SeaWorld Sea Lion HighPut your hands, er flippers, together for the all-new SeaWorld show – Sea Lion High. Famous sea lions Clyde and Seamore are once again the stars of the show, bringing their own unique personalities to the production. Watch as this duo, along with a hilarious cast of humans, perform hilarious antics as they make their way through Sea Lion High.

The show, which has replaced the long running “Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island,” follows Clyde and Seamore as they go back to school to earn their diplomas, and competed in a scholarship competition along the way. Over the course of 30-minutes, park goers are treated to a showcase of skills and behaviors as this nautical duo try to complete the necessary classes to earn their diploma. Oppie, a pint-sized Asian otter, and super-sized walrus Sir Winston join the show, too, and with their smart ways help the sea lions pass the class. The show is full of surprises and plenty of laugh-out-loud moments making for the perfect SeaWorld Orlando show.

Sea Lion High performs several times a day and is included with SeaWorld tickets.


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Treat yourself to a stay at an Orlando hotel with hot tub.  You’ll be able to relax your mind and body while enjoying a nice, soothing soak in a hot tub.  Hotels in Orlando FL with hot tubs invite you to melt the stress of the world away. Book a Reserve Orlando hotel with a hot tub to see what stress free feels like!

Lake_Buena_Vista_Resort_Village___Spa_(012)There are a variety of hotels with hot tubs in Orlando FL.  Some properties have a hot tub located at the pool deck, while others offer in-room hot tubs for secluded relaxation.  Several hotels and resorts offer hot tubs in both locations, making it easy to enjoy a nice, hot soak. 
Some of the hotel options include:
  • Disney’s Beach Club Villas
  • Disney’s Contemporary Resort
  • Lake Buena Vista Resort
  • Melia Orlando Suite Hotel
  • Ramada Plaza Resort
  • Rosen Shingle Creek
  • Star Island Resort

 

For a full selection of Orlando hotels with tub, browse through the list of properties available on Reserve Orlando.  Great low rates are available on all area Orlando hotels.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Dive into SeaWorld Summer Nights for sizzling summer fun!  The aquatic theme park is hosting Summer Nights June 20 through August 9, 2015.

This nighttime festivities at SeaWorld Orlando will feature three amazing shows:

  • Shamu’s Celebration: Light up the Night
  • Clyde & Seamore’s Sea Lion High: Sea Lion High is full of fun and the big personalities of sea lions, walruses and otters. The show takes place in an aquatic-themed high school where laughter and education go hand in hand (er, flipper).
  • Reflections: A grand finale fireworks and fountain show you watch along the Waterfront Village or seated at Bayside Stadium.

All three are sure to be the perfect end to your day at SeaWorld.

While you’re at the park, enjoy two of SeaWorld’s newest attractions – Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin and Turtle Trek.  During your Antarctica visit you’ll experience astate-of-the-art, interactive ride that takes you on an exciting journey through the dangers and wondrous beauty of the Antarctic as they follow and mimic a young penguin’s adventures. More than just a new ride, the new “realm” will be the coldest theme park attraction in the world and will include a variety of new experiences for guests. At Turtle Trek, you’ll join a young sea turtle, Nyah, for an epic journey in a 360 degree theatre.

From a turtle’s point of view, experience an epic journey where you’ll see the challenges and hardships faced to survive and make it back to the beach where you were hatched. Both attractions are the perfect addition to your day at SeaWorld!

Manta, SeaWorld’s signature roller coaster, will also be open for rides under the stars. Purchase your discount SeaWorld tickets today to reserve your family fun. Save up to $25 off adult and kids’ SeaWorld tickets.  Upgrade your ticket to a park combo featuring Aquatica or Busch Gardens or both for an adventure-filled vacation in Orlando.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Universal Orlando Resort is celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2015. To help celebrate, they’ve lined up a stellar concert series scheduled for select nights May 23 through June 20 featuring a hot line-up of chart-topping artists. Park-goers can look forward to concerts by Pitbull, Goo Goo Dolls, and teen sensation Shawn Mendes. Make a day of it by experiencing some of the best attractions anywhere at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, then stick around for a night of rockin’ out at the Music Plaza.

Concert_499673637Universal Orlando Resort 25th Anniversary Concert Series Schedule:

May 23: Prince Royce

May 24: Shawn Mendes

May 30: Pitbull

June 6: Kellie Pickler

June 13: Huey Lewis and The News

June 20: Goo Goo Dolls

This special concert series is included with Universal Studios Florida tickets. See you at the show!


