Saturday, February 26, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
The environmental acoustic assessment for high-speed rollers coasters, and traffic congestion, all exceed the specified levels for a commercial area.
Engineers speculate that a daily attendance of 20,000 visitors will be travelling by a nearby Festival Bay Mall parking lot. Feasibility reports stipulate that overcoming the projected noise from the theme-park could be very expensive, let alone synchronizing traffic signals that change delays from 49 to 59 seconds at intersections.
Zoning variances would be required to nestle the park between the mall and Tangelo Park Neighborhood to the south.
Similar to sound level variances sought by Universal, park developers will be seeking special zoning in addition to talks with the mall's board members.
Hearing for the project that will address noise levels that may exceed 70 decibels is scheduled for March 15, 2011.
Several recommendations were made to park developers including switching park rides off at night, noise barriers, zoning variations, and traffic control tweaks.
Engineers from the GMB Engineering dept. have high-hopes that traffic light adjustments will not hinder the transit time for local residents.
Typical peaks times for traffic from the parks would be around 9:00am and 11:00pm would be the concern traffic controllers.
Monday, February 21, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Orlando can offer interesting things that are free of charge! You may be asking “free of charge? Are you serious?” Yes! Free of charge. Activities that will require a little imagination, but you’ll have an amazing good time!
The first one you have to travel about 45 miles off from Kissimmee in a town called Christmas. There, you’ll find an old replica of the Fort that was built in this town during the 2nd Seminole Indian War (1835 - 1842). The fort houses exhibits and a video presentation on the Seminole Indian War. Also, there are seven historical homes that have preserved the “Cracker” architecture and show us pioneer life in the 1870s. there’s special activities that takes place during certain months that adds to the entertainment value to this museum. One of them takes place during the weekend before Easter and the weekend before Thanksgiving where they have the “Militia Encampments”. In this interpretation, soldiers camp in front of the Fort and tells stories about the 2nd Seminole Indian War. There’s also a cannon firing demonstrations that will surely makes this a very realistic telling on life in those times! Surely everyone from the toddlers to the grown-ups will enjoy, plus it has BBQ areas that will make a good picnic kinda affair to everyone in the family. And what’s better, the entrance to this fort is totally free!
The second is about 39 minutes away from Kissimmee, Winter Park’s Popcorn Flicks. In an awesome collaboration with Enzian movie theaters, it is a movie in the park setting that features classic films for the whole family. This entertainment is totally free of charge! The only thing that is recommended is to bring your blanket, a picnic or snacks, bring your family and friends to have fun! Usually the movies takes place on the second Thursday of each month and starts at 7pm, however, it may not start until sunset so that the light be optimal for the viewing experience. It is absolutely made for the romantics! Imagine a starry night, the perfect romantic movie, and your significant other, what more can be asked! Since this takes place outside in the open, you can bet that some days are going to be chilly and others a bit warmer. However, with the unpredictable Florida weather, some times it rains, so the park post about 30 minutes before the show to cancel the movie. But all movie lovers out there will enjoy an amazing time watching a movie in a different venue that will surely be memorable!
As you can see, there’s many things to do in Orlando! The only thing that you have to be is a little creative and open-minded and with the spirit to have fun and enjoy the day!
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Boasting the world's first on-board water coaster, the AquaDuck, Disney Fantasy will have a few undisclosed signature attractions of her own.
Itinerary will offer stops in Costa Maya, Mexico, featuring a wealth of cultural and educational exhibits. Be transported center stage to the heart of an authentic Mayan town where you can taste local Mayan dishes, observe everyday activities, and see a wealth unique historical landmarks.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Located in Winter Haven, Legoland is expected to hire some 1,000 people for its theme park.
To date, some 75 cast members have been hired for the soft opening.
With roller coasters, water park, interactive games, guests will have access to over 50 rides for children ages 2-12 years,
Famous for it's blocked scenes, for the first-time-ever, will debut portrayales including Bok Tower of Polk County, antebellum mansions of the Panhandle, Kennedy Space Center, Daytona International Speedway, and Malory Square from Key West.
Hiring will ramp up for positions with park operations now that a senior leadership staff has been picked according to park officials on Friday.
