Sunday, October 28, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Inside the restaurant you can have the "Cheeseburger In Paradise", a whopping patty with anything you would like topping it. I always get this but you also have a good selection of steak and seafood. There are also Caribbean-style dishes like calypso chicken pasta or conch fritters for starters.
If you want the nightlife and enjoy mixed drinks and good company, come down in the evening , sit outside, and enjoy the music. It's like being at a concert but you'll feel like you're on your own private island far from shore where you can just relax and enjoy living.
If you're not in a hurry grab a pager and have a drink. If you're like me reservations are available at 1-407-224-2155.
Hope you enjoy the experience!
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Hard Rock Orlando is situated on the lagoon between Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure on the famed City Walk. Boasting three stories of food, entertainment, and music (including the largest gift shop anywhere) this place is not to be passed up when visiting Orlando. Have a great lunch or dinner starting with the Hard Rock Nachos, hickory smoked chicken wings, or Santa Fe Spring rolls. Do you like giant burgers? Or would you rather have steak or seafood? Their menu is explosive and the cooking is always top notch.
Service there is provided by an energetic staff of servers who know it's there job to not only take your order but to make you feel as though they want to party with you. They move fast serving drinks and menu items as well as I've eve seen. There is always music playing and you can view the impressive display of Rock and Roll memorabilia. It's almost like being in a museum except it's a lot more upbeat.
There is no casino here but Seminole Hard Rock in Tampa (75 miles west) has all the gambling if that's what you want. Also consider staying at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal just a short boat ride from the Cafe. It's always a good time so see for yourself. You won't be disappointed except when you have to leave!!
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
They started screening ticket holders at about 5:45 pm even though they weren't to open until 6:30 pm. We were screened, scanned, and in the park by 6:15 pm and hit the streets full of goblins, ghouls, zombies, and chain saw guys bent on terrifying anyone walking the street. We hit a few of our favorite rides such as the Mummy and Rip Rocket Roller Coaster. We also went on the Despicable Me ride which is new this year replacing Jimmy Neutron. If you haven't been to Universal for some years that one was originally a Flintstone's ride. Although it was the same type of virtual roller coaster they did a great job and it was nice to have something new to see.
After that we hit the haunted houses. Silent Hill, which was billed as the most popular attraction, was excellent. I may have enjoyed it more if I was more familiar with the video game culture but it was certainly awesome. My favorite houses were Penn & Teller, Alice Cooper "Welcome To My Nightmare", and Gothic. Gothic had a flying gargoyle that stood out for me as the best character in the entire park. The other houses, Walking Dead, House of Horrors, and Dead End were all great and nothing was short of fantastic.
They also had Bill & Ted's Excellent Halloween and 20 Penny Circus, supposedly a remnant of the old carnival shows. We didn't participate in those because we weren't interested but I spoke with some party goers by the bars and they all liked them so each to his own.
I noticed something different this year. Last year we went on Friday night and the crowd was moderate until about 10:00 so we were able to do a lot more. This year we went on Saturday and the crowd was loaded and ready to go at opening time. They were rowdier and definitely more of a party crowd but we didn't witness any trouble. If you go with your kids like I do you may opt for a week night or Friday but if you go with friends or couples Saturday is probably more for you. I also recommend investing in the Fast Pass option because the lines after only an hour were 60-90 minutes long. That's a lot of standing.
There are still plenty of nights left so hit it if you can. I promise you won't leave disappointed.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Not to be outdone by the other parks, Busch Gardens, Tampa, is hosting it's annual Howl-o-Scream bash. It started on 27 September and is featured every Thursday through Saturday night between now and Halloween. There will be haunted houses such as Circus of Superstition, House of Blood, and Nevermore (my favorite because I'm an Edgar Allan Poe nut).
This year features scare zones highlighting 13 years of this event where a lot of scenes and characters from past years converge to give the right effect. Also featured are Howl-o-Scream Shop of Horrors and Club XIII where the adults can party away the night.
Tickets can be purchased several ways. There's always the gate price - don't do that!. At $79.99 you're paying mini-bar prices. On-line tickets are $54.99 and Pass Members get in for $34.99. See how fast the price goes down? There is also a Promo to check out at your participating Taco Bell, Applebee's or Walgreen's carrying Fanta products and I believe the price with the promo is $44.95.
Included in your admission price are all the great Busch Gardens rides and shows. The event starts at 7:00 pm and goes until 2:00 am. If you want front line access you can get access to a variety of houses, shows, and other exclusive offers but be careful. It's like ordering drinks and appetizers at a restaurant - you can double your initial investment very quickly. I sometimes get the advance passes to events but usually I figure I'm there for the night and not in a hurry anyway so I don't usually bother.
Visit www.howloscream.com/Tampa for all the details and view some cool pics and video. It's definitely worth it for a memorable Halloween celebration.