Things to do on International Drive in Orlando
Every so often we share with you unique, out-of-the-ordinary things to do around Orlando. We want everyone to know that there is much more to our city than going into the theme parks, allowing you to experience more than what you do in the controlled environment at the parks. After all, Orlando has so much to offer that it would probably take months—if not a whole year—to see it all.
Sand Lake Restaurant Row—Gourmet for the Hungry
Located only 4 miles northwest of Vista Cay Resort by Millenium, a well-known strip known as Sand Lake Restaurant Row awaits with several restaurants that are sure to amaze your taste buds. The area was given the unique moniker thanks to the concentration of more than two dozen restaurants, covering a variety of culinary styles.
Worth the Drive: Kennedy Space Center Visitors Complex
First christened as NASA’s Launch Operations Center, it was later named Kennedy Space Cener after President John F. Kennedy, who inspired America to reach for the moon and beyond.
Orlando, Florida is the Best Family Vacation Destination
Orlando is home to over 100 other attractions, entertainment centers, shopping malls, and yes, lots of dining options covering every cuisine style on earth. Without question, Orlando is the family vacation capital of the world and a place where people come to leave behind their worries.
Planning to Relocate to Central Florida? Stay at our Resort Property First
Many families want to start their relocation process in the Spring, to ensure they can prepare to buy or rent before the midpoint of the year, giving them a chance to settle down in time for the new school year’s start at the end of Summer. Furthermore, nothing works out better than to mix Orlando’ home shopping mission with a little theme park fun while staying at Vista Cay Resort by Millenium.
SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival is BACK!
The menu of dishes and drinks for SeaWorld Orlando’s Seven Seas Food Festival include more than 120 craft brews, wines and spirits. Guests will have plenty of multicultural dishes and delicacies, along with worldly beverages from a myriad of cultures. A series of “markets” will be available for you to enjoy specialties in diverse cuisine styles—including Mediterranean, Italian, Polynesian, Brazilian, Asian, and many more. If you are a foodie, SeaWorld’s Seven Seas Food Festival is where you’ll want to be this Spring Season.
The 6th Annual Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food & Wine Festival
One of the biggest draws of the Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Food & Wine Festival is its amazing food. The event is known for its craft beers, specialty wines and unique cocktails, but it is also famous for its Food Cabins—featuring exquisite menu items available for purchase. Best of all, the chefs of the event have made it easy for you to select your choice with pairings designed to evoke enjoyment and satisfaction in every sip or bite. It should also be noted that in Florida, you must be 21 years of age or older to enjoy any alcoholic beverage
Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras is Back for 2020
Every evening, guests are treated to a colorful and musical Mardi Gras parade, featuring floats, stilt walkers, street dancers, and other performers who will get you pumped up with the festivities. For its 25th anniversary, Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras has a “Treasures of the Deep” theme that has inspired amazing floats featuring related motifs. And yes—there will be plenty of bead strands tossed around for you to cheer during every parade. Even if you have never been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, you will get a chance to experience the exhilarating joy of participating in this world-famous parade.
Orlando Has Great “Winter” Weather… But Bring a Jacket or Sweater
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.
Discover What’s Beyond the Tourist Areas of Central Florida
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.
It’s 2020 and that means Orlando is waiting for YOU!
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.
Go Behind the Scenes at SeaWorld Orlando
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.
Mini-Golf is as Popular as Ever in Orlando
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.
Orlando is a GREAT Destination for Couples
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’re Looking Forward to an Amazing New Year 2020
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.
Enjoy Your 2019 Holiday Celebrations at Universal Studios
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.
Introducing our New Millenium Loyalty Rewards Program
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 Shows Off Three Baby "Albino" Alligators
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.
Did you know about Orlando's Sightseeing Pass?
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
What’s New in Orlando’s International Drive
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.
Exploring Iconic Lake Eola in Downtown Orlando
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.
Florida Residents Take Advantage of New Disney Annual Pass
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.
Orlando International Airport’s New South Terminal “C” Under Construction
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.
The Mall at Millenia gets Ready for the Holiday Season
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.
Fun Spot America – Orlando’s Top Local Theme Park
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 is SeaWorld Orlando's Newest Roller Coaster
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.
New Rocket Launches Bring Back the Spark of the Moon Missions to NASA
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.
Universal Reveals Name of its New Theme Park: Epic Universe
The new Universal's Epic Universe theme park promises an enhanced experience that garners the latest theme park entertainment technologies of the time.
Get Ready for the 2019 Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival
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.
Get Ready for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
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.
Halloween Spooktacular Evenings Coming to SeaWorld Orlando this Fall
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.
Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Set to Open in Orlando on August 29th
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.
Halloween Horror Nights 2019 Brings Back the Fright to Orlando
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’s Summer Concert Series Start Now
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.
Could Super Mario World Land Be Coming to Orlando?
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.
Disney’s Epcot Prepares to Launch New Attractions in Late 2019
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.
Enjoy Animal Encounters at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay this Summer
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.
New Roller Coaster Coming to SeaWorld Orlando in 2020
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.
Disney’s Magic Kingdom Ranks Number One in Theme-Park Attendance
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.
Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure Opens June 13th
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.
Universal’s Islands of Adventures Celebrates its 20th Anniversary
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.
Orlando Keeps Breaking Records with 75 Million Visitors Last Year
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
Florida Manatees Get a New Lease on Life Thanks to SeaWorld Orlando
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.
Voodoo Doughnut: A Premium Donut Fix at Universal CityWalk™ Orlando
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.
Disney Hollywood Studios Celebrates 30th Anniversary
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
Discover Tigris—the Newest Roller Coaster at Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay
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® Now Open at SeaWorld Orlando
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.
Disney Returns to its Origins with Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway
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.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Begins its 60th Anniversary Celebration
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
SeaWorld Orlando Continues its Mission to Save Endangered Species
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.
Disney Springs Warms Up for the New NBA Experience this Summer
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.
Orlando’s Discovery Cove Becomes a Certified as an Autism Center by IBCCES
The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards certification makes Discovery Cove the first all-inclusive animal interaction park in the United States
Upcoming Conventions: Sunshine Volleyball Classic—a USA Volleyball Event
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
Universal Studios Mardi Gras is Back and it’s Better than Ever!
Spring is almost here—and a colorful celebration awaits as the newest edition of Universal Studios' Mardi Gras has just begun in Orlando, Florida
Disney’s EPCOT is Gearing Up for its Annual Flower & Garden Festival
As Spring quickly approaches, Disney is getting ready to transform its EPCOT theme park into a gardener’ dream come true with its annual