ILO Spring 2023 Edition

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IT’S YOUR UNIVERSE. COME PLAY IN IT.

It’s time to let loose with all your favorite people. Those movies and TV shows you’ve binged are about to get real (fast) at Universal Studios Florida. It’s time to alternate your reality and turn things upside down (literally) at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. And whether you’re the floaty relaxation type or fall-so-fast-you-got-water-up-your-nose type, we’ve got it at Universal’s Volcano Bay. Free yourself to be yourself at Universal Orlando Resort.

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Dear Readers,

Welcome to Central Florida, the theme park capital of the world! Bask in the warm weather and take your vacation to the next level with us. We invite you to share the sunshine with your loved ones this spring at Universal Orlando Resort, LEGOLAND ® Florida Resort, SeaWorld® Parks & Resorts™ Orlando and the Walt Disney World® Resort.

Orlando is a vast city with something around every corner, no matter how you are planning to spend your visit. Whether you are looking to take things slow with a walk in the park to smell the roses, kick things up a notch with flavors from all around the world available at any hour or get your adrenaline pumping at a worldfamous water park or local rodeo, there is an abundance of options waiting at your fingertips.

As Westgate Resorts’ 40 th Anniversary comes to a close, we reflect on the past 40 years of our rich history and look forward to the next 40 years of cultivating lifelong vacation memories. I appreciate all that our Owners, Guests and Team Members have done to make this celebration one for the books and I feel lucky to have taken part in it.

I Love Orlando magazine is your guide to all things amazing this spring season. Thank you for making Westgate your home away from home. No matter where your vacation takes you, we wish you safe and happy travels.

Best Wishes,

FEATURES Spring 2023 8 Universal Orlando Resort Unleash Your Vacation. 10 SeaWorld ® Parks & Resorts ™ Orlando An Ocean of Fun Awaits for the Entire Family. 18 Walt Disney World® Resort A Thrill For Everyone 20 Walk in the Park Enjoy a springtime stroll. 28 Out of This World Turn your vacation into an experience. 30 Flower Power 32 Celebrate! Calendar of Events 34 Feeling Lucky Sometimes all you need is a little luck. 48 Late Night Bites In need of a midnight snack? 50 Home Cooking 54 A Travel of Flavors Savor the flavor and try a variety of cuisines. 63 Kingdom Strollers
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Patty Melt Burger tastes like home at Sickies Garage Burgers Brews Disney Character Topiaries
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Immerse yourself in Agatha Christie's Murder On The Orient Express at Escapology David Siegel, President and CEO of Westgate Resorts Daddy Pig's Roller Coaster at Peppa Pig Theme Park Florida
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MORE I LOVE ORLANDO INFORMATION: 407.351.3351 / 1.800.925.2200 Advertising Ext. 298/537 Marketing Ext. 298 Circulation Ext. 537 Production Ext. 298/537 Subscriptions Ext. 286 I LOVE ORLANDO ® is published three times annually by Central Florida Investments, Inc., 5601 Windhover Drive, Orlando, Florida 32819. Copyright© 2023. All rights reserved. No portion of this publication may be reproduced in any form without express written permission of the publisher. Copies available within the United States for $3.99, including shipping and handling. Statements or opinions herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher, Central Florida Investments, Inc. or the editors. Please note advertiser content and hours of operation are subject to change. Central Florida’s Premier Bass Fishing Guide Service $25.00 Off Guided Trip Not valid with any other offer. Exp. 7/31/23 ILO • Great Family Fun! • Near All Attractions. • Single or Groups Welcome! • Half, 3/4 and Full Days. • Transportation Available. • Since 1991. Call Captain Pete Matson 1-800-707-5463 a1bassguideservice.com Expires 7/31/23 Expires 7/31/23 Excludes VIP & Ultimate Rides
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Adventure Island®

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Located across the street from Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay, Adventure Island® is 30 acres of water-drenched fun in the sun featuring the ultimate combination of high-speed thrills and tropical surroundings within a soothing Key West atmosphere. Choose to race down rapids, swim through waterfalls and a wave pool, splash in playgrounds perfectly kid-sized or dig your toes into the sand and relax all day in a private cabana at Tampa Bay’s first water park! Check out America’s first dualtailspin water slide, Solar Vortex, a premier family attraction! AdventureIsland.com

Andretti Indoor Karting & Games

407-610-5020

Andretti Indoor Karting & Games is Orlando’s premier entertainment destination. We are located on Universal Boulevard across from the North Concourse of the Orange County Convention Center.

Andretti Karting’s 155,000 sq. ft. facility features several exciting attractions all under one roof, including high-speed Superkarts on multi-level tracks, stateof-the-art arcade, two-level laser tag, boutique bowling, interactive motion theater and a variety of VR attractions that make it a truly unique experience. andrettikarting.com/orlando

Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark®

407-545-5550

From high-speed waterslides and exhilarating wave pools, to tranquil beaches, Aquatica, voted Orlando’s #1 waterpark, delights all ages and interests. This one-of-a-kind waterpark is home to some of the world’s most thrilling water rides, featuring 46 slides, rivers and lagoons and 84,000 square feet of sparkling white, sandy beaches.

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Universal CityWalk

If you want to grab a bite, go shopping or catch some entertainment, head to CityWalk, right outside Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.

There are all kinds of restaurants from casual to sit-down. At Bigfire, you can enjoy American fare like steak flavored with smoky goodness from cooking over different kinds of wood. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you’ll love The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen, featuring an allday brunch, unique desserts and artisanal milkshakes. Speaking of sweets, check out Voodoo Doughnut’s delicious and delightfully weird pastries. When you’ve had your fill of the awesome eats, experience the new escape room adventure, Universal’s Great Movie Escape. Plus, check out CityWalk’s live shows, miniature golf and 20-screen cineplex.

You’re in Orlando and you want to make the most of your vacation. That’s where Universal Orlando Resort comes in. There’s a whole universe for you to explore with three theme parks—Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park—plus the Universal CityWalk dining and entertainment complex. Here, you can free yourself to be yourself.

Universal Studios Florida

Your favorite TV shows and movies are about to get real. Save the Earth with the TRANSFORMERS Autobots and defeat the villainous Decepticons. Join Illumination's Gru, his daughters and the mischievous Minions on an unpredictable journey. Follow in Harry Potter's footsteps in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ - Diagon Alley™, where you'll find many of the wizarding world's most famous establishments. There’s even a fire-breathing dragon atop Gringotts™ bank. Universal Studios is way beyond the movies.

We’re Going Beyond the Bayou for Mardi Gras 2023

Daily February 4–April 16, 2023

Get ready for the good times at Universal’s Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval*. This party features NOLA favorites and the best of Carnaval celebrations from around the world. Try flavors from the bayou to Brazil to Belgium and beyond. Check out parades (on select nights) featuring our fleet of parade floats. Plus, enjoy live music, concerts on select nights, catch some beads and a whole lot more.

Universal’s Islands of Adventure

It’s time to alternate your reality and turn things upside down (literally). Come face to face with dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, where Jurassic World VelociCoaster will send you for a spin. And a roll. And weightlessness! Swing above the streets with Spider-Man on Marvel Super Hero Island®. You can also explore The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ - Hogsmeade™ where you can fly beyond the grounds of Hogwarts™ castle and join Hagrid™ on a thrilling adventure deep into the wilds of the Forbidden Forest. Here, every island is a new reality.

Some CityWalk shows/venues are separately ticketed and some require ages 21 or older for admission with valid photo ID. Additional restrictions apply.

Make Every Moment Count at Universal Orlando

Universal’s Volcano Bay Water Theme Park

Whether you’re the floaty relaxation type or fall-so-fast type, it’s all here. There’s even a volcano in the middle of the park (hence, the name) with tons of water slides and stunning waterfalls. And if you’re in the mood for chill things, there’s a winding river, a wave pool and even a picturesque beach so you can feel the sand between your toes. Remember, it’s a South Seas oasis (and nothing says oasis like a volcano).

Screams and laughter. Adventures and relaxation. Unforgettable entertainment and incredible dining. Universal Orlando is the getaway you’ve been waiting for.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

For tickets and information, visit your closest Westgate Guest Services Desk.

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Aquatica offers exclusive attractions that promise unlimited fun sending guests on amazing undersea adventures. Experience Florida’s first dueling racer, Riptide Race. Grab a friend and race through high speed tunnels as you see your opponent side by side and face to face. Who will reach the finish line first? aquaticaorlando.com

Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures

407-344-9550

UNIQUELY THE BEST airboat tour in Florida for 28 years! Tour our swamps by day, sunset or night on an airboat with an expert Captain seeing wildlife. Visit our Butterfly Exhibit, Native American Village, BBQ Restaurant, gator pond or mine for rare gems/fossils. bcairboats.com

Bok Tower Gardens

1-863-676-1408

A “must-see” Florida attraction centrally located in Lake Wales featuring a 205-foot and 60-bell Singing Tower, beautifully landscaped gardens, new children’s garden, outdoor kitchen, unique hiking

trails, cafe, gift shop and plant shop. boktowergardens.org

Buena Vista Watersports

407-239-6939

Paradise Cove at Buena Vista Watersports is a recreational water sports facility. Located in Lake Buena Vista on a natural spring-fed lake, surrounded by cypress and palm trees and lots of sand, providing its Floridian feel. Offering Sea-Doo rentals, waterski and wakeboard lessons, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and pontoon boat rentals. Come on out and enjoy the fun or just hang out on the beach! bvwatersports.com

Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay

1-813-884-4386

Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay is the ultimate family adventure, combining world-class thrill rides, live entertainment and one of North America’s largest zoos. Enjoy unique seasonal events all year or take on Tigris™, Florida’s tallest launch coaster. A top-rated list of favorite attractions for thrill seekers include Cheetah Hunt - the park’s longest coaster, SheiKra - a 200-

foot tall floorless dive coaster, Falcon’s Fury - a 335-foot freestanding drop tower and many more. Then, learn all about the animals that inspired the rides by visiting one of the esteemed animal habitats or booking an exciting Insider Tour opportunity. BuschGardensTampa.com

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

407-645-5311

The Morse Museum houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by American artist and designer Louis Comfort Tiffany. Highlights include the restored chapel interior he designed for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago and a wing that showcases the Museum’s collection of art and architectural objects from Tiffany’s celebrated Long Island home, Laurelton Hall. Visitors to the Museum will also enjoy exhibits of American art pottery, Art Nouveau objects and late 19 th and early 20 th century American paintings. See website for current hours. morsemuseum.org

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SEAWORLD® PARKS & RESORTS™

included. Guests will experience the most exciting animal encounters the world has to offer in a breathtaking tropical atmosphere.

Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay

There’s a reason Orlando is the world’s favorite family vacation destination, and at SeaWorld ® Parks & Resorts™ Orlando, there are exciting experiences for families to take in and lifelong memories to be made.

SeaWorld ® Orlando

Guests are immersed in wonder at SeaWorld ® Orlando, where the aquatic world comes alive like no place else. Experience the first of its kind roller coaster this spring on Pipeline: The Surf Coaster. Take a plunge down the world’s tallest river rapids drop on Infinity Falls™. Climb aboard and ride the mighty Manta®.

Don’t miss the latest attractionIce Breaker! This new coaster features four airtime filled launches, both backwards and forwards, culminating in a reverse launch into the steepest beyond verticals drop in Florida - a 93foot-tall spike with 100-degree angle.

Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark ®

From high-speed waterslides and exhilarating wave pools, to tranquil beaches, Aquatica, voted Orlando’s #1 waterpark, delights all ages and interests. This one-of-a-kind waterpark is home to some of the world’s most thrilling water rides, featuring 46 slides, rivers and lagoons and 84,000 square feet of sparkling white, sandy beaches. Aquatica offers exclusive attractions that promise unlimited fun sending Guests on amazing undersea adventures. Experience Florida’s first dueling racer, Riptide Race. Grab a friend and race through high speed tunnels as you see your opponent side-byside and face-to-face. Who will reach the finish line first?

Discovery Cove ®

Discover what it takes to care for an injured animal at SeaWorld Rescue™ Manatee Rehabilitation. Take a walk down Sesame Street at Sesame Street Land™, connecting your family to all of the fun, laughter and learning of the worldfamous street. Experience one-of-a-kind attractions, thrilling coasters and up-close animal interactions.

