Legoland Florida has expanded their resort options with the opening of the new Legoland Beach Retreat. Located just a half mile away from the theme park, the 83 Lego themed bungalows sit on the shores of Lake Dexter.
The bright colored bungalows are designed for families traveling with children as each room features a single king size bed and as well as a pair of bunk beds with a trundle bed. Although the rooms are on the smallish side, they can sleep up to five.
The bungalows are arranged in themed “coves” named after Lego minifigures and feature their own playground as a centerpiece. Parents can relax on the porch of their bungalow while still keeping the little ones in sight.
If you’re taking a break from the theme park, the Beach Retreat offers a few amenities to keep your family entertained including a large swimming pool, Sandy’s Castle Restaurant and the Palm Tree Traders shop.
Each evening the four-story tall lighthouse sitting on top of the main building lights up in a ceremony hosted by Pirate Queen Ruby.
One of the most unique features of the Beach Resort is the check-in process, which happens right from your car. Pulling up the gate we were surprised to not be directed to a main lobby, instead we were given our room keys and sent on our way to our room.
This is Legoland Florida’s second resort following the 152-room Legoland Hotel that opened two years ago. The new 166 room Beach Retreat doubles the number of rooms available to guests visiting the theme park. Rooms at the new resort can be had for around $135 a night but will vary by season and demand.
It was early morning when our team pulled into the parking lot at Orlando Tree Trek, the fog was still burning off as the sun struggled to break through. We checked in and paired up with another small group for orientation. Walking out back I caught my first glimpse of the aerial courses. A series of rope nets, swings and wooden steps hanging from metal cables extended high above the ground tightly between large wooden poles.
Was I really expected to climb all the way up there? I wasn’t nervous before, but that quickly changed as I thought of walking across those obstacles so far away from the ground. It was at that moment that our guide for our adventure made his appearance.
Michael assured us that he had completed each of the courses many times and confidently walked us through the safety procedures and multiple actions we would be expected to perform on our own using the different clips on our harnesses. Afterwards, he took us over to a small demo course where we tested out our newly fitted harnesses on cables just a few feet off the ground. Having never done this before I thought it would take longer to get used to but after a few times using the magnetic clip system on the cable I quickly got the hang of it.
We approached our first course of the day and made out way to the top of the first platform. Each of the obstacles at Orlando Tree Trek have a provided safety cable above that we hooked onto using our harness. If at any point we made a mistake or lost our footing, the cable would hold us in place until we could continue. We clipped our harnesses to the cable and were presented with our first challenge, a series of wooden planks suspended between two cables. This was a great one to start out with as the planks were spaced fairly close together and walking across was pretty easy. The first few challenges boosted our confidence and slowly introduced us to new skills that we would be expected to use in later courses.
When we reached the end of the first course, we were eager to accept the challenge provided by the next one. Orlando Tree Tree has four adult courses, green, blue, silver and red. Each of the courses is progressively more difficult and as I found out, with platforms spaced further apart. Two kid courses are available as well with lower platforms and obstacles geared towards a younger age range.
We made it through the first three courses and surprising even ourselves, decided to try and conquer the most challenging red course. This last course used all of the skills we had learned from the previous courses and introduced a few new challenges including hoops and barrels. I found that crawling through multiple barrels suspended over twenty feet off the ground wasn’t exactly my favorite thing to do. After almost three hours of intense exercise, I was getting both physically and mentally exhausted. The final zip line signalling the end of the course was a welcome sight. We attached our harness to the cable and pushed off into the air reaching the last platform.
Orlando Tree Trek had pushed me way passed my normal level of exercise and I was happy for the experience. While I was sore for the next few days, I see myself returning in the near future.
Orlando Tree Trek additionally offers zip lining by itself if you’re not up to taking on the courses. Reservations can be made by contacting Orlando Tree Trek through their website at www.orlandotreetrek.com.
