Attraction Spotlight Wet & Wild

Yesterday I told you about a great deal Wet & Wild is offering so I thought it fitting to today to put the attraction spotlight on Wet and Wild. Wet and Wild is Orlando’s oldest water park, however it has consitently added new water thrill rides. If your main attraction to a water park is thrill rides then Wet and Wild is without a doubt your best choice in Orlando water parks.

Many discounts are available for Wet and Wild but with a gate price of $47.95 it’s still a good deal. My suggestion is to save some cash. Ticket resellers will offer Wet and Wild Ticket under gate price, they also have discount coupons in many of Orlando tourist magazines. Florida and Orlando residents may be well served to pay gate price because right now you get the rest of the year for FREE (excludes special events). The offers change and expire, these offers are available as of January 7th, 2010.

Wet and Wild also offers a tamer side with a beach and poolside areas to enjoy the sun plus a HUGE wave pool. There are also areas devoted to younger children with much milder water fun.

Wet and Wild is a great day time event! The gang at Capone’s Dinner & Show suggests visiting our one of a kind show experience  discover more @www.alcapones.com .

A Vacation First: Swim with a Dolphin

Although many visitors to Central Florida first think of Disney, Universal or Sea World as the first stop of their vacation, there just might be an option you’ve never even heard of – Discovery Cove. Yes, it is a part of Sea World, but this park is a stand-alone experience, and could be that unforgettable experience you’ve always wanted to have while on vacation but never thought of.

Discovery Cove offers two types of packages, a dolphin package and a non-dolphin package. Not that there aren’t several reasons to come to this park, but personally, I feel the dolphins MAKE this an experience unlike any other theme park. If you have the slightest interest in these spectacular creatures, you owe it to yourself to participate in the dolphin-swim.  If you’re really into dolphins, book their ‘trainer for the day’ experience. Otherwise you can still feed the birds, snorkel, wade with rays and see beautiful fish.

The package (starting at $199) includes everything for a full day – parking, gear, towels, lockers, breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages. When you add up what you’d pay at other theme parks throughout an entire day, the cost doesn’t seem so extravagant. The dolphin swim is only a part of your day, and you’ll have plenty of time to explore the rest of the park – the Tropical Reef, Wind-Away River, Explorer’s Aviary and Serenity Bay.

The reason to start your vacation at Discovery Cove? When you make your reservation ask about passes to Sea World, Busch Gardens and Aquatica – their sister parks. You just might get to visit them for free! Who knew that the most memorable day of your vacation could be the start to so many other memorable experiences?! Another hint: Spend the extra money and purchase the video/photo package. Although this day will “live in your heart for years to come,” the video of you and your new best dolphin friend (or your child’s) is a way to re-live the first day of your best vacation over and over again.

Aquatica Offers a Warm Welcome in Winter

Although the recent temperatures are a little lower than normal for us Floridians, visitors are still finding our Sunshine State a great place to vacation and be outdoors. The lines and crowds at water parks shorten which make a great opportunity to visit them. If you can brave the cooler air, join Aquatica’s dolphins, turtles, brightly colored fish and other exotic animals for a day of fun. They are sure to give you a warm welcome.

From serene rides to extreme rides, there is something for every water-lover at this park. Since opening in March of 2008 the dolphin plunge has become a top pick, but many visitors during the summer months refuse to stand in line for such a long time to experience it. With shorter lines, this tube slide ride will have the dolphins racing along side any willing guest.

There are two wave pools (Cutback Cove & Big Surf Shores), a floating ride (Loggerhead Lane), a kid zone (Kata’s Kookaburra Cove), a rapids ride, a beach area, lots of animals to see and many, many water slides of all types. You’ll have plenty to do (since you’re not wasting time standing in line). However, they do have shorter hours during this time of the year – generally 10am to 5pm – so get there early.

Brave those goosebumps and test out the warm waters! Aquatica is a perfect way to spend a Florida Winter day. Complete the day by spending a warm evening with Al and his gang at Capone’s. If the sun doesn’t put some color in your cheeks, our comedy and buffet and drink menu will!

Spending New Years Eve in Orlando? Insider Tips on Where to Go!