Discovery Cove ® in Orlando is an allinclusive day resort where Guests can enjoy a one-of-a-kind opportunity to swim with dolphins, snorkel among thousands of tropical fish and rays, hand-feed exotic birds, and encounter playful otters. Relax and explore rocky lagoons surrounded by lush landscaping, tropical reefs, winding rivers and white, sandy beaches. Freshly prepared meals, snacks and beverages throughout the day and swim gear are

Busch Gardens® is the ultimate family adventure and Florida’s thrill ride leader, offering more than 300 acres of family attractions. With a unique blend of exciting rides, one of the country's largest zoos, live shows, restaurants, shops and games, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay provides unrivaled excitement for Guests of every age. Thrills reach all-new heights on Tigris®, Florida's tallest launch coaster, catapulting riders through an intense forward and backward journey. Guests can dive 60 MPH on Falcon’s Fury ®, North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower, experience Cheetah Hunt ®, Florida’s first triple-launch coaster, or even soar like a bird of prey on SheiKra ® , taking riders up 200 feet to dive straight down.

For kids and parents alike, there’s more to explore at the Sesame Street Safari of Fun ® at Busch Gardens! Families can enjoy the perfect “first coaster” experience with their youngest thrill seekers on Air Grover, meet everyone’s favorite friends from Sesame Street, and explore Elmo’s 3-story hideaway in this perfectly-sized play land filled with kid-friendly rides and cool water fun where imaginations can run WILD!

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

407-545-5550

seaworldorlando.com

aquaticaorlando.com

discoverycove.com

buschgardenstampa.com

You can also visit your concierge or guest services desk for more information.

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ORLANDO AN OCEAN OF FUN AWAITS FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY

REVEAL YOUR ILLUSION

I-Drive Welcomes You! On behalf of the International Drive Resort Area Chamber of Commerce we want to welcome you to the heart of Orlando Tourism – the I-Drive Resort Area!

If you are returning or visiting for the first time, you are about to experience the best part of Orlando – The International Drive Resort Area. As you explore the I-Drive Resort Area, you will find six of the world’s greatest theme parks, over 35 amazing attractions and 350 plus restaurants offering every cuisine. I-Drive has over 900 retail outlets, 100 plus hotels and the 2nd largest convention center in the country!

It’s easy to see what makes the International Drive Resort Area a favorite to millions of visitors each year. Whether you are here on vacation or for business, we hope you enjoy all that our destination has to offer; delicious food, amazing shopping, thrilling attractions and world-class resort accommodations.

If you are a returning visitor, we are delighted to welcome you back! If it’s your first-time visit, thank you for choosing the International Drive Resort Area! Our community is dedicated to making your visit safe, fun and memorable. Thank you for visiting I-Drive!

We’re glad you’re here!

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CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Maria Triscari President/CEO International Drive Resort Area Chamber of Commerce

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

1-727-441-1790

Visit rescued dolphins in their 1.5-milliongallon habitat! This extraordinary Ruth & J.O. Stone Dolphin complex has five pools, with numerous floor to ceiling windows, guests have the opportunity to view and engage with our rescued residents in a whole new way. Explore Winter’s Rescue Walk Exhibits and discover incredible new underwater views. Clearwater Marine Aquarium also has marine life featured in major motion pictures Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2.

With eight locations in Florida to choose from, there’s an adventure for everyone. Experience tranquil waterfalls, mysterious caves, tropical rainforests, challenging golf holes and more on an unforgettable African adventure! congoriver.com

Crayola Experience

407-757-1700

Discover the magic of color with 20+ creative attractions. Color, chemistry and digital technology combine to create a day of family fun and colorful keepsakes. Name and wrap your own Crayola crayon! Learn

30,000-square-foot trampoline park, glow-in-the-dark mini golf, a new Lazer Tag Maze, play shooting, bumper cars, axe throwing, electric mini-cycles, rage room, and so much more.

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Discovery Cove®

407-513-4600

Discovery Cove ® in Orlando is an allinclusive day resort where guests can enjoy a one-of-a-kind opportunity to swim with dolphins, snorkel among thousands of tropical fish and rays, hand-feed exotic birds, and encounter playful otters. Relax and explore rocky lagoons surrounded by lush landscaping, tropical reefs, winding rivers and white, sandy beaches. Freshly prepared meals, snacks and beverages throughout the day and swim gear are included.

Guests will experience the most exciting animal encounters the world has to offer in a breathtaking tropical atmosphere.

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JOURNEY INTO THE WORLD OF ROBOLAND

shows to a virtual reality experience, aweinspiring fun will fill every Guest every step of the way. They are proud to offer a unique experience with two distinguishable robots –Sophia and Titan!

Have you heard about Sophia the Robot? She's the world's most sophisticated robot that looks and acts like a human! With more than 70 facial expressions and the ability to understand, recognize, research and remember everything, she can carry on a conversation as if she was a real person - all with the help of her advanced AI system.

RoboLand, LLC is proud to announce their newest theme park attraction in Orlando, Florida. An innovative new attraction that combines robotics with cutting-edge technology to create an immersive experience you and your family can enjoy.

At RoboLand, they will take you on a journey of discovery as you explore the robotic world around you and uncover exciting stories and thrilling adventures. From interactive robotic

Sophia has appeared in some of the world's biggest media events, like being a special guest star on Jimmy Fallon, and has made friends with celebrities like Will Smith.

On the other hand, Titan the Robot is a larger-than-life robot that will be sure to leave an impression on all who visit! He made his debut on Britain's Got Talent and has been wowing audiences ever since. With

performances worldwide, including a showstopping act with Rihanna, Titan has quickly become one of the most famous robots in entertainment. He can even be programmed to interact with Guests and make special announcements. Titan is an incredible sight and amazes audiences of all sizes!

The company bringing you RoboLand has over 25 years of combined experience in entertainment and event management. Originally exciting crowds in London, Prague, Romania and Moldova with audiences that topped 150,000 people per venue.

They are excited to announce that Orlando, is now the home base and will feature over 30 unique exhibits for families of all ages. From robotic dogs and fish to robots that can challenge your wits at a chess game, there's something for everyone!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: 407-420-7962 robolandorlando.com

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Do you ever dream about the future? The future is now, in Orlando. Come with the whole family and experience the future of robotics. www.robolandorlando.com @robolandorlando +1(407) 420-7962 Roboland

Disney’s Animal Kingdom®

Theme Park

407-WDW-INFO

Explore the magic of nature at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Discover rare animals in their natural habitats, adventures beyond belief in Pandora – The World of Avatar, and entertainment with brilliant larger than life performances transporting you to the heart of nature. disneyworld.com

Disney’s Hollywood Studios®

407-WDW-INFO

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, favorite stories unfold all around you. At Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge ® feel the rush of taking over control of the Millennium Falcon. And in Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway you can enter a crazy colorful cartoon world as you join Mickey and Minnie on a runaway adventure. And become a toy with Buzz and Woody and take in a ride on Slinky Dog as he careens through Andy’s backyard in Toy Story Land. Let Your Adventures Begin at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. disneyworld.com

Disney Water Parks

407-WDW-INFO

Plunge into two water parks drenched in Disney magic! Escape to a tropical paradise at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park or discover frosty-themed fun at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park! A splash-tastic time awaits as there’s something for everyone in the family! disneyworld.com/waterparks

Empire Slingshot

407-853-2818

When you’re looking for fun things to do in Central Florida, Empire Slingshot has the best adventures to spice up your trip. Explore the city in one of our exotic Polaris Slingshots for an unforgettable experience. empireslingshot.com

EPCOT®

407-WDW-INFO

EPCOT has always been an amazing place to celebrate the world and immerse ourselves in the wonder of attractions and festivals that excite the senses. Come experience EPCOT where Disney storytelling welcomes you into incredible worlds brimming with possibilities. This is your chance to float, fly, scurry, race, taste, sing, play and grow-without growing up.

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When ticket purchase takes place online 24 hours before the fishing trip. Not valid with any other offers, discounts, charters or Red Snappertrips. Expires 7/31/23 When ticket purchase takes place online 24 hours before the fishing trip. Not valid with any other offers, discounts, charters or Red Snapper trips. Expires 7/31/23 $5 OFF HALF DAY $10 OFF FULL DAY Open 6 am - 6 pm Daily 800-481-3474 Deep Sea Fishingaboard Half Day Fishing aboard The Orlando Princess 10:30 am - 4:30 pm Everyday Full Day Fishing aboard The Canaveral Princess 8 am - 5 pm Everyday Night Shark Fishing aboard The Orlando Princess (March - September Only) 6 pm - 10 pm Wednesday thru Saturday Nights www.orlandoprincess.com Available For PRIVATE CHARTER The Starfish Orlando Princess & Canaveral Princess Orlando Princess & Canaveral Princess FISHING FLEET FISHING FLEET ORLANDO PRINCESS & CANAVERAL PRINCESS PRINCESS CANAVERAL PRINCESS FISHING FLEET play IT ’S NOT JUST A DAY AT THE BEACH, IT ’S THE ULTIMATE BEACH ADVENTURE 4 01 Meade Ave., Cocoa Beach, FL 32931 | 321-783 -7549 | CocoaBeachPier com @CocoaBeachPier | @CBPier F I V E R ES TA U R A N T S A N D B A R S • F R E S H F L O R I D A S E A F O O D D A I LY HAPP Y HOUR • M ARKE TPL ACE • BE ACH RENTAL S B E A C H V O LL E Y B A L L • SURF LE SS ONS

Come be a part of the continuing story of EPCOT and enjoy a whole new journey dedicated to inspiring everyone with the magic of possibility. disneyworld.com

Escapology

407-278-1515

Escapology is Orlando’s premier live escape game which offers an exciting, unique and challenging experience. Teams of up to 8 players must race against the clock to find clues, solve puzzles and escape the game room within 60 minutes. Excellent fun for friends and family. escapology.com

Fun Spot America-Kissimmee

407-397-2509

2 Extreme go-kart tracks, thrill rides & Florida’s only inverting wooden roller coaster. Over 20 rides & an arcade. Located next to Old Town at MM#9 on Hwy 192. Free admission and free parking. Named “Best Budget Attraction.” Come have your #BestDayEver!

Fun Spot America-Orlando

407-363-3867

2 roller coasters including the action packed White Lightning, 4 unique go-kart tracks, over 20 rides & an arcade. Home of Gator Spot. Family-friendly fun. Just off International Drive at Kirkman. Named “Travelers’ Choice” by TripAdvisor. Free admission and free parking. Come have your #BestDayEver!

Gaia Arts Studios

407-720-3122

Professional tattoos and body piercings in a clean, safe and friendly environment. Artist with 20+ years of experience. Speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese. Original and custom designs. Walk-in appointments available

Gatorland

1-800-393-JAWS

“Orlando’s only Theme Park with Bite and Attitude.” Gatorland is a 110-acre theme park and wildlife preserve, combining “Old Florida” charm with exciting new exhibits and entertainment. The park opened as a roadside attraction in 1949 and is now celebrating 74 years.

Today, it provides more fun than ever before with thousands of alligators, crocodiles, an aviary, breeding marsh with

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train on Expedition Everest Legend of the Forbidden Mountain®, experience animals in their natural habitats on Kilimanjaro Safaris®, or enjoy amazing shows such as Festival of the Lion King or Finding Nemo: The Big Blue…and Beyond!

What type of thrill gets you excited? Is it soaring high above Pandora on the back of a banshee, getting to meet your favorite Disney character for the first time, piloting the Millennium Falcon, or seeing the night sky above Cinderella Castle light up with awe-inspiring fireworks?

Across all four Walt Disney World® Theme Parks – no matter your age – there’s a thrill waiting for you. Whether it’s an experience that catapults you into a new adventure, or a timeless story you know and love, there are thrills that will have you laughing, screaming and making memories with your family and friends.

There are tons of thrills to experience at EPCOT®. Adventure is served at Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, where you can join Chef Remy and zip, dash and scurry through Gusteau’s bustling Paris restaurant. You can also take an airborne adventure as you hang glide above breathtaking wonders of the world on Soarin’ Around the World, or test a virtual concept vehicle on hairpin turns and super-fast straightaways on Test Track® Presented by Chevrolet®

Explore “wild” thrills at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park. Here you can journey to a distant world on Pandora—The World of Avatar, where you’ll hike under mystical mountains and climb aboard the back of a banshee on Avatar Flight of Passage. Race through icy Himalayan peaks on a speeding

And at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, there’s no shortage of thrilling attractions and lands. At Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge® feel the rush of taking over control of the Millennium Falcon, on Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway you can enter a crazy colorful cartoon world as you join Mickey and Minnie on a runaway adventure, and dazzle at the extravagant open-air nighttime spectacular Fantasmic!

No matter what type of thrill you’re seeking, there are endless opportunities to explore at The Most Magical Place on Earth!

At Magic Kingdom® Park, pure fantasy reigns. Believe in make-believe as you race through a diamond mine on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, fly with Dumbo, or take the wildest ride in the wilderness on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad®. Magic Kingdom Park also offers the thrill of seeing and meeting Disney characters. Celebrate the spirit of Disney with the dazzling Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade that features state-of-the-art floats, favorite characters, music and dance.