Training for the various positions, will begin in June said Legoland's spokeswoman Jackie Wallace.
Announced positions will be for ride maintenance, admissions, and back office workers. Pay and benefits will be competitive with other area theme parks in Orlando.
Monday, February 14, 2011
In a new bid to influence children at a younger age, Disney is sending contracted representatives to maternity wards to dole out new cuddly bodysuits for babies.
Nothing new of coarse, this type of strategy was deployed to the internet in previous years to expand it's audience, but now, Disney is taking it's campaign to a whole new level.
With hospital visits, moms will intereact directly with a representative that will present the new Disney Cuddly Bodysuit that adjusts as the baby grows.
Having access to nearly 600 hospitals, are choosing social networking over the internet during this aggressive marketing scheme.
Disney's effort to capture younger children targets new moms to begin thinking about their unbornd child's theme-park experience.
Replacing Playhouse Disney on cable will be Disney Junior, a new programming block combined with Disney Babey all designed to capture the attention of young children over the long term.
The question that really comes to mind is whether it will be a magical moment for young moms in the maternity ward.
Friday, February 11, 2011
This event marks the beginning of the season for the teams to tweak their rosters for the season and hopefully creating the groundwork for the chemistry to compete for the ultimate prize, the chance to go all the way to the Championship and be declared the best baseball team in the world!
Spring Training is different from regular seasons cause teams that are part of the National or American Leagues are put together to create two Leagues: the Grapefruit with teams such as the NY Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Florida Marlins and others; and the Cactus which sports teams like the current champion San Francisco Giants, LA Dodgers, San Diego Padres, Chicago Cubs, and others. Another thing is that it doesn’t have divisions, everyone is in two piles competing together. Also, you can see that your favorite team sports a totally different team uniform than the one normally used during home or away games!
Here, you can sense who will be a contender, and who’s a pretender. One of the majorly anticipated games are: February 26th LA Dodgers vs San Francisco Giants, March 4th Boston Red Sox vs NY Yankees in the Steinbrenner Field which is a miniature Yankee Stadium, March 11th Chicago Cubs vs Chicago White Soxs, March 17th between the NY Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays at the Charlotte County Sports Park Field in Ft. Myers, and many more!
Even though the games aren’t as contested as in the regular season, it is a great opportunity to see many of the greats of today’s game! How would you feel seeing in the field amazing players as Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Josh Beckett, Jason Varitek, Matt Cain, Buster Posey, David Price, Evan Longoria, and many more! This year promises to be another try for the Chicago Cubs whom has been without a pennant since 1908. Is this going to be their year? Well that’s a question for the ages! Also could this be another year where new teams finally get to the World Series? Last Year, the Texas Rangers went on to win the American League pennant to get there for the first time in their history!
This year, could it be the year of the Seattle Mariners or the Washington Nationals? Who knows! And the question everyone is dreading, would the NY Yankees’ more than $206 million roster win their 28th World Series? The odds-maker puts the Yankees at 6 to 1, good luck all NY Yankees’ haters!
Since these are small venues, the prices are great and also it brings a little the intimate feel, which puts you closer to your favorite player. However, that’s why you have to reserve your tickets in advance cause they go out like hotcakes! For all lovers of the game, it is a treat to see your favorite team competing and also an awesome opportunity to take pictures!
What an amazing way to spend your vacation in Orlando than to see Mickey, Harry Potter and Shamu plus your favorite Baseball Team and Player in Spring Training! Plus, don’t forget to ask for your Peanuts and Cracker Jacks AND a nice jumbo-licious Hot Dogs! And remember your “Take me out to the ball game” lyrics, so you can sing with all the people attending the game!
Thursday, February 10, 2011
You've just arrive at the Miami terminal, got your luggage, now your ready to board the Miami - Orlando express, hold on for this white knuckled ride moving at 168 mph.
Streaking past passenger cars on I-95N, you realize that they have 5 hours before they reach their destination, Orlando, your ETA is just 1.97 hours.
An ambitious plan rolled-out by the Obama Administration that spends some $53 billion over the next 6 years for high-speed train will renew interests in mass transportation in the days to come.
