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  What’s Happening in Orlando

      Great News!!! Our pool hours have been extended to 11:00pm!!

      SUBWAY- Now Open  - Located in front of the hotel next to Starbucks.      

          
      The Tiki Bar , located by the large pool, is open on a seasonal basis.  Check with the front desk for hours of operation, or call Extension 77055 during hours of operation.

       

                                         Some Great Rainy Day Activities !!

      Kings Bowl Orlando is a 30,000-square-foot entertainment venue featuring:

      • 22 Ten Pin Bowling Lanes
      • Four Full-Size billiards tables
      • Regulation size, outdoor Bocce ball court
      • Full-service, executive chef driven restaurant serving award-winning food
      • Two premium bars serving fun and innovative cocktails
      • Customizable private space for parties of 10-900 people including corporate/team-building events, birthdays, bachelor(ette) parties, kids parties and more
      • Over 60 giant HDTV’s and HD projector screens
      • Industry best sound, lighting and music environment
      • Regulation Shuffleboard Table

      Kings is the perfect place to eat, bowl, or lounge in a comfortable, fun and luxurious environment. Whether you are looking for a memorable place to host an event, a fun and unique date spot, or a cool place to hang out and catch some sports, Kings has you covered.

      Check their website http://kingsbowlamerica.com/orlando/

      8255 South International Drive, Suite 120  Orlando, FL 32819

      Museum of Military History

      The Museum is an excellent way to spend the day educating your loved ones about the history of our Military.  The Museum offers a wide array of exhibits spanning time.

      The mission of the Museum of Military History, Inc. is to educate,
      increase awareness, build knowledge and understanding of the American military experience through interactive, interpretive exhibits designed for visitors of all ages. Come and Visit us!

      Admissions: Adult $7, Seniors $6, Students $5, Under 5, no charge, Active Duty Member, no charge, 100% Disabled $4, Veterans and Retired $5.  For Groups call in advance for rates or send us an email.

      Check their website http://museumofmilitaryhistory.com/

      5210 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway Kissimmee, FL 34746. (407) 507-3894

      EPCOT

      Epcot's Flower & Garden Festival - The 21st Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival has been announced for March 5 to May 18, 2014.  Goofy, Donald Duck and Daisy Duck topiary will celebrate spring with a butterfly hunt adventure in the Epcot front entrance garden, while topiaries of Mickey Mouse and dozens of other Disney characters will surprise guests beyond Spaceship Earth. The garden party continues for 75 days. For the festival's second year, Disney guests can taste sweets and savories from about a dozen food-and-beverage marketplaces surrounding the World Showcase Lagoon. Most gardens will be illuminated when the sun sets to extend the festival fun. At the Festival Center, daily interactive gardening seminars will set the stage for outdoor do-it-yourself inspiration, and popular HGTV celebrities will headline weekend seminars filled with home, garden and design ideas. Back by demand, the Disney-Pixar "Cars" garden and playground will bring favorite movie characters to life. Tinker Bell's Butterfly House will feature hundreds of the winged beauties and intricate fairy topiaries including Tinker Bell, Fawn and Terrence.

      This year's Festival will feature a number of HGTV and DIY Network experts sharing their home remodeling and decorating tips. The tentative schedule of TV personalities slated to appear (subject to change) is as follows:

      -- April 25-27 – David Bromstad, "Color Splash"
      -- May 2-4 – Chip Wade, "Elbow Room"
      -- May 9-11 – TBD
      -- May 16-18 – Alison Victoria, "Kitchen Crashers"

      The complete schedule for the 2014 Flower Power Concerts,  to be performed during the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival starting March 5, has been released (subject to change, of course):

        -- April 25-27 - Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone "I'm Henry the VIII, I Am"
       -- May 2-4 - Starship starring Mickey Thomas "We Built this City"
       -- May 9-10 - Chubby Checker & The Wildcats "The Twist"
       -- May 16-18 - Alan Parsons Project "Eye in the Sky"

      Performances are at America Gardens Theatre  at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m.  each Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Flower and Garden Festival. The concerts are included in Epcot admission