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

When planning a vacation in Orlando, many families are looking to find the closest Orlando hotels to Disney World to make their time in the sunny state convenient and comfortable.  

Here is a helpful guide of places to stay in Orlando that put just minutes from the magic:

Blue_Heron_Beach_Resort_(015)1)     Blue Heron Beach Resort: With the entrance of Disney World less than one mile away, the resort is located close to all area attractions.  The Blue Heron Beach Resort offers over 280 residences – one, two or three bedroom luxury condominiums. Each features tile foyers, baths and kitchens. Guests will enjoy a private balcony, fully equipped kitchens, which include granite counter tops, dishwasher, full oven, and microwave.  Distance to Disney World Theme Parks: 1 mile.

WorldQuest_Orlando_(025)2)      WorldQuest Resort: The Mediterranean-inspired WorldQuest Orlando Resort is the perfect all-suite hotel for your Florida vacation. WorldQuest Orlando Resort is located just one mile from Walt Disney World Orlando. Each of the condominium-style 2 and 3 bedroom suites features a full kitchen and separate living and sleeping areas. Custom furnishings, plush bedding, granite countertops and top-of-the-line appliances further enhance your WorldQuest Orlando Resort home away from home.  Distance from Disney World Theme Parks: 1 mile.

Lake_Buena_Vista_Resort_Village___Spa_(008)3)     Lake Buena Vista Resort: Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa is a new hotel-condominium resort. They are located just 2 miles from Disney and adjacent to the Lake Buena Vista Factory Outlet Mall. Guests will enjoy the Resort Style Zero Entry Pool with Pirate Ship Waterslide, Lanis Luau Poolside Snack & Beverage Bar, Reflections Full Service Spa & Salon, Frankie Farrells Irish Pub, plus Pizza Hut Express Cafe and Mini Market.  Distance from Disney World Theme Parks: 2 Miles.

Best_Western_Lake_Buena_Vista_Resort_Hotel_(12961)4)     Best Western Lake Buena Vista:  Located in the Walt Disney World Resort, the Best Western Lake Buena Vista is within walking distance to Downtown Disney. This full service, interior corridor hotel offers continuous shuttle transportation to the Walt Disney World Theme Parks daily.  All guest rooms come with pillow top mattresses for added sleeping comfort. All oversized guest rooms feature a private furnished balcony, coffee/tea maker, iron and board, hairdryer, in-room safe, cable television, LG 37″ LCD Flat Screen, digital alarm clock with mp3 connection, voicemail, and wake up service. Distance from Disney World Theme Parks: 3 miles.

Hawthorn_Suites_By_Wyndham__Lake_Buena_Vista_(004)5)     Hawthorn Suites Lake Buena Vista: The hotel features a complimentary full hot buffet breakfast daily and two hour social reception Monday-Thursday. An outdoor heated pool, fitness center, barbeque grills, basketball court and Jacuzzi are available to help you wind down after a day in Orlando, Florida. Guestrooms offer on-demand movies and complimentary wireless Internet access; one-bedroom suites include fully equipped kitchens, two TVs, and dining and living areas. Hawthorn Suites also offers free scheduled shuttles to the Disney theme parks and is close to Universal Studios, SeaWorld, many golf courses, shops and restaurants. Distance from Disney World Theme Parks: 3 miles.

Star_Island_Resort___Club_(031)6)     Star Island Resort: Star Island Resort and Club is located close to Walt Disney World Resort and is close to all popular central Florida theme parks, shopping malls and a variety of dining and entertainment options. The Mediterranean styled Resort and Spa features mini suites to three bedroom deluxe villas that are designed for your ultimate comfort.  Star Island Resort and Club provides a wide range of recreational activities including nine tennis courts, golf driving range, putting green, sandy beach on Lake Cecile, water sports, volleyball and basketball courts, picnic area, and swimming in zero-entry outdoor pools. Distance from Disney World Theme Parks: 4 miles.

Blue_Tree_Property_Amenities_(10)7)     Blue Tree Resort: The Blue Tree Resort offers free shuttle service to Walt Disney World, Universal Studios & Islands of Adventure and Sea World.  Blue Tree Resort puts all the magic and fun right on your doorstep. They are located in the heart of Central Florida just minutes away from Orlando’s most famous theme parks. Blue Tree Resort is the perfect destination for business travelers, families and couples looking for all the comforts of home away from home. Distance from Disney World Theme Parks: 4 miles.

