Florida Winters—an oxymoron for some—are among the most pleasant you can imagine in the United States. The weather patterns of Central Florida also make it a perfect place to visit during the months of December, January and February. This is one of the reasons so many people flock to Orlando during the winter since they have a chance to enjoy life without snow and without the need to keep the heat on at all times inside their home.
Here is a list of places you can visit around Central Florida, complete with distances and the general assumption that you don’t want to drive more than an hour—so these are perfect places for a day-trip.
Month after month, we share with you the countless and exciting reasons why Central Florida is the perfect place for the perfect vacation. But 2020 is promising to be the best year ever for Orlando-area theme parks since the start of a new decade is a major milestone for a city that started as an orange grove town and has now become the theme park capital of the world. The iconic nature of the year 2020 is worthy of celebration all year-round and our resort property wants to remind you about all the opportunities we have to create a memorable vacation.
On select Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays—from January 10th through the 26th—SeaWorld Orlando is inviting guests to hear about these initiatives and programs, directly from team members. The opportunity will give you a chance to become aware of what it takes to ensure saltwater and freshwater creatures can be preserved for future generations to enjoy.
Families are Orlando’s primary tourist market and while theme parks attract millions of people every year, most people want to take a break after a couple of days of back-to-back theme park strolling. If you are one of those people who track your steps, know that any given day at a theme park can count as 25,000 or more steps per day. That is sure to make a lot of people tired and when you are traveling with youngsters—well, that ends up becoming a big problem when they began to fall prey to the strenuous walkathons in the theme parks.
Think romance and most people gravitate to think of a nice gourmet dinner with fresh-cut flowers and dim candles. But the reality is that a romantic is so much more than what happens at dinner time. Most people don’t realize what an amazing—and highly romantic—ambiance our theme parks and the many fine restaurants have to offer. In fact, while most people stroll past these locations during their whirlwind 3 to 5 day trips to Orlando, there are hidden gems in plain sight.
We’d love to say we’re the best-kept secret in Orlando, but many of you already know about the joy of staying at our amazing resort property. Still, Vista Cay Resort by Millenium loves to toot its own horn because we really want you to share news of our great value with family, friends and coworkers. Year after year, our loyal guests continue to book their Orlando vacation stay with us and for good reason—we are located right in the middle of all the theme park action Central Florida has to offer.
As Universal Studios continues to develop and tinker its new Universal Epic theme park, the well-established Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventures offer plenty of reasons to enjoy the Holidays on their grounds. And just as you would expect, anything that Universal does is often done in a grand and fantastic scale.
Spring is here and it is a time for blooming flowers, gentle breezes and loyalty rewards—at least that’s how Vista Cay Resort by Millenium sees this exciting season. And the opportunity to get rewarded increases the more you visit our amazing property in sunny Orlando, Florida.
Gatorland opened over 70 years ago in a 110-acre tract of land in Southeast Orlando, near Kissimmee. Since then, they have been educating Central Floridians and tourists about this amazing animals and other reptile species protected in this sanctuary-turned-attraction.
When you buy an Orlando Sightseeing Pass, you will have a change to pick from a FLEX 2, 3 or 5-attraction ticket, which works out perfect for people who have only a few days to spare between Disney, Universal or SeaWorld Orlando--the major theme parks
International Drive has several hotspots where you can shop, dine and enjoy your day away from the big theme parks. And its landscape continuously evolves as new businesses pop up, sometimes in place of previously-existing venues that are no longer appealing or have bene sold off to new entertainment developers.
The 23-acre Lake Eola was originally formed by a sinkhole in the city center, which has since become an iconic symbol of Downtown Orlando. In fact, the Lake Eola Fountain was selected as the icon or symbol on the flag of the City of Orlando. The park is also home to swans, ducks and other birds that have become a part of Lake Eola's charm.
For decades, Florida residents have benefitted from convenient access to Orlando via our state’s Interstate Road network and Florida Turnpike toll road. This means that in most cases a Florida resident only has to drive a few hours into Orlando and have access to Disney’s theme parks—an envious convenience that out-of-state visitors and foreigners would love to have. And so, Disney (as well as other theme parks) offer special pricing on Annual Pass access with different pricing levels exclusive to Florida residents who can verify their status—usually with a valid Florida ID or Drivers License.