With higher oil prices that can only go up due to higher energy consumption by 3rd world countries like China, ever increasing number of cars on the highway, ridership on the new train that will debut in 2015 will become increasingly attractive.
Republican Subcommittee chairman will try to push the initiative through Congress.
The government believes that high-speed trains will be more successful in the Northeast cities including New York and Washington.
Of the $10.5 billion stimulus money awarded to Florida for high-speed trains was used instead for the older model trains.
Albeit government would like to de-rail high-speed in Florida, private investment and a competitive markets will resurrect it. In fact, there is a lineup of 8 contenders, international companies, that meet the prerequisites established by Gov. Rick Scott who pledge both the land and $280 million.
No question, high-speed train is the way of the future, analysts predict some 80% of travelers will elect this type of travel within twenty five years.
Whoever wins the bid to build the new high-speed network with be responsible for operations, maintenance costs and shortfalls.
Before any such network is built, US Rep John Mica, chairman of the House Transportation Committee, will have to review ridership studies in Miami.
The 230 mile Miami route from Orlando costing some $2.7 billion will most likely win over the Tampa route.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Featuring award-winning artists including Chino y Nacho, Manny Manuel, Jerry Rivera, and Ednita Nazarito. Don't miss this first-time-ever, lineup of the hottest recording artists in the industry.
Spicier than ever, this year features performances of the greatest Salsa Kings ever, break our your tacos de carne asada because these artists are ready to deliver.
Live from Shamu Stadium, featuring a sensational night of spicy music, sensational Mexican rhythms, all back dropped by the many sights and sounds SeaWorld.
Satiate your palate with the finest of Mexican cuisine including cuisine liek elotes, tacos de carne asada, fruta rebanada and much more.
Imagine, amazing musica, hot artists, heart-throbe entertainers, all this in the midst of America's favoirte theme-park.
Take a quiet escape from the concert and check out Clyde and Seamore take pirate island, Blue Horizons, Pets Ahoy, A'Lure The call of the Ocean, Reflections
Elmo and Abby's Treasure Hunt.
Soul-stiring music, Mexican cuisine, amazing line-up. rodes amd attractoms, all at your finger tips for one amazing day, second to none, SeaWorld Orlando.
Featuring Award-winning artists:
March 12 - Chino & Nacho
March 19 - Manny Manuel
March 26 - Jerry Rivera
April 2 - Ednita Nazario
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Online travel companies have run into a debacle this year against the American Hotel & Lodging Association that allege unfair retail tax practices.
Special interest groups continue to lobby Florida Lawmakers to pass legislation that would shelter online retail vacation packages from taxes.
Economics 101 teaches that the word wholesale is defined as the sale of a goods or services to another agency where retail is the direct sale of the same to the customer.
Online companies like Expedia Inc. and Orbitz Worldwide Inc. sell vacation packages at a discount, that in turn, generates a revenue called a "service fee".
Big brands including Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Marriott, Hilton, Best Western, and others charge that online companies such as Expedia Inc. do not pay taxes on this "service fee".
Across the table in support of Expedia Inc. stand big brand heavyweights like Walt Disney Co. and Universal Orlando. They believe online companies keep Florida competitive in the Orlando vacation market, and should be sheltered from the tax.
Taxing online sales, could drive business directly to the hotel's own website thereby jeopardizing third party online vacation retailers like Orbitz Worldwide Inc.
Clearly this is not in the best interest of Disney and Universal who wholesale their brand products to online OTC subsidiaries such as Universal Parks & Resorts Vacations and Walt Disney Travel Co.
Generally, online companies sign contracts to purchase blocks of rooms at a discount price, or wholesale rate. Later, online vacation companies like Expedia Inc., sell the package at a higher retail price. The profit would be the difference between the wholesale and retail price to the customer, but local governments through-out Florida contend that the difference should be taxed.
At odds with the current law is the American Hotel & Lodging Association that alleges that OTC's are given advantage over the local hotel market in Florida. Current law states that the component prices, including hotel rooms, park tickets, food and other commodities will be taxed and not the package price sold by travel agencies.