Wyndham_Lake_Buena_Vista_Resort_Hotel_(001)8)  Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort: Magic abounds at the Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Resort, an official Walt Disney World Hotel. Located directly across the street from the Downtown Disney area, this beautiful resort specializes in family-friendly amenities, impressive facilities, and uncompromising fun and service. Scheduled transportation is also provided to the Disney Theme Parks.  Kids of all ages will love the Oasis Aquatic Playground, an exciting focal point of this Orlando family resort featuring two pools, interactive water features, and a large hot tub. Adults will relish the opportunity to relax on the beautiful pool deck and soak up the Florida sunshine.  Distance from Disney World Theme Parks:  7 miles or less.

Melia_Orlando_Hotel_at_Celebration_(003)9)  Melia Orlando Suite Hotel:  Located in the award-winning village of Celebration and minutes from the gates of the Walt Disney World® theme parks, Melia Orlando Hotel features 240 luxuriously appointed one and two bedroom accommodations, featuring thoughtfully composed living areas, complete kitchens and furnished balconies overlooking your choice of the spectacular infinity pool or lush Florida landscape. Distance from Disney World Theme Parks: 8 miles.

Grand_Beach_(005)10) Diamond Grand Beach Resort: Treat yourself to the ultimate family vacation at Grand Beach. Spend the day playing at Disney World Theme Parks, then relax in the resort’s whirlpool to soak the crowds away. Amenities at Grand Beach are endless, and one of the best reasons to stay here. This quiet lakefront resort features tennis courts, outdoors pools, fishing, canoeing and other water sports on Lake Bryan. Nicely appointed one, two and three bedroom condos make it easy to have the vacation you want in Orlando.  Distance from Disney World Theme Parks: 9 miles.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

One of the world’s most loved brands is bringing its Sunglow to the Sunshine State.

 Crayola recently announced that it will open a new Crayola Experience, a colorful family attraction, in the heart of Florida’s top family destination: Orlando. The new location is slated to open Summer 2015 in The Florida Mall and will feature 25 hands-on attractions that offer hours of creative fun. At Crayola Experience, every child’s creation is wonderfully unique – just like them!

Crayola_Experience_(75051)Although best known for its iconic crayons and markers, the 111-year-old company now has more than 1,500 proprietary products and technologies that have changed the way kids play.

“Ours has always been a culture of innovation,” Crayola CEO Mike Perry said. “This next adventure is yet another dynamic way we’re advancing our mission of helping parents and teachers raise creatively alive children and creating some colorful family memories in the process.”

“This move is important to our evolution, vision and strategy. It’s a beautiful manifestation of what our brand represents,” Perry said.

This imaginative, larger-than-life concept wasn’t created over night. In 1996, Crayola opened a visitors’ center in Easton, Pa. primarily founded as a tool to help revitalize the city’s downtown – Crayola’s hometown – The Crayola Factory featured one floor of interactive activities, as well as some arts and crafts.

Crayola_Experience_(8509)“The Factory,” as it was affectionately known, remained for many years, until Perry and his team took a deeper look. There was more magic there than met the eye. And so it was decided: The #1 brand loved by moms was going to dip its paint brush into the attractions industry.

Inspired by the company’s mission and products, the team re-imagined what a state-of-the-art Crayola attraction should look like, Crayola Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development Victoria Lozano said. The facility was completely redesigned in 2013 and re-opened in May with 25 all-new, hands-on attractions throughout four colorful floors.

“We believe creativity is an essential skill for kids. It can be taught, should be nurtured, but most importantly must be experienced,” Lozano said.

And that experience will be uniquely Crayola. Many of the attractions feature proprietary technologies, designs and activities that allow children and families to experience the magic of Crayola color in ways they never have before.

“And where better to do that than in one of the nation’s top family destinations?” Lozano said.

Crayola_Experience_(97109)“Crayola Experience is a natural fit for The Florida Mall and our strong family and tourist customer base,” said Brian Hanson, general manager of The Florida Mall, a Simon center. “We remain focused on elevating our shopper’s experience and are thrilled to welcome this dynamic destination to the community.”

At Crayola Experience Orlando, families will enjoy many of the brand’s signature attractions – such as “Wrap it Up!” where you can name and wrap an authentic Crayola crayon and “Be a Star,” where you can star in your very own coloring page – as well as some exciting new attractions that will debut in Orlando. The attraction also will have a retail component where guests will discover hundreds of unique Crayola products and souvenirs only found at Crayola Experience.

“So many people have a special relationship with our brand because of what we represent. How many people, for example, have memories of their first box of 64?” Perry said. “As we continue to evolve as a company, we see Crayola Experience as a way that we can continue to share in the creation of colorful memories and have a special place in their hearts moving forward.”