Thanks to Orlando Tree Trek for providing us with the opportunity to experience these courses.
It’s the most wonderful time of year to spend with family and friends and the Peanuts Gang! Charlie Brown, Linus, Snoopy and the crew have taken over this year’s ICE! event at Gaylord Palms.
Based on the children’s classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas, ICE! recreates scenes from the iconic 1965 CBS Christmas special using tons of ice. Each of the scenes in ICE! recreate memorable moments from the Christmas television special from Snoopy’s award winning dog house to Charlie Brown’s choice of Christmas tree.
Each year, Gaylord Palms brings in artisans from China to create the scenes for ICE! Carvers spend over a month building out each scene of the story along with all the Peanuts characters.
When walking through ICE!, take a break and slip down the ice slides. If you’ve ever wondered what if feels like to be a penguin, multiple lanes of ice will give you and the kids a chance to find out.
After taking the tour of ICE!, Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Lucy are available for pictures.
If this is your first time at ICE! be prepared for extremely cold temperatures. The room is kept at a brisk 9 degrees so dress warmly. Parkas are handed out for use at the event, but bring your own gloves as they are a necessity.
ICE! and Christmas at Gaylord Palms runs from November 18, 2016 through January 1, 2017. Ticket and more information can be found at ChristmasatGaylordPalms.com
With the holidays fast approaching, new MagicBands are set to make an appearance at Walt Disney World.
The new MagicBand options include Princess Tiana, Mickey Mouse Christmas Sweater pattern and Orange Bird.
To expand the collection of standard color MagicBands, a new color is being added to the lineup. Purple will join the other standard MagicBand colors green, yellow, blue, red, orange and pink in late December.
Gaylord Palm’s annual holiday event, ICE!, made its debut for the 2015 season.
Featuring fantastic ice sculptures detailing the timeless story of Twas the Night Before Christmas, guests walk their way through scenes depicting key parts of the tale.
At 9 degrees, the temperature inside ICE! makes this event a true Winter experience with guests donning blue parkas to keep warm while they make their way from scene to scene.
While inside, make a visit to the Frostbite Factory and see the artisans from Harbin, China sculpting new additions.
In addition to ICE!, visitors to Gaylord Palms can try out their indoor Alpine Rush Snow Tubing featuring actual snow. After 6pm, the snow tubing turns into Cosmic Snow Tubing with holiday themed dubstep music.
ICE! runs from November 24 – January 3. Tickets can be purchased from the Gaylord Palms website.
Lego fans from around the world will have their first opportunity to stay at the brand new Legoland Hotel in Florida in just a few weeks.
Located at Legoland Florida, the new five-story hotel features 152 Lego themed hotel rooms, interactive play areas, pool and early admission to the Legoland theme park. Guests staying at the hotel have their option of four different room themes based on popular Lego brick lines including Pirate, Kingdom, Adventure or Friends.
Just like inside the theme park, the hotel features its own set of over 2000 Lego models for Lego fans to enjoy.
Clyde and Seamore make their return to the stage in an all-new show at SeaWorld called ‘Clyde & Seamore’s Sea Lion High’.
The newly revamped show stars guest favorites Clyde and Seamore continuing their adventures together, this time trying for a chance to go to Ocean University. Clyde and Seamore previously battled pirates in their last show at the park,’Clyde & Seamore Take Pirate Island’, until August of last year.
“Clyde and Seamore are nominated to win scholarships to Ocean University, they must enter crash courses in science, dance and gym in a storyline that is full of fast-paced fun”, said a SeaWorld spokesperson.
“We love creating a show like ‘Clyde & Seamore’s Sea Lion High’,” said Kelly Flaherty Clark, curator of animal training. “Finding entertaining ways to encourage guests to care about these animals is what we do, and this show does it in a way that makes you smile and laugh.”
‘Clyde & Seamore’s Sea Lion High’ can be seen daily at SeaWorld Orlando.