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observation tower, petting zoo, nature walk, capybara encounter, educational wildlife programs, gift shop, Florida’s best train-ride, restaurant, the Gator Gully Splash Park, thrilling zip lines and much more. Don’t miss the one-of-a-kind reptilian shows, including the Alligators: Legends of the Swamp show, the UpClose Encounters show and the WorldFamous Gator Jumparoo Show! Ride the Stompin’ Gator Off-Road Adventure; ain’t another experience like this in the entire world. Recently voted - The Best Place to Show Visitors the Real Orlando by readers of Orlando Weekly! gatorland.com

Hawaiian Rumble

407-239-8300

Hawaiian Rumble has two 18-hole courses. Golf holes range from beginner to advanced and take players through a variety of sceneries. The courses challenge participants with uniquely designed putt-through logs, hills, waterfalls and tunnels. hawaiianrumbleorlando.com

Hollywood Drive-In Golf

407-802-4848

Come and experience Central Florida’s newest and most outrageously themed miniature golf at Universal CityWalk Orlando. Based on vintage horror flicks and “little green men” science fiction films, guests putt through elaborate movie-style scenes. hollywooddriveingolf.com

Howl at the Moon

407-354-5999

No set list. No template. Howl at the Moon is a high-energy show centered around crowd participation and audience requests. From classic rock to today’s pop, you say it, we’ll play it. Our nonstop party atmosphere topped with signature cocktails and entertaining staff will give you a night you won’t forget. howlatthemoon.com

I-Drive Star Bar

407-776-9758

Watch the fun and excitement of the

Orlando StarFlyer from our outdoor courtyard or chill out inside and watch all the sports or listen to music. Located at 8265 International Drive. starflyer.com

ICON Park

At ICON Park, it starts with The Wheel®, but the fun keeps going around and around long after the ride. At 400 feet tall, The Wheel® is the perfect way to elevate an amazing moment. Toast to the good life with a Sky Bar experience in your own private capsule or see downtown, the theme parks and the Central Florida landscape like never before. Then, dive deep into the oceans of the world by exploring SEA LIFE

Orlando Aquarium and its 360-degree ocean tunnel with floor-to-ceiling displays and bubble aquariums, or indulge in the ultimate fame experience at Madame Tussauds Orlando, the world’s greatest wax museum.

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Enjoy a springtime stroll at a slow, relaxed and leisurely pace.

LEGOLAND® Florida Resort is the ultimate vacation destination for families with kids. With more than 50 interactive rides, shows and attractions inspired by LEGO® brands & characters, a seasonably heated Water Park with more than a dozen family water slides and three uniquely themed on-site accommodations, there is something for everyone. The all-new ride, Pirate River Quest, takes guests on an adventure to find the lost treasure of Captain Redbeard.

And free parking is available. "A walk in the park” is a great expression to describe a peaceful, valuable, memorable and family friendly visit to ICON Park.

Designed to be the ultimate day for little ones, Peppa Pig Theme Park features interactive rides, themed playgrounds, character shows and even more oinktastic experiences. Every corner of this charming new park is crafted with preschoolers in mind, from their first roller coaster rides with their parents and free fair games for the whole family, to an all-terrain course where they can pedal tricycles through a sensory-rich trail and a colorful splash pad that celebrates “muddy puddles” jumping fun!

to tranquil beaches, Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark® Orlando, delights all ages and interests. This one-of-a-kind waterpark is home to some of the world’s most thrilling water rides, featuring more than 40 slides, rivers and lagoons and 84,000 square feet of sparkling white, sandy beaches.

As Florida’s thrill ride leader, Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay is the ultimate family adventure, combining exciting seasonal events, incredible animal experiences, world-class roller coasters and more! Guests can take on a top-rated list of favorite attractions for thrill seekers, including Iron Gwazi. Animal fans can connect with hundreds of species from around the world as they stroll through the park.

Discovery Cove® is an all-inclusive day resort where guests can enjoy a one-of-akind opportunity to swim with dolphins, snorkel among thousands of tropical fish and rays, hand-feed hundreds of exotic birds, encounter playful otters and more. Relax and explore rocky lagoons surrounded by lush landscaping, colorful reefs, winding rivers and white, sandy beaches. Freshly prepared breakfast, lunch, plus endless snacks and beverages (including beer and wine for guests 21 and older) are included.

Explore the true magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park where thousands of animals are featured in their natural habitats. Adventurers can meander along the winding paths of Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail, spotting gorillas, hippos, zebras and more at every turn. At the Maharajah Jungle Trek®, cross towering footbridges, roam around jungle bends and behold cascading waterfalls where a wonderland of tigers and other captivating animals are discovered. Whether you’re the largest of gorillas or the smallest of cubs, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park holds fun for everyone.

A visit to ICON Park is easy, there are no turnstiles and all guests are free to walk the property and enjoy the atmosphere. Guests can take photos in front of the wheel, the most Instagram friendly spot in Orlando.

Escape the ordinary and discover why the real characters come play on this side of town. At Old Town Entertainment District, you’ll experience a destination that’s as unique as you. Old Town is an 18acre walking featuring over 70 unique and affordable shops, restaurants, bars, rides and family friendly attractions.

Relax as you stroll down beautiful, treelined brick streets and discover why Old Town has become a beloved family tradition for over 30 years.

Guests are immersed in wonder at SeaWorld® Orlando. Experience incredible thrills like the ALL-NEW Ice Breaker, which features the steepest beyond vertical drop in Florida. Discover what it takes to care for an injured animal at SeaWorld Rescue™ Manatee Rehabilitation. Witness the power and grace of killer whales in the awe-inspiring show Orca Encounter® and experience one-of-a-kind attractions, thrilling coasters and up-close animal interactions.

There's no better place to take a stroll with the whole family than ZooTampa at Lowry Park. Set on almost 56 acres, ZooTampa is home to more than 1000 animals of 300 species. From the okapi (cousins of the giraffe) to Florida panthers and manatees to various animals from around the globe, your stroll in the park will be filled with interactive experiences as you learn more about animals and the natural world.

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And the entire family will enjoy timeless attractions like the Old Town Ferris Wheel, the Great Magic Hall and the area’s only year-round haunted house, Mortem Manor. Free events and live music light up Old Town’s Main Stage throughout the week, all leading up to the world-famous car show and cruise, held weekly on Fridays and Saturdays.

With memories that are just as magical as any Orlando destination, Old Town has remained a cherished family tradition for over 30 years. Celebrate all things quirky and cool when you play on our side of town.

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Island H2O Water Park

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Orlando’s NEWEST and technologically advanced water park allows you to customize your thrills. There’s over 20 experiences, including exhilarating drop slides, lazy river, wave pool and a children’s area to ensure fun for the whole family.

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Kennedy Space Center

Visitor Complex

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From the dawn of space exploration to current and ongoing missions, you can get an up-close, hands-on feel for the story of humans in space. Fuel your quest for inspiration from right here at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. KennedySpaceCenter.com

Kissimmee Swamp Tours

1-800-347-4007

407-436-1059

Kissimmee Swamp Tours offer narrated wildlife airboat tours through pristine swamps and marshes in the Kissimmee area. Experience the Old Florida! The undeveloped Florida! Everything else is just an airboat ride. Experience the difference! ALL our wildlife is cage free. kissimmeeswamptours.com

LEGOLAND® Florida Resort

LEGOLAND ® Florida Resort is a multi-day vacation destination built for families with kids 2-12, featuring two theme parks with more than 50 rides and attractions PLUS LEGOLAND ® Water Park with seasonably heated pools, and three unique onsite hotels. For more information, visit LEGOLAND.com/Florida

Lost Caverns Adventure Golf

407-264-0560

There’s nothing mini about this golf! Putt your way through caves, up rocky trails and past waterfalls as you follow Cliff Cavern and his nieces along two exciting 18-hole adventures! Don’t forget to feed our live gators!

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Machine Gun America™

407-507-6256

Experience the ultimate Automatic Adrenaline Attraction™. Discover endless and unforgettable thrills at Orlando’s first

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and only firearms attraction - Machine Gun America. Fire live rounds using fully automatic machine guns and legendary firearms in our brand new, state-of-theart facility for an unparalleled rush of excitement, exclusive safety precautions and the ultimate shooting experience. This is one adventure you don’t want to miss. Visit our website for more details. machinegunamerica.com

Magic Kingdom® Park

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Enjoy six lands of never-ending enchantment, one-of-a-kind attractions and unforgettable moments at the place where storybook fantasy becomes everyday reality. Rocket through the galaxy on Space Mountain®, race through a diamond mine on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and soar high in the sky with Dumbo the Flying Elephant®. Plus, see some of your favorite Disney friends in magical parades and at character greeting locations. disneyworld.com

Museum of Illusions Orlando

833-541-0992

With over 50 exhibits, Museum of Illusions

offers more mind-twisting, eye-tricking fun under one roof than any other edutainment destination in Central Florida. Roam the mind-blowing expanse of the Infinity Room. Defy the laws of gravity in the Reverse Room. Shrink to miniature size in the Ames Room. Only at...Museum of Illusions Orlando.

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Old Town

407-396-4888

Old Town Entertainment DistrictA time capsule nestled in the tourist capital of the world, Old Town Entertainment District is the premier destination for classic, all-American fun. It’s a blast from the past that will transport you to a time when crowds were a little smaller, lines were a little shorter, and good times were a little simpler. Just off the beaten path, it’s a place where characters from all walks of life are encouraged to embrace the weird and the wonderful. myoldtownusa.com

Old Town SlingShot

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The world’s most popular adrenaline

ride. Riders are propelled upwards over 365 feet at speeds in the region of 100+ miles per hour. Located at 5770 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee. oldtownslingshot.com

Orlando Helicopter Adventures

407-507-2682

Orlando Helicopter Adventures offers scenic flights in air-conditioned luxury over world-famous attractions in Orlando and Kissimmee! Take a curated tour and experience the excitement of flying high above beloved theme parks with breathtaking aerial views!

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Orlando Magic Basketball

407-916-2255

Experience the NBA live with an Orlando Magic game at the Amway Center, featuring world-class basketball and entertainment. You don’t have to be a sports fan to enjoy an Orlando Magic game. It’s an amazing event packed with fun for the whole family! Regular season runs from October to April. To view home game schedule and ticket options, visit www.orlandomagic.com/iloveorlando

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Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra

407-896-6700

Celebrating its 30 th Season, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is led by Music Director Eric Jacobsen and is comprised of creative musicians and artists from around the world. The Philharmonic annually presents the 11-concert Classics Series and Pops Series, as well as its Focus Series and Symphony Storytime Series at The Plaza Live, a historic Central Florida venue. The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra’s vision is to enrich, inspire, and serve the Central Florida community through the transformative power of live music, and it presents more than 170 live concerts annually.

A resident company of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the Philharmonic performs at the new Steinmetz Hall, one of the world’s most acoustically-perfect concert halls. The Orlando Philharmonic is a Partner Organization of the National Alliance for Audition Support, an initiative to increase diversity in American Orchestras. OrlandoPhil.org

Orlando Princess & Canaveral Princess 321-784-6300

Deep Sea Fishing aboard the 95’ “Orlando Princess” and 90’ “Canaveral Princess.” We fish for many types of fish, while also including your lunch, soda, rod, reel, bait, tackle and fishing license for the day. Reservations required. For a private charter, “The Starfish” is available. orlandoprincess.com

Orlando StarFlyer

407-640-7009

The Orlando StarFlyer is the tallest standalone swing ride in the world. It is a unique attraction that appeals to both young and old. The Orlando StarFlyer spins like a normal swing ride but also races up to a height of over 400 feet as it rotates around the tower. A truly exhilarating experience. Located at 8265 International Drive. starflyer.com

Orlando Tree Trek

407-390-9999

Orlando’s Most Thrilling Tree-Top Experience! We’re more than just a zip line, we’re an action-packed adventure with 97 fun and challenging obstacles.

Climb and soar with Tarzan swings, nets, ropes, trapeze and more. Then fly to a breathtaking finish on a 425-foot plunging zip line. Designed for ages seven and up! orlandotreetrek.com

Peppa Pig Theme Park

Designed to be the ultimate day for little ones, Peppa Pig Theme Park features six rides, six themed playscapes, a water play area and even more oinktastic experiences, just steps away from LEGOLAND ® Florida Resort! Families can snort, giggle, and create their first theme park memories together with Peppa and her friends. For more information, visit peppapigthemepark.com/florida

Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf

407-352-7378

Come and test your skills on our two challenging 18-hole championship courses! Putt your way through mysterious mountain caves, over footbridges and under cascading waterfalls! Swashbuckling fun for the whole family!