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

The only LEGO® Friends rooms in the United States, and the only LEGO Friends suite in the world is coming to LEGOLAND® Hotel at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort.  The announcement came at a New York City event where a curtain dropped and the last of four highly-themed room designs was revealed.

LEGOLAND Hotel Friends Theme

Guests at the event experienced the fourth theme first-hand by stepping into a life-size replica of the children’s sleeping area of the room.  The highly detailed room model included a bunk bed with a trundle bed, TV, LEGO Models, and a treasure chest.  SGA Production Services in Orlando, FL created the replica, closely following the plans for the actual Hotel rooms.

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The popular LEGO Friends toy line is also the inspiration for Heartlake City, a new land coming to both LEGOLAND Florida Resort and LEGOLAND® California Resort this summer.  The new land in Florida includes a new ride themed to Mia’s love of horses: Mia’s Riding Adventure, plus a new interactive show called “Friends to the Rescue” as well as Stephanie’s News Room and shops inside Heartlake Mall.

LEGOLAND Hotel is opening on May 15, 2015.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

One of the best parts of any vacation is trying out the local cuisine. We recently surveyed Reserve Orlando customers to see which culinary treats they look forward to eating most when visiting Orlando. Ready to find out what they told us? Check out the Orlando Eats Infographic or read on and use our guide to Orlando spots for exotic eats to find these tasty treats when you’re in town.

Seafood-Orlando-Exotic-EatsSeafood

Even though Orlando is located in Central Florida, many travelers associate the fresh fruits of the oceans with the destination. If you’re craving seafood while on vacation, some of the best places to grab a bite, as well as favorite dishes, are:

  1. Flying Fish Café
    Ginger Teriyaki-crusted Yellowfin Tuna Filet, Chardonnay-steamed Cape Cod Bay Mussels
  2. Ocean Prime
    Blackened Snapper, Pacific Halibut, Oysters on the Half Shell
  3. Big Fin Seafood Kitchen
    Big Fin Swordfish Filet Mignon, Blue Crab Crusted Grouper, Spider Roll
  4. Oceanaire Seafood Room
    Grilled Florida Wahoo, “Black and Bleu” Hawaiian Barracuda, Lobster Mac ‘n Cheese,
  5. FishBones
    Australian Rock Lobster, Florida Stone Crab Claws, Stuffed Shrimp

 

Alligator

These slithery, native Florida creatures are located throughout the state and is the star of the Gatorland attraction. That said, alligator is also considered a delicacy. It’s cooked in a variety of ways, from hand-battered to grilled to jambalaya style. Want to bite into a piece of gator? Visit these Orlando restaurants and order these items:

  1. Café Tu Tu Tango
    Spiced Alligator Bites with Key Lime Mustard
  2. Tibby’s New Orleans Kitchen
    Shrimp and Alligator Cheesecake
  3. Gator’s Dockside
    Hand-Battered Gator Tail
  4. Fish on Fire
    Allie’s Gator with Fofer’s Remoulade Sauce 
  5. Everglades Restaurant
    Alligator Bay Chowder 

 

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There’s no doubt about it: Orlando can get hot! When you’re in need of a refreshing cool down, nothing hits the spot better than Dole Whip. Originally available at Disney World only, this frozen dessert can now be found in several spots outside Orlando like Hawaii. If you want to sample this pineapple-infused, soft serve treat, visit these Disney World spots:

  1. Aloha Isle
    Adventure Land – Magic Kingdom
  2. Pineapple Lanai
    Disney’s Polynesian Resort
  3. Sunshine Tree Terrace
    Adventure Land – Magic Kingdom

 

Disney Turkey Leg CopyrightTurkey Leg

Giant, mouth-watering turkey legs are another theme park favorite of our visitors. These succulent turkey treats can be found at various vendors throughout Disney World theme parks. To wrap your hands around one of these dinosaur-sized legs, stop by any of these locations:

  1. Turkey Leg Cart
    Frontierland – Magic Kingdom
  2. Toluca Turkey Legs Company
    Sunset Boulevard – Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  3. Fife and Drum Tavern
    American Adventure Pavilion – Epcot World Showcase
  4. Safari Turkey Kiosk
    Dinoland – Animal Kingdom

Follow this guide to Orlando spots for exotic eats and try something new on your Orlando vacation.  Your taste buds will thank you!

Do you have a favorite Orlando exotic food not listed?  Tell us about it in the comments!