Expected to open in 2021, the new Terminal C will incorporate some amazing technology worthy of a “spaceport”. Furthermore, the new terminal will also offer shopping, dining and other services that can help make the transit through Orlando International an enjoyable experience—regardless of where travelers come from or where they may be headed.
Featuring three anchor stores—namely Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Neiman Marcus—the Mall at Millenia’s structure has a linear floor layout with two stories. The entire mall offers a complete range of haute-couture fashion boutiques with names like Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Jimmy Choo, and many more. Jewelry and watch stores include Breitling, Tiffany & Co. and Omega, among many more.
With its Americana look and feel, Fun Spot America gives visitors a no-frills experience that focuses on the family enjoyment, rather than on expensive animatronics or dark-ride type of attractions commonly found in the larger theme parks. Still, there is plenty of fun to be had in its attractions which include the Headrush 360 spinning ride, the Hot Seat giant swing, the Rip Curl people spinner, and the 250-foot tall SkyCoaster.
Ice Breaker will be located next to the cold-weather themed Wild Arctic attraction, which already draws the attention of park attendees with its thrilling helicopter simulator action. The attraction gets its catchy name from the ice-covered Arctic summits, reached only by the most daring adventurers in the world.
Everyone at Vista Cay Resort by Millenium is super excited about the opportunity to see more launches and the new spark that will light up our Central Florida skies with our upcoming return to the Moon.
The new Universal's Epic Universe theme park promises an enhanced experience that garners the latest theme park entertainment technologies of the time.
Florida Residents can benefit from special pricing during the 2019 Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival, given the popularity this event has with people within a days' drive of Orlando.
While other theme parks build up the Halloween excitement around gore and horror, Disney takes a lighter and less-scary approach to enjoy the season. The annual Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is set to begin on select evenings, starting at the end of August and continuing on through early November 2019.
SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular is the kind of event you can enjoy in the safety of a theme park and without having to feed candy to all your neighbors’ kids. And with SeaWorld’s annual Halloween Spooktacular running daily (yes, not an evening-only event) from September 7th through October 27th, 2019, you are in for a treat when you visit Orlando during this upcoming Fall Season.
The Force is Strong in Orlando and the Star Wars Universe is about to open a new spaceport in Central Florida with the new Galaxy’s Edge expansion at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Fans of the Star Wars franchise have been eagerly waiting for an official Open Date and finally, Disney has set the date for August 29th. Work has been happening at lightspeed at the Orlando theme park, which has been preparing for the new attraction for the past few years since it was announced.
This year, HHN will feature ten haunted house experiences based on established horror brands like Rob Zombie, Hellbilly Deluxe and Zombieland. Other attractions will feature themes based on 1980s classic horror films, bringing back the fright from what some people call the “golden age” of horror films and TV shows. One such attraction is the “Anarch-ade”, an Eighties’ themed arcade where “Game Over” includes paying the ultimate price for losing.
SeaWorld Orlando is known for putting on a good show many times throughout the year and the Summer Concert Series is no different. This family-friendly music event begins on July 20th and continues through August 11th, 2019. All concerts are held at SeaWorld Orlando’s Nautilus Theater and offers free general admission to park visitors, but also has VIP Reserved Seating options.
Orlando has become the frontline in a worldwide battleground for theme park domination. Major theme park brands continue to add new attractions and in some cases expansion plans that can seem like a theme park of its own. That said, with a name like Fantastic Worlds you could easily think this that the rumored new theme park from Universal Studios is going to be an out-of-this-world experience.
One of the most visible changes will be seen only after dark, with the new Epcot Forever fireworks and laser light display—featuring the classic Epcot visuals that will connect to the original focus of this technology and innovation wonderland. Illuminations, the current end-of-day show at Epcot, will be officially retired in the fall to give way for the new and exciting Epcot Forever lights and pyrotechnics show.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay continues to make waves with their new Animal Encounters experience, which lets guests get closer than ever before to this exciting species. Located 75 miles west of Vista Cay Resort by Millenium, the theme park is known for blending the traditional zoo experience with adrenaline-pumping roller coasters and other attractions.