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The highly anticipated Military Weekend celebration in December 2022 hosted by Westgate Resorts and Westgate Foundation brought back guest favorites and introduced new ones during the three-day weekend. This year marked the 11th annual event and 1,000 active duty, veteran and Gold Star military families arrived to find Westgate Vacation Villas & Town Center Resort decked out in its wintry finest.

Santa, Mrs. Claus and even the Grinch paid a special visit while carolers serenaded families as they checked into the event on Friday and made their way through a festive resource fair. The evening closed out with a high-energy concert-style musical tribute by the award-winning Soul of Motown straight from the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino.

Following the annual 5K around the resort on Saturday morning, families got to burn off excess energy at Field Day where activities, dancing and wondrous tricks by Las Vegas Headlining Magician Jen Kramer were the name of the game.

A historic vehicle display, tank demonstration and a traveling Vietnam and 9-11 Memorial Wall provided a glimpse of the past and offered tribute to the nation’s fallen heroes.

Saturday evening, Westgate Foundation distributed $50,000 in grants to five military nonprofits in Central Florida, including American Gold Star Mothers, Brian Bill Foundation, 22Zero, WW2 Armor and McCormick Research Institute. Bringing Saturday to a close, Nashville favorite Chris Weaver Band got everyone singing along and ended with a dynamic firework show.

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OUT OF THIS WORLD

There are three great ways to see Orlando from above, from the window of your flight as it starts its approach to Orlando International Airport, from hot air balloon excursions and from The Wheel® at ICON Park. The last option, the wheel, has some great advantages that are available nowhere else and truly makes for an “out of this world experience.”

If you want to make your wheel flight more romantic, there are date night packages that include champagne and a trip in your own private capsule. Additionally, if you have a group of 10, then you can simply make the wheel adventure a team or large family gathering.

Turn your vacation into an experience and step into a whole other world.

Madame Tussauds specializes in creating out of this world works of art that bring your favorite celebrities to you! Their artists work tirelessly to craft wax figures that will blow your mind with their incredible likeness. Experience fame like never before and grab the ultimate selfie at the world’s greatest wax museum, Madame Tussauds. It’s an out of this world experience!

displays and life-sized models of upcoming vehicles. Then, enter the spaceport of the future and launch aboard one of four unforgettable deep space journeys during an immersive motion theater ride, Spaceport KSC. The thrill is within reach.

Get ready for an adventure into a world alive with magic at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park . Visit Pandora –The World of Avatar, a world beyond anything you thought was possible. Hike amid enormous floating mountains, glowing flora and more as you explore the Valley of Mo’ara.

Experience the stunning and mysterious Na’vi River Journey as you glide through a series of caves and into a bioluminescent rainforest alive with mystical sights and sounds. And don’t miss your chance to go on a thrilling excursion as you take flight on the back of a mountain banshee on Avatar Flight of Passage

Gateway: The Deep Space Launch Complex ®, the bold new attraction at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex , propels you into the interstellar travel of tomorrow. See the visionary designs paving the way of human deep space travel while discovering the current cutting-edge innovations of space exploration from NASA and commercial partners. Get up close to an actual spacecraft, stunning interactive

Finally, regardless of the size or purpose of your group, the ability to choose your own playlist and connect in the capsule via Bluetooth, will quickly transform any visit into a party at 400 feet. You thrilled to their heroics and adventures in the movies and on TV; in comics and novels. Well, those heroes, villains, wise guys and crazy characters are here at Universal Orlando Resort .

At Universal Studios Florida , you’ll feel like you’re watching your favorite TV shows and movies, except with the ultimate ride-y things like twists, turns and drops. Oh and dragons, have they got dragons. This is way beyond the movies.

At Universal’s Islands of Adventure, you’ll meet superheroes, magical creatures, even dinosaurs. Some of these rides will drench you. Some will just mess up your hair. Some will make your head spin (figuratively speaking). All of them will say: Every island is a new reality.

Let your imagination and creativity wild as you have an out of this world experience.

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Universal Orlando Resort’s three awesome theme parks invite you to Let Yourself Woah.

Revolution Adventures

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Are you ready to experience the thrill of outdoor adventures? Set in 230 acres of glorious Florida countryside, this unique property offers ATVs, Mucky Ducks, Trophy Bass Fishing, Target and Tag Archery, Clay Shooting and so much more. Families will find experiences for all ages and offers Guests who are looking to “do something different” in an outdoor setting. Just 15 miles west of the main attraction parks, this is an oasis of off-road fun. No waiting in lines and parking is free. Call today for reservations. BUT...be prepared to get dirty, maybe very dirty. See our Ad on page 27. revolutionoffroad.com

RoboLand

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Come and enjoy the first robotic and tech innovation show in Orlando. Welcome to RoboLand - an attraction destination that offers a unique

combination of science, fun, and an educational experience the whole family can enjoy. 6464 International Drive Orlando, FL 32819 robolandorlando.com

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Zip Line at Gatorland

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Recently voted Best Zipline in Orlando for the 4th year by readers of Orlando Weekly! Gatorland soars to new heights with the world’s tallest zip line to race above giant alligators and crocodiles. Glide across five intense zip lines at speeds of up to 30 miles per hour, over 1200 feet of thrilling adventure. Booking available online. Looking for something a little shorter, try out the Gator Gauntlet single zip line. Fly 350 feet through the air over the alligator breeding marsh - that’s one wild ride! The only accessible zip line in Central Florida! Pricing and reservations available at admissions.

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SeaWorld® Orlando

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Guests are immersed in wonder at SeaWorld® Orlando, where the aquatic world comes alive like no place else. Experience the first of its kind roller coaster this spring on Pipeline: The Surf Coaster. Take a plunge down the world’s Tallest river rapids drop on Infinity Falls™. Climb aboard and ride the mighty Manta®. Discover what it takes to care for an injured animal at SeaWorld Rescue™ Manatee Rehabilitation. Take a walk down Sesame Street at Sesame Street Land™, connecting your family to all of the fun, laughter and learning of the world-famous street.

Experience one-of-a-kind attractions, thrilling coasters and up-close animal interactions. Now open - Ice Breaker! The new coaster features four airtime filled launches, both backwards and forwards, culminating in a reverse launch into the steepest beyond vertical drop in Florida - a 93 feet tall spike with 100-degree angle. seaworldorlando.com

THE THRILL IS WITHIN REACH.

See the visionary designs paving the way of human deep space travel while discovering the current cutting-edge innovations of space exploration from NASA and its commercial partners. Then, enter the spaceport of the future and launch aboard one of four unforgettable journeys at Spaceport KSC.

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FLOWER POWER

beginning with camellias and then the grand finale of azaleas. Adding to the horticultural excitement is a collection of blooming annuals, tea olive trees and a display of flowers that attract hummingbirds and butterflies throughout the Gardens.

During this annual rite of spring, visitors can observe more than 150 varieties of camellias and hundreds of azaleas in bloom. As the exact date range for peak bloom is hard to predict, guests are encouraged to return throughout the spring bloom season to experience Mother Nature’s ever-changing palette of colors.

Have a bouquet full of springtime fun! Stop and smell the flowers during your vacation.

Bok Tower Gardens rings in the spring blooming season with a cultural and horticultural festival dedicated to the most colorful time of the year. Spring Bloom celebrates the majesty of Mother Nature with a full calendar of events from February 1 through April 30.

Long appreciated as the most glorious time in the Gardens, experience four months of blooms

Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures, a leading Central Florida nature-based attraction, has added a brand-new Butterfly Aviary Zone to its Real Natural Florida experiences.

Lily’s Butterfly Garden and Lorelei’s Critter Collection, a 20 x 60 foot specially designed aviary named after the owners’ granddaughters, features more than seven different species of butterflies that are native to Florida and the U.S. Guests can purchase nectar cups for $2 to feed the butterflies inside

the aviary. The butterfly habitat contains an assortment of Florida native plants such as native milkweeds, buttonwood plant, fire bushes, swamp lily, mushy grass, prickly pear cactus and swamp bibiscus. The same habitat is also home to native Florida animals such as bobwhite quails, wood ducks and turtles. Landscaping of the park and butterfly area has been done through a partnership with the Florida Native Plant Society.

Spring is in full bloom at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park. Globally renowned for housing the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by American artist and designer Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933), galleries exhibit

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many kinds of art inspired by nature. Tiffany was particularly attracted to flora and fauna and used blooms such as wisteria, daffodil and iris to create spectacular effects. When one walks through the Morse Museum, it’s like walking through a garden.

See what’s budding at the EPCOT® International Flower & Garden Festival this spring. Awaken your senses with the best in springtime flavors, florals and fun! The whole family can have a bloomin’ great time as you discover everything from Disney Character topiaries and breathtaking garden spaces to exciting exhibits, wildlife habitats and even a fun, themed scavenger hunt.

Then have a taste of what’s cooking at more than 15 Outdoor Kitchens featuring a wide variety of tasty dishes, desserts and specialty sips. Plus, there’s plenty of lively entertainment with the Garden Rocks Concert Series. So, whether you’re craving nature’s beauty, delicious bounty or just a little bit of fun, the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival has it all.

The Showcase of Citrus "Florida's Fresh Air Attraction” has so much to offer and is a great family value. This family owned and operated farm offers seasonal U-pick Citrus, monster truck tours, exotic animals, farm animals, gem mining activities, playgrounds, an open air wine & beer bar, an old time country store, food trucks and it's located just a few miles from Disney in the town of Clermont. Bring your family and friends for some well-deserved down time and enjoy a fresh squeezed orange juice slushy, creamsicle or mimosa at the farm. Enjoy the many colors of spring!

The Morse Museum houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany.

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Spring 2023

EPCOT® International Flower & Garden Festival

Spring is alive at Walt Disney World® Resort. You can awaken your senses with tasty Outdoor Kitchens, Disney Character topiaries, live entertainment including the return of the Garden Rocks Concert Series and more.

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Orlando Magic Basketball

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See an NBA game live! Experience the thrills of super-charged action during the season, as the Orlando Magic take on the biggest teams in the NBA. You don’t have to be a sports fan to enjoy an Orlando Magic game!

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Going Beyond the Bayou for Mardi Gras!

Universal Orlando Resort

Let the good times roll at Universal’s Mardi Gras: International Flavors of Carnaval, an incredibly good time filled with food, fun and music from New Orleans plus Carnaval celebrations from around the world.

UniversalOrlando.com

Now – April 30 Spring Bloom

Bok Tower Gardens

This is the most colorful time of the year as thousands of azaleas, camellias and annuals signal a new season. The festival celebrates the majesty of Mother Nature. Visitors will experience the blooms with a riot of camellias and finishing with a grand finale of azaleas. boktowergardens.org

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Now – May 8

SeaWorld Seven Seas Food Festival

Join to sip and sample your way around the world with exciting flavors and local craft beers, plus live performances. seaworldorlando.com

Now – September

Figurehead: Music & Mayhem in Orlando’s Underground Orange County Regional History Center

Between 1985 and 2001, the Orlando concert promoter Figurehead invigorated the musical landscape in Central Florida. This special exhibit, tells the story of how the Figurehead company helped grow the local scene with a focus on underground rock music and the club circuit. The exhibition showcases an impressive display of eye-catching and jaw-dropping concert posters that capture the energy and drive of this era. Providing a glimpse into what made this time in the Orlando area so memorable – the bands and the clubs, the community and the chaos. thehistorycenter.org

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March & April

Disney After Hours

Make the most of your Walt Disney World® Theme Park experience during Disney After Hours – fun-filled events that give you three hours to enjoy favorite attractions and experiences with low wait times.

407-WDW-INFO

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March & April Spring

Celebrations

Morse Museum

Opportunities to visit the collection at no charge. Visitors receive free admission from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays. Various musical groups enhance the experience with live music in the galleries starting at 5 p.m. The Museum also provides free admission during the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, March 17–19, and Easter Weekend, April 7–9. morsemuseum.org.

March 4 – April 30

BUGTOPIA

ZooTampa at Lowry Park

Something is buzzing! An invasion of epic proportions! Giant larger-than-life BUGS are coming to ZooTampa. Guests will shrink down and be immersed in the fantastic world of animals that slither, crawl and fly. This family-friendly event will feature 13 species of animatronic bugs that will amaze and educate guests in fun and unique ways.

zootampa.org

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April 27 – May 7

Cinco de Mayo

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at SeaWorld Orlando with authentic music, delicious Mexican cuisine, and festive entertainment as part of the Seven Seas Food Festival.

seaworldorlando.com

May 6 – 7

Bluey’s Big Play

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

The #1 kids show on Disney Junior and Disney Channel comes to Orlando. Join Bluey, Bingo, Bandit & Chilli in “a glorious celebration of everything you love about the show”

(The Guardian), featuring brilliantly created puppets, this is Bluey as you’ve never seen it before, brought to real life!

drphillipscenter.org/events

Weekends

May 13 – 21

Viva la Musica

Experience this festive, family-friendly Latin celebration in a new way as you dance to the hottest music, sample fiery flavors, shop for authentic souvenirs and much more.

seaworldorlando.com

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FEELING LUCKY

Clay shooting is a recreational and competitive activity where the shooters fire shot guns to break clay targets (clay pigeons) which are mechanically thrown into the air. As the targets fly across the sky it looks impossible to shoot them down, but after some practice and some good coaching from their team, it turns out to be possible!