You have so many options on how to spend your New Years Eve in Orlando from the ultra high end California Grill at the Contemporary Resort inside the Walt Disney World Resort to being in one of Orlando’s many theme parks to ring in the New Year. Be advised the theme parks will be packed and for the most part you won’t be able to toast the New Year.

City Walk at Universal Orlando is another option but again it won’t come cheap. Downtown Disney will be over run with tourists with children and has many dining options. So if you have young children this might be a good choice for you especially if you don’t want to stick around untill midnight. be sure and make dining reservations either way unless you’re good with fast food on New Years Eve.

All of the dinner Shows including Capone’s Dinner & Show offer some kind of New Years Eve parties. Capone’s offers two shows an early bird show which all discounts are accepted or at our New Years Eve Gala. The Gala includes so much for a very reasonable cost check out www.alcapones.com to find out more. Better start planning now though if you haven’t made plans already.

The Holidays are Here! If Your Visiting Orlando Here are Some Helpful Tips

Visiting Orlando during the busiest time of the year can be frustrating to say the least. Every northern transportation option into Orlando can be  risky because of the weather in northern cities  which can lead to vast airline delays, disrupting your Orlando vacation. The thing is it’s the most  fabulous time of year to visit Orlando, so this is one of the few periods I would recomend purchasing travel insurance.

Because it is Orlando’s busiest period of the year navigating your visit can make the difference between a joyful or stressful vacation. As a tourism insider in Orlando for over twenty years I have some tips for your vacation to make it a cherished memory.

Depending upon where your staying makes a big difference in how much time it takes you to get you where you want to go. Waiting for Disney transportation is awful, unless you are staying in one of their most costly hotels, the traffic on roads leading to any of the tourist spots is typically bad depending on when you leave your hotel or motel and I know you don’t want to spend your vacation stuck in traffic.

If you are staying on Disney property which is the largest hotelier in the Orlando metropolitan area. Avoid the early admission days as it’s very popular which translates into longer waits to board the buses if your not staying in one of the hotels on the monorail system. Also the monorail system is very old and has had multiple incidents recently. The answer to Disney transportation issues is to avoid the heaviest traffic times like after the fireworks end, leave early for the parks on the days that early admission isn’t offered, and  sleep late on those days when it is not offered .

Hotels and motels off Disney property include International Dr ive, Orlando South Kissimmee Resort area, and Universal Studios offering a limited number of rooms. Depending upon where you wish to visit while in Orlando will make a huge difference in transportation times and also save some cash.

If your primarily visiting Universal Orlando, Sea World and many other International Drive Resort area attractions. You can stay at Universal but it will be expensive due to the limited number of rooms on property and you will encounter the same transportation wait issues as at Walt Disney World. The International Drive Resort area comprised of indepently owned hotels and motels is the areas largest pool of hotel and motel options. Pick a property that offers free transportation and save the fifteen dollars a day parking cost at both Universal Orlando and the Walt Disney World resort.

The remaing option is staying in the Orlando South Resort area Kissimmee if you’re primarily visiting the Walt Disney World Resort. Transportation back from the Parks after the fireworks will be your biggest transportation issue. You have a large selection of economy motels, new franchise hotels and motels in the Orlando South Kissimmee Resort area. One of Orlando’s nicest hotels is the Gaylord Palms and it’s located in the Orlando South Kissimmee Resort Area. There are numerous mom and pop motels which can be a real bargain but with older motels be aware some are kept up nicely but there are some dives so if you decide to stay in the Orlando South Kissimmee Resort Area use one of the travel sites to ensure the quality you will get. I know this is repetative but pick a hotel or motel that offers transportation to the Walt Disney World Resort, many also offer transportation to International Drive Resort area attractions and some even have airport transportation. It also will save you cash with about every franchise restaurant there is. Satying at The Walt Disney World Resort will cost you more money on dining and just about everything else you need to buy on vacation. If you’re mainly planing on visiting the Walt Disney World Resort attractions unless you stay at a high end Disney hotel the Orlando South Kissimmee Resort area will offer the least traffic problems, save you money and give you freedom.

My personal choice is to rent a car for most of your transportation needs as it gives you much more flexibility and there are so many other things in Orlando that you will want to see. Al told me to tell yous you oughta try his joint Capone’s Dinner & Show visit us at www.alcapones.com. Best wishes for a Christmas memory you will always treasure!