      SEAWORLD



      SEAWORLD’S 50th CELEBRATION AND SEA OF SURPRISES FACT SHEET

      Overview:    Starting March 21, 2014, SeaWorld® celebrates five decades of inspiring guests with unique entertainment, thrilling rides, and up-close encounters with amazing sea life. SeaWorld’s
      50th Celebration will feature a Sea of Surprises™ at all three parks to commemorate a key
      milestone for the company that started when the original SeaWorld park opened its gates on San Diego’s Mission Bay in March 1964.
      SeaWorld invites visitors to take part in the excitement through new interactive experiences, shows and pathway performances, even more up-close animal encounters throughout the park and the SeaWorld “Surprise Squad” treating guests with prizes every day.
      SeaWorld Orlando opened on December 15, 1973.
      Starting March 21: “Bubble Blowout” is sure to be a guest favorite. An eccentric tinkerer travels throughout Shamu’s Happy Harbor by way of a whimsical vehicle, stopping to create bubbles of all sizes and shapes while engaging guests to create the big Bubble Blowout.

      Spontaneous performances like “Splash Dance” will pop up at surprising moments to engage guests throughout the day. A local landscaping team loses control of their hoses and sprayers and before too long they are soaked from head to toe.  Comedy, laughter, music and water greet the crowd in a rambunctious show of fun surrounding Nautilus Theater.

      The “SeaWorld® Surprise Squad” delights guests with prizes and surprises throughout the park during our 50th Celebration.* This lively duo roams the park on a daily basis randomly giving away special gifts, including exclusive access to rides, behind-the-scenes experiences, Shamu-themed merchandise, reserved show seating and more.

      Share the wonder of close-up encounters with amazing animal friends and learn how SeaWorld cares for the natural world at the all-new SEA Garden. The SEA Garden is where visitors can learn more about and get close to animals, most of them rescued, including eagles, spoonbills, opossums, and more.
      Starting June 21, “Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up The Night”, new nighttime Shamu Show debuts. The high energy show will include new, original music and production elements, as well as new killer whale behaviors.

      SeaWorld guests are often greeted by an animal ambassador, many of whom were orphaned or injured in the wild and given a second chance thanks to the SeaWorld Animal Rescue Team. As part of SeaWorld’s 50th Celebration, there will be many more surprise encounters with animal ambassadors at the front gate and at SEA Garden throughout the day.


      Seahorse: The 7-foot-high seahorse sculpture is made entirely of beach trash that has been collected, processed and assembled by volunteers to highlight the environmental sensitivity of animals that live in the shallow sea grass meadows and mangrove forests along shorelines. The sculpture teaches guests about the dangers posed by marine debris accidentally blown out of a boat or discarded into delicate ocean ecosystems.


      Parrot Fish: Community volunteers collected marine debris from ocean beaches and then worked collectively to create this gigantic parrot fish.  This trash-turned-art highlights the plight of the bright parrot fish whose coral reef homes are endangered because of marine debris and pollution.

      Sea Anemone Reef: This 12-foot-wide cluster of colorful sea anemones is made of debris that has been washed ashore from the ocean.  The recognizable discarded tires, nets, ropes, and plastic water bottles that make up this sculpture highlight the dangers that can threaten these “flowers of the sea” that are found throughout the world’s oceans.

      Octopus: This gigantic octopus sculpture, made entirely of beach trash – collected, processed and assembled by thousands of commun

       

      SEAWORLD® ORLANDO’S BANDS, BREW & BBQ™

      SeaWorld Orlando’s Bands, Brew & BBQ festival features five more weekends of rocking concerts, mouth-watering BBQ, thirst-quenching beer and toe-tapping fun. Bands, Brew & BBQ takes place weekends in February through the first two weekends in March.