At this point, the new Governor Rick Scott has not made any comment regarding this issue.
With tax cuts of some 5 billion being proposed by Tallahassee, there is a real risk that government could attempt to make hotelier's pay the difference or raise the overall tax rate per room.
The best decision would be any effort that supports competitive vacation packages in the marketplace.
Monday, February 7, 2011
No pun intended, albeit 70's is cool for Floridians, it's good living for tourists from the north.
Famous for sun-kissed beaches, Florida offers a variety of beaches on the Atlantic coasts as well as the Gulf coast.
Atlantic side beaches are notorious for swimming, surf fishing, and surfboarding, while calmer beaches on the Gulf of Mexico offer a oasis for great swimming.
Good news, in the aftermath of the Gulf Oil Spill, fisherman are now reporting that their ready and open for business. Prices have never been lower at shore front hotels in the Gulf area.
Every winter, Florida beaches beckon to people around the world with dazzling sunshine, sugar-white sand, and whispering palms. Many come to kayak in lagoons, explore the everglades, and discover little niche cafes.
As a southern Florida centerpiece, Delray Beach is offering a fun setting for the entire family. Some 50 miles from Miami, it's remote enough from the hustle and bustle of Miami, but still familiar enough to feature all the amenities of the Miami.
Considered crown jewel in the affluent community of Delray, the beach offers a breathtaking shoreline, ample parking, and plenty of waves.
For the active thrill-seeker, sailboats and kayaks are available when your not building a castle in the sand.
After a sun-drenched day at the beach, check out a host of attractions including Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens, Delray Affair, Coconut Grove Water Park, and much more.
Tourist who visit Delray ofter rave about the City Oyster, a great restaurant, offering scrumptious cold/hot fish platters and phenomenal desserts.
Visitors are so impressed with the cuisine that they ofter return a second time. Exquisite dishes are garnished with raw oysters, raw clams, tuna seared to perfection, hot and cold lobster tails, seafood pasta, and crab cakes.
Don't forget dessert fashioned with crème brûlée cannolis, and warm chocolate fudge cake with vanilla ice cream and grand Marnier. Hush your mouth.
What are you waiting for? Surfs up.
Friday, February 4, 2011
Billed as the "transportation of the future", you next trip through Orlando may be in your choice of electric cars including Tesla Sports Car, Nissan Leaf, or the new Chevrolet Volt.
With the recent recession, troubles in the arab-oil nations, green house gases, there is a renewed interest in both plug-in hybrids and electric cars.
In times past, the steep price of the electric car made it untouchable by most average income homes, but all of that is changing. Nissan Leaf electric car which had a sticker price of $35,000 is dropping to a more affordable $20,000 after rebates.
Just as they called Ford crazy because there was no filling stations for the model T, so are people concerned about where to charge the electric vehicle while on vacation in Orlando.
Most travelers will have a charging station at home, but then will depend upon Eustis-based WattNext, which is installing chargers across Florida.
Scenario: your driving, take out your android and type in "charging station, Orlando", one of the charging stations on your list will be Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar restaurant, book your seating, park at the charging station, and get a free charge while you eat!
As the demand grows for electirc vehicles or plug-in hybrids, offering a charging station at your restaurant can be a boon for your business.
Ranging from about $9,000 for an electic motorcycle to some $110,000 for the new Tesla roadster, the plug-in hybrid version of Toyota Prius and Ford Escape will give them good competition.
Albeit, there are shortages of charging stations in Florida, experts predict that the number will skyrocket in the next 2 years.
Best priced on the market will be The Renault Fluence Z.E. 5-door family saloon electric car, for less than $20,000 before state tax rebates.
Selling the car without a battery would drop the price substantially. Thus customers can contract to lease the battery from companies such as "Better Place".
With the Telsa roadster, there is no lack of power, just a continual adrenaline-rush until 84 mph.
It's about time.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
After five years of immense success, SeaWorld has announced that it will replace the old show "Believe".
Albeit in-water interactions between man and killer whale demonstrated a symbiotic relationship between man and whale, animal-rights critics maintained heavy pressure on SeaWorld allegating that the show provided no real educational component.