The new coaster is expected to feature an Arctic theme, using a snowy or frozen backdrop as the main theme of the new roller coaster at SeaWorld Orlando. Furthermore, staying true to its animal life focus, the marine adventure park is expected to feature a variety of birds of prey that leave in the Arctic circle.
Constantly evolving and reinventing its existing lands, attractions and rides to keep up with the changing park attendee preferences—and technology trends—Disney’s Magic Kingdom continues to draw crowds of people of all ages who come to meet Mickey Mouse, Minnie, Donald Duck, Goofy, and the rest of Disney’s character gang.
It's been a while since the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Hogsmeade has had an update and we are excited to share that Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure at Universal's Islands of Adventure is about to open next week. This roller coaster is replacing the former Dragon Challenge and further expands the Harry Potter-themed world within this Universal Studios park. The ride is expected to be fully open by mid-June and the progress reported by visitors shows that Universal is ready to launch.
Even for those of us who have lived in Orlando for more than a couple of decades, the thought of thinking of a time when Universal’s Islands of Adventure was not yet a theme park seems distant. However, it was on May 28, 1999, that this new theme park opened its doors and changed the landscape of Orlando as a multi-theme park vacation destination. As a sibling to the Universal Orlando theme park, which opened a decade earlier, Universal’s Islands of Adventure continues to attract guests seeking to immerse in the action and suspense of classic and blockbusting movies.
Visit Orlando, Central Florida’s tourism marketing agency, reported a record-breaking number of visitors to the region—and the number is expected to continue growing
As one of Florida's endangered wildlife species, manatee population in the state's rivers and lakes has been threatened by human interaction. It is not uncommon to see manatees bearing the scars caused by propellers on boats and in some rare cases, manatees have been known to die after ingesting plastic objects, finishing gear and other man-made materials.
Donut lovers rejoiced when they first heard that Voodoo Doughnut was coming to Orlando. And when they heard it making Universal City Walk its new location, we all knew right away they were coming to the best place where it could please both tourists and locals alike—outside of its original home in Portland, OR.
Orlando’s first movie-themed park first opened its gates in May 1989 with the name “Disney MGM Studios” and it immediately made Central Florida the vacation capital of the world
Set to open on April 19th, 2019, the new Tigris roller coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will have an unreal set of looping twists--including an exhilarating forward-and-backward motion. In addition, its adrenaline-inducing drops will be pushing your excitement to its limits and roller coaster fans will be thrilled to ride it over and over again.
Sesame Street® is an entertainment institution of transgenerational reach, dating back to the 1960s when this TV program was conceived as a wholesome educational opportunity to help children learn basic language and math—transcending beyond the many social challenges of that decade.
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is expected to open its doors in Fall 2019, just before the grand opening of its most anticipated new addition—the new immersive Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge land. The vintage mouse-themed attraction is based on the original Mickey Mouse film shorts, released in the 1930s for the enjoyment of countless people who flocked to their town’s cinemas to view silent films.
Since it first opened in March 1959, the adventure-themed park has continued to evolve into a modern and sophisticated immersive entertainment experience for people of all ages
After suffering from cold stunning, a group of the rare Kemp’s ridley sea turtles—which are deemed a critically endangered species—were captured for treatment in an effort to ensure their survival. These rare breed of sea turtles are known to thrive in warm water, which is why Audubon executed their rescue from the frigid Atlantic waters.
The NBA Experience at Disney Springs will create a completely new entertainment venue that will include hands-on activities based on the energy and action of an NBA match. This includes a variety of activities where guests can pass, shoot and even dunk a basketball, just like an NBA player would.
The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards certification makes Discovery Cove the first all-inclusive animal interaction park in the United States
The Sunshine Volleyball Classic is one of the most awaited championships in the volleyball world, featuring teams from every corner of the nation converging in Orlando, Florida
Spring is almost here—and a colorful celebration awaits as the newest edition of Universal Studios' Mardi Gras has just begun in Orlando, Florida
As Spring quickly approaches, Disney is getting ready to transform its EPCOT theme park into a gardener’ dream come true with its annual