Target Archery is an amazingly addictive sport that continues to grow rapidly. Suitable for ages seven years and upwards. Revolution has several level two coaches on site who will not only ensure your arrows reach the targets but can offer tips.

Sometimes all you need is some skill and a little luck to have a whole lot of fun!

Located in the heart of I-Drive, The Escape Game is Orlando’s #1 escape room and immersive adventure. Their 60-minute adventures bring epic stories to life in a one-of-a-kind tactile experience. You and your team will work together to find clues, overcome challenges and complete a mission. Escaping will require teamwork, communication, wits, a sense of adventure and most importantly: YOU! Will you be the lucky one who finds the one clue that pushes your team to victory?

How about trying your luck for fishing with one of the best charters in Port Canaveral with Orlando Princess & Canaveral Princess ! They can cater to your private fishing experience or group you with other clients on their big fishing boat. Try your luck with a deep-sea fishing charter today!

Escapology is a high adrenaline escape game. Players are placed in a themed room and must complete their mission before the 60-minute time runs out. You are immersed into an adventure where you must find hidden clues, crack codes and solve challenging puzzles to escape! This will have all five senses on alert as players try to figure out how to escape whilst racing against the clock. Escapology is a high-pressure challenge where a successful escape requires a steady nerve, creative thinking, strong teamwork and a sense of urgency. A great time and fun memories are guaranteed, but your escape is definitely not!

Topgolf has a bunch of stuff that makes them golf: clubs, balls, tees, turf, a ballpicker-upper-cart thing, etc. They also have a whole bunch of stuff that’s not golf: upbeat music, giant targets, giant TVs and a hand-crafted food & beverage menu. Put all these things under one roof, and you’ve got yourself a good time. Whether you are using skill or luck, fun will be had and memories made!

Using their complimentary clubs or your own, take aim at the giant outfield targets and their high-tech balls will score themselves. Consider this your formal invitation to grab the fam, a few friends or some coworkers and Come Play Around.

With 230 acres of trails and an array of sporting adventures Revolution Adventures offers plenty to challenge both novice and seasoned adventurers.

Revolution Lake is an angler’s dream location! It is privately owned with no public access available. Regular stocking and water management makes this an award-winning fishing lake. Try your luck at catching a big one!

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Can you beat the clock? Biggest Bass caught 11lbs. 5oz. Recover the Mona Lisa and get out safely! Try your luck with fishing. Just bring your swing.

Showcase of Citrus

352-394-4377

The Showcase of Citrus-Florida’s Fresh Air Attraction! Enjoy Monster Truck tours, Gem Mining, Feeding Farm Animals, Kids Playground, Open Air Bar, Country Store & so much more! Located just a few miles west of Disney at 15051 Frank Jarrell Rd, Clermont, FL 34714. Call for tour reservations and more information. ShowcaseofCitrus.com

SkyCoasters at Fun Spot America

Kissimmee: 407-397-2509

Orlando: 407-363-3867

Feel the thrill of your life! Part skydiving, part hang gliding. ALL THRILLS! Soar at 85 MPH in a free fall. Up to three can fly at one time.

*Open daily until midnight.

The Escape Game

407-501-7222

From uncovering lost treasure to breaking out of prison - The Escape Game offers a uniquely premium experience. Team up, follow clues, and solve puzzles to complete your mission and become the hero of these immersive 60-minute adventures. You might escape...you WILL have fun!

TheEscapeGame.com/Orlando

Topgolf Orlando

407-218-7714

At Topgolf, our goal is to help you create unforgettable experiences with friends and family. Each venue features fun and competitive golf games for all ages, climate-controlled playing “bays” similar to a bowling lane, an impressive food and drink menu, private spaces for groups of any size, HDTVs to watch the big game and a music selection that will make every visit feel like a party. Topgolf Orlando features 102 bays over 3 floors, an amazing rooftop terrace, lively bars and a golf game concept that is sure to blow you away. topgolf.com/orlando

Universal CityWalk

407-363-8000

This is where unforgettable family fun meets restaurants that don't just make you say "Yum," but "Wow." Enjoy elevated American fare at Bigfire and culinary

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alchemy at The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen, plus much more. CityWalk is a spectacular evening of entertainment.

Universal’s Islands of Adventure

407-363-8000

Journey through worlds of epic tales and legendary heroes at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Experience exhilarating thrills and excitement as you battle villains alongside Spider-Man, and race alongside Raptors on Jurassic World VelociCoaster. For tickets and information, visit your closest Westgate Guest Services Desk.

Universal Studios Florida

407-363-8000

Jump into the action of the biggest movies and television shows. Join forces with the TRANSFORMERS™, meet the mischievous Minions and more. Experience The Bourne Stuntacular, an incredible live-action stunt show. For tickets and information, visit your closest Westgate Guest Services Desk.

Universal’s Volcano Bay

407-363-8000

Enjoy a tropical paradise where thrills and relaxation flow in perfect harmony. It’s a stunningly beautiful water theme park with over 30 unique experiences and 19 different attractions. Guests receive a TapuTapu wearable so they can relax and play while holding their place in a Virtual Line. For tickets and information, visit your closest Westgate Guest Services Desk.

Vomatron

407-396-7166

If you want to feel the force that the brave astronauts did, then you need to feel the force of the Vomatron. Powered by huge electric motors, it rotates the giant 200-foot arm at speeds of up to 70 MPH. Throwing the capsules into extreme spins putting up to 4Gs of force upon its unwary passengers. Then, just as you thought it was over, you spin in reverse with the same degree of pure torture as before. Located at 5770 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee. oldtownslingshot.com

Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo

863-692-1321

Enjoy an authentic Florida Ranch experience with a trip to the land of the Florida Cracker Cowboys. You will feel like you have stepped back in time living the life of the very first Cowboy in America. Take an adventure around the resort on horseback, enjoy a thrilling airboat ride or relax on a river cruise aboard the 40 foot Kissimmee River Queen, test your aim at the Trap & Skeet range or saddle up for our weekly Saturday Night Rodeo! Enjoy a variety of lodging accommodations ranging from RV Sites, Platform Tent Camping, Teepees, Luxury Glamping, Conestoga Wagons and spacious cabins and suites. WestgateRiverRanch.com

Wild Florida

1-866-532-7167

Central Florida’s largest adventure park! Explore your family’s wild side at the headwaters of the Florida Everglades on an airboat tour, discovering new animals inside our Gator Park, getting up close and personal with exotic animals during our animal encounters or driving through our Safari Park. When it comes to adventure, we’ve got you covered. wildfl.com

WonderWorks

407-351-8800

An indoor amusement park for the mind, with over 100 hands-on exhibits to explore. Be blown away by hurricane-force winds, land the space shuttle, lie on a bed of nails, put yourself inside a bubble, play virtual sports, touch 100,000 volts of electricity, ride a virtual roller coaster and much more! Located in the basement (the 3rd level), compete in a game of laser tag, climb the ropes challenge course and experience the 4D extreme motion ride. Closed shoes required for the ropes course. Open daily. wonderworksorlando.com

ZooTampa at Lowry Park

813-935-8552

Experience wildlife like nowhere else! Watch manatees receive life-saving medical care, feed a rhino, feel the rush of colorful Macaws soaring overhead, plus see other endangered animals from Florida and across the globe! Then grab the family for a wild three-story splash down on Roaring Springs, and so much more. ZooTampa.org

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Experience it yourself. Accept their invitation to join ‘the family’ and go back in time. It’s an offer you can’t refuse! alcapones.com

impactful measures we all can take to help save valuable ocean resources by enjoying sustainable foods and preserving natural habitats.

Capone’s Dinner & Show

1-800-220-8428

407-397-2378

Join the wise guys and beautiful dames for an evening filled with singing, dancing, comedy and action! This prohibition-era speakeasy features a hysterical show with dazzling costumes, spectacular musical numbers and audience interaction. It’s a hit with all ages. Be prepared though –from the moment you arrive, wise guys rule. Enjoy a delicious four-course Italian/ American meal with unlimited beverages (including alcohol).

Then, hang on to your fedoras and boas for a show that will get you humming the songs, walking the walk and talking the talk. Since 1992, Capone’s has entertained guests with its award-winning, familyfriendly dazzling cabaret.

Dine With Orcas

407-545-5550

It’s Orlando’s most immersive and memorable family dining experience: Dine with Orcas. Dive into Orlando’s most immersive and memorable family dining experience. Dine next to our killer whales and watch the specialized care they receive daily in their home.

Following your meal, you’ll get an up-close view into the relationship shared between our animal care specialists and killer whales as you discover the unique characteristics of these majestic animals. Throughout your experience, you’ll learn about the small yet

*Park Admission not included but required seaworldorlando.com Jewel

407-206-5102

A stylish cocktail lounge with live dueling piano entertainment, hand-crafted cocktail drinks, and small bites, Orlando Jewel is the newest speakeasy music bar with a lively atmosphere. Jewel features the best of Orlando’s dueling pianists presenting a variety of musical genres, combined with award-winning singing acts performing the best of old classics and contemporary songs. Audience participation with song requests is encouraged. Get your tickets! Free Admission, Walk-ups Welcome. No cover charge, but reservations are recommended.

JewelOrlando.com

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dinner theaters & shows

Mango’s Tropical Café

407-673-4422

Mango’s Tropical Café brings an incredible Restaurant and Nightlife Entertainment Destination experience to everyone in Orlando. Enjoy our delicious Floribbean style food, exotic beverages and Live Entertainment on select nights! mangos.com/mangos-orlando

They’ve returned for vengeance on the town that exiled them and to take the Serpent’s Eye, as well as the audience! Board the ship of the dreaded Captain Sebastian the Black as he takes you captive along with the Princess and the magical mermaid. piratesdinneradventure.com

Teatro Martini

“Musical Improv Experience”

407-206-5100

Outta Control Dinner Show

407-351-8800

Don’t miss the longest running magic comedy Dinner Show in Orlando - a mustsee show! This hilarious show combines high-energy comedy improvisation with spectacular magic and audience participation. During the show, enjoy unlimited fresh hand-tossed pizza, salad, unlimited beer, wine, soda and dessert. The 90-minute experience will keep you on the edge of your seat and tickle your funny bone. It’s the best value in town! Shows are presented nightly at 6 p.m., with second 8 p.m. shows on select evenings inside WonderWorks.

outtacontroldinnershow.com

Come join us at Teatro Martini “Musical Improv Experience!" Our newest show brings you live-entertainment cabaret that will have you laughing all night long! Enjoy a delicious three-course meal and endless cocktail options while you watch great comedy acts, unbelievable magic numbers, aerial acrobats, our dancing Jewels and world-known performers. Still in the mood to party after the show? Join us at Jewel, the only speakeasy bar with dueling pianos in Orlando where you will have the opportunity to play poker, roulette and more! Call us for any questions or to make a reservation at 407-206-5100.

teatromartinifl.com

Westgate River Ranch Rodeo

Powered by Double K Rodeo Productions

863-692-1321

Pirates Dinner Adventure

1-866-33PIRATES

407-206-5102

Welcome, royal subjects, to the 25th anniversary as a pirate-free town in Treasure Bay! Princess Anita has invited each of you to join in the celebration and gaze at the glory of the magical gypsy mermaid and her jewel of the sea, the Serpent’s Eye. It is said that this necklace holds off a terrible beastthe dreaded Leviathan. We’re all safe as long as the mermaid remains in possession of the necklace…until the pirates invade!

