parks to offer great vacation deals this time of the year.

The 2013-14 school year has began. Children and parents arrange their schedules to accommodate the new demands of the family schedule. Summer fun and vacations are soon to be a thing of the past (for another year anyway). However, this is the time of year many Orlando theme parks offer their best deals. In fact, Visit Orlando (one of the area’s tourist development councils) has designated August 15th-September 30th as Orlando’s Deal Season. If you don’t have schedule demands that many families do because of school, you’re going to find some great discounted theme park tickets. Even on the weekends, when the kids are out of school, you can snag some Orlando attraction bargains.

The deals do not stop at theme park tickets though. Many hotels and vacation resorts have also cut prices to make staying in Orlando extremely affordable during this time of the year. Want a 2 bedroom suite for only $99 per night? The deals are out there!

Restaurants and theme parks are also offering specials on dining. SeaWorld and Universal offer all day dining packages with their vacation deals. You can get awesome deals with restaurants participating in “Magical Dining Month.” Some of the finest restaurants in Orlando participate in this yearly dining special. The menu is restricted to certain items at each restaurant in return for a great price on a fabulous meal. There are over 60 restaurants to choose from. Dining in Orlando is great during September!

For savvy travelers, they know to return to Orlando during this time of the year. Deeply discounted deals make it affordable and the lines at the theme parks are shorter; especially during the week days. If it has been awhile since you’ve checked out the Orlando theme parks, here are some of the new attractions you’ll want to see:

  • Fantasyland Expansion at Walt Disney World
  • Universal Orlando’s Transformers: The Ride-3D
  • Harry Potter World at Universal Orlando (still new for some, expansion coming)
  • Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin at SeaWorld Orlando
  • Space Shuttle Atlantis Exhibit at Kennedy Space Center
  • Legend of Chima at LEGOLAND Florida

While school may be in session, it is not too late to have a great summer vacation. Take a day and spend it at a theme park. Spend an evening enjoying a dinner show. Finish your summer with some great memories. The deals are definitely upon us. Now is the time to enjoy all that Central Florida has to offer!

Theme Parks & VIP Tickets – worth it?

Capone’s Dinner & Show is working on implementing VIP tickets with special perks. A little over a year ago, the option to add dress-the-part costumes to your online ticket order was implemented and has been very popular. Who doesn’t like a boa or a fedora to wear when attending a speakeasy? Yet Capone’s is very aware that most people are on a tight budget, and want to make their Orlando dinner show experience an affordable one for everyone. Other local attractions offer expensive options…

Most Orlando theme parks offer upgrades and special services of some type. Depending upon the park and what you get for the extra money you spend, it may well be worth it. However, are you willing to pay nearly $500 for a VIP tour? Some might if it meant seeing one of the top attractions in Orlando behind the scenes, no waiting in lines, and a host of other special perks. But…. Would you pay this amount to go to Legoland?

Legoland Florida VIP Tour

Orlando attractions appeal to families of all economic classes, including the wealthy, and this is what Legoland is counting on. It is a bit of a drive out to this theme park located in Winter Haven, and it caters mostly to families with children age 2 – 12, yet the “Legoland Florida VIP Experience” could very well boost visitor spending for this Merlin Entertainments Group. At least the theme park will be getting more money out of their wealthiest guests.

The cost of the “Legoland Florida VIP Experience” will start at $495 per adult and $445 per child (ages 3-12). It will include your family’s very own private host, tours of a “secret” model shop, a session with one of the park’s master model builders, lunch, front-of-the-line ride access and other perks and gifts. If you want a private cabana, beach towels and a locker at the water park area of the attraction, you’ll pay an additional $100. Mind you, this is for a single day ticket!

Obviously, this VIP package is not for families looking for discount Orlando theme park tickets. This caters specifically to families that have no problem spending well over $1,000 to go to an Orlando attraction. Some families are willing to pay even more, especially during special events. For example, during Red, Brick & Boom (July 4th), Christmas Bricktacular and the Kids New Year’s Eve celebration other perks can be purchased with the VIP tour. Extras will include a VIP picnic and a designated viewing area for fireworks.

While many families are hard pressed to purchase a single day pass at any Orlando attraction, there have been, and always will be, families that can afford to spend a great deal of money while on vacation. It is good for our local economy and good for the area theme parks. Hopefully it is equally good for the VIPs, and they find the extra expense well worth it.

If you happen to be one of these VIP-types and want to make a reservation, or want more information on Legoland’s VIP experience, call 855-753-7777. Details can also be found on their website.

Free Attractions in Kissimmee/St. Cloud

If you are like most people, you like getting something for free. If you are visiting the Kissimmee/St. Cloud area, you may not know that there are free attractions in this area. You could spend hundreds of dollars at the major theme parks, but there are some jewels to be found at the free attractions in Central Florida.

