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Attraction Spotlight Disney’s Animal Kingdom is the newest of Disney’s Orlando theme parks

Tree of Life

Disney created the Animal Kingdom theme park with something for everyone to enjoy. One of the main attractions is the Wild Africa Trek where you get to see numerous breeds of exotic animals in open spaces – not in cages. This is a separately ticketed safari and last 3 hours. Well worth it if you have older children that love wild animals.

Animal Kingdom is home to more than 1,700 animals within 250 species! Baby Rhinos and other rare animals are born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom nearly every year. Kudos to Disney for not caging the animals and for their breeding program, which helps keep animals from extinction. The Orlando theme park is broken up into 6 “lands:” Oasis, Discovery Island, Africa, Rafiki’s Planet Watch, Asia and DinoLand, USA.

Because it’s Disney you know they have some fabulous live shows (not involving the animals). These fantastic shows and superb talent are enjoyed by a wide age group of guests visiting Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Thrilling stunts, acrobatics and great musical productions make their shows hits!

If you like rides, Disney’s Animal Kingdom offers a nice variety of ride attractions – from lame to not-quite-tame. Rides fall into categories such as big drops, small drops, thrill rides, slow rides, water rides, spinning, dark, loud and scary. Some of the more popular attractions include:

  • Kilimanjaro Safari
  • Maharajah Jungle Trek
  • Dinosaur
  • Tree of Life
  • Wildlife Express Train
  • It’s Tough to be a Bug

If you are an animal lover, Disney’s Animal Kingdom could very well end up being your favorite theme park in Orlando. You may also want to check out Sea World, Discovery Cove or one of the many other animal attractions in Orlando.

New Hotel/Attraction to Open in Orlando CoCo Key Water Park Resort is Geared to Kids 4-11

An iconic old International Drive hotel that originaly opened as a Hilton is being totally rebuilt into a kid friendly concept with a huge water park as it’s center piece. With locations in seven states it has proven brand appeal and this hotel offers day passes! Such kid friendly perks such as face painting, hula hoop contests and much more are geared to win the hearts and souls of their target audience young kids and their families. Not a guest of the hotel, no problem day passes are offered for ONLY twelve dollars. That’s an incredible value for a half day attraction. It should definitly steal business from the other Orlando area half day attractions such as Gatorland, Ripleys Believe It or Not, Fun Spot, The Titanic Exhibition and WonderWorks.

Reasonable rates are definitly part of the attraction for folks that stay at the hotel with rates starting at just $99.00 a night this hotel should be popular with a wide variety of people. Live in Orlando? This will be a great staycation option for families with children while the kids enjoy supervised fun, parents can hit International Drive hot spots along the free I-drive trolley route including Prime Outlets, Pointe Orlando, nightclubs and more. Florida residents will also find this new hotel/attraction an attractive inexpensive getaway. Tourists with children from all over the world will make the CoCo Key Water Park Resort a prime destination. It’s scheduled opening date is March 25th, 2010.

Orlando’s Many Entertainment Options

Orlando has a pleathura of entertainment options beyond the major theme parks and smaller attractions like Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, Fun Spot, Gatorland and Wonderworks. The theme parks are typicaly a full day of entertainment while the smaller attractions average about three hours of entertainment. Mostly they are daytime attractions and can leave your evenings free to enjoy some of Orlando’s evening entertainment of which there are plenty.

Universal Orlando has Blue Man Group at City Walk a very different kind of show and yes the characters are blue. Disney has La Nouba which is great if you enjoy amazing acrobatics. Either of these two options will probably not be appreciated by children and are the most costly of your evening entertainment choices.

Then there are the many dinner shows in Orlando which are definitly a better selection both for value and if you are traveling with children. Nightly Jousting at Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament, a tale of a princess in another show featuring fabulous horses is Arabian Nights Dinner Attraction, Sleuths offer murder mystery you be the detective shows and of course my favorite Capone’s Dinner and Show which is different then any other show in Orlando or any other tourist destination.

