So Many Choices of Places to Stay from Hotels, Rental Homes, Condos and Timeshares

Picking the right place to stay should be the second step in planning your Orlando area vacation unless you are driving to Orlando, then it should be your first step. Depending upon your needs, when your visiting, length of your visit and the number of people you are traveling with is a huge factor in deciding where to stay. It’s your vacation and picking the right place to stay can make your visit cheaper and better.

Vacation Homes are very popular in the Orlando area with most of them are  located in South Orlando/Kissimmee. The variety of choices and reasonable prices make Orlando the worlds largest vacation home rental market. I recommend choosing a neighborhood that’s all rentals. Vacationers and people living in homes schedules are too divergent for a good mix. You can find huge homes with private pools and jacuzzis for less money then you would think. Condo hotels, timeshares and town homes are all similar types of options minus the privacy afforded by enjoying a vacation in a home  The biggest draw back is typically minimum rental is a week although some do offer four night stays.

Hotels/Motels offer ammenities that you typically can’t get in a vacation home such as free transportation to area attractions, daily maid service, restaurants, lounges, meeting space, business centers, complimentary breakfasts and so much more. It’s also in my opinion better for couples and singles traveling together. It just provides more privacy plus if schedules and choices are divergent it would make choosing a hotel/motel the more functional choice.

Then you have to consider location because the Orlando area offers multiple choices of locations to stay. Should you be coming to Orlando for a meeting or convention then location is an easy choice. The Orlando Convention Center is Americas second largest located on International Drive. The cost of hotels/motels closest to the convention center will be higher. International Drive is a long stretch of road so you really need to be careful picking a property because there’s the older side of International Drive, the more manicured and newer area of International Drive and a long stretch of empty road with limited development. Highway 192 South Orlando/Kissimmee offers the most affordable location with hotels/motels, every chain restaurant imaginable, many national retailers, Old Town, Fun Spot, outlet shopping, dinner shows, independent restaurants, bars and is much closer to the Disney Parks then International Drive. Recently the 192 district was renovated adding lanes, side walks, bus stops and landscaping making it much nicer then it was. You can also choose to stay in the Walt Disney Worls Resort but it will cost you more from the lodging, to dining and shopping. Disney’s value priced properties are in less desirable parts of the Walt Disney World Resort with transportation free to many locations within Walt Disney World Resort but honestly catching one of the free shuttles in Kissimmee to the theme parks will probably get you there just as fast.

So now go do your home work and start planning a trip to Orlando!

Don’t Miss the Historic Park Avenue District in the Orlando Area for Shopping, Dining and Much More!

The Park Avenue District in Winter Park is a bit of a drive from the attraction areas, but it’s well worth the time! It’s a historic district with a beautiful park in the center of the area with shopping, art galleries, restaurants, an art museum, Rollins College and ample options to enjoy a libation.

One of the nice things about shopping on Park Avenue is the eclectic mix of shops from high end fashion to the Gap, there’s sure to be something for everyone! It has one of the largest and nicest Pottery Barns in the chain. It’s located in a historic landmark theater which was renovated spectacularly and yet retains it’s old world exterior. Almost across the street is a Restoration Hardware and down the avenue is a Williams Sonoma. There’s a large antique shop plus many independent retailers from swank to the mundane.

Park your car and enjoy walking on wide sidewalks along cobblestone streets. Park Avenue isn’t your typical tourist hot spot but it’s VERY popular with the locals. On Saturday mornings there’s a fabulous farmers market offering vegetables, plants, flowers, incredible orchids, locally fresh baked goods and so much more.

While shopping is a big part of the experience there’s no lack of restaurants from moderate priced cafes to the elegant Park Plaza Gardens and lot’s in between. If your in a hurry you can grab a quick bite at Panera or a locally owned delicatessen less than a block away.

Cigar, wine and martini bars make for a popular and hip spot to enjoy a libation. Sidewalk seating at many of the restaurants and bars are perfect for people watching and are pet friendly with Fido welcome at most establishments.

Rollins College is at one end of the Avenue an exclusive private college with a historic and beautiful campus. There’s also an American art museum and store right on Park Avenue. Browse the numerous art galleries and soak in the local flavor. It’s a very pleasant way to spend a nice day while in Orlando and it can be easy on the wallet too!

Various events are staged on Park Avenue including one of the top art shows in the country every spring. So if you’re tired of the ordinary tourist experiences try the flair of Park Avenue for an afternoon or evening of fun!

Attraction Spot Light Orlando Dinner Shows from Arabian Nights to Sleuths and More!

Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction – This Orlando dinner show is now closed.

The fairy tale at this long established show is one of Arabian Princes and Princesses along with their Royal entourages. The show is done in an arena setting because of the many exquisite horses that join in this lavish production of Arabian Royalty and scoundrels.

Dinner menu options vary but are all served to you by damsels and warriors. They offer upgraded meal selections in addition to the base menu.

Visit them on the web www.arabian-nights.com

Capone’s Dinner & Show

It’s the era of mobsters, dames, Al Capone, prohibition and speakeasies. This fun filled show takes you on a journey back in time to a raucous and wild time in American history. But don’t be concerned this show is family friendly and a blast for all ages.