For now, "water works" will not be part of the show until SeaWorld can figure out how to increase safety for trainers in the pool. Many fans that remember "Believe" will miss seeing trainers ride on the backs of killer whales or being catapulted into the air.
One Ocean to debut in late April as the new centerpiece attraction at SeaWorld will showcase a greater focus on a conservation theme with images and messages about our oceans.
While the old show introduced SeaWorld's corporate collection of more than 22 whales as "amazing performers", the on-going theme of the new show will strive to bring guests closer to the glass wall for a more personal and up-close interaction.
The new show, invariably designed to stay out of the water, will have underlying ovatures on how mankind can help preserve their environment, specifically the ocean. Trainers will enjoy a greatre latitude in stunts and maneuvers unlike the formerly highly acclaimed choreographed "Believe".
Hopefully, in the new show "One Ocean", some of the stressful components that provoked unfamiliar behaviour amongst orcas, has been removed makintg the showcase attraction fun for both man and animals.
Amidst the citation battle going on between SeaWorld and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the iconic underwater giant will introduce ten new attractions costing some $200 million in capital investment for 2011.
So come join us as SeaWorld merges "One Ocean" and one people under one roof with some of the greatest entertainers under the sea.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Two years ago, it would be hard to imagine that such a prestigious hotel would be part of a major hotel deal announced Tuesday.
Part of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, JW Mariott Orlando were among 8 luxury hotels acquired in a foreclosure last week by hedge fund affiliates.
With a mounting debt of $1.53 billion, the Paulson group put five properties into bankruptcy. Debts on the Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott would not mature until May 2012 excluding them from the filing.
The filing included Biltmore, La Quinta Resort & Club, the Grand Wailea Resorts Hotel & Spa in Hawaii, Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami and the Claremont Resort & Spa in Berkeley.
The late Betty Davis was said to frequent the desert oasis, La Quinta Resort & Club, during her formidable years.
Operations, staff and management will continue doing business after the Chapter 11 filing.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Much to guests dismay, many hotels in Orlando are over-rated by online-based travel services like Trip Advisor that may rate the hotel by their own criteria. Amazingly, not one hotel in Orlando has acquired a 5-star rating contrary to public opinion. The closest clinching the title is the posh Peabody Orlando, with a 4-star rating.
Since 1958, Forbes Travel Guide, has established criteria, consisting of over 550 service standard checklist to rate a potential hotel. This highly coveted rating can command certain pricing for rooms at an 5-star illustrious hotel.
A point of contention is the Burj Al Arab dubbed 6-star hotel designated by the hotel itself, in other words, there are no standards.
Reviews on Internet sites such as Trip Advisor can be extremely subjective and not a true rating by a highly respect company like Forbes Travel Guide (formerly Mobil guide).
Among 50,000 hotels in North America, only 9,000 are listed with a star rating. Each year, only some 54 hotels make the coveted 5-star status.
In order to acquire a 5-star rating, their must be a balance between amenities and guest experience contrary to common belief.
The highly coveted 5-star award not only requires a inspector to visit the venue, but an incognito inspection is conducted for at least 2-to-3 days but an individual under cover. During the anonymous visit, inspectors will judge from amenities to personal service, attention to detail to curbside service.
According to The Mobil Five-Star category, only the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco, Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, Peninsula Beverly Hills, and Mandarin Oriental in New York have ascended to the 5-star status.
Forbes endorse hotels like Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Mandarin Oriental, Four Seasons, Post Ranch Inn, Canoe Bay and the Windsor Court Hotel in the 4-Star category,
Look for exceptionally and distinctively luxurious environment that offers a unique and consistent over-the-top personalized service. Must have the ultimate in amenities, attention to details and the ultimate in pampering every whim is evident throughout the entire experience. Remarkable in every area from the plush to elegant guest rooms, from design to an unforgettable culinary experiences.
Expect a superlative establishment in a charming ambient providing people who want exceptional pampering, service and a luxurious experience.
With sophisticated service and amenities clients can expect 24-hour room service, automatic turndown service, and curbside treatment. known for personalized service and hospitality, in addition to luxurious accommodations.