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The Best Week in Orlando

Destination(s): Orlando

You could spend a month in Orlando and still not see and do everything. That being said, if you’ve got a week to tackle this magical play land, you’ll want to hit the best and most exciting spots. For the first half of the week, stay at one of the Disney hotels. This will save you tons of travel time to and from the parks so that you can maximize the amount of time you can spend at Disney World. Have dinner at your hotel or take the shuttle over to Downtown Disney. There are tons of options for dining and snacking there. Plus, it’s just a cool place to stroll around. Then, as you switch over to SeaWorld, Discovery Cove and Universal, you’ll want to move to a hotel close to I-Drive. Like Downtown Disney, you’ll find that Pointe Orlando on I-Drive offers a good concentration of restaurants, shops and bars so you can stroll around and choose the best option for your family. There’s lots of parking there and it’s close to many of the other I-Drive attractions. This is a non-stop week and you’ll probably need a vacation after this vacation. But when you want to see all the best that Orlando has to offer, this go-go pace is worth the effort. read more about The Best Week in Orlando

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort

  • 900 Cayman Way
  • Off Buena Vista Dr
  • tel:+1 407 934-7639
  • Visit website
  • Lake Buena Vista, 32830
Medieval Times

Medieval Times

  • 4510 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy
  • Kissimmee, (U.S. 192)
  • tel:888/935-6878
  • Visit website
  • Kissimmee, 34746
Discovery Cove

Discovery Cove

  • 6000 Discovery Cove Way
  • tel:+1 407 370 1280
  • Visit website
  • Orlando, 32821

In July of 2000, Discovery Cove opened its gates and began providing a unique theme park experience that is nothing short of extraordinary. With a maximum of 1,000 guests per day, the park has managed to create an intimate feel – more like you're visiting a swanky resort in the Caribbean than visiting a theme park in the middle of Orlando. The admission price, though hefty, includes all of your needs…
towels, wet suits, lockers, snorkels, masks, sun tan lotion, souvenir photos and parking.

Meals and snacks are included as well (and not just hot dogs and hamburgers either). You'll start the day with a continental breakfast (pastries, muffins, fresh fruit, juices and coffee). You can have a hamburger for lunch if you'd like, but Discovery Cove also offers such items as grilled salmon and pasta primavera. Unlimited snacks such as chips, pretzels, nachos, ice cream and smoothies are available all day. You can also enjoy as much bottled water, soda, beer, and cappuccinos as you like.

If you've booked yourselves into the Dolphin Encounter, the friendly concierge will schedule your time in the Dolphin Lagoon when you arrive. During the 30-minute encounter, you and 5-7 other guests will wade into shallow water and get up close and personal with a very sociable and playful Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin. Your trainer will guide the dolphin through a series of activities, allowing you to touch and instruct the dolphin. You'll also be able to experience a dorsal tow ride. For dolphin lovers, the extra admission price to include this encounter is definitely worth it.

When you arrive, you'll also want to check on the feeding times at Ray Lagoon so you can make sure to schedule that into your day. You can interact with dozens of rays of all sizes, some up to four feet in diameter. It's an amazing experience to be amongst these gentle and graceful creatures. The Coral Reef is where you'll really get to test your snorkeling skills as you float along amongst the hundreds of brilliantly colored tropical fish and rays. Make sure you find the shark encounter. Don't worry… they're behind thick glass.

You'll want to make several trips down the warm Tropical River, drifting in the slight current, under waterfalls, and through an underwater cave. The river also takes you through the Aviary, where you can hop out of the water and interact with over 250 exotic birds, none of which are caged. Having a toucan land on your arm is an interesting experience. Discovery Cove's beach is a great feature as well. Along
the huge expanse of white, sugary sand, you'll find hammocks, umbrellas, and cabanas for your use. When all the swimming and snorkeling leaves you exhausted, grab a beach lounger and have a nap.
To avoid disappointment, reservations are a must!
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SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando

  • 7007 Sea World Drive
  • tel:+1 407 351 3600
  • Visit website
  • Orlando, 32821
Universal Studios Florida

Universal Studios Florida

  • 1000 Universal Studios Plaza
  • tel:+1 407 363 8000
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  • Orlando, 32809
Wet 'n Wild

Wet 'n Wild

  • 6200 International Dr
  • At Universal Blvd
  • tel:800/992-9453
  • Visit website
  • Orlando, 32819
The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot

  • 7549 W Sand Lake Rd
  • tel:1 407 903-1100
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  • Orlando, 32819
The Oceanaire Seafood Room

The Oceanaire Seafood Room

  • 9101 International Drive
  • tel:1 407 363-4801
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  • Orlando, 32819
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville

  • 6000 Universal Boulevard
  • Suite 704
  • tel:407 224 2155
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  • Orlando, 32819
Nickelodeon Family Suites Resort by Holiday Inn

Nickelodeon Family Suites Resort by Holiday Inn

  • 14500 Continental Gateway
  • Off Hwy. 536
  • tel:877/387-5437
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  • Lake Buena Vista, 32821
Howl at the Moon

Howl at the Moon

  • 8815 International Drive
  • tel:407 354 5999
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  • Orlando, 32819
The Groove

The Groove

  • 6000 Universal Boulevard
  • Suite 700, Universal Studios CityWalk
  • tel:407 224 2165
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  • Orlando, 32819