Saddle up and come on down to Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo for an evening of family fun at the Saturday Night Rodeo, powered by Double K Rodeo Productions! Watch in amazement as expert riders fight to hold onto a wild bucking bull! Be mesmerized by the excitement as rodeo athletes from across the region compete weekly at the 1,200-seat rodeo arena in trick riding, barrel racing and bull riding. The family-friendly Florida rodeo is a Guest favorite to watch talented contestants and enjoy a patriotic tribute to our armed forces. WestgateRiverRanch.com

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Disney Springs®

407-WDW-INFO

This is the place where you come to indulge in all things your heart desires. Where fashion-forward finds fit like a dream. Where delectable dining delights your taste buds. Where entertainment is an enchanting escape. Come and experience a wonderland of indulgence at Disney Springs. Where you’ll discover happily whatever you’re after. DisneySprings.com

Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores

15657 State Road 535

407-238-9301

1.5 miles from Disney. Outlets feature store-front parking and savings up to 75% off! Brands include Aéropostale, American Eagle, Bonworth, Carter’s, Calvin Klein, Eddie Bauer, Express, Guess, Gap, Nike, Old Navy Outlet, Spring Step Shoes, Tommy Hilfiger, Under Armour and more. lbvfs.com

My Airbrush Shop

Inside Walmart:

3250 Vineland Rd., Kissimmee

407-397-0674

2855 N. Old Lake Wilson Rd., Kissimmee

407-390-0328

8990 Turkey Lake Rd., Orlando 407-734-5542

At My Airbrush Shop, you’ll experience the best in retail entertainment while you watch our world-class airbrush artists create your custom t-shirt, hoodie or trucker’s cap - all at the best prices available. Located inside Walmart. MyAirbrushShop.com

Serenity Spa by Westgate

407-992-2938

Indulge, relax and rejuvenate with a visit to Serenity Spa by Westgate located at Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa. This fullservice, European-style Serenity boutique offers more than 80 world class spa services including massages, facials, body treatments, manicures and pedicures, signature Serenity treatments and a salon.

You’ll also find carefully selected, luxurious spa products to nurture your body and mind. Each visit includes full use of the Redwood Sauna, Hydrotherapy Spa and

Fitness Center. Don’t forget to try our new HydraFacial Treatments. Experience instant results with no downtime!

Open daily. SerenityByWestgate.com

Universal CityWalk

407-363-8000

This is where unforgettable family fun meets restaurants that don't just make you say "Yum," but "Wow." Enjoy elevated American fare at Bigfire and culinary alchemy at The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen, plus much more. CityWalk is a spectacular evening of entertainment.

Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier

321-783-7549

Just a short one-hour drive from Orlando is the Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier, a local landmark renowned for its popular bars and restaurants, shopping and pristine beaches. Visitors can enjoy surfing, swimming, the best fresh seafood on the beach, volleyball, beach rentals and much more.

CocoaBeachPier.com

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Spring is in full swing, the kids are back in school, summer planning is right around the corner and it’s time for you to pencil in some me time.

You’ll thank yourself after taking some time to pamper your body head to toe with the best of the best at Serenity Spa by Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa during this busy springtime season.

Serenity Spa wants you to look and feel your best all year long by offering specialty services customized for each individual. Relieve stressed and aching muscles with a Hot Stone Massage or renew the body and stimulate circulation with a Detox Body Wrap. We also provide nail and salon services, group bookings and special occasions.

Discover a variety of unique skincare treatments including our “Best in Facials” HydraFacial chosen by our local Orlando Family magazine. Experience instant results with this noninvasive treatment, no matter your skin type, such as a clearer, brighter complexion with an all-around more youthful appearance.

There’s no need to leave the kids at home when you’re ready to indulge in some world-class spa services! Serenity Spa has a special menu of treatments tailored for the new generation of spa-goers aged 13 years and younger.

Pick and choose the services you desire or select one of the spa packages designed to enrich, relax, detoxify, exfoliate, deep cleanse and purify your entire body from head to toe.

Your spa treatment includes complimentary use of our state-of-theart amenities, such as the Redwood Sauna, Eucalyptus Steam Room, Hydrotherapy Spa and Fitness Center.

There’s no time like the present to recharge and revitalize your mind, body and spirit. Experience the treatment your body deserves at Serenity Spa by Westgate!

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Serving brunch and dinner, Hash House A Go Go puts its own unique spin on each part of the dining day. Casual for brunch and lunch, we serve up flapjacks, farm benedicts and our famous Hash House twisted burgers among many other items. Dinner served Friday and Saturday nights until 7 p.m. The restaurant offers dining in a relaxed atmosphere with dishes like homemade chicken pot pie, black skillet chicken, stuffed meatloaf and pot roast dinner.

Hash House brings farm fresh food with a funky, modern twist to Orlando's residents and visitors. The décor, like the food, is one part farm, one part urban. From the old-school black and white farm photos to the modern bar to the relaxed booths, Hash House A Go Go is about having a good time − sophistication without pretension.

Hash House A Go Go has been featured on national television – the Martha Stewart Show, The Travel Channel, The Food Network, The Cooking Channel, the Dr. Phil show and numerous other local and national shows. The restaurant has also received raves in the press – The New York Times and New York Post to mention just a few.

We can’t wait to feed you!

5350 International Drive

Orlando, FL 32819 407-307-4646

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River Ranch Cattle Company at Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo is a ranch-chic restaurant that serves the freshest cuts of beef, along with southern-style entrees with an expansive wine and cocktail menu. Bring your appetite for breakfast, lunch and dinner and prepare to delight your taste buds with a menu fit for any cowboy or cowgirl with a hearty appetite.

Enjoy a fascinating view in an upscale, signature full-service restaurant that puts world-class entrées on your plate and a window into the world of sharks before your eyes.

Let our skilled chefs, courteous staff and mesmerizing sharks make a memory for you.

Locally sourced food is the focal point here at River Ranch Cattle Company, and the farm fresh commitment to quality is evident in this menu. Start your evening off right with an order of jumbo wings, tossed in our bourbon brown sugar BBQ sauce, or share a braised beef flatbread, made fresh with smoked gouda and cheddar fondue, caramelized onion and arugula. Keep the flavors flowing with a warm bowl of French onion soup, topped with garlic brioche and melted Swiss cheese, or get your greens in with a wedge salad, complete with blue cheese crumbles, bacon lardon and ranch dressing.

For your main dish, indulge in a house favorite like the cedar plank salmon, glazed with a Buffalo Trace pecan bourbon sauce and served with one side. Treat yourself to an undeniably fresh and tender filet mignon or ribeye cut. Add a loaded baked potato with all the fixin's or spruce things up with our house-made mac & cheese, and don’t forget to finish with the signature tableside s’mores that will excite the whole crew. Saddle up and ride in today!

Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo

3200 River Ranch Boulevard River Ranch, FL 33867 863-692-1321 Ext. 41085

Shark's Underwater Grill has been recognized among the best of the best restaurants in Orlando, receiving such awards as the 2013 Silver Spoon Award from Orlando Life Magazine and Outstanding Ratings in the Zagat 2014 Orlando Restaurant Survey. Come enjoy a unique dining experience found only at SeaWorld ® Orlando.

*Theme Park admission is required for dining experience. Open daily, 11:30 a.m.

SeaWorld Orlando

7007 Sea World Drive Orlando, FL 32821 407-363-2591

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126 Chinese Restaurant

8681 West US Highway 192

407-239-8885

Top rated on TripAdvisor. Fast service and fair price. 100% pure oil and lean meat. Serving the 192 and Disney areas. Best food around Disney! Dine-in, carryout and delivery. Open late, 7 days a week.

192 Crab & Lobster

5073 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy 407-337-8888

Come dine at one of the best Seafood Boils that Central Florida has to offer. With the combination of our special house made 192 seasoning, we make your favorite crab legs, oysters, or lobsters like nothing you've ever tasted before. The magic doesn’t stop there! Pair it with our ice-cold beers and signature cocktails, it will definitely be a trip to remember.

192CrabnLobster.com

A&W All American Food Old Town:

5770 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Suite 326 407-397-2280

Celebrating 100 years! Since 1919, A&W

has made the Root Beer America loves. Visit any Orlando area A&W Restaurant and enjoy real draft Root Beer, great burgers, dogs, sweets and treats, onion rings and chili cheese fries. Takeout and Delivery Available. Family Meals to go. Uber Eats and DoorDash also available. awrestaurants.com

Antonio’s House of Pizza

4626 S. Kirkman Road 407-290-1200

2362 E. Irlo Bronson Highway 407-962-0004

At Antonio’s, we’re committed to providing delicious meals by using high-quality ingredients such as extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, fresh herbs and hormone-free chicken breasts among others. We prepare our dough and sauces in-house daily using our family recipes and our produce is local and delivered daily to ensure freshness. Come and try our delicious pizza in two different styles: New York style or our grandmastyle pizza. We also offer a variety of pasta entrees, subs, salads and our famous chicken wings all in a great atmosphere with very friendly service. antonioshouseofpizza.com

Black Angus Steakhouse

12399 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando

407-239-4414

7516 West Highway 192, Kissimmee 407-390-4548

6231 International Drive, Orlando 407-354-3333

Where Value is a Tradition. The best steaks, seafood and ribs for 41 years. Serving U.S.D.A. Prime, Choice or Certified Angus Beef ® cut daily, fresh seafood and Prime Rib. Fine wine selection. Open seven days a week for lunch and dinner at 11 a.m. blackangusorlando.com

Bobby’s Garage Bar

Old Town:

5770 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Suite 131 407-507-1458

Be ready to step back in time as Bobby’s Garage Bar is an experiential working Hot Rod Garage Bar from the 1920s thru the 1960s. Patrons can help build a Custom Hot Rod. Offering ice cold domestic, import and craft beer, top shelf spirits, low and nonalcoholic Mocktails, Tapas and gourmet food items. facebook.com/BobbysGarageBar/

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offerings at The Cowfish® Sushi Burger Bar even more awesome. And there’re some outrageously amazing milkshakes at Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen that will totally make your meal. You really can’t go wrong when you’re dining at Universal CityWalk.

Turn your late nights all the way UP!

Pop into the world's largest Hard Rock Cafe open every night till midnight for a legendary time sure to put you and your bandmates center stage. Raise your glass like rock stars and cheers to shareable appetizers like the One Night in Bangkok Shrimp and decadent encores like the giant 36 oz. Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae. There is something to satisfy every VIP’s after hours appetite.

In need of a midnight snack? Find delicious food of any kind at late night hours.

There’s something for everyone at Universal CityWalk , where your wining and dining options abound. Specialty wines from Italy pair perfectly with the heirloom family recipes at Vivo Italian Kitchen. In the mood for a frosty tall glass of beer and a juicy burger? NBC Sports Grill & Brew is the ticket. Hot or cold sake or a deliciously crafted cocktail make the

Ready to Howl, Orlando? Howl at the Moon is the #1 nightlife spot that’s keeping I-Drive dancing all night long! Part bar and part concert, Howl creates a non-stop party with live music performed in a high-energy setting. Get on the dance floor and join the talented musicians in rocking out to your favorite songs while trying the signature 86 oz. buckets of booze! You’ll hear everything from classic rock to hip-hop to pop.

Who isn’t occasionally haunted by latenight munchies and when they appear, there is only one fix, some late-night bites! Nobody serves a more satisfying latenight menu than ICON Park , right in the heart of the I-Drive entertainment district and home to some of the most immersive and exciting venues in the entire City of Orlando.

Try meandering down to ICON Park and satisfy that hunger with some exciting food and drink options that offer a little entertainment on the side.

World-class dining options make Disney Springs® a foodie favorite destination for any occasion – including a celebratory evening out with friends or a romantic date night. Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar is inspired by the high-flying exploits of Indiana Jones’ pilot and features unique themed cocktails and small plates. Step into The Edison and you’ll be whisked back to the 1920s in this lavish location that offers craft cocktails and delicious dishes, with a side of live entertainment. City Works Eatery & Pour House boasts more than 90 local and global varieties of beers on tap, plus classic dishes served with a twist.

Mango’s Tropical Café is more than just a Dinner & Show, it is a night club with a full kitchen! Once the Mango’s Live! Dinner & Show concludes, Mango’s transforms into a full nightclub. The kitchen stays open until 12:30 a.m. every night and the menu features items such as Street Tacos, Quesadillas, Pizzas, Sliders and more! Refuel so you can keep dancing all night long. You must be 21 to enter the nightclub, Mango’s Live! Dinner & Show is open to all ages.

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HOME COOKING

Guests also love their meatloaf, an American Classic made from scratch with an HH twisted twist... Bacon, parmesan cheese and chili sauce gives their meatloaf the perfect blend of salt and spice.

Down home favorites when you are not at home! From classics to classics with a twist, there is a home cookin’ option for everyone!

Disney Springs® is known for delectable dining, home to more than 60 locations that feature carefully crafted menus with something for every palate. Hoping to find some comfort food? Look no further! Chef Art Smith's Homecomin' is famous for their homestyle cooking inspired by Florida agriculture and the recipes of Chef Art's family table. House of Blues® Restaurant & Bar is serving up made-from-scratchsouthern favorites that will make your taste buds sing. The Polite Pig is a familyrun eatery that features mouthwatering modern barbecue with locally sourced ingredients.

Hash House A Go Go is where old school meets new and gets twisted. With food at the heart of Hash House they love putting their spin on Midwest comfort meals.

