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THE BIG 5: Top five ways to celebrate the holidays at Orlando’s theme parks

Candlelight Processional at Epcot.

Orlando simply shines during the holiday season. There is so much celebration and revelry all throughout Central Florida, and nowhere is this truer than Orlando’s theme parks. There’s so much to see during this time of year, it can be overwhelming, but I’m here to count down the best ways to make your holidays merry inside Orlando’s theme parks.   #5 – The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Hollywood Studios When the lights come on, it’s awe-inspiring. There is something … [Read more...]

THE BIG 5: Orlando’s top five theme park Christmas shops celebrating the holiday season year-round

It's a Wonderful Shop - Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Whether it’s the middle of the summer or deep in December, you can always find a group of dedicated stores at Orlando’s theme parks that feature holiday merchandise and Christmas ornaments. You’re never far from the season of giving while you’re taking a vacation in Central Florida! In this week’s BIG 5 blog post, join me as we count down the top five Orlando theme park shops that help us celebrate the magic of the holidays 365 days a year.   #5 – It’s a Wonderful Shop (Hollywood … [Read more...]

THE BIG 5: Top five shopping centers in Orlando for finding the best bargains


If you thought Orlando was all about the mighty theme parks, eating delicious food, and 90-degree temperatures, you’re missing out on a big feature in the world's number one vacation destination: shopping! Whatever you’re looking for, whether it’s designer clothes, sportswear, electronics, beauty products, or another suitcase to fit all that stuff in, Orlando has you covered. Better yet, there really are some bargains to be had - and, as a bonus, the exchange rate for us Brits means that even … [Read more...]

THE BIG 5: Top five outdoor bars at Universal Orlando

Duff Brewery at Universal Studios Florida.

One of the defining characteristics of Universal Orlando is that it offers many more adult-oriented distractions than the Mouse House. The atmosphere of both Universal theme parks - and the nighttime entertainment magnet known as CityWalk - is exciting and energetic. Seen as both a pro and a con depending on who you ask, Universal has no qualms placing their bars and adult beverages out in the open and all around their resort. With the recent additions of The Cowfish, The Hopping Pot, and … [Read more...]

THE BIG 5: Top five ways to start AND end your day at Universal Orlando


With all the excitement, adventure, and thrills to be had at Universal Orlando, it's hard to find a better place to spend your vacation day. But an important part of making that day all it possibly can be is ensuring that it starts off the right way - with all your ducks in a row and avoiding all the common pitfalls that trip up so many unsuspecting guests. And then, of course, it's important to send the day off in an equally memorable fashion, allowing you to decompress and preserve all the … [Read more...]

THE BIG 5: Top five I-Drive attractions worth leaving the theme parks for

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It may be the fantasy and thrills of the major theme parks that lure so many vacationers to Orlando, but if that’s as far as your vacation goes, you’re missing out on some of our truly novel amusements. Just outside of Universal and SeaWorld, International Drive (commonly referred to as I-Drive) serves as a playground worthy of discovery. Among the sea of hotels, shops, and restaurants, I-Drive offers a vast array of original entertainment options. Many of us locals appreciate these for a … [Read more...]

THE BIG 5: Top five tips for saving money at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival made its annual debut a couple of weeks ago. The smells, the sights, and the many tastes of Epcot’s most popular event have us food goers and wine lovers experiencing Christmastime in October. The only issue we foodies may have is trying to figure out how to taste the world on a small budget. While preparing for this year’s international fiesta, I thought it would be great to give you all five quick, fun tips on how to save money and still … [Read more...]

THE BIG 5: Top five rides in Orlando for first-time thrill seekers

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When I was younger, I never had any fear of the big attractions - I not only loved any ride that would go upside-down, I also begged my parents to buy me platform shoes so that I would meet their height requirements. My best friend, on the other hand, has been terrified her entire life of these sorts of rides. Going to theme parks with her has made me realize that this fear is not a rare one; many people dislike going on what are deemed "thrill rides," such as high-speed roller coasters. To … [Read more...]

THE BIG 5: Top five overlooked shows at Walt Disney World


Everyone loves a Disney parade, and it’s common knowledge that the evening fireworks displays are must-sees. But what about the rest of what the resort has to offer? In the hustle and bustle of FastPass schedules and the quest to conquer the highlights, it has become far too easy to overlook some of the simple-but-still-impressive entertainment throughout Walt Disney World. See what have you missed while rushing to your next reservation? In this BIG 5 blog post, we countdown the top five … [Read more...]

THE BIG 5: Top five ways HHN makes it so fun to be terrified


Halloween Horror Nights is the number one Halloween event in the nation, hands down. Did you know that it brings in more than $65 million to the Orlando economy in what is typically known as a slow season for the theme parks? That's outrageous! But the reasons behind the event's success are even more impressive. I've had to develop a list of them over the years as my excitement level reaches sky-high proportions each and every fall and all the questions begin pouring in from friends. "I don't … [Read more...]

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