      Bands, Brew & BBQ also celebrates the food! Serious barbecue conn
      oisseurs can taste it all and pick

      Bands, Brew & BBQ also celebrates the food! Serious barbecue connoisseurs can taste it all and pick their favorites. Sample Orlando’s best barbecue from local smokehouses -- Bubbalou's Bodacious Bar-B-Que, Cecil’s Texas Style BAR-B-Q and Sonny’s BBQ® – plus SeaWorld’s very own Sweet & Smokin’ Barbecue. Sip on our ice-cold craft beer selection while enjoying live rocking concerts and exciting activities for the whole family to enjoy. 

      Even the little ones have their own area to get up close to animals, work on masterpieces at coloring stations, take photos with SeaWorld costume characters, learn from educators and play interactive games.

      During Bands, Brew & BBQ, all Harley-Davidson® riders get free parking when they ride their hog to SeaWorld.  And in between all the eating and line dancing, event-goers can take in the proudly displayed 2014 Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

      Like all other events at SeaWorld Orlando, Bands, Brew & BBQ is included with park admission or any annual pass product.


      Aquaica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark Designers Reveal More about New Water Thrill Ride Coming in 2014


      Get ready to brave a watery free-fall at Aquatica Orlando’s all-new water thrill slide coming in 2014 – Ihu’s Breakaway Falls. The drop slide will be the tallest, steepest and only multi-slide ride of its kind in Orlando.


      SeaWorld & Aquatica 2014 early Entry Dates for our Guests at the Blue Heron

      April 12,15,19

      May 24

      June 17,21,24,28

      July 1,5,8,12, 15,19,22,26,29

      August 2,5,9,12,16,30

      December 27, 30

      Early entry for SeaWorld is 8 am for all days listed

      Early entry is 30 minutes prior to opening at Aquatica(8:30 am for all days except Dec. 27 & 30 ( 9:30 for both of these)

      We have very exciting news to share with you!
       
      Get ready… Ihu’s Breakaway Falls opens at

      Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark™, on May 9!

      Our new ride will be the tallest, steepest and only multi-drop tower slide of its kind in the southern United States! Check out this awesome video for a sneak peek: http://youtu.be/2KCfFCBvtYg.
       
      At nearly 80 feet tall, thrill seekers will face their fears…and each other. After stepping into one of three clear “breakaway boxes,” they’ll watch each other fall one-by-one as the floor underneath them disappears. They’ll never know who’s going to breakaway first – and the anticipation of who drops next is part of the wild ride! Once the floor drops, riders will drop 20-24 feet per second!
       
      Those who dare to brave our new ride will experience an almost vertical drop for nearly 40 feet! That’s the steepest drop in the southern United States!
       
      Ihu’s Breakaway Falls is the only high-speed water thrill slide in the world that propels guests through four, 360-degree spirals.

       
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      UNIVERSAL

      Ain't No Stopping This Party
      The spirit of Mardi Gras isn’t bound to the Big Easy; the connection sparks as the parade rolls by, as the beads fill the air, when the music swells as the stage lights rise. And now you can be a part of it all at Universal Studios Mardi Gras Grand Celebration. Come join the party with a dazzling parade, beads by the handful, and the most amazing concert line-up ever.
      he Mardi Gras Parade
      Gather the family and catch beads by the handful as our dazzling parade winds its way through the park with incredible floats, colorful costumes, towering stilt walkers, entertaining street performers, and dancers.
      Mardi Gras 2014 Parade

      When to see it
      Select Nights February 8 — May 31, 2014
      Saturday Nights: May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
      The Music Never Stops
      20 Of Music's Biggest Names Live In Concert
      on the Universal Music Plaza stage

      From pop to country to hip hop to rock, the concerts during Mardi Gras offer an exciting mix of superstar singers and bands.


      SPECIALS AND PROMOTIONS

      AAA Rates/Senior/Florida Resident : Effective June 7, 2013  you will receive a 15% discount off the best available rate

      Call 888-258-3684 to check on rate and availability.


      Effective January 1, 2014  we are changing our cancellation policy to 48 hours prior to the arrival date. Any cancellations after the 48 hours prior to arrival date will be subject to a one night's room and tax.

      Internet availability in our units. WiFi is available in our main lobby and poolside.

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