Only at Capone’s Dinner & Show can your gang mingle with mobsters and dames from the era of prohibition and speakeasies. From the time you enter our turn of the century ice cream parlor, go to the secret door, give your secret password to get into Al Capone’s Down Home Speakeasy and Cabaret your gonna have a blast. Only Capone’s Dinner & Show offers such great bang for your buck and is fun for all ages. We offer a huge dinner buffit with both Italian and American cuisine eat all you like. Al is such a generous guy he also includes Bud Light Draft, Al’s original rum runners, vodka and cranberry, merlot, chardonnay and white zinfandel wines. Al also includes the typical soda choices, fruit punch, fresh brewed iced tea and kiddy cocktails. Be sure and save room for Mama Capone’s sugary sweet dessert that’s also included. Yous should visit Al’s web site www.alcapones.com where there is a 50% off coupon!  Don’t be a dead beat come see the show that’s second to none now in our eightenth year of being Orlando’s best dinner show deal.

Saturday January 9th and the Weather is Frightful Today, Here’s some Ideas on how to Enjoy Your Day

If you’re in Orlando now on vacation you know that the weather is HORRIBLE we might actually get sleet or snow flurries. The unprecedented cold all over the country is some of the worst weather I have seen in my thirty five years of living in Orlando. This is only the third time the weather report has called for snow in my thirty five years here.

So what should a tourist who’s in Orlando right now do today? Theme parks and water parks are definitly not a good choice for today. The Orlando area luckily has many indoor options on ways to spend your day and night. Todays a great day to sleep in and get a later start I promise you the theme parks will be slow. If you can handle this weather though you’ll breeze through attraction lines.

Here are some alternative ideas if you don’t want to brave the cold, sleet and possibly even snow today. Obvious choices include indoor malls which the best two for tourists are Florida Mall and Millenia Mall. All the outlet malls are outdoors so that may not be such a good choice. Depending on if you have children and the ages of your children indoor things to do include bounce houses, indoor attractions such as Ripley’s Believe it or not,Wonderworks, indoor flea markets of which there are many(largest is Flea World in Sanford and it offers circus acts and is more of a real flea market then the ones in the tourist corridors), Wonder Works and Titanic the exhibition.

Great eveving options include dinner shows of which there are numerous ones in Orlando including Medieval Times, Arabian Nights, Sleuths, Pirates Dinner Adventure and Capone’s Dinner & Show. I’ve listed the most popular and indoor of the dinner shows. It’s a great way to spend an evening and depending upon which you pick can be fun for all ages. We at Capone’s Dinner & Show feel we meet that criterion the best. I advise getting on the phone soon because on days like today the dinner show option is popular and if you want reservations and good seats call early. Visit www.alcapones.com to discover more about our one of a kind dinner show.

Al Puts the Spotlight on Orlando’s Magic Kingdom

Hey yous Al here and you better read my writing or yous just might find yourself in cement shoes at the bottom of lake Michigan. Just kidding  really I’m a very generous and hospitable guy so no worries.

The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World drastically changed Orlando forever the great Walt Disney was the visionary that made it happen, what a shame he didn’t live long enough to see his dream. The second park at Walt Disney World EPCOT was in the early planning when he died. Although it didn’t match his exact early ideas the basic principal and many aspects of the park were his.

In recent years and always moving forward the imagineers at Disney have been continuously working to make the Magic Kingdom the Grand Dame of Orlando theme parks as relevant and enjoyable as when it first opened. Countless older attractions at the park have been updated with the newest technology and innovation meeting the desires of the ever more tech savvy kids of today.

Another nice thing about the Magic Kingdom is that it offers something for everyone. So if you have teens and younger children you can let the teens go do their own thing for a while, if you are comfortable with this. The Magic Kingdom has always provided a safe enviorment. Your kids are more likely to get hurt on a ride (that rarely happens) then be the object of foul play.

Al says take the kids to Disney World they’ll have a blast

The Magic Kingdom holds the throne for the most visitors annualy in the United States and has done so for many, many years. So if you go here are some tips for maximizing your visit. If you go to the park in the morning be sure and use the monorail for the fastest access from the ticketing to the park. Depending upon what time you leave the park and how large the crowds are leaving at the same time Al suggests you might want to take the ferry from the park to ticketing center and parking. None of yous bone heads better make any cracks about Al capone and the ferry. It can be faster if crowds are heavy as the monorails will be jamed after fireworks. It’s also a nice way to end your day riding a period reproduction of a very large ferry boat on a gorgeous lake. Even if it’s not busy when yous are leaving it’s a relaxing way to end your day at the parks,

Al wants you to be sure and come visit the gang at Capone’s Dinner & Show when your in Orlando visit us on the web at www.alcapones.com