Calling all BBQ lovers everywhere! Here’s your chance to get your fill of the best barbeque in Orlando. Lizzie’s Memphis Style BBQ offers a variety of smoked and barbequed meats that include barbequed beef, pork and chicken served with delicious southern sides such as potato salad, green beans and honey butter cornbread. All great meals start with an appetizer, from the Smoked Bacon Wrapped Jalapeños to the BBQ Quesadilla or fresh salads. Visit today! Open daily at 11:00 am for dine-in and take-out with outdoor patio seating to enjoy the Florida sunshine.

Pancakes are close to many hearts and memories, nothing like watching mom make pancakes in the morning and waiting for the bubbles to pop so you know when to flip them. At Hash House a Go Go, they make their pancakes with Snickers, Red Velvet, Butterscotch Almond, Banana Brown Sugar, Buttermilk, and more!

Try Andy’s World-Famous Sage Fried Chicken, their most popular meal, this chicken is rolled in flour, fresh sage and spices, then fried to a glorious crisp.

Shoney’s is proudly serving All American Food for over 70 years. Generations have come to know Shoney’s as an American favorite for family dining. Their warm, welcoming environment keeps generations coming back for another serving. That’s because guests can count on them for quality, delicious food and friendly service, every visit. Fresh food. Family first Community focused. It’s as simple as that. At Shoney’s they value fresh quality over fast and fancy.

Imagine watching the game and enjoying a bowl of home-cooked mac and cheese while drinking a frosty beer. You’re not at home…you’re at Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews ! In the mood for home cookin’?

Try the Beef Stroganoff Mac & Cheese Bowl - mac topped with slow-roasted pot roast, brown gravy, mushrooms, onion tanglers and sour cream. Step away from the grill and let Sickies make your backyard-style burger by choosing from 50 burger options! Feeling adventurous?

Check out the Patty Melt Burger with sautéed onions and American and Swiss cheese. Sickies Garage…just like home but supercharged.

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Boston Lobster Feast

8731 International Drive

407-248-8606

6071 W. Irlo Bronson Highway

Kissimmee

407-396-2606

NEW: 7702 W. Irlo Bronson Highway, Kissimmee

407-768-1166

Orlando’s original lobster feast since 1990. Featuring our “All-You-Can-Eat” lobster, prime rib, sushi and crab legs along with 50 other seafood and non-seafood items. Plus a dessert bar with fresh baked treats, a kid’s menu and a full-service bar. Come see why we are the locals’ favorite place to eat.

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China Buffet

8255 International Drive

407-352-0881

China Buffet has over 150 delicious authentic Chinese dishes. Our guests enjoy everything from fresh sushi to the best buffalo wings in town and much more that the whole family will enjoy.

chinabuffetorlando.com

Crack N Roll

3260 Vineland Road, Suite 109

407-507-2667

A local restaurant that offers fresh Cajun seafood and many other bayou inspired dishes! We also offer a wide variety of delicious sushi items, including our signature Crack N Roll. Don’t forget to top it all off with our popular bubble teas, a must-have to escape the Florida heat! mycracknroll.com

Drafts Sports Bar & Grill

Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa

9500 Turkey Lake Road

407-352-9293

Drafts brings the excitement of a sports bar in a family-friendly atmosphere with wall-to-wall TVs playing all your favorite sports, a six-lane bowling alley and large state-of-the-art Game Room. The awardwinning restaurant features handcrafted burgers, steaks, fresh salads and much more, all complemented with a full bar. Kids 11 and under eat free for breakfast with the purchase of each adult entree. WOW Loyalty Members receive exclusive discounts. DraftsSports.com

El Patron Restaurante Mexicano

12167 S. Apopka Vineland Road

407-238-5300

A family-owned modern Mexican eatery, El Patron offers traditional cuisine with a modern twist. Enjoy their handcrafted lunch and dinner dishes, full bar with specialty drinks, and our glove served signature lunch buffet. elpatronorlando.com

Flame Kabob

7536 Dr. Phillips Boulevard

#350

407-248-2280

A family-owned casual restaurant featuring Middle Eastern, Lebanese, Syrian and Moroccan cuisine, as well as traditional American favorites – gyros. All the dishes are freshly prepared from scratch using the best ingredients. Open for both lunch and dinner. flamekabobfl.com

Ghirardelli® Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop

Disney Springs® Marketplace

407-934-8855

The Ghirardelli® Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop is the perfect destination

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to experience Ghirardelli in all five senses. Indulge in our delectable chocolate and World Famous Hot Fudge Sundaes topped with freshly handmade hot fudge. From fountain treats to our signature SQUARES to unique gifts, you’ll find only the best quality at Ghirardelli.

www.ghirardelli.com

Giordano’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

Kissimmee W. 192 West Disney: 7866 W. Irlo Bronson Highway

407-397-0044

Lake Buena Vista East Disney:

12151 S. Apopka Vineland Road

407-239-8900

#1 rated delivery, carry out & dine in available. Large Parties Welcome. Delivery available. Great scratch made Chicago style Italian cuisine with gluten free options.

Golden Corral

407-352-6606

See ad on page 53 for locations. Buffet lovers, look no further! This casual, American restaurant offers enormous “allyou-care-to-eat” breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets at prices anyone can afford. GoldenCorral.com

Hard Rock Cafe

6050 Universal Boulevard

407-351-7625

Let us put you and your guests center stage at the world’s largest Hard Rock Cafe at Universal Orlando Resort! It’s not just our menu that’s legendary. All our delicious classic American fare comes with a side order of rock n’ roll history! Our ‘Coliseum of Rock’ boasts more pieces of music memorabilia than any other location and the collection will blow your mind. You can also Wake Up and Rock Out! with our breakfast served every day from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Visit our website to book your table today! https://www.hardrockcafe.com/location/ orlando/

Hokkaido Chinese and Japanese Buffet

12173 S. Apopka Vineland Road

407-778-5188

5737 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee

407-396-0669

The home of a variety of authentic Japanese and Chinese dishes. From our Chinese dishes, sushi rolls and fresh seafood to our desserts and everything in between, all our buffet offerings prepared fresh throughout

the day are delicious and full of flavor. We hope walking down the line filling your plate feels like a new and exciting adventure every time you’re here.

hokkaidobuffetorlando.com

Jerusalem Middle Eastern Restaurant

2920 Vineland Road

407-397-2230

A family-owned casual restaurant featuring Middle Eastern, Lebanese, Syrian and Moroccan cuisine, as well as traditional American favorites - Gyros. All the dishes are freshly prepared from scratch and from the best ingredients. Open for both lunch and dinner. Visit our second location, Flame Kabob, in Dr. Phillips. jerusalemorlandofl.com

Lizzie’s Memphis Style BBQ

3270 Margaritaville Blvd, Kissimmee, Florida 34747

407-954-7282

Visit us for the best barbeque in Orlando. We offer a variety of smoked and barbequed meats served with delicious Southern sides. We’re open daily at 11 am for dine-in and takeout. Find us on Uber Eats and ChowNow. lizziesbbq.com

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Savor the flavor and try a variety of cuisines. Each one with their own uniqueness.

Antonio's House of Pizza has been serving up fresh and delicious pizza for over 20 years. Antonio, the owner, grew up in Brooklyn and brought his family recipes, passion for quality and tradition to Florida. He opened his first pizzeria in Orlando

at the age of 18 and has never looked back. At Antonio's, they are committed to providing the best pizza possible with the best ingredients, dough made fresh every day and a unique taste that will keep you coming back for more. They love their family traditions and have a passion for pizza that shines through in everything they do. Come in today for a taste you won't forget because it's all in the crust!

El Patron Restaurante Mexicano is sure to satisfy your Mexican food cravings. Located just outside of Disney Springs, they provide an array of flavorful and authentic dishes inspired by head Chef Norberto Herrera from Oaxaca, Mexico. Enjoy incredible dishes from Artisan Tacos, such as quesabirria, pollo, camaron, brisket and more, to Chef Favorites like the chile relleno, pollo loco or the chimichanga norteña. Alongside their freshly handcrafted margaritas and specialty cocktails, you’re sure to get a fulfilling, taste of Mexico in a fun and inviting atmosphere.

Situated in the Lake Buena Vista area of Orlando, Jerusalem Restaurant is a warm, family-owned restaurant that loves to serve authentic Middle Eastern and Lebanese cuisine. Experience the cultural richness in their kabobs, shawarma, falafels, hummus, tabuli, baba ganush and much more. All their food is homemade, totally halal and freshly prepared. They put a lot of heart and effort into their food so that all of the dishes reflect the rich heritage and culture of its origins. Come experience a taste of the Middle East for brunch, lunch or dinner!

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At Giordano's Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, they’ve been serving their worldfamous pizza since 1974. They respect and celebrate their heritage, infusing their passion for quality into every pizza pie that they make with old world craftsmanship. In fact, putting together a Giordano's pizza is a 10-step affair played out in sheer synchrony. It takes true culinary skill and knowledge to make the magic happen. Many of these pizza artists have been working with them for 30 years.

When looking for authentic Mexican food, look no further than Los Amigos Mexican Grill & Tequila Bar at Westgate Vacation Villas Resort. Boasting some of the freshest and most flavorful ingredients in Orlando, Los Amigos has you covered for lunch, dinner and Happy Hour, no matter what your tastebuds crave. Come dive into the vibrant culture of Mexico with some of the best nachos, tacos and burritos in Central Florida.

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Los Amigos Mexican Grill & Tequila Bar

Westgate Vacation Villas & Town Center Resort

7700 Westgate Blvd.

407-396-6111 Ext. 41660

Los Amigos Mexican Grill & Tequila Bar is a vibrant dining experience offering flavorful, authentic Mexican cuisine paired with an expansive cocktail and tequila menu. WestgateResorts.com

NY Pizza & Kabab House

Kissimmee: 3293 Oxford Drive

407-507-3990

Orlando: 5667 Vineland Road

407-345-5490

NY Pizza & Kabab House is a familyowned casual restaurant that specializes in hand-tossed pizza, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine as well as Italian dishes and wings. All our dishes are prepared from scratch with fresh ingredients. We do delivery and dine-in. kababhousegrill.com nypizzawings.com

Old Town Ice Cream

Old Town

5770 West US Highway 192

407-397-2280

Orlando Premium Outlets

Vineland Ave.

407-239-9930

Homemade Ice Cream America Loves. Visit either location in Kissimmee or Orlando and enjoy fresh homemade ice cream, gelato, sorbet, sherbet, sundaes, banana splits, shakes, smoothies, floats, homemade waffle cones and much more.

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Shoney’s

Old Town:

5764 W. Irlo Bronson

Memorial Hwy., Kissimmee 407-507-5481

Shoney’s is known for its All-You-Care-ToEat Fresh Food Bar. Now serving Cafeteria style, plus a full menu of legendary breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert items, and a full alcohol bar. Stay tuned for information about upcoming Themed Nights including a fabulous Latin- themed Fresh Food Bar. Call for Carry-out, Delivery & Catering Information. Family Meals to go. Uber Eats and DoorDash also available.

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Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews

7640 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee

407-479-5111

Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews is a family-friendly garage-themed restaurant known for a robust and innovative menu featuring over-the-top burgers, wings with 25 different sauces, sandwiches, salads, a monster list of delicious brews, hand-spun boozy and non-alcoholic shakes and malts; and a revved-up bar menu.

SickiesBurgers.com

Sweet Dreams

Ice Cream Café

Old Town

5770 West US Highway 192

407-787-0789

Come on in and watch us serve up your very own favorite custom made dessert creation while pretending you are back in the ‘50s at your hometown drive-in. Featuring a full line of premium homemade ice cream with no preservatives, Italian gelato, gourmet freshly baked cupcakes, pastries, cookies, pies, cakes and European crêpes.