1: Adams, Charles M. & Barker, William. “Florida MarketMaker and Florida Food Connect: Using E-Commerce to Enhance Seafood Marketing in Florida.” EDIS (Electronic Data Information Source). University of Florida, Food and Resource Economics Department. May 2014. Web. 30 Apr. 2015.
2: Jacobson, Susan. “Appetite for Gator Meat Grows in Florida.” Orlando Sentinel. 31 Mar. 2015. Web. 30 Apr. 2015.
3: “Tiki Juice Bar.” Disney-Pal.com. Dec. 2014. Web. 30 Apr. 2015.
4: Barnes, Brooks. “Turkey Legs Conquer Land of Mouse Ears.” The New York Times. 27 Dec. 2013. Web. 30 Apr. 2015.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

may_eventsCheck out these Orlando events happening May 2015:

May 1-17: Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival
Epcot’s 22nd annual Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival features plenty of new things to see in 2015. Throughout the festival, which began March 4, Epcot guests will be treated to new topiaries, garden displays, seminars by celebrity HGTV designers, a stellar line-up for the Garden Rocks Concert Series and a gorgeous butterfly house.

May 1-2: Universal Grad Bash
Graduating High School Seniors are invited to celebrate their accomplishment at Universal Orlando’s Grad Bash.  Highlights include street entertainment, karaoke, DJs, dance parties and live performances by some of today’s hottest artists. Attendees also get exclusive access to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.

May 2, 9, 16: Viva La Musica at SeaWorld
Celebrate the food, fun, sights and sounds of Latin culture at this annual Hispanic festival for the entire family, featuring live concerts by internationally renowned Latin musical artists and savory Latin cuisine – only at SeaWorld Orlando.

May 2: Waves of Glory at Wet ‘n Wild
Wet n’ Wild’s premiere contemporary Christian music event features a Battle of the Bands where Christian rock bands, praise bands, singers, rappers, and choirs compete for cash prizes.

May 2-3: Jazz on the Vineyard Green
Lakeridge Winery will be hosting jazz musicians on their outdoor stage all weekend. Food, beer, and wine will be available along with complimentary winery tours and tastings.

May 13-26:  Orlando International Fringe Festival
This 13-day festival offers theatre, music, dance, and art to all ages. 100% of box office sales go directly back to the artists within The Fringe. The cost and venue of shows vary. See the Fringe website for more details.

May 15-June 14:  Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
This annual event celebrates the Star Wars saga Friday-Sundays each weekend. Join celebrities and Star Wars characters for specials shows, panels, and presentations.

Ready to see Shamu and his friends at SeaWorld?  It just got a lot easier with special discount SeaWorld tickets being offered on regular tickets and combo tickets. 

SeaWorld_FB_MantaCheck out these great offers:
SeaWorld $70 Weekday Ticket
With a savings of $25 per tickets, these weekday tickets are the best buy for one-day visitors.  There are a few restrictions to keep in mind, though: it must be used before December 18th, 2015.

SeaWorld One-Day Tickets
See all SeaWorld has to offer with this value-based offer.   This ticket type currently has a savings of $15 on adult and kids tickets.

Aquatica___SeaWorld_s_Waterpark_(008)SeaWorld/Aquatica – 2 Park Combo Tickets
The savings continue with this SeaWorld combo ticket.  Guests save an amazing $53 on adult and kids tickets on this SeaWorld/Aquatica Combo ticket, which allows visitors to experience both parks at their leisure. The unique ticket allows one visit to each park.  Note each admission must be used within one year from date of purchase. 
SeaWorld/Busch Gardens – 2 Park Combo Tickets
The savings are even bigger on this park combo.  Adults and kids save $91 on this ticket, giving guests access to aquatic fun and safari adventures.  The SeaWorld/Busch Gardens Combo ticket allows visitors to experience both parks at their leisure. The unique ticket allows one visit to each park.  Note each admission must be used within one year from date of purchase. 

Busch Gardens Rhino RallySeaWorld/Busch Gardens/Aquatica – 3 Park Combo Ticket
Want to experience all of the SeaWorld parks in Orlando? The SeaWorld + Aquatica + Busch Gardens Combo ticket allows visitors to experience all three parks at their leisure.  Save $128 on tickets for all ages.  Now that’s an extreme savings!!! The SeaWorld/Busch Gardens/Aquatica Combo ticket allows one entry SeaWorld, one entry to Busch Gardens and one entry to Aquatica with one year from date of purchase.

With great SeaWorld discounts like these, planning your day at the park just a got a lot easier.  Book a money-saving SeaWorld vacation for even more savings.

Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Orlando to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.