Do you like to hike? If you are a person who likes to explore, a free attraction south of Kissimmee (located in Poinciana) allows you to hike on elevated boardwalks over swamplands and see wild life. There are many trails to choose from and a wide variety of environmental choices to observe. Open to the public on weekends, you are sure to enjoy this free attraction. For more information visit

Right in the heart of tourism is one of the best local free attractions around. Old Town provides shopping, dining, and entertainment – with many free things to do! This is a fun and free attraction to people watch, enjoy nightly live music, and on weekends Old Town hosts classic car shows. Wild to mild carnival style rides, go-carts and other amenities are all reasonably priced. Fast food and table service dining is available. Be sure to check out the shops for souvenirs, clothes, jewelry and more!  Visit to learn more.

Historic and charming downtown Kissimmee offers a funtastick variety of free things to do! Visit www.kissimmeemainstreet and discover the monument of states, a delightful lakefront park, restaurants and an eclectic mix of shopping.  There are numerous festivals held throughout the year too. You can also experience a self-guided tour and other tours at this free attraction in Kissimmee.

St. Cloud Hotel

The St. Cloud Hotel (1922 postcard rendition) was first built in 1909. The hotel burned and was rebuilt with fireproof walls in 1910.

Downtown St. Cloud is a top spot for antique shopping and is home to the St. Cloud Hotel a designated historic landmark. It is a beautiful free attraction in St. Cloud.  While visiting this small quaint town, be sure to dine at Chimentos my personal favorite St. Cloud Restaurant serving lunch and dinner.  A short stroll takes you to Lakefront Park, walking trails on the lakefront and boat ramps. Check out the Extreme Sports Complex; it’s ADA Accessible, features a sensational BMX track, grills, parking, pavilion, picnic area, playgrounds, and more!  And the best thing is it is a FREE attraction!

The City of Celebration was developed by the Walt Disney Company, and is a mixed-use development anchored by a mix of houses, condominiums and apartments. Celebration is nostalgically designed in an old Florida style with a downtown district featuring retail and dining. This attraction is always a great choice for outdoor events, including free concerts and festivals. Learn more at

Hit the expensive theme parks in Central Florida if you want. Just know that there are many options for free attractions in the Kissimmee area. You are bound to find something your entire group will enjoy, especially at this price – FREE!

Discounted Legoland Tickets

Legoland Dragon at Knights Kingdom
If you are wanting to visit one of Central Florida’s theme parks or attractions, trying to get a good deal on theme park tickets can be hard to find. Most ticket resellers offer discounted tickets, however, these tickets may end up not costing much less than purchasing the ticket directly from the theme park. If you know the date of your visit to Legoland far enough in advance, you can now get a discounted ticket directly from their website.

This new discounted ticket offer is called “Pick-A-Date” and can discount the ticket by as much as $15. The date must be at least eight days in advance. Instead of the gate price of $79 for one day’s admission, an adult will pay only $64 (ages 2-12 and 60 and older will pay $54). You may also apply this discounted attraction ticket price to two-day tickets at Legoland.

If you decide to go to Legoland within 2 to 7 days in advance, you’ll still recieve a discount of $10 off your theme park ticket. This also applies to Legoland’s water park ticket option when purchased with the regular admission ticket. It really pays to plan in advance! Literally.

Although this Central Florida theme park is geared towards children between 2 and 12 years of age, the entire family will enjoy the discounted savings. To get your discounted theme park tickets for Legoland, visit their website at Enjoy the park, and enjoy the savings!

Orlando Theme Parks Offer More Discounted Tickets

Orlando theme parks offer good discounts for certain individuals throughout the year. Sometimes it is hard to find out about these specials, or track them down on websites. The most common Orlando attraction discount is the Florida resident discount which benefits individuals with a Florida ID. However, many Orlando attractions offer discounts of all types. During the month of February, if you are a first responder or a health-care worker, you’ll find a good discount at Ripley’s.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not attraction located at 8201 International Drive is cutting their admission tickets in half for Florida’s first responders including police officers, deputies, highway patrol officers, firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, Hazmat workers and search-and-rescue crews. They are also cutting a break to the health-care workers including doctors, dentists, nurses, medical and dental staff, hospital employees and home health-care workers.

Normal price is $19.99, so for a ten dollar bill, you can enter the “Odditorium” and be entertained for a long afternoon or evening. Bring along 3 additional guests and they too will receive half-price tickets! Just show your ID when buying the tickets. For more information go to

Meanwhile, Capone’s Dinner & Show has teamed up with the Kissimmee Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, better known as Visit Kissimmee and is offering greatly discounted tickets to all military. All active or retired military receive the very special price of only $24.99 for each military member and one guest. This special is not available through their online ticket system. You must call in your reservation at 1-800-220-8428, ask for the military special, then present your military ID when you arrive at the show. For information go to

Since most Orlando theme parks offer discounts of some type, it is usually well worth your time to research and track down these discounted theme park tickets. If you can’t find them online, you can usually call the theme park and ask what they offer. Every little bit helps, right? Besides, knowing you got a good deal, always makes a day at an area attraction a little more enjoyable!