Have fun and enjoy sweet dreams! myoldtownusa.com/dine/sweet-dreams-icecream-cafe/

Taste of Asia

8910 Turkey Lake Rd., Unit #300

407-370-3186

407-370-3188

Offering the most affordable prices and variety of choices in the tourist area. Chinese and Asian lunch specials, noodles, dinner combo menu, chef’s specials, diet menu, brown rice, Kids Menu and much more. Within walking distance of International Dr., SeaWorld® Orlando, Universal Studios Orlando and Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa. Carry-Out. tasteofasiafl.com

Texas Roadhouse

Kissimmee:

7973 W. Irlo Bronson

Memorial Hwy

407-787-3778

Texas Roadhouse offers Legendary Food and Legendary Service. Our Story: Hearty Hand-Cut Steaks, Fall-Off-The-Bone Ribs, Made-From-Scratch Sides and Dressings,

Fresh-Baked Bread, Ice-Cold Beer and Legendary Margaritas. We welcome and celebrate birthdays with a legendary “Yee-Haw.”

texasroadhouse.com

The K-POT Korean BBQ & Hot Pot Restaurant

8594 Palm Pkwy

407-717-6151

The K-POT is a unique, hands-on all-youcan-eat dining experience that merges traditional Asian Hot Pot with Korean BBQ flavors - but modernized with a full bar and a nightlife-like atmosphere. Come join our cultural revolution!

thekpot.com

The Wharf at Sunset Walk

3274 Margaritaville Blvd

Kissimmee, FL 34747

407-954-7290

The Wharf at Sunset Walk serves American classic cuisine inspired by fresh seafood featuring our Oyster Bar and hosts some of the best bands nightly. Visit us today! We’re open daily at 11 a.m. serving lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. wharfatsunsetwalk.com

U & Me Revolving Hot

Pot

12384 S Apopka Vineland Rd. 407-238-9996

U & Me Hot Pot offers our guests a variety of vegetables and noodles on the conveyor belt, All-You-Can-Eat fresh seafood and meat. Please come and enjoy our oneof-a-kind hot pot experience with a cute robot as your host. Call store to make reservation.

facebook.com/uandmehotpot/

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Villa Italiano Chophouse

Westgate Vacation Villas & Town Center Resort

7700 Westgate Blvd.

407-396-8523 Ext. 41748

Villa Italiano Chophouse celebrates Italy’s culinary passion with fresh ingredients and house-made recipes. Our unique restaurant serves chophouse specialties, pasta, artisan pizzas and signature entrees. With our extensive 500-bottle wine cabinet, you will find a perfect pairing for your dinner. Our world-class Italian Chophouse awaits you. Benvenuto! For reservations, visit OpenTable.com.

WestgateResorts.com

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FLIGHT INFORMATION

The main airport for Central Florida is Orlando International Airport. Other airports include Kissimmee Gateway Airport, Orlando Executive Airport and Orlando Sanford International Airport.

For flight information, call:

Aer Lingus 800-474-7424

AeroMexico 800-237-6639

Air Canada 888-247-2262

Air Transat 877-872-6728

AirFrance 800-237-2747

Alaska Airlines 800-252-7522

American Airlines 800-433-7300

Avianca 800-284-2622

BahamasAir 800-222-4262

British Airways 800-247-9297

Delta 800-221-1212

Hawaiian Airlines 800-367-5320

JetBlue 800-538-2583

LATAM Airlines 866-435-9526

Lufthansa 800-645-3880

Southwest 800-435-9792

United 800-241-6522

GROUND TRANSPORTATION/ RENTALS

For taxi or limousine service, contact your resort or hotel’s guest service desk.

Empire Slingshot

407-853-2818

When you’re looking for fun things to do in Central Florida, Empire Slingshot has the best adventures to spice up your trip. Explore the city in one of our exotic Polaris Slingshots for an unforgettable experience. empireslingshot.com

Enterprise

1-800-RENT-A-CAR

When you’re ready to explore Orlando, Enterprise makes it easy with great rates, convenient locations and outstanding customer service. You’ll enjoy a wide selection of cars, trucks and vans. To receive a discount, reference Account #XZ07W16 when you make a reservation.

Offer expires 7/31/23 enterprise.com

I-Ride Trolleys are the fun way to get around the I-Drive Resort Area! Single Cash Fare just $2 per ride, Kids Cash Fare $1 per ride (ages 3 to 9 with paying adult), Seniors Cash Fare $0.25 per ride (age 65 and over). Unlimited Ride Passes available. Handicap accessible. Visit website for hours and service updates. IRideTrolley.com

LYNX public transportation system offers stops at area attractions and hotels. The LYNX hotline is 407-841-LYNX (5969).

With convenient locations and great rates, Enterprise makes it easy to experience Orlando to the fullest.

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CHOOSE YOUR ORLANDO ADVENTURE

K&M Rentals

407-363-7388

Offering quality Rental Equipment to Westgate Resorts. FREE Delivery & pick up. Open 7 days. Call to reserve your rental item.

reservations@km-rentals.com www.km-rentals.com

Kingdom Strollers

407-271-5301

Kingdom Strollers is the premier stroller and crib rental service across Central Florida. With free drop-off and delivery, your rental with us is always hassle free.

KingdomStrollers.com

More Than Mobility

1-888-272-4644

More Than Mobility provides a vast array of solutions for your mobility related needs. Providing top of the range scooters which dismantle in 20 seconds for easy transportation. Low daily rental fee. Free delivery to your resort.

MEDICAL INFORMATION

Emergency: Dial 911. For roadside emergencies, Florida Highway Patrol blue call boxes are along major highways; on your cell phone, dial *FHP.

Walgreens

Forgot Something? There’s a Walgreens close by. Find the nearest Walgreens with our mobile app. Whether you want a quick snack before hitting the parks, forgot the sunblock or need to fill a prescription in a hurry, Walgreens has you covered.

Trusted since 1901. Visit walgreens.com

SWIM SAFETY

While on vacation in Central Florida and beyond, make sure everyone splashes and swims safely. Visitors and locals alike will want to ensure little ones don't swim alone, that the weather is apt for swimming and to wear a life jacket when necessary.

Baby Otter Swim School

1-888-SWIM-KID (794-6543)

Learn to swim ON VACATION! In 3 to 5 lessons, less than 3 hours, children from 9 months and up (if they are crawling) will learn to swim with the Turn, Kick, Reach ® Program!

babyotter.com

BEST TIMES TO ATTEND ATTRACTIONS

The least crowded months for attractions are January, May, September and November.

WEATHER

Central Florida's weather is one of the biggest attractions. Spring temperatures are the perfect balance between warm, tropical sunny days and cool, brisk evenings. Average temperatures range from the mid to low 70s and 80s so be sure to dress accordingly, wear SPF and keep an umbrella or poncho handy for those unexpected showers.

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Kingdom Strollers provides premium stroller and crib rentals delivered straight to your theme park resort, hotel or vacation home free of charge.

As a family-owned business, with the goal of allowing the family to spend more time together, it has been their mission to make your vacation time as stress free and convenient as possible.

When renting with Kingdom Strollers, choose the time for delivery and pick up, and then they take care of the rest. It could not be easier. To give their guests even more peace of mind, count on Kingdom Strollers to be compliant with any updated theme park policies.

It is important to note that with every rental, a parent console will be included to hold your beverages. They also provide a rain cover and cooler bag free of charge for those who request it during their very simple checkout process. Additional available accessories include a child snack tray and stroller bag hook.

From the Kingdom Strollers family to yours, they thank you for letting them be a part of your vacation.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

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the door and enjoy an authentic Italian dining experience at Villa Italiano Chophouse. This unique restaurant serves chophouse specialties, charcuterie boards, artisan pizzas, pasta dishes and Italian favorites, along with an extensive wine and cocktail menu.

River Ranch Cattle Company Chophouse & Bar features high-quality steaks, fresh seafood, and more! Looking for a pick-me-up? Or a sweet treat after a savory dinner? Stop by the Coffee Corral & Ice Cream, for everything a cowpoke needs.

With temperatures on the rise, Central Florida looks to shed a little sunshine on your vacation. Whether you're looking to add some excitement to your visit at one of the world-renowned attractions in the area or if you're just looking to spend some time by the pool for some rest and relaxation, you've made it to the perfect destination! Westgate Resorts has your best vacation in mind, no matter what you're looking for.

It's the 40th anniversary here at Westgate Resorts, and we are more excited than ever to reach new heights and continue providing remarkable entertainment and vacations for families of all sizes. We’re upping the ante across the board, and we cannot wait to share all the new amenities we have in store for you.

Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa is a beautiful lakefront resort in the heart of Orlando and an ideal location to enjoy your getaway. Here you'll find several outdoor heated pools with bars, hot tubs, a full-service marina and a mini golf course. Make sure to check out Treasure Cove Water Park filled with thrilling slides, a lazy river and a kid’s splash zone. You can also escape for the day and indulge yourself at our world-class spa services at Serenity Spa by Westgate

Unwind after a fun day in the sun at Drafts Sports Bar & Grill. From exciting entertainment on several HDTVs, to a state-of-the-art Mission Control Game Room and six lanes of bowling, there’s something available for the whole family to enjoy.

Only one mile from Walt Disney World® Resort is Westgate Vacation Villas & Town Center Resort, a premier family resort near Orlando, Florida that provides a five-star vacation experience. Each luxury villa is designed with your family in mind by providing spacious living and dining areas, a fully equipped kitchen and upscale, modern decor. The two-story Shipwreck Island Water Park features exhilarating water slides, a children’s splash pad, a pirate ship, a lazy river and a 7,000-square-foot Paradise Cove swimming pool.

With a variety of on-site restaurants, Guests can enjoy the luxury of dining out without having to leave the resort. Leave your passport at

At Drafts Sports Bar & Grill, enjoy creatively designed burgers, sandwiches and appetizers. Cordovano Joe’s Authentic New York Style Pizza serves hot, made-to-order pizzas that can be delivered to your villa or poolside. Los Amigos Mexican Grill & Tequila Bar is now open, offering flavorful, authentic Mexican cuisine and handcrafted margaritas in a bright festive atmosphere. Just minutes from Universal Orlando Resort, Walt Disney World® Resort and SeaWorld® Orlando, Guests will have an amazing, memorable vacation at Westgate Vacation Villas & Town Center Resort.

Just a short drive from the Orlando area, you’ll find a beautiful resort nestled on 1,700 acres of untouched Florida wilderness. Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo offers Guests a unique vacation experience by providing both the authenticity of a Florida Ranch and the luxury of gorgeous cabin-style villas. Want to enjoy the natural beauty of our resort without actually “roughing" it? Glamping (glamorous camping) is the perfect way to experience the great outdoors, but with the amenities of a resort. If you're ready to take it to the next level, you can rent a Luxe Teepee. Each Luxe Teepee is themed in authentic Native American style and comes fully furnished with private bathrooms, air-conditioning, a fireplace and more. For a truly extraordinary vacation, the Luxe Conestoga Wagons are the way to go! Step into your very own wagon and experience a world of luxury with upscale interiors while still being one with nature. Experience the great outdoors without missing the essential comforts of home.

Enjoy an authentic Florida Ranch experience with a trip to the land of the Florida Cracker Cowboys. You will feel like you have stepped back in time living the life of the very first Cowboys in America. Enjoy the refreshing air while meandering through trails on horseback or casting a line for some big fish at the Catch & Release Pond on the Kissimmee River. The little ones will love the Petting Farm, pony rides and Adventure Park complete with a Safari Mini Golf course, a bungee jumper, a rock-climbing wall, a mechanical bull and more!

Put on your cowboy boots and line dance under the stars on the outdoor dance hall at the River Ranch Saloon. Featuring a full bar and live music, the River Ranch Saloon is the perfect place to sit back and unwind or dance the night away. For Guests looking for a more upscale dining experience,

Have an unforgettable time with the Westgate Live Rodeo every Saturday night, where cowboys will thrill you as they ride bulls and perform courageous stunts and tricks. Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo offers a unique experience for families and friends to spend time together that is unlike any other.

With enough surf, sun and sand to spare, a trip to the world-famous Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier is the perfect place to be this season. The Pier is the ultimate one-stop destination for an exciting day at the beach. Explore everything the Pier has to offer including premier shopping, pier fishing, sand volleyball, surf lessons and more.

Fresh seafood and oceanfront dining await you at the Pier with four full-service restaurants and bars. Enjoy the best seafood at Pelican’s Bar & Grill or dine 800 feet over the Atlantic Ocean at Rikki Tiki Tavern. With one of our specialty cocktails in hand and ocean waves crashing along the shore, a good time is guaranteed. Before you leave, don’t forget souvenir shopping at The Pier Shop and Tropical Threads Boutique to find one-of-a-kind gifts, beachthemed home decor and apparel.

Conveniently located near the Pier is Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort, a tropical beachfront resort with spacious villas and easy access to white, sandy beaches and area attractions. Take a dip into a relaxing pool, dine on delicious food options at Aloha Tiki Bar & Cafe and make a splash at Wakulla Falls! This on-site water park boasts a winding lazy river and an exciting splash pad. Grab a seat with a refreshing drink in hand and unwind at Makua Lanai, an adults-only relaxation area.

About Westgate Resorts

Westgate Resorts is the largest privately held timeshare company in the world and is a distinguished leader in the industry. The company has been refining the timeshare industry for over 40 years with resorts in ideal destination spots. The resorts are fully equipped with five-star amenities and impeccable service to provide Guests with the highest level of satisfaction as well as a lifetime of vacation memories. All Central Florida resorts are in ideal locations close to local attractions and famous theme parks, and are a short drive to nearby beaches.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: WestgateResorts.com

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