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New Legoland Beach Retreat Opens

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.

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ICE! Returns to Gaylord Palms

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.

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ICE! Featuring the Nutcracker at Gaylord Palms

ICE! returned to Gaylord Palms resort this holiday season with the Nutcracker. With ice sculptures telling the story of the the Nutcracker, ICE! puts guests in the middle of this holiday favorite.

ICE! is one of the must see events during the holidays and this year Gaylord Palms makes it even better. From amazing ice sculptures created by Chinese artisans, slides made out of ice and gingerbread decorating, Gaylord Palms gets you in the holiday spirit.

The Nutcracker

This year’s theme for ICE! was the holiday favorite story of the Nutcracker. Each of the sculptures throughout the event help tell the tale and immerse guests in the storyline.

Frostbite Factory

The Frostbite Factory gives guests an up-close glimpse into the process of making the sculptures that go in to ICE!.

Fun for the Kids

While adults will mostly appreciate the artistry that ICE! delivers with the telling of the Nutcracker, kids may have something else on their mind. ICE! doesn’t disappoint and provides kids with the chance to go sliding down three large ice slides.

Afterwards, kids can meet Gingy from Shrek and explore their own art side by decorating gingerbread.

A holiday tradition in Orlando, ICE! features ice sculptures from Chinese artisans recreating characters and scenes. For the last few years, ICE! focused on characters from Dreamworks films such as Shrek and Madagascar and holiday favorite Frosty the Snowman.

ICE! runs through the end of the holiday season at the Gaylord Palms resort.

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Photos: ICE! Featuring the Nutcracker at Gaylord Palms

ICE! returned to Gaylord Palms resort this holiday season with the Nutcracker. With ice sculptures telling the story of the the Nutcracker, ICE! puts guests in the middle of this holiday favorite.

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Harry’s Poolside Bar and Grill Hits the Spot While Relaxing Near the Pool

The Rosen Centre celebrated the grand opening of Harry’s Poolside Bar and Grill this week with a special dedication ceremony set to live steel drum music.

Harris Rosen, CEO of Rosen Hotels and Resorts, performed the ribbon cutting surrounded by family and other members of the International Drive business community.

The Food

The real star of the afternoon was the food at Harry’s Poolside Bar and Grill. We had the opportunity to sample small portions of some of the items available on the menu.

Harry’s features Caribbean and island style eats including Havana Pork Sliders, Mango Crab Cakes, Cayman Island Calamari and other items perfect for a sunny day on vacation.

Harry’s Poolside Bar and Grill is open for lunch and dinner.

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Four Seasons Orlando Resort Offers Introductory Florida Rate

The new Four Seasons Orlando resort is offering Florida Residents a special introductory rate as part of their grand opening.

From August 17, 2014 through October 9, 2014, Florida residents can book a Golden Oak View room for $279.00 a night.

Four Seasons describes the room: “A Golden Oak View room can sleep three adults, or two adults and two children. At 500 square-feet plus a spacious furnished balcony, the guestrooms include a king bed plus a queen-size sofa sleeper, and a 5-piece marble bath complete with in-mirror television and Bose surround-sound.”

Guests staying at the resort receive complimentary transportation to any of Disney’s four theme parks during the course of their stay.

To see all the details on the new resort, check out our article here.

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Four Seasons Resort Opening this Summer at Walt Disney World

A new Four Seasons Resort is being built at Walt Disney World and will be open to guests later this summer. The new resort will encompass 23-acres, with 444 rooms and place guests at the doorstep to all the theme parks of Walt Disney World.

“We could not be more delighted that Disney chose to collaborate with us,” says Thomas Steinhauer, Regional Vice President and General Manager for Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort. “Our Resort offers incredible amenities never before seen at a stand-alone luxury resort in Florida. We offer an experience that our guests are going to love, plus endless recreational pursuits on property for guests to enjoy on a day off from the parks.”

Guests at the Four Seasons are staying in the heart of the Walt Disney World magic and have access to some of the best views of the nightly fireworks. The Park View Rooms provide a spectacular view of the fireworks from the Magic Kingdom while other room options can view Illuminations: Reflections of Earth.

Many of the entertainment options at the resort are focused on the family including a 5-acre Explorer Island water park complete with lazy river open daily. If you need to get out of the sun for a while, the Hideout at Explorer Island offers gaming systems while the Mansion provides a complimentary kid’s camp for ages 5-12.