Dinner at Capone’s is served buffet style with a large selection of both Italian and American favorites. If you pick the show to attend by quality and freshness of the food then Capone’s is for you!

Visit them on the web www.alcapones.com

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

Daring Knights jousting on sleek horses are the main attraction at Medieval Times! The “theatre” is actually a huge arena. Different areas of the arena are assigned knights to cheer for while wearing their crowns color corresponding to the knight you are supposed to cheer for and at the end one section will win! A new show is open but concept remains the same.

Dinner is served in four courses starting with soup, chicken, ribs, potato and dessert served by medieval characters.

Visit them on the web www.medievaltimes.com

Outta Control Dinner Show

Orlando’s only magic dinner show! High energy standup comedy combined with  feats of magic and audience participation is sure to tickle your funny bone.  A ninety minute experience this dinner show combines magic, comedy and audience interaction

Dinner is pizza, popcorn, salad and dessert

Visit them on the web www.outtacontroldinnershow.com

Pirates Dinner Adventure

Set sail on a pirate ship for swashbuckling fun on the high seas! The Princess Anna has been taken hostage and this group of dangerous pirates is on a mission to rob, pillage and plunder. Musical productions and astounding acrobatic feats are the main attraction to this show.

Port of call feast is included; meal upgrades and VIP experience are available at an extra cost.

Visit them on the web www.piratesdinneradventure.com

Sea World Makahiki Luau This Orlando dinner show has been replaced with “Dine With Shamu”Read more…

The tropics brought to Orlando by Sea World this traditional Hawaiian Luau serving Pacific isles cuisine. Fantastic island costumes, breathtaking fire dances. You can take your family to the tropics right here in Orlando. One of Orlando’s best dinner shows for families but it will cost you also one of the more expensive. Adults may not enjoy it as much as the kids.

Dinner is served family style your choice of delectable entrees and dessert.

Visit them on the web www.seaworld.com

Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show

A basic who done it murder mystery dinner show featuring multiple shows and three theatres providing an audience interactive show which includes much off the cuff humor. Clues are delivered and guests compete to identify the killer and win prizes. The cast of the show makes all the difference here the cast makes this show as some of the scripts are not the greatest.

A variety of menu options are available and Sleuths also offers a variety of meal plans including meal upgrades.

Visit them on the web www.sleuths.com

Orlando Best Place to Golf in North America!

That’s the latest from the International Association of Golf Tour Operators which awarded Orlando the top spot in North America.  Orlando was voted “North American Golf Destination of the Year 2010” at it’s annual International awards ceremony in Spain. The award in good part was won due to “Orlando’s premier service provided to golfers and tour operators” and the “quality and sheer number of facilities available”.

According to the Orlando Convention and Visitors Bureau there are 177 golf courses in the Orlando metropolitan area plus 23 golf academies and is host to more professional golf competitions than any other city. The year round weather in Orlando is conducive to golfing most days of the year.

Some of the best (and priciest) golf courses include the Grand Cypress located in Lake Buena Vista, multiple courses located on Disney property, to the venerable Bay Hill home to the Annual Arnold Palmer golf tournament in the spring. For those not wanting to spend a fortune on a round of golf there are numerous other beautiful and challenging courses though not as acclaimed  in Central Florida.

Book a golf outing now while the Orlando area weather is gorgeous and crowds are small.

written by John Kucik – Capone’s Dinner & Show

Terrific Show Starter That’s Fun for Everyone at Capone’s Dinner & Show Orlando/Kissimmee

All attractions at some point during your visit give you an option to buy photos of your visit. One way or another attractions are going to get your picture and then employ a sales tactic to get you to buy expensive pictures. If you’ve ever been on a cruise before you have to get your picture taken before boarding. You just want to get onboard and not wait in line for your picture to be taken. Usually it’s not one of the bigger sellers because you’ve waited in a long line and are irritated at being forced into a photo.

Capone’s Dinner & Show makes it fun and easy! Actually Capone’s Dinner & Show employs an independent contractor to perform this important part of your overall experience. Brian Costello is the driving force of the company we outsource the photo operations at Capone’s Dinner & Show.

Brian has operated our photo concesion for fourteen of our over seventeen years of operation at Capone’s Dinner & Show. I am personally impressed with Brian’s brillance at changing with the times. The reason I fired the previous contractor was guest complaints about the photo experience. I have to say that Brian had an edge over all the other contractors as he knew the operation well because at the time Brian was a Capone’s employee.

Now our photo operation is fun, technically advanced and offers different purchase options. Most attraction photos are sold in a low cost way basically art around your photo on a heavy paper is what you typically get for your money. At Capone’s you don’t have to wait in a line to buy should you choose too because we come to you. Even if you don’t buy you will be entertained by the experience.

Included with most packages is a web site where you can share your photos with friends and family and also  have the ability to easily put it on your social web sites such as Facebook. Brian is very creative with unique ways to package your photos and gives you more options. Many of our guests compliment us on the photo experience even if they don’t buy because their gang had fun in the process.