Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista, a Rosen Hotel
8442 Palm Pkwy.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32836
Phone: (407) 996-7300
Fax: (407) 996-1475
Mary, Queen of the Universe Shrine's official name is now Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe. This Roman Catholic Church is located in Orlando and was just an idea in the 1970s, but became a reality in the '80s and '90s. Originally built to accommodate the tens of millions of Catholics coming to the area on vacations, the church offers a place for travelers to worship or attend Mass among magnificent statues, sculpted entryways and adorned walls. On the church's property you will also find beautiful gardens, a museum and a gift shop. -Diane Dilov-Schultheis
This is a city location for Muslim worship and other services. It is located in Walt Disney of Orlando, Florida. Islamic worshipers can come here and offer their prayers. Do check their website for detailed information and daily prayer timings.
Disney's Typhoon Lagoon is a dynamic water park with much more than just water slides, although it does have those in abundance. At Shark Reef, if you dare, you can snorkel in salt water with real sharks and tropical fish. Go early or stay late to learn how to surf in one of the world's largest wave pools. If you are searching for a more classic water park, Typhoon Lagoon has these attractions as well. Take a ride on the slow and relaxing Castaway Creek, let the little ones play in Ketchakiddee Creek, or go for the big thrills with speed slides or a water coaster!
Characters in Flight is located on the west side of Downtown Disney a short distance south of the city of Orlando. It is a massive balloon that is tethered 400 feet over the Downtown Disney area and offers amazing, memorable sights of much of the Walt Disney World Resort properties with views as far away as 10 miles. The vividly colored and internally illuminated balloon features pictures of the most famous Disney characters and has a gondola that is big enough to accommodate 29 passengers plus the pilot. Characters in Flight is the "world's largest tethered gas balloon" and provides its passengers with spectacular panoramic views of Walt Disney World. - Diane Dilov-Schultheis
Need to cool off? Look no further than Disney's Blizzard Beach, a water park inspired by snow and winter sports. At the heart of the park is Mount Gushmore, which plays host to numerous chutes and slides—including the Summit Plummet, the world's largest and fastest free-fall body slide. There are attractions for all ages with Tike's Peak, a water play area for young children and Ski Patrol Training Camp, an area designed for pre-teens. Relax while floating down a tube on Cross Country Creek or take a dip in the pool of Melt-Away Bay. If you like water, you'll love Disney's Blizzard Beach.
Make the great escape at Escapology. This attraction features fun themed game rooms for groups of up to six players. Participants can select a mission, and have only 60 minutes to solve clues and puzzles to succeed. The missions include gunfight at Arizona Shootout, nuclear war at Cuban Crisis, and the excursion in the Chinese ship at Shanghaied.
Boatwright's Dining Hall is located in Walt Disney World's Port Orleans Resort next to the main lobby. With all of the creative workmanship found here, it will seem like you've stepped inside an actual boat factory. There is a massive ship hull overhead and numerous other marine artifacts spread throughout. They offer all of the Cajun-inspired customary dishes, along with numerous American classics for breakfast and dinner. The desserts include scrumptious French pastries. Boatwright's Dining Hall is a fun place for the whole family to enjoy a home-cooked southern feast. The atmosphere is laid back, and you can enjoy a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic specialty drinks as well. - Diane Dilov-Schultheis
One of the first theme parks to open in Orlando, SeaWorld has been operating here for more than 30 years. The 200 acres of attractions and animal shows make this a perennial favorite with Florida visitors. Many new attractions and rides have been added to the original fun including a laser-fireworks-water extravaganza and high-tech thrill rides. The park also hosts a number of family-friendly events, including February's Bud & BBQ Fest. See website for latest info.
More than a zoo, Disney's Animal Kingdom has rides, shows, and safaris to truly live in the world of the animals. See roaming wild animals on Kilimanjaro Safari or pet goats, llamas, and pigs at the Affection Section. Or take a rest and catch one of Animal Kingdom's many shows, from the 3-D 'It's Tough to be a Bug'—where you can experience life from a bug's point of view, to the live action, 'Pocahontas and her Forest Friends'. With rides like the rollercoaster Expedition Everest and the TriceraTop Spin, all members of the family are sure to have a full day of fun.
WonderWorks bills itself as a museum “where science has gone crazy.” This attraction will amuse both children and adults and they can pick up some quirky scientific information along the way. This bright, upside-down establishment offers more than 100 hands-on exhibits, including the Bridge of Fire walk-through (which simulates the power of 250,000 watts of electricity), a Mystery Lab and the Earthquake Experience simulation room. Visit for a quirky and educational experience.
Fantasy Surf, an indoor water complex located inside the Fantasy World Resort in Kissimmee, is minutes away from Orlando and all of the local attractions. The facilities provide a surfing and wakeboarding experience for those who might not be able to go out and do the real thing. Water enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels can experience the thrill of riding the waves in this safe and controlled environment. The three-inch sheet of water provides the right conditions for surfing and the padded walls, floors and beach areas keep you safe. All you need to bring is a bathing suit. Fantasy Surf also features an on-site cafe and surf shop. -Diane Dilov-Schultheis
Explore all the excitement that Kissimee has to offer at Old Town. This impressive entertainment complex boasts more than 70 specialty shops, a wide range of affordable dining options and more. Kids will have a blast exploring the many activities at Old Town, including amusement park rides such as the bumper cars and Ferris wheel.