Character dining is always a popular part of any vacation stay at Walt Disney World. The chance to dine and get some quality time with your favorite Disney character is not to be missed. The Four Season offers a character breakfast option “Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy and his Pals” in the Ravello restaurant twice weekly. Thursdays and Saturdays guests are invited to join Goofy and pals in this buffet-style breakfast.

Transportation to the theme parks is paramount when deciding where to stay in Orlando. As the Four Seasons is located within the boundaries of Walt Disney World, complimentary motor coach service is offered to the four Disney parks as well as other theme parks in the area. The motor coach service will drop guests at the bus loading area of the Transportation and Ticket Center. Buses to other areas within Walt Disney World can be located there as well.

Even a vacation to the theme parks can get tiring, the resort offers many of the relaxing amenities you would expect from Four Seasons including an 18-treatment room spa, an adult pool where there are no kids allowed, or spend some time on the golf course or tennis courts.

“With easy access to Walt Disney World® Resort, and the dynamic diversions offered right here on property, guests will be assured the perfect vacation,” says Steinhauer.

The Four Seasons Resort opens August 3, 2014.

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Disneyland to Have New Neighbor in Great Wolf Lodge

A wolf is coming to Disneyland. Great Wolf Lodge has just announced Anaheim, California as the location of their 13th resort. Located about a mile from the gates of Disneyland, the new Great Wolf Lodge will provide guests with many of the attractions that have made the resort a hit with vacation goers around the country.

“As the leader in indoor waterpark resorts, we are thrilled to expand our brand into Southern
California,” shared Kim Schaefer, chief executive officer, Great Wolf Resorts, Inc., “We are bringing a unique, year-round family entertainment destination to the market. Great Wolf Lodge Southern California will feature the very best in family-focused vacations in a region synonymous with entertainment and family fun.”

The new resort will feature a 100,000 foot indoor water park including some of the signature attractions such as the six-story Howlin’ Tornado, the 360 degree loop Wolf Tail slide, and wave pool.

If you’re wondering if MagiQuest will make it to the new resort, the answer is yes. The interactive magic wand experience will be arriving at the new Great Wolf Lodge when it opens. No word yet on whether the latest Shadow Quest adventure will be present.

The new location broke ground last month and the resort is set to open in early 2016.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are Taking Over the Nick Hotel

They’re Heroes on the half-shell, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are taking over the Nickelodeon Suites Resort this summer.

The ‘Summer of Shell’ will celebrate Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael and Donatello with poolside parties and a special dinner show where guests have the chance to eat pizza and learn some fighting moves from their favorite turtle.

If you want the TMNT fun to extend to your room, guests staying at the Nick Hotel will have the opportunity to stay in one of ten specially re-designed guest suites featuring the Ninja Turtles.

Fans of the show will be interested in Retro Weekend. The original voice cast will be on hand for a meet and greet complete with photo opportunities and autographs. The weekend will also include a scavenger hunt, trivia and screenings of the cartoon.

Nickelodeon Suites Resort has announced a series of events featuring the fab four.

  • A meet and greet session with April O’Neil.
  • A TMNT Retro weekend June 13 – 15 featuring the original voice cast of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the TMNT comic book.
  • An all new ‘Turtle Power’ poolside show at the Lagoon Pool.
  • Poolside glow parties, games, “dive-in” movies and other Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – themed dinner shows where guests can dine with their favorite heroes.
  • A Guinness World Record attempt with the largest gathering of people dressed as Teenage Mutant Ninja
    Turtles on August 9.

“The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are incredibly popular with kids of all ages and we are
thrilled that they are taking over the Nick Hotel for our ‘Summer of Shell’,” said Tony Aslanian,
director of sales and marketing for Nickelodeon Suites Resort. “We can’t wait to unveil everything from our new poolside and Studio Nick shows to our TMNT – themed suites. Our guests are going to be yelling ‘booyakasha’ the moment they arrive.”

The ‘Summer of Shell’ celebration starts May 23 and extends through September 1, 2014. All events for the ‘Summer of Shell’ are available only to registered guests so visit the Nick Hotel website for more details.

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Photos: Cabana Bay Beach Resort at Night

When the sun goes down, the neon turns on at Universal Orlando’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort.

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